This tool is based on the work of user Arachobia on RPG Crossing with his permission. He had taken a list of tables from Dragon magazine #422 in an article called "Building Character" by Matt Sernett and updated them for 5th edition. I've turned them into an automatic tool for generating a characters background.

Instructions: Refresh the page to generate a new background story. As always, you can use it however you like and fill in your own details. Your age and acquired proficiencies are listed at the bottom and are based on the results you got. Try to pick a Race/Class/Background combo that fulfills all the proficiencies. Your age may also result in ability score modifiers that can be applied after building your character.

...or ignore everything and do whatever you want. Whatever.
Background Generator

(T.101): One of your parents was a noble. You will have +25% starting gold and proficiency in Insight.

(T.102): One of your parents was an executioner.

(T.2): An identical twin AND a younger brother.

(T.3): Who needs an excuse to leave? You just wanted to see the world! Begin your journey on Table 8

(T.8): A town in a swamp which, it turns out, is a great place for outbreaks of plague. Endure the illness on Table 31, then search for a cure on Table 11.

    >>>> (T.31): You pull through easily enough. You will have proficiency in Survival.

(T.11): You turn up nothing. Your life of adventure begins with no progress made in this search.

Total Rolls: 7
Your age is TEENAGER
Teenagers are dexterious and hardy, and often are cocky enough to be quite assertive and convincing. Unfortunately, this does not translate into 'real' wisdom or intelligence, and a teenagers body still has some growth to do before they'll be at peak strength.
+1 CHA, +1 DEX, +1 CON, -1 INT, -1 WIS, -1 STR

25% More Starting Gold