I used the 5e Criminal background as a baseline for this idea, largely because it's in the basic rules, so it's freely accessible to anyone who wants to go look.   It still requires the rules to make sense of it, so I'm not just reprinting PHB stuff, and that's quite intentional.

Anyway, the idea here is a somewhat different means of presenting backgrounds in 5e. It definitely needs some tuning, but its an idea that I think could merit some play.
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