Noble Background 5e

You are a person who is affluent with wealth and power and in addition to it your family has political influence, your family owns a title. Your nobility could be due to many reasons you might be a person who has inherited wealth from ancestors or you are a businessman who has amassed a lot of money or you are the type of person who owes land and you care about those who are your subordinates.

Being a noble person the most important thing that you own is your title and your title enshrines in itself a lot of factors like; your title connects to the entire family, you pass this title to your progeny, so, you need to work with your Dm in regards with your title that you will own. You will determine not only your title with your DM but also you have to determine how much authority your title owes.

While discussing the title the you own, one of the most important things accompanied with your title is your family.

Because you belong to a Nobel family, so, you have to discuss with your SM regarding the Background your family. Is your family established long ago? Or you have worked hard to earn your title? Your influence that you and your family wield? Your family status among the other aristocrats?

And within the family what is your individual status? What are the responsibilities? Are you at the lowest rank in your family? Your family views regarding your adventures? Any insignia, color, pet regarded as a symbol and attributed to your family?

Skill Proficiencies: History and Persuasion

Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set

Languages: One of your choice

Equipment: You carry a set of fine clothes, a signet ring, a scroll of pedigree, and a purse containing 25gp

Position and Privilege

Obviously, being a noble person, your feature is your position and privilege. People flatter you; they enjoy your company; you are welcomed by people of your own type. The common people want to be with you and avoid anything that could be the reason for your displeasure and discomfort. The people of your standards regard you as their own.


Suggested characteristics

Personality Trait

D8Personality Trait
1My eloquent flattery makes everyone I talk to feel like the most wonderful and important person in the world.
2The common folk loves me for my kindness and generosity.
3No one could doubt by looking at my regal bearing that
I am a cut above the unwashed masses.
4I take great pains to always look my best and follow the latest fashions.
5I don’t like to get my hands dirty, and I won’t be caught dead in unsuitable accommodations.
6Despite my noble birth, I do not place myself above other folks. We all have the same blood.
7My favor, once lost, is lost forever.
8If you do me an injury, I will crush you, ruin your name,
and salt your fields.

Ideal

D6Ideal
1Respect Respect is due to me because of my position, but all people regardless of station deserve to be treated with dignity. (Good)
2Responsibility It is my duty to respect the authority of those above me, just as those below me must respect mine. (Lawful)
3Independence I must prove that I can handle myself without the coddling of my family. (Chaotic)
4Power If I can attain more power, no one will tell me what to do. (Evil)
5Family Blood runs thicker than water. (Any)
6Noble Obligation It is my duty to protect and care for the people beneath me. (Good)

Bond

D6Bond
1I will face any challenge to win the approval of my family.
2My house’s alliance with another noble family must be sustained at all costs.
3Nothing is more important than the other members of my family.
4I am in love with the heir of a family that my family despises.
5My loyalty to my sovereign is unwavering.
6The common folk must see me as a hero of the people.

Flaw

D6Flaw
1I secretly believe that everyone is beneath me.
2I hide a truly scandalous secret that could ruin my family forever.
3I too often hear veiled insults and threats in every word addressed to me, and I’m quick to anger.
4I have an insatiable desire for carnal pleasures.
5In fact, the world does revolve around me.
6By my words and actions, I often bring shame to my family.

Variant Noble: Knight

Knighthood is considered to be the lowest standard among the Nobel but it could be the path towards higher status and then if you choose knighthood over Nobel then your feature becomes Retainer.

Your retainer will serve as your Squire. They will help you in exchange of training on their own path towards to knight. One retainer will help you grooming your horse and polishes your armor.

Your equipment as knight includes Emblem, a banner or token from Lord or lady.

Feature: Retainer

Now that you have chosen to play the background of the knight, so, in accordance with the feature given in the book you can choose Retainer feature instead of Position of Privilege.

There will be three Retainers at your disposal to help you out in the daily tasks that you do. These Retainers are common people who are loyal to your family but they might flee and might not risk their live when you confront any dangerous situation.

Why roleplay a Nobel?

Roleplay a knight is enjoyable because you get an opportunity to live a privileged lifestyle, you owe a tile, you belong to a reputed family, you have people working for you. But sometimes you have to work within your family to earn your status and mark your position.

People like you, they admire your presence, and if you choose to play a knight you might have to work your way towards glorious life but even in your knighthood you are accompanied by a retainer that will help you in your different things

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