Crusader Nation (5e Background)

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Crusader Nation[edit]

You grew up a citizen of the greatest kingdom in the land, a realm that served as an example of civilization and stability in a dark, lawless world. Unfortunately, your homeland faces many enemies both within and without; enemies that seek the destruction of everything your nation represents. You have dedicated your life to one of the many holy orders protecting the kingdom. Your order boasts agents, allies, and stalwarts across the world, even in the world’s darkest, most dangerous corners.

Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation, Religion

Tool Proficiencies: Smith's Tools, vehicles (land)

Equipment: An insignia of your order, a tabard with your order’s symbol, a set of traveler’s clothes, a letter of introduction signed by your superior, and a belt pouch containing 15 gp

Feature: Friend of the Order[edit]

Your order maintains a network of spies, agents, and supporters. Your kingdom has friends, even in places dominated by evil. When necessary, you know how to locate safe havens in otherwise dangerous places, and you know which individuals to contact for shelter, food, sanctuary, and basic healing.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

The citizens of this kingdom understand the need for perpetual vigilance, especially in the face of so many enemies. You understand the importance of loyalty to your order, to your kingdom, and to your beliefs; beliefs for which you would sacrifice everything you own.

d4 Personality Trait
1 I have trouble trusting outsiders.
2 The world is beyond the help of normal men, but I am no normal man!
3 I see the corrupting touch of evil everywhere I look.
4 I seek to bring justice to those who deserve it.
d4 Ideal
1 Loyalty. I stand beside my companions and allies, regardless the cost. (Lawful)
2 Honor. I defend the honor of my order and my kingdom, for without honor we are nothing. (Good)
3 Protection. I promise to safeguard those who cannot defend themselves. (Good)
4 Vengeance. Those who wrong me deserve whatever retribution I deliver unto them. (Evil)
d4 Bond
1 My order means everything to me, and I’ll die before I dishonor it.
2 I serve my kingdom above all, regardless of my own needs and desires.
3 I owe my life to the priest who saved me, and I have pledged my soul in service of his order.
4 No matter how long it takes, I must atone for the sins and failures of my past.
d4 Flaw
1 When I see an evil act, I feel compelled to intervene.
2 I cannot lie; falsehood is the first step towards damnation, even when it is for a noble cause.
3 I hold myself responsible for the misdeeds of my friends and allies.
4 I give my trust and loyalty too easily, often to the wrong people.

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