Employee of Royalty (5e Background)

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Employee of Royalty[edit]

You have performed services for the royal family. Perhaps you were a royal guard, or even a trusted consultant of the court, even a lowly maid or dishwasher. Whatever it was, you have witnessed exorbitant lifestyles and come to know royalty and their figures closer than the average commoner. You were allowed to dwell in the same vicinity as they perhaps, and even developed relationships with them. Even if you no longer work for them, your knowledge from that time is invaluable.

Consider the following questions when making an employee of royalty. What position do you occupy? The closer you are to the royal family, the less likely you may be to adventure, so keep this in mind. If you no longer have employment with royalty, what do you do now? If you were a cook for the king, perhaps you opened your own bakery or something. Or maybe you are a diplomat employee sent out into the world on a royal mission. What is your relation with the royals you served? Were you visible at all, or a background actor? Visible actors are like viziers who are very distinct and elevated compared to a chamberlain.

Skill Proficiencies: You are proficient in two of the following skills: Athletics, Investigation, Arcana, Religion, Insight, or History.

Languages: One of your choice.

Equipment: A set of fine clothes, a certification of your employment with the royal seal stamped, and a belt pouch of 10 gp. You also have an additional item from your specialization, listed below.


Listed below are several lines of work found in a noble household. Choose one and you also receive the trinket associated with it.

d8 Specialization
1 Guard. A small telescope.
2 Butler/maid. A pocket watch or insignia handkerchief.
3 Cook. A mess kit.
4 Scout. A map of the kingdom.
5 Consultant. A record book of schedules.
6 Jester. A hat with bells.

Feature: Reach Of Royalty[edit]

Your employment is well recognized as a sign of excellence in the kingdom. In areas where the insignia of your kingdom is recognized and received kindly, you are more likely to receive preference in services. People recognize you as someone of importance and therefore give you first dibs on a room for lodging, maybe, or some extra food and water and even discounts to try and curry favor with you. Be warned that this will not be the case if you flaunted your position in an enemy kingdom.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Employees of royalty cover vast amounts of positions in a kingdom's castle and overall territory. They may be guards of some kind, or a consultant to the king. These various roles demand different temperaments and lend many experiences that help shape your character from their employment.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I talk in a quiet voice because there can be spies everywhere.
2 I like to lay back and take orders rather than take responsibility.
3 I look for someone else to blame before I do something.
4 I aim to please at whatever I do!
5 I am drawn to powerful people and I spurn the weak.
6 I will always focus more when there is money involved.
7 I try to do everything to the bare minimum. And that's all I need.
8 I loooove laxing around more than anything.
d6 Ideal
1 Perfection. I want to do everything I do to its best! (Good)
2 Success. I will use any suckers I have to and claw my way to the top! (Chaotic)
3 Disguise. I'll use my position as a defense against anyone who stands in the way of my pleasures. (Lawful)
4 Domination. I love the power to step on people from this height. (Evil)
5 Espionage. This job is just a cover for me to spy on this kingdom. (Any)
6 Just A Job. I'm doing this just for the pay. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 I have someone I want to impress with this job.
2 I need the money for my home.
3 I have nurtured a close relationship with one of the royals.
4 The other staff and I are like family.
5 I've worked so much in this job I don't have friends.
6 I am saving money to leave this place and pursue my desires.
d6 Flaw
1 I am bland and boring, having little interests or hobbies.
2 I am a bit too eager for money.
3 I look down on people more than I should.
4 I like to talk like I know things even when I don't.
5 I see my goal as more justified than others.
6 My emotions are so rare and repressed I don't know how to express them.

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