Noble, Variant (5e Background)

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Noble, Variant[edit]

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By Venlian

This variant of the noble background is far more demanding and based on the haughty nature they had in history. Not only must people fawn over you and keep your interests at heart, but they owe even their lifeblood to you. A baron who visits a household situated on his land need not pay even if he devours their entire pantry. The peasants must suck it up and bear with their caprice. Nobility extends great power as a social status over those below you. Those on the same level as you are less likely to be as accommodating. Usually, it is mandatory you will end up sharing the same social circles, but you do not owe each other any other favors.

Most other aspects of this background are the same as the official noble background. However, because this background variant makes use of NPCs heavily and grants more wordly benefits, it is highly recommended a player using this discuss everything with their DM beforehand.

Skill Proficiencies: Persuasion and History

Tool Proficiencies: one musical instrument or one type of gaming set

Equipment: A set of fine clothes, a piece of jewelry with your family sigil, the deed to a keep or compound, and a pouch containing 30 gp.

Feature: Lands and Followers[edit]

You own a compound or keep and rule over the citizens and serfs. When in these lands you own, you can get board and food for free, and many of the shop keeps and traders will charge you next to nothing. You know of neighboring lords and may have commune with them about rulership as well as exchanges, or even be waging your own battles against them.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

A few suggested characteristics for this variant of the noble background:

d6 Personality Trait
1 I often look down upon those of lower classes.
2 I wish to rise in position as much as I can.
3 I wish to travel and learn as much as I can before settling down and actually doing the jobs that come with my power.
4 I treat my subjects with respect.
5 I don't mind deceiving my subjects so they do not rebel.
6 Power has corrupted my way of thinking.
d6 Ideal
1 Freedom. I will enjoy any freedom I get. (Any)
2 Subjects. I will do what is best for my subjects no matter what. (Good)
3 Power. I crave power and will do anything to gain more. (Chaotic)
4 Corrupted. I have been corrupted by something. (Evil)
5 Nobility. I am a noble first and foremost , as such I will always uphold traditions. (Lawful)
6 Apathy. I am a noble, so why should I care about the troubles of others. (Neutral)
d4 Bond
1 I will always return to my homeland for a time.
2 A sibling who I seem to hate but we both care for each other.
3 My bond is to my ancestors.
4 My bond is to the ruler of the land.
d6 Flaw
1 My composure slips sometimes when things don't go my way.
2 I have a weakness to always do the right thing.
3 I will usually save my own skin if things look bad.
4 I may blow money on pretty, but useless things.
5 I have a slight drinking problem.
6 I can be extremely stubborn.

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