Dandy (5e Background)

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Cutting a Dash
Mercenary by Zhen Qu

You aren’t a follower of fashion – you lead from the front. In your home city people stop, stare and admire. How daring! How stylish! How fabulous! Nobles and social climbers look to you for the latest trends. The clothes, the make-up, the newest words and the latest insults: You know what’s ‘in’ and ‘out’.

Illusion spells are so last year, darling!
—Anya Wind’our

Keeping at the top of your game takes money. Or maybe you are a pretender who makes their own clothes? Perhaps all your ideas were stolen from your scullery maid? Have you had magical help?

Skill Proficiencies: Investigation and Persuasion (alternatively Deception)

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise Kit, Leather workers tools

Equipment: 3 sets of fine clothes, a vial of perfume, Costume jewellery worth 25gp, a fine purse with 5gp and a set of gaming pieces.

Secret of your success[edit]

All is not always as it seems. It has taken a great deal of effort to reach your position.

d6 Secret
1 I’m a street-rat riding high on deception.
2 I’m a magpie for ideas. I steal them and claim them as my own.
3 I love making clothes even though it is beneath my station.
4 I could persuade a King to wear a flour sack.
5 I’ve frittered away a fortune
6 I’ve stepped on every toe on the way to the top

Feature: Invites to all the best parties[edit]

Your arrival in any town or city will prompt a ripple of excitement. Social-climbers will go to great lengths to invite you to their parties. Exclusive Inns and garment makers will offer large discounts. Rivals will seek you out to ‘judge’ the competition.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Being a dandy isn’t just about the clothes – the clothes have a lot to do with it - but it’s much more than that. A dandy navigates the choppy waters of higher society with ease. Underestimate me at your peril.

d6 Personality Trait
1 No matter the situation, I give out a care-free aura.
2 I am snarky and aloof even to those I love.
3 I will tell you what I think no matter the consequences.
4 I flatter and chastise in equal measure.
5 I hide a conniving and cynical mind beneath this ridiculous exterior.
6 What you see is what you get and it is flawless!
d8 Ideal
1 Egalitarian. Anyone can be fabulous. With a bit of care even a troll can step out in style.
2 Adrift. Fashion has left me a shallow fool and I am missing a part of my soul.
3 Self-love. I don’t care what others think of me. I’m awesome!
4 Corrupt. I love playing the world for fools. (Evil)
5 Penance. I betrayed a loved one to keep my status.
6 Freedom. Society is so judgemental. Dress and be as you wish to be. (Chaotic)
7 Power. One day I will whisper in the ears of kings.
8 Vanity. I will lead by example, heroes should look as amazing as their deeds. (Good)
d6 Bond
1 I want my creations to be worn by heroes and gods.
2 I owe a lot of money.
3 Evil will pay for its crimes against fashion! “Black leather? Ugh! What were you thinking!?!”
4 I am a seeker of the exotic. Whether it’s Yuan-ti silks or Halfling tweeds I have to have it.
5 I need to find the real me.
6 A powerful rival wants to replace me – permanently!
d6 Flaw
1 I am a compulsive gambler.
2 I am a liar and a gossip.
3 I have stabbed every friend in the back (metaphorically or literally).
4 I am fastidious and compulsive about dirt and mess.
5 I struggle to show genuine emotion.
6 It frustrates me that the world isn’t more stylish.

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