Disowned Noble (5e Background)

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Disowned Noble[edit]


This is for those who want to have an interesting background or wanna have a noble heritage, but be a black sheep. Why were you disowned? Did you save a criminal? Were you a bastard and another family member took over and disowned you? Well decide and talk to your DM about it.

Skill Proficiencies: History, Persuasion, and your choice of intimidation, or stealth.

Tool Proficiencies: A musical instrument, disguise kit and Weaver's or Leatherworker's Tools.

Languages: Two Languages of your choice

Equipment: A set of tattered fine clothes, a damaged piece of jewelry with your family's crest on it, an heirloom either stolen or given to you (This can be anything, just check with your DM), and a pouch containing 25 gp.


Why were you disowned?

d6 I was disowned ...
1 Because I betrayed a family member by telling guards they had committed a crime that had gone unsolved.
2 Because I brought shame upon my family.
3 Because I'm the bastard of the lord of the house and he has died, so the new head of house has disowned me.
4 Because I wouldn't bring heirs into the world.
5 Because I was caught in a forbidden relationship.
6 Because I saved a criminal who was wrongly accused.

Feature: Friends in Low Places[edit]

After being disowned you have found kinship in the wretches and criminals of the cities. You can gain information from your many contacts, the infamous and those derelicts beneath notice. You may also gain residency with them in conditions ranging from wretched to comfortable.

Alternate Feature: Position of Privilege[edit]

Thanks to your noble birth, people are inclined to think the best of you. You are welcome in high society, and people assume you have the right to be wherever you are. The common folk make every effort to accommodate you and avoid your displeasure, and other people of high birth treat you as a member of the same social sphere. You can secure an audience with a local noble if you need to.

Alternate Feature: DM's Choice[edit]

I'm making this to make something a bit more unique.This feature is here so you may have a unique feature, talk to your DM about your backstory to get a feature suited to your cup of tea.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

These are some suggested characteristics.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am still dignified and honorable.
2 I tend to be quiet and observe people.
3 I am wary of high ranking people, believing them untrustworthy thanks to my family.
4 I often prefer the company of myself to others.
5 After years of dealing with people who expected me to act a certain way I can keep my cool even under the most stressful times.
6 I never eat my fill in order to preserve my figure.
7 I miss one of my family members who is forced to shun me.
8 I care little about my disownment and live my life how I wish now.
d6 Ideal
1 Freedom. I'm enjoying my newfound freedom. (Neutral)
2 Proud. I wish to uphold my family name even though I have been disowned. (Lawful)
3 Ruin. I wish to ruin my family name even more than I already have. (Chaotic)
4 High Road. I wish to be better than my family. (Good)
5 Revenge. I wish to get revenge on my family for disowning me. (Evil)
6 Redemption. I strive to redeem myself in anyway possible. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My bond is to the wretches and criminals who have helped me so much more than my family.
2 I miss the only family member who did not agree with my banishment.
3 I have helped myself more than anyone else.
4 I often think of the luxuries I had as a noble.
5 I would rather die than go back to being a noble.
6 You choose or reroll.
d6 Flaw
1 I'm an alcoholic.
2 I often manipulate others to get what I want.
3 My temper has gotten me into a lot of trouble.
4 I keep to myself, bordering on being antisocial.
5 My quietness often disturbs those around me.
6 I often spend money on unnecessary luxuries.

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