Herald of the Gods (5e Background)

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Herald of the Gods

You are special, selected by the gods to carry out their will. Either you were chosen later in life, or "Birthed" from a god into existence. Since your formation people have regarded you as a sign of great things to come. But others still question which god put you here, are you here to help us, or destroy the world?

Perhaps you grew up in a church or temple to a specific diety, and they saw great potential in you. Or perhaps you spent your days and nights working to comfort the downtrodden and help them achieve their dreams. However you came upon this blessing, you gain the following:

Skill Proficiencies: You are proficient in Religion and Insight

Tool Proficiencies: You are proficient with the Herbalism Kit

Languages: Celestial and Abyssal

Equipment: A Holy Symbol, Herbalism Kit, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp

Feature: Power of the Celestial

Your connection to the gods grants you an otherworldly ability.

Celestial Ability
Pelor's Comfort Your presence gives off the feeling of standing in warm sunlight, you’re able to use your action to cast a bright light in a 20 foot radius and dim light for another 20 feet. Additionally, any magical lights you create count as daylight.
Sehanine's Steps You float a few inches off the ground. As such, you do not leave footsteps, or make any noise when walking or running.At 5th level, you learn and can cast Thunder Step once per long rest.
Moradin's Touch Anything you touch or walk on is cleaned to a shine. Additionally, you learn the Mending Cantrip.
Ioun's Knowledge Your touch grants others a sense of optimism, once a day an individual may add 1d4 to an ability check or save.
Erathis's Aroma To others, you always smell like their favorite scent. Additionally, you no longer need to consume food or sleep. Magic can't put you to sleep.
Avandra's Gaze Your eyes change color depending on the mood of whoever you look at. Additionally you gain access to the Sense Emotions spell.

Additional Feature: Godly Visage

Your connection to the gods has changed your physical appearance. Scholars and religious leaders will often offer access to rare archives or goods in exchange for the opportunity to speak with or study you. In particularly religious cities or kingdoms you may be treated with a heightened sense of respect or reverence

Suggested Characteristics

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am still not used to the attention, and I shy away from crowds
2 People should treat me like a god, it is my birthright
3 I have a bible verse for every occasion
4 I fill awkward silences by humming an old hymn
5 I don't hesitate to change the bible, common folk always get it wrong
6 I get excited when given the opportunity to speak at a temple, it becomes my only focus.
7 Children are the future, and I would give them anything they ask for.
8 People ask too much of me, I don't have all the answers, so I refuse to speak to most.
d6 Ideal
1 Kindness. Being nice, and doing your duty is it's own reward. (Good)
2 Nihlist. This existence is a curse, so Ill make the gods pay. (Chaotic)
3 Peace keeper. As the mouthpiece of the gods, it is my responsibility to keep the peace in this world. (Lawful)
4 Privacy. People invade my life too much, nothing is better than a silent room.(Neutral)
5 Missionary. My purpose is to spread the word of the gods and convert the misguided. (Neutral)
6 Corrupter. People believe me to easily, I like to pretend that the gods have abandoned or hate us. (Evil)
d6 Bond
1 The freedom of others is the only thing worth fighting for.
2 I never had any parents of my own, and I seek a family that loves me for me, not my gifts.
3 I know of a prophecy that will rattle everyone's beliefs, and I must tell someone ... but who...
4 I accidentally hurt one of my followers, and refuse to hurt anyone or anything else.
5 Before I became who I am today, I had friends ... friends that I abandoned.
6 I promised to take my mentor's soul to a dangerous mountaintop, his spirit travels with me.
d6 Flaw
1 Talking to people makes me uncomfortable, even though people usually want to know what I think.
2 I often judge people's souls when I first meet them, as if they were going to die soon.
3 Since people would never accuse me, I tend to take things when no one is around
4 I make vows almost every day ... promises that go unfulfilled.
5 My eyes are pale white, and it tends to freak everyone out
6 I am aloof, and only talk to those I deem important enough.

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