Marshal (5e Background)

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Marshal[edit]

You have sworn an oath to enforce the law. You are given more or less free reign to manage judiciary operations within a wide swath of territory and use whatever level of force you deem reasonable. But why did you join the law? Is it part of your heritage? Do you abuse your power? Did you earn your title at all? If so, how?

Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation, Investigation

Tool Proficiencies: Calligrapher’s tools.

Languages: One common language of your choice

Equipment: Set of common clothes, horse, stetson, tin star, wallet containing 10 GP

Feature: Law Enforcer[edit]

You are a legitimate enforcer of the law. Local leaders will recognize and defer to your authority so long as you don't abuse it too badly, and will freely provide information on fugitives, suspected or known criminals, and criminal operations upon request. Folks will also see gunning you down as a quick road to fame and fortune.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I have a very reserved sense of humor that rarely comes across.
2 I'm very patient. I don't mind waiting for someone to make a mistake.
3 I always have another story to tell about my experiences enforcing the law.
4 I can look hell in the eye without flinching.
5 I'm slow to adapt to new things. Given the choice between dependability and novelty, I'll always choose the former.
6 I'm the strong, silent type.
7 My favor, once lost, is lost forever.
8 I'm bitter and hard-bitten.
d6 Ideal
1 Order. Everything has its proper place. Everything. (Lawful)
2 Professionalism. Ideals? I don't care about those, I'm just doing my job. (Neutral)
3 Generosity. Protecting the innocent's what I do. (Good)
4 Bloodlust. I enjoy the thrill of the chase above all other things. (Evil)
5 Fairness. There are some times when I have to break the letter of the law to do the right thing. (Good)
6 Fame. One day I'll be a legend and everyone will know my name. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I'm the white sheep of a family of criminals and I'm determined to be different.
2 I have a grand vision of a utopia I want to create.
3 I fondly remember my first query.
4 I was denied justice by a criminal with influential friends, and I want to see justice done.
5 I have someone waiting for me back home.
6 I have an idol whose mannerisms and style I try to copy.
d6 Flaw
1 I often leap to conclusions about innocence or guilt.
2 I can't refuse a fair fight.
3 I refuse to compromise.
4 I don't listen to anyone who tells me how to do my job.
5 I strictly follow the letter of the law, even if I don't like it.
6 My failures haunt me for longer than most.

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