Noble Guard (5e Background)

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Noble Guard[edit]

Noble Guards come from all walks of life, whether they be born into it, a retired solider or mercenary, a reformed criminal or perhaps just your average citizen in need of a job. They protect a noble, merchant, or someone similar. They tend to have an air of nobility around them, despite not always being of noble blood. this is due to a mixture of trained discipline and constant proximity to nobles. Important things for a Noble Guard to consider are: How did you end up a guard? Who did you serve under? Why did you leave? What was your liege like?

Skill Proficiencies: Athletic or acrobatics, Perception

Languages: one language of your choice

Equipment: A uniform in the style of the guard, a signet ring representing your station, a set of manacles, and a pouch containing 10 gp


Feature: One of the Guard[edit]

You are recognized as an authority figure. The local Guards will be hesitant to start a fight with you and are likely to come to your aid in a fight, the guards will also believe you except in the face of overwhelming evidence or under the command of a superior. For this effect to apply you must be in a city that would recognize your position, this is decided by the DM.


Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Noble Guards are similar to City Guards in many ways, though some see their station as superior

d8 Personality Trait
1 I am always polite and respectful.
2 My friends know they can rely on me no matter what.
3 Though a skilled fighter, I do not relish combat, and will always accept an enemy's surrender.
4 I can stare down a hell hound without flinching.
5 I enjoy being strong and able to protect others.
6 I always seek to maintain a calm, composed, manner of speech- even in the thick of combat.
7 I like the night patrols best, very peaceful or very not.
8 I occasionally hold myself above others.
d6 Ideal
1 Duty. I have a job to fulfill, and it shall be so. (lawful)
2 Greater Good. No matter the circumstances, I am expected to protect those who cannot protect themselves. (Good)
3 Independence When people follow orders blindly, they embrace a kind of tyranny. (Chaotic)
4 Authority. I am above lesser folk, and people will do as I say. (Evil)
5 Live and Let Live. There will always be crime, or there are no guards. (Neutral)
6 Devotion I love my liege, and I will do anything to protect it. (any)
d6 Bond
1 My Liege practically raised me. I would do anything to please them.
2 As a child, a guard gave their life to protect me from a monster. If it came to it, i'd be willing to do the same.
3 Those who fight beside me are those worth dying for.
4 My fellow Guards are my brothers/sisters in arms.
5 My honor is my life.
6 I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.
d6 Flaw
1 I obey the law even when it serves no good.
2 I can be bribed easily; a few gold here, please...
3 I will never let injustice pass me by.
4 My title means more to me than my friends do.
5 I've gone behind my Liege's back on something, and would do anything to prevent them from finding out.
6 I’d rather eat my armor than admit when I’m wrong.

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