Royalty (5e Background)

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You were born to a life of luxury. With servants at your every wish your childhood was rather pampered compared to most. Although who's to say you stayed in your family palace? Perhaps you fled and found a home elsewhere, if so why would you leave? Or who knows you may have stayed and become ruler of the land. In charge of the armies, land and citizens your predecessor left to you. Are you a tyrant? Do you actually care for your people? Only you can choose.

Skill Proficiencies: History and Intimidation

Tool Proficiencies: Disguise Kit and Navigator's Tools OR One of the Artisan's Tools and Forgery Kit, One musical instrument

Languages: Two of your choice

Equipment: A Diplomat's Pack, Rations(10 Days), Fine Clothes with the family crest on it, Signet ring, One instrument of your choice, A purse containing 25 gp


There are many places on the Royal Family tree. No matter which part of the world you live in.

d6 Specialization
1 King/Queen
2 Prince/Princess
3 Royal Consort
4 Ignored Sibling
5 In the Extended Family
6 Honorary Royal

Feature: Royal Blood[edit]

Being in the Royal Family, you have a say in how the country you reign in is run. As well as guards posted all over the kingdom, who will follow your orders, as long as they aren't against the wishes of the highest reigning monarch (Which you could be).

Alternate Feature: Good Will of the People[edit]

Your citizens are pleased with you and will go to great lengths to ensure your safety and happiness. If ever you need protection they will be there for you.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

Royals come in many forms. A Selfless, Principled Hero or An Egocentric Narcissist.

d8 Personality Trait
1 The commoners are the third column holding up my kingdom, without them I'm nothing.
2 I don't act like a Royal, I would much rather be out there in the real world
3 I secretly give my dinner to a man in the dungeon, who was put there unjustly by my family.
4 I sometimes use my title to intimidate people into giving me goods
5 I brag about my great-grandfathers deeds to my companions and people I find good-looking.
6 I don't care for my people, they only exist to be taxed by my tax collectors.
7 I lead a double life as a vigilante, doing what the Royal Guards do...minus the corruption.
8 My actions led to the destruction of a city of innocent people.
d6 Ideal
1 Self-Reliant. My family does not define me. (Any)
2 Pompous. The peasants are disposable compared to me. (Evil)
3 Humble. I didn't do anything special to get where I am. I could have been a normal citizen in another life. (Neutral)
4 Equal. I must uphold the constitution that my family created. (Lawful)
5 Compassionate. The rules mean nothing if my citizens are unhappy. (Good)
6 Greedy. I require more power to make my kingdom the best (Chaotic)
d6 Bond
1 I had a mentor, who was more of a family to me than my actual family.
2 I lived near an apple farm as a child, where I met someone who tried to kill me.
3 I got the throne from my parents at a young age, I wish I knew them better.
4 I grew up my whole life at an orphanage, until my half-brother, The King somehow found me.
5 I remember going with my grandmother on horse-rides, who is really elderly now.
6 I spent a large part of my life inside, without much company.
d6 Flaw
1 I usually twist the truth to impress people.
2 I talk about how mighty I am before I even do anything.
3 I am a perfectionist.
4 I get scared really easily, even at things that aren't that scary.
5 I forget a lot of details about important things.
6 I usually mock people behind their backs.

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