You are an advisor to an important person. Perhaps you are the personal advisor to a local lord, or maybe you are a warlord’s military strategist. In any case, you are frequently looked to for advice by someone with power. Your role is not necessarily one of fame and prestige, though it could be. It is also possible that you help rule from the shadows, whispering your advice to your liege in secret to ensure that he makes the right decisions. You may even occasionally pen documents on your superior’s behalf – with or without their knowledge.
- Skill Proficiencies: Persuasion, History
- Tool Proficiencies: Forgery kit
- Languages: One of your choice
- Equipment: A bottle of black ink, a quill, 3 pieces of parchment, a set of fine clothes, and a pouch containing 15 gp.
Because of your position, you command a certain respect. People who both know who you are and also have a vested interested in pleasing your liege tend to give you the benefit of the doubt and will go out of their way not to draw your ire, lest they potentially incur the wrath of your superior. Others within the organization you are a part of are also likely to curry favor from you however they can. Beware, however, as there could also be some close to you who are jealous of your position and may wish for your downfall.
Some questions to consider when determining how this background applies to your character: Who is your liege? How did you come by your position? Do you advise your superior to be wise and just to protect his subjects? Do you care only for the law and the structure it imposes on society? Do you use your influence in an attempt to bend the land’s ruler to your will for your own gain? Perhaps you encourage violence to sate your own blood thirst. Your motives, morality, and ethics should play a very strong role in how you approach your role as advisor, and they should also help shape the relationship you have with your superior.
You should also consider what caused you to take up the role of an adventurer. Did your liege send you on a quest of great importance, or is it a decision you reached on your own?