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: Choose two from among Persuasion, History
- Languages: Choose one exotic language (Abyssal, Celestial, Deep Speech, Draconic, Infernal, Primordial, Sylvan, or Undercommon)
- 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?
|1||I like to read and memorize poetry. It keeps me calm and brings me fleeting moments of happiness.|
|2||I spend money freely and live life to the fullest, knowing that tomorrow I might die.|
|3||I live for the thrill of the hunt.|
|4||I don’t talk about the thing that torments me. I’d rather not burden others with my curse.|
|5||I expect danger around every corner.|
|6||I refuse to become a victim, and I will not allow others to be victimized.|
|7||I put no trust in divine beings.|
|1||I try to help those in need, no matter what the personal cost. (Good)|
|2||I’ll stop the spirits that haunt me or die trying. (Any)|
|3||I kill monsters to make the world a safer place, and to exorcise my own demons. (Good)|
|4||I have a dark calling that puts me above the law. (Chaotic)|
|5||I like to know my enemy’s capabilities and weaknesses before rushing into battle. (Lawful)|
|6||I’m a monster that destroys other monsters, and anything else that gets in my way. (Evil)|
|1||I keep my thoughts and discoveries in a journal. My journal is my legacy.|
|2||I would sacrifice my life and my soul to protect the innocent.|
|3||My torment drove away the person I love. I strive to win back the love I’ve lost.|
|4||A terrible guilt consumes me. I hope that I can find redemption through my actions.|
|5||There’s evil in me, I can feel it. It must never be set free.|
|6||I have a child to protect. I must make the world a safer place for him (or her).|
|1||I have certain rituals that I must follow every day. I can never break them.|
|2||I assume the worst in people.|
|3||I feel no compassion for the dead. They’re the lucky ones.|
|4||I have an addiction.|
|5||I am a purveyor of doom and gloom who lives in a world without hope.|
|6||I talk to spirits that no one else can see.|