City Watch Background 5E

Today’s article is going to be  all about the dnd 5e city watch background also known as the investigator depending on what variant you go with. We haven’t really covered variants too too much and they’re not super relevant they usually just offer a slightly different mechanics here and there but for the most part they’re fairly identical. In any case city watch/investigator is found in the sword coast adventurers guide as with quite a few of the backgrounds. I find that sword coast adventurers guide is relatively underrated for what it provides but it does certainly offer a diverse amount of backgrounds to chose from. Before we move on to its description and many aspects we would like to inform you that we mentioned list of d&d backgrounds in a single page you can check all of them too.


Basically, being a city watch 5e you’ve served to the community at where you grew up by simply standing like its first line of the defense against to the crime. Of course you’re not the soldier and even directing your gaze outward at many of the possible enemies. Instead of this, all of your services which you do to your hometown was to help the police its populace and also protecting the citizenry from all of the lawbreakers and also malefactors of each and every stripe.

Probably, you might have been one of the parts of City Watch of Waterdeep and also the baton-wielding police force of the city of Splendors, even protecting a common folk from different parts of thieves and also rowdy nobility alike. Or of course you might have been one of the valiant defenders of the Silverymoon, normally a member of the Silverwatch or even one of the magic-wielding Spellguard.

Perhaps as a city watch background you do hail from the Neverwinter and also have been served like one of its Wintershield watchmen, and also the newly founded branch of the guards those whoever vow to keep safe the city of Skilled Hands.

Even though, if you’re not related to city-born or to city bred, but this 5e city watch background can clearly describe your early years like the member of law enforcement. So, most of the settlements of any size have their personal constables and also police forces, of course even the smaller communities have been sheriffs and also bailiffs those who ever stand ready to be protected their community.

  • Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, Insight
  • Tool Proficiencies: None
  • Languages: Two of your choice
  • Equipment: A uniform in the style of your unit and indicative of your rank, a horn with which to summon help, a set of manacles, and a pouch containing 10 gp

Feature: Watcher’s Eye

As city watch background 5e you’ve this watcher’s eye feature and as per this your experience in enforcing  law which is attached to any type of rules, and also dealing with the lawbreakers, those gives you a feel for the local laws and also criminals.

You simply able to find the local outpost of the dnd city watch or else the similar organization, and of course just like easily pick it out the dens of the criminal activity in a specific community, even though you’re most likely to be welcome in the former locations irrespective of latter.

Suggested Characteristics

For this city watch in dnd you have to use the tables for the soldier dnd background like the basis of your traits and also the motivations, by simply modifying the entries whenever they’re appropriate for suit your identity.

Personality Traits

D8Personality Traits
1I'm always polite and respectful.
2I'm haunted by memories of war. I can't get the images of violence out of my mind.
3I've lost too many friends, and I'm slow to make new ones.
4I'm full of inspiring and cautionary tales from my military experience relevant to almost every combat situation.
5I can stare down a hell hound without flinching.
6I enjoy being strong and like breaking things.
7I have a crude sense of humor.
8I face problems head-on. A simple, direct solution is the best path to success.


1Greater Good: Our lot is to lay down our lives in defense of others. (Good)
2Responsibility: I do what I must and obey just authority. (Lawful)
3Independence: When people follow orders blindly, they embrace a kind of tyranny. (Chaotic)
4Might: In life as in war, the stronger force wins. (Evil)
5Live and Let Live: Ideals aren't worth killing over or going to war for. (Neutral)
6Nation: My city, nation, or people are all that matter. (Any)


1I would still lay down my life for the people I served with.
2Someone saved my life on the battlefield. To this day, I will never leave a friend behind.
3My honor is my life.
4I'll never forget the crushing defeat my company suffered or the enemies who dealt it.
5Those who fight beside me are those worth dying for.
6I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.


1The monstrous enemy we faced in battle still leaves me quivering with fear.
2I have little respect for anyone who is not a proven warrior.
3I made a terrible mistake in battle cost many lives – and I would do anything to keep that mistake secret.
4My hatred of my enemies is blind and unreasoning.
5I obey the law, even if the law causes misery.
6I'd rather eat my armor than admit when I'm wrong.

Basically, your bond is likely to be associated with your fellow 5e city watch members or else the watch organization itself and almost clearly concerns your community. Actually, your ideal probably involves at the fostering of the peace and also safety. Here an investigator is likely to have an ideal which has connected to achieving justice by successfully solving the crimes.

Get the anthropologist 5e if you want to play with it.

Variant City Watch: Investigator

Almost rarer than the dnd 5e city watch or the patrol members are the community’s investigators, those who are responsible for being solving the crimes after the fact. Even though such type of folks are rarely found in the rural areas, almost each and every settlement of decent size has at least one or two watch members those who’ve been the skill for investigating the crime scenes and also track down the criminals. But if your primary experience was as an investigator and also you’ve the proficiency in an Investigation rather than the Athletics.

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