D&D 5E Noble Background

Hello adventurers! welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 36th episode of our background series. Today we’re going to be doing something little bit different we’re going to be covering a variant namely the noble and it’s found in the player’s handbook. But it is the variant version of the knight, they do have a different feature so it is worth kind of going over them separately.

That being said a lot of this stuff is going to be a quite a similar still kind of worth knowing however. If you haven’t checked out our d&d phb backgrounds and even from other books from our official website yet and you would like to now then please proceed with the given link to keep yourself updated. In any case let’s get started by first checking out its description.


Being a Noble Background 5E you able to understand the wealth, the power, and also the privilege. You could carry the noble 5e title, and even your family owns the land, have right to collect the taxes, and the wields significant political influence.

Of course, you may one of the pampered aristocrats those unfamiliar by work or else discomfort, also the formal merchant which has just been elevated for the nobility, or else the disinherited scoundrel by the disproportionate sense of the entitlement.

Or of course you could be one of an honest and hard-working land owners those whoever cares deeply about peoples those who live and also work on your land, keenly known about your responsibility for them.

Mostly, as a dnd noble you had worked with your DM for being able to come uo by an appropriate title and also have determine that how much authority which title carries. Actually, the 5e noble title does not stand on its own- it has been connected to the whole family and f course whatever the title you hold and also you will pass it down for your own children.

But not only that do you need to be determined about your noble title, but also you should be working with the dungeon master for describing your family and also their influence upon you. Some of the questions have been raised in dnd backgrounds as we mentioned them below. Once check out them.

  • Is your family old and established, or was your title only recently bestowed?
  • How much influence do they wield, and over what area?
  • What kind of reputation does your family have among the other aristocrats of the region?
  • How do the common people regard them?
  • What’s your position in the family?
  • Are you the heir to the head of the family?
  • Have you already inherited the title?
  • How do you feel about that responsibility? Or are you so far down the line of inheritance that no one cares what you do, as long as you don’t embarrass the family?
  • How does the head of your family feel about your adventuring career? Are you in your family’s good graces, or shunned by the rest of your family?
  • Does your family have a coat of arms?
  • An insignia you might wear on a signet ring?
  • Particular colors you wear all the time?
  • An animal you regard as a symbol of your line or even a spiritual member of the family?

These details can be helped to establish your family and also your noble title like the features of the world of the campaign.

Now this does suffer from a problem that i go over quite in depth in the knight article however in this one i will keep it brief. There is a certain pattern with certain characters and certain backgrounds where they don’t really match like your background will have you being this great folk hero that saved people from dragons and all this crazy stuff and in reality you’re a level one fighter

So there’s that weird disconnect between your past deeds and your current self. This is easily avoided by just bearing your level in mind when you’re designing your character like the folk hero is the a good example because we’ve already kind of gone over it with the dragons a different version of a folk hero one better suited to a level one fighter is one time you were able to use your creativity and ingenuity to spare the town from a goblin raid and you can do this by kind of like lighting fires in strategic positions or making loud noises using horns stuff like that.

It’s still feasible for a level one fighter to be able to do that and still regain some sense of fame and renown on a local sense. You got to apply that same logic here to a noble. Sure you might be a landowner but that’s only because you’re you inherited the deed from a dead family member who recently passed away. Something to that effect would be far more likely than you being a well-established merchant already. In any case let’s move on to its mechanics.


It’s skill proficiencies are history and persuasion. It’s always nice to have persuasion as a proficiency and history can be incredibly useful based on the campaign you’re in. Under tool proficiencies you gain one type of gaming set. Under languages you also gain one of your choice. Under equipment you gain a set of fine clothes, a signet ring, a scroll of  pedigree to verify your identity and lineage and a purse containing 25 gold piece.

  • Skill Proficiencies: History, Persuasion
  • Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set
  • Languages: One of your choice
  • Equipment: A set of fine clothes, a signet ring, a scroll of pedigree, and a purse containing 25 gp

This is all essentially identical to the knight so it’s not really worth going over to any major degree, but i do think it would be interesting what would happen if your scroll of pedigree got stolen from you and then eventually forged and changed so that someone else got all of your inheritance and status.

I think that would pretty cool, now let’s take a look at it’s feature and this is quite a bit different than the knight. So this one is called position of privilege.

Feature: Position of Privilege

You should be thankful to your noble birth, and also the peoples those who are inclined to think the best about you. You are always welcome in the high society and also the people assume that you’ve the right to be wherever the location you are.

As per this feature the common folk able to make each and every effort for accommodating you and to be avoid your displeasure, also the other people of high birth which do treat you like the member of the similar social sphere. You can easily secure an audience by the local noble when if you need to.

Very cool stuff! Once again it is important to bear your level in mind when you plan on using this and DMs go over this in a session zero it’s one thousand percent worth having the conversation. Because if a character is going to use this to cheese your game, it’s gonna be worth putting that into perspective for them in addition to that it’s likely going to change their outcome and the style of character they have in mind anyways,

So yeah…have the conversation it’ll save you both a ton of headache in the long run. Now let’s move on to its suggested characteristics.

Suggested Characteristics

The Nobles have born and also raised for the most different lifestyle than most of the people ever experience, and also their personalities able to reflect such type upbringing. Basically, the noble title will come  with lots of bonds- responsibilities for the family, for an other nobles (including the sovereign), actually, for the people entrusted for the sake of family’s care, or else even to the title itself. Any how this responsibility is frequently a good way for undermine the noble.

Personality Traits

Under personality trait “The common folk love me for my kindness and generosity.”

D8Personality Trait
1My eloquent flattery makes everyone I talk to feel like the most wonderful and important person in the world.
2The common folk love me for my kindness and generosity.
3No one could doubt by looking at my regal bearing that I am a cut above the unwashed masses.
4I take great pains to always look my best and follow the latest fashions.
5I don't like to get my hands dirty, and I won't be caught dead in unsuitable accommodations.
6Despite my noble birth, I do not place myself above other folk. We all have the same blood.
7My favor, once lost, is lost forever.
8If you do me an injury, I will crush you, ruin your name, and salt your fields.


Under ideal ” Independence. I must prove that i can handle myself without the coddling of my family. And this will take you towards a more chaotic direction.”

1Respect. Respect is due to me because of my position, but all people regardless of station deserve to be treated with dignity. (Good)
2Responsibility. It is my duty to respect the authority of those above me, just as those below me must respect mine. (Lawful)
3Independence. I must prove that I can handle myself without the coddling of my family. (Chaotic)
4Power. If I can attain more power, no one will tell me what to do. (Evil)
5Family. Blood runs thicker than water. (Any)
6Noble Obligation. It is my duty to protect and care for the people beneath me. (Good)


Under Bond “the common folk must see me as a hero of the people.”

1I will face any challenge to win the approval of my family,
2My house's alliance with another noble family must be sustained at all costs.
3Nothing is more important than the other members of my family.
4I am in love with the heir of a family that my family despises.
5My loyalty to my sovereign is unwavering.
6The common folk must see me as a hero of the people.


Under flaw ” I hide a truly scandalous secret that could ruin my family forever.”

1I secretly believe that everyone is beneath me.
2I hide a truly scandalous secret that could ruin my family forever.
3I too often hear veiled insults and threats in every word addressed to me, and I'm quick to anger.
4I have an insatiable desire for carnal pleasures.
5In fact, the world does revolve around me.
6By my words and actions, I often bring shame to my family.

Now this is really interesting. Because it would lend itself to not only some interesting plots but also some really great character development. Now the noble i have in mind for this particular set of characteristics would be someone who is genuinely in love with the people who serve under him and the locals.

However his family, he feels like he needs more real world experiences family is inclined to kind of just teach him what he needs to do to be an effective ruler and just let him live in the life of luxury, so he runs away from home and maybe he stumbled upon the fact that maybe his family isn’t as noble as they lead themselves on to be and you have some kind of weird proof of that.

But it is interesting, i like it this is likely the kind of noble i would play in a game. That being said, let me know what you think down beneath. Now let’s move on to its variants and also my personal thoughts.

Variant Noble: Knight

Probably, the knighthood was among the lowest noble background titles in most of the societies, but of course it can be the path for higher status. Suppose, if you would like to be the knight, you have to chose you need to select the Retainers feature below instead of your Position of Privilege feature.

Basically, one of your commoner retainers has been replaced by the noble those who serves like your squire, also aiding you in an exchange for the being training on his or her own way for knighthood. Both of your remaining retainers might have included the groom to be caring for your horse and also the servant those who polishes your armor (and even helps you put it on).

Being an emblem of the chivalry and also the ideals of courtly love, that you might be include among your equipment a banner or else the other token from either the noble lord or the lady with whom you’ve given your heart – so in the chaste sort of a devotion. (Of course this person only could be your bond).

Check dnd plaintiff background post also.

Variant Feature: Retainers

Suppose, your character has this noble dnd background and then you may chose this background feature instead of the Position of the Privilege.

You actually have the service of three retainers which are loyal to your family, actually, these retainers able to be attendants or the messengers, and also one might have been the majordomo. Basically, your retainers were commoners those whoever can perform the mundane tasks for you.

But of course they do not fight for the sake of you, and also they will not follow you into an obviously dangerous areas (such as dungeons), and then they will leave if they are frequently endangered or abused.


Overall i like the noble! It’s a shame that a lot of characters try and abuse it. But i do think it is a solid background if you are realistic about it. The another problem you might run into with this background is there are may be other party members with rather unfavorable experiences regarding nobility and well it’s all fine and dandy when you role play it, it might lead to some pretty tense moments between characters.

However outside of that i think it’s pretty solid overall. It’s meant to be interesting in game so any points of friction are just going to be a consequence of that. So overall it’s nice.


That being said, let me know what you think of the noble down beneath in the comment section. Be sure to mention any thoughts, questions, comments or concerns you have regarding it. That being said, i hope you all have a great day and as always happy adventuring everyone.

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