Waterdhavian Noble Background 5E

Hello adventurers! Welcome to my spellbook and thank you so much for checking out the 54th episode of our background series. Today we are going to be reading about the Waterdhavian Noble dnd Background 5E which is found in the sword coast adventurer’s guide and basically it just means you know from waterdeep and all that good stuff.

But you got some interesting characteristics, including the flaws. Before we dive into its description here you can check out the full upgraded backgrounds table from our blog post. In any case let’s dive in to this backgrounds description and other more stuff.


In dnd backgrounds if you chose Waterdhavian Noble then you’re the scion to one of the greatest noble families of the Waterdeep. The human families who are those jealously guard their privilege and also a place in the city of Splendors, and also the waterdhavian nobles have their self reputation across the Faerûn for being an eccentric, spoiled, venal, and also above all else, rich.

Nevertheless , whether you’re the shining example of a reason for this particular reputation or else one of the those who ever proves the rule which is by being an exception and also the people can expect things about you whenever they do know all about your name means your surname and also what does it mean..etc.

Basically, your reason in taking up its adventuring likely to be involve in your family in some of the way; the questions raised here are, Are you the family rebel, who prefers delving in filthy dungeons to sipping zzar at a ball? Or have you taken up sword or spell on your family’s behalf, ensuring that they have someone of renown to see to their legacy?

Needless to say these guys are pretty proper resemble the high class fifteen, sixteen hundreds or so. I think they’re actually model after the french democracy well might be wrong on that. But assume they seems like it. In any case lets now dive into their mechanics.


Under skill proficiencies they have history and persuasion. Persuasion is always great by the way almost in any campaign super nice. History is a little bit more hit or miss as a proficiency. It depends on the campaign is what i am trying to say is i’ve mentioned in previous articles.

Under tool proficiencies they gain a type of gaming set or musical instrument. I feel like musical instrument is going to be more popular choice although once again chat with your DM about it see what their impressions are.

Under languages you gain one of your choice. Under equipment you get a couple of interesting things namely set of fine clothes, a signet ring or brooch, a scroll of pedigree, a skin of fine zzar or wine, and a purse containing 20 gp which is double the 10 gp average. Certainly nice to put yourself in a starting position.

  • Skill Proficiencies: History, Persuasion
  • Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set or one musical instrument
  • Languages: One of your choice
  • Equipment: A set of fine clothes, a signet ring or brooch, a scroll of pedigree, a skin of fine zzar or wine, and a purse containing 20 gp.

You must need to work with your dungeon master (DM) for being coming up with a family that you are one of the parts of- There are almost around seventy-five lineages in the Waterdeep and of course each with its self financial interests, specialties, and schemes.

Eventhough you might also being a part of a main line of your family, most possibly in this line to become its leader a day. Or else you might be one of any number of the cousins, with some less prestige though also some less responsibility.

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Overall these mechanics are pretty fine, they’re kind of form line with the average. The lack of average artisan’s tools is little bit disheartening but give him the flavor and description of the background, it does makes sense. Now let’s move on to its feature. Now it might be worth noting that kept in style is one of the lengthier features we’ve covered and it is a little complicated although.

Feature: Kept in Style

Cause you’re in the waterdeep or in the northern part of your house could sees to your everyday needs. Actually, your name a~d signet were much sufficient for covering most of your major expenses; such as the inns, taverns, and festhalls that you are frequently glad to be recorded about your debt and also send an accounting information to your family’s estate in the Waterdeep for settle down what you owe.

Actually, this is an advantage, by this benefit you can enable yourself to live a beautiful and comfortable lifestyle without even having to get paid at least 2 gp a day for it, or else it reduces the cost of a wealthy or aristocratic lifestyle with that amount.

Even though you may not to be maintaining the less affluent lifestyle and use the difference like an income- the benefit is a line of credit, but not an actual monetary reward.

Very interesting, something i do lot of point out in relation to this background relative to the one of the noble that we’ve covered earlier and that is that this will have a find mount. In addition to not being able to provide for miscellaneous expenses regarding equipment or anything of that nature.

Although that would be up to your dungeon master and maybe the characters relationship with the family and the nature of their adventure profession it could tweak that one way or another. Now let’s move on to their suggested characteristics.

Suggested Characteristics

For the suggested characteristics of this Waterdhavian Noble you can use noble background’s personality traits, ideal, bond and also the flaws as the basis of your traits and also as the motivations which are modifying the entries whenever it appropriate to suit your identity.

Personality Traits

For personality trait i went with “No one could doubt by looking at my regal bearing that i am a cut above the unwashed masses.”

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 “Family: Blood runs thicker than water and this pertains to any alignment.”

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 “Nothing is more important than the other members of my family.”

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 have an insatiable desire for carnal pleasures.”

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.

Like all other nobles, you were also born and grown up in the different world from the one that most of the folks known about it-like one which grants you the privilege but of course it also calls you to fulfill a duty befitting of your station. Your bond might also been associated with your family alone, or else it might be concerned by an another noble house which sides with or it can opposes your own.

Your ideals could be depend upon some extent on however you view your role within your family. Also how you’re intend to be conducted yourself in the specific world at large like representative of your house.

Now a lot of times players are all avoid playing characters like this. But there’s a lot of character development and there’s a lot to work with in terms of role play and as well as interesting scenarios. Naturally it will be up to the DM to read capitalize on this but overall its really interesting.

Not to mention as a really cool platform you can for you’re adventuring. For example let’s say your parents were ex adventurers themselves.

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