You have heroes in your family background and the story of your ancestors is known far and wide. Perhaps your parents were a famous adventuring duo, or a grandparent hunted and killed many great evils. Maybe your heroic bloodline has many heroes within it going back as far as any can remember. Whatever the case, the deeds of those who came before you are great and the public’s expectation of your accomplishments is even greater.

The weight of your family name affects all you do. You’ve lived a different life than those less famous and probably don’t know yourself as well as you should. Since birth you’ve been told you are special and destined for greatness, which is an idea you may be eager to prove or disprove.

The most important thing to realize and know is that you come from one or more family members that are famous, what is your relationship to them and that fame? Do you come from a family that made a name during the last war? Doesn’t your string of the family have a name in one of the Dragonmark Houses? Do you have a grand ancestor that accomplished great things that are still remember to this day. Certainly one of the primary things you need to consider is what your relationship with this greatness is. People around you and your family will definitely have expectations of you following in your predecessors foot steps. Do you embrace that, or is that something that you are running from?

Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, History
Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set, vehicles (land)
Equipment: A set of traveler’s clothes, a wood figure made in the likeness of an ancestor, a signet ring, identification documents, and a belt pouch containing 15 gp

Feature: Good Reputation

Since your family name is well-known, you can reap many benefits by flying the flag of your heritage. People in positions of power and privilege are more willing to take a meeting with you and grant you a favor since your family name is synonymous with legendary deeds. For instance, an invitation to a party of nobles or a meeting with the queen can be arranged for you because of your lineage. The DM decides the extent and effect of these favors, but they should not involve lavish gifts or great personal risk to the granter.

Suggested Characteristics

You’re used to being under pressure and to folks talking about you both to your face and behind your back. As you start your adventuring career you have a choice to make. Most people of a heroic lineage who adventure either embrace the family name or try to get out there and make their own way. The result, however, is the same — a determined hero trying to show the world they are something more just a lucky kid with the right parents.


Backgrounds: Legendary Lineage