Child of the divine

More than a mere acolyte, you were raised in a temple,
acknowledged as the child of a god or mighty archangel.
You act as a conduit between the Heavens and the Earth,
and devout followers see your words as the edicts of the
divine, whether true or not.
Choose a god, angel, devil, or other quasi-divine being
active in your campaign world. Followers of your church
or pantheon see you as a direct descendent of that being.

Although aasimar and tieflings are the most common
recipients of this background, a member of any race can
be a child of the divine.
Skill Proficiencies: Persuasion, Religion
Tool Proficiencies: Any one musical instrument
Languages: Enochian
Equipment: A holy symbol, a prayer book or prayer
wheel, 5 sticks of incense, vestments, a set of fine
clothes, and a belt pouch containing 5 gp

Feature: Word of God
In addition to the ability to perform the ceremonies of your
deity, your words are taken as divine truth by the followers
of your religion. You and your adventuring party can expect
to receive free healing and care at a temple, shrine, or
other established presence of your faith, though you must
provide any material components needed for spells. Other
followers of your religion will provide shelter and food for
you and your companions at your request.
When in a social interaction with a follower of your
believed parent, your words are taken as truth unless
directly opposed to the accepted edicts of the
church or organization. While within a city
or region that worships your parent, it is
assumed that wherever you are, you are meant to be
there. While within a city or region that worships a god or
pantheon other than your parent, your presence will often
be questioned even if you have permission to be there.

Suggested Characteristics
Children of the Living God are shaped by their childhood
experiences. Whether or not they are actually the child
of a divine or other-planar being is irrelevant to the
perceived truth. They may believe in their divine heritage,
expressing condescending attitudes or benevolent
humility. Their flaws may include not believing the stories
about their history and secretly fearing the eventual
revelation of their mortality.

d8 Personality Traits
1 I idolize my ancestor and constantly refer to their
deeds and example.
2 I can find common ground between the fiercest
enemies, empathizing with them and working
toward peace.
3 I see omens in every event and action. My ancestor
is always speaking to us, I simply need to listen.
4 I quote (and misquote) sacred texts and proverbs
in almost every situation.
5 I am tolerant (or intolerant) of other faiths and
respect (or condemn) the worship of other gods or
pantheons.
6 I’ve enjoyed all the spoils life has to offer, from fine
food and drink to high society. Rough living is for
the common.
7 I’ve spent so long in the temple that I have little
practical experience dealing with ordinary people.
8 I question all acts of altruism or charity as steps
others use to manipulate.

d6 Ideal
1 Tradition. The ancient traditions of worship and
sacrifice must be preserved and upheld. (Lawful)
2 Charity. I always try to help those in need, no
matter what the personal cost. (Good)
3 Change. We must strive bring about the changes
that the gods wish to impose on the world.
(Chaotic)
4 Power. I expect others of my faith to follow my
word, and those not of my faith to see the wisdom
in my leadership. (Lawful)
5 Faith. I trust that my actions are guided by my
divine heritage and that if I don’t understand
something, all will eventually be revealed. (Lawful)
6 Aspiration. I work to prove myself worthy of my
god’s trust and actions, whether or not I am truly
their child. (Any)

d6 Bond
1 Recovering a lost relic or artifact of my faith will
prove I am the hand of my ancestors.
2 I owe my life to the priest who found me and raised
me to be a symbol of our faith.
3 Everything I do is for the people my ancestor
created.
4 I will do anything to protect the temple in which I
was raised.
5 I am driven to protect ancient and sacred texts my
enemies see as heretical and seek to destroy.
6 I have found a mortal love that my position denies me.

d6 Flaw
1 I don’t believe the stories told about me, but see
the good my presence does to my community. I
cannot let anyone know my doubts.
2 I put too much trust in those who wield power in
my religion’s hierarchy.
3 My piety sometimes leads me to blindly trust
those that profess faith in my god.
4 I am inflexible in my thinking.
5 I am suspicious of those not of my faith and
expect the worst of them.
6 Once I believe my god has laid a goal before me, I
will stop at nothing to achieve it.
Backgrounds

Child of the divine

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