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This is going to be up to the DM, but if you are the DM asking what you should do, I would suggest that "temporary use" means "for as long as you need to complete a concrete objective task". The temporary use is referring to both the horses and the equipment. You have quote the exact text wrongly, leading to the confusion: your rank to exert influence ...


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How to make new backgrounds is in the Dungeon Master's Guide in the “Creating New Character Options” section that starts on page 285. How to make new backgrounds is on page 289. If the players will be creating the new backgrounds' concepts, you should work with your players on the mechanical details, not let them choose them on their own. Creating new ...


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If none of the backgrounds in the Player's Handbook (p. 124-141) seem to fit you, discuss with your Dungeon Master(DM) a custom background. Once you explain why none of them fit, your DM may be able to show you how one does fit, or help you create a custom background as explained on page 289 of the Dungeon Master's Guide. Each background comes as a ...


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The Specialty is purely flavor, and doesn't provide any mechanical benefit. The knowledge that a Sage provides isn't meant to be practical knowledge, but more scholarly. For example, a professor of anatomy might know the name of every single bone in your body, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he'd be any help setting a broken bone. In the same way, ...


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Page 36 of the Player's Basic Rules includes a section on customizing backgrounds. I won't include the whole thing here, but the essential points are as follows: Choose any 2 skills. Choose a total of 2 tool proficiencies or languages. Choose 2 traits, one bond, one ideal, and one flaw. Choose an equipment package from one of the existing backgrounds or ...


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You don't seem to be doing anything wrong whatsoever. I have a Rogue who just joined my campaign who has Seven proficiencies as well AND he has a passive Wis and Int score of 21 and 22 ...he see's everything....automatically....and he did so by following the rules. You gain Background, Racial, AND Class proficiencies and abilities as long as you meet ...


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This heavily depends on who your characters are, what they are doing, and where they are doing it. Who: If you're characters are low level adventurers, even the best stocked company is not going to entrust them with high value gear. They'll probably get some riding horses, armor if they really need it and access to weapons. What: If they just need it for ...


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As long as your players/characters are suitable to gel as a team, and the non-plot-linked characters have abilities that allow them to contribute something special, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Characters end up being important because of what they actually do, not because of the reason they show up in the first place. So provided that all characters ...


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Well, the two players in question wanted to develop their characters during play, right? Sounds like a good thing to do would be to take them aside, between sessions and see if they could see ways to tie their characters into anything existing, or adding a minimal amount of additional things to bring into the game. I'd have them look at things like the ...


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One of the big advantages of Sage, is if you take a fairly broad field of speciality, you can ask the DM almost any question and receive an answer or know where to find the answer to that question. Yes you can't practically apply the knowledge you have of a specific skill such as Alchemy but you know far more lore than most Alchemists and are more likely to ...


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This depends on your setting. Many elements of D&D 5e backgrounds need the context of specific setting context in order to make a specific rulings. For example the answer to your question is very different if you are playing a typical pseudo-medieval setting like Greyhawk versus a setting based on John Boorman's Excalibur. In Greyhawk the answer is not ...


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It could be ok if they players with the basic backgrounds were ok having basic backgrounds. Since they are now feeling disconnected from the plot, it seems like probably everyone would be happier if you worked in some connections. You might want to make sure all of the players are ok with how you do this, but some options could include: If the players who ...


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I had this exact same problem with a Deadlands Reloaded campaign I am currently running. For my games I use a standard template for players to fill in their character backgrounds before the first session starts, which gives many opportunities for plot hooks to be identified. However, one of my players despises doing this as part of character creation, so we ...



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