# Do I combine assets from one's Class with one's Background? [duplicate]

I've hardly played any D&D, and I'm about to act as a group's DM very soon. I've been doing my 'homework' of course, but I'm running out of time and have difficulties grasping some concepts still.

To the actual question:

Do I combine assets from one's Class with one's Background? When looking into the Class and Background sections while creating a character, you are entitled to some assets.

For example, if I was to create a Bard I am entitled to "(a) a lute or (b) any other musical instrument", and as a character with an "Entertainer" Background I am entitled to "A musical instrument (one of your choice)". So do I get two instruments, or just one?

Thanks, I know this is an awfully noobish question.

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• – nitsua60 Aug 1 '16 at 5:52