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As per this you’re almost an initiate, on a specific path for completing the trials of the five gods in a hope of earning the glorified death in a specific final Trial of Zeal. Some of the combination from any of your natural aptitude, your crop’s needs and also your teachers’ assessment while you’re an acolyte that led you to focus on your training in a specific area of specialization – hand-to-hand combat, long-range combat, or spellcasting. However, a well-rounded initiate is the only one who can truly be considered worthy of an afterlife.

After all this, if you’re a hand-to-hand specialist, consider it as the barbarian, fighter, monk, paladin, or rogue classes. A fighter, ranger or rogue could all be your options if you are a long-range, combat specialist.  Suppose, if you’re the spellcasting specialist, then you might be a bard, sorcerer, or wizard. Beyond this initial choice, you may have been considered multiclassing or using feats in order to increase your skills across all three areas.

  • Skill Proficiencies Athletics, Intimidation
  • Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming system, vehicles (land).
  • Equipment A simple puzzle box or scroll that contains the basic teachings about the five gods. Common clothes, and pouchThis item contains 15gp. You also have any cartouches that you have earned if you completed trials prior to the start of this campaign.
Features Of DnD 5E Initiate Background

This background contains a single feature: Trial of the Five Gods. We’ve explained it in the below paragraph you can check it out now.

Trial of the Five Gods

This feature has made your life revolve around the five trials, which will be what determines your worth in their afterlife. You would have to prepare for, and then go through all of those trials. However, you will always have access to the training. The servitor mummies (the Anointed), however, provide a place to stay and regular meals.

Of course you can enjoy all of these benefits when only as long as you would obey a societal norms of the Naktamun – training for the trials (with or without your crop), in order to obeying the orders of the gods and of course for following the different instructions of their viziers.  But if you’re violating any of these norms that time you risk being treated as a dissenter.

Suggested Characteristics

The initiate’s life has normally been focused on the trials, but it does not need to all about the trials. Though some of the initiates are highly focused upon their training, most of the undergo which is training while it is also experiencing joy, sorrow, love, loss, anger, jealousy, hope, faith, delight – the whole range of the mortal emotions and also the experience.

Probably, the afterlife might have been a constant presence in it’s every initiate’s mind, but of course it is culmination of a life well-lived—not a replacement for it.

Personality traits

d8 Personality Trait
1 When things get too serious, I have a joke ready.
2 I use sarcasm and insults to keep a distance between myself and my crop-mates, because I don’t want to get attached to them.
3 I’ll settle for nothing less than perfection—in myself, in my cropmates, in everything.
4 I’m so focused on the glorious afterlife that nothing in this life can shake my calm resolve.
5 It is a pleasure to use my skills to assist others who are less skilled.
6 I train hard so I can play hard at night. I fully expect to play even harder in the glorious afterlife, but I’m not in a hurry to get there.
7 I’m perfectly happy letting others pick up the slack for me while I take it easy.
8 I’m constantly sizing up everyone around me, thinking about what kind of opponent they’ll be in the final trial.


d6 Ideal
1 Solidarity: The thing that matters most of all is that we’re there for each other. (Lawful).
2 Knowledge: The world is a puzzle — a mystery waiting to be solved. (Neutral)
3 Strength: Only my own perfection matters to me. Let each other seek perfection in their own way. (Any)
4 Ambition: I’m going to prove that I deserve only the best — of everything. (Evil).
5 Zeal: I will do anything worth my time. (Any)
6 Redemption: To make up for the doubts that I had when I was younger, I will work hard. (Any)


d6 Bond
1 One of my crop-mates has become my best friend and I hope that we will meet in the final trial.
2 I am in love a vizier.
3 I am particularly drawn to one of the five gods, and I want nothing more than to win that god’s particular favor.
4 Naktamun is my greatest love.
5 My weapon was a gift of a loved trainer who had died in an accident.
6 I have a memento of my time in the acolyte ranks that I cherish more than all other things.


d6 Flaw
1 I’m easily distracted by an attractive person, which could be the death of me in the trials.
2 I really wanted to be a vizier, and I’m angry at the god who didn’t choose me.
3 It seems like a waste of time to train for a life that will end in death.
4 I’m not at all sure I’ll be able to grant a glorified death to any of my crop-mates.
5 I have a bitter grudge against one crop-mate, and we all want the other to fail.
6 I think I’ve figured out that this world is not what it seems. Something is very dark.