There's a pervasive trend in roleplaying games that noble characters (whether they're PCs or NPCs) are somehow less effective than those of common birth. We've all seen them; the pampered sorceress who grew up in a castle, the foppish swordsman who can barely get into his own armor, or the blustery-yet-ineffective local lord whose messes the party always has to clean up.
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Why You Should Respect Characters of Noble Birth (Before They Kick You Ass)
The flouncing, ineffective noble has become a trope in our fantasy games. Why? Especially considering that so many of our classic heroes from Tarzan to Prince Valiant have come from the gentry, if not outright from the nobility? Why not consider how to best build your own noble character to add a little something extra to your game?