When a royal feast is undergoing or a meeting of a high council is called, most attention lies on the high-ranking nobles conversing over the table. Less noticed are the pages of the different nobles, standing stoutly behind the chair of their master, awaiting an order or request. These youngsters are in training, learning the intricacies of court through listening and observation, and it is not an unusual rite of passage for members of the high nobility.
Pages are often an invisible part of the aristocratic landscape. To some nobles, pages are seen as nothing more than a slightly more important servant or handmaiden, and they are switched out every few years with little regard. To others, pages are considered high value, as their tendency towards social invisibility means they make excellent spies, capable of sniffing out courtly gossip better than a servant ever could.
Languages: Two of your choice
Equipment: One set of fine clothes, a vial of perfume, a letter from your previous employer, and a pouch containing 15 gp
Feature: Courtly Manners
At court, it is valuable to know your social standing, especially compared to others present. Based on mannerisms and symbols of station, you can discern the rank of members of the nobility, and you know how to carry yourself when conversing with them. This includes addressing them with the appropriate title relevant to their nobility. In addition, and you can easily strike up conversations about noble people with their staff, and they are more willing to share information with you about them.
Use the tables for the noble as the basis for your traits and motivations.
Aaralyn’s Stolen Notes to Velea Copyright 2018 Anne Gregersen Author Anne Gregersen