This page details the Acean Legionary background and the Formation Fighting feat.

All player characters must have the Acean Legionary background, although normal modification is permitted.


The soul of the Empire is the Legion. By tying citizenship to military service, every Acean of worth lends arms to the Legion and consequently lends martial experience to the Empire. As a member of this elite fighting force, you have learned to work with your fellow Aceans, matching time and coordinating tactics with your contubernium.

Skill Proficiencies: Athletics, History
Tool Proficiencies: One type of gaming set or a musical instrument, siege equipment
Equipment: An insignia of legionary membership, either a gaming set or musical instrument, a true Acean sword, and a set of common clothes. You can replace a suit of armor received from your class with a suit of ring mail and a shield. (Even if your class did not provided armor, you can have a suit of ring mail and a shield.) You can replace the equipment pack you received from your class with a legionary’s pack.

Feature: Acean Patronage

Entering the Legion grants Acean citizenship, a grant that is permanent if the legionary completes a particular term of induction. Citizens recognize one another as part of a noble tradition and act accordingly. You are welcome in Acean society, and you enjoy a number of rights that non-Aceans do not, particularly related to taxation and free movement. Other citizens treat you as a member of an elevated social sphere; you can secure an audience with minor or provincial nobles whenever you need to. Active or retired legionaries still recognize your service rank and will react according to their own ranks. You can usually gain access to Acean military encampments and fortresses and can sometimes requisition simple equipment or horses. Non-citizens within the Empire look up to you and and make every effort to accommodate you.

Suggested Characteristics:

The horrors of war combined with the rigid discipline of legionary service leave their mark on all Aceans, shaping their ideals, bolstering their sense of nationalism, and creating strong bonds. But it often leaves them scarred, physically and mentally.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I’m always polite and respectful.
2 I’m haunted by memories of war. I can’t get the images of violence out of my mind.
3 I’ve lost too many friends, and I’m slow to make new ones.
4 I’m full of inspiring and cautionary tales from my military experience relevant to almost every combat situation.
5 I can stare down a hell hound without flinching.
6 I enjoy being strong and like breaking things.
7 I have a crude sense of humor.
8 I face problems head-on. A simple, direct solution is the best path to success.
d6 Ideal
1 Greater Good. Our lot is to lay down our lives in defense of others. (Good)
2 Responsibility. I do what I must and obey just authority. (Lawful)
3 Independence. When people follow orders blindly, they embrace a kind of tyranny. (Chaotic)
4 Might. In life as in war, the stronger force wins. (Evil)
5 Live and Let Live. Ideals aren’t worth killing over or going to war for. (Neutral)
6 Nation. My city, nation, or people are all that matter. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I would still lay down my life for the people I served with.
2 Someone saved my life on the battlefield. To this day, I will never leave a friend behind.
3 My honor is my life.
4 I’ll never forget the crushing defeat my company suffered or the enemies who dealt it.
5 those who fight beside me are those worth dying for.
6 I fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.
d6 Flaw
1 The monstrous enemy we faced in battle still leaves me quivering with fear.
2 I have little respect for anyone who is not a proven warrior.
3 I made a terrible mistake in battle that cost many lives—and I would do anything to keep that mistake secret.
4 My hatred of my enemies is blind and unreasoning.
5 I obey the law, even if the law causes misery.
6 I’d rather eat my armor than admit when I’m wrong.


Prerequisites: Acean race

As a prerequisite for citizenship, you have undergone legionary training. After two intense years, you have learned the theory and formations of the Acean military machine and the benefits that go with using such tactics. When you create a defensive formation with the other members of your contubernium, you interlock arms, shields, and weapons and lean on one another to hold the line.

This training provides the following benefits.

  • You are proficient with ring mail armor, shields, pikes, and Acean swords. Proficiency with just ring mail does not qualify as “proficiency with heavy armor” for the purpose of feat prerequisites.
  • When an allied legionary moves, you can use some or all of your movement at the same time. You must end this type of movement next to an allied legionary, the one who initially moved or one that he or she moved adjacent to. This allows you to enter or stay in formation. If two characters vie for the same position on the battlemat, the character whose turn it is dictates who gets that position.

Additionally, you gain the following benefits while standing in heavy armor and using a shield, so long as you are directly adjacent to two or more standing allies who have this feat and who are likewise equipped.

  • Due to the strength of your shield wall, you may claim half cover from enemy attacks and spells. Half cover provides a + 2 bonus to AC and Dexterity saving throws.
  • You have advantage on saving throws against any attempt to trip you or knock you prone, and against any attempt to shove you or move you against your will.
  • You can use an Acean crossbow or a pike one-handed, bracing such weapons against your shield.


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