5E Bladesinger Backgrounds?

Azaar

Explorer
Here in a couple of months, my DM will be starting a new campaign. I'm psyched because I'm going to be playing the party wizard, and I've been a fan of bladesingers since AD&D 2E. That said, I'm debating backgrounds.

The DM's backstory for the setting: there was a recent war where humans basically went on a campaign against virtually every other demi-human race in the world (elves, drarves, etc.), and lost. We have one variant human character being planned, and I think a half-elf, at least that I'm aware of aside from my own moon elf and the moon elf paladin (and we're considering some sort of tie-in to one another -- he's likely going Noble for his background, being paladin). My idea was that my character was sorta like an undercover agent, sorta like a faction agent, in that she blended in with folks and passed along information.

But Criminal/Spy, even though it sounds perfect for this, doesn't really work because it's Deception and Stealth for skill proficiencies. Part of me really wants to have Acrobatics as a skill proficiency, so that I can have the best benefit of having advantage on Acrobatics checks while in Bladesong. However, Entertainer/Gladiator is the only background I can find which has Acrobatics as one of the skill proficiencies, and while it could work, it doesn't quite fit.

So, I suppose the questions I have are this: what backgrounds, generally speaking, are good for a bladesinger? Is getting Acrobatics as a skill proficiency worth it, given that my Dexterity will definitely hit the 20 cap (after my Intelligence)? And should I consider seeing about potentially making a customized background?
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Here in a couple of months, my DM will be starting a new campaign. I'm psyched because I'm going to be playing the party wizard, and I've been a fan of bladesingers since AD&D 2E. That said, I'm debating backgrounds.

The DM's backstory for the setting: there was a recent war where humans basically went on a campaign against virtually every other demi-human race in the world (elves, drarves, etc.), and lost. We have one variant human character being planned, and I think a half-elf, at least that I'm aware of aside from my own moon elf and the moon elf paladin (and we're considering some sort of tie-in to one another -- he's likely going Noble for his background, being paladin). My idea was that my character was sorta like an undercover agent, sorta like a faction agent, in that she blended in with folks and passed along information.

But Criminal/Spy, even though it sounds perfect for this, doesn't really work because it's Deception and Stealth for skill proficiencies. Part of me really wants to have Acrobatics as a skill proficiency, so that I can have the best benefit of having advantage on Acrobatics checks while in Bladesong. However, Entertainer/Gladiator is the only background I can find which has Acrobatics as one of the skill proficiencies, and while it could work, it doesn't quite fit.

So, I suppose the questions I have are this: what backgrounds, generally speaking, are good for a bladesinger? Is getting Acrobatics as a skill proficiency worth it, given that my Dexterity will definitely hit the 20 cap (after my Intelligence)? And should I consider seeing about potentially making a customized background?
The phb backgrounds are examples, not a list of what’s possible.

Make a background that does what you want.

You get 2 skills, 2 proficiencies (tool or language), a set of starting equipment (usually some trinket, clothes, and a small amount of money), and a Feature.

So, pick the feature that fits best, figure out what the character has been doing for a living, and build the background from there.
 

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