5E Best Name For A “Leader” Class?

Best name?

  • Herald

    Votes: 7 8.4%
  • Banneret

    Votes: 3 3.6%
  • Captain

    Votes: 15 18.1%
  • Warlord

    Votes: 22 26.5%
  • Marshal

    Votes: 31 37.3%
  • Mark

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other - let us know!

    Votes: 9 10.8%
  • Commander

    Votes: 13 15.7%
  • Warden

    Votes: 6 7.2%
  • Sentinel

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    83

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
I nominate "Hero".

Because, really, that's what it is. It's Conan and Aragorn and Odysseus, right?

All other classes will become subclasses of the "Sidekick" class.
 
So, in case anyone doubted the issues with "Leader" as a label for Support or with even vaguely suggesting military ranks or legitimate authority or elevated status with the name of a class, as if on cue...
I nominate "Hero".
Hero's a great name for a class. D&D will likely never use it. OK, likely never use it again, 'Hero' was a Fighter level title back in the day, and, according to Kuntz, the original Arneson proto-D&D character class alongside 'Wizard.'
Because, really, that's what it is. It's Conan and Aragorn and Odysseus, right?
All other classes will become subclasses of the "Sidekick" class.
Not only wrong, but backwards.
Support contributions leave a PC sliding more towards the Sidekick side of that one. Flashy spells and high-DPR multi-attacking are the stars.

Eh... needs to be room for the Anti-hero
Less sure about this one, but may have been an Anti-Paladin level title...? I recall Blackguard and Villain were, for sure.
 

Undrave

Adventurer
Let's just brainstorm it with random titles! Don't stop to doubt them, just spam some names, here's a few random ones I compiled looking up various piles of synonyms and wiki articles:

Warchief
Chief
Strategist
Lancer
Zhanshi
Torchbearer
Flagbearer
Standardbearer
Steward
Cornet
Fähnrich
Schemer
Machinator
Coordinator
Sakushi
Kengen
Taskmaster
Honcho
Gaffer
Overseer
Overmaster
Overmind
Foxmind
Arbiter
Pacer
Pacesetter
Herald
Harbinger
Forerunner
Prime
Convoy (Transformers joke)
Hoplite
Ouragos
Dynamist
Dragon
Dimœrites
Decadarchos
Decasteros
Lochagos
Polemarch
Centurion
Vanguard
Aquilifer
Cornicen

Plenty of stinkers I know but that's how you brainstorm...
 

Weiley31

Adventurer
I like the Banneret simply for the fact that it FEELS LIKE it has to carry a War Standard Banner while leading troops.
 

Laurefindel

Explorer
Marshal is winning. Interesting.
I'm not surprised

A Herald announces someone else; not a leader. Same with Harbinger (not on the list but often used in fantasy).
A Banneret is the son/descendant of a knight (who may not even be a warrior); too narrow and associated nobility. Can equally be a leader or a brat.
A Captain can be translated by "head man" (well, kind of). I could see that one work
A Warlord, 4e baggage aside, fits for leading an army (one bigger than a 4-adventurer party) and connotes warmongering. Still, it could work.
A Marshal is a term associated with horses but in the modern sense it's a military leader. Fitting.
A Mark is some kind of chamberlain or seneschal right? Like Kay in Arthurian Legends? Could work, but implies a more sedentary lifestyle, and implies vassalship to a liege.
A Commander is someone who commands. A bit "in-your-face!", but it works.
A Warden protects a ward. It doesn't really implies leadership, and isn't neutral on the defense/offence scale (for what its worth...)
A Sentinel is also someone who watches or stands guard. Again, doesn't scream leadership, and is closely associated with a place/person, a particular enemy, or a region/nation.

So in all those terms, Captain, Warlord, Commander could work for a leader-type class, but Marshal stands as the best term for someone who is called to lead either small or large groups, and has a military connotation. Captain is close behind IMO.
 
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Tonguez

Adventurer
I'm not surprised

A Herald announces someone else; not a leader. Same with Harbinger (not on the list but often used in fantasy).
A Banneret is the son/descendant of a knight (who may not even be a warrior); too narrow and associated nobility. Can equally be a leader or a brat.
A Captain can be translated by "head man" (well, kind of). I could see that one work
A Warlord, 4e baggage aside, fits for leading an army (one bigger than a 4-adventurer party) and connotes warmongering. Still, it could work.
A Marshal is associated with horses but in the modern sense it's a military leader. Fitting.
A Mark is some kind of chamberlain or seneschal right? Like Kay in Arthurian Legends? Could work, but implies a more sedentary lifestyle, and implies vassalship to a liege.
A Commander is someone who commands. A bit "in-your-face!", but it works.
A Warden protects a ward. It doesn't really implies leadership, and isn't neutral on the defense/offence scale (for what its worth...)
A Sentinel is also someone who watches or stands guard. Again, doesn't scream leadership, and is closely associated with a place/person, a particular enemy, or a region/nation.

So in all those terms, Captain, Warlord, Commander could work for a leader-type class, but Marshal stands as the best term for someone who is called to lead either small or large groups, and has a military connotation. Captain is close behind IMO.
I really like your analysis:)

Banneret however is a Knight who leads troops under his own Banner, he ranks above a Knight Bachelor (who fights under anothers Banner) but is NOT of Noble Rank (an Earl or Duke). Banneretti is distinct from Baronetti (the son of a Baron)
 
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Coroc

Adventurer
Let's just brainstorm it with random titles! Don't stop to doubt them, just spam some names, here's a few random ones I compiled looking up various piles of synonyms and wiki articles:

Warchief
Chief
Strategist
Lancer
Zhanshi
Torchbearer
Flagbearer
Standardbearer
Steward
Cornet
Fähnrich
Schemer
Machinator
Coordinator
Sakushi
Kengen
Taskmaster
Honcho
Gaffer
Overseer
Overmaster
Overmind
Foxmind
Arbiter
Pacer
Pacesetter
Herald
Harbinger
Forerunner
Prime
Convoy (Transformers joke)
Hoplite
Ouragos
Dynamist
Dragon
Dimœrites
Decadarchos
Decasteros
Lochagos
Polemarch
Centurion
Vanguard
Aquilifer
Cornicen

Plenty of stinkers I know but that's how you brainstorm...
What the absolute... is a foxmind? I know foxy lady but....

Machinator? Is that one of the Russian first names from the communist era like Tractor?
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
Marshal is winning. Interesting.
“Marshal” is the one name that literally describes what the class concept does in a verb form. It organizes, directs and supports; the exact definition of “to marshal”. I would have voted for marshal, but warlord already is the placeholder for the design space, it seems silly to evict a name that already has traction. (Heck, it’s the name of the trope on TVtropes.)
 

jasper

Rotten DM
Herald ok does he announce everyone coat arms before the fight
Banneret. The tiny bratty kid of the mayor who going to get daddy to ban you from town.
Captain. A very crunchy name.
Warlord. Too much baggage with this name.
Marshal. He will arrest you in your tracks. We will name him William.
Mark. Up. Down, Twain?
Commander. Of Comma!
Warden. Sounds like a city ranger in charge of a prison.
Sentinel. Oh my Stars and Garters. X that Man. X that Man
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
@doctorbadwolf

Set up a test (using the monk chassis) for now here-

Think of using different colors for the things that have been decided, and not decided.
 

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