D&D General How To Make Krypteia Spartan

DarkNymph

Villager
Hiya! So my friend introduced to D&d a few days ago so I’m new to the game :)

So just what the title says… how to make Krypteia Spartan? Which Class and Subclass would be perfect for it?

For info on Krypteia:

“Krypteia ("hidden, secret"), was an ancient Spartan state institution involving young Spartan men. It was an exclusive element of Sparta's state-sponsored child-rearing system in which participation afforded its members, known as kryptai (κρύπται, members of the Krypteia), the opportunity to test their skills further and to prove themselves worthy of the Spartan polity. As an organisation, the Crypteia's mandate and practices are still debated by historians

The Crypteia had young Spartan men, probably between the ages of 21 and 30, who were described as "those judged to have the most intelligence." The men were known as hêbôntes, one of the many social categories that preceded full Spartiate citizenship, and had completed their rearing at the agoge with such success that they were marked out as potential future leaders by Spartan officials.The training kryptai endured was undoubtedly harsh, but the way in which their training was conducted is debated.

According to Plato, the kryptai did not use footwear during the winter and slept without shelter. He also describes them as being unsupervised and as depending on themselves alone for survival. Plato's description might seem to imply that the kryptai were forced to be independent, but some scholars think that they may have had attendants at certain times to watch over them.

Every autumn, Spartan ephors would declare war on the helot population which would allow them to kill a helot without fear of punishment.The chosen kryptai were then sent out into the countryside armed with daggers with the instructions to kill any helot they encountered travelling the roads and tending to fields they deemed too plentiful.” From Wiki

Crypteia - Wikipedia

Here’s a video one:

 

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DarkNymph

Villager
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking for help with here. Are you wanting to make a PC who engages in state-sponsored terrorism? Or are you wanting to create a group of bad guys for the PCs to foil based on the Spartan Krypteia?

On a related note, I highly recommend this excellent series of articles debunking popular myths about Spartan culture: This. Isn’t. Sparta. – A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry
Oh just a PC who is a kryptai got exiled for getting caught stealing and killing and so now he’s helping the group for a reason

All I want is what class and subclass should he have

Thanks for the article :)
 

pukunui

Legend
Oh just a PC who is a kryptai got exiled for getting caught stealing and killing and so now he’s helping the group for a reason

All I want is what class and subclass should he have

Thanks for the article :)
Depends on what angle you want to emphasize really. If he got caught, then he’s probably not that good at sneaking around, so I’d suggest fighter over rogue.

Champion or battle master maybe.
 

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