Trouble in Hiyasan
Mechanically, the binokot is identical to the noble background with the exception of the tool proficiency change.
You were part of the cloistered nobility of the Hiyasan islands. While your siblings painted their skin and went to war, it was deemed necessary for you to be kept alive to ensure the continuation of your bloodline. You were thus cloistered from the rest of society (binokot literally means “segregated”) and raised in the arts of song and wit to charm worthy mates.
You had many taboos as a binokot, which are supposed to hold while you remained unmarried. You may not be seen by anyone outside of your immediate family and attendant oripun; not even by suitors or potential mates. Your feet cannot touch the ground or be dirtied. You are to remain pure. Breaking these taboos is an insult to your parentage and ancestry.
As an adventurer, you are by nature no longer cloistered. What brought about the end of your segregation from society? Perhaps you are already married, and a datu’s spouse needs to be visible. Your family might be all dead, and your feet on the ground is a necessary insult as you undertake your vow of vengeance. Maybe you do not break these taboos, after all, adventuring with your skin covered in cloth and wearing thick boots that are impervious to dirt. Perhaps you eloped!Whatever this reason is, it can be the focal point that drives the goals of your character.
Many binokot are bards, for they have both the time and inclination to discover and study the magic in music. The purity of their bloodline can also be attributed to maintaining a sorcerous bloodline. Datus tend to dote on their binokot children, and in some cases can be persuaded to teach them the arts of war. Such fighters tend to have a hint of eldritch magic in them; indeed, binokot in general tend to hail from magic-using classes.
Tool proficiency: Instead of a gaming set, you may instead gain proficiency in one type of musical instrument.