You were raised in the area controlled by the Akandi Empire, which is a rather large portion of the continent. While the Empire is a diverse place, measures have been taken to ensure that there is some semblance of uniformity across it. To that end, citizens are encouraged to attend one of several academies established across the Empire.
Choosing this background confers the following:
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Akandian. Akandian is a language of mostly soft consonants and a propensity towards nasal-sounding vowels.
Choose one of the following:
- a) Imperial Combat Training. You have proficiency with longswords, shortswords, shortbows, light armor, and shields.
- b) Cantrip. You can cast one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell list. Your intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it.
- c) Tool Proficiency. You have proficiency with the toolset of your choice.