I'm attempting to make a custom D&D character, with a custom background. In 5e, backgrounds often feature a "Background Feature" that does not really give them any kind of mechanical advantage; it is used more as a plot device.
For example, in the backgrounds provided in the PHB (Entertainer):
Feature: By Popular Demand
You can always find a place to perform, usually in an inn or tavern but possibly with a circus, at a theater, or even in a noble’s court. At such a place, you receive free
lodging and food of a modest or comfortable standard (depending on the quality of the establishment), as long as you perform each night. In addition, your
performance makes you something of a local figure. When strangers recognize you in a town where you have performed, they typically take a liking to you.
Is this difference clearly defined anywhere?