The Children of Valon
These are appropriate careers for beginning characters. If you have an idea for a career that is not included here, then please message me. Every character needs to select a career:
Beast handlers make their living by capturing, trading, breeding,
caring for, or domesticating creatures for a variety of different roles
in the community. Examples include horse-whisperers, falconers,
hound masters, snake wranglers, and the like. Some raise ostensibly
wild animals for domesticated use. A few even take captured beasts and
turn them into guardians, battlefield weapons, or competitors for pit
fights and gladiatorial events.
Skilled artisans, professional craftsmen cover a huge range of
trades: from basket making through to weaving. Most craftsmen specialize
in one particular area, but it is not uncommon to find those
skilled in a second field related to their primary craft. Some crafters
have associated experience in buying materials and selling their own
wares, depending on their scale of their business.
Professional entertainers, have a range of skills in which they
can specialize. Acrobats perform feats of balance, gymnastics, and
hand-eye co-ordination. Dancers entertain with diverse dances ranging
from the erotic to ceremonial. Musicians use their instruments to perform
private concerts or provide background music. Poets recite great works of
literature, and lyric poetry, whereas singers perform choral works,
often as choirs. Story-tellers recount apocryphal tales, and so on.
Entertainers sometimes learn several complimentary arts to increase
their repertoire and create unique acts. For instance, a bard might
combine the arts of music, singing and poetry.
Farmers cultivate the land, raising or harvesting crops, but they
are often generalists in a range of skills necessary for foraging or
maintaining their chattels. Usually their produce is food and other
useful flora, such as medicinal herbs or plants which produce fibres
Fishermen work the waters, braving the elements and dangers
to bring back its bounty. Mostly they trawl for edible food, anything
from shellfish to whales. A few seek commodities other than
food however, particularly valuable items like rare shells, pearls or
even medicinal types of water plants. Fishermen do not
necessarily need boats, and neither are they tied to the sea. Many
live beside lakes or along rivers, using nets, baskets, and weirs to trap
Herders are those who raise and tend flocks of creatures.
Most herdsmen spend days or even weeks out on the
plains or hills, ensuring their beasts have sufficient food and water,
whilst also watching for predators. A herder does not necessarily
raise his own livestock. It can be a solitary profession,
but herdsmen generally know the land, the seasons, and the habits
of their animals.
Responsible for finding, tracking, and killing creatures, the
hunter, like the herder, is knowledgeable about the land and the
behaviour of animals. A hunter may hunt in a variety of ways: simple
stalking, trap laying or driving creatures into pens. The purpose
of the hunt depends on the culture of the hunter. Most seek out
prey for the simple purpose of gathering food, but some hunters
specialise in the extermination of deadly predators or the culling
of animals for valuable body parts: furs, horns or teeth for instance.
Hunters often learn a supplemental craft for preserving or skinning
the creatures they kill.
Miners are those who excavate the ground, for a number of reasons.
Some dig for ore and precious metals, a few seek out special
types of stone for building or statuary, whilst others dig to create
catacombs or sewers, or to penetrate the defences of towns. Whatever
the purpose, miners are prepared to go deep into the ground,
risking life and limb. As a result, miners tend to be both physically
and mentally strong; used to working in hot, cramped conditions for
hours on end.
Officials are those appointed or elected to an office, charged with
performing certain administrative duties and granted a degree of
authority to ensure their commands are followed. Examples include
stewards, tax collectors, sheriff, etc. Depending on the size and complexity
of the organisation or government, most officials control a
body of men to help perform their duties.
Physicians have detailed knowledge of how the body works,
although they do not necessarily use that learning to heal. Some
instead offer their skills to extract information by coercion, or further
the depth of their education by questionable practices. A physician
can take many guises, some examples being the medicine
man of a tribe with his totems and fetishes; a local hermit or wise
woman with their knowledge of herbs and poultices; or a court physician
who can cure fevers and agues with complex chemical remedies.
Priests can take a variety of different roles in society; an official
leading worship of the gods, an illuminated seer leading followers
on an exodus to find their god, an administrator in a theocracy, and
so on. Priests do not necessarily need to be religious or even believe
in the faith they serve, whilst others might be granted miracles from
their deity to reward suitable propitiation.
The keepers and seekers of knowledge and learning, scholars
and scribes are people who are fascinated by knowledge and the
powers contained within it. Scholars are not necessarily confined
to dusty libraries or suffocating scriptoriums; they may be active
explorers and archivists, intent on advancing their learning or collections
of tomes. Neither are they dependent on literacy to learn;
some scholars memorise and hand down their knowledge orally.
Some scholars are specialists in particular areas of knowledge, such
as a lawspeaker who is employed to memorize and quote legal codes
during law cases.
Scouts are those who thrive beyond the reach of their native
civilization. They may be pioneers seeking out new territory or
rangers employed by the military to keep an eye on the borders.
Some are employed to seek out natural commodities which they sell
to merchants of more settled lands, whilst others are hired to hunt
down fugitives. Hardened by their life, scouts often live from what the
land provides, understanding the plants, animals and seasons of the
wilderness they inhabit.
Professional soldiers are the warrior class of a community; this is
the career of the fighting man. Most of their time is spent patrolling,
guarding and training – focusing on the use of weapons, close-quarter
tactics, and the study of enemy styles to make the most of any
future opportunities. The warrior may or may not follow a particular
martial code, and similarly he might focus on finesse or simple