The Occupations listed below from the Core, Past and Urban Arcana books will be available to players at character creation. Some of the Occupations may be changed from the Core rule book to fit the feel of a game set in the late 18oo’s too early 19oo’s.
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Academic: The academic occupation has changed little since the Middle Ages, except by growing significantly in size. Education is the province of the wealthy elite, and higher education remains only available to those blessed with wealthy and standing. Particularly in the earlier part of the Age of Reason, education is closely linked to the religious establishment, so teachers and professors might choose either this occupation or the religious starting occupation.
Adventure: At the start of the Age of Reason, the European explorers who made their way across the Atlantic or down the coast of Africa were the forrunners of the a type of a class of adventurers. In the late nineteenth century adventurers flourished in the colonial possessions of the European powers. British rule in India and Egypt, for example, produced the big-game hunter—a thrill-seeker who hunted tigers, elephants, and lions for no purpose other than to seek and overcome danger.
Athlete: Athletic competition has been a popular form of recreation since the dawn of human history, but professional athletes are a rarity in this occupation that represent an active participation in sports on an amateur level. Such athletes might regularly frequent inns or taverns where athletic competitions are held to stimulate business. Alternatively gambling (legal and not so much) has always been a big drive for athletic competition and some competitors even rise to the level of doing nothing else then competing in gambling halls and tracks.
Blue Collar: Industrial Revolution transformed the workman’s class significantly. Carpenters, shipwrights, carriage drivers, innkeepers, and sailors all represent this occupation as do factory works, dock-men, and many other duty jobs that make up the occupations of the common man in this industrial time.
Celebrity: The occupation of celebrity has changed little over the time, with the primary difference being the cause of celebrity. In the eighteenth centuries, a celebrity might be a political figure (Oliver Cromwell), a religious leader of some repute (Martin Luther), a renowned soldier (Albrecht von Wallenstein), a well-traveled explorer (Francis Drake), an infamous scientist (Galileo), a famous playwright (Shakespeare), or an illustrious stage actor (Edward Alleyn). As newspapers have grown in circulation, certain writers and publishers of newspapers like (Benjamin Franklin) become celebrities, and the widespread publication of books has lead to celebrity for some novelists, satirists, and other writers like (Voltaire).
Creative: In earlier times, aristocrats are the primary consumers of art, and act as patrons to composers painters, sculptors, and troupes of actors. Throughout the past years though, talented entertainers could make a living on the popular stage, musicians could find work in the church or the secular world, and writers and visual artists can find an audience for their work outside the aristocracy. Giving rise to a growing number of lower class artist, painters, and other creative people who came make a living without the patronages of the wealthy.
Criminal: This occupation deals with a background form the wrong side of the law. This occupation includes con-artist, burglars, thieves, crime family muscle, gang members, bank robbers and other types of career criminals.
Dilettante: This starting occupation is replaced by the Aristocrat occupation listed below from the Past source book.
Doctor: The technology of medical practice develops dramatically during the Age of Reason and beyond into the Industrial Age but the profession of doctor actually changes little in contrast. Doctors are expected to work in patients’ homes rather than exclusively in an office, and almost certainly know all of their patients by name.
Emergency Services: The first fire brigades and ambulances were developed beginning around 1870 and quickly grew in popularity. Firemen become a steady job as station were established in cities with a heavy concentration of industry like London. In addition Fist Aid wagons also became popular for the cities that could afford hiring on men trained for battlefield medicine to help stabilize the sick and injured until they could be treated by a doctor.
Entrepreneur: An entrepreneur might be an investor or ship captain with a trade company, or an enterprising industrialist owning newly build factories, or a banker use money helps pay for the growth of the British Empire.
Investigative: Although forensic techniques for analyzing crime evidence are only recently being developed, investigation certainly happened before their discovery. Spies, detectives, and reporters have effective techniques for learning the truth nonetheless—often grounded in a firm grasp of human psychology.
Law Enforcement: The constable’s office is not necessarily a desirable or prestigious one, since it involves supervising the night watch and holding prisoners (in some small town that means in one’s own home). Only with the dawn of this Industrial Age and the rapid growth of cities do we now see organized police forces developing giving a rise to more and more people entering the Law Enforcement occupation.
Military: The occupation of a soldier in 1500 is little different from one in 1900, except for his equipment and his chances of survival. A character with the military starting occupation can add Archaic Weapons Proficiency to the list of bonus feat he choices from.
Religious: Possibly one of the most conservative occupations in the world the clergy of the world hold much power politically and economically although their time is starting to pass as science becomes more and more accepted form to find answers about the universe as a whole.
Rural: Farm workers, hunters, and other rural people are very common in this age even as people start to flock to the large cities.
Student: A student in this era probably comes from a wealthy background, while a more universal ideal of education is only starting to take hold and is the idea of dreamers and idealist who see a time when all children and young adults will have access to education, those ideas are still dreams from the most part.
Technician: The technician occupation reflects the professionalization of science beyond the academic realm, a feature of the Industrial Revolution. The class of workers are becoming more and more common as blue collar workers learn how to operated the steam engines, mix compounds, and make innovations of their own that run the factories of the city.
White Collar: While white-collar professionals represent a tiny minority of the work force but as they are growing as the Industrial Revolution continues. Accountants, lawyers, bankers, and clerks always had a role in society, but their role is expanding as business grow with success and innovations of the Industrial Revolution.
Aristocrat: Aristocrats carry noble titles, though their ancestral holdings might be quite small too impressively large. Aristocrat are entitled to be called Lord or Lady, and probably have an estate staffed with plentiful servants, but carry little or no political power as a result of their station in this new age of reason, but many gain such power through their own merits.
Cloistered: The cloistered are people who grew up in Himalayan mountain fortresses, hidden Vatican chapels, and other places isolated from society at large. Often the ward of a secret society, a cloistered person benefits from rigorous training, but usually knows little about the outside world.
Cosmopolitan: The cosmopolitan occupation represents world travelers, people who’ve been there and done that. Many cosmopolitans are wealthy travelers, but others toured the world because their parents were diplomats or are themselves accomplished stowaways.
On the Run: A fugitive being chased by law enforcement, a shadowy government agency, or a sinister but well-connected secret society. Such a person might be wanted for a crime she didn’t commit—or one she did. Whatever the reason for her fugitive status, the character has developed skills that make her a tough quarry to catch.
Primitive: Primitive people hail from far-off, exotic places such as the Australian Outback, the Amazon, or the continent of Africa. Modern conveniences of the time are still somewhat puzzling to such a character. A primitive person might be a native of a primitive culture who somehow wound up in the big city. He might be a European or American who was lost in the jungle as a child and reared by a hunter-gatherer culture (or animals like wolves or apes), then returned to civilization.
Servant: This occupation includes members of the servant class of society, employed or sometimes indentured in the service of the wealthy. Butlers, maids, stewards, cooks, nannies, and house-keepers and their families fall into this category.
Slave: This occupation represents bonded laborers, whether indentured servants of European descent working in the American colonies or Africans stolen from their homes to work in the sugar fields. It is generally assumed that a person has escaped from slavery or fulfilled the terms of his indenture and is now free though the stigma of his slavery might haunt him forever.
Apothecary: Apothecaries are people who study the science of mixing chemicals, elements and naturally occurring material together for predictable results. Once known as Alchemists they now days are more often found to be research scientists, inventors, and pharmacists.
Hedge Wizard: A hedge wizard is someone who has spent a great deal of time studying the arcane arts without the benefit of having any formal education or training. Old midwives, village healers, occult novice, and local wise-men are all examples of this occupation.
Novitiate: Novitiates draw quiet strength from their belief in a greater power. they do not necessarily have ties to a specific religion or denomination, their faith is enough. Some novitiates are clergy, counselors, or mystic healers.
Psychic: Psychics can be people with innate, low-level psionic abilities or simply con-artists looking to make a buck off those gullible enough to believe in their ruse. The rise of fortunetellers, speakers of the dead, and other such profession have grown in acceptance in the this era.
Shadow Scholar: Shadow scholars are made up of folk who have spent time studying the occult culture, magic and other supernatural occurrences just as more respectable scientists would study the natural laws of physics.
Squire: Although a dieing occupation in this age with its ‘peasant’ armies one can still find dedicated warriors willing to study for years under a master of arms to learn the skill of combat as it has been done in the past.