A profession encompasses a number of skills a character or NPC may use to make a living in the non-adventuring world. Ranks in a profession are gained through consistent practice and not through leveling up. Therefore, most characters will not gain more than basic profession skills during their adventuring career.
Skilled artisans and tradesmen usually practice their profession for many years. As they gain practice their profession, they will gain additional ranks, usually 0 to 1 per year. As they become more an more skilled, the chance of gaining a new rank lessens (representing the person approaching being as skilled as they can be). Also, if the person decides to stop practicing the profession, they will slowly loose ranks (though they will never loose all of what they have learned).
Player characters begin with 1 rank in a profession. This represents the type of work they were involved with before they began their adventuring career.
Since some professions require years of study or practice before the person can be considered skilled enough to earn money on their own. These are denoted by SP (special) and a corresponding rank. Note that some professions will not be available to players when their characters are created. Players need GM approval before selecting a profession.
Profession: Acrobat (entertainer)
Acrobats perform mimes, tumble, and juggle in front of large audiences. They usually travel from town to town. Though members of a troupe are usually not highly regarded in social circles, exceptional groups sometimes do have the opportunity to perform for nobility.
Profession: Actor (entertainer)
Actors are usually part of a theatre group or traveling troupe. They usually travel from town to town. Actors were not highly regarded in social circles.
An Apothecy dispenses remedies made from herbs, plants and roots. Though not as highly regarded as a physician, these workers devote their time and studies to the arts of healing. A community priest often holds this occupation as it is often the only recourse for poor people (physicians are usually very expensive).
Architects built structures, towns and buildings. Not only do they possess the knowledge to construct these things but they also have the skill to plan entire cities. Architects are usually highly in demand and are paid high wages for their services. An architect must have skill in math and a creative mind. In some cases, if a city or castle is conquered by an enemy the architect would be put to death. Having his buildings mastered by an enemy was the ultimate sign of failure.
Profession: Armorer (crafter of metal armors)
The Armorer is a very important position. Not only are his skills highly required by nobles and monarchs, but commoners might enlist his services during times of war. The Armorer was usually a blacksmith, but as war would become more prominent, a blacksmith may relinquish his skills of crafting metalworks and strictly pursue the field of making armor. It paid dearly for them as a suit of armor could cost a great amount of money. Armor has to be uniquely crafted to fit its wearer and as such it was considered a specialty line of work. Most Armorers are members of the Middle Class and are often very wealthy.
Artists are common but only the best are conscripted by kings, nobles, and the elite. Some paint heraldic designs on furniture or the the well-gifted may paint portraits of the nobility. An artist often goes from town to town seeking business. If he is fortunate to gain a royal or noble commission and if his work is worthy, his career will likely be made. The most common mediums are oil-based paints that are manufactured by mixing different agents into berry-dye. Watercolors and enamel painting are also popular.
The study of the stars and planets is not a knew science, but it is often regarded as being mystical. The Astrologer does not only use the heavens as a reference but he also studies the earth, the weather cycles and the seasonal patterns. It is believed that through these things a better understanding can be gained for agriculture and other social successes. Sometimes Astrologers are accused of practicing witchcraft as their studies may take them into unorthodox techniques and discoveries.
Profession: Atilliator (crossbow maker)
The occupation of a Atilliator is to make crossbows and bolts.
The Baker is a common occupation but not as easy as some may think. Bread is a daily staple of life. Good bakers are often invited and employed by the rich and elite as personal cooks and chefs inside the safety of castles. Their duties include the preparation of dinners and large feasts. There were exceptional bakers of all classes.
A bailiff is a freeman who acts as the peasant’s representative to the lord. He helps oversee the peasant’s work, and manages the day-to-day profits and expenses of the manor & farm. In some towns he also runs the court.
A barber had many occupations in relation to personal care including hair-cutter, surgeon, dentist, and blood-letter. The tools of the trade include razors, hand operated drills, bone saws, forceps, and extractors for removing teeth. The barber’s pole is a long staff with red and white stripes spiralling from top to bottom with a ball on its end. Barbers are much lass skilled than Physicians.
A Barrister is a professional lawyer. Legal arbitration is important as people often challenged claims to land, inherited holdings, and even common law. Different provincial territories are usually subject to the laws of the local lord who govern them. As such, litigation could easily arise between the residents of two neighboring communities. Often a local priest will be consulted to act as a Barrister but occasionally one may find a professional lawyer.
You are familiar with how to make a living by inspiring empathy and pity while asking for unearned money.
The Blacksmith is one of the most important, albeit lowly, occupations of society. Blacksmiths crafted metal tools, forged weapons, sharpened weapons, repaired armor, along with any number of common metal items. The quality of their items is average at best. A skilled blacksmith may specialize into goldsmithing, silversmithing, weaponsmithing, or armorsmithing.
Profession: Boat Pilot
You are familiar with how to make a living by driving boats and small river craft.
Profession: Boat Wright
You are familiar with how to make a living by making boats and ships from wood, metal and rope.
SP: Boat Wright(2)/Carpenter(1)
An occupation that is extremely important but receives very little credit is the position of the Bookbinder. This skill is very important to retain diaries, journals, and manifests. News of discoveries, law, science, medicine, technology and industry are recorded on paper and then bound together in the format of a book by a professional binders. As there are no machines for printing, each journal and book must be meticulously and painstakingly handwritten. The Bookbinder has to be careful when setting the pages together to not tear, damage, or destroy any portion of the manuscript.
A Bottler is in charge of the Bottlery which is intended for storing and dispensing wines and other expensive provisions.
Profession: Bowyer/Bower/Fletcher (bow and arrow maker)
A Bowyer crafts and manufactures bows, arrows, and bolts. It is easy to craft basic bows short and long bows by those who knew the skill and is readily affordable to most people. Bowyers work with a variety of woods and tools.
Profession: Brasier (brass worker)
A person who makes articles or finishings of brass.
Brewers make and ferment beers and ales. The process is completed through combining and aging hops, barley, wheat, malt, and grain. Beverages are served as a staple of daily life and are consumed in pubs, alehouses, taverns, castles, and homes. Brewers are permitted their own enterprise but since the product is so highly in demand, it is often heavy taxed upon its sale and at times, even its consumption.
Bricklaying us a common labor and though it does not require vast knowledge or skill, those who show agility at the work are often subjected to an abundance of employment and decent pay.
During times of war, if a king or noble receives news that an approaching enemy army is marching toward his towns and castle, Bricklayers are conscripted to build retaining walls and obstacles and even reinforce the towns and communities that were threatened. Not only does war contribute to the benefit of a Bricklayer, but events such as fires and floods are often left to his protection. By rapidly constructing walls and ducts, it was possible to divert fires and floods and thus spare an entire city, castle or town. Bricklayers, though quite common, are highly respected members of their social orders.
Profession: Broderers (embroiderers)
Someone who ornaments with needlework.
A person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop.
The Butler is responsible for the castle cellar and is in charge of large casks of beer. The room in the castle called the Buttery is used for storing and dispensing beverages, especially ale.
Profession: Camp Follower
People following an army, making money off of the soldiers.
Candles are time consuming to make, so even peasants would rather purchase them then make them. Candles are made of beeswax or tallow (animal fat).
Carpenters are highly skilled and considered to be elite tradesmen. To become a Carpenter it is usually necessary to join a guild as an apprentice and learn the craft. Most items used during daily life are produced and manufactured by carpenters. Homes, wagons, siege engines, tables, furniture, tools and utensils are all the creations of these gifted workers. Knowledge of math, woodworking and the use of tools are required and it takes years to become a skilled carpenter, but those that do are often considered to be elite tradesmen. Kings and nobles sometimes seek out the finest carpenters and keep them retained on their staffs as specialists. Furnishing castles and estates are not only done for decorative purposes but also to demonstrate prestige and status to visitors. Thus a master carpenter is always in demand and could stand to earn high wages.
Cartographers (or map-makers) hold a very important position in service to a king or noble. As information of terrain and the oceans become known and available, it is the job of the Cartographer to draw detailed maps of a given area. These maps must be accurate. Cartography was also important to distinguish boundries of neighboring kingdoms or fifedoms. Sometimes devious nobles may have false maps drawn and they allowed them to ‘slip’ into the hands of their enemies.
The cartographer had to be an artist as well, versed in reading and writing and skilled with math and geography.
A cartwright is familiar with the construction of carts.
Profession: Catchpole/Chicken Catcher
One who finds and brings in debtors.
A castellan is the person who is appointed as custodian of a castle.
A dealer in household items such as oil, soap, paint, and groceries.
The title originates with an officer of a royal household who is responsible for the Chamber, which includes the administration of the king’s household’s budget. This occupation sometimes also includes collecting revenues and paying expenses.
A chancellor was a secretary to a Noble or Royal person.
The Chaplain is responsible for the religious activities of a castle servants and Men at arms. The duties may also include that of a clerk and keeping accounts. A Priest usually looks after the spiritual needs of the Nobles and their families.
A clerk is employed to keep accounts.
Clothing is not an available commodity to the lower classes and peasantry. Being a Clothier means having a knowledge of various materials and how to assemble them into fine pieces of wear. The clothing of the time must be durable, fashionable, and decorative since clothing is a status symbol. A Clothier must be experienced with mathematics, design, and skill for assembly. If serving the nobility, a handsome profit can be made.
One who makes or sells charcoal and coal.
The position of a Cook is usually thankless and difficult. Methods for preserving food arenot effective to any degree, so Cooks often use salt to preserve meats and fish. Winter weather provides snow and ice to act as refrigeration but often preparing a meal was no easy task. Feasts held to commemorate holidays and important political events are sometimes served to hundreds of guests (sometimes thousands). It is necessary for the Cook to impress the friends of his lord or master. An unsatisfactory meal could land a cook in prison. Unfortunately, even a very skilled cook often on earns an average living with fair wages.
A courtesan is often a glorified prostitute, a paramour to the royal, noble and wealthy men of society. She is more educated and charming that a typical light-skirt walking the streets. She charges high dollar or may be the mistress to one man who houses her, clothes her, be-jewels her. In return she provides him with companionship. In some cases, a courtesan may simply be a woman hired to accompany a man to a social function, taking the place of his wife.
Shoemakers are often common laborers who design and make footwear. Materials may be anything from burlap, hide, or leather to elaborate and fancy boots made from reptile skins. Their work is regarded as necessary, but as materials they work with fetched high prices, not all were able to afford them. Shoemakers often earned only average wages.
A Cottar is one of the lowest peasant occupations often undertaken by the old or infirm. they undertake a series of low duties including swine-herd, prison guard, and other menial tasks.
You are familiar with how to make a living by negotiating treaties, contracts and other oral and written agreements.
Those fortunate enough to possess the skills to become political Diplomats are often on the road to nobility and positions of title. They serve as a royal messenger and ambassador to the king, queen, or other noble. Diplomats often are sent on missions to speak on behalf of the monarchy to rival kings or ruling houses. The Diplomat may negotiate political deals such as peace treaties, hostage or prisoner releases and matters of trade, commerce and economics. The Diplomat needs to be firm, loyal, and dedicated to the master he serves and is also required to have excellent speaking skills, the knowledge of reading and writing, and a shrewd manner. If a Diplomat successfully delegates a trade or commerce pact he is often entitled to a percentage of the revenue this new deal generates. Therefore Diplomats are often wealthy people. However an astute Diplomat knows how to negotiate deals that not only favor both rival parties but also his own benefit. The Diplomat may reap financial reward from both factions if he curtails the deals to fit his own interests. Often Diplomats are the educated members of the upper class and elite societies. They often hold titles such as Count, Duke, or Baron and normally retire with great wealth and prestige.
The ditcher is a laborer who digs castle moats and foundations.
A draper is a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods).
Dyers use their skills to mix different components to form inks, dyes, and colorful stains that can add tint and hue to clothing, furniture, fabrics, materials and artwork. Not only do they possess the ability to decorate fashionable wear but they also provide scribes and artists with the materials necessary for them to complete their work. The Dyer has a multi-faceted job. Not only is the making of the various dyes difficult and tedious work but often it is dangerous too. Different berries and plants used to create the pigments often contain a degree of poison that is lethal if handled, inhaled, or accidentally ingested. Though the Dyer may put his life in jeopardy by working, the wages earned are quite meager and below average. Most women hold the positions of Dyers and though some may be elevated to strictly work for the elite and nobility, most work in small towns and communities.
A mortician who treats corpses with preservatives.
Profession: Engineer see Knowledge Engineering
An Engraver is a specialist who is often called upon to etch messages and designs into swords, shields, armor, and metal plaques. An artist in his own right, he works with a variety of custom tools to produce his trade. Engraving is time-consuming and painstaking. If the results of his work is unattractive or undesirable, the customer may not pay or he may even have legal grounds to sue the Engraver for ruining a piece. As such the Engraver has to produce quality work.
Despite being a specialty, Engravers are quite common. The wages earned are generally modest but being conscripted or hired by a noble or monarch for a custom project could find him the recipient of high pay.
The ewerer brought and heated water for the nobles.
Hawking and Hunting are favorite pastimes for some in the Upper Classes and is one of the most favored forms of hunting. Hawking, or Falconry is referred to as the sport of royalty (primarily because the lower class cannot easily afford to train birds). It also provides an opportunity for kings, lords and nobles to host grand hunting parties. The role of the Medieval Falconer as trainers is extremely important. Hunting birds require considerable human contact and attention on a daily basis or they grow wild and unreliable. A Falconer trains the hunting bird to fly at their quarry when released. Falconry is expensive. The hunting birds require special housing, which consist of cages known as mews. Various accessories are required to train the birds in hawking such as hoods, jesses, bells and lures.
Farming is the most popular occupation as it is an essential element to survival. A local lord or master often grants portions of his land to commoners and serfs and in exchange the people till, cultivate, and maintain the property to produce crops. What is grown is eventually sold at local markets at which the peasants are allowed to keep a share. Most revenue goes to the local lord however through taxes and levies. A man’s status is based on how much land and livestock he owns. As both of these elements are critical for revenue, a private farmer who owns his own land can become quite rich. Crops are varied and depended greatly on how fertile the plot of farmed land is.
A Fisherman is much like the farmer in that he provides food as a commodity and thus sustains the survival of towns and villages. Usually a professional fisherman works on a boat owned by a noble or local lord. The work begins at sunrise as the boats depart to cast lines and nets into oceans, lakes, rivers, and causeways. Fish tend to fetch a higher price in the market because of the rapid rate at which they deteriorate and spoil. A fisherman who has his own boat is not necessarily in a position to capitalize on free enterprise. Though he is entitled to operate legally by himself, most waterways are the legal right and claim of kings and nobles. Therefore limits are imposed on the private fisherman as to how much bounty he can haul out of the waters. Even then, higher taxes are assessed on him in the markets to ensure that the regent or local master gets his due share.
A seller of fish.
The Forester usually holds a position equal to a sheriff or local law enforcer. He is responsible for patrolling the woodlands on a lord or noble’s property. His duties include negotiating deals for the sale of lumber and timber and to stop poachers from illegally killing animals in the forest. Many times wanted criminals would flee their arrest warrants and seek the safety of hiding in a forest. When this would occur, it is the duty of the Forester to organize gangs of armed men to flush out the criminal and capture him. Often Foresters hold titles of prominence in their local communities and also act as barristers and arbitrators. Their pay is usually above average and they can stand to make a decent and profitable living.
Fortune-tellers are often looked upon with disapproval from the ruling classes but their services are often highly in demand. The common people are normally quite stressed economically and therefore view the Fortune-teller as a potential advantage to overcoming future difficulties. If their future could be revealed they believe they could take steps to improve upon it. Most Fortune-tellers are common rogues and tricksters who use a variety of simple illusions to create dramatic effects. Though they possess no real skill at all for devining the future, they are careful to use basic events and information to project a scenario that is generic enough to fit into anyone’s situation. Once embellished with mild promises of prosperity it seems a true magical experience had taken place. Often though the Fortune-teller’s success is based on how much the person getting the reading wants to believe. Some Fortune-tellers use lunar and celestial patterns to predict probable and basic outcomes in terms of weather. These natural signs can foretell famine or draught or even bad storms. If a Fortune-teller has success in predicting these events, his or her credibility could be greatly enhanced. Some kings and monarchs may enlist the services of seers and Fortune-tellers to predict the future of their kingdoms and even the outcome of battles. Though there is a given ratio of success and failure based on mathematical probability, the fortune-tellers with luck and agility can managed to earn positions of respect and wealth in some courts. However, most are treated as witches or dark practitioners. And in some cases when their foretold events do not ring true, they are hunted down and killed.
A Furrier works with the pelts and hides from animals. Not only diddoes he use the fur to make clothing but also rugs, blankets and even inner linings for armor. If a Furrier operats with wisdom, he could become quite profitable in his trade. Different regions produce different animals and with careful and legal trapping he can import and export furs to different regions that are considered exotic and hard to get. Hides and pelts are treated in a variety of ways, usually by coating the underside with an oil-based substance to protect it from deterioration. Then it is usually hung in the sunlight or a dry area so the liquid can dry and act as a sealant. The fur is treated with different powders and a liquid containing lye. This preserves the fur for quite a long time. Though some furriers can achieve great wealth, the common occupation pays very modestly.
The Gardener has a knowledge of herbs and plants. A Gardeners work was critical to the safety and protection of a castle. Castle walls must be kept clear of ivy or anything else that could be used to climb the castle walls. Gardeners are also expected to dig defensive ditches.
The occupation of the Glassblower is a specialy trade that requires years of training. Glass is made by heating sand and water at extremely high temperatures and melting it into a near liquid. As this substance dries, tubes of metal and glass are inserted. The crafter uses his breath to blow through them and shape the flexible material. Glassblowers often earned high wages.
An artisan who fashions objects of gold.
Profession: Grain Merchant
Grain Merchants need to be wise in mathematics and negotiations. To trade goods and services, a Grain Merchant needs to build a list of customers. Once established he needed to maintain quality and timely service to keep them happy. Most traveling merchants either sold grain, wheat, barley, oats, hops, or other commodities that can benefit a town or community. There is much competition in this trade and a ruthless manner is often held between rival merchants. Once a customer base is established, it is important to maintain a decent business ethic. Merchants often grow to be very wealthy and retire with positions of title and rank.
Unfortunately, a Gravedigger is able to make a profitable living. As epidemics, disease, and war are rampant the Gravedigger was never short on business. No special skills are required for the profession but it does call for a careful handling of the tools.
A person who sells food and small household goods.
You are familiar with how to make a living by providing care to domesticated animals and maintaining a stable.
An officer in charge of fences and hedges
A Herald is a knight’s assistant and an expert advisor on heraldry. A Herald is not an occupation that someone trains for, but rather a job that is usually the appointment by a king or noble. Most often a domestic servant in a castle is elevated in rank by receiving this appointment from his master. The Herald declares announcements on behalf of the king to the public. Normally this is done on a given day when the public assembles at the base of a castle tower or in the local townsquare. The Herald shouts out the news and proclamations. It is the responsibility of the Herald to inform the public of what was going on. The only requirements one needs to perform this job successfully is a good speaking voice, the ability to read and write and obedience to a local lord.
A Herbalist is usually a member of a religious order. His main duties include the planting and maintaining of medicinal plants, roots and herbs. Different from a Gardener in that he doesn’t maintain large estates or actively participate in forming defensive ditches, the Herbalist envelopes himself in the deep studies of medicine. Many herbs have natural healing agents and because of this, the Herbalist is a respected person. Normally the church provides a plot or tract of land that is cultivated by either religious personnel or by peasants who received minor wages. The Herbalist then plants and maintains his select crops in the area. Many of the plants need to undergo treatments such as boiling, drying, steeping, or steaming to bring out their healing properties. Some need to be combined with others to find the desired results. The Herbalist therefore has an elaborate and involved study and needs the components of a laboratory to do his work successfully. Those who belong to religious orders usually do not stand to make high wages as they are bound by laws of poverty. However a layman who acts as his own Herbalist could sell his healing knowledge and services for extremely high prices.
The professional Hunter has many resources at hand with which he can earn money. Hunting is a special skill. Though most people have the basic knowledge needed for survival, professionals often circulate among the elite nobility.Hunting is a popular sport, but also extremely dangerous. Kings and lords may hire a professional Hunter to lead their party. Often they hunt for animals such as wildboar, wolves, or even bear. Not only can a Hunter serve as a guide and expert, but he also has a knowledge of skinning, tanning, and preparing the meats that are captured on the hunt. some hunters may use the bones of captured animals to make products such as dagger hilts and used the teeth for jewelry and other exotic items. As a result, a Hunter not only can make a profit from hiring out his services, but also make additional money from his skills and resourceful talents.
One of the most lucrative and profitable occupations is that of the Innkeeper, but only if conditions are prime and if certain circumstances are maintained. Anyone who can afford the structure and property can embrace the free enterprise of having an Inn, however he is subject to heavy taxes and levies by the local lords of the area. Owning an Inn carries a lot of responsibility. Besides the bedrooms, the Inn also has other internal features such as a dining rooms and often a tavern or alehouse. Usually the fare for a room include meals as well. The alehouse is sometimes leased by a secondary business person and often a separate enterprise from the Inn. Cleaning, maintaining and providing quality goods and services are the primary requirements of an Innkeeper. One also has to be good with mathematics and money and have the presence of mind to calculate bookings and the order supplies and inventory. Most times an Innkeeper hires a small staff of armed security guards. It is not uncommon for a group of fighters to arrive at an Inn shortly after their latest campaign. Rowdy and hoping to spend the spoils of war, the atmosphere inside most Inns and alehouses can be bawdy and even violent. At the doorway to an Inn, you usually find at least one armed guard posted. There is usually a minimal entry fee to pass through the door, just a courtesy to help pay for any damages that may arise while inside. The guard at the door takes a brass or copper coin from the entrant and bounces it on a wet piece of wood. If the coin bounces once it is clear that the coin is genuine and the person is allowed to enter. Many times people would forge coins out of lead or cheaper metals. It is sometimes difficult to prove the authenticity of a coin. Many times nobles and elite personnel are exempt from paying any fees at an Inn or hostel. Though this is resented by most Innkeepers, they do receive fair protection in return. If the business is maintained properly, an Innkeeper could earn high profits.
Interpreters earn excellent wages. There is a scarcity of people versed in more than one language. as a result, Interpreters are highly sought after by kings and monarchs. Not only does an Interpreter serve to reveal information about captured foreign troops, but he also can compose letters, laws, and doctrines that help with the subjugation of foreign territories. Therefore a skilled Interpreter may hold an elite position and cold be given rank, land and titles in exchange for his or her valuable services.
The man responsible for looking after a jail.
The Janitor is responsible for the main Castle entrance and for the guardrooms. The Janitor also insures that no one enters or leaves the castle without permission.
The Jester seldom has an easy job. Though some are professionals and can make their livings touring from kingdom to kingdom, most are forced into the position as an act of humiliation. Jesters live precariously and often their success depends solely on the mood of their audience. They do not earn high wages but are often allowed a few benefits and luxuries of life inside a castle.
Jewelers hold great positions of status within communities and towns. As foreign wars take troops into exotic lands, they often return with precious stones and minerals. Not knowing the value of them, it is up to the Jeweler to determine their worth. Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are the most common stones found. Gold, silver and bronze are also held in high regard. The Jeweler not only has the knowledge of assessing values on these items but he is also skilled in setting the stones into rings, pendants, medallions, bracelets and amulets. The Jeweler also knows how to set the items into sword hilts and other placements that exhibit the status and wealth of their holders. Jewelers are respected but there are many who knew the advantages of being less than honest. Stones with minimum value such as quartz, zarconia and fools gold are not easily distinguished by the untrained eye. Therefore it is common for a Jeweler to accept a valuable diamond with the promise of setting it into a ring or pendant for its owner. Simply, he might polish a quartz or zarconia of similar size and dupe the owner by giving him the worthless item. The unscrupulous Jeweler could then sell the more valuable original stone and reap a quick and high profit.
Profession: Keeper of the Wardrobe
The room in the castle called the wardrobe is intended as a dressing room and storage room for clothes and used by Lord of the castle. The Keeper of the Wardrobe is in charge of the tailors and laundress.
Leatherworkers are common laborers but their skills are always in high demand. The crafting of swordbelts, clothing, saddles and leather armor are necessary items. The tanning process is relatively simple and though most commoners know how to do this, the products they make on their own do not have the durability of those made by Leatherworkers. In order to be preserved, leather has to be treated by a series of steps. Tanning, hiding and treating the material with oils and softeners are necessary to make it last longer and worth the money charged. Leatherworkers earn a modest and sometimes decent living depending on the quality of their skills.
You are familiar with how to make a living through generally anonymous ornamental painting such as that found on fire screens, buckets and shop signs.
An officer in charge of tracing property boundaries in the city.
Locksmiths are integral to society. Though most homes hold little more than a wooden slide lock on the inside, Locksmiths are important with the developments and security of castles. An intricate lock that resists the efforts of picking or tampering is highly valued. Criminals and the residents of dungeons often escape rather easily when not secured with locks or shackles. To maintain security, Locksmiths are trained in guilds and the secrets of their craft are kept highly guarded. As such, Locksmiths are considered to possess the knowledge and skills of a specialty organization and as a result earn high wages.
You are familiar with how to make a living by cutting down trees and selling them at market.
Marshal is the officer in charge of a household’s horses, carts, wagons, containers and the transporting of goods.
Messengers are lesser diplomats of the lord who carried receipts, letters, and commodities. The occupation of a Messenger is often dangerous. Sometimes if the message delivered was less than favorable, the Messenger is often the victim of the incurred anger of the recipient. Messengers must be skilled in topographical knowledge, horsemanship, reading, writing, and must be able to articulate. They often received high wages for their dangerous services.
You are familiar with how to make a living by giving prenatal care to expectant mothers, attending the birth of the infant, and providing postpartum care to the mother and her infant.
Miners hold very dangerous jobs and often work in extremely precarious environments. The need to mine gold and silver is paramount as most kingdoms increase their financial reserves by depending on these resources. Miners are not overly skilled workers but it does require a bold resilience to perform the duties. Apart from the collapsing of mines, deadly gasses and cave-ins, the Miner has to endure several days at a time beneath ground. His wages are above the standard pay in exchange for his difficult services but often Miners lead modest lives.
Minstrels are musicians. Various instruments include the mandolin, fife, flute, dulcimer, drums, violin and harpsichord. A great deal of skill and training is required to become a professional musician and those lucky enough to have proficiency often find themselves entertaining kings and nobles for high wages. Minstrels often record the deeds of heroic knights and go from tavern to tavern playing these odes of homage. Not only does it make for an interesting song, but it gives the knight publicity and establishes a degree of respect and staus for him. Bards can become the popular employees of any knight or common man who wants their deeds enshrined in a public song. The deeds are embellished of course but it is a wonderful way to spread the fame of a knight from kingdom to kingdom. Talented Minstrels and Bards frequently charge high prices for these services.
Banking is still in its developmental stages but there is always work to be found for a professional Moneylender. As kings need to increase their private funds to hire armies and finance campaigns, they often sought the services of such an individual. The Moneylender is able to set his own rules. Since he is offering his personal finances, he is often exempt from taxes and levies. His money is often referred to as his “interest” being that it is the primary element of his business. When lending money he makes his profit by charging a percentage of the sum he was lending, to be paid back with the total owed. Therefore if he lends 100 gold pieces to someone, he could charge 25% on his “interest” and he would eventually receive 125 gold pieces back. His rates of “interest” could vary and if a debtor cannot repay the loan, the Moneylender is entitled to seize land, livestock and holdings equal to what is owed. The Moneylender often made a lavish living.
Profession: Musician see Perform
A Navigator usually works closely with a Cartographer. His sole job is steering vessels on a safe and even path to new destinations. Mainly they keep their bearings and chart their courses by using reference points in the skies by means of planets or stars. As they hold steady positions in relation to the earth, it is often easy for a trained Navigator to practice his trade. Navigators also work on the ground, guiding armies, troops, diplomats and messengers through various features of terrain. Their services are highly regarded and as a result they are usually well paid.
You are familiar with taking care of the horses (see Animal Handling).
The life of a castle Page starts at a very young age – seven years old. A Page is junior to a Squire. It is the duty of a Page to wait at table, care for the Lord’s clothes and assist them in dressing. The Page is provided with a uniform of the colors and livery of the Lord.
Though it is commonly believed that most towns and cities were quite drab, this is a misconception. Communities are often highly decorated with wreaths and color. The professional Painter is regarded as a tradesman who can bring new residents to a community and also keep morale high by providing an attractive place to live. Festivals and tournaments have great need for the Painter as his services are in demand to produce lively environments. Though some skill was required, it was basically a trade that does not demand any formal training. Painters earn modest wages but when conscripted by the service of kings or nobles, could make a hefty profit.
You are familiar with how to make a living by selling usually mundane, often worthless trinkets (bones, paper) in exchange for divine forgiveness.
The Peddler is a common merchant. He often goes from town to town selling whatever goods he has to offer. Items can be anything from novelty items to candles or even tourist-styled souvenirs. Usually the Peddler is an enterprising business person. He often makes meager earnings as the profits were subjected to high taxation by the lords and nobles of the communities they do business in. A rich peddler is seldom found. More often, peddling is a means of basic survival.
Physicians are highly regarded and respected. More skilled than an Apothecarist, Herbalist, or Barber, the Physician is capable of prescribing new medicines and performing types of surgery. Bleeding, lancing, and surgical procedures were also practiced. These services are often limited and dependent on the heavy purses of the rich and elite. As such, many a commoner and peasant died simply because they could not afford the services.
Profession: Plaisterers (plasterers)
Playwrights are necessary for many reasons. Good ones are difficult to find and those who enjoy success are continually hired by kings and monarchs on a regular basis. As most people cannot read or write, it is important to act out history or crucial events in the form of a play. This preserves history and gives the common people an understanding of how things are gained and achieved. Playwright write his texts in the format of scripts and then hired Acrobats and Actors to fill the roles. Often these performances take place in town squares or anywhere in which a public audience could assemble. Many Playwrights attempting controversial issues as the subject matter are subsequently arrested, imprisoned or executed. The wise Playwright hovers around topics that are favorable by kings and law.
Medieval Politicians serve in many different capacities. Whereas a local lord rules the lands of his fifedom, the local people are often allowed to elect their own sheriffs, mayors and delegates to handle matters on smaller levels (though all matters of grave importance are left to the decisions of arbitrators, barristers and of course the local lord himself). A Sheriff is a minor political post that carries great weight and authority. Often answerable to the local lord, his duties include the enforcement of law throughout the local communities. The Mayor is the voice of the people. Any concerns of the commoners are put forth to the Major and either he is able to resolve the matters personally or seek the counsel of a barrister or his local lord. Delegates operate between the Sheriff and Mayor and often are directly in contact with the people. When concerns or issues are raised, the Delegates will call meetings between the Sheriff and Mayor and attempt to resolve the matters. The entire system is subject to the law of the local lord, but many times these lesser legislative bodies are effective in their duties. Wages vary, but usually Politicans have above average livings.
You are familiar with how to make a living working with fired clay and ceramics.
Potters are crafters of earthen works and deal mainly in clay molds, porcelains, and some forms of ceramics. Basically they produce pots for cooking and storage and at times sculpt icons and statues to order. Potters work closely with molds, tools, and heating kilns. Their craft is well respected. Though their products are much in demand on a daily basis, their wages are usually average.
You are familiar with how to make a living by selling your body and performing sexual acts in exchange for money or goods.
Profession: Rat Catcher
Though the name of this position seems like a menial occupation, Rat Catchers are very highly regarded in society. In fact, their work is rather respected. Rats, mice, and vermin are often the cause of epidemics and disease. Therefore a crafty and skillful Rat Catcher can earn stunning wages in ridding a city or town of its pest problems. Often the work does take the professional Rat Catcher into undesirable places and he could risk his own health and safety by coming into contact with diseased and often rabid rodents. However when successful at his trade, he can manage to gain local confidence and increase his personal revenue. Rat Catchers employe cats and trapping to bring the problem under control.
The Reeve supervises all work on a lord’s property and ensured that everyone began and stopped work on time.
Sailors often lead lonely and hard lives. It is one of the most difficult occupation. It required a firm will and dedication as vessels would often set sail for months or even a year at a time. During voyages, Sailors have specific duties equal to the level of their station. Overseeing the operation of a vessel at sea is difficult enough, but Sailors are constantly at work from sunrise to sunset. This serves to keep the Sailor busy and keep him from growing bored and discontented due to the long hours at sea. Most Sailors sail on ships owned by kings, nobles, monarchs, and merchants. Their pay is based on their rank. A common Sailor earns very little while a First Mate or Boatswain earned much more substantial wages. Occasionally, down and out sailors may turn to piracy.
To become a Scribe requires skills in reading, writing, and comprehension. Scribes not only write volumes of works but ware also often asked to research laws and other matters for kings and nobles. The Scribe is often a historian, poet, and philosopher. His acquired knowledge may be advantageous at the workings of social interaction and his skills provide a written overview of the time period. Scribes usually are of nobility in that the education needed to attain the post is not affordable or available to peasant and common classes. Most Scribes come from religious abbeys where skills are learned within the vast libraries of the church. though occasionally they may be employed by wizards. Their wages are usually standard and average, however a Scribe may be entitled to all the benefits and luxuries of castle life.
Scullions were the lowest of kitchen workers whose duties included washing and cleaning the kitchen.
You are familiar with how to make a living by using a needle and thread to make or repair basic clothing and household textiles.
Usually Servants are conscripted if they possessed talents and abilities that could be useful inside a castle. Such things as cooking, baking, sewing, dying, weaving or performing music could attract the attentions of a local lord. If these conditions were met and the service was satisfactory, the Servant could enjoy the mild benefit and protection of working within a castle. Sometimes victorious knights may take their prisoners back to their homelands and endenture them as Servants. This could be most embarrassing if the captured person is an enemy knight. While waiting to be ransomed or in order to work off his debt, the enemy knight would have no other choice but to lower himself to the dutiful position of a Servant. There are advantages and disadvantages of being a domestic Servant. Though the work is often tedious, menial, and hard it is worthwhile if you are in service to a kind lord or master. However, difficult work when coupled with a rude or abusive employer could lead to harship throughout a Servant’s life.
The sheriff is an important official of a county who is responsible for executing judicial duties.
The Shipwright is a skilled specialist who builds and designs boats and vessels. Having great knowledge of mathematics, design, and science, the Shipwright is a master craftsman. Often earning high wages and a lavish living, their services are often demanded by kings and monarchs.
A spinster is the name of the occupation given to a woman who earns her living spinning yarn.
It is a wise king or monarch that keeps informed of what is going on in rival and neighboring communities and towns. Therefore it is necessary to hire Spies to secretly find out what may be afoot. Contrary to popular belief, most Spies are women. It is generally accepted that women can move in certain social circles more easily than men and using their inherent charm, can naturally coax more information out of trusted employees of rival houses. Spies are often trained various skills such as reading, writing, and often speak more than one language. They are also trained assassins, taking oaths that oblige them to take their own lives rather than risk being caught by an enemy. Spies are usually paid high wages and are given the luxuries of castle life.
A Squire is a junior to a Knight. His duty is to learn about the Code of Chivalry, the rules of Heraldry, horsemanship and practise the use of weapons. It is also his duty to enter into the social life of the castle and learn courtly etiquette, music and dancing. The Squire serves in this role for seven years and becames a Knight at the age of twenty-one. Sometimes knighthood is conferred earlier as the reward for bravery on the battlefield.
The Steward takes care of the castle estate and household administration including the events in the Great Hall.
You are familiar with how to make a living rapidly constructing walls and ducts with mortar and stone or brick.
Stone Carvers are important in society. Their work consists of a broad range of talents from etching tombstones to carving tools and statues. Members of this profession usually acquire their skills through apprenticeship. Most stonecarving takes a great amount of time. It is often necessary to retain a Stone Carver for many months. The crafty ones knew how to further extend each project and though they can produce quality work, they could earn more money. Their wages are usually higher than average and a Stone Carver could earn a decent living.
Storytelling is an integral part of life. As most people lack the ability to read and write, history, legends, and folklore are often passed along from generation to generation through skilled Storytellers. No special abilities are acquired to hold this position except for a decent memory. However, more industrious Storytellers also know how to read so that they can widen their collection of stories. On average, Storytellers do not usually earn wages for their services unless they are hired to perform at social gatherings. Exceptional Storytellers could earn a modest living at the craft by entertaining kings and monarchs.
You are familiar with how to make a living by sewing and fitting menswear such as jackets and trousers.
You are familiar with how to make a living preserving the hides of animals and selling them.
You are familiar with how to make a living by driving wagons and horses.
You are familiar with how to make a living by translating words from one language to another in writing or orally.
You are familiar with how to make a living by trapping animals for the purpose of pest control or selling the fur.
A watchmen is an official at the castle responsible for security.
Weavers have many talents and abilities that are useful and practical. Work can range from weaving clothes and baskets to making durable furniture and crafts. The skill is normally acquired and passed on as a hobby. Most people know how to weave to some extent, so those who make a business out of it often enjoy minimal success. However some who are crafty enough to protect the secrets of the trade in areas where weaving is not predominant could enjoy success with the job.
Profession: Woolmen (winders and packers of wool)