Age of Heroes
(Wis; Trained Only)
Like Craft, Knowledge and Perform, Profession is actually a number of separate skills. You could have several Profession skills, each with its own ranks, each purchased as a separate skill. While a Craft skill represents ability in creating or making an item, a Profession skill represents an aptitude in a vocation requiring a broader range of less specific knowledge.
When creating a character, you may only select Profession skills appropriate to the character’s original social class. Some professions can only be taken by slaves, as they are not fit to be undertaken by more refined citizens. The character classes of Warrior, Noble Warrior, Sage and Courtesan are all Professions in their own right as well as being character classes. If you are a member of one of these classes, you automatically have a number of skill ranks in Profession (character class) equal to your level of experience.
In the context of the game, a profession also includes an office, such as governor, judge or commander. Typical professions are given below. Professions in italics are available to women; those that are exclusively available to women are obvious.
- Upper Class Professions:
Landlord, governor, judge, council member, commander, functionary, etc…
- Middle Class Professions:
Merchant, scribe (only if literate), shopkeeper, innkeeper, moneylender, moneychanger, slave trader, guardsman, messenger, nursemaid, midwife, etc…
- Lower Class Professions:
Farmer, fisherman, reed-cutter, sailor, herder, water-seller, woodsman, charcoal burner, beggar, etc…
- Slave Professions:
Servant, handmaid, laborer, digger, concubine, miner, etc…
Women of any social class except slaves may take the household manager profession, which represents the organizational skill to organize a household and the slaves working within it.
You can practice your trade or fulfill the duties of your office and make a decent living. If you are playing in the historical era, you earn half your check result in silver drachmas per week for an upper or middle class profession and half the check result in oboli for a working class profession. Slave professions do not earn any money; a successful check means a satisfactory week’s work in the eyes of your masters, with good treatment as your reward. In addition to keeping yourself alive, you learn how to perform the profession’s daily tasks, how to supervise helpers and how to handle common problems.
Not applicable. A single check generally represents a week of work.
- Try Again:
Varies. An attempt to use a Profession skill to earn an income cannot be retried. You are stuck with whatever weekly wage your check result has brought you. Another check may be made after a week to determine a new income for the next week. An attempt to accomplish some specific task can usually be retried.
Untrained laborers and assistants, characters without any ranks in Profession, earn an average of one oboli per week, unless they are slaves, in which case they earn nothing save good treatment.