Guard

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Occupation Tags: Mercantile, Militant

You are the first line of defense against danger and threats to the people and places you are sworn to protect. You might be stationed at a castle gate, patrolling the streets of a city, or guarding a convoy on a dangerous road. You are always alert and ready, armed with your weapons and your training, to keep those in your charge safe from harm. With your unwavering vigilance and your keen eye, you are a reassuring presence, providing peace of mind and security to all who depend on you for protection.

Starting Equipment

If you take this profession when you create your character, gain the following gear, in addition to the equipment you gained based on your background: rucksack, a spear or a halberd, chainmail armor, clothes (simple), torch (10), deck of cards, manacles, insignia of rank (banner, patch, pin, etc), hooded lantern, flask of oil.

Skills

Each time you gain a rank in the guard profession (including rank 1), gain +3 Perceiving, and +1 in different three skills of your choice from below:

Athleticism: Applied Force, Athletics, Sprinting

Influence: Intimidating

Knowledge: Economics, Geography, History, Law, Medicine*, Military, Politics of [choose region]

Observation: Eavesdropping, Intuiting, Investigating

Stamina: Distance Running, Forced March, Menacing, Swimming

Survival: Animal Handling, Dungeoneering, Sheltering

Private Security

When you become a rank 1 guard, and every time you gain a rank in the guard profession, you advance your official position as private security personnel.

Rank 1

You are a low-ranking member of a private security group. You are tasked with guarding a private location. While you are at that location, you have food and lodging for free. For each day that you guard the location, gain 1 sc; at the end of each consecutive week, gain an additional 3 sc bonus (leading to 10 sc per week).

Guarding a private location comes with additional benefits: up to five of your travel companions gain free food and lodging at the locale as you do, but do not receive payment for guarding the location unless they also have this occupation.

Rank 2

You have been recognized as a skilled and dedicated guard. Whenever you are in an urban area, you can find work as a guard at a private location. Your pay increases to 3 sc per day, with a weekly bonus of 9 additional sc (for a total of 30 sc per week) using this feature.

Additionally, as you are trusted to act with discretion, you easily pick up rumors regarding your urban environment. After guarding a location for two days, you learn the nature of one of the following aspects of the urban area: layfolk, mercantile, military, political, religious, or underworld.

Rank 3

Trusted as one of the best of the best, you are charged with protecting individual personnel of great importance. You earn 10 sc per day, with a 30 sc bonus each consecutive week (for a total of 100 sc or 1 q per week) and you gain +1 community goodwill. You can earn no more than +1 goodwill per month using this feature.

You are also given authority to speak on behalf of the individual whom you protect. You may secure a meeting with any political, military, or economic official who has three or fewer occupational ranks; they will make time to meet with you within 8 hours of your request.

Rank 4

Gain the rank 1 benefits of one of the following professions of your choice: honorable, inquisitor, knight, soldier, or thug.

You may secure a meeting with any political, military, or economic official who has four or fewer occupational ranks; they will make time to meet with you within 8 hours of your request.

Rank 5

Gain the rank 1 benefits of an additional profession from your rank 4 options, or gain the rank 2 benefits of the profession that you chose at rank 4.

You may secure a meeting with any political, military, or economic official who has four or fewer occupational ranks; they will make time to meet with you within 2 hours of your request.

Professions ArchivistBarristerCharlatanClergyEntertainerGuardHonorableInquisitorKnightNomadPhysicianPioneerSailorSoldierTraderThiefThug