Profession: Scholar
Starting Gear: Leather robes, 2 books of your choice, a steel rod
Pay Rate: N/A
Starting Bonuses: N/A
Bonuses:
  • Starts with Study Habits at level 1 and a skill of your choice from your school of study at level 1.
  • All skills cost 20% less to acquire no mater the profession, 50% less if in your school of study.
  • Can choose save their turn for the end of the round
Penalties:
  • Skill stat costs increased by 10%
  • Lose 25% of your character's shillings per week towards your educational loans
Weapon & Armor Types:
  • Automatically deal 25% less damage in melee combat than other characters would unless using staff or rod
  • Scholars are actually more effective with staffs  and rods and deal 10% more damage with those weapons, as well as increase their block value by 20%.
  • No penalties to projectile or thrown weapons
  • Cannot use shields larger than bucklers
  • Can only wear cloth armor

 

You have made it a career to know things. You learn skills well but you have a hard time with combat and violence. You approach everything academically.

The Scholar Profession is all about learning and education. It is not a profession that focuses on combat or making money. This profession is probably the best profession for you if your goal is simply to learn and master skills quickly and easily. This is not the profession for you if you  wish to play the warrior or wish to excel at combat.

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1) Starting Bonuses and Penalties

You already know that playing as a scholar causes you to lose 25% of your character's shillings per week towards your educational loans and that all of your currency must be converted to shillings by the end of the game week to prevent from cheating on this penalty. However these are not the only effects a scholar receives.

  • A scholar starts with Study Habits at level 1 and a skill of your choice at level 1 from your school of study (the other profession you are studying). The skill must be obtainable without any other skill as its prerequisite.
  • All skills cost 20% less to acquire no matter the profession, however any skill that is in your school of study is treated as in profession and thus cost 50% less to acquire.
  • Scholars however always deal 15% less melee damage in battle.
  • Scholars can elect to go later in combat. If a scholar has a greater initiative, they don't have to go if they aren't ready to do so. Most scholars will choose to go last in combat so they can better observe the flow of battle and better be prepared.
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2) Schools of Study

Scholars treat the skills in their school as study as if it is in their profession. A school of study must be chosen at the start and cannot be changed until all of the skills in that school of study are mastered. For most scholars, this will be their school of study for life.

The schools of study are the other professions. Simply choose another profession as your school of study. You do not gain any of the other benefits from that profession, you just get their skills at a 50% discount.

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3) Effects on Weapon Usage

Scholars are not warriors. They are less effective at any kind of weapon usage, including unarmed combat, and therefore automatically deal 15% less damage in melee combat than other characters would. This penalty only applies to melee weapons, not projectile or thrown weapons. Therefore a scholar would be wise to wield a throwing weapon or projectile weapon. After all, the scholar wouldn't want to get too close to the action.

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4) Effects on Armor Usage

Scholars are unable to wear heavy armor. They must stick with cloth armor. They also cannot use shields larger than bucklers. They can wear other armor types if they get the right skill, but will suffer double the initiative penalties.

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5) Character Point Rate

Scholars are students. Their skill point learning rate depends upon their school of study.

The Scholar's character point rate is:
  • Mental x 0.03; with an additional +0.25 for every level obtained of Study Session
  • Scholars also benefit from their school of study, getting their additional gain to character point rate as +0.1. For example, warriors get an additional +0.25  for every level in one weapon proficiency skill. Scholars who have warrior as their school of study would get that same bonus, except it would be an addition +0.1 instead of +0.25.
  • A scholar who gets all skills in the Study Habit skill chain at level 1 gets to roll a 1d% increased by Mental as a percentage for extra character points.
  • A scholar who gets all skills in the Study Habit skill chain at level 4 gets to roll  2d% increased by Mental as a percentage for extra character points.
  • A scholar also gets the extra character point bonus from their school of study. 
  • A warrior's End of Session Bonus rate is your character point rate increased by 1/2 Mental. So if your skill point rate is 1.5 and your Mental is 60, you would take 1.5 x 30 to get 45 extra character points at the end of the session. The GM can of course reward extra character points based on role playing. 
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6) Skills

Besides the skills learned based on the school of study, the scholar also has the below listed skills. Scholars get the following skills and the skills in their school of study at half off. 

6.1) Scholar Skills Progression 

6.2) Scholar Skills

Skill Stat Cost Description Level Effects Cost to Acquire
Inner Knowledge 15 SA

Gives you a +10 to Mental per level of mastery for the day.

Level 1: +10; 15 SA
Level 2: +20; 30 SA
Level 3: +30; 45 SA
Level 4: +40; 60 SA

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

Linguistics 5 SA

+ 10 to Mental to understand, speak, and learn new languages. Each use of this skill gives you a 10% mastery of a new language. You can use this skill on a language until it gets to 100% mastered.

 

Level 1: +10 Mental; 5 SA
Level 2: +20 Mental; 10 SA
Level 3: +30 Mental; 15 SA
Level 4: +40 Mental; 20 SA

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

Skill Focus 15 SA

Gives you a +10 chance to successfully perform your skill. If this means making a stat check, you will have a +10 bonus to making that stat check, for example.

Level 1: +10; 15 SA
Level 2: +20; 30 SA
Level 3: +30; 45 SA
Level 4: +40; 60 SA

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

Skilled Concentration 5 SA

+10 to Focus per level of mastery for that instance.

Level 1: +10 Focus; 5 SA
Level 2: +20 Focus; 10 SA
Level 3: +30 Focus; 15 SA
Level 4: +40 Focus; 20 SA

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

Study Habits N/A

Increase your Character Point Rate by +0.25 per level of mastery.

Level 1: Character Point Rate +0.25
Level 2: Character Point Rate +0.5
Level 3: Character Point Rate +0.75
Level 4: Character Point Rate +1

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

Study Session N/A

Increase your End of Session bonus by 1d20 per level of mastery.

Level 1: 1d20
Level 2: 2d20
Level 3: 3d20
Level 4: 4d20

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

Translate 5 SA

+10 to Mental to translate written foreign or obscure languages.

Level 1: +10 Mental; 5 SA
Level 2: +20 Mental; 10 SA
Level 3: +30 Mental; 15 SA
Level 4: +40 Mental; 20 SA

Level 1: 25/50
Level 2: 50/100
Level 3: 75/150
Level 4: 100/200

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7) Scholar Growth

As you develop and master skills within your scholar profession, you will become a more capable scholar. Each set of skills mastered will increase your tier level in your profession, which in turn will provide you with more benefits.

7.1) Tier 1: Basic Scholar

This is the tier level you start out as. The starting bonuses listed earlier apply here.

7.2) Tier 2: Novice Scholar

To reach this tier,  you must acquire all of the skills in the Study Habits skill chain at level 1. As a novice scholar you benefit from the following bonuses:

  • +0.5 to Character Point Rate
  • Add 20% of Mental to Mental as a modifier.

7.3) Tier 3: Skilled Scholar

To reach this tier, you must acquire all of the skills in the Study Habits skill chain at level 2. As a skilled scholar you benefit from the following bonuses:

  • +0.5 to Character Point Rate
  • Add 10% of Mental to two other stats of your choice except Mental as a modifier.

7.4) Tier 4: Master Scholar

To reach this tier, you must acquire all of the skills in the Study Habits skill chain at level 3. As a master scholar you benefit from the following bonuses:

  • +0.5 to Character Point Rate
  • Add 20% of your Mental to SA and Perceive as modifiers.
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Submitted by mythus on Sun, 11/14/2021 - 23:46