Profession is what your character does for a living. Your character's profession is initially decided upon during the Character Origins part of Character Creation and shows the job that your character is currently doing when you have started actually playing your character. If you have chosen not to make use of Character Origins then you do not need to worry about using Professions, unless of course you wish to do so. If you have used Character Origins to help create your character, then you need to read this page to better understand how your character's profession affects your character's growth and development.
What all does Profession affect?
You already know from character origins that your character's profession gives your character a weekly salary. It might have also given your character some other bonuses. That's not all that your character's profession affects though. Your character's profession also affects the following:
- The rate and which your character learns and masters skills: skills that fall into your character's profession will be easier for your character to learn and master while others may be more difficult
- The effectiveness of the skills your character uses: skills that fall in your character's profession might be more effective while others might be less effective
- How effective your character is with certain weapons: your profession might make your character better with daggers than other characters not sharing your profession, for example
- How effective your character is with certain armor: perhaps that heavy armor doesn't slow your character down as much because of your character's profession
Since your character's profession is chosen during creation, it is treated as a life profession. This means that you cannot change your character's profession later on, so you should carefully consider the benefits and negatives of your character's profession. Luckily your character's profession doesn't prevent you from using other skills or equipment. Instead, it may make them more difficult to use or master.