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Profession Bonuses Penalties Weapons & Armor Skill Types
Professional Bum
  • Acquire any Tier 1 skill or spell for 20% less
  • No penalties for not eating or drinking for up to 3 days
  • Can disguise self applying mental stat as penalty to others
  • Can exchange skill, stat, or character points for shillings
  • Exchange any other action for any other action
  • +1 Support Actions per 30 Speed
  • Tier 5 and 6 skills and spells cost 20% more
  • Influence % always decreased by 25%
  • Inflict double damage with ordinary items, as well as crude bashing weapons.
  • All other weapons require the use of a support action as well as an attack action to use as they are clumsy with them
  • Cannot use heavy or expensive armor
  •  Can spend their SA to temporarily boost their PR or MR
  • Character Skills but not merchant or leadership skills
  • Bashing Weapons Offensive Skills

You are unemployed and homeless. Despite sounding like its not a profession, it actually can be as you learn quickly how to survive on the streets and in the wilds and know how to do what it is necessary to survive. Professional Bums excel with character and mercantile skills as well as basic survival skills but have a hard time fitting in with society and with the more educated skills. They can easily use what they have on them or around them as a weapon, which usually is just their fists, but will be awkward at using anything that would have to be purchased.

The Professional Bum Profession is all about survival and surviving without having to get a real job. Basically, they are professionally lazy.

1. Bonuses and Penalties

You already know that playing as a professional bum allows you to gain 1d% worth of shillings per day that you are in a town from pan-handling. However these are not the only benefits a professional bum receives.

  • A professional bum can acquire Tier 1 of any skill or spell for 20% less.

  • A professional bum knows what it is like to do without and therefore does not receive any penalties for not eating or drinking for up to 3 game days.

  • Professional bums Tier 5 and 6 skills and spells cost 20% more.

  • Professional bums can easily disguise themselves, giving others a penalty equal to the bum's mental stat of seeing past their disguise.

  • A professional bum can exchange skill, stat, or character points for shillings at a rate of 1 skill point = 10 shillings or 1 stat or character point = 20 shillings. This is explained by the bum receiving charity.

  • Professional bums have their Influence % always decreased by 25%.

  • Professional bums can exchange any action for any other action, but can only exchange 1 action per round.

  • Professional bums get +1 support actions for every 30 Speed.

2. Effects on Weapon Usage

Being survivors, professional bums have learned how to effectively use ordinary objects lying around as weapons. Doing so, they are able to inflict double damage with ordinary items, as well as crude bashing weapons. All other weapons require the use of a support action as well as an attack action to use as they are clumsy with them.


3. Effects on Armor Usage

Bums cannot use heavy or expensive armor, however they can spend their SA to temporarily boost their PR or MR at a rate of 2 SA = 1 PR or MR for that instance. This would be a free defensive action.

4.Skill Type

Professional Bums are better with the following skill types:

  • Character Skills but not merchant or leadership skills
  • Bashing Weapons Offensive Skills

They are not good with just any character skill type though. Their knowledge is more towards the character skills that help them survive on the streets. So any of the following skills are the character skills they are good with:

  • Intimidation
  • Fear
  • Seduction
  • Poker Face
  • Trade
  • Haggle
  • Detect Lies
  • Swindle
  • Befuddle
  • Sell Damaged Item
  • Rip Off

Furthermore, they are good with the following Support Skills:

  • First Aide
  • Hide
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Sneak
  • Pick Pockets
  • Lip Reading

They are also good with any Bashing Offensive skill. Any of these listed skills would count as an "In Profession Skill" which means their max success rate is 10 points higher than for skills not in their profession.

5. Professional Bum Abilities

Below are the abilities that you can acquire specifically for professional bums. You can think of these as skills though these are always in effect. 

Tier

 Skill

 Effects

 Stat and Action Cost

 Range and Area

 Duration

Success Rate

Prerequisites

Cost to Acquire

1

Basic Street-smarts

This ability grants you the ability to better learn the character skills that make it easier for you to survive. This ability increases the maximum success rate of affected skills by an additional 5 points. See Skill Types for more information.  N/A self permanent 100 master one of the affected skills. 50

1

Town Knowledge

Within a day you will know every street in the town you are in.  N/A self permanent 100 N/A 50

2

Higher Perception

Having been a resident of the streets, you have a higher perception than others. This ability gives you a permanent bonus of the first digit of your Mental to your perception. As your mental changes, so will your perception bonus. N/A self permanent 100 N/A 75

2

Novice Street-smarts

This ability grants you the ability to better learn the character skills that make it easier for you to survive. This ability increases the maximum success rate of affected skills by an additional 10 points. See Skill Types for more information. This effect replaces Basic Street-smarts. N/A  self permanent 100 master a Tier 2 affected skill.  100

3

Skilled Street-smarts

This ability grants you the ability to better learn the character skills that make it easier for you to survive. This ability increases the maximum success rate of affected skills by an additional 15 points. See Skill Types for more information. This effect replaces Basic and Novice Street-smarts.  N/A self permanent 100 master a Tier 3 affected skill. 150

4

Master Street-smarts

This ability grants you the ability to better learn the character skills that make it easier for you to survive. This ability increases the maximum success rate of affected skills by an additional 20 points. See Skill Types for more information. This effect replaces Basic, Novice, and Skilled Street-smarts.  N/A self permanent 100 master a Tier 4 affected skill 200

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