Burning Wheel Lifepaths Inspired by Warhammer Fantasy

Recently, Iโ€™ve been reading through the First Edition of Warhammer Fantasy RPG. The character creation is rather spectacular. Encoded in the career descriptions is a vibrant setting, and a clear antecedent to Burning Wheel.

Table 98: Villager Settings Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Targeteer ๐œ 4 yrs 8 +1 P City, Noble Court, Outcast
Skills: 5 pts: Bow, Fletcher, Contest-wise, Wager-wise, Travel-wise
Traits: 1 pts: Eagle Eye
Toll-Keeper ๐œ 6 yrs 15 โ€” City, Peasant
Skills: 5 pts: Bandit-wise, Haggling, Appraisal, Persuasion, Accounting
Traits: 2 pts: Humorless
Restrictions: May not be the character's second lifepath
โ€  - This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
ยง - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
รŸ - Burning Wheel Gold; ยข - Burning Wheel Codex; ๐œ - TakeOnRules.com
Table 99: City Dweller Setting Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Targeteer ๐œ 4 yrs 8 +1 P City, Noble Court, Outcast
Skills: 5 pts: Bow, Fletcher, Contest-wise, Wager-wise, Travel-wise
Traits: 1 pts: Eagle Eye
Toll-Keeper ๐œ 6 yrs 15 โ€” City, Peasant
Skills: 5 pts: Bandit-wise, Haggling, Appraisal, Persuasion, Accounting
Traits: 2 pts: Humorless
Restrictions: May not be the character's second lifepath
โ€  - This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
ยง - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
รŸ - Burning Wheel Gold; ยข - Burning Wheel Codex; ๐œ - TakeOnRules.com
Table 100: Noble Court Setting Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Explorer ๐œ 6 yrs 15 +1 M/P Any
Skills: 7 pts: Cartography, Navigation, Oratory, Riding, Foreign Language, Read, Write
Traits: 2 pts: Cocky, Callous
Requires: Sailor, Scout, Student, Forester, Huntsman, Strider, or Your Lordship trait
Court Druid ๐œ 8 yrs 32 +1 M City, Outcast
Skills: 7 pts: Etiquette, Astrology, Spirit Binding, Ancient History, Symbology, Sing, Curse-wise
Traits: 1 pts: Mysterious
Requires: Any previous lifepath that contains the Sorcery skill
Munitioner ๐œ 5 yrs 25 +1 M City, Soldier, Seafaring, Outcast
Skills: 6 pts: Engineer, Munitions, Mending, Metalsmith, Explosion-wise
Traits: 2 pts: A Bit Deaf, Prominent Scar, A Bit Crazy
Requires: Sailor, Scout, Student, Forester, Huntsman, Strider, or Your Lordship trait
Note: Counts as an Engineer for lifepath requirements.
Court Spy ๐œ 4 yrs 12 +1 M Outcast, Soldier, City Dweller
Skills: 7 pts: Inconspicuous, Stealthy, Falsehood, Forgery, Observation, Noble Court-wise
Traits: 1 pts: โ€”
Requires: Castrati, Courtier, Young Lady, or Your Lordship Trait
โ€  - This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
ยง - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
รŸ - Burning Wheel Gold; ยข - Burning Wheel Codex; ๐œ - TakeOnRules.com
Table 101: Outcast Setting Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Witch-Hunter ๐œ 6 yrs 15 +1 M/P Villager, City, Soldier, Religious
Skills: 6 pts: Oratory, Stealth, Crossbow, Interrogation, Throwing, Agent of Chaos-wise
Traits: 3 pts: Suspicious, Zealot, Loner, Rigid Moral Compass, Sixth Sense
Requires: A Soldier or Religious lifepath
Pit-Fighter ๐œ 3 yrs 7 +1 P Soldier, Outcast, Servitude
Skills: 5 pts: Brawling, Dirty Fighting-wise, Acting, Appropriate Weapon, Crowd-wise
Traits: 2 pts: Scarred, Cold-blooded, Fearless, Resigned to Death
โ€  - This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
ยง - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
รŸ - Burning Wheel Gold; ยข - Burning Wheel Codex; ๐œ - TakeOnRules.com

update: I did some reworking of the underlying processing for tables. An astute reader may notice that I have added an indicator to the source of the classes. Under the hoods, I have loaded the Burning Wheel Gold lifepaths and Burning Wheel Codex lifepaths. Those, however, are for my personal use. I will not make them public. If you are interested, consider exploring the Charred Character Burner App.