Burning Wheel Lifepaths Inspired by Warhammer Fantasy

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Recently, I’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.

update: One of the joys of owning the ecosystem of your blog is that you can mold it to your liking. I build the tables on this page via a Hugo shortcode. The shortcode parses a YAML 📖 file to generate the HTML of the page.

Were I to get curious and empassioned about this, I might write something to generate the JSON version of these tables. Or of all tables the tables that I render on this site.

Table 98: Villager Settings Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Targeteer 𝜏 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 𝜏 6 yrs 15 City, Peasant
Skills: 5 pts: Bandit-wise, Haggling, Appraisal, Persuasion, Accounting
Traits: 2 pts: Humorless
Restrictions: May not be the character's second lifepath
- This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
§ - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
ß - Burning Wheel Gold; ¢ - Burning Wheel Codex; 𝜏 - TakeOnRules.com
Table 99: City Dweller Setting Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Bawd 𝜏 5 yrs 11 Noble Court, Outcast, Seafaring
Skills: 4 pts: Good Times-wise, Streetwise, Haggling, Brawling
Traits: 1 pts: —
Restrictions: May not be the character's second lifepath
Roadwarden 𝜏 4 yrs 8 +1 P Village, Soldier, Outcast
Skills: 5 pts: Riding, Road-wise, Countryside-wise, Ambush-wise, Sword
Traits: 2 pts: Saddle Sore, Cautious
Note: Groom, Roadwarden, or any soldier lifepath
Coachman 𝜏 4 yrs 11 +1 M/P Village, Soldier, Outcast
Skills: 4 pts: Riding, Traveler-wise, Firearms, Observation
Traits: 1 pts: Jaded, Cool Headed
Requires: Groom, Roadwarden, or any soldier lifepath
Raconteur 𝜏 5 yrs 9 +1 M Peasant, Village, Soldier, Outcast
Skills: 6 pts: Oratory, Blathering-wise, Conspicuous, Persuasion, Seduction, Falsehood, Story-wise
Traits: 2 pts: Witty, The Story
- This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
§ - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
ß - Burning Wheel Gold; ¢ - Burning Wheel Codex; 𝜏 - TakeOnRules.com
Table 100: Noble Court Setting Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Explorer 𝜏 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 𝜏 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 𝜏 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 𝜏 4 yrs 12 +1 M Outcast, Soldier, City Dweller
Skills: 7 pts: Inconspicuous, Stealthy, Falsehood, Forgery, Observation, Noble Court-wise
Traits: 1 pts: —
Requires: Castrati, Courtier, Young Lady, or Your Lordship Trait
- This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
§ - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
ß - Burning Wheel Gold; ¢ - Burning Wheel Codex; 𝜏 - TakeOnRules.com
Table 101: Outcast Setting Lifepaths
Lifepath Time Resources Stat Leads
Witch-Hunter 𝜏 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 𝜏 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
- This is a training skill. It costs 2 pts to open and may not be advanced.
§ - Indicates that this is a magical stock skill and costs 2 points to open.
ß - Burning Wheel Gold; ¢ - Burning Wheel Codex; 𝜏 - 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 hood, 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.