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DreaMaster
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:45 pm
Okay here is a list of JOBS (GASP! a fantasy world has jobs?! why yes it does... magic doesn't do everything.... in fact magic is a rarity (The kill people/ raise people from the dead kind/ make cities float on water or in air... Those types of magic require lots of extremely powerfully trained persons and most likely a Sorcerer or two to supply a large source of magic) amongst most people unless they are a magically inclined race (i.e. elves) that medieval people did back then... if you feel that a job is missing please contact me. AND PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF THE ELVES please pick a job or profession that makes sense.



Actuary: An expert in theory and practice of statistics, especially of mortality and sickness.

Alchemist: One who practices the art of alchemy. Alchemy is the study of chemistry, closely linked to philosophy.

Apiarist: They operate beehives to produce honey and related products such as beeswax.

Armourer: People who make armour; not just plate armour, made of hammered sheets of metal, but also chainmaille (small rings or wire pieced together in a pattern), cuirboille (leather boiled in wax and formed to the person's body), and scale mail (small plates of metal sewn in rows, like a lizard's scales, onto a leather or canvas backing).

Artisan: One skilled in an industrial or applied art. An artisan is a craftsman, who is a member of the urban working classes.

Assassin: A person who is paid a large sum of money to kill somebody, usually an important person. The term originally dealt with the murder of a politically involved person, but the term has changed throughout the ages.

Astrologer: A person who studies the stars and can use their readings to predict what is to come. They also use these readings to make links between man and nature. Also skilled in astronomy.

Baker: Rarely make bread themselves; bakers owned ovens large enough and hot enough to cook bread in, so women would make their own dough, bring it to the baker, and have it baked into loaves.

Barber: Cut people's hair; many people cut their own hair, but most preferred to have someone with 'training' to do it.

Barker: Someone with a loud voice who advertises things in a marketplace ("Fresh fish! Fish to sell! Best fish in all the Land!" "Peanuts! Get yer peanuts right 'ere!" wink

Beggar: One who lacks the funds for a house or food, who sits in a public place, begging passers-by for money. The lowest class of society, even worse than a servant.

Blacksmith: An artisan who worked in iron, turning it into all kinds of things; nails, hinges, handles, weapons, ploughs, horse shoes, etc.

Bookbinder: A bookbinder was someone who put the pages of a manuscript together to make a book. This job required precision, as remaking pages was difficult and time consuming because they were written by hand.
Bowyer and Fletcher: Bowyers made bows from wood, fletchers made arrow from wood and metal.

Butcher: Someone who sold meat and bought livestock to slaughter and sell.

Candlemaker: A craftsman who creates candles from melted beeswax and tallow (animal fat) around a fiber wick.

Candlestick Maker: This job, similar to a blacksmith, requires steady hands. From iron and other metals, they shape a base for a candle, which is sold separately. Candlesticks come in different shapes and sizes.

Capmaker: They made caps which were usually worn by the working class.

Captain: The person in command on a ship. They steer the ship and navigate the seas. High pay, but not the most common of jobs. Knowledge in maths is a requirement, and usually a love for the sea.

Cardmaker: Those who made cards, which were tools with wire teeth used to clean wool or cotton before spinning.

Carpenter: They made things out of wood, such as houses, furniture, wagons and tools. They were often skilled in math, woodwork and the use of tools.

Charcoal Burner: One who burns charcoal for various purposes.

Chef: There is a difference, believe it or not, between a chef and a cook. A chef didn't work for the one person. They were hired by various people for special dinners and meals. Cooks tend to stick to traditional food; chefs go into the exotics and original foods. Medium wages are what they work for.

Cleric: A member of a clergy (a clergy is a body of ministers of the temples. They teach people the religious ways, and all about the Gods and Goddesses they worship.)

Cobbler: A shoemaker.

Collector: One who collects taxed from the public for the Crown.

Cook: Someone who made meals, but only worked for low wages. Other than the winter weather, there was no refrigeration, so food was preserved in salt. Spices were hard to come by and expensive, and meals were sometimes what people judges their hosts by.

Cooper: A cooper made and repaired tubs and barrels for a low fare.

Cordwainer: A person who made shoes.

Courtesan: See Prostitute

Courtier: A term for a female noble. They attend court, and bear heirs for their husbands. They maintain the family household, and do other womanly chores around their manor.

Cult Follower: A follower in the cult beliefs. They have very strong religious beliefs and perform special religious ceremonies.

Cult Leader: A person who leads a service/cult dedicated to a God or Goddess.

Currier: They worked with animal's hides, curing or tanning them.

Cutler: One who made knives and silverware.

Dishwasher: Rarely known as a job name is a person who is hired by either a cook, or the people who hired the cook, to clean dishes, and repair them if necessary.

Draper: Someone who dealt with fabrics and sewing.

Dressmaker: A person who made dresses from a large variety of fabrics. This job is also known as a tailor.

Drunkard: A person who spend his time getting drunk. Most, or all, of their funds are spent on ale of any kind. One of the lowest classes of society.

Engineer: This was a tradesman that did things such as build bridges, expand/reinforce castle walls and build various equipment used for battle. This occupation was often dangerous, but engineers were respected, although they usually were costly to whoever hired them.

Enchanter: A type of wizard who deals almost exclusively with imbuing items with various spells and effects.

Explorer: Another term for a founder. See Founder.

Farrier: Farriers inspect, trim and shape horses' hooves. They also nail the horseshoes made by blacksmiths to the hooves.

Fisher: A fisher was someone who fished for a living much like a farmer sold crops and livestock. Fish spoiled quickly, so it usually was sold for higher prices.

Florist: This is the name for a person who grows plenty of flowers, and then sells them for a reasonable price.

Founder: People who were like explorers in more modern times. They went out to unknown lands, mapped them out, and brought them back to the King for money.

Fuller: They made clothes, and also cleaned them.

Gardener: One who keeps gardens tidy for either pay, or because they love doing it. They know every plant and herb, what its special properties are, and how to grow it. Not only do they tidy a garden, they also plant gardens. Many gardeners have their own herb garden, they make herbal remedies which they sell that cures illnesses, adds a nice flavour to food, and so on. Skilled in biology and science. Also known as a herbalist.

General: A knight next in rank above a lieutenant and below a field marshal. They are trusted by the royal family to lead knights in battle, and train them.

Girdler: A leather worker who made girdles and belts. They usually made them for the army.

Glover: A maker and seller of gloves.

Goldsmith: One who made and sold items made of gold, also could be a banker.

Governess: A female tutor hired by nobles to home-school their children for high wages. Also takes care of children outside tutoring hours. She teaches young lasses court manners and how to act in court. She teaches young lads court manners, and the polite way to ask a female to dance. She also teachers both genders how to dance.

Gravedigger: A person who is paid to dig holes in the ground to serve as graves.

Hatmaker: They made hats which were worn by people with any status.

Healer: Healed sick or injured people with the use of herbs, spices and other remedies. Requires several years of training and apprenticeships come in handy.

Helver: Usually a man who is known to be a black or gold smith, who makes the hilts and handles of weapons and tools.

Herald: A man who makes proclamations, officiates in tourneys, and regulates armorial bearings.

Herbalist: One who deals in medicinal herbs.

Horse Trainer: One who prepares horses for a rider. They train and breed horses.

Hosier: Someone who sold stockings, gloves, socks and nightcaps.

Hostler/Ostler: One who cared for horses and worked as a stable man.

Housekeeper: A person who is hired by nobles to run their house when they're not there, and to assist in dealing with matters around the house eg. hiring maids and giving them orders, ordering enough food, giving the cook a menu.

Hunter: A hunter is a man who pursues wild animals for food or sport. If they do not keep the game for themselves, they sell it.

Innkeeper: An owner of an inn; they run/manage their inn, organizing rooms, food and entertainment for their guests.

Jack-of-all-trades: One who can turn their hand to anything but who has no one special skill. As stated by the name, they can work in all areas of trade, yet they cannot seem to master them.

Jester: A professional entertainer of court who dresses up in ridiculous clothes. A jester's main job is to make people laugh and keep them entertained.

Jeweler: They made jewelery and sold them.

Judge: For high wages, they decide the outcome of a trial of crime and justice. They determine the punishment one gets, how long it lasts, and so on. This is usually only a job on the side.

Kitchen Hand: They assist cooks in preparing and storing food and cleaning work areas. If no dishwasher is hired, a kitchen hand washes dishes and utensils.

Knight: A knight is always loyal to the crown, and can never ignore a cry for help. They must obey the laws set down by chivalry. They adopt the title of 'Sir', and take in a squire.

Labourer: Paid money to repair or build practically anything; some also work fields with farmers or commoners. Usually work long hours.

Leecher: A person who uses leeches to remove poisoned or bad blood or clears a wound. They also have the pleasure of amputations. They were good at science.

Librarian: A person who is appointed the head of a library. They make sure the books and texts in the library are in good condition, etc.

Lister: A dyer, which was someone who coloured fabric before it was used in weaving.

Leatherworker: a person who deals with leathers after they have been skinned, tanned and/or cured.

Maid: Maids could come in several varieties-- the lowest form was a scullery maid, who was a cook's helper and dishwasher. A maid could also clean, empty the fireplace, light the candles and fires. The highest class of maid is the lady's maid, who lived in a chamber off her mistress's bedroom and cleaned for her, pressed her clothes, fixed her hair, acted as a companion, and went traveling with her, should she desire.

Mariner: Someone who takes care of boats at a harbour; they repair boats for nobility and commoners alike. Mariners are also known as sailors.

Marshal: A person who took care of a households horses, carts and wagons. They were also responsible for watching over the transportation of goods.

Mason: A builder in and dresser of stone. They sold the stone statues and objects to nobles and commoners for average wages. But if sold to the rulers, they received high wages.

Mayor: The person in a town/village with the highest authority. They make the decisions which affect their village's homes and life. High social skills and charisma would do well to help a successful mayor.

Mercenary: A soldier who fights for money, rather than his own country. They often switch sides, fighting where the pay is best.

Mercer: A dealer in silk, velvet and such fabrics.

Merchant: A trader and dealer in foreign and local goods. They travelled around a lot, but were rewarded with decent profits.

Midwife: A woman who helps a pregnant woman before birth, during and after birth. She makes sure the child and mother are well, and helps ease the mother's pain and nausea. She helps rid the home of evil spirits.

Milliner: One who is a maker of and dealer in women's hats, ribbons, etc.

Minstrel: some one who sings and usually plays upon a lute (or other none wind instrument.) for money. Some however only play an instrument, when this is the case they usually play a wind.

Monk: A man who is bound to a temple and religion. They make vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience. They take care of their temples, pray to their Gods and Goddesses, teach others of their Gods and Goddesses, and write documents or transcribe manuscripts.

Navvy: A labourer excavating for canals, paths, etc.

Nailer: --

Page: A young noble boy who enter service at a palace at any age between eight and eleven. He serves the meals by taking dishes and platters from the kitchen to the main dining hall. They run messages and errands for knights, high court nobles, and royalty. They get trained how to fight with a sword; how to fight in hand and fist combat and fencing; how to do archery; how to ride a horse and wield a bow or sword at the same time; and they get taught educational lessons, the learn maths, science, philosophy, war, and most importantly: chivalry.

Painter: They decorated a town for festivals and celebrations and required very little, if any, training. Selling artwork was another thing they did to earn money. Wages were quite low, unless hired by Kings or Nobles, which meant a higher profit.

Parchmentmaker: One who makes parchment from the skin of a sheep or goat. The parchment is then sold to write on, or paint on.

Pewterer: They make pewter (a mix of tin and lead and other metals) and meld it into various objects which they sell.

Philosopher: One who is in the pursuit of wisdom or of the knowledge of things and their causes. They are paid a lot of money for their wisdom and advice.

Pickler: One who preserves food in vinegar or salt brine, or sometimes with added sugar. This process prevent food from spoilage; spices are usually added to enhance flavor.

Pickpocket: A person who steals for a living; usually steals money or whatever is on a person in a public place. Some pickpockets have a case of kleptomania, but this is becoming rarer and rarer.

Pinner: A pin maker.

Plasterer: One who uses linen or other fabric spread with medicinal substances for application to the body as a healing agent or protective support.

Player: Usually one who acts (most commonly known as an actor.)

Potter: The craftsman who made ornaments, statues, cooking pots and other objects. Their work was valued, especially household items, because of their everyday value.

Performer: Some one who, like a player but not limited to acting, preforms for the masses by songs, stories, and music.

Priest/Priestess: A worshipper of the Gods and Goddesses; they work at temples and shrines. They have almost the same duties as a monk. However, unlike monks, priests take no vows of celibacy, poverty or obedience.

Prostitute: A woman (hardly ever a man) who is paid by men (or women) for sexual services. She takes the name of 'madam'. They are lower class women, and can be distinguished by their dress, manner, speech and locale.

Ranger: Keeper of a royal park or forest. Orientation skills required.

Rogue: The name for thieves belonging to the lower order of a city.

Royalty: Royalty was divided classes: Princess, Prince, Queen and King. The main job of royalty was to run their country well with the love of their subjects. They also try to find ways to improve their country, economy and get as many peace treaties as possible.

Saddler: Those who made saddles, bridles, horse collars and harnesses.

Scholar: A scholar is someone who has graduated from a university, and dedicates their life to writing books and documents for money.

Scribe: One who formally makes copies of manuscripts, and performs several clerical duties. They can be hired by a person to write wills or important documents. Mostly used in temples and palaces.

Scrivener: A professional writer. They sold their works and got money for it.

Seamstress: A maker of womens' clothing.

Seer: A person who can see the future or prophesies what is to come. They can usually see pictures in fires.

Servant: A person who is taken in by a noble or royalty to serve them. Low pay, if any, but they get to live in a rich establishment with good quality food and a warm bed.

Shearman: Those who trimmed the cloth as it was manufactured.

Shipwright: Someone who built and designed ships, and were good at math, science and design. This job was usually very profitable, and shipwrights were in demand of kings and rulers because they could help in a war by building was vessels.

Skinner: They dealt in hides.

Slave: One who unwillingly goes into slavery; they are forced to serve another. They usually get branded and become another's, property. They get beatings if they fail to obey their 'masters'.

Slavedriver: An overseer of a slave's work.

Sledman: They made sleds and carts and wagons.

Soap Maker: A craftsman who made soap from animal fat, vegetable oil, and reactions from several chemicals.

Spicer: They dealt in spices.

Spur and Bitmaker: Someone who made spurs and bits.

Squire: At the age of 15, a page boy is raised to the rank of squire. He begins a period of trial. He goes into the service of a knight; he helps the knight dress for war, gets his horse, sits near him at meals, and is taught several lessons by his knight. For more information on their daily activities, see 'page'.

Tailor: Maker or repairer of mens' clothes.

Tapiter and Coucher: People who made and repaired tapestry and carpets.

Thatcher: They had the job of covering roofs in reeds or straw.

Tilemaker: One who makes tiles.

Tiler: One who lays the tiles made by tilemakers on floors of houses. They were payed low wages.

Town Guard: Town guards are appointed certain posts along the perimeter of a village/town. They defend it against raiders, thieves, and other dangerous groups. If they cannot defend the town against the oncoming group, they warn the village of the danger.

Traveller: A traveller never stays in the same spot for a long time. They travel through the lands, trying to see as much of their world as they can. The different scenery, people and customs intrigue travellers.

Waterleader: Someone who transported and sold drinking water.

Weaver: Weavers made things like baskets, clothes and even furniture. For some it was just something on the side, but for the more fortunate it could make a decent profit, although this wasn't common.

Winedrawer: Someone who worked at a vineyard or taphouse. They drew wine from barrels and were able to taste it and tell its quality, age, and origin.

Woodcutter: A strong man paid to chop wood for fires and homes. They also keep pathways clear in forests and woods. Not very high pay.

Writer: A writer writes stories and plays for the enjoyment of others. They either do this for a living, or as a job on the side. Once their story/play is written, they send if to a bookbinder to put together.  
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:09 pm
eek ................................................... and in alphabetical order......  

OmEgA392
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 1:55 pm
What about bards?  
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:09 am
. . . You dare to question the LIST?!?!?! (look you got me doing more than one question mark and exclamation mark...) They fall under minstrels.  

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:10 am
and I don't have that either... ah... try under performer....  
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:11 pm
performer isnt on the list either  

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:20 pm
what about conman/swindler/snake oil salesman  
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:31 pm
Just put it on your selves...  

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:41 am

My mind is officially blown.
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