Today, we take a look at the Standard Profession COURTIER!
Ensconced within trusted circles of petty barons, powerful dukes and kings, Courtiers are driven by intense political ambition. Masters of intrigue, their uncanny ability to bend the ear of powerful men fuels their desire for total political domination in the shadows. They haunt the administrative halls of towns, cities and castles, plotting and scheming their way into their lord’s favor. Having spent most of their lives rubbing elbows with blue-blooded royalty, ambassadors, barristers and clergymen, they’ve learned all the proper forms. Although they may not necessarily be born of noble stock, they have learned to mimic the proper forms.
Their strength relies in their insight and ability to adapt. Pretty words, flattery and platitudes are their hallmark. The pen is mightier than the sword, and the Courtier lives by this code. But do not dismiss them as defenseless, for when intrigue fails they will employ the most heinous of methods to see their machinations come to fruition. Make no mistake; every Courtier worth his salt carries the “gentleman’s dagger” (otherwise known as a stiletto) and they’re completely willing to use it should words fail.
- MACHIAVELLIAN INTRIGUE
Political jockeying and subtle manipulation within the higher social circles come second nature to the Courtier. They’re also notorious for their short attention spans and haughty demeanor, trafficking little with the lower classes. When interacting with those who possess the Gentry or Aristocracy Social Class in social settings or during Social Intrigue, you may flip the results to succeed Scrutinize Tests. When you succeed, it is always considered a Critical Success.
PRIMARY ATTRIBUTE ADVANCES
You find it easy to hide items you’ve palmed in places where no one may find them. You always succeed Skulduggery Tests to conceal objects no larger than a knife on your person, even if you have no Skill Ranks in Skulduggery.
- FORKED TONGUE
Lies simply spill out of your lips, but others are generally none the wiser. Whenever you attempt to deceive and lie to others, you may re-roll a failed Guile Test but must accept the results.
- SILVER TONGUE
You know how to move crowds and persuade them to act in your favor. Whenever you attempt to befriend and persuade others, you may re-roll a failed Charm Test but must accept the results.