The Warriors: Farmer, Gentleman, Savage, Showman
Four very different takes on the warrior archetype from Sword and Backpack.
In peaceful times soldiers turn their swords to plowshares, but when war broke out few had time to turn them back. You picked up your spade with grim purpose, and now wonder if it will ever till dirt again.
As a farmer you may be wary of magic, and of city folk. Smooth talking won’t get far with your no-nonsense attitude. Your formal training is low but you have strength and toughness from working the fields. You might be gullible, or surprisingly cunning. It’s up to you!
You remember a time when book-learning was well appreciated, and manners were held in high regard. Your homeland however, has fell on hard times, and cold steel and cunning now holds power in the streets.
A gentleman is slow, but articulate in speech. Use your knowledge of history, the upper class, and politics to your advantage. You have stellar training in weaponry and horsemanship, but many years, and pies, have softened your physique a bit. You could be bull-headed, or gentle in temperament. It’s up to you!
Eat or be eaten. That is the law of the jungle, and there are many large and magical beasts willing to eat your kind. You are looking for something to better the lives of your tribe, and to protect your ancestral home.
STRENGTH that is your forte. Combined with your tracking, and hunting skills, there is little that escapes you. Your lack of education does not hinder you in your homeland, but you’ll often find yourself at odds with society. Use your trapping skills to shape the battlefield before a fight starts, or to alert a sleeping party. Do you play a cruel cannibal warrior or an honorable hunter? It’s up to you!
In the gladiator pits of a foreign land, you found yourself for the first time. Whether or not you committed the crime you were charged with matters not. Once you made your first kill it was set in stone. You were born to fight for the people.
Flashy and proud! Your dazzling and unorthodox style keeps opponents on their toes and sometimes even enthralled. You will often find yourself in a one on one fight with a ring of foes too afraid to attack en masse. You are skilled with a variety of strange weapons, but wear very little armor. Your gloating and drawn out fighting style can get you in trouble with mindless or overly determined enemies, they won’t play along. Are you an unrepentant murderer or simply someone who makes every fight legendary? It’s up to you!
I had a lot of fun with these and I hope some SnB players get inspired by them!
Keep an eye out for Rogues & Mages, coming soon…