Thieves' World - Background

Copyright Thom Jones © 2007

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion

This is the first article in a series to be released allowing gamers to use the Green Ronin books for Thieves World with HARP rules. You will need the Thieves World Player's Manual in order to use this article.

Turning Backgrounds into HARP Cultures

The Thieves World Player's Manual offers 26 different Backgrounds for characters. In order to play this setting with HARP rules, it is recommended to convert these Backgrounds into HARP Cultures.

Each background includes:

Name

Description

Age Modifier

Bonus Skills

Background Traits

Use the backgrounds as written for Name, Description and Age Modifier -- but replace Bonus Skills and Background Traits with the Adolescent Skill Ranks as listed below:

Note -- The Thieves World setting as presented by Green Ronin does not provide every Player Character and NPC with the ability to write -- this explains why some cultures only list an S rank for a language and not both S and W. To make the game easier for role playing it is assumed all characters have some knowledge of speaking Sanctan. Skill level for Sanctan is determined by the Ethnic Cultures -- to be covered in a future article.

Academic -- Appraisal(2), Attunement(2), Crafts(4), Healing(2), Herbcraft(2), Navigation(2), Runes(4), Racial Tongue (S6/W5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Acolyte -- Appraisal(1), Armor(1), Attunement(3), Crafts(2), Endurance(1), Healing(3), Herbcraft(1), Lore(2), Perception(2), Runes(3), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Racial Tongue (S6/W5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Adventurer -- Ambush(1), Animal Handling(1), Appraisal(1), Armor(1), Attunement(1), Climbing(1), Endurance(1), Healing(1), Herbcraft(1), Lore(1), Navigation(1), Perception(1), Riding(1), Stalking & Hiding(1), Swimming(1), Tracking(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Apprentice -- Appraisal(2), Attunement(6), Crafts(2), Lore(2), Perception(2), Runes(6), Racial Tongue (S6/W5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Aristocrat -- Appraisal(4), Attunement(1), Crafts(1), Lore(4), Navigation(2), Perception(2), Riding(2), Runes(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1 Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6/W5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Bandit -- Ambush(4), Animal Handling(1), Appraisal(3), Endurance(1), Locks & Traps(1), Lore(1), Perception(1), Riding(1), Stalking & Hiding(4), Tracking(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Beggar -- Ambush(3), Appraisal(1), Climbing(1), Endurance(3), Jumping(1), Lore- Local Region(3), Perception(2), Stalking & Hiding(3), Tracking(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Racial Tongue (S4), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Bureaucrat -- Animal Handling(1), Appraisal(3), Crafts(1), Lore- Local Region(4), Navigation(2), Perception(3), Riding(2), Weapon Skills(melee) -- 2, Weapon Skills(missile)(2), Racial Tongue (S6/W5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Constable -- Ambush(2), Appraisal(1), Armor(1), Endurance(1), Healing(1), Lore- Local Region(3), Perception(2), Stalking & Hiding(2), Tracking(3), Weapon Skills(melee) (2), Weapon Skills(missile)(2), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Courtier -- Animal Handling(2), Appraisal(3), Crafts(2), Endurance(1), Lore- Local Region(6), Perception(2), Riding(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(2), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6/W3), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Criminal -- Ambush(2), Appraisal(3), Climbing(2), Jumping(2), Locks & Traps (1), Lore- Local Region(2), Perception(1), Runes(1), Stalking & Hiding(3), Tracking(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Dyareelan -- Ambush(2), Attunement(2), Crafts(2), Endurance(4), Lore-Local Region(3), Perception(2), Runes(1), Stalking & Hiding(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Entertainer -- Animal Handling(1), Appraisal(4), Attunement(2), Crafts(4), Lore- Local Region(4), Perception(2), Runes(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Entrepreneur -- Appraisal(4), Crafts(4), Locks & Traps(1), Lore- Local Region(4), Perception(2), Runes(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(2), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Farmer -- Animal Handling(4), Appraisal(1), Climbing(2), Crafts(3), Endurance(2), Healing(1), Herbcraft(2), Lore- Local Region(2), Swimming(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S4), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Healer -- Appraisal(1), Crafts(4), Endurance(2), Healing(5), Herbcraft(5), Perception(2), Runes(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Herder -- Animal Handling(6), Climbing(1), Crafts(1), Healing(1), Herbcraft(1), Jumping(1), Lore- Local Region(1), Perception(1), Tracking(5), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S4), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Hunter -- Ambush(2), Animal Handling(3), Climbing(1), Endurance(1), Healing(1), Herbcraft(1), Jumping(1), Lore-Local Region(1), Perception(2), Stalking & Hiding(2), Tracking(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(2), Racial Tongue (S4), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Laborer -- Climbing(3), Crafts(4), Endurance(5), Jumping(3), Lore-Local Region(3), Weapon Skills(melee)(2), Racial Tongue (S4), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Merchant -- Appraisal(6), Crafts(4), Locks & Traps(1), Lore- Local Region(4), Perception(2), Runes(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Nomad -- Ambush(1), Animal Handling(3), Climbing(1), Crafts(1), Endurance(1), Healing(1), Lore-Local Region(2), Navigation(1), Perception(2), Riding(4), Stalking & Hiding(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Prizefighter -- Appraisal(1), Armor(1), Endurance(6), Healing(1), Jumping(1), Perception(2), Riding(1), Weapon Skills(melee)(6), Weapon Skills(missile)(1), Racial Tongue (S5), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Prostitute -- Appraisal(3), Attunement(2), Crafts(1), Endurance(2), Lore-Local Region(3), Perception(4), Stalking & Hiding(2), Tracking(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Sailor -- Appraisal(2), Climbing(5), Endurance(2), Jumping(3), Navigation(2), Swimming(4), Weapon Skills(melee)(2), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Slave -- Climbing(2), Crafts(4), Endurance(4), Healing(1), Jumping(2), Lore-Local Region(2), Perception(2), Stalking & Hiding(2), Weapon Skills(melee)(1), Racial Tongue (S4), Sanctan Tongue(S)

Soldier -- Ambush(2), Armor(3), Endurance(3), Healing(1), Lore-Local Region(2), Perception(1), Riding(1), Tracking(2), Weapons Skills(melee)(3), Weapon Skills(missile)(2), Racial Tongue (S6), Sanctan Tongue(S)