Sometimes referred to as the “Dependent Poor.” The largest percentage of the poor population. They lack regular jobs, lining up at the ship yards and construction sites every morning in hopes of getting work for the day. Others get by with jobs like gardeners, street sweepers, lamp lighters, chimney sweeps, knife grinders… Many ‘self employed’ include prostitutes, mud larks (scavenge the banks of the river for valuables washed down the sewers) rat catchers, rag pickers, etc. Generally have minimal education.
Usually two sets of clothes, work clothes and a (slightly) better set for Sundays and special events. Minimal personal possessions, usually can fit in a single valise. Weapons, if any, are old, used and cheap. Lives in rented squalor. Usually in the worst areas of the city.
Lower Working Class CANNOT be Adepts, Sportsmen or Mystics.
Lower Working Class characters are semi illiterate, have only a vague knowledge of history and the greater world, have rudimentary language skills and possess the minimum of social graces. This allows the character an extra 4 points to spend on other skills.
|Base Skills||Relevant Ability||Notes & Points spent|
|Speak Native Language||Intelligence – 3||.5 point|
|Reading & Writing in Native Language, basic math||Intelligence -5||Illiterate|
|Area Knowledge, local||Intelligence -1||1pt Village, County, Part of the City|
|General History and Religion||Intelligence -5||0pt National & some World, character’s religion|
|Manners & Social Graces||Wisdom -5||0pt|
|Life Skills||Intelligence -1||1pt Making change, lighting a fire…|