How The Wealthy Grow And Develop

The house, estate or castle that you lived in probably had a proper kitchen, bathroom and laundry, and your family didn’t share a toilet with anyone else. You had servants, but they had their own toilets and social areas. You probably had hot washing water delivered to your room each morning, and you could have a bath prepared for you (although that takes time as the water must be heated specially).

As child you most probably lived in the Nursery in the care of a Nurse, Nanny or Nursery Maid. Until the age of ten (or so) you would have washed, dressed and taken your meals and taken lessons under her (his) care. When you were with your parents you would have been expected to be on your best behaviour. From the age of ten onwards you would have started to move in adult circles more.

Meals are now taken with the adults of the family, and served to you be servants. You may now move into your own room - it would be quite small but the fire would be lit for you and it would be cleaned regularly by a maid. In return you would be expected to learn how the house works and would take on a role as a messenger or assistant for the senior servants (Something like a Page) . You probably have formal lessons to attend and in a couple of years decide on a career path. Then the lessons will become more focused as your PC works towards an NPC class. In some cases you may have fostered for a time with another member of your wider family – especially if you appear to have any sort of magical vocation. Even without magical skills, it is seem as good practice to foster for a while, as that helps cement family ties, and provides a wider range of experience.

By the age of 15 you will have been trained as an Aristocrat, Warrior, Expert or Adept – ready for further training. As a PC you would then go into a full apprenticeship to learn the extra skills of your trade :)

Apprenticeship – As a PC you would then go into a full apprenticeship to learn the extra skills of your trade :) There isn't a standard length for an apprenticeship, it varies according to the class trained for. See the table below for typical apprenticeships duration. When I am writing an NPC, I normally assume it is at the higher end of those ranges. As a PC, choose or roll - as you prefer.

1-4 years - barbarians, oracles, rogues, and sorcerers.
1-6 years - bards, cavaliers, fighters, gunslingers, paladins, rangers, summoners, and witches.
2-12 years - alchemists, clerics, druids, inquisitors, magi, monks, and wizards.

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