Academic

You are a life-long learner engaged in scholarly pursuits. You might have made a living on the staff of a university or a research library, or you may have been involved in more archaic pursuits.

Skill Proficiencies: History, Science
Tool Proficiency: Choose one of the following: Artisans' Tools (any), Computers, Science Tools (any)
Languages: One of your choice
Equipment: A casual wardrobe (with collared shirts and khakis), a business wardrobe, a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, a doctorate in your chosen field, a collection of books with notes scribbled in the margins, a pen, a library card, and a coffee mug from your alma mater.

To determine the nature of your academic training, roll a d8 or choose from the options in the table below.

d8 Specialty d8 Specialty
1 Applied sciences 5 Humanities
2 Arcane lore 6 Library sciences
3 Arts 7 Natural sciences
4 Formal sciences 8 Social sciences

Feature: Academia


When you attempt to learn or recall knowledge, if you do not know that information, you often know where or from whom you can obtain it. Usually, this information comes from a library, university, or a professor or other learned person or creature. Your GM might rule that the knowledge you seek is secreted away in an almost inaccessible place, or that it simply cannot be found. Unearthing the deepest secrets of the cosmos can require an adventure or even a whole campaign.

Additionally, when researching a topic that falls within your specialty, you reduce the dice roll made to determine the required time by -1 (minimum 1).

Suggested Characteristics


Academics are devoted to scholarly pursuits, and values knowledge highly—sometimes in its own right, sometimes as a means toward other ends.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I have a tendency to speak about a subject I've spent years studying as if everyone is an expert.
2 I'm usually thinking about the book in my hand, or by the ideas contained in that book which people are distracting me from.
3 I'm very patient with the uneducated masses. Poor sods.
4 I love to learn new things because the universe is filled with mysteries.
5 I’m willing to listen to every side of an argument before I make my own judgment.
6 Knowledge can be fun, so I like to be edutaining.
7 I have trouble making eye contact with people.
8 Some of my field's leading influences are wrong and the world needs to know. Just read my blog.
d6 Ideal
1 Service. Information should be used to help the helpless and lift up the common man. (Good)
2 Logic. An orderly mind is required to utilize knowledge to its fullest potential. (Lawful)
3 Education. There is no morality in knowledge, only the ability to make a more informed decision. (Neutral)
4 Self-Reliance. I ignore what others believe and seek the truth myself… if there is any. (Chaotic)
5 Power. Knowledge is required for self-gain and to manipulate others. (Evil)
6 Self-Improvement. The goal of a life of study is the betterment of oneself. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 It is my duty to teach others.
2 I fell in unrequited love with my professor years ago, but could never admit it.
3 I work to build and preserve a secret library of arcane texts.
4 I must always keep my students safe.
5 I've been searching my whole life for the answer to a certain question.
6 I've had a rival since grade school and we still compete.
d6 Flaw
1 My focus is easily captured by the promise of information.
2 When a supernatural or alien threat appears, I have a compulsion to record the event for posterity.
3 The uneducated masses are hardly worth my attention, much less by efforts.
4 The more complex the solution, the better I feel about its success.
5 If a scholarly peer calls for my help, I'll abandon my current pursuits to help them.
6 I have a black mark on my academic record that haunts me.
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