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28th Dec 2013, 5:00 AM in Feeling Pinkie Keen
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Profession Check
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Newbiespud 28th Dec 2013, 5:00 AM edit delete
When you get caught up in a whirlwind adventure, it's easy to forget a little of your character's backstory, which includes aspects of your character's actual day job before they started adventuring.

It's when those old responsibilities come back to haunt you that you know you're in trouble.

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Grey Pennies 28th Dec 2013, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
I love how you've capturd AJ as such so as to have as few tired-lines as you can, while still having a few, so that she looks like she's just starting to wear down...
Digo 28th Dec 2013, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
This one's a good page. :D

It was rare that any of my players had a day job to apply to their adventurers. "Adventurer" was pretty much their career role.

I miss my wizard character, he used to be a blacksmith's apprentice, so those smithing skills were useful in creating magic items and defeating certain traps made of metal. :)
DracoS 28th Dec 2013, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
Alchemy's come up so often around me that I've taken it up as a day job*.

*May or may not be related to my character's hilarious addiction to Pesh.
Dakkath 28th Dec 2013, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
My current characters previous careers include former slave likely heading to the gladiator pits, caravaneer, and full time student for nursing.
Digo 28th Dec 2013, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I had a Shadowrun character who was a part time news journalist by day. So pretty much would make stories of her runs for additional money. All those investigative and social skills made good use too.
aylatrigger 28th Dec 2013, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
In my Ponyfinder games, I require everypony to have a dayjob (or suitable reason for none), and they do or will feature into skills, cutie mark abilities, and some events. ^_^

...I think the silliest so far has been the rock salespony (there are rock farms, so there are rock salesponies).
Raxon 28th Dec 2013, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Day job, you say? Oh man. Have I got a day job for you!

When he's not fighting villains or messing with China, Raxon works as a beautician. He uses his biomancy in a chain of "aesthetic enhancement salons" where he can adjust your height/weight, skin/eye/hair color, add/remove hair or fur, and offer limited special additions, like a phosphorescent organ by the eyes to make them glow in the dark, and splicing animal ears and tails on.

Also, 'fantasy' skin colors are available. They can be set to be temporary, so a young businesswoman could come in on Friday afternoon, get the full feline mod(ears, tail, eyes, fur, full anthro.) So she can party over the weekend, and it will fade away by Monday morning.

He also goes to cons and sets up booths to sell stuff like feather falling rings, decanters of endless water, and other fun little enchanted goodies. He even puts minor enchantments on props for cosplayers. Nothing dangerous though. Special effects only.

He's kind of a huge geek.
HappyMuffin 28th Dec 2013, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
I have a shadowrun charecter who I REALLY want to play. I made the fastest runner I could with mad parkour skills and kickboxing. He's got SURGE, cyber-legs, and is a troll. He can out-run most vehicles at their fastest speed and he isn't constrained to roads.

I was trying to think of a good day job for him and my first thought was pizza delivery guy
Summoned Singer 28th Dec 2013, 2:47 PM OwO edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
Can I use your character during some games with my sillier DM, it would be Hilarious! Send me his deets (and how the progress from level 1) at
Super Kami Guru 28th Dec 2013, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
You know, I oddly enough remember you mentioning something about this before. I'm not quite sure when it was though.
MumaKirby 28th Dec 2013, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
Hm... only one I've had who had an actual "day job" was Irriel. And it wasn't really as much a dayjob, her master also happened to be the interrogator for the castle guard. So she learned a little of this and a little of that watching her master work.

This is, aside from thief characters who include it in their list as their dayjob.

Or the space one I posted a few weeks ago whose dayjob would technically be 'prison inmate' he occupied the brig so often.
kriss1989 28th Dec 2013, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
I always have ranks in either Farmer, Accountant, Cook, or Shepherd. All really good choices in my opinion that can add to character fluff.
Teatime42 28th Dec 2013, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
A ranger I'm playing has Profession: Bounty Hunter

It's mostly from her backstory, but if/when I use it as a skill check, I can gain access to a "sidequest" involving collecting a bounty whose value is based off of how well I roll (With a corresponding increase in difficulty).

So, mostly fluff, but useful for a day where half the party is gone, and starting the next story arc seems like a bad idea.
Freemage 29th Dec 2013, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Day jobs... let's see:

I've got a medical researcher (Victorian era), a Quaker chef (believe me, I've already heard every oatmeal joke you can think of), an itinerant poet, a coffee-shop owner/art photographer, a Chinese punk rocker, and a martial arts supply store owner.
Afool 6th Jan 2014, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
Totes McOats that's a lot of puns!
DM's Choice 30th Dec 2013, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
My current character is a dwarven druid. He learned to be a mineralogist and prospector before becoming a protector of nature and the earth.
Still useful skill, sometimes.
Disloyal Subject 31st Dec 2013, 8:11 AM Profession edit delete reply
For some reason, I can't remember many of the dayjobs, former or otherwise, of my 4" thick binder of spare characters - I know there's a few bodyguards, chefs, carpenters, blacksmiths, scholars, etc. And whenever I make a Bard, there's a 30% chance he's a lawyer, because I prefer Perform (oratory) over instruments, in the inetrests of keeping hands free for stabbing dudes and surprising those at the table who expect a lute-playing spoony one. There's also the more adventure-ey ones, like a Favored Soul/Human Paragon who's a wandering priest (with maxed ranks in Tumble, a handful of prestige classes to pick up a ridiculous number of domains, including Repose & Sun, and optimistic cheerfulness that could rival Pinkie Pie's) or the ascetic (Vow of Poverty) green Half-Dragon Lizardfolk Barbarian... my orcish Favored Soul was basically a trainee of Spartanesque Orsinium orcs before being Chosen by Obad-Hai when he discovered the way of the hippie when he was sent away from home as a messenger... Ponies're easier to remember. Speaker Check is a roadie & technician, specializing in... well, speakers, but he's a fair hoof at pyrotechnics or fog too. There's also a low-ranking royal guard who's stuck guarding a minor royal and doesn't understand why she's never been assigned to guard the throne room when her buddies from training have (Celestia, for all that she's an ace at maintaining harmony, likes her eyecandy) and Red Alert, who's a prankster guard aboard a top-secret research submarine - think Red October meets Seaquest, and throw in boredom, impulsiveness and monstruous CQC ability. Clamor Bash is a drummer; his special talent is percussion. Not just in the musical sense, either, but in the 'hitting things' sense - you DON'T want to be standing behind a barred door when he's coming through. He was born Clatter Bash, on account of the noises that tended to follow his antics (his parents soon invested in shatter-resistant plates) and his drum kit is unorthodox, having a triangle and a massive church bell in addition to the usual; he plays the drums, plus cymbals, with his front legs, the the triangle with his mouth, the drum pedal with one hind leg, and the bell with the other leg. Oh! Shadow Rumble is a geologist! It defines him, really - his attacks mostly revolve around throwing rocks, he has crazy modifiers to knowledge where rocks or geologic processes are concerned, he has classes he has to teach occasionally to keep his expeditions funded (much to his frustration)... he also jogs, to keep his body in shape to match mind & spirit. He can be a bit isolationist when a villain shows up, but if they make it personal, he'll uncork a can o' whoopass and drop a boulder the size of Town Hall on them... or any number of other unpleasant ends. He's not very nice unless you get past his bubble. I guess I'll stop, before I lengthen the page anymore.
(Oh! Blaze Dervish distributes concert and/or rave flyers, and her cousin Gleaming Blade is a jeweler and silversmith who tries to rebel against the family's adventuring tradition and be sophistocated, with limited success... think Bilbo Baggins with a gem-studded ornate rapier and total mastery of it.)
ANW 28th Dec 2013, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Poll time:
Who is your favorite Apple family pony?
Me: Applebloom, can't say no to that cute filly.
Digo 28th Dec 2013, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Definitely Bloom.
Raxon 28th Dec 2013, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Apple Strudel and his wonderful moustache.
Tatsurou 28th Dec 2013, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Definitely Apple Bloom. "But I want it NOW!"
reynard61 28th Dec 2013, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
"Buy some apples!"
NR 28th Dec 2013, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Apple Bloom without a doubt. She's my favorite Earth Pony period XD .
Midnight Blaze 28th Dec 2013, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Big Macintosh. Eeyup.
sjosten 28th Dec 2013, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Do the Oranges count? I mean, they're related, but most people don't seem to include them in the Apple Family.
Digo 29th Dec 2013, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
They were in the official Apple Family picture so yeah, they count.
steeeve 29th Dec 2013, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Applebloom or maybe little Windfall.
DM's Choice 30th Dec 2013, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
And another vote for Applebloom :)
Disloyal Subject 31st Dec 2013, 8:14 AM Eeyup edit delete reply
Big Mac... mostly because I sometimes take a powergamer approach and judge characters by their combat ability. Dude can drag a house while bouncing.
Kinda have a crush on Applejack, though.
Oh, and my headcanon says that Caramel Apple is a bartender. No idea why.
DoubleCross 28th Dec 2013, 6:52 AM edit delete reply

(please let the coding work)
Raxon 28th Dec 2013, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Umicross! You did it! Atta girl!
Digo 28th Dec 2013, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
1. Epic! +500 Exp and a +2 Mithril Sock.

2. Source?
DoubleCross 28th Dec 2013, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
What, image source? I drew this as a response.
Fred 28th Dec 2013, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Do you have a deviantArt or something? I like your art style.
Anon 28th Dec 2013, 3:36 PM Title edit delete reply

Here's doubles Photobucket
DoubleCross 28th Dec 2013, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
I have a DevART that I'm trying to figure out what I can do with. The pony stuff goes on tumblr. Ah, but the tumblr's got all the personal posts on it as well.

Also, I don't actually normally draw like this in the slightest.
Digo 29th Dec 2013, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Then awesome job drawing that image!
It's a really cute style you have. Please draw more. :D
Tatsurou 29th Dec 2013, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Any chance at all we'll have more of you're drawing the ponies around the gaming table? That's what that looks like to me, and it would be weirdly circular to visualize the ponies playing as themselves.
DoubleCross 30th Dec 2013, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
Has everyone else [i[only just[/i] been introduced to the fact I draw or something?
Digo 30th Dec 2013, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
This can easily be corrected by drawing more. :D
Or stapling art to our foreheads.
Newbiespud 31st Dec 2013, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
The pony fandom is spoiled by most of their artists trying to have as much of a public presence as possible. Coming out quietly, understated, with really nice art is kind of unheard of.
Zuche 29th Dec 2013, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Loved it. Loved. It.
Mink of Snow 28th Dec 2013, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
How to screw a DM's scenario

Profession: Herbalist 5 ranks

And their goes the side quest of racing to find a special medicine when I can synthesize right there.

sjosten 28th Dec 2013, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
That is, until the DM "totally finds in the notes and didn't just make it up on the spot so you have to do stuff for real you guys" that the proper cure must be made from plants grown in a specific area. Because that's always totally in the notes. Swearsies.
Digo 29th Dec 2013, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
I was once in a game where a player did something similar, but ended up spending most of the time high on something.
redwings1340 28th Dec 2013, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
Panic can be bad, but I have to wonder what they're running from right now. Something big is coming...

I fully expect it to be dealt with in five seconds when the source finally reveals itself, much to Pinkie's disappointment.
Bed Head 28th Dec 2013, 7:53 PM Iron Chef Rannoch edit delete reply
So get this...

While trying to take back a fortress from a group of ogres, we find one in the kitchen. One that isn't interested in fighting, oh no. In fact, he's torn up to hear that we killed a mess of his buddies on the way in. Now he thinks the meal he's been making will go to waste. Our team's leader, not one to miss an opportunity, decides he wants to recruit this ogre into a growing band of reformed villains that we've been collecting.

The ogre, however, refuses the invitation. Unless one of us proves that we're as good a chef as he is. Our team leader then starts bragging about how we have the best cook on the planet in our adventuring party. At first I'm thinking he's bluffing, but then he points right to my character.

It's then I remember that I'm a half-orc fighter. And that, as a side joke to my backstory, I have a rank of Profession (Cook) because I mad the meals for my old mercenary company before joining the current team.

And now I've just been volunteered to have a cooking contest with an ogre.

I don't know which is more frightening in the end. The fact that I only got a seven total on the roll... or the fact that I still won the contest.
Bombom13 29th Dec 2013, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
You have fail...won.....well, good for you.
ANW 30th Dec 2013, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
The fact that you won.
Getting a 7 is bad; but if you won, then it must be a disgusting dish he made by mistake.
Destrustor 30th Dec 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe ogre cooking is naturally awful, and that by failing to make something good, the half-orc managed to make a dish that appealed to the ogre's tastes so much that he conceded victory.

The ogre tried, but ultimately failed to produce something as disgusting as what the PC made by mistake.
Bombom 30th Dec 2013, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Interesting...We must examine this Ogrish cuisine further. Do you happen to know any ogre food connoisseurs?
LilyK 3rd Jan 2014, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
You know that blacksmith that's always in the starting town? The one with a ton of fighter levels and doesn't take backtalk from customers? I was that guy, Dorgan Eos. Took a couple levels of sorcerer too so I could make magic weapons and armor. Somehow I eventually ended up at the head of a rebel army against an evil emperor.