Medieval Professions IV: More NPCs You Won’t Find in Published Adventures


As this 13th Century drawing suggests, falconry wasn’t only practiced by medieval nobility.

While it isn’t necessary to conduct extensive research into Medieval daily life to create an exciting Dungeons & Dragons game, bringing real-world history and anthropology to the game can bring a level of “background realism” that players will appreciate. To that end, the RPG Athenaeum has thus far outlined outlined six important Medieval occupations, which never seem to appear in the pages of published D&D modules.

The first posting in this series, describing the vocations of messenger, gravedigger and rat catcher, can be viewed here.

The second posting, detailing the livelihoods of the chandler, crier, and dragoman, can be found here.

The third posting, which focuses on the trades of the alewife, friar, and plague doctor, can be viewed here.

Today’s posting will describe the trades of the barber, falconer and miller. Continue reading

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