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The mix of professions

Nalin sternbolt
The Shire

Feb 4 2013, 8:47pm

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The mix of professions [In reply to] Can't Post

Khazad... being focused on professions and economy (prosperity) would have a combination and try and get a broad education by crossing disciplines even after they have a career profession lined out. They are savvy on many levels... coinage trading / bargaining / "horse-trading" / favor swapping / and in primiture banking ("I owe you" notes). A lot of their goals could be outside of just gaining money. They could make favors to travel, hunt, play games, cross profession learning, or be mentored by family, friends, and work acquaintances all at the same time.

Humanity is a great level for this type of trade and learning. Say a neighboring settlement meets a 4 dwarf company that wants to make a long term agreement of economic and political alliance. **Say 1 Dwarf is a trader with a cart with Yaks do exchange human hunting furs, herd animal meat, and grains / vegetables. He could exchange for Dwarven finished goods from the Dwarfish settlement. **The second Dwarf is (perhaps) a warrior. His services as a disciplinarian militia trainer, warrior attache to the fighting core of the tribe, and representative to the chief of Dwarf military (weapon procurement and strategy). **The third Dwarf can be no less of an asset as a master craftsman. With skills in steel, wood, clothing, and/or stone-construction he can lend a lot of development to the human community and give a lot of strength as a peacemaker. After a few buildings get improvement, tools are made with quality, resources harvested properly, culture is lent as artwork is added to the craftsmanship; the humans may think that these Dwarfs MUST be kept as "allies" to keep their training improving! **The fourth Dwarf could be a missionary. He could teach reverence for eternal truths, a love of ancestors, and a greater spirituality that improves life and meaning. [A lot of Dwarf religion and virtues, I haven't hit on yet but this is a start!]. The old missionary could also be a teacher of basic skills like reading and writing (to include writing down spoken histories and genealogies! He could also share the "good-things" Dwarfs do and can offer the human community!!

Missing professions I thought of (or edits I wasn't allowed):
TAILOR: This craftperson is a professional with skills much needed by Dwarfs everywhere. This craft would need agricultural background, foraging skills, hunting prowace, and wood craft for loom making / repair.
HUNTER: I didn't think this as a profession because any old or young Dwarf can take this as a skill from a young age (esp from home duties and militia time). Since many humans are hunters, many Dwarfs can be too.
HUSKARL: I meant this in the last post rather than haulberk (a long suit of chain mail). The huskarl was a Scandinavian warrior retainer (Tolkien had many in his novels) that serves a lord but travels with his friends / company is search of adventure, war booty, glory, and honor. The huskarl had a two handed weapon like a spear, battle ax, great sword, with chain mail, shield and broad sword, pauldrons, and helmet. The fellows have varying armor and weapon that usually accomplish the "hero" huskarl in fight plus skills for camp life. The Northmen of Dale, Lake-town, and in the countryside could/would have the same type of warrior system. The Khazad would also see the beauties of a "mixed" warrior fighting unit with a combination of warriors (especially in small battles). The Dwarf HUSKARL could have mixed battle ax / hammers with spears / pole-arms as back up. All would have short sword of some type with shields for missile protection. A back up contingent would be crossbow / arbalest men yet all could have a throwing weapon and / or short-bow or small crossbow.

I haven't hit of priest professions but here's a sampling.

SPIRITUALIST: These teachers and animists could be a "naturalist" type of priest. They could be devoted to the spirituality of the Dwarf community plus an animist of wind, earth, plant life, animal spirits, death, ancestors, astrology, and foreigners. The spiritualist may be on a "trek" or spirit walk for a lot of their life in order to find spirit awakening, enlightenment, and signs of the world. The SPIRITUALIST could be like, disliked, or thought crazy but someone to turn to when chaos and turmoil threatens the Dwarf community.
ANCESTOR VENERATORS: Unlike the spiritualist, the ancestor venerator devotes the majority of his piety to the tending and keeping of rites and rituals centered on the Dwarfen dead. This Dwarf may have ceremonies throughout the year, preparation for funerals, missionary work to Dwarfs that don't follow "the ancient way", and pilgrimages to holy sites and holy places (old battlefield, lost homes). The Venerator is also teacher, ceremony leader, and counselor of the Dwarf people. [I would think that a lot of rulers would promote these people with money support as well as shrine and grave-site sponsoring].
PRIEST: The Khazad should have a diety / belief system. Tolkien didn't go into depth into religion in general but made clues that the Dwarfs believed in Iluvatar ("the one" great creator) with Aule (Makar) as his "choice" Vala. With virtues and a religious institution these priests could do any number of things to promote their "cause" and attract followers. They could also promote their religion with church schools, heirarchy of church leadership with the highest for the Dwarf royalty, and a brotherhood of MONKS that try to attract a congregation in order to be promoted to a lay Priest (then promotions from there).

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Subject User Time
Khazad: What is a Dwarf?? tolkien and otherwise Nalin sternbolt Send a private message to Nalin sternbolt Jan 21 2013, 11:41pm
    Dwarven Weaponry Nalin sternbolt Send a private message to Nalin sternbolt Jan 22 2013, 12:18am
        Short swords vs. spears Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jan 22 2013, 5:21pm
        I had this idea about a Dwarven knife-fighting style Ruxendil_Thoorg Send a private message to Ruxendil_Thoorg Jan 23 2013, 4:31am
            pointy things... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Jan 25 2013, 7:26am
    Crossbow; a stereotypical Khazad weapon. Nalin sternbolt Send a private message to Nalin sternbolt Jan 22 2013, 12:56am
    Magic: Dwarf versus Eldar... POLAR opposites!! Nalin sternbolt Send a private message to Nalin sternbolt Jan 22 2013, 4:15am
    what happened! Nalin sternbolt Send a private message to Nalin sternbolt Jan 22 2013, 4:19am
        Welcome, Nalin! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Jan 22 2013, 4:25am
    Dwarven Mounts and Beasts of burden! Nalin sternbolt Send a private message to Nalin sternbolt Jan 22 2013, 4:49am
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