What Everyone Knows
There are many reasons someone would want to become a rogue. Perhaps you were always nimble and quick witted, or you decided to turn your natural lucky streak into a basis of a career. Maybe you were wronged by a thief, and so you focused your training on mastering the skills of your enemy. An experienced rogue might have seen potential in you and decided to take you under their tutelage, or you have always been and will forever be a sucker for shiny treasure. One way or another, your path lies far from the straight and narrow.
Every town, city, and port has its share of rogues. Most live up to the worst stereotypes of the class, making a living as burglars, assassins, cutpurses, and con artist. Often, these scoundrels are organized into thieves guilds or crime families. Plenty of rogues operate independently, but even they sometimes recruit apprentices to help them in their scams and heist. A few rogues make an honest living as locksmiths, investigators, or exterminators. Life on a ship sailing the tides between islands provides plenty an opportunity for the agile and sly to make a bit of extra coin by indulging in a bit of crime.
What Rogues Know
The Underworld: Rogues can use their own language called Thieves’ Cant to secretly communicate information right under the nose of normal people.
Thieves guilds: Red tape and middleman fees line the pockets of the Thieves Guilds in port towns and cities that deal in trade. Business savvy rogues can negotiate with guild officials for the benefit of their ship.
The tools of the trade: Rogues have skill with thieves’ tools. A discrete pouch that contains a small file, a set of lock picks, a small mirror mounted on a metal handle, a set of narrow-bladed scissors, and a pair of pliers. Proficiency with the tools allow you to pick locks and foil traps as well as a general knowledge of the locks and traps in question.
Burglars, bandits, cutpurses, and other criminals typically follow this archetype. The docks are the lifeblood of commerce and travel, leaving many an opportunity for skilled rogues to make a few gold “liberating” some material goods from their inattentive owners.
Every crew requires someone to get their hands dirty in the business of ship-board life. The assassin specializes in dealing death with precise lethal accuracy. Utilizing disguises and poisons, these rogues can end threats to their ships before they have a chance to react.
These rogues hone their skills in stealth and magic, weaving the 100 Oaths into their abilities. These pranksters and mischief-makers sail the high seas seeking their fortunes wherever the winds and tides bring them.
Focused on the art of the blade, relying on your speed, elegance, and charm, you have mastered combat on the high seas. A Swashbuckler excels in the chaos of ship to ship combat, boldly swinging into the fray from the topsails, and then darting away from opponents all while looking ridiculously good.
You know that information and its manipulation are key in winning most battles. Acting as a spy for your ship, you use your words as weapons as often as a dagger. The secrets of each island you travel to are your treasure.
The Inquisitive sets out on the seas of the world seeking secrets and mysteries. Your sharp eye for detail and unerring intuition cut to the true heart and intentions of all foes you face on your travels.
Life away from the cities or on the seas have hone your skills in stealth and survival to a razor’s edge. You are the eyes and the ears of your ship in the vast, trackless wilderness.