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Cartographer

You are a skilled mapmaker, and your knowledge of topography, natural science, and sense of direction make you invaluable to expeditions into uncharted regions. The maps you make define the wilderness for adventurers who come after you, and with your skilled pen you chart the dangerous places beyond civilization.

Skill Proficiencies: Nature, Perception

Tool Proficiencies: Navigator’s tools, cartographer’s tools

Equipment: A set of traveler’s clothes, cartographer’s tools, an unfinished map, and a belt pouch containing 10 gp

Feature: Mapmaking

You never get lost in an area you have mapped. You have an excellent memory for maps and geography, and you can always recall the general layout of terrain, settlements, and other features around you.

You can render an accurate map of an area you have traveled through by memory, no matter how long ago you visited it.

Suggested Characteristics

Cartographers run the full spectrum from bookish geographers to rugged explorers. Most feel equally at home in the wilderness and in a dusty study. They can spend as much time thinking in abstractions as they do observing the real world, and their characteristics often reflect this.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I have a story – entertaining, if not always relevant – about every place on my maps.
2 My speech is seasoned liberally with words from other languages.
3 Unless I write it down or draw it, I forget things very easily.
4 I’m eager to adopt the customs of places I visit.
5 I’m only truly happy when I can see the stars in the night sky.
6 Once I’ve broken bread with someone, we’re friends.
7 I have a list of landmarks and noteworthy places I want to see before I die.
8 Because I’m always on the move, acquaintances seldom become lasting friendships.
d6 Bond
1 I go to any lengths to gather information about the locations on my maps.
2 I have a strange map that points to a place I’ve never seen. I must learn the truth.
3 My true love was forced to marry another – I’m looking for a place we can go to be together.
4 I have a rival whose career and exploits always seem to be one step ahead of mine.
5 I’ve sworn not to return to my hometown until I’ve proven myself.
6 There’s something over that next hill. I can’t wait to find out what!
d6 Ideal
1 Open-minded. There are so many people left to learn from. (Good)
2 Independence. If I’m going to see the world, I can’t ever let myself get attached. (Chaotic)
3 Caution. Foreign lands have strange laws – move carefully, lest you fall afoul of them. (Lawful)
4 Greed. The places in my maps surely won’t miss a few treasures here and there. (Evil)
5 Curiosity. Nothing gives me a thrill like learning something new. (Neutral)
6 Aspiration. I want to be as much of a legend as the fabled places I visit. (Any)
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