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Background

Retrogrades survived years of radiation, disease, scrounging for essential supplies, and dealing with the shambling hordes on a daily basis. Being exposed to some of the worst strains of the virus, the Retrogrades began to take on corpse-like features. Those that survived the days and nights became harder, stronger, and more willing to do whatever it takes to survive. 

In the 40 Watt area the Retrogrades are commonly found en masse in Resurgens. They often associate closely with Yorkers of the area and cover their faces to not be mistaken in battle and conflict. There are rumors of a local settle of deeply insular Retrogrades who don’t wear masks and shun outsiders. 

Roleplay Guidelines

These diverse people are masters of survival and carnage in both the urban wastes and the wild swamps of the region, though their adaptation to these environments have led to the diasporic peoples of this strain developing wildly different lifestyles and cultures. 

Costuming Guidelines

Unmasked Retrogrades must use some form of makeup, facial prosthetic and/or skeletal mask to show their zombie-like appearance. There should be no question that an unmasked Retrograde has a clearly damaged, corpse like face; many will use similar makeup on exposed skin as well (though this is not required). 

Advantages

Half-LifeRetrogrades take half damage from Radiation

Disadvantages

Rot Face Retrogrades are hideously mutated and have the effective appearance of undead.
Unfriendly FaceIt is significantly harder for Retrogrades to us the skill Charisma

Character Archetypes

In Dystopia Rising, you start with one Profession. This Profession should define how you portray your character and will give you access to more skills for you to purchase with your experience points. We've broken the nearly forty professions down into six categories. This process is built to make character creation more streamlined to those new to the system, but at any point you absolutely can create your own character from scratch directly from the rulebook.

Before we get into the different archetypes, we want to highlight that every single character can fight and defend themselves, use cool items, and participate in the economy and socialization that takes place in the world. Picking a specific archetype is more about what your characters focus will be and less about what your character will avoid.

+RESOURCE GATHERER

To build weapons, armor, food, drinks, and any of the over one thousand items in the game, you need raw materials. Materials can be found through scrounging, farmed in a garden, fished from the lake, hunted in the woods, broken down from enemy weapons, or traded/purchased from others on your way into town.

FarmerGather herbs during the event get produce at check in
FishmongerGet all sorts of Fish during the event
HunterHunt for all manner of Produce during the event
JonesExplore the ruins of the old world at check in
ScavengerScrounge herbs, scrap, and other things during the event

+CRAFTER

The skill needed to turn raw materials into finished goods is nothing to scoff at. Many professions allow individuals to dabble here and there with the basic creation of brews or patching up broken weapons and armor. Below you'll find the professions that exemplify mastery of each craft. Each path is easy to start but will take time to master.

CookUtilize herbs and produce on an Engineered Kitchen to make food that gives in game benefits
DistillerUtilize herbs on an Engineered Still to make brews that give in game benefits
EngineerUtilize an Engineered Forge to make Stills, Kitchens, Workbenches, Forges, Printing Tables, and more
Mad ScientistUse Science! to make unique and awesome gadgets
PrinterMake copies of blueprints used by all crafters to create items
TinkerBuild, improve, and repair weapons, armor, and gizmos on an Engineered Workbench

+SOCIALITE

Navigating the social landscape of a new settlement can be a challenge for those trying to make a name for themselves. Through how they command a room or their ability to make deals and trades, a good socialite knows when its their turn to talk and when its time to listen.

Caravan DriverCan trade different levels of scrap and herb at check in
EntertainerThe life of the party. Able to restore mindpoints through performing for an audience
MerchantKnowledgeable with rumors and the seedier side of the market, Merchants can easily identify a good deal
PoliticianThe socialite jack of all trades. They can command a room while also protecting their back
PublicanSomeone prepared for all situations and ready to make money doing so
TeacherAble to efficiently learn lores faster and easier than anyone else

+SUPPORT

When people are hurt, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, they'll need someone to rely on. Whether that's through a quick bandaid, a medical procedure, a deep discussion about faith, or a hard discussion about why you feel how you do, a support character has the right tools for the job.

DoctorThe most proficient class for restoring hitpoints
PriestSpiritual community leader able to channel their faith to fix almost all your problems
PsionistAn abomination of the Gravemind. Much of what they do has consequences but they're great at keeping people alive
JonesExplore the ruins of the old world at check in
SawbonesField medics. No profession can get people quickly and safely patched up better than them.

+STREETWISE

The prim and proper way of conducting business can sometimes take ages. Maybe there are just some things you want to get your hands on that other people would rather you not have. At the end of the day, there's a buyer and seller for nearly everything out there. You decide whether you're pushing a seat at a card table or a highly addictive drug that could save your life (if you don't use it recreationally first)

CharlatanSilver-tounged masters of converation. They know how to talk their way out of every situation
GamblerQuick hands and a quicker wit. You'll find these individuals winning cards and dice or being thrown out for cheating
Hook-UpIs there something you want that you can't find? Well I know a guy who knows a guy...
Ring LeaderSpans the gamut between a charismatic tough leader and someone who is not afraid to get their hands dirty
ScoundrelThe criminals version of a Jack of All Trades
SpyThe type of person who can hide right in front of you, whether in shadows or in disguise
ThiefAnything that's not nailed to the table is basically asking for a free ride in this person pouch

+COMBAT

Everyone can swing a bat or shoot a gun but not everyone can do it with the finesse it takes to make a career out of it. The bond between these individuals, their weapons, and their goals is one that you should not interfere with.

AssassinStealthy contract killer that works for the Guild
GuardStrong defensive combatant and protector
GunslingerAn honorable sharp shooter
Martial ArtistSlick, close combat fighter
OfficerVersatile and specialized fighter
PrimitiveDeadly close and ranged combatant
PugilistPit fighter
SniperStealthy gun aficionado
SoldierMelee rock star
ThugDirty fighting close combatant