To be honest with you, I need to get something written down so when I forget what I’ve said—being absent minded and all—I can look it up and re-read it.
In short a vocation is what a person is dedicated to doing. At least what he really wants to do in his life.
Priest is most often the vocation we think of when we hear the world vocation, but there are others. You have doctor and lawyer, police officer and bus driver. It really doesn’t matter just how long you have a vocation, as long as it’s something you’re really dedicated to doing.
In addition we tend to see vocations as having something of the romantic about them. Just something that leads up to say that there’s something neat about the profession, and something cool about the person pursuing it. There’s just something about being a writer that makes them desirable as a romantic partner, as witness the typical writer’s or fan convention. We love contact with the important,, and that contact can get intimate indeed.
Vocations as Vocations
So in reality a vocation is a career you really want to pursue, for as long as you can at least.
Our reaction to anyone with a vocation is predicated in large part on how we see the vocation, and those who follow it. It isn’t just firemen we find romantic, it’s doctors and bakers and anybody else with a calling we admire. Anyone with a purpose we can admire, and which we wish we could follow if we were only good enough.
That’s pretty much what you have in Mythus, people pursuing goals that give them a purpose in life. People taking on a role that has a meaning to it, a role that matters.
The Vocation in Mythus is not an attempt to come up with a term to replace Class. No, a Vocation is something entirely different. A Class is something your Character is. A Vocation is something your Persona follows. Both are types of roles you’ve dcided to follow, but with a Vocation it is a role you don’t have to follow to th exclusion of all else.
Want to recreate the D&D Paladin? Give your HP Priestcræft, Religion, and Apostropaism and maybe a few others to simulate what the traditional Paladin gets. And don’t forget the code. Codes are vital.
As you can see Vocations in Mythus are flexible. Want your Priest to be a master swordsman? Be my guest. Want your Alchemist to moonlight as an Actor? Go right ahead. For Mythus is not just a game you play where the roles are limited. No, Mythus is a guide to playing a role in a fantasy world; and as in the real world there is much more to life than just a limited role. As her mom told Sally in the musical Tommy, “You’re part is to be what you’ll be.”
Starting with part two of this series we’ll be taking a look at the Vocations in Mythus, and at the moment I’m thinking about starting with the Shaman. Why? Because I can. Things go well I’ll post that soon.