a person who sells quack medicines from a platform; a boastful unscrupulous pretender : charlatan… See the full definition
This is not a write up of the Vocation in Mythus, but an introduction the character type. What is a Mountebank?
A Mountebank is a fraud, a trickster. He is a conman, a scalawag, a prankster. The Mountebank makes his living by fooling people, defrauding them. It is his goal to relieve people of any burden their wealth maybe placing on them, while at the same time entertaining them. It ‘s not the purpose of the mountebank to impoverish his audience, at least not to such an extent they can’t recover from his depredations. Nay, better he provide a lesson to those he fleeces so they will see his visits as events to look forward to.
We’re also dealng with the mountebank as he appears in stories and tales. The medicine man in The Wizard of Oz, or the trickster god Anasazi from the West African tales. Somebody who uses his wits and wiles to outsmart the foe, instead of hacking him to bits. A mountebank is not a role you assume in a wargame, but a role you take in a social game. Playing a mountebank you leave not a trail of the dead, but a trail of the chagrined.
If you must have blood and gore in your sessions, then the mountebank is not for you. But if you and your players are open to laughter and regret, by all means try the mountebank in your adventues.