Once you determine your race, you must choose your profession. The universe is filled with individuals performing various occupations. Some are negotiating deals while others keep everything operating. No matter what your profession is, your actions can have a ripple effect across the cosmos. Choose from ten professions divided across five archetypes.
Each archetype bestows upon its professions with specific starting equipment, skills, abilities, and proficiencies.
Your archetype determines with what equipment you will start each story. You can determine how you came to have your equipment or let the SM decide. It could be items passed down through your family, or items you’ve stolen or purchased prior. Your SM is free to give you more, less, or completely different items. Starting equipment include weapons, armor, and money.
Honing skills come only with practice, so each profession learns new skills at different rates. An Engineer, for example, pours themselves into research, designing, and constructing, that learning additional skills is not a priority. Mechanics, on the other hand, face all types of challenges when it comes to trying to serve their customers, always forcing them to learn new skills as a result.
Ability Score Improvement
Ability scores are linked to the maturity rate of the profession. In real life, our growth and experiences are key factors that make us smarter, faster, or wiser. Some archetypes mature slower than others simply because their profession may limit their experiences.
Proficiencies, as indicated by the honing of skills, only can come with practice. Not all professions use kits as frequently as others. For example, Physicians mainly use one or two kits, making it difficult for them to gain proficiency or expertise in others. Mechanics are the complete opposite, however.
Each profession has a unique set of skills or abilities called a specialty. A specialty is carried out by use of a specialty point and typically accompanied by an action, reaction, or secondary action. A specialty point is used to determine how many times your character can perform specific actions unique to that profession. Specialty points are typically based on that profession’s primary ability score. For example, a Mechanic's specialty points are primarily based on their Intelligence score. So if the Intelligence score is +3, then the Mechanic has 3 specialty points. Specialty points are not pooled and then divided among the different actions you can perform. Instead, each specialty has their own number of specialty points. Except where otherwise stated, you must take a long rest to regain spent specialty points. If no specialty point is required or the specialty description does not designate a limit on the number of times you can perform the act, you are free to perform this action as much as you like (at will). Some abilities may allow you to add additional bonuses to determine the number of specialty points you have available.
Gunslingers have incredible marksmanship that can easily impress and intimidate. Their prowess is well regarded throughout the known galaxies. Gunslingers have an additional skill set which is used by expending accuracy points. Accuracy points allow you to add special techniques to your energy ranged weapon attacks. You must indicate your use of an accuracy point and the specific technique you are attempting before your engagement roll. You regain your accuracy points at the end of a long rest, unless otherwise stated.