A great assortment of lowly drudges who might just see hauling loads and torches for murder hobs as a step up.
Entertaining assortment of menial laborers. For more refined NPCs, depending on their highest ability score, there are numerous non-adventuring occupations or trades available: STRENGTH based = armorer, blacksmith, butcher, carpenter, cook, laborer, porter , stone carver.DEXTERITY based = acrobat, baker, jeweler, peddler, rat catcher, sailor, shoe maker, weaver. CONSTITUTION based = bowyer, brick layer, dyer, farmer furrier, gardener, messenger, miner.INTELLIGENCE based = architect, cartographer, engineer, navigator, physician, scribe, shipwright, -smith. WISDOM based = book binder, brewer, engraver, fisherman, inn keeper, potter, tanner, teamster. CHARISMA based = artist, barrister, fortune teller, herald, interpreter, merchant, minstrel, money lender.There are numerous sources and web sites that will help you gain an understanding and appreciation of medieval culture including, but not limited to:Medievalist.nethkcarms.tripod.com/occ.htmlThe Middle Ages by Prof. Phillip Daileaderwww.luminarium.org/medlit/medprice.htmlThe Fall of the Pagans by Prof. Kenneth Hart
I think I need an editor, that last paragraph was a bit to pedantic; how bouts ..“There are numerous sources that will increase one's understanding and appreciation of medieval culture including, but not limited to:”
Thanks for this, Clovis! I will add those books and sites to my must-read list.