This concept is still growing and we need your input! Yesterday, I had the idea of expressing the four Vocations and their related ‘paths’ as a compass design.
Here we have ‘The Compessence’ or ‘Soul Compass’, a map of the Vocations.
Vibrancer - (Dancers, Performers, Musicians and Tradition-keepers)
Aethermatician - (Airship Pilots,Navigators)
Symbologists - (Diviners, Jewellers,Linguists,Historians, keepers of records)
Metaphysicians - (Healers, Philosophers, Gardeners)
At the very centre is the ‘Jewel of the Black Sun’, the balance of all four Vocations and the meeting point of all paths. This is where Alchemists reside. This is what Al Khemeti is.
There are some key metaphysical concepts for each vocation:
A ~ Movement Without
M ~ Movement Within
V ~ Expression
S ~ Impression
Heyk has put forward some ideas for paths. Let’s see if we can re-frame these archetypes within the Aether Nomad’s cultural compass.
I might have to do this in three dimensions! A D8 springs to mind!
Warrior - they have the physical expression of a Vibrancer and the body-focus and discipline of a Metaphysician (I’m thinking along the lines of martial arts here). Names…BladeDancer?
Adventurer/Ranger - The ability to navigate their way around and the physical stamina of a dancer puts them between the Aethermatician and the Vibrancer. Name suggestions?
Wise Man/Scholar - at least two possibilities here. Theoretical and Aether Physicists deal with complex formulae and the mystery of the Aether, so they sit between Aethermatician and Symbologist. (Name?)
Botanists, Biologists, Chemists deal with the Physical and sit between Metaphysician (metaphysics encompassing their version of holistic medicine) and Symbology, as they see the physical world as an expression of (and language of) energy. (Name?)
Dancer/Musician - Dancer - we already have CloudDancer.Because they are concerned with the body, they sit between Vibrancer and Metaphysician (they understand how to care for their health on all levels and how filter symbols through the physical medium of the body to create meaningful dances. Not just performers, they may hide secondary skills such as the character Farruka ( Sarah Chernik's character below). There may be other types of Dancer - BladeDancer, FireDancer,WindDancer…have fun thinking them up!
Musician - Definitely sits right under Vibrancer. As music is a complement to language and yet not of it, it sits opposite Symbologist. We need a poetic name for ‘Musician’.
Thief - There’s always a trickster. The Aether Nomads see life as a whole and know that you can never take anything away without it being replaced with something…so… Maybe this is a hidden aspect? If this diagram were a D8 with the Alchemist on one point, the Thief might be on the other? He also stands for The Fool, naïve, childlike, inexperienced.
Wizard - Alchemist is the ultimate goal but you might find a Journeyman/woman who has accomplished three of the four vocations (or is naturally skilled in three out of four). Can you think of different combinations leading to different types of Wizard? Again, we need names.
Crafter - Usually a Symbologist as the Aether Nomads put meaning into everything they make. This is where I have fun making my jewellery as the eventual owners can create stories around the various beads and bits. Important formulae are recorded as certain shapes, patterns, even colours.
Would you like to join the tribe?