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Resource Non-fancy occupations

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Chibi_Krayt, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Chibi_Krayt

    Chibi_Krayt Jedi Youngling

    Dec 2, 2015
    I like "regular Joe" characters but coming up with reasonable, mundane-sounding (non military!) occupations takes more time than I'd prefer.

    Here are the few I've thought of so far, with examples (when I know of any):
    • Animal caretaker (eg. person who took care of Jabba's rancor)
    • Animal trainer
    • Bodyguard
    • Bouncer
    • Cook (Dexter Jettster)
    • Librarian (maybe? The Jedi had dedicated librarians, eg. Atris)
    • Majordomo
    • Moisture farmer (the Lars family)
    • Security guard
    • Shuttle pilot (dude from Rogue One)
    • Slave (kiddie Anakin)
    • Speeder repairman (Bralor?)
    • Teacher, instructor
    • Vendor - for armor, weapons, gifts, or any old random stuff (Watto, I guess; SWTOR is full of vendors)
    Iffy occupations--things droids would probably do, but some communities might still have normal folks:
    • Butler
    • Deliveryman
    • Maid
    • Nurse
    • Plumber
    • Taxi driver
    • Translator
    • Waitress (Dexter's waitress)
    Flashy occupations, too "interesting" to make it on the list above, but maybe still useful to someone:
    • Assassin
    • Bounty hunter (Bossk)
    • Council member (Jedi or Sith)
    • Detective, private eye
    • Doctor
    • Emperor (Marka Ragnos, Vitiate, Valkorion, Palpatine)
    • Emperor's Hand (Mara Jade)
    • Emperor's Wrath (Lord Scourge)
    • Enforcer (Canderous)
    • Geneticist
    • Jedi - consular, knight, librarian, master, padawan, sentinel
    • Noble, lord
    • Pirate (Hondo)
    • Politician
    • Princess
    • Queen (Amidala)
    • Senator (Bail Organa)
    • Shaman (Talzin)
    • Sith - acolyte, alchemist, apprentice, inquisitor, sorcerer, warrior
    • Smuggler (Han Solo)
    • Spy (Theron Shan)
    Help me add on to my list, please?
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  2. Findswoman

    Findswoman Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Feb 27, 2014
    I have a character who's an insurance agent, one that's an antique dealer, and one that's a retired floor manager in a munitions factory. I've come across stories here with librarians, innkeepers, restaurant owners, cabbies, nurses, and various salespeople. But...

    ...I suspect that this is the sort of thing that should go in the Fanfic Writer's Desk thread rather than getting its own thread? (Mods?)
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  3. Ewok Poet

    Ewok Poet Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 31, 2014
    I think it would make a cool thread of its own, but I'm not a mod.

    I have characters who are teachers, museum curators, engineers, musicians, a future documentary director...
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  4. mavjade

    mavjade It's so FLUFFY! Fanfic Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Sep 10, 2005
    If it were a question, yes it should go in the Writer's Desk, but since it's an index of sorts, and possible discussion on other types of occupations in a GFFA, I think we can let it stand as its own thread for now.
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  5. Tarsier

    Tarsier Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 31, 2005
    If we're just listing occupations, I'll mention two of my favorite Star-Wars-specific occupations: slicer and information broker. I would consider those relatively "flashy" occupations, but I would say that about several of the occupations in the first list....

    Here's some more ideas from the wook.
  6. Cowgirl Jedi 1701

    Cowgirl Jedi 1701 Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 21, 2016
    Don't forget janitor.
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  7. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

    Dec 16, 2012
    Some academic & trader occupations -

    Merchant; bookkeeper; trader; scriber; lore keeper; scholar; legate; acquisitionist; purser; archivist; academic; sage; researcher; broker; advocate; solicitor; lawyer


    Some less then honest occupations (if some of them can even be called occupation) -

    Thug; reveller; gambler; henchmen; killer; muscle; beggar; pirate; robber; thief; rogue; black jack; knave; bandit; crook; desperado; rustler; buccaneer; brigand; outlaw; scoundrel; freebooter; opportunist; chancer; gentleman of fortune; cutthroat; rummager; scavenger; pit-fighter; privateer; informant; scum; rake; rakehell; hellraiser; libertine; fixer; reaver; reveller;

    B.T.W. what type of occupations count as fancy?
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  8. divapilot

    divapilot Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Nov 30, 2005
    Is anyone (hint: Chibi_Krayt) actually going to put these in some kind of an index?

    Here are the jobs I have used in my various works:
    restaurant owner; writer; journalist; data collector/documentarian; communications coordinator; Physician's assistant; dentist; doctor; medic; hairstylist; factoryworker; shopkeeper; bookkeeper; sailor/fisherman; baker; engineer; lawyer; jeweller; politician; teacher; vinter; chef; hotel worker.

    I have also seen artists, entertainers and actors/actresses.
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  9. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 9, 2000
    Tax Auditor (almost as fearsome as Vader!)
    Daycare worker

    And things I've used in my own stuff:
    Documentary Film maker
    Cemetery manager
    Artifact conservator
    Producers/Directors/Actresses (I did a whole story set in the GFFA's Hollywood, lost now...)
    B&B owner

    And even if many things are done by droids, someone needs to clean, maintain, program and repair them.
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  10. Briannakin

    Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic & Costuming/Props Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

    Feb 25, 2010
    Hmmm. I have a character who was a government worker - an advisor in a ministry of Education who proofread data-texts (textbooks). And another who was a civil engineer.

    Also, I think it would be great if someone could make some sort of "Non-Force-User/Non-Military" type thread to discuss these types of characters who have the above sorts of jobs (I almost added non-politician, though several people have mentioned that as a "non-fancy" sort of occupation). Then we could link/merge it with this thread.
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  11. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    Great idea for a resource!

    My current writing project revolves around a beauty salon, so I have every possible related profession: hairdresser, manicurist, masseur, tattoo specialist, etc.

    Also: accountant, engineer, doctor, medic, artist, poet, essayist, dancer, musician, opera singer, regular stormtrooper, orderly/batman.
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  12. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

    Dec 16, 2012
    Some law-/order keeper professions: sentinel; guardsman; watchmen; guard; protector; enforcer; marshal; sheriff; judicator; detective; interrogator; inquirer; warden; keeper; revealer; magistrate; inquisitive; investigator;

    Here are some more law-/order keeper profession titles used in some non-SW works: waywatcher; legate investigator; thief-taker;
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  13. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

    Dec 16, 2012
    Some shadowy professions (probably count as fancy): Assassin; shadow warrior; stealth walker; ninja, shinobi; kunoichi; spy; mystic agent; secret agent; shadow agent; slate-agent; infiltrator;

    Some outdoor/animal interaction professions: Hunter; stalker; gamekeeper; poacher; seeker; finder; chaser; pursuer; bounty hunter; animal wrangler; survivalist; [animal] handler; big game hunter; beastmaster; huntsmen; beast keeper; ranger;
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  14. Gamiel

    Gamiel Force Ghost star 6

    Dec 16, 2012
    Some maker/maintenance professions: Miner; mason; engineer; smith; blacksmith; programmer; chemist; technologist; technician; hydrologist; reclaimer; mechanic; artisan; artificer; fabricator;

    Some travelling/exploring professions: Navigator; explorer; pathfinder; scout; pilot; guide; trailblazer; shipmaster; helmsman; bosun; shipwright; rating; boatswain;

    * Some occupational/organisation titles (probably all fancy) that has appeared in my brain without any real context. Use them as you want.
    - Gentleman-at-arms
    - Fabricator-jarl
    - Trade-admiral
    - Void musketeer
    - Philosopher-accountant
    - Tech-barbarian of the nomadic gun tribes
    - Lady-of-War for the Tank Knights
    - Holy programmer-geishas
    - Blacksmith-queen
    - Miner knight
    - Wayfinder-witch
    - Slaver-sorcerer
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  15. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Aug 21, 2006
    I have used fire-fighters, surgeons, therapists, mindhealers, special agents, factory-owners and workers in my fics
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  16. Findswoman

    Findswoman Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Feb 27, 2014
    I'd like to add one: arts management! I.e., the people who do the administrative work for things like theater/opera/dance companies, musical artists/ensembles, music festivals, art galleries, anything of that sort. My own fanfic portfolio now includes—and I am not making this up—[hl=black]a Gungan[/hl] who works in this area. :p
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  17. DARTH_MU

    DARTH_MU Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 9, 2005
    trash man/woman (the ones who take care of your garbage/recycle bin)
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  18. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Jedi Knight star 2

    Nov 27, 2013
    biologist, lab assistant (basic), counselor, vet, social worker, mascot, pet store keeper.
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  19. Mistress_Renata

    Mistress_Renata Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 9, 2000
    Data entry. Comm systems technician. Payroll clerk.
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