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#1 [en] 

Ever since I wrote the Occupations' Stories, homins have been hounding me to write about the advanced occupations as well. And I was always planning that, honest, but it turned out to be easier said than done!

Ofcourse the advanced occupations are also badly in need of background lore, but it soon became clear to me I could not simply write about them as I had been used to writing about the basic occupations. The advanced occupations were too completely different! All the basic occupations were firmly rooted in the culture of one of the homin races, and all except Larvester had a history reaching all the way back to when homins still lived as tribes. The advanced occupations aren't connected to any race, and are totally new inventions without any history. Believe me, I looked! And they don't even have occupation masters to gossip about!

How then, could I possibly write anything interesting about them? And to make matters worse, despite the fact that I waited and waited for more, there's still only two advanced occupations. Not much to write about.

But after the recent honour given to the original occupations' stories, and because it's been over a year now, I feel I cannot wait any longer. So I'll have to do what any Tryker loves doing most; improvise!

The advanced occupation stories I am about to release will be different than what you're used to. Because the advanced occupations don't have as much history, I'll be talking much more about recent and even current events surrounding them. And the thing with current events is, they're very controversial. As difficult as it is to get the real story out about history, it's even harder to get the real story of what's happening right now. Almost impossible even. So I had to make choices. I could swear I've done my best to stay impartial and show all sides of the argument, but pffft, I learned my reporting from the Eye of the Tyrancha; I've written whatever theory makes the better story.

Still, the one thing that remains the same is my mission. I strive to write backgrounds firmly rooted in the established Ryzom lore, history of the homin races, and current situation on Atys. Backgrounds that explain where the occupations came from, why they opened when they did and why they work as they do. But, just like last time, I still shan't claim my stories are the only correct interpretation of history.

One last difference, there shall be no "weekly story" this time. I've decided to follow what's hip and happening in the world of MMOs, and release the stories "when they're ready".

#2 [en] 

About time, you half starved lazy writer! I can't wait to read them.

Last edited by Rikutatis (8 years ago)


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#3 [en] 

Advanced Occupation

The huge success of the 8 basic occupations soon sparked a wave of innovation across the New Lands. Inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs seeking to copy the success stories of the initial 8 worked tirelessly to discover new processing techniques, hoping they would lead to new occupations. It seemed sure that those who managed to create and manage an entirely new occupation would gain great wealth and fame from the endeavour.

The initial 8 occupations owned a lot of their success to their products, which were usually only a side-effect of their primary functions but proved highly desirable to adventurers. So while the adventurers were mainly in it for these products, the occupations they practised provided food, water, tools, snacks, healthcare, decorations, scientific data or writing necessities to the larger homin population, hugely boosting the economy and increasing prosperity for all.

The homins who were out to invent new occupations reasoned that an occupation focussed solely on providing useful products for adventurers, without getting bogged down in being 'useful to the general population', could be even more successful than the initial 8. They dubbed such an occupation an 'advanced occupation', though it was a purely theoretical term at first. It took several more Jena years of research after the term was coined before the first actual advanced occupation was discovered.

And when it was, the governments intervened. They did not like the prospect of having all their adventurers abandon the basic occupations - and the good they provided to the entire population - in favour of 'advanced occupations' that only selfishly served the adventurers' purposes at no benefit to society. They feared a collapse of the newly boosted economy and possibly even riots due to the sudden drop in prosperity, and the original 8 basic occupation guilds, who feared their replacement by the advanced occupations, smelled their opportunity.

The 8 basic occupation guilds, which had by now gained considerable influence, joined together to form a joint lobbying movement. Under their pressure, the 4 homin nations signed an agreement that all 'advanced occupations' would be placed under government supervision. They would be partly opened to adventurers, but under the strict condition that adventurers would have to practise the basic occupations to obtain the components for these advanced occupations.

The Occupation Control Committee was set up by the 4 governments and the 8 occupation guilds to ensure compliance with this law. In the extreme case, the OCC were given the power to seize all knowledge of the process by which the components of an advanced occupation could be gathered, keep this completely secret, and allow gathering of the components to be done by the governments alone.

In such a case then, adventurers would be able to obtain the components for advanced occupations only by trading with the governments, who would trade them only for products from the basic occupations. This would ensure adventurers would continue to practise the basic occupations, and supply their nations with all the goodies those provided.

And so, rather than becoming a competitor and possibly even a successor to basic occupations, the so anticipated advanced occupations ended up becoming just a subsidiary of them. They would have no guilds, no trainers, no occupation masters, and no organisation. They would come only in the form of knowledge released to the public, and whoever wanted to use that knowledge to practice the advanced occupation could do so independently and individually.
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