EDIT: The stats in this thread are working drafts. Please see the final versions on the Burning Empires Wiki.
Unlike Merchant League Security, Commune Volunteer Soldier, or Outlaw Hive Thug, the Anvil Soldier not restricted to characters over a certain age or on the third lifepath: It’s perfectly legitimate to take “Soldier” (or “Runner”) as the second lifepath at the age of 9 or 10. Given the godawful tendency of real-world militaries in the Third World today to recruit young boys as cannon fodder, this is realistic, but I thought there should be some alternative options for Anvil characters between the two extremes of child soldier (Born Freeman/Born to Slavery > Soldier) on the one hand and regular Joe (Born Freeman > Student/Kid > Soldier) on the other. Thus, my proposal for a new “Born” lifepath, a new “must be the second lifepath” LP, and two new traits:
Born on the Anvil
Time: 10 yrs
Stat bonus: none
Skills: 1 pt: Cantonment-wise (Per); 3 pts general
Traits: 1 pt: Anvil Brat, Obedient, Rebel, Bad Egg, Loyal
Time: 6 yrs
Stat bonus: +1 P
Skills: 4 pts: Military History (Per), Spit-and-polish-wise (Per), Physical Training (Pow/Spd), Close Combat (Wil/Agi)
Traits: 2 pts: Obedient, Janissary, Homesick, Orphan, Tough, Disciplined
Requirements: Born on the Anvil, Born to Freeman, OR Born Slave and the Janissary trait. If chosen, this must be the second lifepath and may only be taken once.
Anvil Brat (Dt) 3 pts:
While some Anvil troops live in isolated barracks, and others in ordinary homes alongside civilian Freeman, many large Anvil forces maintain entire self-contained communities for career soldiers, complete with military-only housing, hospitals, schools, stores, and entertainment. An Anvil Brat grew up on one of these “cantonments.”
This trait counts as a 1D affiliation with any other character with an Avil lifepath, whether they were Born on the Anvil or not. It gives a +1 Ob to Streetwise or Inconspicuous tests in a civilian community.
Janissary (Dt) 3 pts
This character was conscripted as a child, torn from his parents and isolated in an all-military world where he was taught to scorn what he had come from and submerge his identity into that of the Janissary corps.
A Janissary has an automatic 1D affiliation with other Janissaries and a 1D reputation as a terrifying brainwashed goon with everyone else, including other Anvil troops who are not Janissaries. He may not start play with any relationships to civilian characters, including his own parents. In addition, every time the player has the character consciously sacrifice or unconsciously sabotage a potential or actual relationship with someone outside the Janissary corps, he gains a persona point.
Restrictions: Cadet lifepath only. (Note that all Janissaries are Cadets, but not all Cadets are Janissaries).