Raiders of the Obsidian Sun
“Noble, slave, templar, merchant—all are menaced by the sorcerer-kings. If we are to have any hand in throwing off the shackles of tyranny, we must not turn on each other first.”
—Nori, Tyrian gladiator and revolutionary
A theme is a career, calling, or archetype that might include characters of several different classes and roles. Just as race and class help to identify who your character is in the world, theme adds a third character component to help refine your story and identity. You might be an elf rogue, but are you an elf rogue dune trader, an elf rogue nomad, or an elf rogue who spies for the Veiled Alliance? Each theme offers a different story for the same basic character concept. If a background describes how or where your character grew up, a theme describes how and why your character became a hero.