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Ranger (Expertise-Force)

Quote:

It is only when the hunter has repeatedly been the hunted that the senses can be attuned to the required pitch, and those rules be strictly adhered to, the breaking of which would provide the man-eater with an easy victim.

Man Eaters of Kumaon- Jim Corbett

Specialist: 1 2 3 4 5
Force: 1 2 3 4 5
Expertise: 1 2 3 4 5
Insight: 1 2 3 4 5

 

SWOT

 

  •  S. Resilient to the dangers faced within their specialty, balanced approach to completion and context for areas of specialty, passionate about excellence within those areas.
  • W. Convinced of superiority of their own experience within specialty, likely to de-prioritize things outside specialty,
  • O. Any subject they specialize in more than other classes, untapped environmental factors that don’t leverage project.
  • T. Direct confrontation from more martial classes with contrasting viewpoints, inflexible organizations not able to take advantage of ranger’s specialties.
Ranger Hat

Ranger Hat

Description

Rangers are expert trappers, hunters, and scouts. They study their prey and know exactly what tools to use to bring it down. They know how to track their target through snow, rain, and storm and will follow it relentlessly until it is found.

Their skill-set is both diverse and specialized. They have mastered all the skills associated with their target expertise, and they know how to coordinate with others in overcoming obstacles to bring down their prey. This depth of knowledge also enables them to know if anyone is not pulling his or her own weight. Rangers hold all members of their party to a high standard.

Rangers study their quarry. They are keen observers of behavior and can predict the target’s behavior before it acts. The ranger has a great wealth of knowledge in these specific areas which they use to great effect in their company.

In combat, rangers are focused and fierce. Rangers are excellent marksman and can take out opponents from a great distance if facing prey that stays at a distance. For opponents that require a more direct approach, rangers are also able to go head-to-head with dual flashing swords. Rangers know how to maneuver in combat and where to strike to have the greatest effect on their opponents. In this way, they are perhaps the strongest combat class outside of the force users.

Because of their experience, rangers are likely to have a small group of talented advisors and companions that they rely on in their pursuits. Developing such focused expertise takes hard work, dedication, and others willing to share knowledge in those skills. It is likely that the ranger will have ready access to these mentors, confidants, and experts when the need arises.

Rangers can be trusted to navigate treacherous terrain and overcome fierce enemies.  They have all the skills necessary for tracking, survival, and hunting to take down their prey.  They can coordinate raiding parties to further their goals and are likely to be one of the most skillful members in the group. They can be trusted to get the job done when it really matters.

 

Special Abilities

1. Hunter’s Quarry

The ranger is an expert in hunting a particular type of game. He knows how it moves, its feeding habits, and its behavior under stress. This specialized knowledge makes the ranger extremely efficient at taking down his opponent, solving the problem, or overcoming the obstacle in the field in which he has specialized.

2. Favored Terrain

In addition to specializing in a particular opponent, problem, or obstacle, the ranger will know all the associated environments in which this prey thrives. This means the ranger will know how to navigate hierarchical or departmental power struggles that potentially hinder solving his problem. He will know how to take these outside circumstances into account when engaging the situation.

3. Precision Combat

The ranger engages in combat carefully and with great intent. He considers all the factors involved, including obstacle dynamics, opposition, timing, and trade-offs.  Rangers are adept at using ranged weapons to bring down evasive or distant obstacles; however, they can also use devastatingly precise blade strikes for problems that require direct confrontation. The ranger will always have the right tool for the right job and know exactly where to strike to be most effective.

4. Leveraged Bounty

Because rangers are aware of how best to accomplish their goals their decisions will show an extremely cost effective return on the time and effort spent. This means the ranger can make strategic decisions on behalf of his company and make long term decisions that will help the overall success of the group. He knows he can take down his targets on his own terms and will make sure that his goals benefit those around him as well as himself.

5. Faithful Companions

Rangers have a group of trusted advisors and confidants in their area of specialty. In their pursuit of hunting excellence, they will have developed a network of the experts in their field that contribute to solving their unique problems. In the rare instance they can’t overcome the obstacle themselves, rangers will have additional resources to bring to bear on the issue.

 

Business Applications

Rangers are extremely valuable in a business context. They are highly skilled individual contributors as well as talented force multipliers in an organization.

The ranger will be able to keep close pace with all but the most specialized classes as an individual contributor. He has carefully studied his chosen field and practices all the associated skills necessary to be successful.

Rangers also study the environment and dynamics that might affect the outcome of their objectives. They know that ideal circumstances never exist and cannot be counted on, and will plan a variety of contingencies to make sure they are covered. This gives rangers far more contextual and situational awareness to affect change in their company than the more focused classes.   

It is this broader perspective that also make rangers excellent managers and leaders.  They know how to advise others on how to be effective in their work, both by giving them context on how to overcome the problem and by reviewing their work to make sure it of the highest quality. The ranger can assess the skills of their team and set it up to be successful in the organization. They make excellent strategic decisions in their area of expertise and are unlikely to be caught unawares by unexpected events.

One thing to be aware of, although the ranger is completely focused on their objective and skillfully trained on taking down their prey, they are not as strong in maintaining the skills and needs of the team. They will make decisions based on how best to get the job done, not on how to develop the team long term.  Such decisions will only benefit team members if the rangers sees a need to build new skills in the team to be successful.  As the ultimate specialized-generalists, rangers can sometimes expect others to be as versatile as they, which is often not the case in a work environment.

Rangers make excellent additions at almost all levels of an organization. They are solid additions to direct production teams as well as strategic decisions making. The only place they might not be as strong is at the highest levels of the organization. Work which requires constant combat and conflict will not use use the ranger’s full talent as this type of work is better suited to the more martial classes.

 

Working Alone

 1. Ranger Recon

Rangers are largely self-sufficient individual contributors. The will know the right resources to consult and tools to use to solve their own problems. They are comfortable handling long periods of self-directed work and will only come out of the “bush” to get additional resources or permission to move forward on things outside their authority level.  Checking up on a ranger will largely be more for the manager than the ranger himself. If the ranger is inclined to be guilty of anything, it is not checking in often enough to let the group know their progress. Rangers enjoy having the solitude to solve the problem “the way it needs to be solved,” rather than having to justify his choices to others.

 2. Woodland Stride

Rangers are skilled at finding the best path in areas within their specialty. They are extremely efficient with their work product and leave little waste. Other classes will not know how the ranger is able to deliver his work as quickly or as well as they do. The trick is, the ranger knows just how much to do to get the job done without overthinking it or adding any gold-plating. The ranger’s work may seem to lack creativity or flourish, but more often than not, it will most likely be the “just right” balance the company needs.

3. Approach Down Wind

Rangers working alone will be aware of the terrain (constraints, politics, and strategies) of the projects they are working on. These side factors will not be something a ranger gets overly involved in, but he will know how to fly under the radar in order to get his work done. Others may make a superior product, but the ranger will have his work accepted more often because of his situational awareness.

4. On the Scent

Because rangers are so capable at getting things done, they may become too focussed on a pet project within their specialization instead of focusing on other tasks.  Further, rangers are likely to believe their projects are more important than others tasks and can become resistant if expected to work in those areas. It will be important to set the ranger loose on your most important tasks, as they are not likely to stop until the job is finished.

5. Tribal Lore

Rangers learn their processes through trial-and-error and repeated practice.  They will have developed a large repository of tribal knowledge on how to get things done instead of spending their time documenting their process or training others. Existing documentation and convention is not the ranger’s strong suit. Independent and spontaneous, he won’t see the need to write down all of the factors that went into his decision process.  

Ranger

Ranger

 

Working in Groups

1. Hunting Party

The ranger is skilled at assessing the skills of their teammates and setting them on tasks most suited to their abilities in order to accomplish the goal. He will be able to clearly communicate the mission objective and to hold others accountable to skillful execution of their roles. Hunting wild game can be dangerous; expeditions are expensive and lives can be lost. The ranger will make sure that everyone pulls his or her own weight and stay safe.

2. Tribesman

Working in close proximity with others in tense situations often forms close bonds with the people sharing the experience. The ranger is likely to be a galvanizing force for and within the team. He will help them overcome obstacles and keep them focused on the goal through all adversity. The ranger will have the resources and insight to help others as well as contribute a lot personally, and over time, he develops a following of loyalists. It is these loyal ‘tribesman’ from which the ranger can draw strength in later encounters.

3. Contingency Operations

One of the outstanding features of rangers directing groups is that they always give themselves ‘outs’ to a given plan of action. Rangers know their prey can be evasive and unpredictable, and as a result, they plan for a variety of possible scenarios and remain flexible while carrying them out. Rangers are always aware of the constraints and risks of their plan and will have several other options available, should their primary plan fall through.

4. Pack Alpha

Rangers are excellent spokespersons for a team. They will succinctly share the group’s perspective and make strong recommendations to superiors. Further, other team members are likely to defer to the ranger due to their experience and skill. Classes which are more specialized than the ranger are usually not concerned with running the team and reporting to management, and more generalized classes are not as likely to have as much credibility as the ranger does with the rest of the team.

5. Safari Guide

Rangers have won their wisdom through much life experience and practical application. They are masters of the secret ways and hidden paths and will believe that their solution is best.  Rangers may become frustrated if asked to explain the reasons for their actions. They are so seasoned by the success of their past experiences that they may feel little need to justify themselves. The ranger knows that experience does not always agree with logic, which can be frustrating for other team members who don’t have the same resource to draw upon.  

 

Management and Motivation

1. Command and Control

In order to ensure the success of the whole company, make sure to take the ranger’s specialty in mind when considering his recommendations. Though rangers take context into consideration, they may not have the whole strategy or plan in mind. Be prepared with good arguments that can counter the ranger’s life experience, as they can become inflexible in their areas of expertise. Specialist classes are best suited to counter experience-based arguments, and force classes can make less ideal solutions successful.

2. Expedition Patron

It is important to provide the ranger with the resources he requests.  In most cases, he will already have their best allocation already worked out and simply be waiting for the go-ahead. Being able to solve problems on-time and under-budget is part of how the ranger defines success. It is unlikely that the ranger will overly-pad estimates on what he needs to get the job done.  A wise manager will be well served if he quickly approves the requested resources so the ranger can get right to work.

3.  Topographical Map

Make sure that the ranger has dedicated specialists on his team. The ranger will be extremely proficient on applying solutions to things he has experienced before, but he may have difficulty coming up with completely new solutions.  Specialist classes will be able to provide the needed insight and be able to come up with hypothetical options. The ranger can then take this information and make sure that it is in line with company goals and worth the risk. Specialists also will provide much-needed documentation and training on projects lead by the ranger.

4. Off the Leash

Rangers like to roam. They move quickly and venture farther and farther into the wilderness, and they constantly seek new adventures and hunt new trophies to prove their proficiency. It is important to make sure the ranger has a constant stream of obstacles and resources to be most effective. Rangers will tire quickly with repetitive work and will not perform to their fullest potential.  

5.  Born to the Wild

Rangers are able to contribute to their discipline in a variety of ways. They make informed decisions and coordinate people on their team. Don’t assume that this ability extends to all areas of the organization, however. You may find that a top performing ranger in one discipline will be horrible in another. Focus on keeping rangers in areas they can be successful.

 

Story

“See the scarring on the tree here? The gloom serpent pulled its prey into the branches.” Gwen indicated scuffs on the trunk with her dagger. “The beast itself has a shifting appearance and often takes the form of a surrounding branch to hide until striking an unexpecting victim. It actually feeds off the fear and desperation of its dying prey.”  Gwen Firebrand stooped over the remains, pointing out the signs of struggle.

“Excellent! That means we are getting close, yes? I have heard many tales of this dreaded gloom serpent. The scourge of Sorrow Swamps! Ha ha ha ha! I simply MUST have one in my trophy collection! I’ll be the envy of all my fellow hunters,”  Brauwen Blastiff chortled as he hoisted his bulbous body back upon his beleaguered mule, who blew and shifted under the weight.

Blastiff, still chuckling to himself, straightened the bright crimson doublet which strained to contain his ample gut. One could say that the array of medals on Blastiff’s baldric was quite impressive, if it weren’t for the widely-known fact that he hadn’t earned a single one. He simply hired the best trackers and hunters he could find and took credit for the end result.

Blastiff checked his time piece and scowled, suddenly irritated. “Are we getting close?” he said “We’ve been at this for almost two days now. I’m starting to think you aren’t worth the price I paid for you.”

Gwen rolled her eyes as she moved expertly through the brush and crossed the sporadic patches of firm ground in the bog. Blastiff’s nag made wheezing noises as it tromped and splashed through the water in a vain attempt to keep up with its guide.

“We are getting close,” Gwen tossed back over her shoulder. “It wouldn’t have traveled far from its most recent kill. In fact,” she pointed ahead, “that bramble patch on the far bank looks like just the right spot.”

She stood on the bank and waited for Blastiff. He made grunting noises as he managed to unhook himself from the his mule and fell to the ground with a thump, cursing roundly all the while. Stomping over to her with a blunderbuss two sizes too big for his body, he began to pack shot in it.

“So where is this thing?” Blastiff grumbled. His thick fingers clumsily forced charge and shot into place. “This better be done before nightfall. This is the last night I intend to spend in the muck.”

Gwen gestured to a small hole in the thicket, just about as narrow as Blastiff was round. “Through there,” she stated, decisive. “We’d better get going if we’re to get this done before dark.” She crouched and began to crawl through the burrow, not waiting for Blastiff’s objections.

Blastiff could be heard traveling about ten yards behind her. Sounds of tearing cloth and his swearing rang out as they progressed.  After what seemed to be hours, Blastiff saw the end of the tunnel. Filthy and exhausted, his tunic a ruin of its former state, he crawled out into a small clearing in the brush and stared, dumbfounded at the scene.

A huge black kettle bubbled and frothed, suspended over the coals of an enormous firepit. A ring of brightly painted warriors squatted around the outside of the clearing, each looking at Blastiff expectantly. He saw an old man in traditional tribal gear looking him over with an expression of disdain.

“What’s going on here?” Blastiff squealed.  

“Ah, the gloom serpent myth.” Gwen said conversationally as she sauntered out of the shadows. “Very useful to keep most people out of this tribe’s swamp, but I knew your greed for catching this beast was the only thing that could draw you out from your stronghold and away from your guards. For all your cheating and lies, I bet you’ll make a charming trophy in the Chief’s head collection.” She gave a short nod to the chief, who whipped out a serrated dagger and gestured to his men.

The natives descended on Blastiff and began to field dress him immediately. Their expert hands made quick work of it. Blastiff would make a proud trophy, indeed.

Gwen collected always got her man– and collected her bounty.

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