jeffseadot wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if there were an inordinate number of carnies and predictamancers who take the long walk. Predictamancy is supposed to be bad luck, and carnies have a bad reputation pretty much everywhere. Thus, it makes sense that those casters would have a harder time finding work (and might not get paid as much for their services as another caster would; remember, Dove was willing to work for cheap). Indeed, the existence of the Carnyvale seems to indicate that it's more reliable for a carny to make money as an entertainer than as a traditional caster.
It must be tedious for a caster of an unpopular or untrusted discipline to be continually scraping by on barely-over-upkeep grunt work. I suspect that at least a few of them would *love* to be hired as a caster to a proper side, because they not only would have their upkeep taken care of by someone else indefinitely, but they'd have opportunity to do something more interesting with their talents than provide entertainment for people who wouldn't otherwise look at them. Not to mention the ego boost (or ego salve, more likely) of actually being *wanted*.
I agree with all this, and I (*edit: as others already have*) would add Croakamancers to the list of barbarian casters who probably find work harder to get due to prejudice against their discipline. Also, Olive Branch showed us how a whole side could be run primarily with Flower Power (at the cost of having a huge side with almost empty towns), but I would imagine that most traditional rulers don't place much value on Florists. Well, maybe Prince Creen.
Posbrake was heavily criticized by his parent side for trading for Digdoug, even though Dirtamancy seems to be chalk (heh) full of obvious usefulness in war and peacetime alike, helping with construction, golem production, traps, etc. It takes a progressive maverick ruler like Posbrake to see the usefulness of a Dirtmancer, and I see a lot of disciplines on the magic chart that are less obviously useful (or at least, less consistantly practical) than a Dirtmancer. Granted, many of these disciplines we don't know a lot about yet.. but that's exactly because we haven't seen any sides using them!
So if you’re popped into a counterintuitive or somehow distasteful discipline, and you can’t supplement your lack of gigs with some sort of useful service inside the magic kingdom, it may be the long walk for you. Tough Titans.