The League of Oddfellows
Most people in the Empire of Brass derive their hit dice and basic abilities from their base class. Base classes govern a character’s initial Hit Points and abilities, as well as the Skill Tree they’ll use for their entire lives.
There are ten base classes intended for player use. Six of these classes are “normal,” if heroic, people, and four are “gifted” in some significant way. Each of the “gifted” classes can only be taken at character level 1. The other six heroic classes can be taken at any time; however, in order to make the player’s choice to be gifted or not be a significant one, each heroic class gets a “1st level Bonus” that only applies if the class is taken as character level 1.