Speech? Barter? Science? If you want to get a good deal at the store or learn how to make chemical compounds, you don't have lots of conversations or study textbooks. You start shooting fuckers square between the eyes. Everything your character gets good at, from picking locks to fixing computers, is built on a foundation of ending as many lives as possible. And while there are certain elements of society that might be impressed enough by your body count to find you extra inspiring at the Rotary Club dinner, you use your speech to influence everyone from children to the deeply religious. And every single person is unconcerned by the fact that your silver tongue was forged in blood.
"I finally mastered that chili recipe, and now I have no one to share it with."
Of course, this raises the question: does that mean that every time you encounter an NPC who possesses skills that you don't, they've committed more murder than you? If you're nervous about a big presentation at the office, do you go out and beat hobos to death until you're confident? Do serial killers grow in power with each unfortunate victim? If you have an exam coming up, why would you spend hours poring over a textbook when you could just go duck hunting and come back with the entire curriculum in your head?
Killing made this teenage boy luckier.
Let's put all of this together. Rich people can become proficient at almost anything with a change in wardrobe, but poor people can't afford that. What they can afford to do is murder their way to talent, which would explain why almost all luxury goods are mighty weapons and sturdy armor -- the rich need to protect themselves from hordes of poor people trying to stab their way to an engineering degree, and they can pick up a few skill points for themselves in the process.
No wonder RPGs are so sparely populated -- if the easiest way to better yourself is to shoot a bunch of dudes, take all of their money, and spend it on items that make you even better at killing, even the nicest person would become a psychopath rather than spend another tedious day developing their life the old-fashioned way. And they all live under the constant threat of death by roving packs of monsters and super-beasts that could hold their own in a fight against God. Man, maybe the villains who want to destroy the world and start over are onto something.
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