Most smallfolk are poor, illiterate, and live very provincial, humble, simple lives. They do not have surnames.
Even though they are born in the lowest social status in Westeros, it is possible for small folk to rise up in social status, by the means of their profession.
Below are some examples:
☀ Knighthood. Hedge knights were usually born as smallfolk, though higher positions are also possible. For example, Ser Duncan the Tall, who even rose to the position of Lord Commander of the Kingsguard of King Aegon V Targaryen.
☀ Guards. It is possible for smallfolk to join the City Watch in King’s Landing or the Night’s Watch with the possibility to occupy a commanding position.
☀ Smallfolk are also allowed to join the Citadel of Oldtown, to study to become a maester.
☀ The Faith of the Seven allows all to become Septons or Septa’s.
Available Smallfolk Roles:
The Reach is home to some of the most fertile lands in Westeros, and as such is a major exporter of food and wine to the other regions. Highgarden would also be bursting with merchants from Oldtown, as well as from other regions (perhaps even Essos) as it takes up the place of Westeros’ new Capital.
Goods for export by region:
The Reach: Food and Arbor wine
The Riverlands: Food
The Westerlands: Gold and other precious metals
The North: Furs and wools
The Stormlands: Timber
The Iron Islands: Iron and Fish
Dorne: Exotic crops (citruses, olives), spices and sour Dornish wines
Essos: Spices, silks and exotic goods.
Sworn-swords/Household Guards are often knights or soldiers of a banner house, bound by oath to serve their liege lord. Lower class, or baseborn, knights may also serve as a sell-sword, usually referred to as “Hedge Knights.”
Sell-swords are guards for hire. Their main difference being that their sword is bought with gold, rather than loyalty. They are often disliked for their lack of honor or disloyalty, but can prove invaluable if a lord has enough coin to sway them. Sell-swords are extremely popular across the Narrow Sea in Essos, specifically in Tyrosh.
A religious class – pious and devout; sworn to celibacy. Septa and Septons are worshipers of the Faith of the Seven and would be the most common practitioners of faith in the Reach.
However, roles for those wishing to play a more diverse character such as Priest(ess) of the Drowned God, or Red Priest(ess) of Essos will be considered.
Septas – often hired by nobility to serve as governesses to the lord’s daughters – teaching them in the matter of etiquette, history, and household tasks such as sewing.
Septons – take positions in noble households as a representative of the faith for the family and preside over religious ceremonies such as weddings.
An male-only order of scholars and healers bound by vows to serve their assigned castle, regardless in change of lordship. New maesters are trained at the Citadel governed by a council of archmaesters in Oldtown, Relied on heavily in noble families – their duties would include teaching their children, providing the lord with council, and providing medical attention (from setting broken bones, assisting childbirth, to knowledge of medicinal herbs and potions to aid fevers and internal illnesses).
Note on Grand Maester:
Considered the most senior member of the order, they are selected by the archmaesters and placed in service to the Iron Throne. The Grand Maester is to sit on the small council and advise the King to the best of his ability. While the King may dismiss a Grand Maester from the council, he may not strip him of his title.
☀ Other Smallfolk:
A woman in service to a noblewoman. Often act as a companion to the noble ladies of the household. The perform day-to-day tasks such as preparing baths, helping the lady dress, and emptying chamber pots.
Self-explanatory. Bound to a brothel often run by a wealthy lord.