One of the additions coming in Blades & Black Magic are optional Background/Career paths. Here is how they work, after you have spent your hero points on your attributes...you have the option to pick a background and may roll on it 1 time for each skill point you decide to spend on your background, up to 5 times. This still let's you pick a specific skill or spell you want while still getting to roll and see if something unique or interesting might randomly happen.
In addition, it allows a Referee to use the table to create quickly a specific NPC type.
Below is an example of a generic "Wizard Apprentice"
2d6 roll Wizard Apprentice 2 Start a new career path 3 Staff or Dagger Skill +1 4 Learn IQ10 Spell 5 Learn IQ9 Spell 6 Learn IQ8 Spell 7 Scholar Or Literacy Skill +1 8 Lore or Naturalist Skill +1 9 IQ+1 10 EN+1 11 ST+1 12 Died in accident