Garou Character Creation Guide

Getting Started

The Werewolf the Apocolypse character-creation system is designed around five basic precepts. Keep these in mind while generating the persona you will assume in the World of Darkness.

The character-creation system is intended more as a persona development device than as a strict system of mechanical codification. Who wants more rules at the expense of an interesting character or a good story? The character cannot exist as mere dots on a page - roleplaying is always more important than numbers.

Players have a certain number of points to spend on Traits they would like their characters to have. Players also get "freebie points" at the end of character creation; they may spend these to round out their characters, add personality and further differentiate their characters from those of other players.

A Trait score of 1 is poor, while a score of 5 is excellent. Thus, a character with a single dot in a Trait is either not very good with that Trait or is a beginner. Don't think that your character sucks because she's only got one dot in Manipulation. The experience system presented on p. 141 allows characters to grow and improve their Traits. Traits are rated according to a human scale.

Step One: Character Concept
Choose Nature and Demeanor.

Step Two: Select Attributes
Prioritize the three categories: Physical, Social, Mental (7/5/3). Your character automatically has one dot in each Attribute.
Rate Physical Traits: Strength, Dexterity, Stamina.
Rate Social Traits: Charisma, Manipulation, Appearance.
Rate Mental Traits: Perception, Intelligence, Wits.

Step Three: Select Abilities
Prioritize the three categories: Talents, Skills, Knowledges (13/9/5).
Choose Talents, Skills, Knowledges.
No Ability higher than 4 in this stage, and must be described in your background.

Step Four: Select Advantages
Tribes
Breeds
Auspice
Gifts - Rank 0: 0, Rank 1: 1 Tribe, 1 Breed, 1 Auspice (All must be Rank1)

Backgrounds (5)
Merits and Flaws

Step Five: Finishing Touches
Write a character background:

Freebie Points Cost Beginning Willpower Rage Gnosis
Attribute 5 per dot
Ability 2 per dot
Rage 1 per dot
Gnosis 2 per dot
Background 1 per dot
Willpower 1 per dot
Black Furies 3 Shadow Lords 3
Bone Gnawers 4 Silent Striders 3
Children of Gaia 4 Silver Fangs 3
Fianna 3 Stargazers 4
Get of Fenris 3 Uktena 3
Glass Walkers 3 Wendigo 4
Red Talons 3
Ahroun 5
Galliard 4
Philodox 3
Theurge 2
Ragabash 1
Homid 1
Metis 3
Lupus 5

Garou are one of the more complicated of the classes, and can be a real challenge for those creating one. This can be both good and bad. Garou, being the physical power-houses that they are, get a bit less leniency on their applications, but the experience of playing one can be fun and rewarding.

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