Mortal Character Creation Guide

Getting Started

The Mortal 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 (except vampiric Traits like Advantages and blood pool, which are rated on a Kindred standard).

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
Merits and Flaws
Backgrounds (5)
Rate Virtues (5) - Your character automatically has one dot in each Virtue.

Step Five: Finishing Touches

Write a character background:
Mortals are pretty simple all around to write backgrounds for. While not overly long, Mortal backgrounds do need to include all merits and flaws, attributes and abilities above three, and other character traits that would be important for the Storytellers to know.

Spend freebie points (21)

Freebie Points

Trait Cost
Attribute 5 per dot
Ability 2 per dot
Background 1 per dot
Virtue 2 per dot
Willpower 1 per dot
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