Character Creation

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This page outlines the Character Creation rules. This section is the first stop in creating a character, after which you will want to continue to the appropriate faction page for your character.


IMPORTANT NOTE!

All new characters must be approved by a Character Guide (CG) before being played at an event or on the forums. Appropriate character backstories are defined by Character Guide Policy, and character guides help provide new characters with proper guidance to fit into the world of Shadow Accord. They often ask a number of questions intended to help players gain a clearer picture of who their character is and what they believe. Character concepts should be discussed with the CGs before game if possible.

Contact Details: Character Guides


Character Guides[edit]

All new characters must be approved by a character guide (CG) before being played at an event or on the forums. Character guides help provide new characters with proper guidance to fit into the world of Shadow Accord. They often ask a number of questions intended to help players gain a clearer picture of who their character is and what they believe. Character concepts should be discussed with the CGs before game if possible.

Faction[edit]

Shadow Accord consists of four basic types of creatures from which players can create a character. Each group has a significant effect on the basic attributes that your character possesses and how they will interact with the world. Information about the individual factions is found in their respective sections. You must choose a faction from the following: Human, Vampire, Shifter, or Wraith.

Sub-Faction[edit]

Within each faction you must choose one or more sub-factions. These indicate what, if any, supernatural powers you have and what their source is. This choice will have a significant effect on your role within your faction. Sub-factions are available according to the following chart:

Faction Sub-Faction
Human

Commoner
Formori
Ghoul
Gifted Kinfolk (choose a Tribe)
Sorcerer

Shifter Shifter Choose a Tribe, Breed, and Auspice
Vampire Vampire Choose a Clan
Wraith Wraith Choose a Legion

Humans may choose a single merit at no cost. To become a Fomori, Ghoul, Kinfolk, Gifted Kinfolk, or Sorcerer you must purchase the appropriate merit.

Restrictions[edit]

Some sub-factions have restrictions that must be followed. Check the relevant faction section to see the restrictions on a particular sub-faction.

Some sub-factions may also have an experience cost that must be paid in order to create a character in that sub-faction. The experience cost is determined by the tier of the restricted sub-faction. You may not pay this cost with freebies.


Level Cost
Tier 1 6 XP
Tier 2 12 XP
Tier 3 18 XP

Passions (Wraith Only)[edit]

A wraith must select two passions that represent the forms of emotion he is capable of feeding from. A wraith may only regain pathos from haunts that match one of his passions. Choose from the following:

Love - friendship, romance, affection, etc.

Hate - spite, jealousy, loathing, disgust, etc.

Pleasure - joy, excitement, comfort, etc.

Pain - suffering, depression, sorrow, guilt, etc.

Anger - fury, revenge, animosity, etc.

Fear - terror, panic, cowardice, anxiety, etc.

Patron[edit]

Patron indicates a powerful connection that your character has to a specific entity. The patron may give advice, strike deals, or make demands, depending on your relationship. Shifters may all begin with a Gaian or Wyrm totem as a patron. Other characters may gain access through merit or lore choices. You may start with one of the following (CGs may approve others):

Gaian Totems[edit]

  • Rat
  • Unicorn
  • Stag
  • Fenris
  • Griffon
  • Grandfather Thunder
  • Owl
  • Falcon
  • Cockroach
  • Raven
  • Bastet Only:
    • King of Cats
    • Mistress of Cat Kind
  • Ananasi Only:
    • Queen Ananasa

Wyrm Totems[edit]

  • Black Fungus
  • Green Dragon
  • Hakaken
  • Whippoorwill

Demon Totems[edit]

Requires Demon Lore or Dark Thaumaturgy (Speak to your CG)

Advantages[edit]

List any advantages as per your faction.

Weakness[edit]

List any weaknesses as per your sub-faction.

Energy Type[edit]

All characters begin with an energy pool of 10. Type is determined by faction and possibly sub-faction according to the following table:

Faction Energy Type
Commoner Vitality
Sorcerer Essence
Ghoul/Vampire Vitae
Gifted Kinfolk/Shifter Gnosis
Wraith Pathos
Ananasi Blood

Willpower[edit]

All characters begin with one willpower. Willpower is your character’s mental resolve. No character may ever have more than 10 willpower. A character’s current willpower will refresh back to full at sunrise.

Virtue[edit]

Virtue type is determined by your faction. Virtue represents your moral character.

Faction Begins with…
Human 7 Humanity
Shifters 7 Rage
Vampires 6 Road
Wraiths 4 Angst

A wraith who has 10 virtue becomes a specter. He is permanently in catharsis and is permanently tainted.

A vampire or shifter who has 0 virtue enters permanent frenzy and is permanently tainted.

A human with 0 virtue must shed the trappings of civilization and behave as a beast.

A character with 0 virtue has run wild and may not be checked in again.

Skills[edit]

Skills represent mundane or crafting skills that your character may possess. You begin with three points to spend on skills. Each level of a skill costs one point.

Power Trees[edit]

Powers are magical abilities that your character possesses due to his faction and subfaction. Powers are organized into trees with three levels. Your Innate Trees are determined by your faction and subfaction choices.

Sorcery Trees[edit]

Sorcerers possess powers in the form of Sorcery. You only need to learn a Sorcery tree one time but each level of the tree must be purchased in order. You must purchase level one before you may purchase level two, and you must purchase level two before you can purchase level three.

Fomori Trees[edit]

Fomori possess powers in the form of Fomori trees. You only need to learn a Fomori tree one time but each level of the tree must be purchased in order. You must purchase level one before you may purchase level two, and you must purchase level two before you can purchase level three. Purchasing the first level of a power from a learned fomori tree automatically gives you a mutation.

Discipline Trees[edit]

Vampires and ghouls possess powers in the form of disciplines. You only need to learn a discipline one time but each level of the tree must be purchased in order. You must purchase level one before you may purchase level two, and you must purchase level two before you can purchase level three.

Gift Trees[edit]

Shifters and gifted kinfolk possess powers in the form of gifts. You are not required to learn the first gift in a tree before you learn the second, or third. However, you must have no more level two gifts than you have level one, and no more level three gifts than you have level two.

Arcanoi Trees[edit]

Wraiths possess powers in the form of arcanoi. You only need to learn an arcanoi one time but each level of the tree must be purchased in order. You must purchase level one before you may purchase level two, and you must purchase level two before you can purchase level three.

Innate Trees and Starting Powers[edit]

Fomori[edit]

Fomori pick one Fomori Tree as their innate tree. They begin with the first power in this tree.

Ghouls[edit]

Ghouls have the following disciplines as innate trees: Celerity, Fortitude, and Potence. They begin with level one Potence.

Gifted Kinfolk[edit]

Gifted Kinfolk have the Homid breed and their chosen Tribe tree as innate powers. They start with one level-one gift from either of these two trees.

Sorcerers[edit]

Sorcerers pick two Sorcery Trees as their innate powers. They receive one free level-one power from one of their innate trees. Fellowship Trees always count as learned, and a Sorcerer cannot have more than one Fellowship Tree.

Vampire[edit]

Vampire’s innate trees are determined by their Clan. They receive three innate powers at character creation.

Shifter[edit]

Shifter’s innate trees are determined by their Breed, Auspice, and Tribe. They receive three innate powers at character creation.

Wraith[edit]

Wraiths choose three Arcanoi as innate trees. They receive three innate powers at character creation.

Finishing Touches[edit]

Derangement[edit]

Derangements represent a serious mental flaw in your character’s thought patterns. Characters with a derangement may have difficulty performing ordinary tasks, but when compelled to do so by a power, they will perform as best they can. Derangements do not allow a character to lose or misplace character knowledge. While your character may not normally be able to recall a memory of an event, a power or other ability could compel such a memory from them.

You may select derangements from the list below or have character guides approve something additional:

Derangement Description
Amnesia You have trouble remembering past events.
Aphasia Unable to speak coherently.
Melancholia You are extremely depressed and difficult to motivate.
Delusional You believe in a reality that simply doesn’t exist.
Masochism You drive others to cause you pain.
Megalomania You must seek to control all things.
Multiple Personality Disorder You have several distinct personalities, only one of which manifests at any given time.
Obsessive Compulsion You have a specific order that things must be kept in. If it is out of place you will replace it.
Paranoia You consider everything a threat.
Regression Your mind has reverted to a childlike state to protect itself from the world.
Schizophrenia You hear voices and follow their instructions.
Synesthesia You are in a permanently hallucinatory state.

Deformity[edit]

Metis shifters begin the game with a deformity. Deformities that add physical disfigurements are considered makeup requirements. Character Guides may approve additional deformities or select from the list below if your character begins with a deformity.

Deformity Description
Deranged Select a derangement from the list above.
Fragile All damage is considered aggravated.
Hemophilia Your regeneration rate is always 0.
Horns You must wear horns.
Lame You may not run.
Mute You cannot speak.
No Claws You may not use claws or purchase the Mixed Morph merit.
Puny Your base maximum health is 8 instead of 10.
Restricted Form You must always wear your Crinos mask as a makeup requirement.
Tail You must wear a tail.
Withered Arm You may not use one arm to hold any items during game (including packets).
Weak Musculature (Shifter only) You do not get the Augment 1 bonus from the Powerful Form power.

Mutations[edit]

Humans who become Fomori will gain mutations if they gain certain powers or if they have powers from more than one tree. All mutations are considered makeup requirements.

Mutation Description
Hideous You have some very visible and obvious deformity (e.g. a horse head growing next to your own head).
Horns You must wear horns.
Restricted Form You must always wear a mask.
Scaly Skin You must wear makeup that depicts scales on your entire face as a minimum.
Tail You must wear a tail.
Tentacles You cannot retract your tentacles (requires Tentacles power).

Freebie Points[edit]

Once the above steps have been completed a character has a total of 27 freebie points to spend on this character. They may spend points on the following:

Trait Cost
4 Pence 1
1 Shilling 3
Energy Point 3
Virtue Point 2
Skill Point 2
Willpower 6
Merit 3 +3 per merit
Level 1 Innate Power 3
Level 2 Innate Power 6
Level 3 Innate Power 9
Unrestricted Sub-Faction Lore 3
Faction Lore 6
Demon Lore 6
Tier 1 Restricted Sub-Faction Lore 6
Tier 2 Restricted Sub-Faction Lore 12
Tier 3 Restricted Sub-Faction Lore 18

Lore[edit]

Any new character may begin play with knowledge obtained from the core WoD Rulebook for his or her faction, as well as any Dark Ages books for his faction and any other books associated with his sub-faction, provided nothing modern is included. All characters may also begin with basic medieval human knowledge, including common folklore and superstition. Purchasing lore allows you to begin play with knowledge outside of the norm.

Characters may spend freebie points to start with character knowledge that is outside of their standard faction and sub-faction IG knowledge. Faction Lore grants access to core starting knowledge for an entire faction other than your own (Vampire, Shifter, Wraith, Mage, or Fae). Sub-faction lore allows a character to have starting knowledge available to a specific sub-faction for which she already has the prerequisite faction lore. Additionally, with sub-faction lore, experience points may be spent to purchase that sub-faction’s specific power trees as learned powers during character creation (provided there are no other restrictions).

Faction or sub-faction lore allows you to begin with any appropriate Dark Ages knowledge found in source books.

Demon Lore grants knowledge found in The Devil’s Due source book. You may also begin game with a demon for a patron, and, if a vampire, may start with Dark Thaumaturgy trees.

If a Vampire takes Demon Lore at character creation to begin play with Dark Thaumaturgy, is there any other side effect of this?

As Corrupted Powers, the Vampire will require to be Tainted to be able to use them.

We also recommend you take a Demon Patron.

If you are taught a Dark Thaumaturgy during game, your teacher should also share their Demon Patron with you.


Starting Coin[edit]

A new character begins the game with 5 Shillings plus any coin purchased with freebie points. Shillings can be broken down into pence, and there are 12 pence to 1 shilling. Any starting weapons, shields, or armor purchased by Umbrabound characters may be Relic items. Umbrabound characters may also purchase a generic Relic item for 6 pence. Starting coin may be spent on the following:

Mundane Items Cost
Weapon 1 shilling
Bow or Crossbow 1 shilling
Shield 1 shilling, 6 pence
Leather Armor 8 pence
Chain/Brig Armor 1 shilling
Plate Armor 1 shilling, 9 pence
Lock 12 pence
Key 2 pence
Silver Dagger 15 shillings
Supernatural Items Cost
Healing Potion 5 pence
Antidote 4 pence
Common Ritual 1 shilling
Obolus (Wraith only) 1 shilling, 6 pence

Common Rituals[edit]

The list of Common Rituals available for purchase at character creation can be found in the Common Rituals page on the Wiki.

Experience Points[edit]

Players who have earned experience points may spend them at character creation as freebie points. Additionally, they may purchase learned power trees from sub-factions for which they have the corresponding sub-faction lore. They may also purchase other learned power trees as indicated below:

Sorcerers – Without purchasing sub-faction knowledge, may purchase: Any non-fellowship spell trees.

Wraith – Without purchasing sub-faction knowledge, may purchase: Any Arcanoi trees or any Dark Arcanoi trees.

Ghouls and Vampires – Without purchasing sub-faction knowledge, may purchase: Animalism, Auspex, Celerity, Fortitude, Obfuscate, Potence, Presence, and Dominate.

Shifters – Without purchasing sub-faction knowledge, may purchase: Breed and Auspice trees.

Generation[edit]

A Vampire’s lowest starting generation is limited by the size of their Vitae pool. Note that this does not indicate age of the vampire, simply generation. Older vampires should also spend XP in areas other than energy pool.

Energy Pool Vampire Generation
50 Vitae 5th Generation
30 Vitae 6th Generation
20 Vitae 7th Generation
15 Vitae 8th Generation
12 Vitae 9th Generation
10 Vitae 10th Generation

Rank[edit]

Rank represents how far a Shifter has proven themselves in their society. Higher rank characters are expected to be able to prove their worth IG to maintain their rank. A Shifter’s maximum starting rank is equal to the number of level three Gifts he possesses. Characters with less than two level-three Gifts may start as either Cliath or Cub equivalent.

Check-In[edit]

At your first check-in, you will be given tags for each of your starting items. The following tags are free:

Faction/Sub-Faction Tags
Wraith 2 fetter tags
Tzimisce 2 dirt tags
Sorcerer 2 foci tags

At subsequent check-ins, you will also be able to spend experience to advance your character (see below). Some powers, merits, skills, and rituals allow you to receive tags, money, or special knowledge during check in. You may only receive these boons for one character, and that must be the character you use to begin play at event.

Advancement[edit]

Experience Points[edit]

Experience Points (XP) are points you spend on your character to add new skills, powers or merits, and to raise energy, willpower or virtue. Experience points are earned by the player and may be applied to any of their characters at check in. There is no limit to the amount of XP you can save. Each event you may advance each of your characters a single step in a skill, gain a single new power, purchase one new merit, gain an additional point in willpower, energy, and/or virtue. You do not need to play a character to advance them.

Earning Experience[edit]

XP is earned for the following:

Action XP Earned
Attending an event 3xp
Winning an award 1xp
Preparing for an event as staff 5xp
NPCing at an event 1xp per NPC (maximum of 3 per event)
Donations by donation (See Donations Forum)

Learned Powers[edit]

In order to gain a new power you must first be taught the first level of the power tree. Once the first level of a tree has been purchased a teacher is not required to advance. This includes abilities, arcanoi, spells, and disciplines.

Shifters and kinfolk must be taught the specific level of a gift tree. (They may learn Ahroun 2 without learning Ahroun 1 but they must still have one level-one gift for each level-two gift and one level-two gift for each level-three gift.)

Teaching[edit]

Each game, your character may only teach one skill and one power per event. Shifters and gifted kinfolk may teach one skill and one innate gift. All other characters may teach any power tree they have mastered by obtaining all three levels of power. You may only have one taught power and one taught skill for each character at any time. If you are taught a new power or skill before spending XP to purchase the first one, the teaching will be lost.

Spending Experience[edit]

Cost Trait
1 Changing Road
2 Skill Point
2 Virtue Point
3 Energy Point
6 Willpower
3 +3 per merit Merit
3 Level 1 Innate or Corrupt Power
6 Level 2 Innate or Corrupt Power
9 Level 3 Innate or Corrupt Power
6 Level 1 Learned Power
9 Level 2 Learned Power
12 Level 3 Learned Power
6 Tier 1 Restricted Sub-Faction Lore (creation only)
12 Tier 2 Restricted Sub-Faction Lore (creation only)
18 Tier 3 Restricted Sub-Faction Lore (creation only)

Redundant Powers[edit]

If you already possess all powers granted by a new level in a given power tree, you may take that dot for free, provided you meet all other prerequisites. Taking a dot in this manner still counts toward your one-power-dot limit when advancing at Check-In. Corrupted or dark arcanoi versions of powers do not allow you to take non-corrupt versions for free, but non-corrupt versions will allow you to take corrupt or dark arcanoi versions for free.

Self Nerfing[edit]

At Check-In you may choose to remove or decrease character card stats. Nothing is gained by removing any of the following from your character, but you are allowed to do so if you wish:

  • Permanent willpower
  • Virtue (may increase instead if a wraith)
  • Energy pool
  • Non-corrupt powers
  • Skills
  • Merits

Additionally you may add any of the following to your character:

  • Devour count
  • Derangement
  • Mutation (fomori only)
  • Disfigurement

You may also choose to enter game with any number of the following stats decreased:

  • Maximum health (as if struck by agg)
  • Current health
  • Energy
  • Willpower

And you may choose to begin game tainted if you were untainted at the end of the previous game.

Continue to Human (Rules)..