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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Passions (Wraith Only)
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 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):
Requires Demon Lore or Dark Thaumaturgy (Speak to your CG)
List any advantages as per your faction.
List any weaknesses as per your sub-faction.
All characters begin with an energy pool of 10. Type is determined by faction and possibly sub-faction according to the following table:
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 type is determined by your faction. Virtue represents your moral character.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Fomori pick one Fomori Tree as their innate tree. They begin with the first power in this tree.
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’s innate trees are determined by their Clan. They receive three innate powers at character creation.
Wraiths choose three Arcanoi as innate trees. They receive three innate powers at character creation.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
The list of Common Rituals available for purchase at character creation can be found in the Common Rituals page on the Wiki.
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.
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.
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.
At your first check-in, you will be given tags for each of your starting items. The following tags are free:
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.
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.
XP is earned for the following:
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.)
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.
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.
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:
Additionally you may add any of the following to your character:
You may also choose to enter game with any number of the following stats decreased:
And you may choose to begin game tainted if you were untainted at the end of the previous game.