Example of Character Creation
Kat has been invited to play in Eloy’s Geist game. Eloy lets her know that the game will focus on a gang war involving both human and ghostly agents. The players’ characters will make up a krewe caught in the middle. The game’s themes will explore loyalty, paranoia, and danger, as the krewe attempts to negotiate the treacherous turf disputes while maintaining any relationships they have within the warring factions and learning about the true power behind the war, deep within the Underworld.
Kat settles down with a character sheet and a few sheets of scratch paper for notes, and starts to write down some rough ideas for her character. She discusses the setting a bit with Eloy, and bounces character concepts off the other players to get a feel for what would fit best, both into the setting and into the nascent krewe that is forming.
Step One: Concept
Knowing that the story will focus on a gang war, Kat wants her character to be able to fit in on the streets. She throws out a few options and gets some back, and eventually decides to make her character a car thief who also street races for extra money and more importantly, the thrill and danger of drift racinon city streets.
Kat looks through some name books and decides on the name Zita Vargas.
Before she was bound with her geist, Zita was a rough and tumble car thief and street racer into drift racing, where the driver intentionally causes the rear wheels to lose traction and slide, riding a razor line between control, speed, and completely letting go. It was one of those drifts gone wrong that sent her to the other side.
After the merger, she still steals cars and races them, but she’s also begun to do side work as a messenger; for the right price, she’ll deliver messages to loved ones or enemies, uncover lost or buried secrets, even take on a shady fare or two as an unlicensed gypsy cab, if she needs to.
Step Two: Attributes
Now that she’s got a pretty tight character idea, it’s time for mechanics. First, Kat must prioritize Zita’s Attributes. Zita is cunning, a smart girl that fell through the cracks of the system, and her quick thinking keeps her out of trouble, so Kat prioritizes her Mental Attributes as primary. When she does get in trouble, Zita’s a scrapper, so Physical Attributes are secondary. That leaves Social Attributes as third, which fits Zita’s concept. She’s a bit rough and tumble, and not particularly good with people.
Kat has five points to distribute among Zita’s Mental Attributes. Since Zita is, above all else, adaptable in the blink of an eye, Kat puts three points into Wits, giving her a Wits of four. The other two points are split between Intelligence and Resolve. She makes a note that she’d like to raise those later, as soon as she gets the experience points to do so.
Next, she moves on to Zita’s Physical Attributes.Of the four points she has available, Kat puts one point in Strength and Stamina, respectively. Zita isn’t built for brute force, but she’s nimble, so Kat puts the final two dots in Dexterity, for a score of three. She’s been in plenty of fights in her time, and she’s probably won at least as often as she’s lost.
Finally, she turns her attention to the Social Attributes, where she has three points to spend. What social status Zita has is entirely due to her force of personality, so Kat puts two points into Presence. Kat decides that Zita’s got a bit of a temper, so she leaves Composure below average and places the final Attribute point in Manipulation. Zita can be persuasive if she has to, but she has no patience for fools.
Step Three: Skills
Next, Kat has to choose Zita’s Skills. This time, Kat chooses Physical as Primary, giving her 11 points to assign. She chooses Social Skills as the next highest priority, worth seven points there. Zita didn’t stay in school long enough to pick up much in the way of Mental Skills, so that leaves them as tertiary with only four points to spend.
Zita’s concept revolves around cars and the stealing thereof, so Kat immediately drops three points in Drive and another three points in Larceny. She’s picked up a lot of other Skills in her time, so Kat puts a point each in Athletics, Brawl, and Stealth. Then, after some thought toward Firearms, Kat decides against it, and she puts her last two points in Weaponry. Zita keeps a knife in a concealed pocket in the sleeve of her jacket, and she knows how to use it.
Kat moves on to Social Skills, where she has seven points to spend. A car thief has to be able to negotiate with fences and chop shops, even a Sin-Eater, so Kat puts two points each in Persuasion, Streetwise, and Subterfuge. Zita knows her way around the streets, and she can usually talk her way through a deal, whether she’s telling the truth or lying through her teeth. The final point goes into Expression. It’s not part of the original concept, but Kat decides that when nobody else is around, Zita writes rap lyrics, and she’s never had the courage to share them with anyone. It adds another facet to the character, and that pleases Kat.
Finally, Kat has four points to spread among the Mental Skills. She decides to put two points in Crafts, since Zita should know how to work on cars. Kat puts a point in Occult, to reflect Zita’s curiosity about the strangeness of her own situation, and the final point goes into Computer. She’s learned a little about computers just from jacking cars, but she spends a lot of time online, checking social sites and keeping in touch with the few people she misses from out in California.
最后Kat可以在精神类属性上分配4点。2点给了手艺，因为Zita理所应当该知道如何鼓捣车。1点给了神秘，反映出Zita对她自身状况的好奇心。最后一点给了电脑。Zita的电脑知识大部分不是从摆弄汽车里学到的，她花了很多时间泡在网上，和那些（这部分不会翻，with the few people she misses from out in California.)
Step Four: Specialties
Finished with Skills, Kat decides on Zita’s Skill Specialties, the specific areas in which she excels. To make sure Zita can actually steal cars, Kat puts a Specialty in Crafts as Hot-Wiring. For her second, Kat chooses a Specialty of Drift Racing for Drive, and for her third and final, she decides to put another Specialty in Larceny for Lock-Picking.
Step Five: Sin-Eater Traits
Zita Vargas the human is pretty fleshed out now, but it’s time to transform her into a Sin-Eater. Kat reads over the Archetypes and decides, after considering the Bonepickers, that Zita is more interested in the thrill of simply being alive, so she chooses Celebrant instead. Zita’s near-death experience falls pretty well under the Forgotten, so that’s an easy choice. She chooses her Keys next. As Forgotten, she has the choice of Industrial or Pyre-Flame — Kat quickly decides that the Industrial Key reflects Zita’s technical aptitude nicely. For the Key gained from her keystone, she chooses Stigmata, liking the motif of blood and asphalt. Next, Kat looks over the available Manifestations. For now, she puts all three of her Manifestation points into the Marionette.
Kat decides that Zita’s keystone memento is a lucky rabbit’s foot keychain, its fur matted with old, dried blood.
Step Six: Merits
Kat has seven points to spend on Merits, either Sin-Eater specific ones or the normal human ones from the World of Darkness Rulebook. She decides to spend three points on the Stunt Driver Merit to reflect her skill driving, and she puts a point into Resources. Zita’s still not doing great, but she’s got some income, even if it isn’t exactly legitimate. Kat also takes a point of Contacts (Underground) to represent Zita’s friends in the chop shops and fences around town. Finally, she decides to take two dots worth of memento, which could give her a vanitas or two Charms. Kat discusses it with Eloy, and works out two Charms. The first is a rosary Zita found wrapped around a wrought-iron fence spike at the local graveyard, its wood blackened and the Christos rusted, that gives her a one-die bonus on Stigmata Key-related rolls. The other is a ring of broken keys for forgotten or demolished cars, taken from a jar in a junkyard that provides her with a one-die bonus on rolls related to the Industrial Key.
Step Seven: Advantages
Now that all of Kat’s character’s traits are established and her Merit points are spent, it’s time for her to calculate her Advantages. Some of these are derived from other traits. Kat adds Zita’s Resolve of 2 and her Composure of 1 together to come up with a Willpower of 3. Zita’s Synergy score begins at the standard 7. Kat looks over the list of Virtues and Vices and decides that Zita may have a short temper and fall to Wrath, she also nurtures Hope for the future.
Zita’s Health is 7, determined by adding her Stamina of 2 and her Size rating (5 for a human adult) together. Her Dexterity of 3 and her Composure of 1 give her a 4 Initiative. Her Wits and her Dexterity are equal at 3, so it’s a toss-up for Defense, which is the lower of the two. Finally, Zita’s Strength of 2 and Dexterity of 3 are added to her Species Factor (5 for a human adult) to give her a Speed of 10.
Kat also records Zita’s starting Psyche (1), plasm (5), and Willpower points (3, the same as her Willpower dots).
Step Eight: Spark of L ife
Kat already has a pretty good idea of who her character is and what she can do. There are just a few more things to flesh out before she’s happy. Kat starts out looking at the list of questions on p. 67 for some ideas on how to round out Zita’s character.
She decides that Zita is only in her early twenties; plenty of time to clean up and go straight or burn out in a blaze of glory. She grew up as a foster kid after her grandmother died, shuffled from one home to another across California, dumped whenever she fought too much or got caught stealing again. She wasn’t stupid, but few of her teachers reached her. She saw things just like her abuela had, down in Mexico, but nobody believed her. So she stopped telling people, afraid of being put away for being crazy.
When she got old enough, she tried for a new start, moving across country to New York City. She got into trouble pretty quick, stealing cars and racing them, betting to make money to pay for a tiny apartment. Eventually she ended up on the wrong side of a bet, and found herself not-so-gainfully employed by a chop shop. They paid her to steal cars and drop them, turning them into spare parts and cash. It wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened, until a boost went bad and the cops were chasing her down the Jersey Turnpike until she rolled the car into oncoming traffic.
She should have died, but she became a Sin-Eater instead.
Kat decides that Zita’s geist is the Passenger, who appears in the back seat just outside Zita’s peripheral vision. She’s never seen him clearly, but she can smell him when he’s there, a mix of sickly sweet rotted blood and charred flesh. His silhouette appears in the rearview mirror, and he speaks to her through the static hiss of a dead AM radio station. No matter what she does, all of her cars gather a black stain in the back floorboard. She’s not sure of his history, but she figures that is enough to start.
Kat gives her character sheet to Eloy for approval, and discusses how she’ll fit into the game. He’s happy with the character, and Zita Vargas is ready to join the game.