Character creation works slightly differently in the Polychotomy than it does in standard D&D campaigns.
- Creating Characters
As an aid to the campaign’s focus on role-playing, I encourage players to start character creation by thinking about their characters as people. I suggest thinking about questions such as:
- what motivates your character? why does s/he bother getting up every morning?
- why does s/he want to be an adventurer? what is s/he looking for in the wider world?
- are his/her real reason for becoming an adventurer different from what s/he tells others? if so, how might such secrets be revealed?
- what was/is your character’s family life like? parents/stepparents/foster parents? siblings/stepsiblings/evil(good)twins? spouse(s)? children?
- what would your character die for? what wouldn’t your character die for?
- does your character have any dreams or ambitions? what are your character’s goals?
- does your character have any hobbies?
- does your character have any deep, dark secrets in the past that may come back to haunt her/him? is s/he who s/he claims to be?
- if the campaign were a movie, who would play your character? better: if it were an animated movie, who would voice your character? and what genre would you want the movie to be?
- further questions can be found at http://www.roleplayingtips.com/articles/character_questionnaire.php
- Race, Class, and Phyle
In a traditional D&D campaign, your character is defined by its Race, Class, and Alignment. Alignment does not exist in the Polychotomy. However, the Phyle your character belongs to is in some ways an even more crucial determiner of who your character is. Note that some Phyles forbid certain classes, and some races tend to favour or avoid certain Phyles. For the purposes of this campaign, characters are (at least initially) prohibited from membership in the following phyles: Dead College, Other Side, Overlords, and Shadowy Men.Phyle membership is a crucial prerequisite of nearly all prestige classes. If you see a prestige class in your character’s future, consider which phyle s/he will need to be in in order to participate in that class. Or given your choice of Phyle, consider which prestige classes might be open to her/him.
- Skills, Feats, Flaws Note that some knowledge skills have been replaced, and some new feats are available. Additionally, you may select one Flaw (either from the list in Unearthed Arcana or from the variant rules page). Characters who take a flaw at first level may select one additional feat at first level as well. You must meet any prerequisites for this feat. Please work your character’s Race, Class, and choice of Skills, Feats, and Flaws into his/her backgorund.
The DM has been playing around with a semi-random name generator, and will be making it available to players Real Soon Now.