|Strength||A measure of muscle, endurance, and stamina combined.|
|Intelligence||IQ, mnemonic ability, reasoning and learning abilities outside of those measured by the written word.|
|Talent||Creativity, originality, the ability to create a new art form or original music/magic for example. (not standard 3.5, but in use.)
|Wisdom||A composite of enlightenment, judgement, wile, will power and intuitiveness.|
|Dexterity||Encompasses a number of physical attributes including hand-eye coordination, agility, reflexes, precision, balance, and speed of movement.|
|Constitution||The character's physique, fitness, health, and resistance.|
|Charisma||A measure of the character's combined persuasiveness, and personal magnetism.|
|Comeliness||Reflects physical attractiveness, social grace, and personal beauty. (not standard 3.5, but in use.)|
The first thing needed for a new character is a set of attributes. I'm currently using the standard six for 3.5 plus Comeliness and Talent.
Roll four six-sided dice and drop the lowest roll. "Roll ones over" is not allowed. Do this eight times to generate the eight scores.
You can put these scores in any order you desire. All characters will start young to show their relative inexperience and lack of knowledge. I let you move any one point from one score to another, one time. So if you'd prefer to have a Wisdom of 16 instead of 17 to raise your Dexterity from a 17 to an 18 you can.
If you somehow manage to roll four 1's; reroll. I am not going to stick anyone with a score of 3 in anything.
Unlike the six standard character attributes the score for Talent will not change while the score for Comeliness is modified by your Charisma score and racial adjustments and in game modifiers (cosmetics for example can add to it while scarring or disfigurement can subtract.)
Roll two 20 sided-dice and one percentile and record them on the sheet also. You can just label them 1-16, 2-4, a%24 for example. These rolls are used for background/plot/astrological information.
This campaign world has twelve months that are all 28 days long. The new moon is always on the first and the full moon on the 15th. Choose or roll up a birthday or one will be given to the character.
Pick your character's name; a family name may or may not be added depending on your background. If you have any ideas for a background history for your characer, write them down, create a background and we can work it into the game. Long lost brothers, a murdered grandfather who was of the nobility, anything you feel might make your character more interesting to play.
This is a human-centric world but I'll allow you to play just about anything. Just remember your character may or may not be accepted too readily into society or a town if you're a Centaur or Half-Ogre. Drow are universally mistrusted and actively hunted down by some organizations such as the Order of St. Vidmour. Shapeshifters are also viewed with great suspicion and killed on sight in many lands. If you can live with it go right ahead. But it might be a very short adventuring career.
A note on feats: The feats that are marked as stackable in the books cannot be taken twice at the same time. Therefore a character can take a feat at first level, and then again the next time they are eligible for a feat for example.
Appearance: Left mainly to the player but it should follow, if loosely, the guidelines according to race. Any deviation can be ascribed to the natural mixing process. This is especially true of the present campaign areea since people from all over the Known World come to colonize or seek their fortunes. This, and the raids and invasions of different peoples, help ensure mixing will take place. It should be remembered that such strange features like red eyes, white hair, or great height will gain sometimes unwanted attention.
Languages: These will be reviewed by the DM depending on social background and culture. Everyone knows "Common" (Argossean in area of play), and all fighters will know "Camptalk" - sort of a universal mercenary's tongue made up of assorted words from different human, demi-human, and humaniod languages. Only very basic concepts can be expressed in Camptalk; like "You friend?" or "Me kill!" Fluency is another aspect along with accent. A person may be able to speak Elvish but may have a terrible accent or mispronounce half of the words to the amusement of the elves. A good Assassin can use accents to sound like a sheep herder from the boonies or impersonate a member of the higher nobility. Only Dwarf characters will be able to select Dwarvish as a language during character generation.
NOTE: The majority of people are illiterate; they have no need to know how to read and write. Wizards and most priests will know how to read and write at least their native tongue as well as those drawn from the merchant classes: sons and daughters of merchants. If you want your player character to be literate; write it into your background to explain why and/or how.
Master: Every character has a master who taught them the basics required for their chosen profession. The master may charge for his service or, in the case of most fighters, train and let the new fighter fend for themselves. A Magic-User's master may give the apprentice a replacement tome if the first is lost, or even give new spells in exchange for services though never for any spells higher than second level. A Cleric's master is usually his superior in the temple or might have been a teacher in a central "seminary." Thieves and Assassins will try to use their apprentices and keep part of their "take."
Religions: The gods worshiped are split into pantheons based on the tribes or nations who originally worshiped them. Most people are polytheistic and will pay at least "lip service" to many gods. Priests and special groups such as Paladins will have patron deities and some choose to worship one god exclusively. Others have the fortune (or misfortune) to be picked by the god. Most cities or kingdoms will have a patron deity, for example Mars is the patron god of Ternach, while others are patrons of certain spheres of influence or even several different spheres. Hades is a god of death but Apollo is a sun god plus patron of both music and archery. A few gods are worshiped by different people for completely different reasons and each think the other is wrong. The Kothians worship Ishtar as a god of love but the Shemites claim her as Iskoda, goddess of war. New religions are always springing up and old gods reappear under different guises. In the current era most deities are worshipped throughout the region. There is intense rivalry between certain sects and this leads to problems as in conflicts between the worshippers of Mars and those of Ares. Many gods are very active in the affairs of the world; some not at all.
More on Religions in this campaign can be found here.
It is up to the character to choose which god/gods he worships. The DM assumes the character follows the religion of his family unless stated otherwise. It is impossible to ignore the impact of these terribly powerful beings on everyday life.
Starting Equipment: If starting at first level go outfit your character with weapons, armor, gear, clothes, and rations. Characters came from somewhere and picked up things along the way before entering game play. For the most part it works out better than rolling starting money and then buying the gear. Then I will give your character a small starting amount of money at the beginning of gameplay.