Character Origins is a completely optional part of character creation that helps you to develop a background for your character. This should be seen as a skeleton of sorts to aide you with developing your own background story for your character. It is the first step in developing your character as it will allow you to determin your character's profession.

 

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1) How to Use Character Origins

There are four sections in the Character Origins process: Lineage, Childhood, Psychology, and Profession. Each section has a set of charts. There are two methods of picking  from the charts: rolling for each chart or using the Origin Pool.

1.1) Option 1: Rolling for each chart

This is the standard method, the one where you leave the fate of your character in dice rolls. With this method, you roll for each chart a set of percentile dice and find the range in the chart that your roll matches. You then record any of the listed benefits and penalties for that roll and move on to the next chart. Once you have rolled for all of the charts in that section you move on to the next section until all sections are complete.

For example, you start with Table One: Ancestors in Section One: Lineage. You roll a set of percentile dice, rolling a 23. That fits in the 21-40 roll meaning that your family was pretty wealthy so you get an extra roll to your currency rolls and increase the multiplier roll by 0.5, however you also lose -5 from your Strength. You'd then move on to Table Two: Parental Influence.
 

1.2) Option 2: The Origin Chart

This method allows you to pick from the charts yourself, but to be fair and make the output more in your hands, you need to spend Origin Points. You get those Origin Points by making an Origin Point Pool.

1.3) Creating the Origin Point Pools

To create an origin point pool, follow the following rules.
  1. Step 1: Roll the 1d% dice 4 times
  2. Step 2: Record the numbers rolled.
  3. Step 3: Total up the numbers recorded, the result is your Origin Point Pool.

You will spend those origin points in the charts for the origin that you want. Some will cost more origin points thatn you want. Once you are out of points or don't have enough points, the process is over. Therefore, you will want to be careful in how you spend your points so that you can get the origin options that you want.

Remember that this only provides a basic skeleton to help you create your own character's back story. For that reason it uses vague results such as being a wealthy family. You would use that (or your GM would use that) to help decide just who your family was and fit it with the current campaign setting. Just because the chart says you descend from royalty it might not mean actual royalty but something similar to royalty for the setting that you are playing in. Just like the Kennedy's are considered American Royalty even though the US doesn't have actual royalty, your character's family might be considered with the same status despite the fact that royalty doesn't exist for your story's setting. Basically this is simply a guide to help you create your own backstory and give you the benefits and penalties that would apply. You still have to use it to come up with a story that fits.

You will either roll for the result or spend origin points - not both. If you run out of Origin Points you are done with this section.
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2) 2. Section One: Lineage

This section deals with your character's family and ancestors and how they might affect your character.

2.1) 2.1. Table One: Ancestors

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 You descend from Royalty or the most influential family in the region
  • 3 rolls to currency roll
  • luck chance to always "have just enough money hidden away"
  • +5 to Influence (modifier)
  • 1 Talent with no handicaps
N/A 70
2 to 20 You come from a long line of nobles or "old money"
  • 2 rolls to currency roll
  • +5 to Influence
  • 1 Talent with no handicaps
"Spoiled" -10 from Strength as Modifier (20 Origin Points to remove penalty) 50
21 to 40 Your family was always pretty wealthy
  • 1 rolls to currency roll increase currency multiplier by 0.5
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
-5 from Strength as Modifier (10 Origin Points to remove penalty) 30
41 to 60 Typical Blue Collar +5 to Strength and Fortitude as modifiers N/A 20
61 to 80 Your family was never special N/A N/A 0
81 to 90 Your family has always been poor
  • +10 stat points to Strength and Fortitude as modifiers
  • 5% to Strength and Fortitude Race Max
-2 rolls during the currency chapter of character creation (10 Origin Points to remove penalty) 10
91 to 100 You never knew your family - doesn't mean you don't have one, you just don't know about them skip to Growing Up section -5 from Luck (10 Origin Points to remove penalty) 5

2.2) 2.2. Table Two: Parental Influence

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 Very influential in their current class. King/Queen, Duke, Chancellor, Head Potato farmer, etc.
  • +10 Modifier to Influence
  • 10% discount on equipment and items acquired during Character Creation
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 55
2 to 20 Fairly influential. A noble, a Captain of the guard, Manager at a factory, etc
  • +5 Modifier to Influence
  • 15% discount on one piece of equipment acquired during Character creation
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 45
21 to 40 Somewhat influential. They walk in the same circles as the Fairly Influential.
  • +2 Modifier to Influence
  • 10% discount on one piece of equipment acquired during Character creation
N/A 35
41 to 60 Not very influential, but they know a guy who knows a guy. 5% discount on one piece of equipment acquired during Character Creation N/A 25
61 to 80 No influence in the community at all N/A -2 Modifier to Influence  15
81 to 99 Downtrodden, and dejected. +2 to Fortitude as a modifier
  • -5 Modifier to Influence 
  • -5 to Will
5
100 Hated. Reviled by the community
  • +5 to Fortitude as a modifier
  • +2 to Saving Grace as a modifier
  • -10 Modifier to Influence
  • -5 Modifier to Will
  • prices increased by 20%
0

2.3) 2.3. Table Three: Siblings

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 Player Choice! Pick the result you would like out of any roll in this chart N/A 40
2 to 20 Only Child
  • You are spoiled! +3 rolls to currency roll
  • +1 talent with no handicaps
-5 Modifier to Strength and EP (10 origin points per stat modifier to remove) 35
21 to 40 One Sibling Spread the wealth! +1 roll during the currency chart N/A 30
41 to 60 1d3 Siblings The more the merrier! No monetary gain but having more siblings builds character. +1 roll to point pool creation N/A 25
61 to 80 1d6+1 Siblings You'd think more kids would mean more character but it also means more stress. +2 rolls to point pool creation
  • -1 roll to currency roll
  • -2 Modifier to Main Stat of Choice
20
81 to 99 1d8+2 Siblings The sheer amount of kids in your family causes too much stress on your family. No benefit gained
  • -1 rolls to currency roll
  • reduce currency roll total by 10%
  • -2 Modifier from every Main Stat (cost 20 Origin Points to remove this penalty only)
5
100 You don't know. GM rolls a second time in this chart for you and keeps the number hidden for plot reasons. You have always been alone as far as you know. GM will determine whether this is a benefit or a detriment to your character GM will determine whether this is a benefit or a detriment to your character 0

2.4) 2.4. Table Four: Estate

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 For your social class your family has a vast amount of riches and land. This could mean a vast castle, or a Luxurious suite in the slums.
  • +10 Modifier to Will and Influence
  • 10% to Will Race Max
  • +1 roll to Currency Roll
  • Increase Currency Roll Total by 10%
N/A 70
2 to 20 For your social class your family home is considered extavagant.
  • +5 Modifier to Will and Influence
  • 5% to Will Race Max
  • +1 to Currency Roll
N/A 60
21 to 40 For your social class your home is considered to be spacious +2 Modifier to Will and Influence N/A 50
41 to 60 For your social class your home is considered to be average N/A N/A 40
61 to 80 You live in what you would consider "tight conditions"
  • You've learned how to make things fit. You get 10% more storage space in any bag or backpack
  • +2 to Mental as a modifier
N/A 30
81 to 99 Your home is considered to be "run down" by your peers. N/A -2 Modifier to influence 20
100 It could have been due to a recent tragic event or maybe it's just been this way your whole life… but you are homeless.
  • +5 Modifier to Fortitude
  • 5% to Fortitude Race Max
  • -5 Modifier to influence
  • -5 Modifier to Luck
  • Decrease Currency Roll Total by 10%
0
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3) 3. Section Two: Growing Up

This section has to deal with your character's childhood and how it might affect your character. If in the Lineage section it was determined that you don't know about your ancestry then your GM can determine that you should not roll in this chart.

3.1) 3.1. Table One: Parents

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 to 15 Both your parents are alive! All is well with them
  • +20 modifier to Luck and 10% to Luck Race Max! It's not often in this cruel world that people are so fortunate
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 50
16 to 30 Both your parents are alive! But some form of tragedy/pain has driven them apart +1 roll to point pool creation. Tragedy builds character N/A 40
31 to 45 One of your parents is no longer in this world. The other has moved on in life trying to make the best of things. +1 roll to point pool creation. Tragedy builds character N/A 40
46 to 60 One of your parents is no longer in this world. The other has been scarred by this loss and has difficulty moving on. +10 modifier to Will. You have had to make due on your own. This has strengthened your resolve. -10% Currency per game week used to help care for the grief-stricken parent. 20
61 to 75 Both of your parents are confirmed/believed to be dead. They died as heroes in a great war, saving someone's life, or in some other great and noble way.
  • Gain 1 Piece of armor or a weapon as an inheritance. GM can determine what you get
  • +5 Modifier to Influence - it pays to be the child of heroes.
N/A 30
76 to 90 Both of your parents are confirmed/believed to be dead. They died a traitor's death, were banished into exile or suffered some other tragic fate. +5  Modifier to Fortitude for having to endure growing up as a child of traitors. -10 Modifier to Influence because it is hard to be influential when people view you as the spawn of traitors. 10
91 to 100 The fate of your parents is unknown to you. The GM may roll again for you in this chart and may reveal the result later. N/A -2 Modifier to Will due to the strain of not knowing the fate of your parents and clinging to any news and rumors of their fate. 0

3.2) 3.2. Table Two: Childhood Events

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 You found a treasure! Consult with the GM to start with a relic. N/A 60
2 to 20 You gained an inheritance/found a valuable item worth money!
  • Get +2 rolls to currency roll
  • increase currency roll total by 10%
N/A 50
21 to 40 You saved someone's life! +1 roll to Point Pool Creation N/A 40
41 to 60 You led an uneventful childhood N/A N/A 30
61 to 80 You suffered a terrible emotional loss +5 Modifier to Fortitude
  • -5 Modifier to Will
  • -5% to Will Race Max
20
81 to 95 You suffered an injury in an accident Roll in chart A below Roll in chart A below 10
96 to 100 You suffered a major injury in an accident Roll in chart B below Roll in chart B below 0

3.2.1) 3.2.1. Table Two A: Childhood Events Sub-Chart A

This chart will determine the result from an 81 to 99 roll in the above chart. If your roll in the above chart was 80 or less than you may disregard this chart.
Dice Roll
(roll 1d6)
Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 or 2 You lost a toe! N/A Battle and Area movement rates suffer a -1 penalty, -2 to Speed Checks for Agility N/A - must roll
3 or 4 You lost a finger! N/A Can’t Dual Wield N/A - must roll
5 or 6 You lost an eye! N/A -10 modifier to Perceive N/A - must roll

3.2.2) 3.2.2. Table Two B: Childhood Events Sub-Chart B

This chart will determine the result from a 100 roll in the above chart. If your roll in the above chart was 80 or less than you may disregard this chart.
Dice Roll
(roll 1d6)
Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 or 2 You lost a limb! our GM will roll 1d8 to determine what limb you lose. 1-2 right arm. 3-4 left arm. 5-6 left leg. 7-8 right leg. Substitutions may be made if your race has a tail. N/A
  • Leg: Movement Rates decreased by half, -15 Modifier to Speed, -5% to Speed Race Max
  • Arms: Can’t Dual Wield, can’t use 2 Handed Weapons, Can’t use Lifting stat .
  • Tail (if present): Speed – 5 Modifier; -10 to Speed Check for Agility and Balance
  • Wings (if present): Can’t Fly and loose any benefit of wings
N/A - must roll
3 or 4 You became horribly disfigured! N/A Your influence suffers a -15 Modifier penalty. Attempts to use character skills that involve direct visible interaction suffer a -15 penalty as well. N/A - must roll
5 or 6 You suffered a head wound! N/A
  • Your skill point rate suffer a -1 rate permanently.
  • Every in game calendar week you must roll beneath 30% or lose 10% of your stockpiled Skill points.
  • -10 Modifier to Mental and -10% to Mental Race Max
N/A - must roll

3.3) 3.3. Table Three: Friends & Enemies

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 You have a very influential friend
  • Favor: You may call in one favor per game week to your influential friend. The GM will determine if the favor is within reason and may grant your request
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 65
2 to 20 You have a trusted mentor
  • Character Point rate gains a permanent 0.25
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 55
21 to 40 You have a group of loyal friends +5 Modifier to Influence. +10 if you are within your home town. N/A 45
41 to 60 You have one very loyal friend/Business parter/Lover Small favor: Your friend can be called upon for the occasional small favor: a place to stay, loan some money etc. N/A 35
61 to 80 You have a Rival/Enemy Luck Chance in a life or death situation that your rival might actually intervene to save you. After all, challenging you is what your rival lives for. Occasional Challenge: Your rival/enemy will occasionally appear to get in your way, challenge you to a one on one duel etc. 25
81 to 99 You made an enemy of a group/gang N/A
  • -5 Modifier to influence, -10 if you are within your hometown.
  • Chance of battle encounter in the town the enemy group lives in.
15
100 You made a very powerful person very angry with you. N/A Called Hit: At some point in the campaign the GM may put a foe in the groups path that specifically has it out for you. This may happen multiple times depending on the plot, until your resolve whatever grudge your enemy has against you. 0
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4) 4. Section Three: Psychology

This section deals with your character's view points and way of thinking.

4.1) 4.1. Table One: Personality

You can purchase or roll for one or two of the following
Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 to 10 Quiet / Shy +5 react modifier -5 influence 15
11 to 20 Easy Going +5 luck modifier -5 speed modifier 15
21 to 30 Adventurous +5 fortitude modifier -5 react modifier 15
31 to 40 Obsessive +5 will modifier -5 mental modifier 15
41 to 50 Prim and Proper +2 Influence -2 foritude 15
51 to 60 Impulsive +5 speed modifier -5 luck modifier 15
61 to 70 Aloof +5 mental modifier -5 strength modifier 15
71 to 80 Paranoid +5 perceive modifier -5 fortitude modifier 15
81 t0 90 Short Tempered +5 strength modifier -5 will modifier 15
91 to 100 Coward +5 Evade -5 influence 15

4.2) 4.2. Table Two: Philosophy on Life

Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 to 15 Every single person has value/serves a purpose +5 Light Moral Points N/A 15
16 to 30 People all have the capacity to do good
  • +2 Light Moral Points
  • +2 Order Moral Points
  • You believe everyone else lives by the same standards and therefore are easily lied to
  • -5 Modifier to Will
15
31 to 45 You're born, you live, you die +10 Modifier HP -5 Modifier to Influence 15
46 to 60 Respect is earned +2 Modifier to Influence N/A 15
61 to 75 No one in this world tells me what to do +5 Modifier to Will -5 Modifier to Influence 15
76 to 90 People are sheep, born to be led
  • +2  Order Moral Points
  • +1 Dark Moral Points
N/A 15
91 to 100 People are scum, evil and untrustworthy
  • +3 Order Moral Points
  • +3 Dark Moral Points
N/A 15
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5) 5. Section Four: Profession

This section has to deal with any past training your character might have had as well as your character's current profession.

5.1) 5.1. Table One: Skill-Set

This is the skill-set your character has developed naturally. In other words, this shows your character's natural strengths as they relate to professions.
Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 to 10 Fighter +0.25 to character point rate for offensive skills; warrior skills are 10% more effective N/A 15
11 to 20 Magician +0.25 to character point rate for magic Spells; mage skills are 10% more effective (not spells) N/A 15
21 to 30 Laborer +0.25 to character point rate for Crafting/Trade skills; crafter skills are 10% more effective N/A 15
31 to 40 Scholar +0.25 to character point rate for succeeding or failing at skills N/A 15
41 to 50 Hunter +0.25 to character point rate for hunter profession skills; hunter skills are 10% more effective N/A 15
51 to 60 Guard +0.25 to character point rate for defense skills; guard skills are 10% more effective N/A 15
61 to 70 Alchemist +0.25 to character point rate for alchemist profession skills; potions are 10% more effective N/A 15
71 to 80 Bard +0.25 to character point rate for entertainer skills, entertainer skills are 10% more effective N/A 15
81 to 90 Shaman +0.25 to character point rate for druid skills, druid skills are 10% more effective N/A 15
91 to 100 Evangelical +0.25 to character point rate for cleric skills, cleric skills are 10% more effective N/A 15

5.2) 5.2. Table Two: Current Profession

Rolling for this table is optional. You could roll for this table or you would pick a profession that most interest you. You cannot spend origin points to pick out a profession. This table will show you the list of professions with links to their pages, and what skillset from table 5.1 is best for them. You will also need to reference the profession in the Professions page in Character Growth, as the profession you choose here will affect how you learn skills and your equipment.
 
Dice Roll Profession Basic Information
1 to 7 Warrior Uses any melee weapon, wears any armor, specializes in offensive skills
8 to 14 Guard Wears any armor, specializes in defensive skills
15 to 22 Hunter Uses projectile or thrown weapons, wears light armor, specializes in long range skills and tracking
23 to 29 Monk Wears light armor and specializes in unarmed combat
30 to 36 Thief Wears light armor, uses knives and daggers, specializes in keeping hidden and moving quickly
37 to 43 Mage Wears light armor, uses staffs, specializes in magic
44 to 50 Alchemist Wears light armor, specializes in making potions
51 to 57 Scholar Wears light armor, specializes in skill learning, improving, and mastering
58 to 64 Druid Wears light armor, specializes in nature and kinship with nature
65 to 71 Crafter Specializes in making things, including weapons and armor
72 to 78 Entertainer Wears light armor, specializes in powerful dances and songs
79 to 85 Merchant Wears light armor, specializes in making money
86 to 92 Cleric Wears light armor, specializes in dealing with the divine and spirits
93 to 100 Adventurer Wears light armor, specializes in exploration

5.3) 5.3. Table Three: Aspirations and Goals

This table deals with your character's life goals. Your GM could allow you to choose one or make you  roll for it.
Dice Roll Result Benefit Penalty Origin Point Cost
1 to 10 Gain a higher rank
  • +0.25 character points for all successful skill uses
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 10
11 to 20 Become more skilled
  • Increase initial character points by x 1.3
  • 1 talent with no handicaps
N/A 10
21 to 30 Take on more responsibility +25 stat points to be used for character creation N/A 10
31 to 40 Become an adventurer, see the world Start with Translat and Linguistic skills at Level 1 mastery N/A 10
41 to 50 Retire Early automatically decrease your currency by 10% each game week, that 10% goes into a special pool for your character that your character can’t touch except for once a month and that pool increases by 10% each week from interest N/A 10
51 to 60 Invest all my money for future generations of my family to enjoy automatically decrease your currency by 10% each game week, that 10% goes into a special pool for your character that your character can’t touch to be given to your next character N/A 10
61 to 70 Seek Vengeance Double Damage vs one creature type, selected at character creation N/A 10
71 to 80 Become Famous +10 modifier to Influence, everyone knows your character N/A 10
81 to 90 Become Infamous
  • 10 Dark Moral Points
  • +10 modifier to Influence
N/A 10
91 to 100 Player Choice You set your own goal but gain no rewards for it. N/A 0
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Submitted by mythus on Sat, 11/06/2021 - 10:25