Character Concept

Who am I? Where do I come from? What was my childhood like? What do I do, now that I am all grown up?

These, and many others, are questions you will ask yourself when you sit down to create your character. As stated previously in Hero Creation, this process is a collaborative effort between the players and the story teller.

The fuel of the FATE system are ASPECTS This CHARACTER CONCEPT section is set up to help you determine the Aspects for your character.

Character Concept

Think about your character concept. The world of Shimmering Kingdoms will provide great inspiration, and give you a wide range for your choices. In order to determine your High Concept, and other Aspects, and in preparation for the Backstory Phases, go through the following steps:

A) Decide on your character’s Racial Background and Social Station. Every person has a place in the world, even if they don’t much like it.

B) Determine your character’s Social Background – under what circumstances was the character raised, who were the character’s parents, etc.

C) Based on your choices above, choose an appropriate Occupation.

D) Next, look through the Characteristics section, jotting notes for your character:

Details like Name, Gender, Age, Appearance and Personality
— The Character’s Nature
— The Hero’s Reputation, if any
— Any annoying Complications that make life difficult
— Whether the character has taken an Oath or made any Allegiances, which may include a Belief System, Person or Group, Nation or City, or one of the myriad Organizations in the campaign

E) Now go through the Backstory Phases in order, picking appropriate aspects during each phase.

  • Tale One: Beginnings
  • Tale Two: What did you do at…
  • Tale Three: What made you the hero that you are?
  • Tale Four: Significant events
  • Tale Five: Oath making

You should now have SEVEN Aspects for your character, including:

1. High Concept
2. Trouble
3. Racial Background and/or Social Background
4. A Virtue/Vice, depending on your character’s Nature
5. A Sworn Oath
– plus two other aspects defining the character.

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Character Concept

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