Shimmering Kingdoms FATE
The moment you sit down to make the game and characters, you’re playing Fate. This style of character creation does three things to reinforce that.
- First, character creation tells part of the characters’ stories, just like any other game session does. Characters that really come alive have histories of their own and with each other. This establishes where they’ve been, what they’ve done, and why they continue to act against the issues they face, together or in opposition. There’s an ongoing story you’re now stepping into—it’s just that the most interesting parts haven’t happened yet.
- Second, it sets the stage for the next part of the story. Each arc of a story sets up the next, so that they flow into one another in a natural evolution. Character creation needs to set up the first story arc.
- Third, character creation in Fate is collaborative. As with game creation, character creation is best done as a group activity. Doing all of this together builds a strong foundation of communication between the players and GM, and this process has a number of ways to establish connections between the characters and the setting.
Character creation can take a full session (perhaps two) to do—this allows everyone to learn about the world and each other’s characters. You and the other players will talk about your characters, make suggestions to each other, discuss how they connect, and establish more of the setting.
You’ll want to keep good notes on this process. Here are the links to download PDFs of the CORE character sheet and character creation worksheet.
— As this game is of a slightly more heroic nature, thus giving you more Phases and Stress than a CORE game (From SKEIN – a FATE-based system), I will be creating custom Character Sheets and Character Creation Worksheets. Look for the links here when I am finished.
I am using many different FATE sources. When building your character, if you happen to see something in a supplement or world book that you think would be perfect for your character, get together with the GM. We can surely work something out.
Below are the various considerations you should make when creating your character. Start with Character Concept and work your way down.