When you think of an adventurer, who do you imagine? It's difficult to nail down a precise definition other than someone who goes on adventures. But who goes on adventures?
Rich nobles, blessed clergymen, and master guildsmen have no need for adventure as what they're often satisfied with their station in life. No, adventurers seek what is beyond their grasp. A humble home in the hills. A family to share one's comforts. Wealth to surpass kings and queens. Master of both the body and the mind. You have none of these else why would you be an adventurer?
But you've got that spark in you. There's a part of you that yearns for what lies beyond these foothills. To discover what fathomless yet wondrous riches lie in a land where giants wander.
This section will guide you through the steps needed to form a character from the aether capable of adventuring in a world of Mythmakers.
The creation of a given character for the Mythmakers Roleplaying Game follows the following steps. Each step will provide the default options available to you and walk you through what to add to your character sheet.
To further illustrate the character creation, we will be creating a character alongside you named Ingram Wolfsbane.
A character begins with a determined tier of starting experience which grants specific boons at the beginning of an adventure or campaign. This is the one aspect of the character determined by the Storyteller. These boons take the form of advancements. Advancements are used to increase the rating of a given aspect, knowledge, profession, or practice by 1. Increasing an aspect’s rating from 1 to 2 costs 1 aspect advancement as would increasing an aspect’s rating from 2 to 3.
There are four tiers of starting experience: Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master. Each tier comes with it a given amount of Advancements and a starting Wealth rating.
|Starting Experience||Aspect Advancements||Profession Advancements||Knowledge Advancements||Practice Advancements||Starting Wealth|
Everyone has sat down at the table to begin creating their characters. The Storyteller declares that everyone will be starting the adventure at the Novice tier.
The next step of the character creation process is determining the ancestry of the character. For this step, have a look at the default Ancestries and choose one that appeals to you.
Each Ancestry will have two options for a Natural Aspect Advancement specific to that species. Simply choose one for your character to inherit and advance the rating of the chosen Aspect by 1.
Next, record the size and size rating of the ancestry. When adding senses to the sheet, some ancestries will either have options for a given sense or have an extra sense to add. You can review the senses in the section after Ancestries.
Ingram Wolfsbane is a proud dwarf. Faced with the choice between Endurance or Resolve as their natural aspect advancement, lets go with Endurance to make them extra hardy. We'll find the Endurance aspect on the character sheet and increase it from its starting rating of 1 to 2.
Next, we'll enter Average under the Size section and 4 under the Size Rating section. Under Sense Rating, we'll put 3. Now as we get to the Senses themselves, we have another choice: We can either give this dwarf Common Sight or Dark Sight. We'll choose Common Sight for now and add Common Hearing.
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Finesse or Memory||Average||4|
|3||Common Sight, Common Hearing|
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Endurance or Resolve||Average||4|
|3||Common Sight or Dark Sight, Common Hearing|
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Finesse or Memory||Average||4|
|3||Far Sight, Common Hearing|
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Strength or Resolve||Average||4|
|3||Common Sight, Common Hearing, Forked Tongue|
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Endurance or Insight||Average||4|
|3||Common Sight or Dark Sight, Common Hearing or Bestial Hearing, Bestial Nose|
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Finesse or Insight||Average||4|
|3||Common Sight or Dark Sight, Common Hearing|
|Natural Aspect Advancement||Size||Size Rating|
|Strength or Memory||Giant||5|
|3||Common Sight or Dark Sight, Common Hearing|
Common Sight Creatures with Common Sight are fully hindered during nightfall or when in unlit areas.
Far Sight Creatures with Far Sight gain +1 Ease to Sense Tests when using their vision to see things that are beyond a common scope of vision.
Dark Sight Creatures with Dark Sight are fully hindered during daylight or when in lit areas. This can be relieved by wearing shades or some kind of covering.
Common Hearing Creatures with Common Hearing possess ears or similarly capable features that let them hear sounds and speech.
Bestial Hearing Creatures with Bestial Hearing possess more capable ears and gain +1 Ease to Sense Tests involving hearing. However, Tests made to resist the Deafened condition are hindered by 1.
Forked Tongue Creatures with a forked tongue gain +1 Ease to Sense Tests involving flavors or scents.
Bestial Nose Creatures with a bestial nose gain +1 Ease to Sense Tests involving scents.
A character is so much more than words or numbers on a page. They are a vision; an ideal in your mind with characteristics and flaws. In Mythmakers, these qualities take the form of three natures: traits, virtues, and troubles. Regardless of a character's starting experience, a character begins play with two traits, two virtues, and two troubles.
Traits take the form of a word or a phrase used to describe a character's affinity with a given aspect. One example of an edge might be the word 'Strong' which could be used to describe a character's pure brawn. On the other hand, 'Strong of Heart' could also refer to a character's steely resolve in the face of adversity. Traits can be used to enhance any core aspect of a character: Strength, Finesse, Endurance, Sense, Memory, Insight, and Resolve.
|Example Trait||Enhanced Aspect|
|Strong of Heart||Resolve|
When a character invokes a trait, they gain one extra die of enhancement whenever a situation incorporates or tests that trait. However the Test must somehow incorporate that trait. Being physically strong has little influence in a game of wits, after all.
Ingram Wolfsbane's traits are Strong (Strength) and Courageous (Resolve). Ingram's Strong trait can be invoked whenever a Test involves a feat of strength. Her Courageous trait in turn can be invoked whenever a Test involves a feat of resolve against fear.
A character's virtues form the guiding stars of their journey. They are themes, concepts, or philosophies they choose to embody which can both help or test their resolve. Like Traits, Virtues are represented by a word or phrase which can be invoked to provide one die of Enhancement towards a given Test. However, Virtues can only enhance Tests that invoke a character's Resolve.
Virtues can also test a character's resolve should they pursue an action that goes against it. Whenever a character is about to act against a virtue, they must succeed on a Resolve Check to continue taking said action. If they fail, then they are given a choice: either they must forego the action entirely or take one additional rank of the Troubled condition in order to carry the action through.
One way to come up with a virtue is to find words that can be placed at the end of phrases like "I believe in...", "I want...", "I will protect...", or "I am a champion of..."
|I believe in...||Helping the Poor|
|I am a champion of...||People who cannot defend themselves|
|I will protect...||My family|
Ingram Wolfsbane values courage and defending the weak. Therefore under the Virtues section of their character sheet, Ingram will have:
- I believe in... being courageous
- I am a champion... of the weak
While heroes are alleged to be paragons of perfection and defining beacons of heroism, the reality is that everyone has something that troubles them. Troubles and Virtues are two sides of the same coin in that they both test a character's Resolve. However Troubles take the form of a word or object and can potentially act as hindrance to the actions of a character.
When a character is confronted by one of their Troubles, they must make a Resolve Check. If they succeed, they are able to make a Test with no additional hindrance. However, upon failure, they gain one rank of the Troubled condition.
A good way to come up with a trouble is to find words or things that can be placed at the end of phrases like "I hate...", "I'm frustrated by...", "I fear...", or "I cannot..."
|I'm frustrated by...||Puzzles|
|I cannot...||Trust Nobles|
|I'm frustrated by||Crowded Places|
|I cannot resist...||Gourmet Food|
Ingram Wolfsbane has trouble with gambling and spiders. Under the Troubles section of their character sheet, Ingram will have:
- I cannot resist... gambling
- I fear... spiders
An aspect is a representation of a creature’s capabilities. There are eight aspects for a given character in Mythmakers: Strength, Finesse, Endurance, Memory, Insight, Resolve, Sense, and Wealth. Each aspect forms the base of a Test in order to overcome a challenge.
When you have reached this step, locate the row in the table below that corresponds to your character's starting experience. The number under Aspect Advancements represents the number of advancements you can make on any Aspect.
|Starting Experience||Aspect Advancements||Starting Wealth|
Ingram Wolfsbane is starting out as a Novice and begins with 1 Aspect Advancement. They've already gained a natural aspect advancement in Endurance from being a dwarf so we'll advance their Strength instead. With this advancement, we'll increase Ingram's Strength rating from 1 to 2.
A character's aspects are also used to determine a set of calculated aspects called Maxims. Each Maxim is calculated according to the table below:
|Vigor||Strength + Finesse + Endurance + Memory + Insight + Resolve||A resource that can be drawn from to potentially add more successes to a roll|
|Health||Strength + Finesse + Endurance||The amount of damage a creature can receive before further damage subtracts from vigor|
|Recovery||Strength + Finesse + Endurance||Determines how much vigor a character recovers after an Action or round of Engagement has been completed|
|Movement||Size + Body||Determines the amount of movement a character receives during an Engagement, Local Action, or World Action|
|Carrying Capacity||Size + Strength||Determines the total sum of size that a character can carry before they experience encumbrance|
Professions represent your character’s backgrounds and areas of expertise in a given trade before delving into the world of Mythmakers.
A given rating in a Profession represents an amount of Enhancement that can be added to Memory Tests that relate to a given skill set. It also allows characters to make items or perform services associated with that Profession by making a Profession Test.
When you have reached this step, locate the row in the table below that corresponds to your character's starting experience. The number under Profession Advancements represents the number of advancements you can make towards a Profession. All professions start with no rating and require at least one advancement in order for the character to be able to use the experience to their advantage.
|Starting Experience||Profession Advancements|
There are fourteen trades that a character can find a Profession in upon making their character: Agriculture, Art, Crafts, Criminal, Entertainment, Government, Medicine, Merchant, Military, Religion, Sailor, Scholarship, Service, Vagabond
Spend an advancement by picking a Trade that interests you and go to the Professions section of the character sheet. Under Trade, enter the Trade you've selected and then set the rating equal to the number of advancements you're spending on it. If you have more than once advancement available to you, you can choose to spread them across an additional number of Trades.
Now it's time to choose a Profession for Ingram Wolfsbane. From the Novice tier, we get 1 Profession Advancement. Lets make Ingram a mercenary. Under their Trade we'll put Military and under Profession we'll put Mercenary. Then we'll increase the Profession's rating from 0 to 1.
*For the Merchant Profession, you must pick an item or trade that the Marketplace sells e.g. Spice Merchant or Weapons Merchant.
Characters will also possess familiarity in certain areas of knowledge beyond their normal profession. A rating in a given knowledge acts as Enhancement whenever a character makes an Memory Test that uses that knowledge with some exceptions. In Mythmakers, there are two kinds of knowledge: Common, Esoteric, and Linguistic.
Common Knowledge is knowledge that most people will have some familiarity with and is divided into four main areas: Local, Occult, Nature, and Lore.
Esoteric Knowledge is specific knowledge that only a significantly smaller group of people know such as a knowledge of frogs or a dead language.
Linguistics comprises the knowledge of languages beyond the common language shared throughout the connected parts of the fantasy world. Mythmakers offers the following default languages beyond common: fae, dragon, dwarvish, goblin, and bestial. Any additions or modifications to this list are subject to the Storyteller. Unlike Common or Esoteric knowledges, a rating in a language acts as Ease instead of Enhancement towards Tests against challenges based on understanding the contextual use of a given language.
When you've reached this step, locate the row in the table below that corresponds to your character's starting experience. The number under Knowledge Advancements represents the number of advancements you can make towards either a Common, Esoteric, or Linguistic Knowledge. All forms of knowledge start with no rating and require at least one advancement in order for the character to be able to use the knowledge towards Tests.
|Starting Experience||Knowledge Advancements|
Locate the Knowledge section on your character sheet and decide which areas of Knowledge you would like to advance. If you choose to put an advancement towards an Esoteric knowledge, fill the portion left of the rating with a specific knowledge of your choosing and increase its adjacent rating by 1. For advancements spent towards Linguistic knowledge, choose one of the default languages above or from the set provided by your Storyteller and write it in under the Languages section of the sheet and increase its rating by 1.
After reviewing the options for Knowledge, Lore might be a fitting choice for our would-be adventurer as a beginning knowledge. So we find the Common Knowledge section of the character sheet and increase the rating of Lore by 1.
A practice in Mythmakers represents a specialized form of training or supernatural ability that a character can use to their advantage. There are two forms a practice can take: Martial or Supernatural.
When you've reached this step, locate the row in the table below that corresponds to your character's starting experience. The number under Practice Advancements represents the number of advancements you can make towards either a Martial or Supernatural Practice. All practices start with no rating and require at least one advancement in order for the character to be able to use the knowledge towards Tests.
You should review the Martial Practice and Supernatural Practice Sections for how to fill the Practices section of your character sheet.
|Starting Experience||Practice Advancements|
A martial practice indicates that your character has spent some time learning how to fight. Whether it was from an esteemed fencing master or the school of hard knocks, your character bears additional training.
When spending a Practice Advancement towards obtaining a rank in a Martial Practice, find an available martial practices from the table below that interests you and add the name of it where it says Practice. Some Martial Practices offer specializations as well. For these, simply pick the one you wish to invest in and write it in the adjacent Specialization field.
Under Class, write Martial and then increase its rating from 0 to 1. Martial Practices do not use Resources do you can leave that blank.
|Martial Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever a character makes a Weapon Action matching their Specialization||Pierce, Slash, Bludgeon, Aim, Throw|
|Stealth Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever Finesse is used towards Stealth||--|
|Weapons Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever a Weapon action is made using a specific Weapon subclass||Light, Versatile, Heavy, Ranged, Shields|
|Precision Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever a character spends Vigor towards a Weapon Action and achieves a Major or Minor success outcome||--|
|Focused Weapon Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever a Weapon Action is made using a specific Weapon||A specific weapon of your choosing e.g. Dagger, Longsword, Maul|
|Giant Fighting||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever an Action is made against a creature with a larger Size rating||--|
|Unarmed Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever an Action is made against a creature using one's fists or body.||--|
|Conditioning||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever a character has at least one rank in a specific Condition|
|Environment Training||Gain Enhancement equal to the rating of this Practice whenever a character makes an Action within the specified environment||Grassland, Forest, Tundra, Coast, Desert, Mountain, Swamp, City, Underground, or Unique|
Ingram Wolfsbane has had some training what with being a mercenary and all. So under the Practices section, lets give them some Martial Training. Lets choose Slash as a specialization and use the advancement to give it a rating of 1.
Within the world of Mythmakers, there are those who are capable of performing wondrous feats. Those who can manifest their will upon the mundane world do so through their supernatural practice. A supernatural practice has two components: an intent and a form. An intent is a special verb that describes how a given supernatural power is being used and the form describes what that power is affecting. Together, they create a phrase indicating what someone can do with their supernatural powers.
When spending a Practice Advancement towards obtaining a rank in a Supernatural Practice, you will need to establish the actual practice you are investing it in as well as the class it falls under.
The table below summarizes the five intents available to you. Supernatural power is explained in further detail in the Supernatural section.
|Create||Manifest, Improve, Restore||You are gifted in the ways of construction and reparation. You can manifest forms, improve existing forms, or restore damaged forms|
|Alter||Transform, Transmute||You are gifted in the ways of alteration. You can grant properties to a form that it does not possess or influence a property a form already has|
|Sense||Reveal, Extend||You are gifted in the ways of divination. You can detect information about a given form or extend your senses through a form to see what lies beyond|
|Manipulate||Move, Compel, Resist||You are gifted in the ways of manipulation. You can move forms to your whims, compel animate forms to perform a given task, or create wards to resist the presence or power of a form|
|Destroy||Damage, Decay, Diminish||You are gifted in the ways of reduction. You can damage a form until it no longer stands in your way, erode a form, or diminish the properties of a form|
|Arcanum||The purest and primevil form of supernatural power. This meta magic simply follows the basic intent of its wielder|
|Fire||The domain of fire comprises of flames, heat, and smoke. Light also resides in this domain as light is often derived from igniting materia or plants|
|Water||The domain of water comprises of waters and all other liquids. Liquids inside a body do not fall under this domain|
|Materia||The domain of materia covers all inanimate materia such as stone, clay, metal, sand, glass, and other nonliving things|
|Wind||The domain of air comprises not only winds but storms and weather phenomena as well|
|Anthro||The domain of anthros deals with human or humanoid creatures. Many supernatural creatures fall into this domain as well as long as they possess a physical body|
|Mind||The domain of the mind covers that which is affected by the mind. Thoughts, emotions, and memories form the basis of what this domain touches|
|Plant||The domain of plants comprises of all living things exluding animals or anthropomorphic creatures. This also contains products obtained from plants such as toxins, wood, or fabric|
|Animal||The domain of animals comprises of all living things exluding plants or anthropomorphic creatures. This also contains products obtained from animals such as leather, wool, or fur|
|Sense||The domain of senses comprises the realms of what is perceivable by other forms. Odors, tastes, images, sounds, and sensations are but some examples of the breadth encapsulated by this form|
Within the game of Mythmakers, there are three specializations of supernatural power: Magical, Devotional, and Mystical. Each class has a Class Boon which is unique to that class of power.
Characters who can use a magical practice derive their powers from practice and knowledge of the arcane arts. Often this is obtained through tutelage but it is possible to gain this power from one's own self-discovery.
|Versatility||A character that has aptitude in one magically-based practice is capable of picking up another. In order for magic-based characters to learn other practices in their class, they must seek out other practitioners or obtain pieces of lore providing guidance towards the powers they seek.|
When choosing to play a magical character, write down Magical under Class in the Practice section of the character sheet.
Characters who can use a devotional practice derive their powers from a patron not of the mundane world. In forming a pact with this patron, a character becomes an agent of the patron's will as well as their teachings.
|Resource (Favor)||A character that has sworn devotion to a patron's cause gains access to the resource Favor. Favor is a resource that can be used to power supernatural effects instead of vigor as a character spends time following their patron's virtues. Favor is not interchangeable between multiple patrons.|
When choosing to play a devotional character, write down Devotional under Class in the Practice section of the character sheet. Then set the value under Resources to be double the starting rating of the devotional practice.
Characters with access to a mystical practice are tried to a bastion of power located somewhere in the mundane world. This bastion can take the form of a creature, location, bloodline, or even an object of some kind. Mystical characters attune to these sources and in exchange gain access to a curio, an item or familiar representing this supernatural bond.
|Resource (Essence)||A character with mystical powers can store essence within their curio. This essence can be later used to power supernatural effects in place of vigor.|
When choosing to play a mystical character, write down Mystical under Class in the Practice section of the character sheet. Then set the value under Resources to be double the starting rating of the mystical practice.
Lets pretend Ingram Wolfsbane has some kind of supernatural gift instead of martial training. Perhaps they are a chosen paladin to a dwarf deity. First we need to choose the practice associated with this divine pact. Lets go with Create Fire as our supernatural practice. Then under specialization, we write Devotional before giving the practice a rating of 1. However, Devotional practices also gain the benefit of a Resource from their boon so the value under Resource becomes 2.
Now it is time to determine the character’s starting Equipment. A new character must choose their starting Weapons, Armor Set, Apparel, Starting Pack, and Trinket.
When picking out a given piece of equipment or item, you'll want to take note of its market value. A character can only purchase an item when its market value is less than or equal to their Wealth rating. The market value of an item is determined by two factors: the general rarity of the item and its quality. An item's rarity will be listed on its respective table meaning the quality of the item will become your wealth rating minus the item's rarity.
If you have a starting Wealth of 3 and you wish to buy an item with Rarity 2, then the maximum quality that item can be is 1.
When you get to this section, locate the row that corresponds to your character's starting experience to find your character's Starting Wealth. If you haven't used any aspect advancements yet, you can spend them towards improving your wealth rating. Then review each of the following sections and follow the instructions for selecting your character's starting gear.
|Starting Experience||Starting Wealth|
When choosing a character’s starting weapon, a player has the following options:
When you get to this step, choose one of the starting sets above and then find corresponding weapons below to match the set. Then record the details into the Weapons section of your character sheet. For ranged weapons, you'll record both the ranged weapon and the ammunition.
Ingram Wolfsbane has Martial Training in slashing weapons so we'll want to find a weapon that can perform that weapon action. A bastard sword fits this critera well enough so we'll copy the corresponding details for the sword into the Weapon's section of the character sheet. Ingram's Wealth is 2 and the rarity of the entry is 1 so the quality of the bastard sword will be 1. It's a shoddy thing to start with, but surely a fortuitous quest can pay for an upgrade.
We also get access to a shield. With Ingram's Wealth of 2, we can only really afford the first basic wooden shield. So we'll copy the relevant details into the Shield section to finish this part off.
Light weapons are weapons that can only be wielded in one hand whereas Heavy weapons require both hands. Versatile weapons fall in the middle where less strength is required to wield them in both hands but where more strength is required to wield it in one.
The Size rating of a weapon indicates the minimum Strength aspect rating required in order to use a weapon’s size rating as Enhancement towards either Weapon actions or resisting them. A character with less strength than the required amount can still wield it but does not receive this benefit.
A size rating such as 1/2 means that the weapon has an effective size rating of 1 when wielded in one hand and 2 when wielded in two hands.
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Dagger||1||0||X||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Club||1||0||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Handaxe||1||0||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Hammer||1||0||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Mace||1||0||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Sickle||1||0||X||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Shortsword||1||0||X||X|
|Light||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Flail||1||0||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Axe||1/2||1||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Quarterstaff||1/2||1||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Spear||1/2||1||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Bastard Sword||1/2||1||X||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Trident||1/2||1||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Warhammer||1/2||1||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Scimitar||1/2||1||X|
|Versatile||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Rapier||1/2||1||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Maul||3||2||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Halberd||3||2||X||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Greatsword||3||2||X||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Greataxe||3||2||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Glaive||3||2||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Pike||3||2||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Great Flail||3||2||X|
|Heavy||Iron, Bronze, or Wood||Great Club||3||2||X|
Steel can also be chosen as a material for a given weapon, but doing so increases the weapon's rarity by 3. However, any weapon actions performed with a steel weapon gains 1 Enhancement.
Shields are a hybrid between weapons and armor as they can be used for both offense and defense. To choose a shield to wield, first choose a shield material and then determine its size rating. A shield’s size rating acts Enhancement during engagements when they need to resist an incoming strike. Shields can also function as a melee weapon and get access to all of the Weapon Actions that entail so long as the shield fits the criteria for each Weapon Action.
|Material||Natural Resistances||Size Rating||Rarity||S Vuln.||P Vuln.||B Vuln.|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||1||1||X|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||2||2||X|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||3||3||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||1||1||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||2||2||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||3||3||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||1||4||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||2||5||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||3||6||X|
Ranged weapons are used to send a piece of ammunition at a target from a distance. The use of any ranged weapon requires the use of both hands.
|Material||Weapon||Base Range||Size Rating||Rarity||S||P||B|
|Wood||Heavy Crossbow||90ft/3 Zones||3||3||X|
|Wood||Hand Crossbow||90ft/3 Zones||2||3||X|
By themselves, ranged weapons are little more than a bludgeoning weapon. Ammunition is what allows for striking a given creature or entity from a distance.
|Ammunition||Used By||Size Rating||Rarity||S||P||B|
Next choose an armor set for the character to begin playing in. The key elements of an armor set are its natural resistances, physical vulnerabilities, and its armor rating. Natural resistances represent the amount of natural pressure they can resist before the character takes wounds. Physical vulnerabilities tie in with the armor rating: If a character is made the target of a Weapon action and the attack type matches one of the vulnerabilities of an armor set, then the character can use the Armor rating as Enhancement when they resist. However, if the attack type does not match any vulnerabilities an armor set possesses, then the character can use the Armor rating as Ease towards resisting instead.
When you get to this step, peruse the available armor sets below and pick one that stands out to you. Once you've chosen an armor set, copy down the various elements into the Armor Set section of your character sheet. For the quality rating of the armor set, take your Wealth aspect and subtract the rarity of the armor set.
Ingram Wolfsbane is a front line fighter who will probably be taking their fair share of blows when push comes to shove. With their Wealth of 2, an Iron Breastplate makes the most sense for them. So we'll find the entry for Iron Breastplate on the table below and record the entry onto the Armor Set section of the character sheet. Ingram's Wealth is 2 and the armor's rarity is 1 so the quality of the armor set will start at 1.
|Material||Natural Resistances||Armor Type||Armor Rating||Noise||Rarity||S Vuln.||P Vuln.||B Vuln|
|Common Hide||Cold 1, Fire 1, Acid 1||Hide||1||0||0||X||X||X|
|Common Hide||Cold 1, Fire 1, Acid 1||Leather||1||0||1||X||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||Breastplate||1||0||1||X||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||2||2||1||X||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||Brigandine||3||2||2||X||X|
|Iron||Fire 2, Acid 1||Plate||3||3||3||X|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||Breastplate||1||0||1||X||X|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||2||2||1||X||X|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||Brigandine||3||2||2||X||X|
|Bronze||Fire 1, Acid 2||Plate||3||3||3||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||Breastplate||2||0||4||X||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||3||2||4||X||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||Brigandine||4||2||5||X||X|
|Steel||Fire 3, Acid 2||Plate||4||3||6||X|
Apparel describes what a given character is wearing that does not contribute towards their armor. The quality rating of this apparel becomes equal to the character's Wealth rating.
When you get to this step, you are at liberty to describe the items your character is wearing. Jewelry or other equippable trinkets are listed here as well.
Ingram Wolfsbane's apparel consists of a broad sunhat, roughed up pants, and a dark tan doublet. They also wear a set of earrings on each ear.
Starting Packs are composed of goods to quickly get an adventurer on their way. In Mythmakers, a character's inventory consists of two parts: a pack and the held items.
Packs are containers that a character or creature can equipt in order to carry items on their journeys. As with most items, packs have a size and quality rating. However, the capacity of a pack indicates the maximum total sum of size that can fit in it. A pack cannot have a size rating greater than the creature wearing it.
Held items are just that: Items that have a size, rarity, and quality rating. However, the size of an item cannot surpass the size rating of the pack its inside.
A standard adventuring backpack has size 3 and capacity 8. It can hold up to eight size 1 items or four size 2 items or some alternative variations. But it cannot carry an item with size 4.
When you get to this step, peruse the packs below and pick one that stands out to you. Once you've chosen a pack, copy the various details over to the corresponding section of your character sheet. For the quality ratings of the pack itself and the items within it, take your Wealth aspect and subtract the rarity each given item and enter the result into the adjacent quality rating field.
Ingram Wolfsbane's journey is just beginning and so starting them off with a Journeyman's Pack will give them the basic essentials for surviving the world of Mythmakers. We'll record all of the various values for a Journeyman's Pack into the corresponding Pack section of our character sheet along with the Inventory section below it.
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Now it’s time to choose a Trinket. Trinkets are small items of an inconsequential size that add a touch of flavor to the character. Perhaps they acquired the Trinket from a mysterious origin or maybe it was handed down to them by a family member.
When you get to this step, you can either pick a Trinket that appeals to you from the list, use a random number generator to pick a number between 1 to 100, or approach the Storyteller with an idea for a Trinket of your very own.
For Ingram, we’ll say they received Trinket #24 as their intriguing item, a medal known to be awarded to heroes of a long forgotten kingdom. Maybe it was handed down to them by a beloved grandparent or they happened upon it while they were serving in the Military.
|1||A shining pendant of white stone, engraved with a symbol that you vaguely recognize.|
|2||An ivory chess piece that once belonged to a mysterious king. An ancestor of yours found it and it has been passed down for many generations.|
|3||A quill pen crafted from the feather of a griffon. The feather can change the color of the ink being used on command.|
|4||A faded flag that belonged to a mysterious sea vessel. The ship was never found and you came across the flag washed ashore on the beach.|
|5||A troll's fang hanging from a leather cord. The troll was slain by a local folk hero and given to you as a gift.|
|6||The signet ring of a vanished monarchy.|
|7||Skull of a creature that nobody can recognize. It resembles a large bird with a horn protruding from its forehead.|
|8||A large and curious-looking bulb (botanical). Nobody knows what will grow if it's planted.|
|9||A jar of unrecognizable spicy sauce that is from a foreign land.|
|10||A set of four bone dice, so worn that you can barely make out the symbols.|
|11||A silver ring with a small hidden compartment.|
|12||A fist sized glass eye.|
|13||An old music box that plays a vaguely recognizable song nobody can place.|
|14||A cameo of a young man that can blink.|
|15||A worn-out book of jokes gifted to you from a deceased relative. It's dedicated to you even if you didn't meet them.|
|16||A tiny dragon preserved in amber.|
|17||A smooth river stone that turns pale blue when held underwater.|
|18||A mouse skull that floats when placed over a fire|
|19||A small tooth with a romantic scene scrimshawed into it in the finest detail.|
|20||A gem that projects an image of a girl in white upon a surface when held before light.|
|21||A stamp for a wax seal of a design you’ve never seen before.|
|22||A ring made of mysterious metal that glitters under starlight.|
|23||A cork that changes color depending on the liquid being contained.|
|24||A medal known to be awarded to heroes of a long forgotten kingdom.|
|25||An unsigned contract with an otherworldly entity that grants the undersigned a favor at the cost of one returned, any time any where any how. Only you can read the text upon it even if you are illiterate.|
|26||A flower of unknown species that grows in an empty vase in a darkened room - no soil, no water , no light.|
|27||An engraved dagger that supposedly belonged to a distant relative.|
|28||A dark amulet found in a relative's desk/dresser drawer.|
|29||A piece of paper with the names of your present or future party members on it.|
|30||A mummified finger that crawls like an inchworm.|
|31||A small mirror that reflects how you might look in ten years time.|
|32||A tiny bell that sprinkles fine glitter when rung.|
|33||An intricately chased pommel that must have come from a very special sword.|
|34||A coin that always lands on its edge when tossed/dropped.|
|35||A trio of interlinked rings, which rotate slowly when put on a flat surface.|
|36||A vial with a liquid inside that never comes full to rest.|
|37||A rectangle of brass with cutouts and notches at regular intervals.|
|38||A tin box with a small, eternally lit ember inside.|
|39||A ring of six keys, with no two matching.|
|40||An ancient animal femur, smooth and brown, with a silvered head.|
|41||A pearl earring that occasionally produces a mild electric shock.|
|42||A silvered horseshoe that points towards strong sources of magic.|
|43||A small onyx astrolabe.|
|44||The skull of a strange creature carved into a mask. Talking through it causes you to speak in another language.|
|45||A silver pin in the shape of a lily with a blue gem set at its heart.|
|46||An ornately carved wooden ink pen that improves your handwriting.|
|47||A twisted stone ring with seemingly only one edge if you trace it with your finger. Grants the wearer pleasant dreams.|
|48||An old weathered stone that vibrates when in the presence of fire.|
|49||A small leather coin pouch that looks as if it can only carry one coin - a lucky coin.|
|50||A well worn copper coin with a hole in it, threaded on a cord. You always feel warm wearing it.|
|51||A small wooden lock box. The interior has a spot carved for an object, but the object is missing.|
|52||A small pitcher in the shape of a cat that pours cream no matter what liquid is inside.|
|53||A stone carved in the shape of a squat frog. Whatever surface it is placed on becomes damp.|
|54||A miniature carved stone tower, no longer than your hand. At night, the window at the top glows with a pleasant light.|
|55||An cold-iron nail engraved with vines that glow silver when near an elf or fae creature.|
|56||A set of jadeite bangles with silver clasps, meant to be worn on the wrist.|
|57||A small, perfectly round crystal sphere, with a strangely shaped gold piece embedded in the center. The coin is from a distant and ancient kingdom.|
|58||A chain of rose gold and nine tiny rose gold bells in the shape of acorns.|
|59||A tiny, carved, rock crystal swan.|
|60||A two sided red and white chalcedony cameo necklace, banded with gold. The carving is of a pastoral scene on one side, and a snarling beast on the other.|
|61||A necklace of gold braid and nine knots, with an ivory clasp.|
|62||Brass toy cart with a removable little brass hedgehog rider, pulled by a brass rooster. The cart is decorated with a noble family crest.|
|63||A dusty pink rose quartzite prism deeply etched with monogrammed initials.|
|64||A gold and azurite brooch in the shape of a knotted branch and berries.|
|65||A carved stone horned toad made of a dark smooth stone. The toad is composed of four pieces that fit together like a jigsaw.|
|66||A scrap of folded paper containing a message. Every time it is folded and unfolded the message changes.|
|67||A pocket watch that won’t stop spinning.|
|68||A glass lens that makes the world appear black and white when looked through.|
|69||A jar with an eyeball floating inside that occasionally moves.|
|70||A solid sphere of ice that emits smoke but cannot melt.|
|71||A whistle that when blown produces no sound.|
|72||A white iron coin that turns black when soaked in water.|
|73||A platinum hatpin with an image of a sailing ship.|
|74||A brass disk divided by a 23 pointed star, and inset 7 small glass beads around the edge, with a series of small gauged holes and notches drilled in the disk. They are astonishingly precise, and are a wonder of manufacturing skill and machined tolerances.|
|75||A hollow globe of crystal filled with quicksilver and a fine-sized crystal glass boat and boatman inside it. When unobserved, the boatman will move to a different spot.|
|76||A whalebone pipe that produces smoke in the shape of ships when puffed.|
|77||A rectangle of cloudy white crystal, edged with silver. Looking through it will always show the position of the sun on a cloudy day.|
|78||A complete deck of antique playing cards that once belonged to a royal family. The face of one of the queens has been scribbled out.|
|79||A fine-toothed comb carved from a beautiful seashell and inlaid with silver.|
|80||A small bunch of grapes carved from a dark red crystal. Licking them or placing them in your mouth will give you the flavor of grapes, but no sustenance.|
|81||A curiously made coin of magically toughened glass, stamped with obscure ritual imagery and filled with quicksilver, without seams or air bubbles.|
|82||A metal finch that flaps its wings in the presence of a breeze.|
|83||A comb that changes color to compliment the wearer’s own hair color.|
|84||A small statue of an animal that vaguely smiles or looks content when pet.|
|85||A small crystal ball filled with smoke. The smoke changes color to reflect the weather.|
|86||A paper animal that folds itself back into shape upon daybreak whenever left unfolded.|
|87||A brooch made from a large opal and in the style of an insect.|
|88||A strange feather that is capable of being used like a butterknife.|
|89||A bracelet of silver beads. If a bead is separated from the bracelet, it will always roll in the direction of the wearer.|
|90||A whistle that attracts small mammalian creatures when blown.|
|91||A miniature trident, with fey patterns inscribed on it.|
|92||A small porcelain frog, which releases a little spray of water if stroked along its back.|
|93||A platinum gambling chip, with a small crescent piece carved out of the center.|
|94||A smooth reddish river stone, with veins of quartz and gold running through it.|
|95||A wooden cup that is part of a collection of twenty other cups.|
|96||A wooden spoon that makes food eaten from it taste just a little bit better.|
|97||A little jar containing a preserved piece of tongue.|
|98||A set of bone dice in a leather and velvet case. The dice bear runic symbols instead of numbers.|
|99||A small knife with a blade made of salt.|
|10||A nose to chin mask, which forces the wearer to talk in whispers.|
Now comes the hardest task of any would-be adventurer... choosing a name for oneself! Choosing the right name can be difficult sometimes but there is no shame in choosing a simple name. Your character could be the John of all Johns! Take a moment or two to consider some possible names before choosing one that strikes your fancy the most.
From there, think about their appearance! There is an appearance section of the sheet where you can jot down key details such as hair or eye color. Or you can use the space to doodle what your character might look like instead.
With Ingram Wolfsbane, we sort of cheated and gave them a name from the start. But lets describe their appearance. Ingram is a stocky character with braided raven-black hair. Their eyes are like coals but their nose is rosy red. There is a scar on their left brow as well.
And just like that, you've got a character ready for play. If your character has a supernatural practice, it would be worth your time to review the Supernatural section next for more details on what it has to offer.