(I’m joining a new Vampire game. Having no specific ideas for a character, I’m going to try and create one using Jennell Jaquay’s “Here’s Now” book. It is long out of print, but used copies are available via Amazon. Part 1 can be found here).
Ok, now let’s get to the meat of character creation. Right now, I only know a few things I want for this character.
- I want to play a male character. I’ve “gender swapped” before, and it can be quite a bit of fun, and a play by post game might be ideal for such a situation. But, right now, I feel like playing a male character.
- He’s going to be a Vampire
- He will probably be around 150 years old. Most of other PC’s seems to be Ancillas or Elders and I’ve never tried playing on of these, so we’ll follow the herd in this situation.
- I lean towards the monstrous side of things.
- Heroes Now! is designed for the 20th Century characters, so I’ll need to be a bit more liberal in my interpretations than I otherwise would. I am totally fine with this.
That’s it. I have no idea for archetype, clan, demeanor, nature or anything. I want to leave myself open to where fate may take me. Let’s see what the dice say.
First up--Country of Origin. I know I don’t really want to play an American--I am one, and I play American’s a lot. Otherwise, I have no preference. Now assuming that I want to play a character who’s around 30 at the time of the Embrace (random guess, we’ll determine actual age later), I’ll have to have been born sometime around the 1820’s The map wasn’t nearly as filled it at that point, so...well, let’s see what we get when we roll.
First up, I roll an American. NOPE! Second roll, and I get “Small Polynesian Island.” Huh, well that is a bit interesting. As a roll further I find out that I’m not Polynesian--my parents emigrated to the island before I was born, and that they are from the Netherlands. Interesting, for now I’m assuming I’ll my home to somewhere around Indonesia, and my parents were colonists and/or administrators. But, let’s move on before deciding anything for certain.
I move onto culture and and the like, and so far it tracks with the Dutch Empire at the end of the Napoleonic Era. I then start checking out my social status and...huh. I roll REALLY well--Nobility. Looks like my parents weren’t just simple colonists!
Rolling some more, and it appears that my family held the rank of Marquis and were extremely wealthy. If they were in the colonies, they were here as large land owners or as the governor, that’s for certain! However, it appears that my character was the last of 4 children, and they were raised by their grandparents. Rolling for their occupation, it looks like Grandad was an “adventurer”--he certainly wasn’t in the South Pacific “working.”
Next, we look at the random events of my life up until my embrace. At 9, I found a mysterious and ancient book full of dark and forbidden knowledge. At 10, I inherited my own Estate. At 12, my Family encouraged my hobby--that’s nice of them. I’m assuming Grandpa liked that I was becoming a little scholar, thanks to my obsession with the ancient tome. In fact, at 15 I became “obsessed” with collecting things. Heck, at 16 I developed an “Exotic Personality Trait” (which actually was Obsessed with Collection). At 17, I was forced to serve briefly in the Dutch Navy--don’t worry, the young noble was certainly an officer. In my early twenties I learned an unusual weapon, and got married in my mid twenties, having a few children of my own. Finally, at the age of 30 a horrible villain revealed himself--he was a totally depraved individual who had been concealing himself as a friend of mine, and was obsessed not only with dominating the entire area, but was himself a collector.
Personality wise, I end up with the following traits--Energetic, Clean, Dependent, Sexual Perversion (the book is rather judgemental about anything outside of male/female married relations, so I’m taking this to mean NOT that, rather than as an actual “negative trait”), Collector (naturally) and a mild case of Pyromania. Not a good thing for a Vampire to have.
Alright, next time I’ll try and make all this make sense and come with an actual character!