The Devil's Spine
Guide to Character Creation
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Make a character using the MadLib method:
“I am an [adjective] [noun] who [verbs].”
OK, not quite MadLib, because there are a limited universe of options for adjective, noun and verb you use.
Nouns: Glaive, Nano or Jack.
For those who play D&D, that’s Fighter, Mage or Rogue.
For a more universal, but still D&D-Friendly approach: Fighter, Magic User, Skill Monkey.
Adjectives: Charming to Tough
Complete List: Charming, Clever, Graceful, Intelligent, Learned, Mystical, Mechanical, Rugged, Stealthy, Strong, Strong-Willed (I say Stubborn), Swift, Tough
So, you can already be 2/3 of the way toward a character concept with the following possibilities:
I am a Stealthy Jack who…
I am a Strong Glaive who…
I am a Learned Nano who…
Verbs: Last Piece of the Puzzle
More precisely, verb phrases like “carries a quiver” or “controls beasts”.
You can choose something off this list:
- Bears a Halo of Fire
- Carries a Quiver
- Commands mental Powers
- Controls Beasts
- Controls Gravity
- Crafts Illusions
- Crafts Unique Objects
- Employs Magnetism
- Exists Partially Out of Phase
- Explores Dark Places
- Fights with Panache
- Focuses Mind over Matter
- Fuses Flesh and Steel
- Howls at the Moon
- Hunts with Great Skill
- Lives in the Wilderness
- Masters Defense
- Masters Weaponry
- Rides the Lightning
- Talks to Machines
- Wears a Sheen of Ice
- Wields Power with Precision
- Wields Two Weapons at Once
- Works Miracles
- Works the Back Alleys
Or speak to the GM about using one of these as a model for a custom “verb”.
I am a strong glaive who wields two weapons.
I am a charming Jack who leads.
I am a Stubborn Nano who controls beasts.
Reviews of Numenera
Here are some reviews of Numenera, which I found informative and fun: