Numenera RPG

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
  • Entertains
  • 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
  • Leads
  • Lives in the Wilderness
  • Masters Defense
  • Masters Weaponry
  • Murders
  • Rages
  • 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.

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