Have You Seen My Angel?
STAGE 1: CHOOSE A RACE
The taint of Chaos may have wrought substantial changes upon a character, but before these changes occurred the character was either human or a Chaos Space Marine. Humans are extremely variable in physical and mental capacity, with a broad array of paths open to them. Chaos Space Marines have undergone dramatic physical enhancements but may have limited abilities outside the martial arts.
STAGE 2: GENERATE CHARACTERISTICS
BLACK CRUSADE uses numbers to represent most of each character’s abilities. The 10 core abilities, common to all characters, are named Characteristics. These represent the character’s initial physical, mental, and social capacities.
STAGE 3: SELECT AN ARCHETYPE
Within a group of characters, each may be specialized in certain roles. While one might have a glib tongue, specialized in the arts of persuasion, another might be focused on the acquisition of knowledge, stealth, or physical prowess. A character’s archetype describes a set of tasks that fall within a character’s core competency. It may also be tied into how a character expects to pry the title of daemon prince from the Ruinous Powers.
STAGE 4: EXPLORE THE PASSIONS
Every character has a reason for embracing Chaos and a particular style for spreading its influence. At this stage, the character becomes more than just a set of numbers and descriptions. Instead, he becomes a fully-fleshed product of the player’s imagination with understandable motivations, emotions, and goals.
STAGE 5: SPEND EXPERIENCE POINTS
Every character in BLACK CRUSADE begins play with 7,000 Experience Points (xp) to spend during creation. A portion of these points may be spent when selecting Race and Archetype. At this stage, players should spend any remaining xp to select additional skills, talents, and traits or improve Characteristics for their Heretics. These starting abilities allow players to diversify a character’s expertise or to tightly focus the character’s abilities for their first game session. Additional calculated attributes are also recorded at this time.
STAGE 6: CORRUPTION AND EQUIPMENT
BLACK CRUSADE characters have made a conscious decision to embrace the ways of Chaos. This has left a taint upon their very soul, which is reflected by their Corruption. The actions that they have performed in support of their Dark Gods provide them with a reputation that is reflected by their Infamy attribute. Their level of Infamy determines the equipment with which they may begin play. Note that some Equipment is provided by the character’s selections of Race and Archetype.
STAGE 7: EMBRACE THE DARK GODS
The four Chaos gods each offer their own distinct paths to their followers. At this stage, each player needs to decide if his character embraces the path of a single god or treads each path lightly, as one who remains unaligned. Though the character’s Devotions may change with time, the Dark Gods are jealous and may take vengeance upon those who choose to leave their service.