Character generation tables

To select a character race or your language, you must bid on the appropriate thing. A bid is a roll of a d12 + whatever cash modifiers you wish to put on the roll. There are two kinds of cash modifiers – you may spend money in advance to raise your die roll (that money is non-refundable if you fail the roll.) and/or you may spend money after you make the die roll to raise it. The cash modifiers are usually listed in the form (preroll price)/(postroll price).

For example, if you are bidding on your race, you need to roll >11 (a 12) to become an elf. If you spend $600($100/point) before you roll the dice, add 6 to your die-roll; and if you roll a 10, you may spend $500 ($250/point) to raise that roll to a 12.

If the bid number is a ‘Yes’, this means that you automatically win the bid. If it is ‘no’, you cannot bid on this item. Otherwise, it will be of the form ‘>number’, which means that your bid must be above the number given. If the bid is >11.5, you must first bid a 12, then >6 (as 2 separate die rolls, each with their own set of cash modifiers.)

RACES

When you create a character, you may bid twice for your race.

Your initial characters will start out in Marrephilahd, which is in the Empire.

  Empire Nerol Balkanized Barbarian
Lands
Human Yes Yes Yes Yes
Orc Yes Yes Yes > 6
Elf >11.5 >11.5 >11 No
Goblin > 7 >10 >10 No
Dwarf >10 > 8 > 9 >11
Kobold > 8 > 8 > 8 >11
Hobbit > 8 No > 9 >10
Halfbreed > 9 > 8 > 6 > 8

If you are a halfbreed, roll on the following table for your parentage. If you manage to roll the same race for both parents, you will be that race.

Race Roll
Human 1-4
Orc 5-7
Elf 8
Goblin 9
Dwarf 10
Kobold 11
Hobbit 12
Note 1
There is a single exception; Dwarves never crossbreed with Orcs, Goblins, or Hobbits. If you roll one of these crossbreeds, you become a Dwarf-Human crossbreed.
Note 2
This is not strictly true; any of the seven races can interbreed with the others. But player characters aren’t allowed to provoke ethnic purity riots.

After figuring out what race you are, you will need to apply some attribute modifiers to your character;

  STR DEX CON INT
Orc +1 -1 +1
Elf +1 -1
Goblin -1 +1 <14 +1
Dwarf +1 -1 +1
Kobold <13 +2 <14
Hobbit -1 +1 +1
Note 1
Come on, these are Kobolds we are talking about! They are vermin and the only reason they’ve survived up til now is that they’re quicker than anything else.

LANGUAGES

Another thing you need to determine is what languages you know. Each character starts out knowing the common tongue for the region where they were born. They may also bid twice for other languages (if you have mage skills, you have 3 bids.) It costs $100/$250 to upgrade your die rolls.

  Empire Nerol Balkanized Barbarian
lands
Venial Yes > 6 Yes > 9
Marrephiligan 10 >11 >11 >11.5
Nerolise >6 Yes > 4 >10
Akzar >8 >6 >8 >11.5
Venial Akzar >8 >10 >7 No
Elvish >10 >10 >8 >10
Dwarrel >11 9 >6 >9
Naissa >9 >9 >4 Yes
Uruk >10 >9 >6 >2
Latin >11 No >11.5 No
Note1
This is the common tongue for this region.
Note 2
If you come from Marrephilahd, your common tongue is Marrephiligan and you need to bid >4 to learn Venial.
Note 3
The bid is > 6 if you are starting from the Hobytha A.R. in the Empire.

A Language glossary

Marrephiligan & Venial
These are two closely related human languages (like Italian and Romanish, for example.) They are very very old and most people along the coasts and in cities have a smattering of either Venial or a Venial derivative. If you know one of the languages, add +1 to any bid for the other; +2 on any bid for Venial Akzar.
Akzar
This is the primary tongue of the Ackza orcs (great surprise there, eh?) but most people around the inland sea know a smattering of it. It is very closely related to Dwarrel, and knowing one of these languages gives you a +1 on any bid for the other. Also, knowing Akzar gives you a +2 on any bid for Venial Akzar.
Venial Akzar
Think of it as English; Venial, Akzar, and every other language poured into a pot and blended enthusiastically, if not particularly skillfully. If you know it, you get a +1 on any bid for Venial or Akzar.
Elvish
The elves are a pretty boring lot, linguistically, so they’ve only got one language no matter where you go. The only thing stopping it from being the common tongue is that it’s close to impossible for anyone other than an elf to speak it.
Dwarrel
This is the primary tongue of the Black Dwarves. Akzar is descended from it.
Naissa
This language is a human import. It was carried in by the Naissa barbarians, and is not very common outside of Cinnabar.
Uruk
Is related to Elvish. It is one of the older Orcish languages, and the Uruk-Hai orcs are named for it. It’s similar to Elvish; if you know it, you get a +1 on any bid to learn that language.
Latin
is a trade tongue for Kobolds and, not unexpectedly, is used as a religious language by non-kobold Christians.