You create your characters as follows:
Race: You can play any of the major or optional races in 13th Age. So, Human, Dwarf, Dark Elf, High Elf, Wood Elf, Gnome, Half-elf, Halfling, Half-orc, Dragonic, Holy One, Forgeborn and Tieflings are all fine. Though a Holy One might be a bit of a weird choice for this campaign…
Class: Barbarian, Bard, Chaos Mage, Cleric, Commander, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Necromancer, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer or Wizard are all fine. No multiclassing at startup, but we can look at it for the future.
Generate abilities: using the Point Buy method
Combat stats: as normal
Your one unique thing: as normal, but ideally they would help you as a player with your role of “setting goals for your character, and pursuing them proactively”
Icon relationships: As this is a villainous campaign, the maximum points you can allocate per category are different to the norm.
|Heroic icon||Ambiguous icon||Villainous icon|
Backgrounds: as normal
Feat(s): as normal
Gear: as normal
Advice: 13th Age has some great advice on page 60 about Telegraphing Your Intent, and Creating Dramatic Stories.
Answer some questions: I’d definitely like each player to answer these three questions about their character:
- Which Icon does your character want to grow up to be (either replacing an existing one, or becoming an entirely new one)?
- How does your character want to die?
- Why does your character want to overthrow the Dragon Empire?
Three Things: We agreed to use the Three Things technique which involves you each telling the GM three things you want to see in the campaign.
Two factions: Optionally, you can describe one faction of NPCs who are broadly your allies, and another who are broadly your enemies. Check out this article for more on this, as well as more talk about 13th Age as a game.
Backgrounds: If you want to flesh out your background beyond your One Unique Thing, choice of Backgrounds, and answers to the Questions, please feel free to write as much as you like, within reason! There’s absolutely no expectation or requirement on anyone to do so, though. Three sentences could easily be enough.