We’re designing a character in Edge of the Empire, going Step-by-Step.
Yesterday we settled on the Race and Career of Kibur Blastblade. Now we’re going to start in on character creation.
We’ll be creating Kibur Blastblade at the time he first met the rest of the party.
Here’s the piece of fiction we’ve written that introduces the character:
While he waited for Alan’s arrival, Kibur watched the other inhabitants of the diner. Two Dugs sat at a table having a very heated conversation. Kibur watched in amusement as one clocked the other in the face with his foot, cursing at him in their native tongue.
A bell dinged as the diner door opened and Alan walked in. But he wasn’t alone. Without shifting from his lounging posture, Kibur slowly set down his fork and moved his right hand under the table, next to his blaster, as the two strangers approached next to Alan. But as they drew nearer, Kibur relaxed. Alan’s companions were a red-haired girl, about 17 years old, and a man who appeared to be blind by the cloth around his eyes. Not too threatening, he thought.
“Nice to see you, lieutenant,” Kibur said crisply. “Who’re your friends?”
“Irulan, Kami’atra, this is Kibur Blastblade. Kibur, these are some new friends of mine; I helped them reacquire some property that was stolen from them. In return they helped me bring Senator Krug’s corruption to the Senate’s attention.” Chuckling a little at the day he’d already had, Page continued, “And you say there’s no profit in bartering my time and resources. Speaking of resources, we need an actual paying job, which is, I hope, why you called me here.”
“I certainly do,” said Kibur, handing a datapad over to Page. “It’s a big one too. The type of thing that could finally clear up all of my…” he looked wearily at Kami’atra and Irulan. “Debts. It’s a five man job, but I know a Dug who might be able to help out.”
As Lt. Page looked over the datapad, Kibur sized up the Jedi and Force user. “A blind man? And a Jedi? A Jedi? What type of company do you keep nowadays, Page?”
To start with, one of the first steps in creation is the Obligation of your character. You decide what it is the character is obligated to, be it Blackmail, Family, Addiction, Obsession or more. I’ve decided to go with Debt. As you can see from the fiction, it fits in perfectly. The group’s size is four, so his Obligation would start off at 15.
The next step is to choose a race. As stated yesterday, Kibur will be a human. He’ll get an extra 10 XP to help with character creation, and also gets a nice little bonus: he can start with an additional specialization within his career. This means that not only can be be a scoundrel like he wanted, he can be a pilot as well.
For his career, we previously chose Smuggler, and we’ll get to choose bot the Pilot and Scoundrel. However, we can only choose skills from one of them, so I’ll go ahead and choose Pilot for those. You get to choose two of the four skills to take a rank in, and I’ve chosen Astrogation and Pilot (Space) to represent his skills in the cockpit.
Now I begin investing Experience Points. The system gives you a certain number of XP based on your race to improve characteristics, train skills, acquire talents, and acquire new specializations.
As a human, Kibur has 2’s in all of his characteristics, but we’ll want to bump some of those up. It costs 30 XP to raise a characteristic from 2 to 3, so I’ll go ahead and bump up his agility to 3 and his cunning to 3. That’s going to cost 60 XP.
I’ll bump his Pilot up by 1, Ranged-Light by 1, his Cool by 1, and his charm by 1 for 25 XP.
I now get to purchase Talents from my talent trees. I’ll spend 5 XP to give him Space Jockey, which makes piloting easier. I’ll also take Convincing Demeanor from the Scoundrel Tree, as well as Black Market Contacts. That’s going to make my total Talent purchase cost 15 XP.
I’ll be spending 10 XP to unlock the Force-Sensitive Exile specialization, but won’t be spending anything in Talents from it. He’s unaware of his potential, and doesn’t have any skill in the Force.
That brings me to exactly 110 XP, which is the most he can take. From here, I determine his wound threshold, his strain threshold, his defense, and soak value. These aren’t too exciting, so we’ll skip it.
After giving him some equipment (a blaster pistol and data pad) we’re ready to go!
That’s all there s to it. The character, even without playing him yet, just feels like Kibur Blastbade. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to play him soon.