Garou Character Creation Guide

Getting Started

The Werewolf the Apocolypse character-creation system is designed around five basic precepts. Keep these in mind while generating the persona you will assume in the World of Darkness.

The character-creation system is intended more as a persona development device than as a strict system of mechanical codification. Who wants more rules at the expense of an interesting character or a good story? The character cannot exist as mere dots on a page - roleplaying is always more important than numbers.

Players have a certain number of points to spend on Traits they would like their characters to have. Players also get "freebie points" at the end of character creation; they may spend these to round out their characters, add personality and further differentiate their characters from those of other players.

A Trait score of 1 is poor, while a score of 5 is excellent. Thus, a character with a single dot in a Trait is either not very good with that Trait or is a beginner. Don't think that your character sucks because she's only got one dot in Manipulation. The experience system presented on p. 141 allows characters to grow and improve their Traits. Traits are rated according to a human scale.

Step One: Character Concept

Choose Nature and Demeanor.

Step Two: Select Attributes
Prioritize the three categories: Physical, Social, Mental (7/5/3). Your character automatically has one dot in each Attribute.
Rate Physical Traits: Strength, Dexterity, Stamina.
Rate Social Traits: Charisma, Manipulation, Appearance.
Rate Mental Traits: Perception, Intelligence, Wits.

Step Three: Select Abilities
Prioritize the three categories: Talents, Skills, Knowledges (13/9/5).
Choose Talents, Skills, Knowledges.
No Ability higher than 4 in this stage, and must be described in your background.

Step Four: Select Advantages
Gifts - Rank 0: 0, Rank 1: 1 Tribe, 1 Breed, 1 Auspice (All must be Rank1)

Backgrounds (5)
Merits and Flaws

Step Five: Finishing Touches
Write a character background:
Character backgrounds for Garou follow the same basic pattern as those for Vampires. Keep the following questions in mind while you're writing:

What was your childhood like? Did you know you were Garou?
How did you learn about Garou Society?
If Rank 1 or over, how did you pass your Rite of Passage? What did you need to do?
Did you join a Caern or Pack? Why/Why not?

Freebie Point Costs

Attributes 5 per dot
Abilities 2 per dot
Rage 1 per dot
Gnosis 2 per dot
Backgrounds 1 per dot
Willpower 1 per dot

Beginning Willpower

Black Furies 3
Bone Gnawers 4
Children of Gaia 4
Fianna 3
Get of Fenris 3
Glass Walkers 3
Red Talons 3
Shadow Lords 3
Silent Striders 3
Silver Fangs 3
Stargazers 4
Uktena 3
Wendigo 4


Ahroun 5
Galliard 4
Philodox 3
Theurge 2
Ragabash 1


Homid 1
Metis 3
Lupus 5
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