- Choose a background
Skills: Each background is associated with a number of skills. Choose four of them to receive a +1 trait bonus. And then choose one that becomes a class skill.
- Choose two personality traits
They should be self-descriptions that are specific about what makes your character stand out. “I’m smart” is not a good trait, “I’ve read every book in Candlekeep” is.
A useful place to start thinking about personality traits is to look at your highest and lowest ability scores and define one trait related to each. Either one could be positive or negative: you might work hard to overcome a low score, for example, or be cocky about your high score.
- Choose one ideal
Describe one ideal that drives your character. Your ideals are the things that you believe in most strongly, the fundamental moral and ethical principles that compel you to act as you do. Ideals encompass everything from your life goals to your core belief system.
- Choose one bond
Bonds represent a character’s connections to people, places, and events in the world. They tie you to things from your background.
- Choose one flaw
Your character’s flaw represents some vice, compulsion, fear, or weakness-in particular, anything that someone else could exploit to bring you to ruin or cause you to act against your best interests.
You can choose your personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws from those given in your background, or make them up yourself.