Character Creation

Character Creation in London Below is similar to most Unisystem based games, drawing more from the system of All Flesh Must Be Eaten in terms of how the game is played. London Below can be wickedly witty, dangerously dramatic, or morbidly morose. It simply depends on how you run the game.

However, for the purposes of the game, it will follow the general system of character creation as listed in AFMBE (by Eden Games).

Information on how to use the character sheet once it’s been created is listed in the House Rules section.

So, without further ado…

The Bloody Basics

Regardless of who you are in the Below, you are someone or something of note. Just how notable you are depends on what sort of character you’re attempting to play. Included here are the basic three templates of player- and non-player-characters, as well as the basic Qualities that are selected indicating your background. A player may only select one (1) Background Quality; a Background Quality is free. Examples will be listed in the appropriate section.

Character Type

The character type determines the general physical and mental capabilities of a character. In Unisystem, a character’s traits are formed by allocating a number of points to both Attributes and Skills, as well as Qualities and Drawbacks. A player has a limited number of points with which to purchase Attributes, Skills, Qualities and Drawbacks, which is defined via the Character Type the player has selected for their character.

This provides intrinsic drawbacks towards the character; for example, if a player places most of her points into her character’s Strength attribute, she may suffer in Intelligence- or Perception-based tasks.

Three Character Types are presented here.

Plebes are for use in games of London Below that want to emphasize the horrors of the world and characters that struggle against the most common end in London Below – a degeneration into soul-tearing madness. They are normal people, for the most part (though, in The ’Neath, normal is a relative term!) and will often be forced into situations that are immediately harmful for them. They are above average in some respects; however, only just slightly. They have an edge over the other two Character Types in the amount of Plot Points they have, which are explained in House Rules.

Plebes have the following starting points:

  • 14 points for Attributes
  • 30 points for Skills
  • 5 points for Qualities
  • Up to 10 points in Drawbacks
  • Plebes may not purchase Mystical Qualities.

Gentlemen/Ladies of Some Repute are characters who have lived in London Below for a longer period of time (or were extraordinary before arriving in the Below). Typically, they tend to attract attention – both negative and positive – very easily. Ladies and Gentlemen of Some Repute are best used for characters that are meant to be heroic or villainous; they are far above the average character and have more points to dedicate towards increasing their base Attributes and Skills, as well as their Qualities. They are limited by the number of Plot Points they are allowed to spend. Fate seems to prefer the nobody to the somebody. Why? No one’s asked her.

Reputed Friends have the following starting points:

  • 20 points for Attributes
  • 35 points for Skills
  • 15 points for Qualities
  • Up to 10 points in Drawbacks
  • Reputed Friends may not purchase Mystical Qualities.

Finally, the Scions are characters who have some ability (or abilities) that makes them stand out from the general crowd. While a Gentleman of Some Repute may be stronger than a Scion, that same Scion may be able to speak to rats, open doors where there are none, or be able to cast strange and awful spells. With less points to spend on Attributes and Skills, the Scions make up for the disparity in the number of Qualities (and type of Qualities) they may take. All Nobles of London Below and The ’Neath are considered Scions, simply on account of what mystical benefits their bloodline gives them. A Scion is almost always a Denizen from birth. Sometimes a psychic or mad sorcerer will stumble into London Below, but these are very rare cases.

Plebes have the following starting points:

  • 20 points for Attributes
  • 25 points for Skills
  • 10 points for Qualities
  • Up to 10 points in Drawbacks
  • 15 points for Mystical Qualities
  • Scions must buy at least one Mystical quality, either with Quality points or Metaphysical points.

Background Qualities

Now that you’ve figured out what type of character you want to play, it’s time to figure out where this fellow (or lady) comes from. In order to do this, you may take one of the following Background Qualities, which offer certain modifiers to your skills and attributes. Keep in mind that not all of the modifiers may be positive.

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Qualities

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Drawbacks

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