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Create A Player Character

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Having a character on Heroes is necessary for players in an RPG campaign, but it can also be useful for writers and worldbuilders in general in order to find the voice of that character.  

Creating your character

On your Global Dashboard, click the My Characters button (or the Characters link in the left sidebar) and click on the Create a new Character button, at the bottom of the screen. If you have never created a character, this page will be empty, but otherwise it will contain all your Heroes characters.   Once you click the button, this form will appear:  
  In the above screenshot you can see an already-filled form for a character called Aiuei Eimaui (see her current profile here: Aiuei Eimaui). This information will appear in your character's public profile, and you will be able to change it later. Click the save button to finish creating the character!  

Your profile

Your character's profile will look like this:  
  Let's break down its different elements:
  • Character profile (red): this box contains everything you entered in the character creation step. You can click the Edit button to change it.
  • Player profile (cyan): this box has the name of the person who created the character, together with their World Anvil profile bio, a list of all public characters and links to social media (also from your World Anvil profile).
  • Embedding box (yellow): this box contains a simple unique bbcode tag that you can copy and paste anywhere else on World Anvil. The code will generate a link to your character's Heroes profile. Note for Guild members: if you change your character's URL slug, this code will change too!
  • Menu bar (purple): this contains links to different sections of your character's profile. The About section contains an extended profile for your character (see below). The rest of the tabs are explained in the Guide to character interaction.
  • Post box (green): post on Heroes as your character! See the Guide to character interaction for more information.

Creating your extended profile

In order to fill in the About section of your character, click on the Edit button of their profile. A new page will open with the following menu bar:  
  The Basic Profile tab is just the information that appears in the simple profile box, what you entered when creating the character. In order to add content to the About section, you need to go to the Extended Profile tab. This will open a form with multiple text boxes, similar to the character article template. Fill them in as you wish and click on the Save changes button at the bottom of the page to update the profile!  

Guild features

If you are a Guild member, there are three more options you can set for your character:
  • Privacy: you can make the character Visible (anyone can see it) or Hidden (only you can see it).
  • Custom URL: if you want your character's profile URL to contain instead of a random string of letters and numbers, use this field.
  • Hero Profile CSS: use this box to define custom CSS that will be applied to your Hero profile only.




What can I use characters for?
Heroes helps you give life to your characters! Thanks to its social network-inspired design, all characters can interact with each other, which can help you develop their personality and history. Additionally, you're also able to use your characters in an RPG campaign, since Heroes is also a campaign manager!
Will my characters be public?
Yes, all characters are public by default. If you are a Guild member, you have the option to set them as hidden.
Can I track my character's stats?
If your character has an associated RPG character sheet, there will be an additional Sheet option in the menu bar of the character's profile. Not all character sheets have a trackable version, but, if they do, it will appear there, allowing you to track your stats directly from their profile.
What about equipment?
You can also track your character's equipment from the Equipment tab of the profile's menu bar! You can add an item name, type and quantity.
Can I edit my character from the world itself?
Yes! Edit the character profile and connect it to their campaign world. After the page reloads, you'll be able to edit the character directly from the worldbuilding interface (instead of Heroes).
What happens to the article within the world when the character is deleted?
The article remains in the world and is not deleted.
How can I delete my character?
The delete button can be found in the edit profile interface under the basic settings in the right sidebar. Should the button not be visible this means that the character is still attached to a world. Just above the delete button is a box called Character Access Rights, where you can leave any world. After this the delete button will now appear.

Connecting A Character to A World

On the right sidebar of the charactor editor the below button can be found. When pressed the character is connected to the world in question. Only your own worlds are listed here. To connect to worlds owned by other users they must invite your character.  


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Jul 8, 2019 10:58

how do I delete a character I didn't want to make?

Jul 8, 2019 11:03

Edit character profile -> Delete button (red) at the bottom of the page

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Jul 15, 2022 19:35

And if the button is not available on Delete Panel?

Jul 18, 2022 09:46

Then it's a bug! You can report it here:

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Jul 20, 2019 10:58

Is there a way to merge this character with the character article? How about changing NPC protagonists to protagonists (PCs)?

Jul 20, 2019 19:28

Hi! You can connect a PC with a world by editing a character from the Heroes interface and using the sidebar ("Connect to [world]" button). This will automatically create an article in the world using the information you provided in the character profile. You'll be able to edit the article/profile from "both sides" IIRC. I don't think there is a way to merge a character with an already-existing article, but the character article template and the Heroes profile both have the same fields.   As for the second question, you can just edit the NPC -> "Make NPC to PC" section in left sidebar -> enter the player's username.   Hopefully that helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Aug 7, 2019 13:28

Perhaps I'm being really daft, but I can't find this NPC-->PC option anywhere. What screen is it in?

Aug 7, 2019 18:14

Hi!   It's in edit Campaign -> Supporting Cast (NPCs) -> edit the NPC you want to change -> box in the sidebar with the title "Make NPC to PC".   Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Aug 9, 2019 11:39

Ah, marvellous, thanks! The step I'd missed was adding the character into the campaign in the first place. Sorry, still very much the noob.

Aug 2, 2019 19:42 by Bernd Jacobitz

Hi there, I would like to know: 1. if and how I can get a new RPG system into the available selection? 2. can I connect a character to more than one system? i.e. I would like to use DSA (the dark eye) stats as well as D&D

Aug 4, 2019 19:02

Hi! For the first question, not all systems have character sheets available, as it's a volunteer effort (there are so many systems that if the WA developer made them, he wouldn't be able to do anything else!). Unfortunately, only Grandmasters (and above) can create new templates for sheets and blocks for a system that does not have blocks yet.   As for the second question, I'm afraid that's not possible currently!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Aug 11, 2019 01:01 by Rieliesza Impavida

Hi, I can't answer your questions, but I just wanted to give you a signal that I might be working on a template for DSA5 - but that might also take a several weeks (I am fairly new to the System). I'm currently facing the same problem that I'm using a mix of DSA and Pathfinder (I know it's not D&D :-) ) for a single campaign. BTW: You don't happen to play the G7? :D

Sollt' ich den Schlaf je finden, wo unser Traum verweilt,
werd ich mich an dich binden, für alle Ewigkeit
Aug 11, 2019 10:18 by Bernd Jacobitz

Sorry mate, I primarily play homebrew and even that mostly in our own world. Furthermore, only have basic knowledge of the G7. Still, thx for the DSA5 info.

Aug 17, 2019 09:06 by Iain Murphy

Hi A few of my characters have created elements of their backstory that are secret. Is there anyway to filter who can see that information? If they connect their character to my world and therefore create an article, can I set that information to secret to hide it?

Aug 20, 2019 16:32

Hello,   Yes, you can use secrets (Guide to Secrets) to make some parts of the content private, because you're a guild member. They should work in character profiles too, but I'm not sure.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Aug 22, 2019 10:50 by Iain Murphy

Thanks, got that all setup now.

Sep 2, 2019 15:43

What is the difference between an NPC created in a campaign like a PC , and an NPC created in the world editor ?? Where should one create all the NPCs in the campaign ?   Also, can a PC become and NPC ?

Sep 2, 2019 22:01

NPCs are created in the campaign, "Supporting Cast (NPCs)" section. Using the world editor, you can create character articles, which use the same template regardless of the character being an NPC or a PC. Character articles and campaign NPCs can be linked though; when you are creating the NPC, there's an "Advanced options" dropdown that lets you choose a character article to link.   PCs can't be transformed into NPCs, as they are controlled by the player (although they can give edit access to the GM).

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Sep 3, 2019 22:51

Thanks ! How can a player give access to the GM in edit mode ?

Sep 4, 2019 21:44

Edit the character profile, there will be a button in the right side bar. You have an explanation and screenshot of the interface in this guide, under the FAQ!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Nov 12, 2019 15:30

As a DM, can I make heroes for my players? They have their printed character sheets, but I want to use WA characters for note taking. And how can I let my own hero (as a character) join my own campaign? Because I want my own character to be the chronicler.

Nov 15, 2019 17:45

Hi!   No, PCs need to be created by the players themselves (although they can then give you access to their virtual sheet so that you can edit them). As a workaround, maybe you can create them as NPCs?   If you want to have your PC be in the campaign you are DMing, just copy the campaign invite link, then access it with the PC activated. But the system is not designed to do that (since DMs generally don't have PCs) so it's not the mos straightforward thing to do.   Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Dec 2, 2019 13:28

How can one of my PCs choose D&D 3.5 as their system? With one player I got the correct Character Sheet by making them create a new world with 3.5 chosen. Then when we went back to editing the character a "D&D 3.5 Character Sheet" option had appeared. I just tried to do the same with another player from our group, but a 'create new world' button is nowhere to be seen. This all seems a bit wonky as we ultimately just want 3.5 edition character sheets that I as GM can edit.

Dec 3, 2019 13:07

Hi! That's probably because dnd 3.5 does not have an adapted character sheet. It seems that you found a workaround though, so you can tell your player to enable Worldbuilding features from their account details and the new world button will appear.   For you to get edit access to their character sheets, tell them to edit their characters and click the "grant access to storyteller" button in the right sidebar.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Dec 4, 2019 08:02

Thank you! 'Enable Worldbuilding features' was the step that we had missed :)

Jan 27, 2020 11:01

what is the maximum number of characters for a non-guild member?

Jan 27, 2020 19:12

Unlimited! There used to be a limit, but this has now been changed and everyone can have unlimited characters. Additional customisation options (such as profile CSS or custom URL slug) are still part of the guild subscription.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Apr 22, 2020 09:56

i probably missed it, but how do i add a character to my world

Apr 22, 2020 11:58

Take a look at the "character connections" section in the sidebar! Remember that these characters are PCs though, not people who live in your world. If you want to write about a person who is not a PC, use the character template (from the Create interface)

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Apr 26, 2020 18:23

Is it possible to import character sheets for existing characters from different sites? for example I wanted to use a character I made on DnD Beyond?

Apr 26, 2020 21:11

Hi! I'm afraid importing external characters is currently not possible. If it ever happens, it won't be a universal feature for sure; World Anvil is system-agnostic but different web sites and rpg systems have different needs.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Apr 29, 2020 07:27

My Players made characters in my world before I had the campaign and Sessions set up. Are they able to move the characters from my world to the campaign or do the have to recreate them inside the campaign?

May 4, 2020 09:51

Just send them the invite link to the campaign! You should be able to get it from the "Protagonists (PC)" tab. After they access the link with their characters active, they will automatically join the campaign.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
May 3, 2020 19:52

So if the RPG system I'm using doesn't have a sheet available, the whole Campaign builder is useless?

May 4, 2020 09:53

No, because the campaign manager is system-agnostic. It just means that you won't be able to create character sheets. You can still use the rest of features, such as the DSTS, party manager, NPC manager, plots, session reports, etc.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
May 5, 2020 20:51

Got it, thanks!

May 31, 2020 02:16

as a gm, how do I gift a character to a new player?

May 31, 2020 10:45

Hi! The recommended workflow is to tell your player to create a character themselves. Send this link to your player: [url] It's a step-by-step guide on the recommended workflow for players.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
May 31, 2020 18:23

I have seen the transfer character option before, but can't find it now. Where is the option?

Nov 5, 2020 03:40

Hello, how would I go about making or finding character art for this site?

Nov 5, 2020 15:38

Hi! World Anvil doesn't have any built-in "character art finder". If you don't want or can't get a commission, you could try looking for stock images or use something like Artbreeder to generate a character portrait. Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Jan 6, 2021 17:14

So, I have made a stat block for my player character and a stat block for a homebrew class, and race. I see there is a tab for these features in the character creation. However, I cannot seem to add these to my character's stat block. I have tried copying the ID code for these two stat blocks into their respective text boxes on the main tab and the tabs specifically for races and class. But, to no avail. How do assign these stat blocks to the Player Character?

Jan 7, 2021 11:50

Hi! Find the "Collections" section of your character sheet (in the main tab). You should paste the ID code (just the number alone) in the class features and race boxes. When you save the sheet, they will appear under the Race and Class Features tabs. Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Feb 10, 2021 16:50

it wasnt letting me create a second character for a second there, telling me 404 error, and when i tried to report a bug, it wouldnt let me log in :(   but everything is working now :)

Feb 10, 2021 16:58

nevermind, mate, its still buggy :\

Feb 13, 2021 19:09

Hi! If you're still seeing this bug, can you report it? You will need to create a separate account for the bug tracker, because it's a third-party service. Thank you!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Feb 13, 2021 19:09

Hi! If you're still seeing this bug, can you report it? You will need to create a separate account for the bug tracker, because it's a third-party service. Thank you!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Feb 17, 2021 17:52

oh! okay i will report it next i see it!

Mar 14, 2021 01:23

how do create more then one character?

Mar 14, 2021 12:11

Click the name of the character in the sidebar, a drop-down will appear. You should see a "+ New Character" option in there. Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Mar 21, 2021 04:28 by Ada Douglass

How do you grant editing access to the GM? The button pictured above isn't there. Did something change?

Apr 12, 2021 13:51

Hi! I've tested it and from my Gamemaster side I'm able to edit the character sheets of PCs in my campaign without any additional step (from the "Protagonists (PCs)" tab in the campaign manager interface). Can you check with your GM if they can too?

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Mar 14, 2022 17:43

I'm trying to give my GM access to view and edit my sheet but according to them i'm the only one in the campaign whos sheet is private, I don't remember changing anything and do not have a payed subscription

Mar 15, 2022 10:44

Hi! Let's try to figure this out. When you have your character active (their name should appear at the top of the left sidebar), do you see a "Privacy" option in the sidebar? If so, click there, and you'll see several options where you can controll the visibility of your character, including the sheet. Let me know if this works!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Mar 25, 2022 16:23

I don't get the rpg system?

Mar 28, 2022 09:15

Hi! Can you give me more details on what the issue is? What are you trying to do, what are you expecting to happen, and what is happening instead?

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Apr 17, 2022 14:37

How can i save characters journal entry,memories and extensive bio?

Apr 18, 2022 09:20

Hi! Journal entries have a "sign & post" button at the bottom. Memories have the "Log Memory" button. The extended profile has a "Save changes" button. Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Apr 23, 2022 19:06 by Raime

Hi everyone, I really hope someone can help me on this one.. When I edit one character's profile (both basic and extended) it edits with the same info the profile of another character of mine, what should I do to fix this?

Apr 25, 2022 09:47

There are two things that I can think of:  

  • You're editing a character profile while having another one activated. I don't think this should be an issue, but make sure the character you're editing is the one that you've selected at the top of the left sidebar.
  • Is the other character a character article in your world? If so, go to the character's basic profile and remove it from the world. This will stop it from being synchronised with the world.
  • Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions!

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    Apr 25, 2022 13:13 by Raime

    Thank you so so much!!

    May 3, 2022 20:40

    how do I get the D&D beyond import to work? Nothing mentioned in the documentation seems to actually be part of the "character" tab that I can find? There is supposed to be an import feature?   Also- if someone could point me to a written piece of documentation on how to get started - NOT YOUTUBE PLEASE! I'd appreciate it. (can't watch youtube tutorials)

    May 4, 2022 09:07

    Hi! To import a sheet, just create a D&D 5e character sheet on World Anvil and use the red import button on the right. This guide specific to the importer explains how it works in detail!   As for getting started guides, the Getting started guide on the Codex is a good place. If you're looking for more of a workflow type of guide, you'll find several in the Codex homepage (depending on what you're using World Anvil for).

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    Jul 20, 2022 23:16

    The books for the systems don't actually exist on the website, probably due to copyright and licensing restrictions?

    Jul 21, 2022 08:34

    That is correct, we have character sheet templates for some systems, but their handbooks/rules are copyrighted and we don't have permission to share them.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    Jul 25, 2022 23:54

    Hello, as the GM am I allowed to import my player's statblocks from DND Beyond or do they need to do that themselves?

    Jul 26, 2022 08:33

    The easiest way is for them to do it. Just have them create their statblocks and click the import button on the right. The Guide to the D&D Beyond importer has the full instructions for that.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    Aug 31, 2022 23:05

    How do I input a character code because I have already made a character on a different account

    Sep 1, 2022 07:56

    Hi! I'm not sure what you mean. What are you trying to achieve?

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    Mar 8, 2023 05:35

    Hi! I joined your site because I really liked how your ads showed that you could make a connected family tree that can be interacted with. Which is perfect because our group is going on gen5 of our Dynasty Campaign (we're basically doing the Sims 10 Gen Challenge DND Style) and it's starting to get a little messy keeping track (we're at 58 characters and about to move to gen6). But I can't find that feature anywhere. I may just be missing it but I've checked all links and read most of the articles related to character creation and I still can't find it. Is it something locked to members with subscriptions?

    Mar 8, 2023 09:03

    Hi! This guide explains how family trees work: And yes, it's a Guild-only feature (available to any level)

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
    Mar 9, 2023 00:16

    Thank you so much for the quick answer! So it is something that is something that needs a membership to access, makes me feel better because I just could not find it lol. I'll look into it a bit more and see which one works for me. Thanks again!

    Apr 21, 2023 01:48

    What is the best way to manage Player Characters for a Solo Lone Wolf Campaign where I am both GM and the Players wrapped up in one, or is WA not really intended for that method of playing?

    Apr 21, 2023 08:28

    The campaign manager on World Anvil is not designed for solo RPGs. If you're playing solo, the only GM-specific tool you need on World Anvil is access to your world's lore (if applicable to your campaign), and you can access it from your world's dashboard.   I recommend just creating a character, attaching a sheet to it (if the system you're using is supported on World Anvil), and you can use journal entries to keep a record of what's happening in the game.

    [they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.