E.N.Core Character Creation

Welcome to Character Creation! In this page, you will select your character's Sophont and Homeworld, and, if you're one of our Patrons, you may also spend points into their Skill and Gear.

When you're done, you will have a character, complete with stats and inventory, ready to play in our upcoming TTRPG, E.N.Core! Or for roleplay on our Discord!

Steps

Step 1: Agree on an Adventure
Step 2: Choose your Sophont
Step 3: Choose your Home World
Step 4: Calculate your Skills and Attributes
Step 5: Spend Plot on Gear and Abilities

The Character Sheet is visible to Patrons!

The Adventure

Before anyone can create a character, the group must agree on what sort of adventure they are embarking on.

It is the Narrator who bears the duty of laying out the stakes and dangers of the adventure, but Ethnis is a massive space, and contextualizing where you plan to explore can help when generating your character.

NOTE: If you are just making a character without a campaign, feel free to choose whichever setting would fit your character!

Prospectors

Drop into lost, reclaimed worlds. Plunder forgotten treasures and ruins or find the cultures which survived the Melancholic Lacuna.

Colonization

Join in the ongoing effort to settle a reclaimed world. Lawlessness and law exist in constant flux, and there's always jobs to be done to survive.

Residents
Begin on a settled planet, caught in its seedy underbelly or sociopolitical thrash. Survive the civilized jungle as you live as one of its peoples.
Line Runners
Travel through the Wayhall from world to world, never setting down roots as you relay important cargo between the universe's ports.

Sophont

To be sophontic is to possess wisdom, wit, and reason. It is the umbrella term for intelligence within Ethnis. You, reader, are sophontic. You are self-aware in a complex way, capable of introspection to depths which other life cannot comprehend.

There are tiers of sophonce lower than yours, and tiers above. Your mind is Incomprehensible to a mouse, though whether or not that is of any consequence to the universe is yet unknown.

Sazashi by Antti Hakosaari

Verin

An ancient people with a complex history. Each Verin is a new entry in the ongoing chronicles of a species unified by a tale sprawling back beyond memory.

Their past is defined by hubris. The terrible mistakes they made recurr and are punished again and again, like ripples in a pond lingering long after the splash.

To be Verin is to have an intimate bond with Consequence.


Sazashi by Antti Hakosaari

Sazashi

The chosen ones. Chosen not by fate to fulfill some grand design, but engineered by the Verin to serve. They were born to parents more proud of the act of creation than of its fruit.

They chose another path. They fashioned their chains into armor and engineering into a weapon. They chose to define themselves, rather than be defined by their creators.

To be Sazashi is to have an intimate bond with Purpose.


Human by Ademal

Humanity

Humanity grew up alone on a world which was theirs to shape, or to destroy. Their short lives made for short plans, and their children were forced to pay penance for their actions.

This transience is humanity's boon and curse, feeding cycles of growth and collapse. With each iteration, members arise to embody and shape the dream of the collective unconscious.

To be Human is to have an intimate bond with Choice.


Verin

Though Verin can live upwards of hundreds to thousands of years with medical provisions, but their memory is only accurately reliable within the last 100-150 years, up to 200 it's murky, and beyond that they have to rely on secondhand accounts and their old journals.


In ways which science has only begun to articulate, the connection the Verin share with the meta is an instinctual one.

Four of your Attributes have Bonuses.
Your Meta is permanantly doubled.

 
Faeo

Faeo are Tall and willowy, with legs of great length and fleshy horns which grow like rounded antlers. Their unique strength is in their minds—they quickly return to emotional equilibrium after stress.

The typical Faeo temperament is characterized by a take-charge attitude of tactical deliberation, and many tales warn of hubris and a Machiavellian penchant for cruelty.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
50001210

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Meditative Recovery
  • Hot Blood

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Mental Shield

Allarah • Kyzan...

Chea

Chea are stocky, with dark skin and curved, sturdy horns. They're well adapted to surviving prolonged exposure to Jhoutai's blazing sun, and to surviving on the sandy savannahs and salt marshes from which their ancestors hailed.

The Chea are characterized by a survivalist mentality, and the willingness to enter dangerous situations head on.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
41120000

Instinctual Traits

You start with these

  • Melanophores
  • Cool Blood

Learnable Traits

You may purchase these

  • Hypercoagulant Blood
  • Hide Plating

Antere • Kollus

Faecha

Verin traits rarely mix, but stable hybrid bloodlines occaisionally emerge.

Though diminutive, especially compared to their Faeo and Chea lineage, Faecha are remarkably sturdy. They have have striking, pewter-hued skin which gleams in bright light, and have short, bifurcated horns.



Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
30010012

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Sturdy

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Vodalkyn Mimicry

Fraechna • Orokei

Sauthei

In contrast to the tall Faeo and stocky Chea, the Sauthei tend to be lean and short, with a remarkable sense of smell which many credit as the reason for why there are so many great Sauthei chemists, trackers, and chefs.

Their horns grow in twisting ധ shapes, with sharp tapered tips and a texture like smooth bark. It's not uncommon for them to incorporate small flowers, ivy, and succulents into their horns as decoration.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
41120000

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Chemosense

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Discerning Palette

Allarah • Kyzan...

Sazashi

The Sazashi are born with a unique organic drive known as Ah'hei, which gives unique Mantras and bonuses.

Five of your Attributes have Bonuses

You start with an Ah'hei Mantra.

Hiserabi

Hiserabi are agile and clever. Their prehensile tales and ability to switch between quadrupal and bipedal movement gives them an excellent sense of balance and spatial reckoning, and draws them towards lifestyles which take advantage of their movement

Unfortunately, Hiserabi stereotypes and misunderstanding of their cultures venerates and vilifies an image of thievery and mania, forcing many to live within that role.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
3-10-23111

What you find today may save tomorrow.

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Prehensile Tail
  • Facultative Quadruped

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Pocket Crop
  • Barometric Sense

Cory Tor K'khuani • Koza IdTor • ...

Kajh
Portrait_Sazashi_Kajh.png

The Kajh are the most physical of the Sazashi Kinds, their strength and Ah'hei combine to make them some of the best builders and craftsman in the universe. Their Ah'hei instills a love of physical action which takes a multitude of forms, such as dancing, brawling, building, and brewing.

Kajh stand at the forefront of a multitude of industries: architecture, shipbuilding, mining, construction, conflict, and colonization all appeal to their nature.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
3-10-23111

Nothing tops the exhaustion of putting in a hard day of hard work.

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Over-extension
  • Reinforced Keratin

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Muscle Lock
  • Dead-Blow Musculature

Mok'khalis • Gh'hastan Fierce-Eye • ...

Khirmagne

Survivalists by design, the Khirmagne homestead at the boundries of danger; They tame the wild, and make the unlivable livable. With an Ah'hei that invites peril, they are not a populous people. They fling themselves towards risks, teetering on the edge between thrillseeking and fulfilling a deathwish. For a Khirmagne, no danger is too daunting to taunt.

The Khirmagne excel in toxic environments, and are found the most working in colonization, sanitation, and farming.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
3-10-23111

Tame the dangerous

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Barometric Quills
  • Thick Hide

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Gastric Regen
  • Iron Stomach

Zaffir • Xetto the Cantankerous • Manul Tjerto • ...

Ral-Mi
Ral-Mi by Lorsynth

The Ral-mi are communally oriented, capable of discerning and deciphering the subtle social cues that all sophontic beings give off. They can pick out lies, assuage fears, and bolster their allies with ease.

Family and group dynamics, whether by blood or by choice, follow a Ral-mi wherever they travel. They are renown for hosting great parties and feasts, no matter if there is an occasion or not. Those who come between a Ral-mi and their family will be reminded of a Ral-mi's physical strength.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
3-10-23111

I must defend my people.

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Powerful Tail
  • Hyper-Empathy

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Unspoken Communication
  • Situational Awareness

Lyshjo Goldmane • Sorja Tel Sorja • Ankh • ...

Shejlt
Shejlt Rajh Portrait
Shejlt Rajh by Lorsynth

The Sheljt measure their worth by their beliefs, and defend their views to the hilt. Many become the masters of their ideas, understanding in and around the definition of what they believe in. This conviction makes them the influental educators, keepers of the faith, and traditionalists.

Sheljt are famously precise and strict in their beliefs. This can be a boon or a curse.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
3-10-23111

I value my beliefs above myself.

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Prehensile Tail
  • Rigid Discipline

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Imbued Body
  • Meditative Acuity

Setentio • Tskhan...

Nasyk

Nasyk are among the hardiest races of Sazashi, especially for surviving in extreme climates. Wielding their natural metabolic control and superb immune systems, they survive and grow where most other races would succumb to slow and painful deaths.

The Nasyk possess an arsenal of survival traits. Combined with their wanderlust, a Nasyk is rarely found at the heart of society, and instead are often found expanding its bounds.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
3-10-23111

Where others wither, I will thrive.

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Undercoat
  • Metabolic Mastery

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Selective Hibernation
  • Lactic Antagony

Anzer Kai-Daseam • ...

Humans

Humanity has access to their own school of magic known as Somnancy.

Three of your Attributes have Bonuses. (Firstheart have none)
You are capable of casting projection spells.

Firstheart
Very Difficult
Carmine Bust

The Firstheart are the original kind of Human shaped through evolution over thousands of years.

While they do not stand as strong or have the enhancments of other Kinds of Human, they do have numbers.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
40000000

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • None!

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • None!




Gearheart
Challenging

The Gearheart are a branch of humanity with engrained technology interfaces.

Their bodies are able to detect electrical radiation, and their brain is natively able to communicate in Ethnis' programming language.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
400-21201

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • ironClad Lobe
  • Synesthesia

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Magnetoception
  • Divination Link


Ireheart
Challenging

Ireheart are the fighters of humanity, a kind born of warfare and skirmishing.

Specialized glands can send the Ireheart into a Berserk, a state of mental numbness and physical overdrive to avoid the stresses of conflict.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
421100-1-1

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Berserk
  • Coagulating Blood

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Projection Autonomy

Constantijn Vandimir • Sven Cholkaiv...

Bleakheart
Very Difficult

The Bleakheart are a metaphysically sensitive kind, so much so that sanity damage erupts into physical alterations around them.

Bleakheart are capable of powerful meta spells, but the risks of their transformations often given them a bad reputation in civilized society.

Size UBS LBS VIT RFX ACU MTP NRV
400-10120

Instinctual Traits

You start with these traits

  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
  • Transformations

Learned Traits

You can purchase these traits

  • Blossom
  • Self-Control


World

Now that you have chosen your Sophont, it's time to choose your Home World. This is where you were born and raised. It's where your immediate family is from, and it's where you originally embarked from before beginning on this journey.

There are many worlds in the works, but for now we shall limit our scope to The Hub. Follow us or Join the Ethnis Discord to stay up to date on new worlds as we add them!

Read the synopsis of each world and see what appeals to you. When you're ready, click the button at the bottom of your favorite choice and follow the backstory generation on the other side. You will return with 2 Favored attributes, 2 Mantras, and some starting Gear.

Jhoutai
Seal of the ValuSelu Pact by Ademal

Jhoutai is the home world of the Sazashi, and its grandmother. It was the Verin who rose from the primordial ooze of Jhoutai, and the Verin who made the Sazashi. After long aeons of labor and suppression, the Sazashi revolted, claiming birthwright over the world they had been created to tame. In the ashes of the Verin empire—the Procession—the leaders which emerged from the revolution signed the first of what would come to be many editions of the Pact.

Changes in time and how it handles having a place for everyone and has a safety net and all that. The dangers of anywhere but the deep city and the constant pressure to join the jhoutigari.

The Pact divides the world, and unites it. Not everyone agrees with it. Not everyone is treated well by it. It offers a space, safety, and health for everyone—but only if you abide by it.


You will be returned here when you are done.

Anchaemo Vanthra
Crest of the Haimarchy by Ademal

Anchaemo is a world settled by the arks of those who escaped Jhoutai when the ValuSelu Pact threatened to eradicate the remainder of the Verin-ruled Vadakendanic Procession thousands of years after their revolution-against and conquering-of it.

In bodies fashioned after their will into forms gargantuan and strange, a pantheon of 8 Leviathans have roamed its garden for a thousand years, seeding forests and seas where empty rusted planes and cratered earth once stood barren. They travel as far as the moon, and as deep as the core, heeding only their master—Kyvadakendus Sichalim, and the word of the Vanthra—a house of leaders elected from the ruling families.

Anchaemani culture values longevity, intent, and grace. Life in its gardens is rarely demanding, but the only way up the ranks of society—and the only way offworld—is to truly prove yourself before these ideals.


You will be returned here when you are done.

Eden
Crest of the Church by Ademal

The Pact left Earth in a worse state than they found it in. The Pact may have staved off ecological collapse with meta and by infesting Earth with its invasive species, but the toll of pollution, strip mining, and raw greed left Earth on its death keel.

When the ValuSelu Pact left, the dwindling survivors were left with a planet wracked with famine, plague, and corruptive magics. When the Church of the Somnolent unveiled humanities power through Meta, they birthed Eden from the ashes of Earth and set forth on restoring the planet.


You will be returned here when you are done.

Perduro
Crest of the Federation Placeholder
Crest of the Federation by Ademal

Perduro is one of the three original Federation planets, an industrial world where money is king and thrills are cheap. The soft red sands of its deserts and obsidian-dusted mountain slopes brings back a bit of that home-grown pride to any native.

But Perudo is not all glory and guts, at least not for everyone. Capitalism is alive and well in the Federation, which means scarcity is integral to the economy.

On Perduro, there are haves and have nots, and they come in all shapes and sizes.


You will be returned here when you are done.

Victoriana
Crest of the Syndicate by Ademal

Victoriana is the home of the Andromeda Syndicate, a political conglomeration of corporations. A ever-evolving and advancing machine of research, development, and corporate boardroom tactics. The grandeur of brass machinations the size of SkyScrapers breaking through the misty clouded sky is always a breathtaking view.

The people of Victoriana live under their employers, which is great for those who enjoy their work, and hell for those who don't. With corporations becoming as much part of someone's life as the air they breath, it can be torture for those with a independent spirit.


You will be returned here when you are done.

Skills and Attributes

There are 7 Attributes and 28 Skills. Skills affect your success with Actions; Attributes affect their outcomes. You may use any Skill, but you’ll live longer if you focus your efforts. Find friends to make up the difference.

Each Attribute is governed by 4 Skills, as shown to the left. As you increase your Skills, these Attributes will increase as well. Attributes provide passive bonuses, such as affecting turn order, movement speed, and base damage.

Skills and Qualities

UBSUpper Body Strength
RendTwisting, tearing, breaking, pulling
ClimbScaling vertical surfaces
BrawlLanding an accurate punch
GrapplePin, hold objects still/cling onto them
LBSLower Body Strength
SwimMove through liquids, stay afloat
VaultLeaping, jumping, and falling
StompLanding an accurate kick
AgilityBalance, running, stealth
VITVitality
ArmorAbsorbing damage with your raiment
ImmunityNegate consumption status effects
ResistanceNegate environmental status effects
ToughnessNegate damage status effects
RFXReflex
EvasionSidestep or duck under dangers
PrecisionAccuracy with ranged weapons
WeaponryAccuracy with swung weapons
NavigationProficiency with vehicles
Acuity (ACU)Perception
BiologyThe study of life (anatomy & botany)
WildloreSurviving in the wild, identifying bestiary
EngineeringMechanics and Mathematics
AnthropologyHistory, Lore, and Cultures
MTPMetaphysics
PerceiveGain insight of properties
DisruptDestruction of properties
EnhanceBinding/mutation of properties
DirectArticulation of Properties
NRVNerve
AestheticPutting things together
InnuendoConveying intent that doesn't match your phrasing, or reading intent.
CulinaryCooking and potions
MusicEntertainment and distraction

Instruction

Let’s start laying out your Skills and Stats.

At this point you should have 2 Favored Attributes in your notes.

1: Favored Attributes

The Skills beneath these Attributes all start at 10 instead of 0. The maximum value of a Skill for Skills under those Attributes is raised by 10 for the following steps.

2: Choose a Primary Attribute

Choose an Attribute with the Skills most appealing to you. The skills in your favored Attribute are going to be your highest, so should also be your most used.

Distribute 80 points across the four Skills of that Attribute. No Skill may be higher than 60.

We suggest spending your skills in multipliers of ten, as the calculated modifiers which affect your check increase by one for every ten levels you have in a skill (e.g: 22 = 2, 42 = 4, 69 = 6, 126 = 12).

3: Choose a Secondary Attribute

Distribute 60 points across the four Skills of that Attribute. No Skill may be higher than 40.

4: Choose a Backup Attribute

Distribute 40 points across the four Skills of that Attribute. No Skill may be higher than 20.

5: Choose a Boosted Attribute

Choose any Attribute, including those already selected during the above steps. You have 20 points to distribute across the Skills of that Attribute in sets of 10. This does not raise the maximum possible value of a Skill


This is called an 80/60/40/20 spread.

Statistics

Your statistics are on the first page, sandwiched between your Mantras and your Abilities.

Group→StatFormula
Physique→Burden5 + UBS + LBS
Physique→Carry2 + UBS + LBS
Physique→PDRVIT
Stamina→CurrentStarts the same as your Max
Stamina→Max5 + UBS + LBS + VIT
Stamina→ExhaustionStarts at 0
Sanity→CurrentStarts the same as your Max
Sanity→Max10 + ACU + MTP + NRV
Sanity→SDREqual to the number of Insanities you have
Metaphys.→CurrentStarts the same as your Max
Metaphys.→Max10 + ACU + MTP + NRV
Metaphys.→Generation0, until you become a Monolith
 

Plot

You begin with 500 Plot to spend on Gear and Abilities.

It's time to spend your Plot. Plot is the Currency of E.N.Core. It can be used for both material and immaterial gains, such as a new scope for that pistol you started out with, or the ability to follow up one successful Pistol hit with another.

Gear

Earlier, when you completed the backstory of your life on your home world, you were given a list of starting Gear. Using Plot—or even your own skills, tools, and materials!—you can upgrade most gear, or combine its functions together into a single piece of gear.

Refer to the below table. Any of your Gear with matching Junctions can be combined, becoming Components of a single piece of Gear. Character creation is the only time you can do this for free, so take advantage of it!

Writing down Gear

Most Gear can be used standalone, or combined with other Gear.


If you're using it standalone, we recommend tracking it in the inventory section of your sheet.


If you're combining it, use one of the Gear slots below the inventory. Add each piece of Gear as a Component to the new gear you're making, and note their effects—you may only combine Gears which share a Junction!

Some Gear has Item Stats, such as Range or Rate of fire. These go in the Stat and Value spots on gear. If two Components both affect the same Stat, you must choose between them unless otherwise specified.

Coming Soon

And here's the plan for what's next!

  • Release the play mechanics to the public (Our next priority!)
  • Add Plot prices to Learning Sophontic Traits
  • Balance Starting Gear

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