Mortal Character Creation

† Prep: Materials

This guide going to walk you through how to make a human character. If you are *completely* new to vampire, we advise starting with our New Player Guide instead.

Start by downloading our character sheet and making your own copy of it.

We also recommend opening the V20 Core Rulebook.

† Step 1: Make a human concept

This is important first step of any character. Please consider the following questions to form this character when they were human:

  • Place of birth, where do they live today, where have they lived and why?
  • Do they have living family? Are they close to them? Why?
  • Are they religious? What religion? How religious? (mass on Sundays, pray every meal, tithe regularly and donate time, etc.)
  • What is their place in the world from your character's point of view? Where would you like it to be?
  • What little things are important to them?
  • What weighs heavy on their soul? What sins have they committed, or if they don't believe in such things, why?
  • What habits do they have? Not just smoking, drinking, but also do they read the paper every morning, have a routine, etc.?
  • What matters to them?

This should give you a decently fleshed out idea to start with. Here, determine other important bits about them such as their age (18+), sex, their background pre-ghoul, and so on. Here, I would also begin to consider their general personality and goals.

We have also have a guide to fleshing your character out.

Step 2: Archetypes

People have two ways they present themselves. The first is how they act in public and how they’re commonly viewed on a shallow level. This is your character’s Demeanor. It has no mechanical effect on the character, though it should make sense.

The other side to this is how the character acts behind closed doors, with those close to them, and when they believe no one is watching. This is your characters Nature. When a character acts towards their nature during play (such as a caregiver successful nurturing someone else) they will regain one willpower point.

Your nature and your demeanor cannot be the same.

A full list of available archetypes and what they mean can be found on the wiki. Keep in mind that the character is human, so options like Monster as a Nature wouldn’t make sense unless they were an utterly awful human being.

† Step 3: Attributes

Prioritize the three categories (Physical, Social, and Mental) for your character. Spend the given dots (6/4/3) and make sure to keep what each dot means in general in mind when allotting them:

• Poor. Unexercised, unpracticed, or inept.
•• Average. The result of occasional effort or application.
••• Good. Regular practice or effort, or naturally talented.
•••• Exceptional. Frequently applied, tested, and honed.
••••• Outstanding. The peak of normal human capacity, continually exercised.

For any attributes that are at 4 dots or more, make sure to apply a specialty.

Specific information on what all of the attributes mean in V20 can be found on our attributes page.

† Step 4: Abilities

Prioritize the three categories (Talents, Skills, and Knowledges) for your character. Spend the given dots (11/7/4). All characters start with the first dot of Drive and Computers for free unless they are significantly older to where those concepts would be foreign.

Here is a guideline for abilities:

• Novice. Basic knowledge and/or techniques.
•• Practitioner. Solid working knowledge and/or techniques.
••• Professional. Broad, detailed knowledge and/or techniques.
•••• Expert. Exceptional depth of knowledge and/or techniques.
••••• Master. Unsurpassed depth of knowledge and/or techniques. A leader in the field.

At this stage in character creation, nothing can be over three dots. However, any abilities at three dots must be well justified.

Before starting to spread these out, take some time to read what each dot level means on our abilities page.

Make sure to think less about what they primarily do but things on the side. If they enjoy being around animals, a dot of animal ken wouldn’t be a stretch. If they sang in their church choir, a dot of performance would make sense. Really think about them as a complete person to spend these realistically instead of just maximizing what they’re “supposed to be good at.”

There are abilities that require you to select specialties early, they are:

  • Expression
  • Crafts
  • Performance
  • Academics
  • Law
  • Science
  • Technology

† Step 5: Backgrounds

You get 5 Background dots to spend. All backgrounds should be explained on the given page of the character sheet and justified within the character's backstory. Anything increased above 3 dots requires Storyteller approval, except for influence which is at a 2 dot maximum.

Note: Mortals aren’t going to be taking backgrounds such as herd, generation or domain, keep that in mind when selecting them.

† Step 6: Finishing Touches


You get 7 dots of virtues to spread throughout the 3, each starting with one dot that isn't factored in at this time.


Humanity is equal to Conscience + Self-Control. Please see our humanity page to read more about Humanity .


Willpower is equal to Courage. To read more about willpower, please see our willpower page

Freebies & Experience

Finally, you may spend 21 Freebie points in order to round out your character. You may gain an additional 7 Freebies by taking Flaws, but these must be roleplayed properly.
Check out our massive list of over 400 merits and flaws to see what's banned, restricted, or in-play]. Please note that any freebies ignored now are not refunded to spend at a later date and are lost.

Along with freebies, at character creation you will earn 1 Experience Point for every consecutive year spent as a ghoul, up to a maximum of 50 XP. This bonus is granted solely to help your character feel like someone who has been around for 50 years, accounting for the experience they may have acquired during their unlife.

† Character Submission

To see how to submit your character for review by our Storytellers, please visit our Submission Guide.

Trait Cost
Attribute 5 per Dot
Ability 2 per Dot
Background 1 per Dot
Virtue 2 per dot
Humanity 2 per Dot
Willpower 1 per Dot

Experience Costs

Trait Cost
New Ability 3
Attribute Current rating x 4
Ability Current rating x 2
Virtue Current rating x 2**
Humanity Current rating x 2
Willpower Current rating

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