Character:Burchard St. Croix

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A character for OWoD Vampire: Dark Ages, created by Thanatos02.

All of my characters follow the same basic rules, as noted here, though I don't expect anybody else to follow them. All of the characters are starting characters as outlined in the books. In generic books where a setting is assumed, I build a character that would fit in the setting. Where no setting is assumed, I build towards the contemporary era as the setting allows. In games that have no set point values or start character generation rules, I'll list specific guidelines built towards my assumptions of a 'beginning' or starting character.

My rules regarding fat-splats or series of games that utilize the same core mechanics is that when rules create suitably diverging types of characters, I'll construct one per setting I own. (For example, using Exalted, Dragon-Blooded and Solars are sufficiently different. In OMage, Order of Hermes and a Hollow One are not sufficiently different. In games with classes, different classes are not enough. They must essentially be different characters. Other people's opinions on what are different 'enough' really arn't my area of expertise. I build in good faith.)

In any event, should the character posted not be according to the assumed structure of the Challenge Wiki, it will be alter shortly, and was probably the result of a time crunch. Thanks! I hope you have as much fun with this as I did. ^_^


I frankly believe that Burchard would fit in most basic campaigns as a PC or an NPC. As a PC, he's got some basic tools to work with; his Appearance probably does his heavy social lifting, he's an artist, and he's got some little combat ability. Of course, by 'fit in', I mean 'has a few options'. In a combat-heavy game, Burchard is better of as a tangential NPC; he's not offensive and he's unlikely to get in the way of the PCs.

I have to admit that I rarely associate stories with these characters, but I half-way generated one for him. As I statted, my image was someone who was a dark ages painter with no patron or noble ties, but a great beauty. He was swooped up and trained more or less on the whim of a mentor who wanted to see if she could groom him into an acceptable courtier. At this point, Burchard is almost entirely the creation of another; if he fails, they'll probably just discard him like refuse is discarded.

Character Stats

Name: Burchard St. Croix
Player: Weston
Concept: Created Courtier
Clan: Toreador
Nature: Survivor
Demeanor: Gallant
Generation: 10

Strength: **
Dexterity: **
Stamina: **

Intelligence: **
Wits: ****
Perception: ****

Charisma: ***
Manipulation: *
Appearance: ****

Acting: **
Alertness: **
Athletics: **
Brawl: *
Dodge: *

Animal Ken: *
Archery: *
Crafts: **** (Paintings)
Etiquette: ***
Melee: **
Music: **
Ride: *
Survival: *

Academics: *
Linguistics: ** (French, Spanish, English)
Politics: *
Sceneschal: *

Auspex: **
Celerity: *
Presence: *

Generation: ***
Mentor: ***
Resources: ***
Status: *
Contacts: **

Virtues: Conscience: ****
Self-Control: ****
Courage: **

Road of Humanity: ********
Willpower: *******
Bloodpool: 13

Broad Sword: ***, Difficulty: 6, Strength+4, L
Knife: *, Difficulty: 5, Strength+1, P
Light Armor: *, Protection: 1
Simple Clothing: *
Simple Cross: *

Character Description

Burchard was, and really, still is a young Burgundian though I really keep wanting to refer to him as just a Frenchman. He was Embraced about 5 years ago and given an option - prosper as a courtier or else ('else' being an option he doesn't feel inclined to look into).
He's got some ability at arms, some social skills, and he is a legitimately excellent painter. His backgrounds reflect that someone is basically always looking over his shoulder, and he's rarely let out except to be shown off. As a PC, that can be loosened as much as one desires, but as an NPC, he's almost more of an object then a character. Buchard, of course, realizes this, because he's naive about vampire culture, but not about people's motivations in general.

Burchard was fun to write up. The system is a little blocky, but it helped me characterize him pretty well, so I was happy with it. My caveat is primarily that the social backgrounds are common and nuanced, and this is good for this character, but aside from that, they really are pretty limited.