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Creating a random character, whether as a PC or NPC is a very similar to the process gone through by tarot card readers when they creatively invent their future predictions. Take a Tarot deck, shuffle it, and lay out the cards in a “Spread”. Have a look at where the cards are within the spread to determine what the character's game information is.
There are two spreads made for a character if you want a detailed description. The first is for the game-related statistics, and the second is for personality and background.
For characteristics, lay the cards out in 10 rows. Some rows will have only one card. When a particular item has several cards, add them together. No characteristic should exceed 10.
|Major Arcana||Minor Arcana|
|Class||see Interrupt in the tarot card description||Suit = Major Class, Number = Minor Class|
|Birth||see Birth in the tarot card description||see “Birth” in the tarot card description|
|Body||see Body in the tarot card description||see “Body” in the tarot card description|
|Beliefs||group as many descriptors into an appropriate belief as you can, and count each as +1 point for that belief||Suit, Staves = Sports, Chalices = Dance and theatre , Coins = Academics and philosophy , Swords = Profession
Number = levels of the beliefs (can be split amongst several)
|Reputations||see Interrupt in the tarot card description, Level of reputation=8||Suit = Major Class, Number = Level of reputation|
|Favours||see Interrupt in the tarot card description, Level of favour=8||Suit = Major Class, Number = Level of favour|
|Repartee||see Repartee in the tarot card description||see “Repartee” in the tarot card description|
|Skills||see Skills in the tarot card description||Suit = skill area, Number = points to be distributed|
|Contacts||see Interrupt in the tarot card description, Level of contact=8||Suit = Major Class, Number = Level of contact|
|Currency||Number = livres readily available. If Mechant x10, If Noble x100||Number = livres readily available. If Mechant x10, If Noble x100|
While this spread is easier to do, the interpretation is harder. Lay twelve cards out in a circle to form a clockface. Each position on the clock represents a separate zodiac house. 12 of the cards in the Tarot also represent zodiac signs. There are several things to look for in this spread-