Orpheus Creation

“Whether we remain the ash or become the phoenix is up to us.”

~Ming-Dao Deng

To make things easier with character creation, we have added a step-process to guide you through it. Please feel free to ask for help if you need it! Also, we assume that you have a copy of Wraith the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition. If you do not, please let us know and we can direct you to where you can find one.

Step 1: Set your character’s REAL name and BIRTHDATE. (example: 26 November 1981)

Step 2: Set your character’s SPLAT. (Wraith)

Step 3: Set your character’s CONCEPT.

Step 5: Set your character’s FACTION. (Orpheus)

Step 6: Set your character’s LAMENT. (Skimmer or Sleeper)

Step 6a: Set a +note/general, titled Lament, to record the respective Advantages and Disadvantages of your chosen LAMENT. These can be found on pg. 479-480 of Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary.

Step 7: Set your character’s SHADE. (Banshee, Haunter, Poltergeist, Skinriders, Wisp, Phantasm, Marrow)

Step 7a: Make a +note/general, titled SHADE, that records your Favored and Prohibited Arcanos and their XP discounts (found on pg. 480 of WtO20).

Step 8: Based on your chosen SHADE, choose a Nature from among your SHADE’s cluster of Natures (pg. 481-482 of WtO20).

Step 9: Based on the concept, assign your character’s ATTRIBUTES. You have 7/5/3 to place where your character is strongest to weakest. (Example: 5 dots to assign in Physical Attributes, 7 assigned to Social, and 3 to Mental.)

Step 10: Based on the concept, assign your character’s ABILITIES. You have 13/9/5 to place where your character is strongest to weakest. (Example: 5 dots to assign in Talents, 9 assigned to Skills, and 13 to Knowledges.)

Step 11: Choose ARCANOI. You receive Embody 1 and Lifeweb 1 for free due to Orpheus training. Select 1 Shade-Specific Arcanos plus 2 more Arcanoi of your choosing (you cannot choose your Prohibited Arcanos with these points).

Step 11: Choose BACKGROUNDS. You have 7 points. (Please try to base this on your concept.)

Step 11a: Record your STATUS background as 1 for free.

Step 12: Choose and NOTE your PASSIONS. You have 5 points. (Cannot be rated higher than 5.) (example: Protect my fetters. (Fear) 5.)

Step 13: Choose and NOTE your TETHERS. You have 10 points. (Cannot be rated higher than 5.) (5 MUST be spent on the physical body)

Step 14: Set your starting PATHOS. (5)

Step 15: Set your starting WILLPOWER. (5.)

Step 16: Set your ANGST. (5)

Step 17: Select and +note your character’s STAINS (3). (You may choose either from Wr20 or Orpheus: Book 1 for your Stains).

Step 17: Apply shade modifiers.

Step 18: Spend your FREEBIE POINTS. You have 18 to assign.


Attributes: 5 per dot

Arcanoi: 5 per dot (Including Shade Arcanoi)

Willpower 2 per dot (House Rule)

Abilities: 2 per dot

Passions: 2 per dot

Backgrounds: 1 per dot

Tethers: 1 per dot

Pathos: 1 per 2 dots

Step 19: Set all NOTES. (Required for backgrounds, merits, flaws, starting equipment, anything important.)

Step 20: Set your DESCRIPTION.

Step 21: Set your BACKSTORY.

Step 22: SUBMIT your character for approval.

Note: While waiting on approval, take this time to read through the book and get familiar with the MU* commands. Please, don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are here to help!


Orpheus Backgrounds

Orpheus XP Spending