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Disambig.png This article is about the character creation process in Pillars of Eternity. For the same process in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, see Character creation (Deadfire).

Character creation is the process by which a player creates a player character. Once you enter the character creation screen, you'll be led through a series of decisions to craft the character you will play on your adventures across Eora.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Select a sex.
  2. Select a race and subrace.
  3. Select a class.
  4. Modify attributes.
  5. Select a culture.
  6. Select a background.
  7. Customize appearance, voice and name.

While creating a character, it is best to remember that there are no good or bad characters, and different people appreciate different aspects of the game.

Sex[edit | edit source]

The first step of the character creation is to choose a gender. You can play as either male or female.

Depending on the culture from which they hail, men and women are found in a wide variety of stations and professions. Though different nations of Eora have different traditional views on the roles of the sexes, there are exceptions to these rules in all societies, and besides determining your character's look in the game and having in some cases varying conversation options, the two genders do not differ in stats or capabilities.

Icon Sex Description
Male-icon.png Male
Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
The place of men in society varies from culture to culture. Cultures like Aedyr and the Dyrwood place them at the forefront of military, politics, and heavy labor. Among the tribes of Naasitaq, men perform many of the homesteading and organizational duties. In Eir Glanfath and Ixamitl, men and women have more fluid social roles. In all societies, there are exceptions to the rule, and men can be found in a wide variety of stations and professions.
Female-icon.png Female
Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
A woman's role in Eora is largely dependent on where she is from. In the Aedyr Empire, Vailian Republics, and the Dyrwood, women occupy many domestic, educational, and organizational roles. They are the primary hunters, soldiers, and leaders of the tribes of Naasitaq. In Eir Glanfath and Ixamitl, women and men have more fluid social roles. In all societies, there are exceptions to the rule, and women can be found in a wide variety of stations and professions.

Race[edit | edit source]

See: Race

The second step involves selecting a Race and Sub-race. There are six possible races to choose from. Each race gets a small bonus or penalty to certain attributes which differentiates it from the other races.

Subrace[edit | edit source]

After selecting a race, a list of subraces is brought up. Subrace has no effect on attributes, they differ mostly in their passive abilities. Each Subrace (except humans, who all share Fighting Spirit) provides access to a unique passive ability. Additionally, it effect the way NPCs treat your character in small degree.

See Subrace Descriptions.

At this point during character creation, Godlike also choose a body type from among the other five races. This is solely cosmetic and has no impact on their attributes.

Class[edit | edit source]

See: Class

The third step of the character creation is selecting a class. Class is very important, it defines the majority of abilities a character will obtain as they increase in power. There are eleven classes to choose from, unrestricted by race or gender. Each class has its own strengths and weaknesses.

After selecting a class, you need to pick starting abilities, affiliations or specializations.

Attributes[edit | edit source]

The fourth step of creation is assigning attribute points. Since attributes strongly affect game play, and can't be changed later, considerable thought should be given to choosing them.

Outside dialogs with NPC's, and especially in combat, your companions' attributes contribute equally to gameplay, so the fact that you can't have all maximum attributes on your main character should not worry you.

Culture[edit | edit source]

The fifth step of character creation is selecting a culture of where you came from. Each culture gives a +1 bonus to a specific attribute and affects the starting equipment the character receives, with what equipment you will start the game, as well as what backgrounds are available.

Background[edit | edit source]

The sixth step of the character creation is selecting a background. Backgrounds provide a skill boost. The backgrounds you can select are dependable on your chosen culture, some backgrounds are only available to certain cultures, while others are available to all cultures.

Appearance, voice, and name[edit | edit source]

Last part of character creation is to choose appearance, a portrait, a voice and a name.

Appearance

While largely governed the player's choices of gender, race and culture, you can also pick some modification of character head and his skin. This includes colors: primary and secondary clothing/armor colors, skin and hair colors; and head appearance: facial hair style, head style, and hair style. The options available depend on the character's gender and race.

Portrait

There are 35 male and 31 female portraits to choose from. You can select or import your portrait. See also: Female portraits and Male portraits.

Voice

There are ten different voice sets to choose from, you are also able to choose none. Both female and male characters can choose a voice set belonging to the other sex. The female or male voice sets are: Mystic, Feisty, Noble, Stoic, Sinister. This has little effect ingame, as your character speaks only if they affirm that they understood your order.

Name

Give your character a name. If you intend to role-play or otherwise desire to have names consistent with lore, use Personal Names for reference.

Post-character creation[edit | edit source]

While not necessarily part of character creation, the following areas are influenced by the choices you've made.

Starting equipment[edit | edit source]

Starting equipment is determined by class and culture, and is received immediately upon completion of character creation.

Class Aedyr Deadfire Archipelago Ixamitl Plains Old Vailia Rauatai The Living Lands The White that Wends
Barbarian Hide armor, Sword, Battle axe Hide armor, Great Sword Leather armor, Spear, Medium shield Mail armor, Morning star Mail armor, Spear, Dagger Scale armor, Great Sword Hide armor, Pike
Chanter Leather armor, Pollaxe Padded armor, Great Sword Mail armor, Sabre, Small shield Breastplate, Sword, Medium shield Mail armor, battle axe, Medium shield Padded armor, Spear, Medium shield Padded armor, Mace, Medium shield
Cipher Cloth armor, Great Sword Hide armor, War hammer, Medium shield Padded armor, Pike Mail armor, Rapier, Stiletto Mail armor, Battle axe, Dagger Padded armor, Hunting bow Padded armor, Dagger, Hatchet
Druid Leather armor, Sabre, Small shield Padded armor, Quarterstaff Scale armor, Club, Small shield Padded armor, Pollaxe Padded armor, Spear, Small shield Padded armor, Sword, Large shield Hide armor, Pike
Fighter Mail armor, Sword, Medium shield Scale armor, Sabre, Medium shield Leather armor, Mace, Large shield Brigandine, Estoc Mail armor, Pollaxe Padded armor, Spear, Large shield Scale armor, Spear, Spear
Monk Aedyre Clothing Leather armor Ixamitl Clothing Cloth armor Cloth armor Padded armor Padded armor
Paladin Breastplate, Sword, Medium shield Scale armor, Pike Leather armor, Battle axe, Medium shield breastplate, Rapier, Small shield Mail armor, War hammer, Large shield Brigandine, Mace,Small shield Padded armor, Great Sword
Priest Padded armor, Mace, Medium shield Brigandine, Sword, Medium shield Scale armor, War hammer, Medium shield Mail armor, Morning star Breastplate, Pollaxe Padded armor, Great Sword Padded armor, Spear, Medium shield
Ranger Leather armor, Hunting bow Padded armor, War bow Scale armor, War bow Mail armor, Crossbow Scale armor, Arbalest Brigandine, Hunting bow Hide armor, Hunting bow
Rogue Leather armor, Dagger, Dagger Scale armor, Dagger, Sabre Padded armor, Club, Club Mail armor, Rapier, Dagger Brigandine, Great Sword Scale armor, Spear, Medium shield Hide armor, Pike
Wizard Aedyre Clothing, Scepter Padded armor, Wand Ixamitl Clothing, Rod Breastplate, Scepter Mail armor, Rod Brigandine, Rod Hide armor, Wand