Character Creation Guidelines

All characters will have made the journey to Port Peril, capital city of the Shackles, seeking fame, fortune, adventure, their destiny, or some combination of these factors. All make their way to a tavern, the Formidably Maid, where they are ultimately press-ganged into service by the crew of the Wormwood.

All characters should either desire to be pirates, or at least not be adverse to the lifestyle when they find it thrust upon them. You will need to describe your character’s origins, how they arrived at the Formidably Maid, and why you seek a new life on the high seas. Take some time to develop and describe your character’s appearance and personality; think about the various characters that stand out in pirate-themed literature and film, and try to create a concept that could stand beside these characters and be just as memorable.

The Core Rulebook and the Advanced Player’s Guide (APG) are the standard resources you can use for the purpose of character creation. Also feel free to draw inspiration from the Skull & Shackles Player’s Guide.


Starting Level Level 1
Alignment Any non-evil; I suggest against LG as well, as pirates are not always villains, but they are rarely heroes
Race Selection Any standard race presented in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook
Class Selection Any class presented in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook or the APG
Ability Scores 20 points
Traits Two traits. One of these must be a Campaign Trait from the Skull & Shackles Player’s Guide
Starting Wealth Average gold based on character class


Note The term ‘melting-pot’ fails to do the Shackles justice; if you wish to use non-standard races, classes, equipment, feats, etc., simply ask beforehand and I will determine if it is acceptable. Note that those making use of non-standard mechanics and choices need to explain these choices within their character background. A quick tip: my approval of any decision will be based in large part on my ability to access the book the content is printed in. I have a large collection of official Pathfinder source books, but not really anything else. Keep this in mind when working on your characters.

Character Creation Guidelines

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