Getting Started
Character Concepts

A good concept is the key to both getting a character approved and enjoying yourself. Here are a few guidelines as to what we expect and what we will approve as far as concepts.

We have a created a very thorough and concise guide to Character Creation on the Sanguinus wiki. Here you will find a breakdown of not only how to create a character but also things like age, templates, etc.

We do occasionally close clans that have a high census, check with the Storytellers or Helpers before you begin creation.

We do have a few things we need you consider, or reconsider:

Ethnic Backgrounds

The ethnic backgrounds of characters should reflect their ages. The majority of neonates will be American. Ancillae may be American, though it’s more acceptable for Kindred in this bracket to be from other corners of the world, the most common being Europe. Elders can be of varied backgrounds, so long as they’re feasible. Unusual, unfitting ethnic backgrounds will be highly scrutinized by Storytellers, and may not be approved. This goes double for areas in the World of Darkness setting that are hostile to Kindred, such as most of Asia.

Why?

Why do we do this? Well, we are trying to keep a particular tone for our game, and roleplayers left to their own devices will quickly fill our American city with a cavalcade of Vikings, Japanese samurai, Nazi officers and a dozen other clever little backgrounds, mainly played by people who neither understand nor respect the ethnicities and histories they are trying to portray. And it turns rather ridiculous rather quickly.

Ultimately, unless accompanied by research, insight and some in-depth characterization, most ethnically unique characters turn into stereotypes and are used as cheap gimmicks, with a load of crypto-racism on top, because it's all about how different those people who talk and look funny are. It irritates us, so for the most part, we say no to them. Don't take offense if we ask you about this. We only wish to ensure different ethnicities are treated with respect.

Gender

Here at Sanguinus we value diversity and respect people's genders. We allow players to play the gender opposite their own. Please be respectful of this. Additionally, while Sanguinus and its resident Sanguinites are accepting of gender diversity and fluidity, characters may not be. So again, do not take offense if that 200 year old Vampire doesn't understand- or WANT to understand- that.