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contents Changing Career...................................... 48 Smuggler.................................................. 98
Status............................................................ 49 Stevedore.................................................. 99
IIntroduction Tiers and Standing................................... 49 Wrecker.................................................. 100
Determining Status.................................. 50 Rogues........................................................ 101
A welcome to this mighty tome, an explanation Changing Status....................................... 50 Bawd....................................................... 101
of important principles, an introduction to the The Effects of Status................................. 50 Charlatan................................................ 102
Most Glorious Empire of His Majesty Emperor Maintaining Status................................... 51 Fence...................................................... 103
Karl-Franz I, and an intercepted communication of Earning Money with Status...................... 51 Grave Robber......................................... 104
curious origin. Academics..................................................... 53 Outlaw.................................................... 105
Apothecary............................................... 53 Racketeer................................................ 106
Roleplaying Games......................................... 6 Engineer................................................... 54 Thief....................................................... 107
Using This Book.............................................. 6 Lawyer...................................................... 55 Witch..................................................... 108
A Letter Concerning the Empire................. 20 Nun.......................................................... 56 Warriors...................................................... 109
Physician.................................................. 57 Cavalryman............................................ 109
IICharacter Priest......................................................... 58 Guard..................................................... 110
Scholar...................................................... 59 Knight.................................................... 111
A comprehensive primer on how to create your Wizard...................................................... 60 Pit Fighter.............................................. 112
Character and adventuring party for fun and Burghers........................................................ 61 Protagonist.............................................. 113
profit! Agitator.................................................... 61 Slayer...................................................... 114
Artisan...................................................... 62 Soldier.................................................... 115
Creating a Character..................................... 24 Beggar....................................................... 63 Warrior Priest......................................... 116
Species.......................................................... 24 Investigator............................................... 64
Class and Career........................................... 30 Merchant.................................................. 65 IVSkills and Talents
Attributes...................................................... 33 Rat Catcher.............................................. 66
Skills and Talents.......................................... 35 Townsman................................................ 67 All the abilities you might choose to become
Trappings...................................................... 37 Watchman................................................ 68 adept with, complete with explanations and ways in
Adding Detail............................................... 37 Courtiers....................................................... 69 which you can put them to good use!
Party.............................................................. 41 Advisor..................................................... 69
Bringing Your Character to Life................... 42 Artist........................................................ 70 Skills........................................................... 117
Advancement................................................ 43 Duellist..................................................... 71 Determining your Skill Level................. 117
Finished!....................................................... 43 Envoy........................................................ 72 Basic and Advanced Skills...................... 117
Character Sheet Summary............................ 44 Noble........................................................ 73 Grouped Skills and Specialisation.......... 118
Servant...................................................... 74 Master Skill List..................................... 118
IIIClass and Careers Spy............................................................ 75 Talents......................................................... 132
Warden..................................................... 76 Gaining Talents...................................... 132
The exhilarating opportunities for employment Peasants......................................................... 77 Master Talent List.................................. 132
in the Old World. This marvellous chapter also Bailiff........................................................ 77
informs you how to apply the experience you earn Hedge Witch............................................ 78 VRules
through your efforts, how your status in society Herbalist................................................... 79
affects you, and how you can attempt to improve Hunter...................................................... 80 The accurate naming of this chapter defies
your position. Miner........................................................ 81 florid exposition! The mechanisms of the game,
Mystic....................................................... 82 incorporating Tests – the main method of
Classes........................................................... 46 Scout......................................................... 83 adjudicating the action – and sections covering
Careers.......................................................... 46 Villager..................................................... 84 many different situations that may arise!
Career Levels............................................ 47 Rangers......................................................... 85
Advancing Through Your Career.............. 47 Bounty Hunter......................................... 85 Tests............................................................ 149
Coachman................................................ 86 Simple Tests............................................ 149
Entertainer............................................... 87 Automatic Failure and Success............... 150
Flagellant.................................................. 88 Dramatic Tests........................................ 152
Messenger................................................. 89 Difficulty................................................. 153
Pedlar........................................................ 90 Assistance............................................... 155
Road Warden............................................ 91
Witch Hunter........................................... 92
Riverfolk....................................................... 93
Boatman................................................... 93
Huffer....................................................... 94
Riverwarden.............................................. 95
Riverwoman............................................. 96
Seaman..................................................... 97

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Combat....................................................... 156 General Endeavours............................... 196 VIIIMagic
Timing.................................................... 156 Class Endeavours.................................... 200
Combat Summary.................................. 156 Only sinister and deluded fools will dare explore the
Initiative Order....................................... 156 VIIReligion and Belief pages of this catalogue of the arcane and profane.
Surprise................................................... 156 Unless you’re a Wizard from the Colleges of
Taking Your Turn.................................... 157 Descriptions of the gods of the Old World Magic, in which case it’s required reading.
Attacking................................................ 158 and their cults and worshippers. Also contains
Criticals and Fumbles............................. 159 the blessings and miracles undertaken by those The Aethyr.................................................. 229
Ranged Combat...................................... 160 following the divine. Be warned this chapter also The Winds of Magic............................... 229
Combat Difficulty................................... 160 touches on blasphemous knowledge best avoided! The Language of Magick........................ 230
Two-Weapon Fighting........................... 163 The Eight Lores...................................... 230
Unarmed Combat................................... 163 The Gods..................................................... 202 Elven Magic........................................... 233
Mounted Combat................................... 163 Gods of the Empire................................ 202 Dark Magic............................................ 233
Advantage............................................... 164 Other Pantheons.................................... 202 Other Lores............................................ 233
Moving........................................................ 164 The Chaos Gods..................................... 203 Magic Rules................................................ 233
Moving During Combat........................ 165 The Cults..................................................... 203 Second Sight........................................... 233
Leaping, and Falling............................... 166 Primary Cults of the Empire.................. 204 Spells...................................................... 234
Pursuit.................................................... 166 The Grand Conclave............................... 204 Casting Test............................................ 234
Conditions.................................................. 167 The Cult of Manann, God of the Sea.......... 205 Channelling Test.................................... 237
Multiple Conditions............................... 167 The Cult of Morr, God of Death................ 206 Repelling the Winds............................... 237
Master Condition List............................ 167 The Cult of Myrmidia, Dispelling............................................... 237
Fate & Resilience........................................ 170 Goddess of Strategy.................................... 207 Using Warpstone.................................... 237
Fate and Fortune.................................... 170 The Cult of Ranald, God of Trickery.......... 208 Spell Lists................................................... 238
Resilience and Resolve............................ 171 The Cult of Rhya, Goddess of Fertility....... 209 Overcasting............................................. 238
Injury.......................................................... 172 The Cult of Shallya, Goddess of Mercy...... 210 Petty Spells............................................. 240
Wounds, Critical Wounds, and Death.... 172 The Cult of Sigmar, God of the Empire...... 211 Arcane Spells.......................................... 242
Broken Bones......................................... 179 The Cult of Taal, God of the Wild.............. 212 Colour Magic.............................................. 245
Torn Muscles.......................................... 179 The Cult of Ulric, God of War.................... 213 The Lore of Beasts.................................. 245
Amputated Parts..................................... 180 The Cult of Verena, The Lore of Death.................................. 246
Healing................................................... 181 Goddess of Wisdom................................... 214 The Lore of Fire..................................... 247
Medical Attention.................................. 181 Dwarven Ancestor Gods............................. 215 The Lore of Heavens.............................. 248
Other Damage........................................ 181 Elven Gods................................................. 215 The Lore of Metal.................................. 248
Corruption.................................................. 182 Halfling Gods............................................. 215 The Lore of Life..................................... 251
Gaining Corruption Points..................... 182 Chaos Gods................................................ 217 The Lore of Light................................... 252
Corrupting.............................................. 183 Prayers......................................................... 217 The Lore of Shadows.............................. 253
Losing Corruption Points....................... 183 The Blessed............................................. 217 Witch Magic............................................... 254
Disease and Infection.................................. 186 Blessings and Miracles............................ 217 The Lore of Hedgecraft.......................... 254
The Litany of Pestilence......................... 186 Sin Points............................................... 217 The Lore of Witchcraft.......................... 255
Symptoms............................................... 188 Wrath of the Gods................................. 218 Dark Magic................................................. 256
Psychology.................................................. 190 Blessings...................................................... 220 Lore of Daemonology............................ 256
Psychology Test...................................... 190 Success Levels......................................... 220 Lore of Necromancy............................... 256
Psychological Traits................................ 190 Miracles...................................................... 222 Chaos Magic............................................... 257
Custom Psychology................................ 191 Success Levels......................................... 222 Lore of Nurgle........................................ 257
Miracles of Manann............................... 222 Lore of Slaanesh..................................... 257
VIBetween Adventures Miracles of Morr.................................... 223 Lore of Tzeentch.................................... 257
Miracles of Myrmidia............................. 223
Those events that take place between your escapades, Miracles of Ranald................................. 224
with a menu of options for you to pursue. Miracles of Rhya..................................... 225
Miracles of Shallya................................. 225
Events......................................................... 192 Miracles of Sigmar................................. 226
Endeavours.................................................. 195 Miracles of Taal...................................... 227
Money to Burn....................................... 195 Miracles of Ulric..................................... 227
Duties & Responsibilities....................... 195 Miracles of Verena.................................. 228

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IXThe GameMaster Availability.............................................. 290 Pigeons................................................... 316
Bargaining and Trading.......................... 291 Snakes..................................................... 316
Advice for those who find themselves in charge Selling..................................................... 291 Wolves.................................................... 317
of an unruly mob. This section also gives advice Bartering................................................. 291 The Monstrous Beasts of the Reikland....... 317
on travel in the Empire and rewarding those who Craftsmanship............................................. 291 Basilisks.................................................. 317
perform well in the face of inevitable misfortune. Item Qualities......................................... 292 Bog Octopuses........................................ 318
Item Flaws.............................................. 292 Cave Squigs............................................ 318
General Advice........................................... 259 Encumbrance.............................................. 293 Demigryphs............................................ 318
Character Creation...................................... 259 Small items............................................. 293 Dragons.................................................. 319
At the Table................................................ 260 Over-sized Items.................................... 293 Fenbeasts................................................ 319
Travel.......................................................... 261 Beasts of Burden..................................... 293 Fimir....................................................... 320
After the Game........................................... 264 Armour and Clothes............................... 293 Giants..................................................... 320
Overburdened......................................... 293 Griffons.................................................. 321
XGlorious Reikland Weapons..................................................... 293 Hippogryphs........................................... 321
Weapon Damage.................................... 296 Hydra...................................................... 322
All hail the heartland of the Empire – the Glorious Melee Weapon Groups........................... 296 Jabberslythes........................................... 322
Reikland. Sprawling cities, deep dark forests, and Weapon Length...................................... 297 Manticores.............................................. 323
awe-inspiring mountains, the Reikland is yours to Ranged Weapon Groups........................ 297 Pegasi...................................................... 323
explore. Weapon Range....................................... 297 Trolls....................................................... 324
Weapon Qualities................................... 297 Wyverns.................................................. 325
The Lie of the Land.................................... 267 Weapon Flaws........................................ 299 The Greenskin Hordes................................ 325
The Mountains, Foothills, Armour....................................................... 299 Orcs........................................................ 325
and Vorbergland..................................... 267 Armour Damage..................................... 299 Goblins................................................... 326
The Grim, Dark Forests.......................... 268 Armour Qualities................................... 300 Snotlings................................................. 326
The Rivers, Canals, and Lakes................ 269 Packs and Containers.................................. 301 The Restless Dead....................................... 327
The Cursed and Fetid Marshlands.......... 271 Clothing and Accessories............................ 302 Skeletons................................................ 327
Timeline of the Reikland............................ 272 Food, Drink, and Lodging.......................... 302 Zombies.................................................. 328
Politics......................................................... 276 Tools and Kits............................................. 303 Dire Wolves............................................ 328
Reikland Council.................................... 276 Books and Documents................................ 304 Crypt Ghouls.......................................... 329
The Reikland Diet.................................. 277 Trade Tools and Workshops........................ 305 Varghulfs................................................. 329
The Reikland Estates.............................. 277 Animals and Vehicles.................................. 306 Cairn Wraiths......................................... 329
Settlements................................................. 278 Drugs and Poisons...................................... 306 Tomb Banshees....................................... 330
Altdorf and the Manifold Towns............ 278 Herbs and Draughts.................................... 307 Vampires................................................. 330
The Bastions and Fortresses.................... 283 Prosthetics................................................... 308 Ghosts.................................................... 331
The Villages, Hamlets, and Holy Places. 285 Miscellaneous Trappings............................. 308 Slaves to Darkness...................................... 331
The Ancient Sites and Terrible Ruins......... 286 Hirelings..................................................... 309 Beastmen, The Children of Chaos.......... 331
Henchmen.............................................. 309 Gors........................................................ 331
XIThe Consumers’ Guide Ungors.................................................... 332
XIIBestiary Minotaurs............................................... 332
Money, weapons, armour, goods, and services, Bray-Shaman.......................................... 332
all presented for your consideration and purchase, All manner of vile creatures you might encounter on Cultists, The Lost and the Damned........ 333
should you be able to afford such luxuries! your adventures, and details of their capabilities. Mutants.................................................. 333
Cultists................................................... 333
Money......................................................... 288 Creature Hit Locations............................... 310 Chaos Warriors....................................... 334
The Cost of Living.................................. 289 The Peoples of the Reikland........................ 311 Daemons, The Gibbering Hosts............. 335
Criminal Coinage................................... 289 Ogres...................................................... 312 Bloodletters of Khorne........................... 335
Going to Market......................................... 290 Black Bella — Human Brigand.............. 313 Daemonettes of Slaanesh........................ 335
Pol Dankels — Human Witch............... 313 Daemon Princes..................................... 336
The Beasts of the Reikland.......................... 314 The Loathsome Ratmen......................... 336
Bears....................................................... 314 Clanrats.................................................. 337
Boars....................................................... 314 Stormvermin........................................... 337
Dogs....................................................... 315 Rat Ogres............................................... 337
Giant Rats.............................................. 315 Creature Traits............................................ 338
Giant Spiders.......................................... 315
Horses..................................................... 316 Character Sheet.......................................... 344
Index........................................................... 346

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Design and Development: Dominic McDowall and Andy Law
Writing: Dave Allen, Gary Astleford, Graeme Davis, Jude Hornborg,
Andy Law, Lindsay Law, Andrew Leask, TS Luikart, Dominic McDowall, Clive Oldfield

Editing: Andy Law, Lindsay Law, Andrew Leask
Art Direction: Jon Hodgson
Cover: Ralph Horsley

Illustration: Dave Allsop, Michael Franchina, Andrew Hepworth, Jon Hodgson,
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Graphic Design and Layout: Paul Bourne
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Special thanks to Jon Gillard, Christian Dunn, Michael Knight, Tom O’Neill and the rest of the GW team.
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• Introduction •

‘So, what are you here for? Adventure?
Maybe. Gold? Probably. Justice?

Ha, that’s a flexible term! What’s that I see in your eye, that pious gleam? Oh, you want
to do the right thing. So long as it’s well enough paid, entertaining, and fits with your
political views. Eh, close enough, you’ll do, come inside and I’ll tell you about the job.’

Welcome to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Marvellous things Prepare yourself for the struggle of the gutter, to fight for your
await you. One of your group will control an entire world, while survival, and to face corruption on all sides. Prepare yourself for
the rest of you will live in and explore it, uncovering glittering danger, as it is everywhere, and you can’t face it alone. And, most
wonders, vile darkness, and everything in between. of all, prepare yourself for the grim and perilous adventure of
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay!
You’ll meet glorious heroes who grimace disdainfully as they
step over the suffering poor, and corrupt villains who set down Roleplaying Games
the wrong path in the service of a more laudable cause. Feared
but respected wizards master their arts in the high towers of the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP) is a tabletop roleplaying
Colleges of Magic, while outside those safe halls magic users are game (RPG). You might be more familiar with computer
feared and reviled — and often with good cause, as many dark or console RPGs, in which case you’ll be right at home. One
sorcerers would gladly sell their souls for power. Virtuous priests of your group will take the role of Gamemaster (GM) — who
strive endlessly to improve the lives of the downtrodden, whilst describes the world and what is happening — and everyone else
agents of Chaos Gods work to undermine this good work and will be a Player — one of the game’s protagonists, interacting
bring ruination. with the world the GM presents. Players tell the GM what their

Throwing Bones

Games of WFRP use ten-sided dice whenever a random result is Sometimes, a die roll will be modified by adding or subtracting a
required. Ten-sided dice are typically marked from 0–9, where a number. So, a roll of 1d10+4 means roll one ten-sided die and add
roll of 0 counts as a result of 10. These dice are called d10s in four to the result, and a roll of 2d10−3 indicates you should roll 2
the rules, and the number you need to roll will always be marked ten-sided dice and subtract 3 from the totalled result.
as follows: 1d10 for 1 die, 2d10 for two dice, 3d10 for three dice, The rules also use a roll of two ten-sided dice to score a number
and so on. from 1 to 100 (marked as 1d100). To do this, one ten-sided die is
If you are requested to roll multiple dice like this, the results are designated as a ‘tens’ die, and the other as the ‘units’ die. Now roll
always added together. So, if the rules ask you to roll 2d10, you roll the two dice, and read the result as a two-digit number. So a roll of
two ten-sided dice and add the result of each together; for example: 1 on the tens die and 4 on the units die provides a result of 14, or a
a roll of 0 and 3 would be a result of 13 (10+3=13). roll of 4 and 2 results with 42. If both dice roll 0, the result is 100.

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Characters are doing, and the GM interprets the outcomes of individual spells a wizard can cast. Each individual item will be
those actions, using the game’s rules where necessary. The game italicised. Example: a Banking Endeavour; a Bleeding Condition;
proceeds in that fashion, with the Players pursuing the plot the the Curse Spell.
GM has prepared for the game, or perhaps going off at wild
tangents as the poor GM improvises like crazy. It’s all good. Tests: When you are asked to make a Test (see page 149), it will
be bolded so you can find it easily during play. Example: make an
This book is the rulebook and includes all the information and Average (+20) Perception Test.
options for running your games of WFRP. If you’ve never played
an RPG before, we’d recommend you try the Warhammer Acronyms: The rulebook avoids them as much as possible, but
Fantasy Roleplay Starter Set — which is designed to teach you it’s important in roleplaying games (RPGs) like Warhammer
how to play — or take a look at the ‘What is an RPG?’ section of Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP — we pronounce it WuffRupp)
our website: www.cubicle7.co.uk. to explain your acronyms the first time the word is used. The
Gamemaster (GM) who runs the game can usually clear up any
Using This Book confusion.

Roughly speaking, the Player-focused parts of this book are to Advice: Our Characters are on hand in box-outs throughout
the front. New players should start by browsing the double-page the book to offer advice and options. Each discusses different
spreads and letter that introduce the Empire as this is where the elements of the game. If you want to know more about the
initial adventures that Cubicle 7 publishes will be set. Characters, refer to the WFRP Starter Set.

Players should then use the next few chapters to learn about their Your Warhammer
Characters and abilities. Chapter 5, the Rules, are for everyone.
Players whose characters have a religious or magical background Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and the Old World is a
will want to be familiar with the respective sections later in the phenomenon over 30 years in the making, and we all have our
book.The GM can communicate to the Players as much or as little own take on this rich and vibrant setting. That’s something we
of the Reikland and Bestiary chapters as they should appropriately really want to celebrate, and we want your adventures to take
know, but remember not to give away too many spoilers. place in your version of Warhammer.

Game Text Throughout the book we present as many options as we can so
that you can tailor the game to your vision, many of which are
To help keep the rules clear, this book adopts some standard ways marked clearly with ‘Options:’. If anything contradicts how you
of presenting information: want to play your game, please feel free to change it.

Game Terms: All game terms are capitalised, so you can tell What’s Next?
events from Events, and know when a test should be simple and
when you should make a Simple Test. In addition to this rulebook and the WFRP Starter Set, there
will be regularly published supplements, sourcebooks, and
Individual Items: Some game terms encompass many individual adventures to support the game and expand its scope. Visit www.
items. For example: the game term Spells includes many cubicle7.co.uk for more information, free resources for the game
(including a free adventure), and to sign up to our newsletter.

The borders of the Glorious Empire of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz Iare the impenetrable plate armour
He has erected to protect His people. The Empire extends to the seas, or until the land ceases to be of worth, such
as the wasteland stubbornly clung to by those fools in Marienburg. The Bountiful Empire of His Imperial Majesty Emperor
Karl-Franz I is of course the envy of all those who survey it, turning all eyes to covetousness. But fear not, for His Imperial
Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz Iis resolute in our defence, with unbreachable fortresses full of indefatigable soldiers at every
mountain pass, river bridge, and other such strategic locations.

The Empire is beset by enemies to all sides, and the defence of its borders is often compromised by the
politicking nobles, from lowly barons to the Elector Counts who rule them. Fortunately, mountain ranges and
coastlines form a natural barrier along much of the Empire’s borders, all of which provide natural lines of
defence. Guard duty overlooking a potential invasion route is often a lonely, mind-numbingly dull affair; and,
when it’s not, chances are the garrison will be overrun long before the alarm is raised.

Many claim the Court ofHis Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz Iis the heart of the Empire. The Emperor
Himself would strike such lickspittles and point out with wisdom and deep humility that it is instead the countless
villages of His mighty Empire that supply His limitless strength. For it is there His people nobly toil to provide food for
all, to produce goods and raw materials for trade, and raise doughty warriors for the glorious State Armies that protect us.
It is a simple life, satisfyingly full of blessed toil, which is its own reward. In many ways, we desk-bound scholars, while
unswerving in our duty to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I, are truly envious of life in this rural paradise.

Far from the courts, peasants tirelessly work the land, much as they have for longer than any can
remember. The village boundary is, for most, the end of their world. Some might travel to neighbouring
settlements, but such journeys are viewed with trepidation. This can lead to xenophobia, which is often
acutely felt towards nearby settlements, probably due to historic conflict over local resources; so, while a
visitor from Altdorf may be treated with suspicion, villagers reserve their real hatred for that wretch
from the hamlet a few miles yonder who stole their grandfather’s chicken.
By the light of day, villagers may scoff at old tales of monsters, beasts, and daemons, believing in the
power of their lords and gods to protect them. But as the sun sets over the forest and fields, all lock
their doors securely and, in flickering candlelight, exchange nervous glances at any unexpected sound.

It is said the mighty rivers bear the lifeblood of the Resplendent Empire of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I,
flowing from the mineral-laden mountains to bring wealth and prosperity for all. The masters of robust riverboats and
barges keep a lucrative flow of goods moving from the furthest reaches of the Empire of His Imperial Majesty Emperor
Karl-Franz I to the bustling cities and ports, bringing riches beyond compare. This is all made possible by the eternal
vigilance and unstinting protection offered by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I’s Imperial Navy and Imperial
River Patrol, who efficiently guard all of His river-borne citizens allowing them to concentrate on their admirable hard work
without pause for fear or doubt.

If the rivers bear the Empire’s lifeblood, the arteries and veins they flow through are in dangerously
poor condition. The Imperial Navy patrols the wide flows of the primary rivers, and Riverwardens
theoretically keep watch everywhere else, but minor waterways can go months without seeing a hint of the
Emperor’s protection. As a result, wreckers and pirates can be found anywhere outside the immediate
scrutiny of the authorities, and as the rivers wind through the forest depths, who knows what cruel or
unnatural creatures wait to ambush passing vessels. When travelling lesser trafficked stretches, wise
folk should be obviously armed and clearly ready for a fight in the hope of persuading those with ill
intent to allow them to pass in favour of easier pickings.

The docks of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I’s ports are engineering marvels established to profit from
His shrewd trade policies and diplomatic brilliance. Dealing firmly and authoritatively with lesser realms, yet always
with magnanimity, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I has ensured our extraordinary prosperity through lucrative
treaties with a range of diverse peoples including the fading power of the Elves from across the sea, the barbaric Kislevites
to the east, and the short-sighted Wastelanders who cannot survive without the food we generously provide. But these fade
into inconsequentiality when compared to the profound alliance His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I unstintingly
maintains with the redoubtable Dwarfs of the mountains, a wise accord that has stood since it was initiated by Holy Sigmar
Himself, First Emperor and God-King of us all!

The docks are indeed a major centre of the Empire’s power and prosperity, although the reliance on the
trade they bring is often downplayed in courtly circles. While this is certainly due in part to the nobility’s
disdain for commerce, it also goes against an instinct for stubborn self-reliance and a belief in their
ongoing ascendency. In reality, other realms extend their power into the Empire’s ports, and none more so
than the Wasteland. Marienburg merchant houses have significantly more influence over trade than any
Reiklander will admit, and heavily armed Wastelander vessels often accompany their goods barges into
the Empire. This is ostensibly to protect against piracy, but in practice it guards against an ‘accidental’
attack by the Imperial Navy, and also openly demonstrates the growing confidence and military might of
the Wasteland.

The powerful and awe-inspiring towns and cities of the prosperous Empire are the crown jewels of His Imperial Majesty
Emperor Karl-Franz I’s realm. Rich, cultured, pious, educated, and thriving, their extraordinary planning and awe-
inspiring architecture are the envy of all, and bring wide-eyed travellers from across the world to witness their magnificence.
Under the nurturing rule of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I, each of His multitudinous subjects have
opportunities to better themselves and rise to lofty new stations. Even the simple folk of the Empire, despite their lowly and
often distasteful appearance, are industrious and optimistic, always seeking new opportunities for the betterment of all.

The major settlements of the Empire may feature some of the most impressive architecture, glorious
palaces, and inspirational temples, but these are all surrounded by disgusting filth and squalor,
staggering inequality, and incredible levels of crime and disorder. The upper classes are frequently drunk
on the power they wield, or corrupted by something much worse, and so the possibility of positive change
and improvement in conditions is negligible. This leads to social disorder, agitators brewing discontent,
and all-too-many desperate people with little to lose.

The simple, yet glorious inns of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I’s Empire are part of what binds His loyal
people together. His Imperial Majesty Emperor Karl-Franz I Himself is said to frequent them in cunning disguises in
order to share in the jolly camaraderie and simple pleasures of the thankful common folk, whilst graciously not over-awing
these good, honest people with His astonishing Imperial Magnificence. The Empire’s finest fare can be found in these
palaces of the people, and your humble scribe heartily recommends pickled trotter as a digestive aid.

Inns and taverns are a distraction from the misery of existence for many citizens of the Empire, and
an entertaining diversion for many more. They can often be places where political agitators do their work
to whip up sentiment against the authorities, or where witch hunters prowl for rumours of the unnatural.
Con artists and robbers also ply their trade amongst the inebriated unwary, although there is also some
honest respite to be had, and the scribe is right about the pickled trotter.

c/o Colonel Reikhardt Mathis Sievers of the Imperial Ostlanders
Wolfenburg’s 2nd Re~giment of Foot
Stationed in Khypris
The Border Princes

32nd Sigmarzeit, 2511 I C

My Lord Konrad von Siert, Baron of Siert and Castellan of Ostergrootsch,
Greetings and salutations~, ~

Herein find a summons and general information concerning the Empire, your homeland.

I am instructed to inform you that your lord and father, Duke Ottokar von Siert, officially recognises your claim to inherit his land
and titles~within the Reikland, and orders you to his side. Your exile in the Border Princes is at an end, and you must make immediate
preparations for departure. ~

In his wisdom, your father has employed an armed escort to assist. I am in command, and, Sigmar willing, will arrive sometime near
Sonnestill. You will leave with us for the Imperial capital the following morning. Surely, such news will fill your young heart with joy, for
you will finally witness the splendour of the greatest city in the Old World: Altdorf the magnificent, seat of Emperor Karl-Franz I
and the Grand Theogonist of Sigmar, and cur~rent residence of House Siert, where your father holds court not far from the Imperial Zoo
on Goellner Hill.

I shall also take your education in hand. Those advising your father believe the present tuition you receive from Colonel Sievers, whilst
certainly admirable, is too focussed on southern matters as epitomised by Holy Myrmidia - a goddess without reproach when it comes to
the milita~ry, I’m sure, but hardly an expert concerning Reiklander rulership. It was decided by your father’s advisors that a true devotee
of Sigmar - the Empire’s patron deity should promptly take charge of your education. Your father, of course, agreed, for the Cult of
Sigmar should always be heeded. - ~ ~

Sadly, I must report poor Sister Bartalin, the nun assigned to this important duty, passed through Morr’s Portal when our party was
but five days from Altdorf. She was the victim of a most unfortunate accident involving a bedpan~, a wilted stick of celery, and a nasty
fall. Thus, I humbly take her stead. For, no matter my feelings on the subject, your schooling is~imperative; you have yet to set foot in the
Empire, and you will be lost without proper instruction.

Before we begin, let us turn to introductions: I am Guardian Alanna Graumann of the Grey Order - and let me pre-empt your
assumptions: yes, I am a witch; and, yes, my name is a pseudonym. I have been~ in the service of your father for over fifteen years, acting as
an aide, military advisor, and bodyguard, amongst other things, and am now charged to ensure yo~u, his newly declared heir, reach Altdorf
alive. To guarantee this I will, as mentioned, a~ttend to your education, which will start immediately.

~

Forget What You Know
There are several matters I would have you consider before I arrive in Khypris. You likely think life in the
Empire will be much the same as the sunny lifestyle you currently enjoy in the Border Princes - after all, there
are the same eight days in the week, the same sun and moons, and the same gods. I regret to inform you such
presumptions are incorrect: the Empire is no~t like the Border Princes, and you are ill-prepared for the threats it
hides. Put plainly: you are not safe, and most of what you think you know will lead you to danger.
~

The Gods
As you know, throughout the Old World folk freely worship many different gods, most commonly those directly impacting their daily
lives. So, if someone is hurt, one prays to Shallya, Goddess of Healing and Mercy; when a hunt fails, one prays to Taal, God of Animals
and Wild Places; and if crops should wither, one turns to Rhya, Goddess of Life and Fertility.

But in your homeland, one god rises head and shoulders above the others: Sigmar, who founded the Empire when mortal, and now stands
as its patron deity. In the grand prov~ince where your lands lie, the Reikland, the Cult of Sigmar dominates: every village has a temple,
every town has several, and the capital, Altdorf, has more holy sites dedicated to Sigmar than any bother to count. Each Festag (what the
locals call the last day of the week - the one you call ‘Holiday’), all are expected to attend ‘throng’ at a local temple, where Sigmar’s priests
preach lessons concerning the founder of the Empire, he who wielded the Warhammer. Further, many temples require all able-bodied folk
to train at arms weekly with the local priests or their representatives, forming the core of local militias to support the State Armies. In
larger towns and cities, it is only the faithful and the ~lost that attend these weekly duties, but in rural areas, any not attending are viewed
with deep suspicion. Trust me, my lord, this is a cult you will need to understand~, for most folk of the Reikland are ingrained with its
customs, and you must appear to be, also. You may think you understand Sigmar because there is a shrine in Khypris. You do not.

~

Witches
One cannot talk of Sigmar without also discussing witches - those able to use magic. Obviously, it’s a subject close to my heart, although
I prefer to be called a Magister, as I am trained by the Colleges of Magic. The folk of the Empire, like all peoples of the Old World, are
solid and practical, and quick to remove dangerous elements from their commu~nities. Given the Cult of Sigmar preaches that Sigmar was
tempted and betrayed by evil witches, it will come as no surprise that in areas of strong Sigmar worship, witches are not just viewed with
suspicion, they are vilified. Fortunately, the talent for witchery is very rare, but for~ those born with it any unexpected manifestation of their
arcane powers may see them burned at the stake, even if Imperial Law states they should be taken to the Colleges of Magic. ~

The Colleges of Magic
There is no formal centre of magical learning in the Border Princes. Those able to do magic either work it out independently, accidentally
kill t~hemselves, are hunted down, or find a master to~teach them. Most such masters practice ancient forms of magic that are certainly
dangerous, ranging from supposedly benign hedge witches and seers to those who risk their very souls, including power-blinded fools li~ke
necromancers and daemonologists. In the Empire, it’s very different. To practice any magic you must have a licence, and the only way to
secure one is to be a graduated Wizard of the Colleges of Magic in Altdorf, or be an Elf - they receive special dispensation for their part in
founding the Colleges - assuming they register with the Colleges, of course. If you have no licence and cast magic, you a~re breaking the law and
should be either taken to the Colleges for proper training or tried as a criminal. Most commonly, illegal witches are tried by mob and lynched.
Which, to be clear, is also illegal, although few are punished for this crime as most would prefer to see a witch dead, regardless of the legality.
While murd~ering suspected witches may sound extreme to your ears, there are good reasons for caution: all witches channel the Winds of
Magic, invisible flows of power that course across the world, and many claim these Winds originate from the Ruinous Powers.

The Ruinous Powers
The less I speak of this the better, and might I suggest you never speak of it. There is always something listening. At its simplest, whatever
your current tu~tors pretend, the dark gods do exist. They whisper of the ruination of all things, and too many fools listen. But do the
Winds of Magic blow from the Ruinous Powers, turning good folk into witches, and twisting minds and flesh in their wake ? That’s
not a questio~n I think I can answer. What I can say is that the dark gods’ influence is felt at all levels of society, and those drawing too
close are always changed by what they encounter. This is why folk are terrified of mutation: they believe it is a mark of damnation, a sign
the dark gods now hold your s~oul. Even talking in the most general terms about such subjects may well bring you to the attention of the
witch hunters, so remain wary for signs of this dark corruption but do not betray that you are even aware of its existence.

The Powers That Be
‘In the Borderlands, all may come to power, and all may come to rule! In the Empire, we willingly wrap ourselves in chains!’

~

Those were the ardent words of a young, idealistic agitator I met in Wissenburg. Consider what she says, for you will soon encounter those
who believe it true. In the Empire, you are born to a station, and no amount of cleverness or capability will change what the gods plan, or
so those in power repeatedly claim. If you are born noble, you are forever noble; born farming, forever farming. And so it remains. But as
you personally know, my lord, the chance offerings of birth can be changed and manipulated by forces far from divine. And even in the
Empire, new freedoms are being bought every day. ~

The Cities and Towns
For all the stratified layers of society are supposedly immutable, the flourishing towns and cities of the Empire, safely wrapped with high
walls of stone and patrolled by liveried State So~ldiers, have allowed a new class of rich merchants and burghers to rise. The Reikland, as
the richest of all the Empire’s grand provinces, has a growing ‘middle’ class of such enormity it frequently rises to prominence, with rich
individuals buying their way to freedom a~nd power. An example of this are towns called ‘Freiburgs’ or ‘free towns’, meaning they self-
govern without significant interference from the nobility in return for services, military support, or, most commonly, large quantities of coin.
Although the concept of a Freiburg is old, never have so many been seen in such a small area as i~ncreasingly more towns are buying their
freedom; although all this seemingly changes nothing for those toiling in the fields.

Rural Life
W~here the towns and cities are becoming freer, it could be argued the opposite is the case for many rural communities. Over two hundred
years ago, Emperor Magnus the Pious famously enshrined the rights of all to be paid for their labour, but many noble houses did not agree
with this attack on their rights and continue to resist to this day.

~

Enlightened provinces such as the lands ruled by your father, where farmers work land they lease, selling any produce they harvest at local
markets for personal profit, paying taxes as determined by the local authorities, are widespread. Bu~t in some isolated regions the peasantry
are forced to slave on farms they do not own, turning over almost all produce to their lieges, living in total ign~orance of the freedoms the
Imperial Law grants them. Many folk will put up with a lot so long as horns echo across the land each campaign season as~noble lords
send the State Army to rid the encroaching forest of whatever foulness has gathered. ~

And it is there one of the greatest differences between your current home in Khypris and Sigmar’s Holy Empire lies: the endless forests.
The Empire is blanketed in dense woodlands, and few dare venture into their depths, for their twisted~branches hide far worse than simple
bandits, beastmen, and forest goblins.

Travel
Bisecting the Border Princes, the Khyprian Road is famous for its relative safety. Its entire six-hundred mile length is cleared on both
sides for many miles, ensuring would-be bandits have few places to hide. The opposite circu~mstances ap~ply in the Empire. Alm~ost all the
major roads cut through thick forests with uncounted ambush points, leaving travel by foot extraordinarily dangerous. Thus, wealthy
folk tra~vel by river as most major towns are connected by river or canal, and the major waterways of the Empire are often so wide you can
barely see the opposite banks - let alone any potential wreckers hiding in the rushes making them significantly safer than tree-lined
highways where bandits lurk around every corner. -
~

Of course, sometimes a road journey is the only option, especially when one is travelling to one of the many highland fortifications or mining
towns. In such circumstances, I recommend you travel by coach. These not only provide comfortable travelling condit~ions between all major
destinations, but their routes are patrolled by road wardens, makin~g them relatively safe. The Empire is also significantly more civilised
than the Border Princes, so boasts many reliable coaching houses. ~

Patrols
Recognising the threat posed by highway pillagers, all the major roads of the Reikland are patrolled by mounted squads of road wardens.
Most are peacetime State Army cavalrymen put to use by local nobles, but some are privately hired, often b~y merchant or coaching houses,
to better maintain the peace and protect expensive assets. When travelling away from the primary trade routes, the roads are not so well
maintained, and some are lucky to ever see a road warden, so I suggest avoiding these dark corners of the Empire, for the local folk are often
all-too-quick to take offense, all your tra~ppings, and perhaps even your life.

~

The rivers are similarly patrolled, but by strong-backed riverwardens in a variety of different vessels ranging from small patrol boats to
small warships called Shipswords. These wardens are supported b~y the Imperial Navy, which is, against all the expectations of outsiders,
based in the Reiksport at Altdorf, hundreds of miles upriver from the sea. The navy’s large warships patrol the waters to Marienburg,
where the river Reik is often many miles wide, and very deep.
The Law
The powers granted to wardens patrolling the rivers and roads, and to the watch patrolling the streets of the Empire’s towns and cities,
vary significantly from province to province. Small infractions of the law normally result in stern words and spot fines, most of which
never leave the pocket of the lawman concerned. In larger towns and cities, it is also common to find petty courts r~un by watch captains
who judge cases brought before them, handing out fines of a shilling or two for most misdeeds, with serious crimes referred to a higher
authority. For such crimes, the accused is taken before a local court, most commonly officiated by a judge, noble, magistrate, or a cleric of the
Goddess of Justice, Verena. These trials are rarely fair, so it is wise to never let matters proceed so far.
As a lord of the Reikland, you cannot be tried by a normal court, so should you ever find yourself accused, do not be afraid to make
your birthright known. Should I not be with you, send word to the Grey College and ask for me by name. I will come. To be sure you
understand, only your father, as your lord, has the right to judge you. However, another noble may appeal against your father’s judgement;
should this occur, only the High Lord Steward of the Reikland has the right to overrule y~our father in matters of criminal law.
But such almost never happens. The High Lord Steward has not held court for over fifty years, for most nobles are too powerful to bring
to task. Instead, deals are made, charges are dropped, and the problems disappear.
Be Careful
So, given the many risks, I hope you can understand why your father sends an escort to ensure your safety. Your inexperience with the
folk of the Empire could easily lead to disaster. For all you may think a local watchman is there to help you, or a riverwarden seems a
helpful fellow, they may be as corrupt as the folk they are tasked to detain. This is why I come. Let my experience be your teacher, so you need
not learn from your own errors, which could prove fatal. There is a reason~ I use a pseudonym, and why I feel it is important not to say
aught openly.
There is, after all, hidden motivations behind all matters. Even this letter.

~

I look forward to seeing you when you understand. Be careful.

With faith,

A Grau man n

Grey Guardian Alanna Graumann
Your servant and guardian.

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• Character •

Players explore the Old World through the eyes of their Character. outcomes, as if the Dark Gods of Chaos themselves applaud
This chapter shows you how to make your own Character from your acceptance of random chance. XP represent learning
scratch. Most begin the game as unremarkable inhabitants of the from experience and are the principal way to improve your
Empire — possibly destined for greatness, but no-one would guess abilities — you will be able to spend these points to enhance
it. That’s not to say you can’t rise from humble origins, just that your character’s abilities. XP are covered in more detail in
you’ve got a long journey ahead, and that you’ll probably need a Advancement on page 43.
better pair of boots.

All the information describing your Character’s abilities is Character Creation
recorded on a Character Sheet (see page 344). We provide Summary
ready-made Characters and sheets in the WFRP Starter Set,
and online at cubicle7.co.uk. Using ready-made Characters is 1) Species: Page 24
a great way to start playing and find out how the game works, 2) Class and Career: Page 30
but sooner or later you’ll want to create your own from the 3) Attributes: Page 33
ground up. If you are choosing a ready-made Character, it’s 4) Skills and Talents: Page 35
still worth looking through this chapter, as it will explain what 5) Trappings: Page 37
the different parts of the Character Sheet mean (especially the 6) Adding Detail: Page 37
summary on page 44). 7) Party : Page 41
8) Bringing Your Character To Life: Page 42
When deciding what your Character will be like, discuss the 9) Advancement: Page 43
kind of group you want to create with the other players. This
makes sure that the group’s Characters complement each other 1) Species
and that together you will have a broad and versatile range of
abilities. Your GM may also have a particular kind of game Summary: Choose one of the five Species.
in mind, and you’ll need to make sure you have the right mix
of Characters. Perhaps the GM plans for you to join a group Your Character will be a Human, Dwarf, Halfling, High Elf, or
of apprentice wizards who know one another at the Colleges Wood Elf. They are described below to help you choose, where
of Magic? Maybe you are part of a unit of soldiers who have you will also find some typical opinions each species has of the
all deserted? Or maybe you are one of a disparate band of others. Alternatively, you can roll 1d100, consult the Random
Reiklanders press-ganged into service by a powerful noble? Species Table, and gain +20 XP if you accept the result.
Knowing this is important to help you build a suitable character
which will be more fun to play. Random SPECIES Table

Creating a Character 1d100 Species
01–90 Human
The first thing you’ll need is a blank Character Sheet (see page 91–94 Halfling
344 or the downloads section of cubicle7.co.uk), or a scrap sheet 95–98 Dwarf
of paper. Once you have that, you’ll follow nine steps to create 99 High Elf
your character. As you move through the nine steps, you’ll record 00 Wood Elf
the information about your character as you go.

In some sections, you can either choose an option or accept the
result of a dice roll to make the choice for you. You may receive
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Humans (Reiklander) species. Perhaps it’s no surprise the declining elder species grow
increasingly concerned the meteoric rise of Humanity could
Humans are the most numerous and widespread of the civilised result in cataclysm.
species of the Old World. From the plains of the Estalian
Kingdoms to the frozen oblasts of Imperial Kislev, Humans Opinions
occupy every corner of the continent, and they thrive. The
largest, most powerful Human realm is the Empire, a patchwork On Dwarfs…
of powerful provinces blanketed in seemingly endless forests. ‘They’ve been our allies since Sigmar walked this very city;
Standing proud at the heart of this Empire, the Reikland is its fought with them meself back in ’05. Sure, they’re a bit stubborn,
richest, most cosmopolitan region. seriously vindictive and pretty blunt, but I won’t hear a word said
against them.’

– Reikäger Jungling, State Soldier from Altdorf

On Halflings…
‘If I gets meself the sort wot eats and smokes all day, then I’m
happy as Ranald in catnip. It’s when I get them without proper
manners nicking me crockery or knives and forks: that I just can’t
abide! They’re all smiles and shrugs when the watch come to pick
’em up, like they don’t understand what they done wrong.’

– Stefan Krause, Innkeeper from Stirgau

On High Elves…
‘Yes, I do trade with them. And, no, don’t be ridiculous, I’ve never
been turned to a pillar of salt just by looking at them. Truly, I find
them graceful and urbane. Proper civilised, I’d say. But,’tween you
and me, if Verena were to ask, I might also say I find them just…
odd. So very intense. Like every deal we make really matters.’

– Dorothea Taalenstein, Merchant from Kemperbad

On Wood Elves…
‘Elves of the forest you say? Ain’t none of ’em around here, mate.
You want to be goin’ south to Bretonnia. I hear they gots loads of
them, and that they’re completely horrible!’

– Siggina Gerster, Bawd from Ubersreik

Many Reiklanders see it as their divine right to rule, for the Dwarfs
patron god of the Empire, Sigmar, was himself a Reiklander
before he ascended to godhood many centuries ago. Temples Dwarfs — or ‘Dawi’as they call themselves — are legendarily gruff
and shrines to the god are found everywhere, and the majority of and stubborn. While the majority reside in vast mountainside
Reiklanders are devout believers in Sigmar’s message of Empire fortresses known as Holds, most larger towns and the capital of
and unity. Because of this, they are significantly more friendly, the Reikland also have Dwarf populations. Given their clannish
open, and optimistic than other folk, since what could possibly nature, they tend to band together, forming enclaves or districts
go wrong for a land that birthed a god? By comparison, outsiders wherever they settle. Many of the Dwarfs living in Reikland
often see them as arrogant, over-bearing meddlers who stick their are the descendants of those driven from Fallen Holds many
unwanted noses into any affair. centuries ago, but most still consider themselves as Dwarfs of the
Grey Mountains, although some have never seen a hill, let alone
Beyond their affluent lifestyles and pushy personalities, a mountain.
Reiklanders are largely the same as other Humans. They may
be shorter-lived than other species, but Humans possess more Dwarf culture respects skill in crafting — chiefly stonework,
vigour, versatility, and ambition. They also have a seemingly smithing and engineering — and Dwarf Holds are resplendent
inextricable relationship with the insidious horrors of the Ruinous with impressive feats of artifice. They also covet gold and jewels,
Powers, with more Humans falling to corruption than any other mining deep beneath the mountains in the pursuit of precious
metals and gemstones. However, more than these material
possessions, Dwarfs venerate their elders and ancestors, and have
entire religions focussing upon important progenitors. Dwarfs
cannot cast spells, although their runesmiths carve artefacts with
intricate runes to harness magical power.

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However, their prowess as engineers is so impressive that some On Halflings…
of their more ingenious clockwork or steam-powered devices are ‘They’re just not my kind of folk. Always smiling. Always
mistaken for magic by simpler folk. fidgeting. Always talking. Always moving in big groups that
just won’t shut up! When they come in my store, I like to shoo
Dwarfs are squat with thick, muscular limbs and stout, broad them off with a broom. Really, what have they got to be so happy
torsos. Their features are heavy and their hair is thick. Length of about? I just don’t trust them.’
hair is a mark of pride and status amongst Dwarfs, with elaborate
braids and adornments demonstrating rank: to shave a Dwarf – Helgi Galannasniz, Burgher from Schrabwald
causes terrible shame. Indeed, honour is a fundamental aspect of
their character.Given their long memories and proud natures,they On High Elves…
bear grudges against those who have slighted or dishonoured them, ‘Don’t talk to me about those bloody bastards! Alrug Skycaster,
gripping tight to their grievances for many years, even taking on my ultimate granduncle, was bloody betrayed in the bloody
the grudges borne by their ancestors, knowing their forebears will War of bloody Vengeance by those… those… ARGH! It’s our
be watching over them, nursing their bitterness long after death. clan’s oldest grudge! Stood for thousands of bloody years! When
Whilst it might be hard for others to win a Dwarf ’s friendship, I find the descendants of bloody Galanthiel Whisperthorn, by
once given it is absolute. While not as ageless as the near-immortal Grungni! I’m going to teach them all — every single last one of
Elves, Dwarfs can live for many centuries. Indeed, some say that as them — a lesson in manners with my axe!’
long as a Dwarf has a purpose, they will not die unless struck down
in battle, such is the strength of their conviction. – Snorrt Leivvusson, Diplomat from Karak Ziflin

On Wood Elves…
‘My great grandfather thought logging forests on t’other side of
the Grey Mountains would be lucrative. Ignored all the warnings,
he was sure he was onto a winner. What could a bunch of skinny
Elves do to him and his lads, after all? A lot, as it turned out. Only
my grandfather survived, left alive to spread the message: “Keep
away.” So, me and my lads are preparing a party to take revenge.’

– Merig Ranvigsdottir, Villager from Azorn-Kalaki

Options: Animosity (Elves)

Given the long memories of Dwarfs and their tendency to
bear grudges, many harbour a deep resentment towards Elves
for their part in the War of Vengeance. As such, many Dwarfs
have the Animosity (Elves) Psychology trait (see page 190).
Given some WFRP parties contain both Elves and Dwarfs,
this may lead to unhelpful tensions. So, you may prefer to
ignore this Talent between party members..

Opinions Halflings

On Reiklander Humans… Halflings are ubiquitous across the Reikland, found working
‘Like my father and my father afore me, I’ve been living in in service industries in all towns, with an entire district of
Reikland all me life. As folk go, they know not to mess with Reikland’s capital of Altdorf, known as Haffenstadt, packed
my business, and show the respect I deserve, as is right. Yes, tight with hundreds of extended Halfling families supporting
they’re unreliable, and as changeable as the wind, but they’re also restaurants, taverns, pipeweed stores, and an enormous number
resourceful and shrewd, so I’d recommend them as risky business of street-food hawkers. Halflings are also a common sight
partners, as they see solutions I’d not even consider.’ in many of Reikland’s villages, where it is not uncommon to
find them employed to staff an inn or run a farm. They are
– Garral Herraksson, Jeweller from Eilhart communal creatures, preferring to live in close-knit family
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friends and relatives; everyone contributes and everyone shares. Opinions
This interdependent lifestyle leaves many Halflings struggling with
the concept of private ownership and space. On Reiklander Humans…
‘Stiff-necked and pious, warlike and jealous… I could go on, but
Halflings are notoriously interested in recording their lineage, good manners halts me, and, besides, I like them, and they like
and many Halfling clans can trace their ancestry back many me pies. As long as you keep away from their temples and the
centuries to the very founding of the Mootland (their self- hard-liners, they’re an open and pretty welcoming bunch. Good
governed Grand Province in the Empire). The Elder of the folk, and good for business.’
Moot — currently Hisme Stoutheart — is the custodian of the
Haffenlyver, an ancient embroidered scroll detailing the chief – ‘Tubs’ Samworth Rumster XVI, Pie-seller from Kalegan
bloodlines of their primary clans, said to be the greatest treasure
of the Halflings. On Dwarfs…
‘My aunt Bessi was the greediest, as were six of her sons. But Bessi
has nothing on them Dwarfs. Eyes grow as big as Mannslieb at
even a scratch of gold. But, if you tell them that, they’ll growl
at you like you’ve taken the last honeycake, and start scribbling
notes in one of their damned books about insulting their family
honour or whatnot.’

– ‘Lilly’ Joseppinalina Hayfoot, Pedlar in the Reikland

On High Elves…
‘I’ve seen them on the rivers in their white ships. How do they
keep them so clean? And their hair… oh, their hair… it’s like
sunshine, it is. Snuck on a boat once to see what they do. Same as
the rest of us, it seems, just more... earnestly.’

– ‘Dainty’ Cordelineth Brandysnap IV, Thief from Altdorf

On Wood Elves…
‘Elves living in the woods? Don’t be bloody ridiculous. Elves live
in white towers and pretty boats over in Altdorf-town, you idiot.’

– ‘Jammy’ Mercimaus Alderflower II, Scholar from Fielbach

High Elves

High Elves are a relatively common sight on the rivers of Reikland.
Both Altdorf and Nuln boast sizeable districts populated by High
Elf merchants who ship goods down the Reik through Marienburg
to the sea. These merchants are by far the most numerous of the
High Elves found in Reikland, alongside diplomatic entourages
and support staff. Aloof, alien, and long-lived, they are a passionate,
emotional folk widely perceived in the Reikland to be the most
beautiful of the species, and also the most arrogant.

Another peculiar detail is the Halflings’ strange affinity for Tall and slender with delicately pointed ears, most Elves have
Ogres. Despite their ravenous appetites, and penchant for eating long, fine hair and melodious voices. Although they might look
whatever is at hand, Ogres tend to respect Halflings. Indeed, frail, their physiology is not only surprisingly strong, but also
gangs of Ogre labourers are often overseen by Halfling gaffers, extraordinarily agile and dextrous. There are very few noticeable
and most Ogre mercenary bands have a Halfling cook on staff. gender differences between Elves, which often causes confusion
among Humans who interact with them.
Halflings are short, apple-cheeked and beardless, resembling
big-eyed, round-faced (and round bodied) Human children, The High Elves, who call themselves ‘Asur’, are native to
and their sunny dispositions and curly locks only reinforce this Ulthuan, a magical island lying to the west of the Old World.
impression. They are known for their enormous appetites in A proud species, they boast of being amongst the oldest of the
all things and their lack of concern for personal space (they’re world’s civilisations. High Elves show considerable disdain for
huggers), social boundaries (‘Well me’ great aunt’s just shacked Dwarfs, with whom they have a long history of conflict. Since
up with me best mate, and you should hear what they’ve been their abandonment of the Old World in the aftermath of the
up to!’), and property rights (‘It’s not like he’s using it!’); this last War of the Beard, the Asur have been torn apart by civil war, the
has landed more than one Halfling in jail for thievery. ‘kinstrife’, although this isn’t something they discuss openly with

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outsiders. As a result of this millennia-long struggle, Elves from On Halflings…
the war-torn north of Ulthuan tend to be hard-bitten, practical, ‘I find these cheerful creatures genuinely interesting. I lived
and ruthless. amongst an extended family group for a while, and found them
so open, welcoming, and nurturing it was authentically touching.
High Elven society is tightly-bound by ritual and discipline, But, eventually, I had to move on, the smell was simply over-
intended to keep soaring emotions in check and provide focus powering, and they have no understanding of personal space,
for their complicated intellects. Seeming contrary to this, some which soon loses its charm.’
Asur revel in wild adventure. The term ‘Sea Elf ’ is often used by
other species to describe the dauntless High Elves who venture – Hoelistor Arceye, Wizard from Saphery
beyond Ulthuan’s safe shores as mariners, traders, and diplomats,
and who stand in stark contrast to any grim Asur accompanying On Wood Elves…
them who follow warrior lifestyles. ‘If the Asrai would bother to look beyond their dirty noses, they
would see what we are all up against. Isolationist idiots that
deserve everything that’s coming to them. I doubt the Eonir are
any better.’

– Anaw-Alina Darkstep, Scout from Nagarythe

Wood Elves

Wood Elves are a rare sight in the Reikland, and for good reason.
During the closing stages of the War of the Beard, most Elves
retreated from the Old World, but a few remained and withdrew
to the depths of the magical forests they now called home. Over
three thousand years of isolation, hardship, and warfare then
ensued, leaving ‘Wood Elves’ culturally very different to their
High Elf cousins.

Wood Elf life is entwined with nature, with a society intermixed
with spirits of the forest. They are separatists who work hard to
hide themselves away, with arboreal outposts cunningly concealed
with powerful illusions and misleading magics. On the rare
occasions they travel beyond their borders, it is usually for war, as
often with their neighbours as with darker forces, leaving other
peoples of the Old World deeply unsure of the fae, capricious
Elves.

There are two kiths of Wood Elves most commonly seen
in Reikland. The ‘Asrai’ from Athel Loren across the Grey
Mountains, and ‘Eonir’ of the Laurelorn Forest far to the north
in Nordland.

Opinions The ruthless Asrai of Athel Loren are xenophobic and secretive,
and rarely venture beyond their borders. However, a decade ago,
On Reiklander Humans… Naith the Prophetess foresaw the possible death of Athel Loren.
‘They are corrupt, jealous, and rapacious in their short-lived In response, the King and Queen of the Wood, recognising
hungers. But, when mindful of their petty needs and their fear of the fate of their forests may lay in the hands of outsiders, sent
what we represent, they are easily shaped.’ tattooed kinbands out from Athel Loren to take action, hunting
the enemies of the forest at the source.
– Imryth Emberfell, Ambassador from Caledor
These ferocious bands are sometimes led by a spellsinger who
On Dwarfs… calls upon the old, magical paths of the Worldroot to transport
‘I suggest avoiding them. They are lost in the past, which blinds them between Athel Loren and the depths of other forests long
them to what’s coming. Nod politely, accept the abuse, and move lost to the Elves, but not yet consumed by civilisation or Chaos.
on.There is no point arguing, they will never change their minds.’ Occasionally, these wild hunters perceive some common cause
with other Old Worlders and an individual may step from the
– Alathan Crestrider, Seaman from Cothique shadows to join with those fighting a greater evil.

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By comparison, the Queen of the Laurelorn takes a very On Halflings…
different path to the foretellings given to her and has recently ‘I met one when travelling Middenland during the ninth year of
sent a sizeable delegation to make camp in the deep forest of the Queen Marrisith. It talked a lot. And I do mean a lot. When we
Amber Hills just south of Altdorf. These Elves observe Human parted ways by a town it told me was named “Delberz”, I found it
politics concerning the Laurelorn and beyond, and occasionally had somehow managed to steal several pouches of herbs from my
intervene on matters deemed important. The camp is viewed as a belt. I was impressed. So, I suggest not trusting the things, but the
‘temporary’ solution by the Elves, but the meaning of that word companionship and local lore they share may be worth the cost!’
is very different to the long-lived species. Because of this camp,
these Wood Elves are a growing presence in Reikland as they – Alafael Harrowlay, Entertainer from the Laurelorn
venture from the trees and wander according to their inscrutable
purposes, often as hunters or entertainers. On High Elves…
‘Conceited beyond any sensible measure, don’t approach the Asur.
They are jaded, arrogant, and likely lost to Atharti. And if they
try to look down on you in that superior manner they so prefer,
just remind them their Queen in Avelorn lives a life no different
to ours.’

– Cynwrawn Fartrack, Hunter from the Laurelorn

Opinions Sylvan Cousins

On Reiklander Humans… The Wood Elves of Athel Loren and the Laurelorn may share
‘I see hateful creatures with darkness in their hearts and a a common history and origin in the Old World, but they
complete disrespect for order. But they are widespread, warlike, are culturally different. Unlike the High Elves, neither of the
and, most importantly, easy to manipulate. Given winter draws Wood Elven kiths care much for any form of conventional
near, it is time to use them.’ civilisation, seeing it as a threat to their beloved forests and
way of life. However, they differ in how they choose to express
– Algwyllmyr Twiceseen, Seer from Athel Loren this.

On Dwarfs… The Laurelorn Wood Elves proactively engage in politics to
‘More stubborn than the Oak of Ages, they understand one protect themselves, mixing with others, and are not above
argument only: force. So, use it swiftly and decisively, and be stoking the fires of hatred between other groups to shift focus
aware they will return for petty vengeance at a later date.’ to their preferred targets. Thus, in character, they are more
like the High Elves, whilst still having the Skills and Talents
– Meridrynda Aspengate, Glade Rider from Athel Loren of the Wood Elves.

By comparison, the Athel Loren kinbands prefer to hide in
the shadows, shunning contact with all others, instead striking
deadly blows designed to cause fear and terror in the hearts of
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2) Class and Career

Your Class determines your general place in society. Your Career
describes your current job and determines your Status, which also
influences how much money you earn.

You can simply choose your Class and Career from the options
below, write them down on your Character Sheet and move on
to step 3. Alternatively, if you are unsure which to choose, or just
want to randomly select for bonus XP:

1. Roll 1d100 on the Random Class and Career Table. If you
don’t like the result, move to step 2. If you keep the result,
gain +50 XP.

2. Roll twice more on the table, bringing your total to 3 choices.
If one of the three now suits you, select one and gain +25 XP.
If not, move to Step 3.

3. Choose your Class and Career, or keep rerolling on the table
until you get something you like. There is no XP bonus for
this.

Random Class and Career Table

Class Career/Species Human Dwarf Halfling High Elf Wood Elf
ACADEMICS
Apothecary 01 01 01 01–02 –
BURGHERS Engineer 02 02–04 02 – –
Lawyer 03 05–06 03–04 –
COURTIERS Nun 04-05 – 03–06 –
Physician 06 – 05–06 – –
PEASANTS Priest 07–11 07 – –
Scholar 12–13 – 07–08 07–08 01
Wizard 14 08–09 – – 02–05
Agitator 15 – 09–10 –
Artisan 16–17 10–11 11–15 09–12 06–10
Beggar 18–19 12–17 16–19 13–16 –
Investigator 20 18 20–21 –
Merchant 21 19–20 22–25 – –
Rat Catcher 22–23 21–24 26–28 17–19 –
Townsman 24–26 25 29–31 –
Watchman 27 26–31 32–33 – –
Advisor 28 32–34 34 20–21 11–14
Artist 29 35–36 35–36 22–26 15–18
Duellist 30 37 – –
Envoy 31 38 37 – 19–25
39–40 27–28
Noble 32 – 26–31
Servant 33–35 41 38–43 29 –
Spy 42 30–31
Warden 36 43 44 32–35
Bailiff 37 44–45 45–46 32 –
Hedge Witch 38 46–47 33–34 –
Herbalist 39 – 47 35–37 –
Hunter 40 – –
Miner 41–42 48–49 48–50 38–40 36–42
Mystic 43 50–54 51–52 – 43–52
Scout 44 – 53
Villager 45 55 – 41–43 –
46–50 56 54 44–45 53–57
55–57 58–68

– –
46–47
48–50


51–56

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Class Courtiers: Those who rule or who provide specialist services to
those who rule. Even lowly born Courtiers have higher Status
Summary: Choose one of the eight Classes. than most, and all have an opportunity to secure positions of
significant influence. Career options: Advisor, Artist, Duellist,
Your choice of Class determines from which Careers you can Envoy, Noble, Servant, Spy, Warden.
choose. The Careers under each Class are of a broadly equivalent
social level that offer similar types of opportunities between Peasants: People who live and work in the farms, villages, and
adventures. countryside. Peasants are all lower class, though it’s possible
to secure significant influence locally. Career options: Bailiff,
Academics: Learned people who use their education to make a Hedge Witch, Herbalist, Hunter, Miner, Mystic, Scout, Villager.
living. Often, Academics are the only characters who can read
and write. They start with low Status but can secure important Rangers: Roving folk who make a living on the open roads,
positions if they advance through the ranks. Career options: travelling far beyond their home towns and villages. Most Rangers
Apothecary, Engineer, Lawyer, Nun, Physician, Priest, Scholar, are lower class, but some can secure positions of high Status if
Wizard. they persevere. Career options: Bounty Hunter, Coachman,
Entertainer, Flagellant, Messenger, Pedlar, Road Warden, Witch
Burghers: Generally law-abiding townsfolk who live and work Hunter.
in the many towns and cities of the Empire. Many Burghers are
middle class and earn a decent living. Career options: Agitator, Riverfolk: People who live and work on the rivers and waterways
Artisan, Beggar, Investigator, Merchant, Rat Catcher,Townsman, that wind through the Reikland and beyond. Riverfolk all begin
Watchman.

Class Career/Species Human Dwarf Halfling High Elf Wood Elf
RANGERS
Bounty Hunter 51 57–60 58 57–59 69–70
RIVERFOLK Coachman 52 61 59-60 – –
Entertainer 53–54 61–63
ROGUES Flagellant 55–56 62–63 60–62 71–75
Messenger 57 – – – –
WARRIORS Pedlar 58 64–65 63
Road Warden 59 64–65 66–67 – 76–78
Witch Hunter 60 66–67 – –
Boatman 61–62 68 – –
Huffer 63 – – 64 –
Riverwarden 64–65 – 69 – –
Riverwoman 66–68 68–69 70 – –
Seaman 69–70 70 71 – –
Smuggler 71 – 72–74 –
Stevedore 72–73 71–72 75 65–79 –
Wrecker 74 73 76–79 80 –
Bawd 75–76 74–75 80–82 – –
Charlatan 77 76–77 – – 79
Fence 78 78 83–85 –
– 86 81–82 –
Grave Robber 79 – 87 83–85 –
Outlaw 80–83 79
Racketeer 88 – –
Thief 84 – 89 80–85
Witch 85–87 80–82 90 –
Cavalryman 91–94 86–88 –
Guard 88 83 – –
Knight 89–90 84 – – –
Pit Fighter 91–92 – 95–96 – 86–90
Protagonist – – – 91–92
Soldier 93 85–87 97 89–92 93–94
Slayer 94 – – 93–94 95–96
Warrior Priest 95 88–90 98–100 95 –
96–99 91–93 – 96–97 97–100
– 94–96 – 98 –
100 97–100 99–100 –
– –

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with low Status,but some have opportunities that can lead to a very are restricted by Species. Full descriptions of each Career and
comfortable life. Career options: Boatman, Huffer, Riverwarden, their restrictions are given in Chapter 3: Class and Careers,
Riverwoman, Seaman, Smuggler, Stevedore, Wrecker. but for a quick reference, refer to the Random Class and Career
Table to see a complete list of every Career and any Species
Rogues: Mostly town and city folk, these people make a living by restrictions.
acts considered illegal, or at least unsavoury, by most law-abiding
citizens. Rogues are usually lower class, but some can make a lot
of money, though they may not secure a high Status when doing
so. Career options: Bawd, Charlatan, Fence, Grave Robber,
Outlaw, Thief, Racketeer, Witch.

Warriors: Relying on their physical prowess, these people are Options:
all trained fighters, although they are not necessarily from the But I want to play a
military. Warriors come from many backgrounds, both high and Wood Elf Flagellant!
low Status, and all can carve out a position of influence if they live
long enough. Career options: Cavalryman, Guard, Knight, Pit You may have a great idea for a character excluded by the
Fighter, Protagonist, Soldier, Troll Slayer, Warrior Priest. rules because normally the species in question doesn’t pursue
such a career for cultural, religious, or philosophical reasons.
Career That’s totally fine! Just take your character concept to your
GM and, if you both agree to the unique combination, you’re
Summary: Choose one of your Class’s Careers, restricted by your good to go.
Species.

Once your Class is established, choose one of the Careers
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3) Attributes other Species have their own strengths and weaknesses, so their
averages are different, sometimes significantly so.
Summary: Determine each of your Attributes by referring to the
Attributes Table. Determining Characteristics

Attributes describe your character’s innate capabilities – how fast When determining your Characteristics:
or strong you are, how much damage you can sustain, or how well
you cope with stressful situations. Attributes include Movement, Step 1) Roll 2d10 for each of the ten Characteristics and
ten Characteristics, Wounds, Fate, and Resilience. make a note of the results. If you feel your Character would be
improved if you swapped round some of the dice roll results
between Characteristics, move to the next step. If you stick with
your random results, add the die rolls to the modifier for each
Characteristic from the Attribute Table, write them on your
Character Sheet and gain +50 XP.

Wait! That’s not fair! Step 2) Rearrange the ten numbers rolled under step 1, assigning
each to a different Characteristic (and adding its modifier). If
You may notice that not all characters are created equal. you’re happy with this new mix, record them on your Character
An Elf has significant Characteristic advantages, for example. Sheet and gain +25 XP. If not, move to the next step.
Don’t be deceived by numbers alone, there are many aspects
to character generation and all the Species have advantages and Step 3) If you’re still not happy with your results, either roll again
disadvantages at each stage, some of them not always obvious. and swap the rolls around with no XP bonus, or you could ignore
the dice completely! Instead, allocate 100 points across the 10
Characteristics Characteristics as you prefer, with a minimum of 4 and a maximum
of 18 allocated to any single Characteristic. Add the modifiers from
Your ten Characteristics are used in Tests (see Chapter 5: the Attribute Table and record them on your Character Sheet. Like
Rules), to determine if you perform an action successfully. The rolling again, there is no XP bonus for this option.
Human average for these Attributes is 30. Those who are gifted,
or well-practiced, may achieve scores of over 40; only the most Weapon Skill (WS)
dedicated and experienced will achieve scores over 60. Of course,
Your skill at fighting hand-to-hand, your ability to land a
measured blow, and effectiveness in the free-for-all of a massed
melee. It is also used for unarmed combat, where your body is
the weapon!

Weapon Skill Human Attributes Table Halfling Elf
Ballistic Skill
2d10+20 Dwarf 2d10+10 2d10+30
Strength 2d10+20 2d10+30 2d10+30
Toughness 2d10+30
2d10+20 2d10+20 2d10+10 2d10+20
Initiative 2d10+20 2d10+20 2d10+20
Agility 2d10+20
Dexterity 2d10+20 2d10+30 2d10+20 2d10+40
Intelligence 2d10+20 2d10+20 2d10+30
Willpower 2d10+20 2d10+20 2d10+30 2d10+30
Fellowship 2d10+20 2d10+10 2d10+20 2d10+30
Wounds 2d10+20 2d10+30 2d10+30 2d10+30
2d10+20 2d10+20 2d10+30 2d10+20
Fate SB+(2 × TB)+WPB 2d10+40 (2 × TB)+WPB SB+(2 × TB)+WPB
Resilience 2d10+10
Extra Points 2 SB+(2 × TB)+WPB 0 0
Movement 1 2 0
3 0 3 2
4 2 3 5
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Ballistic Skill (BS) Wounds (W)

Your effectiveness at hitting with ranged weapons like bows and Your Wounds show how much Damage you can endure based on
throwing knives, and for throwing things generally. It is also used
as the basis for other ranged attacks like Trolls vomiting. your physical power and your force of will to shrug off injury. See

Chapter 5: Rules for how Wounds are used to track Damage.

Strength (S) Determining Wounds

How much damage you do in melee, how much you can lift, and Unlike other Attributes, Wounds are derived from your Strength
how good you are at things like swimming and climbing. Bonus, twice your Toughness Bonus,, and Willpower Bonus
(abbreviated to SB, TB, and WPB on the Attributes Table). Refer
Toughness (T) to the Attributes Table to determine the Characteristic Bonuses
used to calculate your Wounds. Note: Halflings have the Small
Your physical hardiness. It helps you survive damage in combat Talent automatically and start with fewer Wounds, (see page 341).
but will also help with things like surviving harsh conditions and
standing up to poison. Fate & Fortune, Resilience & Resolve

Initiative (I) Your Fate represents your destiny, and is directly tied to your
Fortune, a measure of your luck. Your Resilience is your inner
Speed of thought and reaction, especially in the heat of battle and strength, which is directly related to your Resolve, defining your
when under pressure. It determines combat order, and helps you grit. Your Resilience also comes with a Motivation, which is a
be the first to react to danger. It also determines your powers of single word or phrase describing what drives your character
intuition and perception. forwards. See page 170 for more on all of these.

Agility (Ag) Determining Fate and Resilience

Physical coordination and natural athleticism, and the basis for You start with a base value for Fate and Resilience, and then have
things like running, riding, and hiding. Agility is also used for a number of Extra Points to spread between these two Attributes
dodging blows in combat. as you see fit. The numbers for these are shown in the Attributes
Table. The more points you allocate to Fate, the luckier you are.
Dexterity (Dex) By comparison, a higher Resilience shows you can steel through
any situation.
Your affinity for performing fine and delicate manual tasks like
playing a musical instrument or skilled manufacturing. It will also
help you with things like sleight of hand and picking pockets.

Intelligence (Int) Determining Fortune and Resolve

Your powers of thought, analysis, and understanding. Useful Your initial Fortune is equal to your Fate. Your initial Resolve
for healing, evaluating, and general knowledge, and vital for the equals your Resilience. Mark all four values on your sheet.
understanding and casting of magical spells.
Determining Motivation
Willpower (WP)
All characters choose a Motivation. It represents your Character’s
General strength of mind, and your ability to shrug off difficulty core essence, a word or phrase that sums up what you live for. In
and plough on with the job in hand. It helps with resisting all addition to the obvious roleplaying benefits for portraying your
sorts of influence and coercion, and guards against fear and terror. character, Motivation is used to help you regain Resolve points.
When considering your Motivation, think of something that
Fellowship (Fel) is fundamental to your character’s nature. Also try to make your
Motivation something fun to roleplay, and something that will
Your ability to get on with people and come across as generally work well with the other PCs and their motivations.
pleasant and acceptable. It will help you when chatting to locals or
commanding people in battle, charming the guards or attempting Example: Gustavus, a young Scholar at the University in Altdorf,
to bribe them, and, for pious characters, communicating with has ‘Thrillseeker’ for his Motivation. He lives his life in pursuit of
your deity. excitement and danger, and Gustavus may regain Resolve points
when he actively seeks out risky situations; perhaps he provokes
Characteristic Bonuses antagonism in taverns, or deliberately breaks the law by stealing
the feathers from the caps of State Soldiers.
The first or ‘tens’ digit of each Characteristic is its bonus value.
Characteristic Bonuses are used in a variety of different ways Example: Clotilda, a Reiksguard Knight, has ‘Protect the weak’ as
throughout the rules, particularly for limiting Talents and her Motivation. She is driven to stand up to bullies and braggarts,
defining Spells. risking life and limb to save the Reikland’s citizenry. Clotilda will
regain her Resolve whenever she rescues others, or puts herself in
Example: Strength (S) 39 equates to a Strength Bonus of 3. harm’s way to protect another.
Willpower (WP) of 51 equals a Willpower Bonus of 5.

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Example: Ebba is a ‘Rebellious’ apprentice wizard studying at 4) Skills and Talents
the Light College. She loves to break the rules of the College,
flaunting her master’s authority, and poking her nose into books Summary: Choose your Skills and Talents from those offered by
best left undisturbed. She regains Resolve whenever she breaks your Species and Career.
the rules set for her by superiors.
Skills represent areas of trained learning or experience, and
Other examples of potential motivations include: a Talents describe special abilities your Character can access. A
‘Perfectionist’, who loves to plan meticulously and draws energy list of all Skills and Talents is provided in Chapter 4: Skills
from flawless execution of schemes; a ‘Nurturer’, who gains and Talents. The Skills and Talents you have available to you at
strength from caring for others, or rescuing them from difficult character generation are determined by your Species and Career.
situations; a ‘Penitent Martyr’, who revels in hardship to atone
for past misdeeds; or a ‘Shining Wit’, who’s ever engaging in When you learn a Skill, note down the number of Advances you
witty badinage and banter to lighten the mood. If you can’t think gain in the Advances box of the Skill. If you should learn this
of a Motivation don’t worry. One may arise as you create more of skill again, add the extra Advances to the old total to create a
your character, and the other players and the GM can always help. new number of Advances. If you learn a Talent, record it in your
Even if you do have one, it’s possible you may change your mind Talent list on your Character Sheet.
later. Step 8) Bringing Your Character To Life is a good time to
reconsider what your Motivation will be.

Movement (M)

Movement is used to determine your Walk and Run speed.
Standard Human Movement is 4. If using a grid for movement
this indicates how many squares you can move in a Round, or
inches across the table top. Over the longer term it indicates how
many miles per hour you can comfortably travel on foot. For
more on Movement, see page 164

Movement Walk Run
3 6 12
4 8 16
5 10 20

Advance Characteristics

Turn to your career in Chapter 3: Class and Careers. Look to
the Advance Scheme and find the three Characteristics marked
h without a brass, silver, or gold background. You can allocate a
total of 5 Advances across these Characteristics as you choose,
and mark them in the Advances box on your Character Sheet.

Characteristic Advances Skills are classified as either Basic or Advanced. Basic Skills
represent common abilities that everyone can perform — you can
Characteristic Advances show training or experience in your use these skills without any Advances in them, at a level equal
Characteristics. The number of Advances you have in the to the governing characteristic. Advanced Skills require specialist
Characteristic is added to the initial Characteristic to show knowledge, and you can only use these skills if you have taken at
your current ability. So, if you have an initial Dexterity of 25, least one Advance in them.
and 5 Dexterity Advances, your Dexterity is now 30.
Note: Some Talents can be learned multiple times. If you have
an opportunity to learn a Talent a second time, check the Talent
entry in Chapter 4: Skills and Talents to see if it can be learned
multiple times, and mark how many times you’ve learned it on
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Wood Elves

Skills: Athletics, Climb, Endurance, Entertain (Sing),
Intimidate, Language (Eltharin), Melee (Basic), Outdoor
Survival, Perception, Ranged (Bow), Stealth (Rural), Track
Talents: Acute Sense (Sight), Hardy or Second Sight, Night
Vision, Read/Write or Very Resilient, Rover

What Are Skill Advances? Random Talents

Like Characteristic Advances, Skill Advances show Roll Description Roll Description
specific training in a Skill. All Skills are associated with a 01–03 Acute Sense (any one) 51–52 Noble Blood
Characteristic, and the number of Advances you have in the Orientation
Skill is added to that Characteristic to show you how skilled 04–06 Ambidextrous 53–55 Perfect Pitch
you are. So, as Climb is associated with Strength, if you have
a Strength of 38, and 8 Climb Advances, your Climb Skill 07–09 Animal Affinity 56–58 Pure Soul
is 46. This is explained in full in Chapter 4: Skills and Talents. Read/Write
10–12 Artistic 59–62 Resistance (any one)
Species Skills and Talents
13–15 Attractive 63–65 Savvy
Each Species has a variety of Skills and Talents to choose from. Sharp
You may choose 3 Skills to gain 5 Advances each, and 3 Skills 16–18 Coolheaded 66–68 Sixth Sense
to gain 3 Advances each. If a Talent listing presents a choice, you Strong Legs
select one Talent from the choices given. Any Random Talents are 19–21 Craftsman (any one) 69–71 Sturdy
determined by the Random Talent table. If you roll a Talent you Suave
already have, you may reroll. Note: All Characters are assumed to 22–24 Flee! 72–74 Super Numerate
be fluent in Reikspiel,, the language of the Empire, and do not Very Resilient
need to take it as a Skill. For more on this, see page 124. 25–28 Hardy 75–78 Very Strong
Warrior Born
Humans (Reiklander) 29–31 Lightning Reflexes 79–81

Skills: Animal Care, Charm, Cool, Evaluate, Gossip, Haggle, 32–34 Linguistics 82–84
Language (Bretonnian), Language (Wastelander), Leadership,
Lore (Reikland), Melee (Basic), Ranged (Bow) 35–38 Luck 85–87
Talents: Doomed, Savvy or Suave, 3 Random Talents
39–41 Marksman 88–91
Dwarfs
42–44 Mimic 92–94
Skills: Consume Alcohol, Cool, Endurance, Entertain
(Storytelling), Evaluate, Intimidate, Language (Khazalid), Lore 45–47 Night Vision 95–97
(Dwarfs), Lore (Geology), Lore (Metallurgy), Melee (Basic),
Trade (any one) 48–50 Nimble Fingered 98–00
Talents: Magic Resistance, Night Vision, Read/Write or
Relentless, Resolute or Strong-minded, Sturdy Career Skills and Talents

Halflings Now turn to your career in Chapter 3: Class and Careers. You
begin at the first Career level listed in your Career Path. There are
Skills: Charm, Consume Alcohol, Dodge, Gamble, Haggle, 8 Skills and 4 Talents listed with that level, and you can choose
Intuition, Language (Mootish), Lore (Reikland), Perception, which of these you are most proficient at. Allocate 40 Advances
Sleight of Hand, Stealth (Any), Trade (Cook) to your eight starting Skills, with no more than 10 Advances
Talents: Acute Sense (Taste), Night Vision, Resistance (Chaos), allocated to any single Skill at this stage. This is enough for you
Small, 2 Random Talents to add 5 Advances to every Career Skill if you wish, which is one
of the required steps to complete your Career if you wish to move
High Elves to a new one (see Changing Career on page 48). You may also
choose a single Talent to learn.
Skills: Cool, Entertain (Sing), Evaluate, Language (Eltharin),
Leadership, Melee (Basic), Navigation, Perception, Play (any Example: Lindsay is creating a Human Noble Scion, which has
one), Ranged (Bow), Sail, Swim the following Career Skills: Bribery, Consume Alcohol, Gamble,
Talents: Acute Sense (Sight), Coolheaded or Savvy, Night Intimidate, Leadership, Lore (Heraldry), Melee (Fencing), Play
Vision, Second Sight or Sixth Sense, Read/Write (Any). She decides the character is well-schooled, but naive, so
chooses to ignore the Bribery, Consume Alcohol, and Gamble
Skills for the moment, and spreads her 40 Advances like so:
Intimidate +7, Leadership +10, Lore (Heraldry) +10, Melee
(Fencing) +3, and Play (Harpsichord) +10. Note: Lindsay can do
this even if she has already allocated Advances to Leadership for
being Human, as the limit of 10 Advances to a single Skill applies
only during this allocation of 40 Advances.

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5) Trappings So, if you were Brass 3, you would start with 6d10 Brass pennies;
if Silver 3, you would begin with 3d10 silver shillings, and if you
Summary: Determine your initial Trappings from your Class and were Gold 3, you would have 3 gold crowns.
Career.
This money can be used to purchase more Trappings or saved for
Your Trappings are the equipment, clothes, weapons, and other spending during play. The relative worth of the coins is covered in
items your character carries. You begin play with initial Trappings Chapter 11: Consumers’ Guide.
determined by your Class and your Career. If you want to buy
more (or sell what you already have!), refer to Chapter 11:
Consumers’ Guide.

All your Trappings should be recorded in the relevant sections
of your Character Sheet. Once you’ve done this, move on to 6)
Adding Detail.

Class Trappings

Your character begins play with general Trappings determined
by your Class. Reference your Class in the list below and jot the
Trappings into your Character Sheet, rolling dice where required.

Academics: Clothing, Dagger, Pouch, Sling Bag containing 6) Adding Detail
Writing Kit and 1d10 sheets of Parchment
Burghers: Cloak, Clothing, Dagger, Hat, Pouch, Sling Bag Summary: Choose name, age, hair and eye colour, height,
containing Lunch Psychology, and Ambitions.
Courtiers: Dagger, Fine Clothing, Pouch containing Tweezers,
Ear Pick, and a Comb The bare bones of your character are in place, so let’s add some
Peasants: Cloak, Clothing, Dagger, Pouch, Sling Bag containing details,fleshing your character out in your imagination,determining
Rations (1 day) what you look like, how you think, and what drives you.
Rangers: Cloak, Clothing, Dagger, Pouch, Backpack containing
Tinderbox, Blanket, Rations (1 day) Name
Riverfolk: Cloak, Clothing, Dagger, Pouch, Sling Bag
containing a Flask of Spirits While you can choose any name that fits the world, here are some
Rogues: Clothing, Dagger, Pouch, Sling Bag containing 2 hints and tips to help choose one that’s right for you.
Candles, 1d10 Matches, a Hood or Mask
Warriors: Clothing, Hand Weapon, Dagger, Pouch Human Reiklander Names

Career Trappings Reiklanders usually have a forename and a surname. Forenames
include:
Every Career has a list of Trappings for each of its four levels. You
begin play with all the Trappings listed in the first level of your
Career Path. Find the appropriate Trappings list in Chapter 3:
Class and Careers and record them on your Character Sheet.

Next, find your character’s Status, which is listed beside your
Career level’s name. It will be marked as either Brass, Silver or
Gold, which is you Status Tier, followed by a a number, which
is your Standing. Your Status Tier and Standing determine your
initial wealth as shown below.

Status Tier Starting Wealth Examples: Adhemar, Anders, Artur, Beatrijs, Clementia, Detlev,
Brass 2d10 brass pennies per Status Level Erika, Frauke, Frederich, Gerner, Gertraud, Haletha, Heinrich,
Silver 1d10 silver shillings per Status Level Helga, Henryk, Irmina, Jehanne, Karl, Kruger, Lorelay, Marieke,
Gold 1 Gold crown per Status Level Sebastien, Sigfreda, Talther, Talunda, Ulrich, Ulrika, Werther,
Willelma, Wilryn.

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Dwarf Surnames
Dwarf surnames are based on who raised the Dwarf, with the
following suffixes the most common in use:

Human Names -sdottir: Daughter of…
and their Origins -snev: Nephew of…
-sniz: Niece of…
Human names in WFRP are often taken from the real world, -sson: Son of…
making it easy to research fun names online. The Reikland and
much of The Empire uses Germanic names, the Wasteland Examples: Ariksson, Grunnasdottir, Skagnev, Sovrissniz
has Dutch and Belgian influences, and Bretonnian names are
loosely medieval French. It’s common as Dwarfs age and accrue deeds to their names
to adopt a nickname based on physical appearance, prowess,
In the Reikland, Human family surnames passed on from or deed. These are usually bestowed by clan consensus, and it’s
one generation to the next are most common in cities and considered dishonourable to give a name that doesn’t represent
towns, while in villages Humans are more likely to take on an the true character of a Dwarf. If such a nickname is adopted, it
individual surname when they reach adulthood. It’s common usually replaces the surname completely. So, Gerka Kardadottir
to take a surname from where you were born, such as ‘Wilhelm would become Gerka Blackhand if she took the nickname
of Auerswald’. The nobility often have two surnames, one is the ‘Blackhand’. Sometimes a nickname is marked in Khazalid, but
name of their House and the other is preceded by ‘von’ to indicate Dwarfs usually translate such to Reikspiel in order to better
where their family holds land, such as Graf Zenechar Trott von explain themselves.
Tahme, though individual family traditions vary widely.
Examples: Axebringer, Finehand, Forkbeard, Ironbraid,
The most common surnames are derived from your occupation, Redhammer, Stonefist
or the occupation of a parent or grandparent. Examples include:
Bauer (Farmer), Fleischer (Butcher), Schmidt (Smith), and Clan Name
Schuster (Cobbler). If a character has a particularly noticeable
physical trait, this might be used as a surname. This can often Finally, all Dwarfs bear a Clan Name (assuming they have not
be passed down from parents to children too, which can become abandoned Dwarf tradition, which some Dwarfs living in the
confusing for literal-minded Dwarfs who may not understand a Empire have, especially rogue engineers). The Clan Name is
short person claiming to be Lang (Tall). Some other examples always derived from the ancestor who founded the Clan, and
include: Augenlos (one eye), Dunn (very thin), Laut (loud is often sourced in a Nickname, often expressed in Khazalid.
voice), Stark (Strong). In practice, Dwarfs rarely use their Clan Name outside Dwarf
society.
Dwarf Names
Common Reikland Clans: Ardrungan, Bryntok, Gazani,
Dwarf names are comprised of a forename, a surname, and a clan Gromheld, Harrazlings, Unboki
name.
Common Grey Mountain Clans: Dokkintroll, Ganvalgger,
Dwarf Forenames Kvitang, Thrungtak, Wyrgrinti, Zankonk
Dwarf names tend to be short and sturdy like the people they
represent, and are most commonly given to celebrate important Elf Names
ancestors, although individual clan traditions vary. Another
common practice is to use a birthname to describe a key trait of a Elves normally only admit to having names comprising of a
newborn in Khazalid, the Dwarf native language. forename and an epithet when wandering the Reikland.

Examples: Alrik, Bronda, Dimzad, Fenna, Gottri, Gudrun, Elf Forenames
Snorri. The Elves use a naming system quite incomprehensible to
outsiders. Eltharin (the common language of High Elves and
Khazalid examples: Baragaz (Cannon Mouth), Durak (Hard), Wood Elves, which has many dialects) is a language that relies on
Galazil (Golden Haired), Gnoldok (Wise Eyes), Nazril more than simple syllables to convey meaning. The easiest way to
(Shimmering), Okri (Crafter) create an Elf name is to use the Elf Name Generator.

Elf Epithets
When travelling foreign lands, Elves typically present themselves
with a forename and an epithet rather than attempt to explain
the deeper concepts of Kindreds, Kinbands, or Houses. These
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Elf Name Generator

If you are finding it difficult to come up with an appropriate name for you Elf character, then roll the tables below. Some Elves only have
two elements to their name some have three or more. Keep rolling until you have something you like, or simply choose the elements
you think sound best.

1d10 First Component Second Component High Elf Ending Wood Elf Ending

1 Aes a andril arha
2 Ath ath anel anhu

3 Dor dia ellion dda
4 Far en fin han

5 Gal for il loc
6 Im lor irian noc
7 Lin mar mor oth
8 Mal ol nil ryn
9 Mor sor ric stra
10 Ullia than wing wyth

easier for other species to pronounce and understand. Among Halfling Clan Names
High Elves, epithets usually describe character traits and physical Halfling clan names are almost exclusively related to food and
appearance, but can be more obscure. Wood Elf epithets typically drink, geographical or natural features, or personal characteristics
reference the natural world so beloved by the forest kin. of the ancestor who first took the name. Halflings who have the
same surname are always related and can usually tell you exactly
High Elf examples: Emberfell, Fireborn, Foamheart, how.
Goldenhair, Silverspray, Spellsign
Human’s tendency to have the same surname despite being
Wood Elf examples:Fleetriver, Shadowstalker, Treeshaper, unrelated causes confusion among some Halflings, who will
Weavewatcher, Willowlimb, Windrunner happily pinch pies from a Schmidt on one street because a
Schmidt on another street short-changed them.
Halfling Names
Common Reikland Clans: Ashfield, Brandysnap, Hayfoot,
Halfling names are comprised of a given name and a clan name Rumster, Shortbottom, Thorncobble
at a minimum, with middle names included to ensure family trees
are not confused. Physical Details

Halfling Forenames When it comes to cosmetic physical details — those aspects of
Halflings proudly bear grand names drawn from their long your appearance that don’t influence the game directly — you
family trees, but they rarely use these outside official business. may either roll them randomly or choose from the range available
Normally, they are known by a cosy-sounding shortened form of to your Species.
their ancestral name. Some Halfling’s diminutives are completely
unrelated to their formal names and are instead more descriptive, Age
like Rosie or Scrumper.
Average natural lifespans are around 60 for a Human, 120 for
Halflings place great stock in their achievements and some elders Halflings, and over 200 for a Dwarf, while Elves don’t appear to
will only answer to nicknames related to their job, such as Gaffer, age at all and have been known to live for a thousand years or
Guv, or Nan. Halflings also have long had a habit of emulating more. Choose your Character’s age or use the table below.
their neighbours to the point that many grand, formerly-Human
names have now become ‘traditional’ Halfling names. Human Dwarf Elf Halfling
15+d10 15+5d10
Examples (with diminutives): Antoniella (Anni), Esmerelda 15+10d10 30+10d10
(Esme), Ferdinand (Fred), Heironymus (Hiro), Maximilian
(Max), Theodosius (Theo), Thomasina (Tina)

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Eye Colour Human Dwarf Elf Halfling

While most species roll once on the table below, Elves may 4’9”+2d10” 4’3”+d10” 5’11”+d10” 3’1”+d10”
roll twice: their innately magical natures mean they often have
variegated colours, such as sapphire blue flecked with gold, or a
mottled mixture of mossy green and warm chestnut.

Hair Colour Ambitions

All species barring Elves have hair that slowly turns grey as they Ambitions are a Character’s goals in life – what they want to
move through middle age, then eventually turns white as they achieve. All characters have both a Short-Term and Long-Term
reach old age. Ambition.

By comparison, Elves seem eternally youthful, never showing any Choosing Ambitions
signs of age. Humans and Dwarfs may also have significant facial
hair, which is usually the same colour as head hair, but not always. Consult with your GM when choosing your Ambitions. Your
GM has final say on the acceptability of an Ambition, and
Height whether it is short-term or long-term. Should you wish to change
an Ambition, you may do so between sessions.
Average heights are: Dwarf (4’8”), Elf (6’5”), Halfling (3’6”),
with Humans varying much more widely, averaging somewhere Short-term Ambitions
around 5’9” in the Reikland. If you want a truly random upper
height for Humans, if either die rolls a 10, roll one more die and Short-term Ambitions represent your immediate goals. They are
add it to the height total. outcomes you wish to achieve within days and weeks, possibly

Eye Colour Table

2d10 Reikland Human Dwarf Halfling High Elf Wood Elf
2 Free Choice Jet Ivory
3 Green Coal Light Grey
4 Pale Blue Lead Grey Amethyst Charcoal
Blue Aquamarine Ivy Green
5–7 Pale Grey Steel Pale Blue Mossy Green
8–11 Grey Blue Blue Sapphire Chestnut
12–14 Brown Turquoise Chestnut
15–17 Hazel Earth Brown Green Emerald Dark Brown
18 Dark Brown Dark Brown Hazel
19 Black Brown Amber Tan
20 Hazel Copper Copper Sandy Brown
Green Dark Brown Citrine
Copper Dark Brown Gold Violet
Gold

Hair Colour Table

2d10 Reikland Human Dwarf Halfling High Elf Wood Elf
2 White Blond Silver Birch Silver
3 Golden Blond White Grey White Ash Blond
4 Red Blond Grey Flaxen Rose Gold
5-7 Golden Brown Pale Blond Honey Blond
Light Brown Pale Blond Russet Blond
8-11 Dark Brown Golden Honey Brown
12-14 Black Yellow Blond Mahogany Brown
15-17 Auburn Copper Chestnut Copper Blond
Red Bronze Ginger Dark brown
18 Grey Brown Mustard Red Blond Sienna
19 Dark Brown Almond Auburn Ebony
20 Reddish Brown Chocolate Red
Black Liquorice Black Blue-Black

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sooner. Under normal circumstances, a short-term Ambition 7) Party
should take at least two or three sessions to complete.
Now you have almost finished making your Character, you need
Example short-term Ambitions include: to consider the other players in your party. Everyone will have
more fun when your Characters can engage and interact with one
• Ruining the reputation of a romantic rival. another; while some intra-party tension can be enjoyable, it is
• Avenging a fallen comrade. important you are not constantly at one another’s throats.
• Befriending a reclusive scholar.
You will also want to consider how your party know one another.
Long-term Ambitions Are you friends? Are you the retainers of a noble, or travelling
companions on a river barge? Or is your GM going to have you
Long-term Ambitions are goals you will need to work on for meet during your first session?
months or years to complete, and may never be achieved at all,
perhaps taken more as a description of a primary motivation in Party Ambitions
your life than a realistic outcome.
All players in your group should also discuss what your collective
Examples of long-term Ambitions include: goals are, and then choose a short-term and long-term party
Ambition. Much like your personal Ambitions, party Ambitions
• Owning your own coaching inn. can be changed between sessions.
• Building your village into a thriving town.
• Ridding the Colleges of Magic of Elven influence.

Options: Nefarious Plans

You may want to keep your Ambitions secret from other
players in your party, especially if they are controversial or
clandestine. If you want to overthrow the Emperor, or legalise
Necromancy in the Reikland, chances are your Witch Hunter
ally won’t approve!

Achieving Your Ambitions

If you achieve your short-term Ambition, you will receive a bonus
of +50 XP, and can choose a new short-term Ambition at the
end of the session. If you achieve your long-term Ambition, you
may either:

• Receive a bonus of +500 XP and choose a new long-term
Ambition at the end of the session.

• Retire your Character — who becomes an NPC under your
GM’s control — and gain a bonus of half your earned XP
of your current character to spend on your next character.

Retired Characters will generally stay in place to take advantage of Short-term Party Ambitions
their achieved ambition. You can build them into the background
of your new Character, so that they may continue to help you. If Short-term party Ambitions have the same scope as your personal
you want to reactivate a retired Character, talk to your GM about short-term Ambitions but are for the whole group. Your personal
how best to bring that into the current story. Retiring Characters Ambitions should never be the same as your party Ambitions, but
allows you to build a network across the Old World, and can be a there is no reason they can’t complement each other.
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Examples of short-term party Ambitions include: here are ours! If any of these questions make you want to change
something about the character you’ve created so far... do so! For
• Outwitting a rival group, securing a job at their loss. instance, if you add in some detail about your childhood, you may
• Hunting down the killer of a lost party member. want to revisit the choices you made in 4) Skills and Talents.
• Impressing your patron by completely succeeding in an
Where are you from?
appointed task.
Do you come from one of Reikland’s bustling towns, or a sleepy
Long-term Party Ambitions village? Perhaps your childhood was spent on a remote farmstead,
or maybe you called the winding back alleys of Altdorf home?
Much like short-term party Ambitions, long-term Party Do you hail from a deep mountain hold, or were your days spent
Ambitions work like your personal Ambitions, and can be just as threading the roads and riverways of Reikland, always on the
wide in scope, but are for your entire group. move? See Chapter 10: Glorious Reikland for details on the
geography and settlements of this corner of the Empire.
Examples of long-term Party Ambitions include:

• Eradicate an Empire-wide Chaos Cult. What is your family like?
• Build a castle.
• Become Heroes of the Empire, each earning an Imperial It may take a village to raise a child, but it’s your kin who do
the heavy lifting. What were your parents’ occupations? Are they
Cross for bravery, pinned on your chests by the Emperor still alive? Do you have any siblings? Were you close, or were
himself ! you constantly at one another’s throats? Grandparents? Nephews,
nieces, cousins? Children, even? Does your family approve of
Achieving your Party Ambitions your career choice? Are they proud of you, or are you a stain on
your family’s honour?
If your party achieves its short-term Ambition, each member
receives +50 XP, and you can all select a new Ambition for the What was your childhood like?
party at the end of the session.
Was your family home full of love, or was it a cold, inhospitable
If your party achieves its long-term Party Ambition: place? Were you coddled, or did you have to fend for yourself ?
Were you educated, and if so, by whom: a tutor, a family member,
• All players receive a bonus of +500 XP, and the party chooses a village school, or the local priest? Were you trained in the
a new long-term Ambition at the end of the session. family business, or were you sent from home, fostered elsewhere
or raised in an orphanage?
• As many players as wish to do so can retire their Characters
— who become NPCs under the GM’s control; those who Why did you leave home?
do gain a bonus of half the XP of their current Character to
spend on their next Character. Do you still live in your childhood home, or did you leave? If
so, when? Were you drawn by the promise of excitement of life
8) Bringing Your in the big city? Are you in search of riches, or renown? Are you
Character to Life running from something, or trying to find meaning or purpose
in your life?
Fleshing out your Character’s personality and history will
really help you bring them to life. Some players write detailed Who are your best friends?
backstories for their Character, especially if they are very familiar
with the Old World. Others prefer to just decide the basics at the While you cannot choose your family, your friends are another
start, and then improvise during the game (discuss this with the matter entirely, and you can tell a lot about someone by the
GM beforehand so you don’t derail any storylines). At the start of friends they keep. Do you have any friends from childhood?
the Character creation process we recommended that you talk to Or friends you’ve made since leaving home? What do you do
the other players and the GM about the kind of group you want together? Drink? Gamble? Debate? Are your allies in your party
to create, and we revisited that while creating Party ambitions. your best friends? Or do you eschew civilised company in favour
This is the perfect place to complete that process, weaving your of a loyal pet?
Characters’ stories together and binding them into a tight-knit
group with their own reasons for sticking together. What is your greatest desire?

What is the fire that burns in your heart? Your Ambitions may
be your chief goal, but ambitions are often prosaic or banal. If you
could have anything, anything at all, what would it be?

Ten Questions What are your best and worst memories?

One useful technique for creating an interesting background for We are the sum of our experiences; they shape and mould us,
your Character is to answer a series of questions about them — forging us anew. What are your most treasured memories? An
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while huddling from rain, beneath sheltering boughs? A victory 9) Advancement
scored in a battle of wits or brawn? And what are your less fond
recollections? A painful humiliation? A scheme thwarted? The Experience Points (XP) are used to improve your character.
end of a long-term partnership, romantic or business? The hatred, The GM will give you XP after every session of play, and you
disdain, or, worse, disinterest of your peers? may be rewarded for doing particularly well. This could include
successfully resolving the ongoing adventure, roleplaying your
What are your religious beliefs? character well or defeating important enemies. Between sessions,
you spend your XP to buy new Skills and Talents, to increase
Most folk of the Empire are polytheistic; the existence, and Characteristics, and to change Career. The final step in creating
puissance, of the gods is undeniable, and so their veneration your Character is to spend any bonus XP you earned through the
is a matter of course. That being said, not all of the gods are Character Creation process. The tables below shows how you can
favoured equally. spend these points.

Does your character have a fondness or affinity for one god Initially, you can only spend your XP to increase the 3
in particular? Do you cross your fingers for luck, appealing to Characteristics, 8 Skills, and 4 Talents available to your Career
Ranald? Do you make the sign of the Twin Tailed Comet at level. For more details on spending XP, see page 47.
your enemy, or mutter an angry prayer to Ulric before battle?
See Chapter 7: Religion and Belief for details of the gods and Characteristic and Skill
their ways. Improvement XP Costs

To whom, or what, are you loyal? Advances XP Cost per Advance
0 to 5
Will you protect your friends above all, or are the ties that bind Characteristics Skills
you to your clan, kinfolk, or partner stronger than iron? Or are
you a pious soul, dedicated above all to your god? Or are you 25 10
loyal to your community, to Reikland, the Empire… or just to
yourself ? 6 to 10 30 15
11 to 15 40 20
Why are you adventuring?
16 to 20 50 30
And this is the big one: why are you a player character, and not 21 to 25 70 40
just another citizen of the Empire. Why are you adventuring?
26 to 30 90 60
Have you consciously chosen a life of adventure? Are you seeking 31 to 35 120 80
out the enemies of the Empire, or a big pay day? Or was this life
thrust upon you, against your will. Are you seeking justice, or 36 to 40 150 110
vengeance, or is your adventuring life nothing more than a fight 41 to 45 190 140
to clear your name, or survive your enemies?
46 to 50 230 180

Answer all of those, and you will have a fully fleshed out character, Other improvement costs
ready to go. But, before you start playing, did you gain any bonus
XP during the character creation process? If so, you may wish to
spend it before you begin play.

Improvement XP Cost

+1 Talent 100 XP +100 XP per
time the Talent has
already been taken

Leave a Complete Career 100 XP

Options: Psychology Leave an Incomplete Career 200 XP

When you are creating your Character’s story, you might feel Finished!
you should have powerful emotions such as Love, Camaraderie,
Hatred etc towards family members, situations, enemies or Now your character and party are created, you are ready to play!
other features of their life. If the GM agrees, you can take a
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Character Sheet Summary

Personal Details Experience

Here is where you fill in your Character’s As you play WFRP your Gamemaster will award
personal details, such as name, Species (see Experience Points (see page 43). Keep a record of
page 24) and Career (see page 30), as well as your current (unspent) Experience, as well as your
aspects of their physical appearance. Spent Experience and a running total.

Attributes • •• • •

Record your Attributes here. Attributes •
include your Characteristics (see page 33), • •
which describe your Character’s strengths and
weaknesses. As you progress through your • Party
game, your Character will gain Advances (see
page 35), reflecting them getting stronger, Ambitions Details about your group goes here: the
tougher or better at different tasks. name your party is known by, and its
Your Ambitions (see page 41) are your short-term and long-term Ambitions (see
Your Movement (see page 35) shows how Character and party’s main goals in life. pages 41-42). There’s also space to note your
quickly you can move. Short-term Ambitions can be achieved companions’ names as a reminder to use
within a few days or weeks, while long- them and help everyone stay in character.
Fate and Fortune (see page 170) reflect how term Ambitions are those that may take
lucky your character is, while Resilience and years, or may never be achieved at all.
Resolve (see page 171) indicate your character’s
pool of grit and determination to overcome
certain obstacles. You will also need to record a
Motivation (see page 34), which explains what
keeps your Character going.

Skills & Talents

Your Skills (see page 35) are abilities your
character can train or develop. Basic Skills
are common or innate and are known by all
characters, while Advanced Skills require
training. As you acquire new Skills, mark them
onto your Character Sheet. As you get gain
Advances, your Skills will improve, which
increase your chance of succeeding in Tests (see
page 149).

Talents are additional abilities your character
possesses. As many Talents may be taken more
than once, keep a tally of how many times you
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Armour Corruption and Mutation

Record your Armour (see page 299) here. Armour is When you face dark horrors, Daemons, and the machinations of the
very useful at keeping your character alive, as it reduces Dark Gods, you may gain Corruption Points (see 182). Gathering too
incoming Damage, and may save you from Critical Hits many of these can quickly lead to mutation (see page 183).
(see page 159). Record the details of your Armour in the
table, and also write the total Armour Points (APs) in each Psychology
location on the diagram.
If your character has any Psychology (see
• page 190) record it here. Psychologies include
phobias, animosities and strong loyalties. Most
• • starting characters do not begin with any
• Psychologies.

• Trappings, Encumbrance,
and Wealth

Your Trappings (see page 37) are your
belongings. These may include clothing, bags,
candles, ropes, or bandages. As your character
is limited in how much they can carry, you
must also record each item’s Encumbrance
(see page 293). Add up the total Encumbrance
of your Armour, Weapons, and Trappings to
see how much weight you are carrying.

• Your character’s Wealth is recorded in brass
pennies, silver shillings, and, if you’re especially
wealthy, gold crowns. Spend it wisely!

• Wounds
Record your Wounds (see page 34) here. Your
Wounds are derived from your Characteristics
and Talents. As you are injured in Combat
(see page 156) your Wounds will go down,
while Healing (see page 181) will increase

• them again (though never beyond your
maximum). As you gain Advances in your
Characteristics and Talents, your Wounds may,
in turn, increase.

Spells and Prayers Weapons

If your character is in a religious or magical Record details about your Weapons (see page 293)
Career, you may have access to Spells (see page here. As well as the type of Weapon, you will also
238) or Prayers (see page 217). These represent record its Encumbrance (how heavy it is), how
supernatural abilities, as your characters draws on much Damage it inflicts, and, if it is a Ranged
the winds of magic, or calls on their favoured deity Weapon, at what Range it can be used.
for assistance in times of need.
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• Class and Careers •

‘Well, I play a character with no class at all who would sell his Classes
grandmother for career advancement; you know, exactly the type of
fellow frequently encountered in my line of work.’ Academics: Page 53.
Burghers: Page 61.
– Detlef Sierck, Playwright and Actor Courtiers: Page 69.
Peasants: Page 77.
Your Career is your job when not off adventuring (or having Rangers: Page 85.
adventures done to you, as may often be the case). It describes Riverfolk: Page 93.
your training, social class, and your future prospects. WFRP Rogues: Page 101.
groups similar Careers into Classes. Warriors: Page 109.

Classes

A summary of each Class is found in Chapter 2: Character on Careers
page 30. Classes organise Careers into easily referenced groups.
They also impact character development, provide different The summary and illustration at the top of the eight Careers in
starting Trappings during Character Creation (see page 37), and your chosen Class should give you a good idea of which is the one
influence how you can change Career (see Changing Career on for you. The Careers can be considered to be as broad as possible,
page 48). Some Classes have access to different Endeavours — so you are encouraged to interpret them imaginatively as part of
activities you can take between adventures; for more on this, see your Character concept.
Chapter 6: Between Adventures.

Class and Careers III

Career Levels Characteristic and Skill
Improvement XP Costs
Every Career has four levels, each progressively better than the
last. If you take a look at Apothecary, the first Academic Career, Advances XP Cost per Advance
you can see the four levels are: 0 to 5
Characteristics Skills
1. Apprentice Apothecary
2. Apothecary 25 10
3. Master Apothecary
4. Apothecary-General 6 to 10 30 15

When choosing a Career for a new character, you always start at 11 to 15 40 20
the first level of the career — so, if you were an Apothecary, you
would start as an Apprentice Apothecary. 16 to 20 50 30

Advancing Through Your Career 21 to 25 70 40

Your Character’s Career affects how they will grow through 26 to 30 90 60
experience. Every Career offers three forms of Advances:
Characteristic Advances, Skill Advances, and Talent Advances 31 to 35 120 80
— each of which are purchased with Experience Points (XP). You
can also use XP to Change Career. Your Career Level determines 36 to 40 150 110
what Characteristics, Skills, and Talents are available to you.
41 to 45 190 140
Characteristic Advances
46 to 50 230 180
Every Career has an Advance Scheme governing its
Characteristic Advances. The Advance Scheme shows your 51 to 55 280 220
character’s 10 Characteristics, 3 marked with h, 1 marked with
56 to 60 330 270
on a brass background, 1 marked with a on silver, and the
last marked on gold. 61 to 65 390 320

The three marked h are Characteristics you can advance in the 66 to 70 450 380
first level of the Career. When you enter the second level of a
career, the Characteristic also becomes available. When you 70+ 520 440
enter the third level, the Characteristic also becomes available.
And when you enter the fourth and last level of a Career, the Skill Advances
Characteristic finally becomes available.
You can advance all the Skills listed for your Career level and
The cost in XP of a Characteristic Advance is shown in the lower. So, if you were an Apothecary’s Apprentice (level 1), you
Characteristic and Skill Improvement XP Costs table, and could only access the Skills listed under Apothecary’s Apprentice
depends on the number of Characteristic Advances you have (level 1). But, if you were a Master Apothecary (level 3), you could
already taken in that Characteristic. access all the Skills for Master Apothecary (level 3), Apothecary
(level 2), and Apprentice Apothecary (level 1).
Each Characteristic Advance adds +1 to the associated
Characteristic. So, if you had purchased 4 Agility Advances, The cost in XP of a Skill Advance is shown in the
and your Initial Agility was 27, your Current Agility would be Characteristic and Skill Improvement XP Costs table, and
31. The Advances would cost 25 XP per +1 Advance, as at each depends on the number of Skill Advances you have already
point the number of Advances previously taken would be in the taken in that Skill.
0–5 range.
Each Skill Advance adds +1 to your Skill level. Therefore, if you
Chapter 5: Rules explains how the Characteristics are used in the had purchased 9 Advances in Stealth and your Agility was 31,
game, and Chapter 2: Character explains what each Characteristic your Stealth would be 40. The first 5 Advances would cost 10
is. There is no upper limit to the number of Characteristic XP each, and the 4 remaining Advances would cost 15 XP each.
Advances that can be purchased, although higher levels do become
prohibitively expensive. Note: While Weapon Skill and Ballistic Note: One of the Skills in the first level of your Career will be
Skill have the word ‘Skill’ in them, this is only a historical artefact marked in italics. This is the Skill you Test when Earning money
— they are characteristics and are Advanced as such. (see page 51).

The full rules for how to use your Skills can be found in Chapter
4: Skills and Talents. Like Characteristic Advances, there is
no upper limit to the number of Skill Advances that can be
purchased.

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Non-Career Advances Options:
Customise Your Trappings
Characters will inevitably want to advance Characteristics and
Skills not listed in their Careers. That’s fine, if the GM feels The Trappings listed in each Career are guidelines only. Feel
it’s appropriate, but it costs double. The GM might want you free to be creative with your Trappings, choosing those that
to find a teacher or otherwise play out this unusual education. fit your interpretation of your character’s Career and how
it manifests. So, if you were using the Soldier Career to
Non-Career Characteristic and Skill Advances cost double the represent a grizzled Handgunner from Reikland’s State Army,
amount of XP listed in the Characteristic and Skill Improvement you may decide to tweak the required Trappings to include
XP Costs table. powder and shot.

Normally, non-Career Talents may not be purchased with XP, Trappings are how you are recognised as someone belonging
although Training and Unusual Learning Endeavours in Chapter to your career. If you want to go incognito, you might not
6: Between Adventures provide an opportunity to purchase non- want to have all your trappings with you. Similarly, if you
Career Advances as if they were Career Advances, and give the are trying to use the authority of your Career, not having the
possibility of learning non-Career Talents. trappings of such means people might not take you seriously.

Talent Advances In each case, you will have to first determine if you have completed
your current Career level. If you have, changing Career costs 100
Talents are only available when you are in the level of the Career XP. If you have not, it costs 200 XP.
that lists them. So, if you are an Apothecary-General, you can
only buy Talents listed under Apothecary-General, not those Completing a Career
listed under Apprentice Apothecary, Apothecary, or Master
Apothecary. Completing a Career represents mastering your current vocation
and being ready to move on to something new. To complete a
Talents Advances cost 100 XP +100 XP per Advance already Career, you must have the number of Advances listed below in all
taken in that Talent. your Career level’s Characteristics and in eight of your Career level’s
available Skills.You must also have at least 1 Talent from your current
The rules for every Talent can be found in Chapter 4: Skills and Career level. Skills and Talents you have gained from advancement
Talents. The first time you purchase a new Talent (for 100 XP) prior to entering your current Career count towards this..
it grants you access to the Talent’s special rules. If you purchase
a Talent multiple times (second time costs 200 XP, third 300 Level Advances
XP) any additional abilities bestowed are listed in the Talent 1 5
description. 2 10
3 15
Note: Not all Talents can be purchased multiple times. Check 4 20
the Talent listing for any limitations.
Note: Just because you have completed a Career level does not
Changing Career mean you have to move to a new one. Moving Career is always
entirely up to you. If you wish to stay in the first level of Pauper
When you have taken all the Advances you want in your current forever, that’s completely fine.
Career, it’s time to change Career. Changing Career means one
of two things: Changing to a New Level

1) Moving to a different level within your current Career (from If you have completed your current Career level, you can enter
Apothecary to Master Apothecary); or the next Career level, or any lower Career level, for 100 XP. So, if
2) Moving to an entirely new Career (from Apothecary to you completed Hunter (Hunter level 2), you could exit to Tracker
Scholar).

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(Hunter level 3) or Trapper (Hunter level 1) for 100 XP, but not
Huntsmaster (Hunter level 4).

With GM permission, you can also skip Career levels. This is Alternative Changes
normally driven by in-game events. For example: A Scion (Noble in Career
level 1) inherits a significant estate during play, so the GM offers
Noble Lord (Noble level 4) as a potential change of Career. Like Sometimes during play you are offered a job in the most
normal, changing to this Career level costs 100 XP if you have unlikely circumstances. For example: a local Baron may
completed your current Career level, or 200 XP if you have not. employ you to be his Honour Guard (Guard, Career level 3),
or you may escape Altdorf on the run from the city watch,
Changing to a New Career now effectively an Outlaw (Outlaw, Career level 2). In such
circumstances, the GM may offer a Career change that lies
If you have completed your current Career level, you can enter outside your normal Career Path. That’s not only fine, it’s
the first level of any Career from your Class for 100 XP, or for recommended, as it’s always more fun to tie your Career
200 XP if you have not completed your current Career level. If choices into in-game events.
you want to enter the first level of a Career from a different Class,
this cost an extra 100 XP. Note: your GM may require in-game
justification for such Career changes; after all, not just anyone can
enter Noble, even if you are in the Courtier Class.

Further, if you have completed your current Career level, with Status
GM permission, and solid justification, you can enter the same
Career level in any Career within your Class. So, if you completed Old World society is highly stratified — common folk are in
Master Apothecary (Apothecary level 3), you could move to little doubt as to their place in the society whilst the elite enjoy
Fellow (Scholar level 3), to show you were taking a teaching power and prestige that is brutally enforced and therefore largely
position in Altdorf University. This costs 100 XP. However, be unchallenged. Most people in between are acutely aware of their
aware there are obvious limitations here. Some Careers, such as standing, and preoccupied with improving it. This is represented
Wizard, require the basics be learned before the more advanced by Status, which can modify the interactions between people of
lore can be understood and the Talents of earlier Career levels different social classes.
will not be open to you at a higher level.
Tiers and Standing
Lastly, between adventures, you can also change Career using the
Change Career Endeavour (see page 196). Status is expressed as a Tier — from lowest to highest: Brass,
Silver, or Gold — and a Standing — which is a number, generally
Talent and Career Change from 1–5, showing how respected the character is within their
XP Costs Improvement Tier.

Improvement XP Cost If you have a higher Tier than another character, you have higher
100 XP + 100 XP per Status. If you are in the same Tier as another character, then you
+1 Talent Advance time the Talent is already are higher Status if you have a higher Standing.
taken
Leave a Complete Career 100 XP The Three Tiers
Leave an Incomplete
Career 200 XP The most important distinctions in Status are the three Tiers:
Enter a different Class
+100 XP The Gold Tier: Reserved for the rulers of society; those who
directly serve them as advisors, protectors, and maintainers of
the law; and the independently wealthy. To reach this position
requires hard work, success, and not a little luck. All in the Gold
tier are rich, respected, and of higher Status than those in the
Silver and Brass tiers.

The Silver Tier: Populated by well-to-do townsfolk and those
following professions requiring skill and expertise. Tradesmen,
craftsmen, and merchants make up most of the upper ranks of the

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tier, whilst the bottom is filled by those providing services. These
folk lead relatively humble lives, but they are still respectable.
People of the Silver Tier are of higher Status than those of the
Brass Tier.

The Brass Tier: Occupied by peasants and those in the poorest Beyond the Social Norm
professions which often require no particular skills. The Brass
Tier also contains many criminals, ne’er-do-wells, and those who Status provides a rough guide to how the folk of the Old
don’t make any living at all. World behave when they fit in with acceptable norms. However,
some characters will violate this, and that’s completely fine. If
Determining Status you wish to randomise how an NPC reacts to Social Status,
roll 1d10 on the following table:
Your Status is determined by your Career level. Beside the name
of your Career level is your Status, marked as ‘Brass 3’, ‘Silver 1d10 Result
1’, or similar. This is the Tier and Standing. Should you change 1-2 Defies Status. The character defies conven-
Career, check the new Status by the name of your new Career 3-8 tion concerning Status and ignores its effects.
Level, and mark it on your Character Sheet.
9-10 Standard Reactions. The character follows
Changing Status the Status rules as normal.

Status changes for the following reasons: Extreme Views. The character holds extreme
views. Modify all Tests influenced by Status
1. You change Career. by a further +/–10, as appropriate.
2. You gain a Talent that modifies Status.
3. The GM imposes a change in Status due to in-game The Effects of Status

events. Status influences a number of situations that impact your
Character. Often these involve making Tests easier or more
Whatever causes a change in Status, you should take time to difficult (see page 153). The GM may expand or limit these
explain what exactly occurred, and the impact this has on your influences as they wish.
character. If you have changed to a different Career Level, say
from a Student to a Scholar, what precipitated this? What subject Charm
did you study? And how does your character now feel after
graduating? Taking time to explain your changing circumstances Status impacts Charm significantly, with those of higher Status
makes your character more rounded and believable. more easily able to get what they want, and those of lower status

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