The following sourcebooks may be used in any combination to build your character.
All new characters begin at Level 1 with 0 experience points.
Use the standard array or point buy system to determine your starting ability scores.
For your first level and each level you gain after that, use the fixed hit point value for your class.
Use the options for starting gold and equipment for your class and background. Don't roll for wealth.
You may not choose any Evil alignment.
You may choose either Standard Human (+1 to all ability scores) or Variant Human (starting feat). Whenever you gain an Ability Score Improvement, you may instead choose to gain a feat.
You may choose to multiclass when your character gains new levels.
Although we are not in Faerun or the Forgotten Realms, the following restrictions are in place for these subclasses:
By default, if you see a restriction in the class or subclass description, ask a Weaver.
Choose your character's background feature and non-combat proficiencies with care. In Brightshore, what your character does outside of adventuring can have a large impact on their wealth and the well-being of the colony. For example, if you are proficient in smith’s tools, you can craft swords or armor, either to use or to sell to other players. If you know how to use mason’s tools, you can rebuild ruined houses or walls within the city itself. You can of course focus on combat proficiencies and backgrounds, but you will also have powerful options if you diversify into other rarely-taken proficiencies.
Instead of choosing from the Backgrounds available in the above sourcebooks, you could select one from the list below. These have been created by the DMs specifically for this campaign, and are subject to change.
If you have any questions about how to adapt a background to Brightshore, please ask!
Your character will begin their first session as a new arrival to the land of Lorica, a continent that is just starting to be explored and colonized. When creating your character's backstory, you may want to consider where your character is coming from and why they would want to start a new life in Lorica. Some follow rumors of treasure, mystery, and excitement. Others come to leave behind a life of misery or regret. If you're not sure, leave it blank for now, and your DM will help you during your first session.
You are only really limited by your imagination, but here are some guidelines the Weavers would like you to follow:
In order to maintain a sense of permanence and persistence, changing characters stats (outside of ability score improvements), feats, cantrips, and other aspects of a character is not allowed in Brightshore.
However, once a character has been played at the table, you may alter anything about your character so long as it follows the rest of the rules for character creation. Perhaps your build isn't quite right, or maybe it didn't play quite like you expected it to at the table. But ince you have started playing your second session, the character is considered locked to the world as is, and may not be changed.
A player may only have two active player characters at any one time. If you wish to create another character and already have two characters, one existing character must be retired.
The DMs of Brightshore have worked hard to craft an exciting world of adventure and mystery for our wonderful D&D community. A living, growing, evolving setting created by our community as a whole. And even though the DMs keep the lore and make sure it’s cohesive and sensible, we aren’t the only ones who can write it.
Do you want to create a new sect of worship focusing on a strange (or even heretical) aspect of one of the Four? Pitch your idea to a DM! We’ll help make your vision a part of worship at Brightshore!
Do you want to make some aesthetic tweaks to the origin of your character’s race? We love the idea of deepening the lore and history of our world!
The bottom line is that Brightshore was always meant to be a collaborative effort of our community, so feel free to reach out to the DM group with any of your ideas, no matter if it's a deity, an item, an adventure or any other ideas.
We can’t wait to work with you!
Pre-generated characters are available for you to use if you come to a session without creating a character.