World of Darkness - Alpha Network
Natures and Demeanors
“Character Creating.. creating a Character motto…”
Here is our House Rules list of Archetypes that may be used for either (or both) Natures and Demeanors. These can be bought as Merits to describe ones’ character, and return WillPower if you use it relevantly in the story, just like Virtues and Vices. None of these are mandatory but available as options by buying yourself the relevant Merits.
To add … Animal, Savage, Robot/Android, Machine, Terror,
There’s something (or maybe someone) that you’ve just got to have. It’s a driving passion – some might say obsession – in your life. It takes precedence over everything else. Your addiction might be drugs, or it could be any other sort of activity. Some fallen become addicted to the various pleasures of the flesh, from eating to drinking to sex. Others are addicted to collecting (everything from occult knowledge to “trophies” of their successes) or obsessed with a particular mortal. Addiction to mortal faith, in particular, is common among the fallen. Must have one Level 3 or more Addiction.
– Regain Willpower when you give in completely to your addiction and sate it.
The Adherent devotes herself completely to one or a few purposes or hopes in life, and constantly seeks to preserve or remain true to those values. Her primary focus might be a religion and arranging all actions and beliefs around that institutions tenets; a particular lifestyle, embracing certain behaviors and dismissing others; or a goal, such as becoming a professional athlete and recognized performer. The Adherent doesn’t admonish others for behaving differently; she simply refrains from practices that don’t reinforce her focus.
– Regain Willpower whenever you remain true to your objective against significant adversity.
The adjudicator is a natural and ready problem-solver. She seeks to resolve issues, differences, and difficulties as a function of personality and identity, not out of any effort to achieve a specific end or to fulfill a greater goal. Her first instinct is to settle a dispute by hearing put the parties involved, or simply by offering advice and counsel. That others petition or welcome her guidance is not her concern just that she tries to solve the problems at hand. Adjudicators can be teachers, parents, business professionals, counselors, ministers, or imply busybodies.
– Regain Willpower whenever you provide a solution to a problem which results in an immediate resolution.
An Advisor knows deep down that her sense of the way to do things us correct and most people will understand it to be so, given time and the right guidance. She can’t force them into seeing her way, however. Others have to seek it out for themselves when they’re ready. When people become aware of the nightmares that lurk in the world and realize their lives have been lies, it’s only a matter of time before they seek direction. Once they ask, the Advisor is more than happy to guide them along the true path.
– Regain Willpower whenever someone seeks out and then follows your advice in a way that furthers your dream of the future.
Born to lead, the alpha of a wolf pack has full authority until overthrown. Generally the strongest, fiercest, and bravest wolf, the alpha has all the precedence, such as first rights to mates, game, and trophies of war. Many Garou endorse this practice as the correct way to make sure the leaders are ever vigilant and spry. It is a poor and brief leader who does not sleep with one eye open. You feel it is absolutely necessary to be the pack’s authority, and it is your driving goal as an alpha to reach as far as you can. However you are aware that there are many who wish to see you deposed for their own benefit, perhaps even your trusted beta.
– Regain Willpower when your leadership provides the correct solution to a situation and your entitlement to lead becomes apparent. When your leadership proves invalid, or you’re just plain wrong and you are challenged for it, a lost challenge results in the loss of a willpower point.
It doesn’t matter how bizarre, horrifying, or alien something is, the Analyst knows that it can be understood if the right information is collected and studied. To him, everything is data to be sorted, examined and used to understand what’s really going on. Everything has some significance and thus must be catalogued and considered. Once enough data is collected, everything will become clear. The Analyst constantly runs the risk of looking for information when there is none, however, or of spending so much time analyzing that he never comes to any conclusions.
– Regain Willpower whenever careful study of a subject results in valuable new insights that reinforce or develop your hopes for the future.
You are a wild, uncontrollable monster..
The world is harsh enough, and too many people are looking to make it worse. You try to go that extra mile and work out others’ grievances before folks come to blows. You can’t please all the people all the time, but you can do your best to find the most equitable solution to any conflict. You believe that bargaining and compromise can solve any problem. Even when your advice isn’t solicited, you actively attempt to smooth over people’s differences with advice and negotiation. Many Philodox adopt this archetype.
– Regain Willpower when you guide others through a dispute and forestall a confrontation.
Your sense of purpose goes beyond your own needs; you try to create something of lasting value for those who will come after you. People need many things, and you gain satisfaction by providing whatever you can. You are the type of person who makes an effort to build something of value; to found a town, create a company or in some way leave a lasting legacy. Many American pioneers were Architects by Nature.
- Regain Willpower whenever you create or establish something of importance or value.
You must have complete control of the situation, complete control over those around you and as much control over fate as you possibly can. Control is the only thing you understand; it is what you worship. Authority is what you desire, and it is what you gain when you have control. The more authority you have, the more control you gain. One hand feeds the other. Others may consider you domineering, but they just aren’t up for the job. You are the only one who can do it.
- Regain one point of Willpower whenever you achieve complete control over a situation involving other individuals.
You hide your secrets from others. Even more importantly, you hide your true self. Anyone who understands you can hurt you, so no one must ever see the real you, or even come close. Give away as little of yourself as possible, adopt a false personality if you like, but just make sure no one discovers the truth about you. Knowledge is power, and those who know you can do anything they like to you.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever another character confesses he is unable to understand you, or whenever someone makes a false assumption about you that gives you an advantage.
You must always be in the forefront, always the first with a piece of news, a dance or fashion trend, or a discovery in the arts. Nothing pains you more than hearing news secondhand, or someone else telling you about a hot new band. New discoveries are your life, and you devote a great deal of time and effort to keeping up with things. After all, if you’re not in the forefront, you’re nowhere.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever you are first with a piece of news or some other significant discovery.
Life is pointless, shallow and meaningless—-so have as good a time as possible. Rome may burn, but you shall drink wine and sing songs. A hedonist, sensualist, sybarite and party animal, the words austere, self-denial and self-discipline have no place in your life. You much prefer the concept of instant gratification. Still, you don’t mind a little hard work as long as a good time awaits you upon completion. most Bon Vivants have low Self-Control, for they so dearly love excess.
- Regain Willpower whenever you have a truly good time and can fully express your exultation (or perhaps even more points if you enjoy an especially fun night).
You are known as a bully, a ruffian and a tough, and delight in tormenting the weak. Things must always go your way, and you do not tolerate those who cross you. Power and might are all you respect; indeed, you heed only those who can prove their power to you. You see nothing wrong with forcing your will upon others. There is nothing you like better than to persecute, antagonize, heckle and intimidate those for whom you have contempt—-and of them there are many. The emotions of kindness and pity are not completely foreign to you, but you hide from your own sense of weakness through cruelty to others. While most Bravos despise the weak, a few become their protectors.
- Regain Willpower whenever you intimidate or physically force another person to do what you wish.
You always try to help those around you, struggling to make a difference in the needs and sorrows of the unfortunate. People around you depend on your stability and strength to keep them steady and centered. You are the one people turn to when they have a problem.
- Regain Willpower whenever you successfully protect or nurture someone else. It can be as small as a smile of support or a shoulder to lean on at an appropriate moment. You must help the other person in some way, though he need not acknowledge it openly.
You are as bold, intrepid, valiant and fearless as you need to be to complete your duty. You are the hero who tries to live up to glorious ideals and codes of justice. By protecting that which is good, you seek to preserve the society that made you what you are. If your Nature is Cavalier, and your Humanity ever falls below four, you have to choose a new Nature. You probably hate Deviants, though you may not always recognize them.
- Regain three Willpower points when you manage to accomplish a significant task that positively affects the group to which you belong.
You are still immature in personality and temperament: a kid who never grew up. Though you can (hopefully) care for yourself, you prefer the security of being watched over by others. Often you seek out someone to look out for you—-a caretaker of sorts. Some see you as a spoiled brat, while others see you as an innocent cherub unaffected by the evils of the world. This is a very common archetype for Kindred who were created when they were young and subsequently matured mentally, but not emotionally.
- Regain Willpower whenever someone does something to help you with no apparent gain for himself.
You are driven by the need to win at all costs. The thrill of victory is the only thrill you recognize; it is the thing that drives you. You see life as a contest and society as a dichotomy of winners and losers. You believe all the macho business proverbs: “if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes,” “there are no prizes for second place”, “eat or be eaten.” You try to turn every situation into a contest of some kind, and it is the only way you can relate to anything. You are capable of cooperating with others, but only by turning the group interactions into another contest: you must be the leader, or the most productive, or the most indispensable, or the best liked. ANYTHING, as long as it means you win in some way or another.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever you win a contest of any sort, formal or informal. For truly impressive victories, the Storyteller may award more points.
You understand people, and, more importantly, you like them. You are a facilitator who listens and advises. People confess to you and in return you give them advice, most of which is good (though sometimes your advice is more for your own benefit than for that of the recipient). You are very interested in other people, and their personalities and who & what they are truly fascinate you, as do the sickness and beauty of human nature.
- You regain a point of Willpower whenever someone confides in you on a personal and intimate level.
You are a follower. Taking charge is just not your style. It is easier for you to adapt, attune, adjust, comply and reconcile yourself to whatever new situation you find yourself in. You flit to the brightest star, the person whom you feel to be the best, throwing your lot in with him. It is both difficult and distasteful for you to go against the flow or rebel. You hate inconsistence and instability, and know that by supporting a strong leader, you help prevent chaos from occurring. All stable groups need some kind of Conformist.
- Regain Willpower whenever your group (the brood) accomplishes something because of your support and aid.
What’s the sense of working hard when you can get something for nothing? Why drudge when, just by talking, you can get what you want? You always try to find the easy way out, the fast track to success and wealth. Some people might call what you do swindling or even outright theft, but you know that you only do what everyone else does; you just do it better. Additionally, it’s a game, and you get great pleasure out of outwitting someone. Connivers play many roles, so you may be a thief, a swindler, a street waif, an entrepreneur, a con man, or just a finagler.
- Regain Willpower whenever you are able to get your way by tricking another person into doing as you wish.
Nothing in the world should be accepted without thorough scrutiny and examination. Nothing is ever perfect, and the blemishes must be pointed out in order for the good to be truly known. Your standards are high for everything, and you insist on their being met. You encourage the same ideals in others, because laxity and low standards reduce the quality of life for everyone. Others will thank you later, once they discover the purity of your perspective. You seek out and expose the imperfections in every person or thing you encounter. You are never satisfied with anything that is less than perfect, unless it is within yourself (after all, you’re not a perfectionist).
- Regain one Willpower point whenever you are able to discover a significant imperfection that has escaped the attention of others.
You are an irascible, churlish person at heart, taking everything seriously and finding little humor in life (though you may have a wickedly barbed wit). Cynicism is your middle name; it is the tool with which you judge everything in life. You have a very well-defined understanding of how things really work, especially when they involve the circus of human endeavor. Long ago the foolish actions of others ceased to surprise you.
- Regain Willpower whenever someone does something stupid, just like you predicted. You must predict it either out loud to the other characters or in private to the Storyteller.
There are always people who don’t fit in, and you are such a miscreant. Your beliefs, motivations and sense of propriety are the complete antithesis of the status quo. You are not so much an aimless rebel as an independent thinker who does not belong in the society in which you were raised. You don’t give a damn about other people’s morality, but you do adhere to your own strange code of conduct. Deviants are typically irreverent, and some have truly bizarre tastes and desires.
- Regain Willpower whenever you are able to thumb your nose at society and its precepts without retaliation (most often vampiric society rather than mortal).
You despise chaos and disorder, and tend to take control and organize things in order to suppress anarchy. You like to be in charge, live to organize and habitually strive to make things work smoothly. You trust your own judgment implicitly and tend to think of things in black-and-white terms: “This won’t work,” “You’re either for me or against me,” “There are two ways to do this—-my way and the wrong way.”
- Regain Willpower when you are allowed to lead a group and accomplish a significant task.
You are consumed by a cause; it is the primary force in your life, for good or ill. Every ounce of blood and passion you possess is directed towards it; in fact, you feel very guilty about spending time on anything else. You will let nothing stand in your way—-nothing that you cannot overcome, in any case. You and those around you may suffer, but your cause is everything—-the end justifies the means. Before the game begins, make sure you describe your cause, and define how it may affect your behavior.
- You regain Willpower whenever you accomplish an act which furthers your cause.
You are as flamboyant as you are amoral; some see you as a rogue, a Don Juan, a rake, a paramour, or just a lounge lizard—-but you see yourself as all of the above. A consummate actor who loves to make as big show of things as possible, nothing attracts your interest more than an appreciative audience. You love people and you love to impress them even more. Though you may indeed be a superior lover, you enjoy the chase almost as much as you enjoy the act. Gallants vary widely in temperament and ambition, holding in common little more than their love of attention.
- Regain Willpower whenever you manage to dazzle or impress another person. The Storyteller is always the judge, even when characters are involved.
Your joy the pleasure and sensations of pleasure whenever & wherever you can get them.
You have a moderate temperament, and refrain at all cost from telling lies and stealing from others. You were brought up to live honestly and openly, and to be good to others; you have lived your life (and unlife) by these simple truths ever since. You are not a dogmatist and do not insist that others live as you do, nor have you constructed a complicated set of rules for yourself. You are flexible in your behavior, but always carefully evaluate your actions against your beliefs.
- You regain five points of Willpower if your honesty harms you or your friends in some way, but later turns out to help you. In other words, your honesty turns out to have been the proper way to do things, even from a pragmatic point of view.
You are the fool, idiot, quipster, clown or comic, forever making fun of both yourself and others. You constantly seek the humor in any situation, and strive always to battle the tides of depression inside yourself. You hate sorrow and pain, and constantly try to take others’ minds off the dark side of life. Sometimes you’ll do nearly anything to forget pain exists. Your particular brand of humor might not always impress your friends, but it makes you feel better. Some Jesters manage to escape pain and are truly happy, but most never find release.
- Regain Willpower when you raise the spirits of those around you through the device of humor, especially when you are able to escape your own pain in the process.
You are dedicated to the unbroken routine of your existence, and refuse to do anything that compromises your routine and established practices. No matter how urgent or deserving an individual case may be, the preservation of established practices and routines is more important. Individual decisions and considerations are fallible, whereas routines and established procedures are the distilled wisdom of years or decades of decision-making. Routines are what separates order from chaos. Make an exception once, and it sets a dangerous precedent; make an exception twice, and the door to anarchy is opened.
- Regain a Willpower point each time you are able to preserve your routine, and each time you avoid reevaluating anything or making a decision about a situation based on its individual merits. At the Storyteller’s option, more points may be awarded for truly impressive feats of generalization.
As a facilitator, moderator, arbitrator, conciliator, and peacemaker, you always seek to make things better. You pride yourself on your rationality, your judgment and your ability to deduce a reasonable explanation when given the facts. You struggle to promote truth, but you understand how difficult it is to ascertain. You respect justice, for that is the way in which truth can reign. In your view, people are resources, albeit ones that are most difficult to manage and employ. You hate dissension and arguments, and shy away from dogmatism. Sometimes Judges make good leaders, though a lack of vision can sometimes cause them to maintain the status quo instead of searching for a better way.
- Regain Willpower when you are able to successfully separate the truth from a web of lies or can convince disputing individuals to agree with your judgment.
You are the type of person who is always alone, even in the midst of a crowd. You are the wanderer, hunter and lone wolf. Though others might think of you as lonely, forsaken, isolated or remote, in truth you prefer your own company to that of others. There are many different reasons why this might be so: you don’t understand people, you understand people too well, people dislike you, people like you too much, or you are simply lost in your own thoughts. Your reasons are your own.
- When you manage to accomplish some significant task on your own, without the aid of others, yet which still aids the group in some way, you regain Willpower based on the significance of the achievement.
You aren’t even human but an automaton who works stoically and without pause.
You have always been fascinated by others. Why do people behave as they do? What thoughts and emotions affect their actions? The cognitive process that influences the choices people make intrigue you. Sometimes just asking people questions about their actions can yield important information, but often people do not truly understand their own motivations and concerns. In these cases, it is far easier to set up situations, experiments, if you will, to see how people behave. You attempt to manipulate these situations for your personal advantage, in order to discover more information about your chosen subjects. Some might call these experiments cruel, but to you it is mere scientific necessity.
- Regain Willpower whenever you mange to set up an incident or situation that allows you to gain new insight into your subject’s psyche.
All possess the martyr instinct, but few act upon it. Even fewer live the life of a Martyr, but you are such a one. Your desire for self-sacrifice stems either from a low self-esteem, a feeling of a lack of control, or a profoundly developed sense of love. You are able to endure long-lasting and severe suffering because of your beliefs and ideals. At worst, a Martyr expects sympathy and attention because of his or her suffering, and may even feign or exaggerate pain or deprivation. At best, a Martyr will choose to suffer injury or even the Final Death rather than renounce his religion, beliefs, principles, cause or friends.
- Regain Willpower when you sacrifice yourself in a real and immediate way for your beliefs or another individual.
You like to push the boundaries and try to see how much you can take… how much pain you can tolerate before you collapse. You gain a certain satisfaction from suffering humiliation, depravation and even mutilation, especially when you are the cause of your pain and have some control over it. You know that your need is somewhat perverse, but you know you aren’t crazy. This is just the way you are.
- Regain two points of Willpower whenever you suffer in a new way.
The world is full of people who want things; sometimes people want the exact same things. Some people have what other people want and would be willing to talk about working out a deal, but just don’t know how to start. These people often have immense trouble finding and communicating with each other. That is where you come in. You are dedicated to mediating between people, fulfilling needs; smoothing over disputes, and generally helping people talk to one another. You are the diplomat, the middle child, the perpetual person in the middle.
- Regain one point of Willpower whenever you are able to act as a go-between between two individuals or groups, and regain another point if you bring things to a satisfactory conclusion. The Storyteller may award more points for particularly outstanding mediation.
Always ready to take that next jog down the “Road of Opportunity” when the right moment presents itself. It may not always work out the most advantageous but there’s a good chance it might and it sure makes life real interesting.
- Regain WillPower when you successfully take an opportunity…
“Everything always turns out for the best.” That is the motto of your life, and you know if you can just stay cheerful and stop worrying, your problems will never be with you forever. Some call you a fool, but even they have to admit you’re happier than they are. Certainly you’ll encounter difficulties from time to time, but there’s no sense in worrying yourself to death in advance. Don’t worry, be happy, and have a nice day.
- Regain a Willpower point whenever things turn out for the best, just like you said they would. You must predict such an outcome, either out loud to the other characters or to yourself (tell the Storyteller).
You’ve been a few places, seen a few things, and picked up a thing or two along the way, and you like to tell everyone about what you’ve learned. Teaching is your avocation, if not necessarily your profession. In your time you’ve seen inexperience and ignorance lead to all kinds of misery and misfortune, and it pains you too much to stand by and watch this occur. You are dedicated to passing on what you have learned for the benefit of others, not only skills and knowledge, but also the less tangible assets of wisdom and experience. If given the chance you can lecture others for hours.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever you see (or discover) that someone has benefited by something you taught or showed him.
You are unworthy. You are sinful. You are base, vile and lacking in virtue. You have no right to exist and are utterly beyond redemption. Either because of a low self-image or because of a spectacular trauma in your past, you feel compelled to spend your life making up for what you are, what you lack or what you have done. You owe it to Creation at large to offer repentance for the crime of your existence. You struggle nightly to make amends for your weakness, and your nightly dream is to be able, at last, to overcome it. But you know you are weak and beyond hope.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever you are able to do a good deed for someone to whom (in reality or in your imagination) you have been an inconvenience, annoyance, or danger. For particularly outstanding acts of penitence or recompense, the Storyteller may award more points.
You can’t stand imperfection, not in others and certainly not in yourself. Neither can you tolerate those who do not do everything they can to do their best, to make everything neat and proper and right in their lives. Though you may be strict with others, it is with yourself that you are most critical. Everything must always be in its place, and you must always do the best and be the best.
- Regain a point of Willpower whenever you accomplish something flawlessly, without a single mistake, falter, wound, hesitation, confusion, hindrance or obstruction.
Everything you do is planned. Very little springs from you spontaneously. Your plans are often long and involved, sometimes extending beyond the lives of the mortals involved in them. Details must be exact, for you believe any deviation could bring ruin. You try to plan everything in your life; each thing you do must accomplish something in the greater scheme Deviation from routine, however, is bothersome, not traumatic. You are organized, not deranged. You tend to be neat and precise in everything you do.
- You regain three points of Willpower when one of your plots comes to fruition in the exact manner you planned.
Meeting trouble (or anything else) head-on is the tactic of fools and optimists. The sensible way to deal with trouble is to deny it a target. While some people might accuse you of sticking your head in the sand, they do have to admit that it has remained on your shoulders for quite some time, and looks like it will continue to do so indefinitely. You never confront what you can evade, and never face anything unless there is no other option. Courage is not high on your list of virtues, but then the line between courage and folly is virtually nonexistent to your eyes.
- Regain one point of Willpower whenever you are able to avoid a problem or situation without dealing with it.
Your self-worth is based entirely on the opinions of others. You crave approval and praise, and will go to extreme lengths to get such, even risking yourself and things you love. Unlike the Sycophant, you do not think of protection, and have no thought of using others’ good opinions to your own advantage, you simply crave praise and approval for their own sake, so you can feel good about yourself.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever another character offers unprompted praise, admiration or appreciation. If the appreciation is truly great, and/or the other character is powerful or particularly admired, the Storyteller may award extra points.
You are a malcontent, iconoclast and free-thinking recalcitrant. You are so independent-minded and free-willed that you are unwilling to join any particular cause or movement. You are just yourself and only desire the freedom to be yourself. You do not make a good follower and aren’t usually a very good leader either (unless your followers are willing to go wherever you lead). You tend to be insubordinate to authority to the point of stupidity.
- Regain Willpower whenever your rebellion against the status quo turns out to be for the best.
No matter what, you always manage to survive. You can endure, pull through, recover from, outlast and outlive nearly any circumstance. When the going gets tough, you get going. You never say die, and never give up. Ever. Nothing angers you as much as a person who doesn’t struggle to make things better, or who surrenders to the nameless forces of the universe.
- Regain Willpower whenever you survive a difficult situation through your own cunning and perseverance.
In the grand scheme of things, you are small and weak and unfit for survival. Your best hope is to find someone who is more powerful than you are and persuade him to take care of you. In return you will serve, admire and follow him. You will do anything he says, unless it puts you in great risk. In any type of uncertain situation, you will attach yourself to the strongest-seeming person, siding with him, performing various barely necessary services and generally trying to ingratiate yourself. Thereby you hope to earn some kind of protection. There is no limit to the depths to which you will lower yourself in order to be accepted, and you have no pride.
- Regain one Willpower point whenever a stronger character to whom you have attached yourself acts in your defense, be it siding with you in an argument or protecting you from physical harm.
You are an orthodox, conservative and extremely traditional individual. What was good enough for you when you were young is good enough for you now. You almost never change. In general you are opposed to change for the sake of change—-what point is there in that? You may be seen by some as a miser, a reactionary or simply an old fogy. You strive to always preserve the status quo.
- Regain Willpower whenever you are able to protect the status quo and prevent change.
You live for that moment of danger when the adrenalin kicks in and you feel truly alive. Skydiving, bungee jumping and leaping across roofs on a dare are all just par for the course. As a junkie is addicted to his particular brand of poison, you are addicted to danger. Unlike most, you go out of your way to place yourself in dangerous situations that test the limits of your abilities. You train and work for these situations, and then you seek them out. This is what sets you apart from the teeming masses of paranoid dullards who shuffle around, hiding from their own shadows.
- Regain a point of Willpower whenever you accomplish a particularly daring feat or overcome a nearly impossible situation in which you deliberately placed yourself.
There are very few who are brave or strong or imaginative enough to look beyond the suffocating embrace of society and mundane thought and see something more. Society treats such people with both respect and contempt—-for it is the Visionary who perverts as well as guides society into the future. You may be a spiritualist, shaman, New Ager, mystic, philosopher or inventor, but whatever you are, you are always conventional imagination and create new possibilities. Though you might have your head in the clouds and are often of an impractical bent, you are filled with new ideas and perceptions.
- Regain Willpower whenever you are able to convince others to believe in your dreams and follow the course of action outlined by your vision of the future.