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The player characters of Neverwinter are heroes who seek to defend the rebuilt city of Neverwinter from the forces that threaten it.

Characters are defined according to a modified version of rules from the fourth edition of Dungeons and Dragons, which is also the source of the game's setting.

Every account starts with two free character slots: more can be purchased by spending Zen. The maximum number of character slots that can be unlocked on one account is 51.

Character Creation[edit | edit source]

Before Patch NW.5.20130923b.9, when creating a character you first had to choose between one of the three Shards. Since the patch, all characters are on the Dragon shard.

Race Selection[edit | edit source]

The Race Selection screen

In Step I you select your Gender (Male or Female) and your Race between:

More races are to come. Note that each race gives your character different Racial Traits.

Class Selection[edit | edit source]

The Class Selection screen

In Step II you select your Character's Class, which will determine your role as an adventurer. Currently available classes are:

Ability Scores[edit | edit source]

The Ability Scores screen

In Step III you Roll for the character's Ability Scores.

The available scores come from predetermined sets of values. They are not individually rolled. Higher scores are automatically delivered to your primary and secondary ability scores. It is possible to reroll until desirable score result. You also select your racial ability bonus between the available ones from your race.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Appearance Selection screen

In Step IV choose your character's appearance.

You can select from a number of presets or you can create a custom appearance by adjusting the following features (not all of the following apply to all races): Head Shape, Hair, Eyes, Eyebrows, Facial Hair, Complexion, Horns, Tattoos, Scars, Face Scaling, Body Shape, Body Scaling

Background[edit | edit source]

The Background Selection screen

In Step V select the Character Origin and his or her Deity Affiliation: these do not affect gameplay and are only provided for flavor.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Character Overview screen

In the last step you give a name to your character. You are also allowed to add a final piece of background called Biography. By clicking Begin Adventure you reach Neverwinter Fields, which is the first tutorial zone.

Names *can* have spaces, a rarity in today's MMO's. Make good use of this and create a unique character.
Names are not unique across the Shard, but only within your account, another uniqueness feature.

Character Sheet[edit | edit source]

You can open your Character Sheet by pressing 'C'.

The character sheet contains six tabs: Character, History, Appearance, Powers, Boons, Companions, and Mounts.

In the Character Tab you see your Character and your equipped items, as well as your current Ability Scores, ratings, loadouts, and Base character.

A lighter version of your Character Tab is available through the Gateway.