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Think about what your character does and how and why he does it. When considering methodology, jot down some specific, visual things. You'll need these ideas later on.
There are three types of spirits covered in Sustainers Of The Realm: gods, demons, and elementals. Your choice will affect what realm your spirit calls home, and have some effects on his innate abilities. All three types draw from the same pool of Charms, however.
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The next step in creating a spirit is defining his Essence. Most sentient spirits have Essence 2 or greater; Essence 1 spirits, tiny gods, are often little more than duty-fulfilling automata without self-awareness. Decide your spirit's Essence rating.
Spirits have 1 Dominion for each dot of Essence. They may purchase additional Dominions for three bonus points, and may gain Scourges; each Scourge gives a spirit 1 additional bonus point. A spirit may have no more Scourges than one-half his Essence, rounding up.
Each Dominion has two Auspicious Abilities, which relate to the Dominion in some way. An Ability that is Auspicious for one Dominion has its cap raised by one. An Ability that is Auspicious for more than one Dominion has its cap increased by the spirit's Essence.
Similarly, each Scourge has two Baleful Abilities. An Ability's cap is reduced by 1 for each Scourge that selects it as Baleful.
Elementals have special abilities based on their connection to the material world. See the corresponding page for details.
A spirit has 8 Attribute dots to distribute for each dot of Essence he has. There are no minima or maxima on Attributes, and spirits do not start out with 1 free dot in each. Spirits are not as heavily impaired as other beings for having 0 Attributes. Rather than the effects outlined in Rune of Singular Hate, spirits suffer the following:
A spirit has 7 Ability dots per dot of Essence, which it may distribute as it likes. Like Exalted, the default maximum rating of an Ability is 5 or Essence, whichever is greater, and this cap is subsequently modified by Spheres as described above.
Spirits receive a free dot in each Auspicious Ability. Auspicious Abilities don't recieve additional dots for being selected by more than one Dominion. Furthermore, the Specialty cap for Auspicious Abilities is unusual: the maximum bonus they can confer to any dice roll is the greater of spirit's Essence or 3.
Gods are especially skilled, recieving 8 Ability dots per dot of Essence.
12 dots for a spirit that is fully integrated with his spirit culture; 7 for loners. Maximum 3 without bonus points.
Demons have an additional supernatural ability that is granted to them by their connection to the infernal hierarchy. See the corresponding page for details.