I CHING CHARACTER GENERATION

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I-CHING CHARACTER GENERATION (optional)

Normally a player will just select a Sect, Profession, City of Origin, and Ethnicity for their character, or he may generate one randomly using the I-Ching. To generate a character using the I-Ching you may throw the coins or use whatever method you wish to generate the first hexagram. The bottom trigram will represent the characters ethnicity and the top will indicate his city of origin. The changing lines will generate the second hexagram where the bottom trigram is the characters profession, and the top trigram his sect.

CITY OVER ETHNICITY = SECT OVER PROFESSION

HEAVEN
Chiwen/Qiuren/Courtier/Heavens Oath or East Chamber
EARTH
Bi’an/Gaoren/Vagabond/Yellow Earth or Thousand Knives
FIRE
Bixi/Xiaren/Scholar/Secret Fire or Cult of Fuxi
WATER
Chaofeng/Dongren/Wanderer/Still Waters or Black Ice
WIND
Suanni/Chunren/Priest/Four Winds or Ghost Eaters
MOUNTAIN
Pulao/Sherpa/Doctor/Red Mountain or Bleeding Dragon
THUNDER
Yazi/Xiongnu/Warrior/Thunder Guard or Hundred Flowers
LAKE
Qiuniu/Tannka/Artisan/Phoenix Lake or Dragon Marsh

Example I am going to use the coin method to generate my character, by tossing three coins I generate four possible results;

  • All heads is a broken line (yin) *Changing
  • Two Heads and a tail is a broken line (yin) *Unchanging
  • All tails is a straight line (yang) *Changing
  • Two tails and a head is a straight line (yang) *Unchanging
    (Traditionally an “x” is placed in the middle of a changing line)

You will toss the coins six times recording their results from bottom to top

I got mountain over water “䷃” for my first hexagram, and I had two changing lines (2nd form the bottom and the 4th), so by changing those to there opposites it changes to “䷢” fire over earth.

  • The top of my first hexagram generates my city of origin= Pulao (mountain)
  • The bottom of my first hexagram generates my race= Dongren (water)

CITY
over
RACE

  • The top of my second hexagram generates my sect= Society of the Secret Fire (fire)
  • The bottom of my second hexagram generates my profession= Vagabond (earth)

SECT
over
PROFESSION

I definitely got a lot of disparate factors to work together story wise. My character is one of the winter people born in Pulao, the city of bells, far to the north. He is a vagabond, and yet his sect (the Society of the Secret Fire) are predominantly scholar types….

You can see this character in the character section, Two-Silver Shen_

I CHING CHARACTER GENERATION

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