I got bored, and decided to make a thread where people post up builds that really provide a different experience in terms of what they can do in the game. I’m using the skill notation where they’re ranked out of twenty, and only mentioning relevant bits of blessings and other stuff. All aptitudes have been maxed in their appropriate direction (unless specified otherwise), and character point allocations are the full 64 points (i.e. including the starting 5). If anyone has some juicy ones go ahead, here a few of my own: Melee Monkey Half-Ogre I was looking to make a character who could do the largest amount of melee damage in one hit. Here was my take on it: Race: Half-Ogre Background: Only Child Backstory: Raised in a slum by a mother who had been raped by a wild ogre, the character was coddled as a child. His mother was despised by the community, rumours abound that she’d offered herself freely to the ogre and she was a despicable harlot. As the child grew, the local people’s ire was increasingly targeted at him – making him hate the community for not accepting him and hate his mother for be too weak to do anything about it. When he grew older and strong enough, he struck out on his own – learning the ways and old magick of an ogre tribe who agreed to take him in. He renounced everything he once was, adopting an ogre name and developing an intense loathing of industrialised cities and their inhabitants. Initial Stats From Background: ST 12 IN 4 CN 8 WP 14 DX 8 PE 8 BE 7 CH 4 Required Stat, Skill and Aptitude Boosts: Velorien’s Blessing (+4 DX, +12 Melee/Dodge), Vivifier (+1 ST/CN/DX/IN/WP), Gloves of Dexterity (+2 DX), Finger of Mannox (+1 WP), Dark Helm (+20 MA). Also Temporal mastery. Character Point Allocation: 11 ST, 8 CN, 5 DX, 11 IN, 4 WP, 8 (2) Melee, 8 (2) Dodge, 20 (5) Backstab, Conveyance 5, Temporal 5, Necro White 3, Mental 2, Force 1. Final Boosted Stats: ST 24 IN 16 CN 17 WP 20 DX 20 PE 8 BE 8 CH 5 Desired Equipment: Bangelian Scourge (or some other sexy melee weapon), Shield of Force, Enchanted War Boots, Finger of Mannox, Dark Helm, 2 x Fated Rings, Arcane Leather Armour, Gloves of Dexterity. Capabilities and Notes: You can pull off 24 strength backstabs using either Stun or Stasis. Necro White provides nice healing capabilities so you don’t have to shell out on potions, whilst Shield of Protection gives good defense. An IN of 16 lets you have 4 spells running at once, so you use whatever of Temporal you like. You’ll need to use tech manuals to make the Vivifier, which for roleplaying’s sake could be seen as your character simply being curious about what it might do – not them becoming a full tech convert. CN of 17 also gives you the maximum heal rate of 6, and the Fated Rings and Finger of Mannox give maximum critical chance should you ever find yourself in a position where you can't pull off a backstab. You can stick the two points that are in Willpower wherever you like, but I like them there. The Fastest Gun In Arcanum Race: Gnome Background: Raised by Orcs Backstory: When your wealthy monopolist parents were killed in an industrial coup, you barely escaped with your life by fleeing into the wilderness. You were found half-starved and on death’s door by a group of orc savages, who decided you would be more use alive than contributing to the day's stew pot. Your existence became brutal and bleak, your sense of disentitlement growing more ardent and ugly every day. Longing to reclaim your birthright and become truly exceptional, when the Tarant to Ashbury rail line was being laid close by you did not hesitate to tell the workers that a group of marauding orcs had abducted you and murdered your parents. The workers justice was swift, and you watched it all. It was not long before you were back in the city, taking readily to firearms due to the heightened perceptions you had learnt with the orcs. Unlike most of your foolish technologically inclined contemporaries, you did not shy away from magick – using Temporal to give you an edge in the duels that your embittered self often attracted. Initial Stats From Background: ST 10 IN 8 CN 6 WP 10 DX 8 PE 10 BE 8 CH 2 Required Stat, Skill and Aptitude Boosts: Energizer (temporary +2 ST/CN/DX), Mind Marvel (temporary +2 IN, WP, PE), Revitalizer (temporary +2 ST/CN/DX/IN/WP/PE), Vivifier (+1 ST/CN/DX/IN/WP/PE), 2 x Charged Rings (+4 DX), Goggled Helmet (+3 PE), Finger of Mannox (+1 WP), Velorien’s Blessing (+4 DX, +12 Firearms/Dodge). Character Point Allocation: 5 ST, 7 IN, 2 WP, 8 (2) Dodge, 8 (2) Firearms, Electricity 7, Gunsmithy 7, Chemistry 7, Therapeutics 7, Explosives 6, Smithy 6, Temporal 5 – left over points 1 (I’d go for Herbology or Melee). Final Boosted Stats: ST 20 IN 20 CN 11 WP 18 DX 20 PE 18 BE 13 CH 9 Desired Equipment: You can make without tech manuals any gun in the game and all types of ammo so go wild, other than that – Goggled Helmet, 2 x Charged Rings, Finger of Mannox, Metal Boots, Vendigrothian War Gauntlets, Featherweight Chain, Flow Disruptor when applicable. Capabilities and Notes: You can make any gun in the game, so try to make a complete inventory of all guns (unique ones owned by shopkeepers, etc.) to really give yourself that eclectic collection. You can save more character points by using more therapeutics or Strength of Stone, but I thought using three separate therapeutics before major fights was enough and I didn’t want additional spell upkeep. You’ll need to make your Goggled Helmet with tech manuals using the Eye Gear from the BMC (or I think Sebastian uses a pair, and Magnus can make them too) as you can’t make them yourself, you’ll also need tech manuals for the Vivifier. You’ll also need to use a Potion of Intellect to produce your first Revitalizer, after that you can just use subsequent Revitalizers to access 20 IN; given that the character is comfortable using magick I don't see this as being too cheap. Featherweight chain was favoured to carry as much ammo as possible, as was ST. Use Temporal to become the Fastest Gun in Arcanum. So there’s two of mine, if there’s any interest I can post more up in a similar vein, however I’d be lying if I said I didn’t post them up for my own geeky vanity and that there’ll probably be no interest at all.