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are more important than rigid definitions. After all, it's

character!

You'll know if you've chosen a good defining characteristic if you can immediately begin to visualize how the ranger will respond in various situations. For instance, an

ranger may enter a deserted castle without hesitation, certain that he can contend with whatever dangers wait inside. In combat, he may fight aggressively and enthusiastically, each blow accompanied by a declaration of his own magni icence. If defeated, the arrogant ranger may sulk for days, his ego taking longer to heal than his fleshly wounds. Of course, it's not necessary to think through every situation before it occurs--having your character react spontaneously is a big part of what makes role- playing fun--but deciding on a primary characteristic can be a lot of help in getting him off the ground.

If you like, you can choose secondary traits that complement the defining

characteristic. These secondary traits, called

, add dimension to

the character; in combination with the defining characteristic they help define a unique individual. The entries below list several corollary characteristic suggestions for each defining characteristic. Choose one or two that appeal to you, or make up your own. Any corollary characteristics are fine, so long as they don't contradict the defining

characteristic; an too.

ranger might also be

and but it's unlikely he'd be

,

Some kits work with certain de ining characteristics better than others, and each entry below lists a few recommendations. However, don't feel restricted by them. You can use any defining characteristic with any kit that feels right to you. Likewise, you can mix and match the various corollary characteristics, or ignore them altogether. You may also use the defining characteristics in conjunction with the archetypes from the first four

or to supplement the trait tables from the

.

Regardless of your approach, the goal remains the same--to create ranger personalties

that are believable and interesting.

A selfless humanitarian who puts the welfare of others before his own, the Altruistic ranger tirelessly ights for the common good. Unhampered by jealousy or self-interest, he commands respect from friends and foes alike. He shows mercy to his opponents, compassion to the dispossessed, and unwavering loyalty to his friends.

Kind, honest, reserved, introverted, reverent, courteous. Beastmaster, Greenwood Ranger, Guardian, Seeker, Warden.

An agile mind and eclectic interests mark the Analytical ranger. He loves knowledge and relishes every opportunity to ponder the mysteries of nature. New cultures, unusual creatures, and scholarly strangers fascinate him. He respects intellectual prowess more than physical skills, and may seek to negotiate with a potential opponent rather than engage in combat.

Ponderous, meticulous, dignified, thoughtful, cautious, dispassionate.

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