by: Simon Hill
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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This article takes you through the process of setting up a new character in Mount and Blade and highlights exactly what the consequence of each choice will be as you select a background for your hero.
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Mount and Blade Character Set-Up
When you begin a new game of Mount and Blade your first task is to set up your character. You are offered a series of choices which will determine your starting stats, your possessions and your wealth. You can choose to be a male or female character.
Once you begin the game you can increase your stats, skills and weapon abilities through gaining experience. However it is worth considering what type of weapons you want to specialise in and what approach you might like to take so you can set up your character appropriately right from the start.
The choices that follow and the relevant stats gained are:
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The first choice is related to what your father was.
Your final choice relates to your motivation for the quest.
Stats – Strength +2
Skills – Power Strike +1
The loss of a loved one
Stats – Charisma +2
Skills – Ironflesh +1
Stats – Agility +2
Skills – Pathfinding +1
Being forced out of your home
Stats – Strength +1, Intelligence +1
Skills – Weapons Master +1
Lust for money and power
Stats – Agility +1, Intelligence +1
Skills – Looting +1
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As you can see there is a great deal of variation to choose from. Strength increases you hit points and the damage that you inflict. Agility determines your speed and mobility. Intelligence gives you a bonus skill point and you need a minimum level to read the books in game which can be used to gain extra skill points. Charisma determines the number of troops you can lead.
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Finishing your Character
Once you have chosen the back story for your character you can name them and spend any remaining points you have on skills and weapon abilities. The choices you made will also determine your starting inventory, for example if you chose to be a merchant then you will start with a range of goods, if you chose to be a squire you will have better weapons and armor.
Finally you can select your characters face and hair using a simple editor program. This allows you to really personalize your character for the adventure ahead.