Mortals and Lesser Templates

From Codex of Darkness

In the Chronicles of Darkness, you play mortal men and women, as well as characters who share miscellaneous occult natures.


Mortal humans have a Morality or Integrity trait, depending on edition, and a Virtue and Vice.

Certain character templates can be applied to otherwise fundamentally mortal characters, which can alter their basic traits. Some of these templates are associated in some way with the focal monsters of the Chronicles of Darkness gamelines and their traits and advantages, while others are wholly their own.

General Character Types

Type 1e 2e Advantages
Atariya Atariya Merits
Changing Breeds Aspects and Favors, Changing Breed Merits
Children Innocents Merits
Dreamers Dreamer Merits
Infected Infected Merits
Lost Boys Lost Boy Merits
Plain Plain Merits
Possessed Vestments, Possessed Merits
Psychics Psychic Merits (1e), Supernatural Merits (2e)
Psychic Vampires Psychic Vampire Merits
Skinthieves Skinthief Merits
Thaumaturges Thaumaturgy Merits
Witches Gutter Magic, Witch Merits


Humans who have not been tainted by a greater supernatural template have access to some unique Merits, including various Supernatural Merits. They can also access the universally available list of Merits, including specific Locations and Style Merits.

Associated Character Types

Association Type 1e 2e Advantages
Vampire Ghouls Disciplines, Ghoul Merits, Ghoul Families
Dhampir Twists and Malisons, Dhampir Merits
Werewolf Wolf-Blooded Tells, Wolf-Blooded Merits
Hosts Aspects (1e), Dread Powers (2e)
Mage Proximi Spells, Proximi Families
Promethean Alchemists Distillations
Changeling Fae-Touched Contracts, Fae-Touched Merits
Hunter Slashers Undertakings, Dread Powers
Geist Ghosts Numina, Ghostly Merits
Mummy Immortals Immortal Merits, Siddhi (Purified only)
Demon Demon-Blooded Embeds, Demon-Blooded Merits
Stigmatic Stigmatic Merits
Beast Heroes Anathema and Gifts

Anchors (1st Edition)
Anchors (2nd Edition)
Changing Breed Aspects and Favors (1st Edition)
Conditions (2nd Edition)
Derangements (1st Edition)
Flaws (1st Edition)
Ghoul Families (1st Edition)
Gutter Magic (1st Edition)
Host Aspects (1st Edition)
Merits, Atariya (2nd Edition)
Merits, Changing Breeds (1st Edition)
Merits, Dreamers (2nd Edition)
Merits, Ghost (2nd Edition)
Merits, Gutter Magic (1st Edition)
Merits, Immortal (1st Edition)
Merits, Immortal (2nd Edition)
Merits, Infected (2nd Edition)
Merits, Innocents (1st Edition)
Merits, Locations (1st Edition)
Merits, Locations (2nd Edition)
Merits, Lost Boys (2nd Edition)
Merits, Mortal (1st Edition)
Merits, Mortal (2nd Edition)
Merits, Plain (2nd Edition)
Merits, Possessed (1st Edition)
Merits, Psychic (1st Edition)
Merits, Psychic Vampires (2nd Edition)
Merits, Skinchangers (1st Edition)
Merits, Skinchangers (2nd Edition)
Merits, Styles (1st Edition)
Merits, Styles (2nd Edition)
Merits, Thaumaturgy (1st Edition)
Merits, Universal (1st Edition)
Merits, Universal (2nd Edition)
Morality (1st Edition)
Morality (2nd Edition)
NPCs, Mortals (1st Edition)
NPCs, Mortals (2nd Edition)
Professions (1st Edition)
Siddhi (1st Edition)
Tilts (2nd Edition)
Twists and Malisons (2nd Edition)
Undertakings (1st Edition)
Vestments (1st Edition)