I will use Skyrim as a base game in this tutorial as it’s currently the game I’m playing and actively working on, but I use these techniques for all open world RPG games. It should be helpful, or mostly helpful considering any game restrictions, for all similar gaming.
This part of character creation is a very tricky subject. There are many ways in which people like to build their own original characters. Skyrim, in many aspects, is helpful because it gives them a preset world that they are crafting their character to. Other freeform RPGs are mostly the same, from old school games like Dungeons & Dragons to computer simulated games like Guild Wars. You may want to make a fallen god as your character who must right the wrongs of his past before he can help defend the world from a fierce, world-consuming dragon or make a lowly prostitute who battles her way through challenges and climbs up the ranks to be a Thane and, ultimately, the Dragonborn. It doesn’t matter what kind of character it is so long as it’s the one you want to play in the game. This guide will give you the sources I use as well as possible examples of sources for those who create characters other than the way I do.