I love adepts, they are by far my favourite SR character and I’ve played lots of them over the years and the choices have only become more varied with SR4. What follows are links to at least one adept type for every Way, and sometimes more than one, mostly for my own benefit but some might be useful to other people. Some have developed with karma from their starting point (additions are marked in red) and some are starting characters …although a word of warning, some are more optimised than others and reflect my personal tastes (if you want truly impressive adept builds check out UmaroVI’s archetypes, I’ve linked them here with UmaroVI’s permission).
Where the adept doesn’t have the Way quality I have listed them under the category that most closely reflects their mental outlook, in my opinion at least.
I have tried to avoid creating adepts that all use the same powers (after all there are enough that it should be relatively easy to avoid repetition) but there are certain powers that will make more than one appearance because they are ideally suited to running…any suggestions on ways to mix things up would be great! A number of these builds have already been scrutinised here on the forums and I’ve tried to incorporate people’s suggestions where possible. I’ve highlighted in blue
characters that haven’t been commented on…just in case anyone wants to wade in.
Any thoughts, comments, suggestions very much appreciated! And if you have a striking adept build that you would like me to list here then send me a link and I’ll post it alongside mine (with full credit to you of course). Other peoples’ adepts are highlighted in red
And I’ll keep on adding adepts as they are completed…plenty more to share!Artisan’s Way
Changeling augmented Pattern adept & infiltrator with a smattering of matrix skills. 400BPs with 50+ karma
Human VR Hacker. 400BPs
Human AR Hacker & infiltrator. 400BPs• <<Pixel>> Xarin's Pixie drone rigger and inspiration for Opium below. 400BPs+ karma• <<Jackrabbit>> SwampFox's wheelman/smuggler. 400BPs+ significant karmaArtist's Way• <<Toymaker>> Troll Enchanter and tech tinkerer. 400BPs concept character
• <<Brand>> Human dancer, master of disguise and part time terrorist. 400BPsAthlete’s Way
Human dancer and acrobat. Gymnastics feats coupled with Face skills. 400BPs• <<Scratch>> Human free-runner, gang runner & courier. Focused on gymnastic feats. Written for a low power game. 400BPs • <<Kit & Kat>> Elven couriers and info dealers. Twin concept characters. 400BPsInvisible Way
Pixie rigger who interacts with the world solely through her drones. 400BPs + karma
Drake Infiltrator. 400BPs• <<Mouse>> Human pickpocket. Written for a low power game. 400BPs• <<Rattrap>> SwampFox's Human Infiltrator. 400BPs + significant karmaMagician’s Way
Human augmented combat and surveillance mage. 400BPs + karma
Human null mage. 400BPs• <<Maus>> _Pax_'s mystic adept, face abilities and flashy magic. 400BPs for a low powered game.
• Transhuman Mystic UmaroVI’s Dwarf cybered mystic adept focused on magically-enhanced physical combat and B&E. 400BPsSpeaker's Way
campaigner. Focused on social and unarmed skills. 400BPs• <<Picasso>> Elven unaugmented face with disguise skills. 400BPs• Negotiator UmaroVI’s Elf cybered adept with a mix of social and physical combat skills. 400BPsTotem's Way• <<Relic>> Orc archer, neo-primitive & eco terrorist using archery and survival skills. 400BPs• <<Nightstalker>> Makki's Shinto adept face. 400BPsWarrior's Way
Human mystic adept, telekenetic. Focused on knife fighting and secondary social skills. 400BPs
Human augmented adept (inspired by X-23), former Ordo Maximus enforcer, magical spurs with secondary infiltrator skills. 400BPs
Elven augmented blade master, former Paladin in training. Blades and secondary social skills. 400BPs
Elven ascetic. Unarmed and secondary social skills. 400BPs• <<Tenchi>> SwampFox's Harumen gun bunny. 400BPs+ significant karma • Former Neoprimitive UmaroVI’s troll augmented adept who uses archaic throwing weapons to great effect. 400BPs
• Gunslinger UmaroVI’s human augmented adept focused on mastery of pistols. 400BPs
• Martial Artist UmaroVI’s troll augmented adept focused on melee combat and social skills. 400BPsBurnout's Way• <<Escapade>> Human augmented adept, face with secondary infiltrator skills. 400BPs