The first step in character creation is deciding where your character hails from. That will determine your race and the classes available to you. Half-elves and half-orcs are permissible with the appropriate backstory.
Next create your character using the “4d6 discard the lowest die” method. Assume maxium hit points at level one.
We’ll be using medium advancement and everyone starts with 2,001 xp.
Next create your backstory. You’re free to craft any story you like that fits into the overall framework of the world but the story has to end with being arrested somewhere in the Gothic Lands. Whether you’re guilty or innocent is up to you but you have to end up in cuffs. Do not bother rolling for gold or gear.