The character that a player is in charge of will in all cases be one of the main characters in the Book. Therefore this character needs to be exceptional in some regard. A standard nameless character (unmodified by race) would have an Apt 2 Str 4 in all Character Traits and no specializations or supporting traits .
The player’s Main Character should start with two Character Traits at aptitude 4, two at aptitude 3 and four at aptitude 2. These will be further modified by racial traits and subsequently by the spending of Merit Points. An author should decide how many Merit points to give out at character creation though the suggested amount is 30.