Identical Twins --- Fate
You have an identical twin; create another character using the rules described in Chapter 3: Character Creation. You control both characters. They are the same age, gender, and share the same parents. Neither twin may select a bloodline quality if the other has selected a different bloodline quality. The second twin must take the "Identical Twins" quality as well.
The twins gain experience, destiny points, and other rewards as if they were a single character, and these can be allotted to either twin. However, if one twin has a higher score in a particular ability than the other, the twin with the lower score can upgrade his score for half the experience it would normally cost. Similarly, if one twin has more bonus dice in a particular specialty, the twin with fewer dice can add dice at half cost. If one twin has a quality the other does not have, he can add it at half cost (leaving half a destiny point, spendable only on another half-price benefit unless upgraded to a full destiny point for 25 exp). These discounts only apply after initial character creation.
These twins are identical: either can claim to be the other without making a deception check as long as neither twin is marked or maimed in an obvious way. You may choose to distinguish yourselves from each other voluntarily as well: different hairstyles, manners of dress, tattoos, etc. If another character has reason to be suspicious, he or she may make an awareness check (empathy applies) against the combined passive deception checks of both twins.
If one of the twins dies, the other loses this quality and the Destiny Point invested in it. You may continue adventuring as the surviving twin.
As long as the twins are adjacent to each other, increase their combat defense and intrigue defenses by +2.
The leveling scheme is designed to allow the twins to progress together: the half-cost provision is to encourage the twins to remain similar: they would naturally have very similar aptitudes and interests. Balance-wise, as long as the twins are using the same build, the two of them will improve at about 75% the rate of a normal PC. If the player assigns all exp to one twin, that twin will improve at a normal rate. If he assigns them both exp but with different builds, they will improve at around half the rate of a normal PC.