The presentation of character creation in Eclipse Phase 2nd Edition is quite clean compared to what I read of 1st Edition. I never made one in 1st Edition having come in on the 2nd Edition Kickstarter, but I've heard horror stories.
For Damien we'll go in order of the steps as they're laid out.
Step 1: Background
Looking at the available backgrounds, Freelancer seems to fit the best. This starts me with the following:
Interface 40 Kinesics 20 Know (Black Markets) 30 Know (Investigation) 60 Persuade 40 Program 30 Research 40
Step 2: Career
I see that they have an investigator as a career, so I take that one giving the following aggregate:
Interface 40 Kinesics 30+20 = 50 Know (Black Markets) 30 Know (Current Events) 30 Know (Ego Hunting) 60 Know (Investigation) 60 Perceive 40 Persuade 40 Program 30 Research 60+40 = 100. The cap is 80, so 20 to be spent elsewhere – Infiltrate & Athletics. Infiltrate 10 Athletics 10
Step 3: Interest
He needs some gun handling and such, so we go with Fighter giving the following aggregate:
He hasn't made it where he is by playing it safe, so he doesn't advocate that in any area- including markets and technology. I chose Extropian for his faction. There's also the fact that nothing else seems to fit other than Criminal or Anarchist.
Step 5: Aptitude Template
With the faction and background, I take Thrill Seeker. This gives the following Aptitudes:
COG 20 INT 10 REF 20 SAV 15 SOM 15 WIL 10
Step 6: Skills
I've been doing this all along- but during this step, I realize that the 80 is including aptitudes. I'm going to have some adjusting to do. Final totals:
I want him to know how to move around several different cultures, so spend 4CP on languages: English (Default), Russian, Cantonese, Spanish, Japanese
Step 8: Flex
2 Ego Points (2CP)
Step 9: Reputation
I figure he's had the most dealings with the underworld, and some dealings in the corporate and police worlds. I didn't want him to have a high rep in any of them, as I figure as an investigator he's 'tolerated'.
Underworld: 40 Corporate: 30 Police: 30
Step 10: Customization
I purchase some Ego traits- I figure that he's agile, quick to adapt to new morphs, can empathize with people, and is relatively well off.