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I'm fairly certain starting merits aren't bought sequentially:

Merit dots must be purchased sequentially with experience points. You have to buy • and then •• before your character can have ••• or more.

Conversely I assume when not spending experience points, you can jump to ••• if you spend three points.

Is this correct?

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I'm mainly asking about the Professional Training merit, as it seems off for it not to be the case. BUt I figured it holds for everything. – Pureferret Mar 31 '14 at 20:54
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Not as you wrote it, but yes.

You can devote three Merit dots at character creation to a scaled merit like Professional Training.

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By points above I meant dots (as opposed to experience points). – Pureferret Mar 31 '14 at 21:42
@Pureferret Oh, I figured. But points and dots (and now, with GMC, beats and experiences) all mean different things. Just wanted to be clear. – Jadasc Mar 31 '14 at 21:48

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