PlayerAgreement / NewCharacters

All Characters must be human adults.

Robots, androids, aliens, furries, elves, etc. are disallowed. Time travelers are disallowed as that is not a part of the lore of this universe. Character types from other universes (Star Trek, Firefly, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or any other universe at all) are disallowed. Characters may not possess magic or superpowers, even if they ICly believe they do. This universe is an attempt to be a possible future of real life, and therefore all characters must fit that criteria.

Who the character is, what they like, what they are good at, is generally completely up to the Player. Characters need to be balanced, they need to be good at some things, and bad at others. They need positive aspects, as well as flaws. Characters that are Role Played as being pretty much awesome at everything are not only very lame, they are disallowed.

Character flaws are a vital part of every character. A character flaw is not something they are bad at, or something about their physical body they struggle with. A character flaw is a belief or way of thinking that will cause them to err. Make sure there is something about the way your character thinks or there is something about their belief system that will get in their own way, somehow. Don't feel that it needs to be limited to one thing.

For the most part, the Character’s backstory is the Player’s to decide. This is true as long as the backstory fits within the lore, canon and setting of the server, and as long as the backstory does not give the character unfair and/or undue advantages over other characters. Any backstory should be balanced with some advantages, and some disadvantages. When in doubt, run your backstory by an Admin. If you decide not to do this, you run the chance of an Admin forcing you to change your Character's backstory later on which can be frustrating for everyone involved.

Avoid cliches. “Batman” has already been done, your character is not the only troubled and misguided orphan on the server. Avoid personality traits that make your character shy or anti-social to an extreme. While not disallowed, these traits make interaction very difficult and tend toward very distracted RP (which is disallowed). The best characters are generally characters who start out their story as pretty average people, but with a well-defined personality. It’s a common misconception that in order to have an interesting character, their past needs to be highly unique and interesting or that there needs to be something "special" about them. Typically, the opposite is true.

Come up with some basic personality traits. This is an important part of character creation, because it’s here where the character is going to separate from yourself. You should not be your character, and your character should not be you. Sometimes aspects may be similar, but many of the personality traits should be different from your own. How they think and what they believe about life and the world around them should not be identical to you. However: what you pick here should be interesting to you. This is the main character in your story, make it someone you’re going to want to spend time with.

Come up with a motivation. What is motivating your character? This is often something highly tragic, but be cautious, as that can also be very cliche. While it could be something that happened to your character, it could also simply be that your character has a personal goal.

In your head, ask your Character the following example questions to help get them started:

  • Where were you born?
  • What are a couple of the most significant moments in you life, up to this point?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • What are your interests?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • What are some of your skills?
  • What are you bad at?
  • What are some of your flaws?
  • What do you want to do?

Ask your character questions like this as if they are someone you have just met and are trying to get to know. But be careful- they may lie to you.