Finally! Now that you've read through everything you need to, you can get started with your character. Why have we asked you to wait until this point before thinking about it? Well, this way you can start tweaking ideas as you go along, and finalize it with this section.
First off, are you looking for a canon or original character? If you're looking for a canon, check the AVAILABLE CANONS LIST
to know which canons are available. If a name is in that list, then it is open for play. If they aren't, then they are taken! Simple as that. From there, perhaps you should check out the REQUESTS AND ADOPTABLES
forum; someone may have a request up that you could be interested in, or a character that is similar to what you had in mind, so why not pick them up as a request?
If you're looking at an original character, then there is a few other questions involved. Are they a student, graduate, White Fang, or a citizen? (Yes, we allow citizen characters!) Are you undecided? That's totally fine! Regardless, you're going to want to check the TEAM LISTING
to see where your character could fit. We always recommend placing characters on existing teams. Keep in mind however that some teams may have small plot or face claim requests to go along with them, so you should check with someone else on that team (or with a staff member) to see if that is the case. If not, great! Joining existing teams allows for fairly immediate plots with other team members, so it is always recommended over starting your own team.
From there, let's take a look at the FACE CLAIMS
. If you have a particular face in mind, then this will be where to check to make sure they aren't taken.
From there we can look at the CHARACTER TEMPLATE
. There are two parts to the application process: CHARACTER PAGE
and COMBAT PAGE
. They are separated because in the past we have found it far too difficult to spend extra time reviewing and helping people with their Semblance to a point that it hindered roleplaying. As a result, weapons and Semblance have been kept separate from the rest of the applications. Civilians do not require a combat application unless they have combat capability.
First and foremost, start with the character page. Every character starts with a name -- please remember that we do follow Monty's Colour Naming Rules, which you can find linked in the rules section. Another thing to consider -- while yes, it is plausible that people can and will have the same name, we recommend staying away from duplicate names, purely for the sake of avoiding confusion when talking about characters.
With the character application, you will detail your character's appearance, personality, and history. Keep in mind we are looking for a BRIEF OVERVIEW
, particularly in the history. Something to keep in mind for your character histories -- be concise. Get to the point. We don't ask for a lot of thorough detail, and sometimes, leaving things vague can be better; if we need more information, we'll ask for it. Lastly, keep in mind that additions can be made to your character's backstory via later edits run by staff, or through journals and roleplay. Short, sweet, to the point is the best
way to go about your histories.
While working on your character page, keep in mind that we do not allow the posting of work in progress applications. If you would prefer to work on your application on-site, then you may post it in the TEST BOARD
in a personal test thread of your own. Once it is completed, you may post it in the CHARACTER PAGES
After that, we can move on to the COMBAT PAGE
. This is where you will detail your character's Semblance and weapon. Keep in mind this application is separate from the character page, so you can put it up any time after your character page is completed. Once your character page is accepted, your character can participate in social threads; once their combat page is accepted, they may then participate in combat threads. Participating in threads with no accepted application is prohibited, and participating in combat threads (this includes even basic use of a character's Semblance!) without an accepted combat application is prohibited.
But before we get too far into that, let's go over to the TAKEN SEMBLANCES
page. Make sure to go through the spoilers to make sure your character's semblance isn't already taken to streamline the process a little bit for you! Now, keep in mind -- similar semblances are okay.
For example -- let's say you want a multi-use semblance like the Schnee family glyphs. While you can't use magic circles as the medium (given that's what glyphs already are), you can use another method; perhaps you use tarot cards, or runes, or something along those lines. Similarities are okay, but direct copies are not. Wording is everything when creating a Semblance!
Once you've looked through the Taken Semblances, you can post your Combat App in the COMBAT ABILITIES
forum. Combat apps, though merged with the regular apps upon acceptance, are handled separately in terms of reviews, as a means to streamline the application process. You may post your combat app before your regular app is accepted, but you must post your regular application up for review before
your combat app.
Once you've got your Combat App accepted, you can move on to your COMBAT PAGE. Yes, they are two different things! Take the third template, and post it in a new topic in the Combat Abilities
forum. Make sure you post it in the appropriate subforum for your character! This is where you'll detail your character's combat abilities and their upgrades. To get started on that, you'll want to go to the UPGRADES
area. Here, you can apply for as many combat abilities and upgrades as you would like; however, you may only add as many of these upgrades or abilities to your combat page as you have the BP for.
Upon registering your character's account, you will be sent your starter BP within the first little while of being accepted, but you can see how much Starter BP you'll get based on the SHOP
To purchase the slots for your combat abilities or your upgrades, head over to the SHOP
(which you can also find in the upper right hand corner). Make sure you've used the account switcher to switch to your character's account! If you go under each section, you'll be able to see the prices of everything, and you can also buy things in bulk! Once you've purchased, leave the items in your inventory (don't use them!) as this will track how many slots you have. If you purchase the wrong one, don't fret! You can sell it back to the shop for a full refund to purchase the right one.