The most important thing throughout the entire Character Creation process is to remember that, in Vaxia/Sirian, you're describing a person. This is no two-dimensional video game character, nor an epic fantasy novel hero, just another citizen in a world of adventurers. Think of the character as a person, and bear that in mind on each part of the creation process, from the name to the Stats to the skills they possess.
Also always bear in mind that this is a starting character. They may have a rich and diverse personal history, but as far as you and the site are concerned, their real story is just beginning. Keep that in mind as you describe their history and abilities.
It may be helpful to take the Setting Walkthrough to get the basic idea of our settings to help build your character.
The System Reference for Players has the basics of our system which may help with understanding skills and stats.
Another good idea before you go to make a C is to look over the guide for Evaluators That way, you'll have an idea of what's out of bounds to lessen the chance that you'll have to rewrite parts of the character later.
Keep in mind we encourage the creation of original characters to be played in the games here. For our reasoning and what may happen if we find out a character is copied from pop culture:
Can I use a character I like from pop culture, like anime or video games?
To start creating a character:
- Make sure your sidebar is visible, it's on the left hand side of the site
- Scroll down to the "Create Stuff" section
- Click on "Character Sheet"
- This will take you to the interface for entering all the details on a character sheet.
Name - Character names should try to be original. Try not to use the name of another character or NPC you've seen, and try not to use names from popular fiction and movies. Character names that include numbers or special characters, along with characters that are meant for limbo use only will be rejected. If you do pick a name and it happens to match up with another figure in popular fiction, that doesn't mean the character will be automatically rejected. Character Evaluators will examine each character for their skills and backgrounds as well as their names to ensure originality.
Acceptable: A lumberjack named Aragorn, who clearly isn't a ranger in Middle Earth, but happens to have the same name.
Rejected: A character named William Wallace who is a rebel leader from Grom trying to win his people's independence.
In the end, just try to envision an original character; don't try to map names, skills, or backgrounds off of anything you've seen or read somewhere else. The less you borrow, the more unique your experience with the C will be, and the more enjoyable.
Background – Tell us where the character's been and what they've done, how they got their start and got where they are now. Act like you're telling someone directions. You won't mention every street along the way, just the ones they need to turn on or the important landmarks they're going to pass. We want enough detail so we know who the character really is, but you don't have to chronicle every single event in his or her life, just the pivotal ones that have really affected who they are now.
Remember: this is a starting character, they may not have an epic backstory yet, they are just starting out. They may have had adventures already, but there's a difference between being one of many soldiers in the Orc Wars and being a legendary dragon-killer or a fallen god. There'll be plenty of chances to build epic stories like that when you RP after the character is approved. For now, keep it realistic for a starting adventurer. For more information please see Character Background Limitations
This is also a chance to explain some of your character’s more unusual skills. If your character is a simple farmer with blood magic, you may want to explain how they came by that particular dark art. It's not the kind of thing you pick up a library book about and teach yourself, so you might want to include just a little something on how or from whom they picked it up.
Keep in mind certain conditions, aspects and backgrounds may have an additional set of requirements that a player must meet in order to have them in a character. For more information please see:
Personality – Imagine you’re describing a friend of yours to a stranger. What do they act like on a day-to-day basis? They might be bubbly, quiet, dark, obnoxious; they might shy away from conversation or go out of their way to get to know people, all you have to describe is their general demeanor. It'll help give us an idea of what the person seems like to the people he or she will meet.
Occupation – Despite the name, “occupation” isn’t just the character’s job, it’s what they’re up to on an average day, or an overall goal they’re striving toward (“working on becoming a doctor,” for instance). Of course, if they do have a job, put that too :)
Description – What other characters will see when they look at yours. Things like height, build, hair, eyes, any stand-out marks like scars across one eye or a wooden leg; all the things someone might notice from looking at the person. Don’t stress the little details too much: you'll always have the chance, when you RP, to describe the character as they look at that moment.
Your character's stats really should reflect the character as best as they can, but we all realize that may not be the easiest thing to judge. For an explanation of what each stat signifies, refer to the Stats : stats page. Once you're familiar with the purpose of each stat, here's a rough guide of what the numbers mean in terms of relative ability:
10: Incredibly low, incapable, most tasks of any kind using stats with this score will likely not succeed.
15-20: Below average, will have difficulty with even simple tasks using stats with these scores.
25-30: Average, baseline, will have 50% chance to complete most simple tasks using stats with these scores.
35-40: Talented, trained, will be able to complete most simple tasks using stats with these scores.
For most stats, if you can stay between the ranges of 20 and 35, you have nothing to worry about. If you have one or two stats at 40, that’s expected (spellcasters tend to favor INT and SPI, while fighters look for STR, END and DEX).
3 or more stats at 40 may raise eyebrows, however, so don’t go overboard. Remember that your overall ability is a combination of the stat and the skill, so don’t worry if you’re a fighter with less-than-perfect DEX, for instance. Your combat skill will help ensure that you’re still effective when the action starts.
Any stats below the average may merit some explanation in your character’s Background. Extremely low stats (or very high stats and very low skills) are something of an automatic red-flag for those evaluating characters, so use them only when appropriate to the character concept. If you plan to min-max to save points for other stats or skills, bear in mind that you will be expected to roleplay any severe deficiencies.
Most starting characters begin with 2-4 skills. These are the things your character is exceptional at, such as sword fighting, certain types of magic, nimble acrobatics or medical practice.
Most average things your character can accomplish without needing a particular skill, so don’t worry about things like languages, swimming, eating, or other basic functions unless they’re something very core to who your character is (a linguist, for instance, not only knows languages, but knows how to decipher new ones).
Skills are a wide open area, so you can write your own, but of course there are limits to the reach and power of any given skill. Also, please do know that our system does not have automated racial abilities, or bonuses or random immunities, whatever a given player may imply. All of Vaxia/Sirian's abilities require a skill and the points put into it to give it strength, and must be rolled to have any effect. Also, this makes any "immunity" skill more like a resistance.
For more specific guidelines, see the Skill Guide and its many examples.
If you’re ever uncertain if a skill is too broad or narrow, submit it anyway! If it’s overboard (or too limited), the SH has the power to send the character sheet back to you with suggestions on how to update it. You can then make changes to the skill and resubmit to get it approved.
NOTE: You can have exactly one skill at zero at character creation. This represents something your character is working on, but doesn't have any real ability with yet. If you find yourself short on points but know there's another skill your character should have, you can add it as a "zero skill" so that it's ready once you've earned enough XP to put points into it after the character is approved.
Relationships at Character Creation
If you would like your character to have a relationship (friend, family, etc) with another character, that's totally allowed provided the other character is owned by a different player. For instance, if you and a friend wish to create a brother and sister pair, that's totally fine! If you want to create a brother and sister pair that are both your own character, that is not allowed.
The reason is that gifts and favors between two characters owned by the same player are prohibited to avoid anyone gaming the system. Family, lovers or close friends are much, much more likely to do one another favors, even if they seem small, or want to interact with one another. If you wish to do any of that, you will need another player to be willing to play the other half of the pair.
Playing a relative or associate of a character who is no longer active is also okay, even if it was your own character. For instance, if a character dies or is retired and you wish to play their cousin, daughter or mentor, that's totally fine once the original character has been set to Inactive. You cannot control two associated characters while they are both active on the site.
What to Expect
When you submit a character for approval, all character evaluators are automatically notified. One or more of them will review your character, and either revert it to draft status with suggested changes or approve it for play. These suggestions can be found under the workflow tab of the character sheet.
This is a human process, and our evals are volunteers, so please be prepared for it to take up to 72 hours between when you submit a character and when it's first evaluated. If it's not approved immediately, it may take longer as the evaluator works with you to make it a legal character.
If you decide to submit a character with "Other" for their race or a Condition (like vampirism), please understand that Setting must give additional approval, which may take longer than the usual 72-hour period.
Additionally, the 72-hour window applies to each character individually, so if you submit multiple characters at about the same time, you may not see all of them evaluated in the same 72-hour period. We appreciate your patience and will try to get your character concepts out and available for play as soon as we realistically can.
Help and Questions
Naturally, if you have any questions on a character concept or the associated numbers, ask! Limbo, the Help Forum, or if you know any other Vaxians personally, we’re all happy to help guide you.
If this is your first character, don’t worry, we want to get you in and playing as soon as possible ? We’ll work with you to get you comfortable with the process and familiar with the world you’re about to dive into. Never be afraid to ask!
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