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 Posted: Dec 27 2015, 11:28 AM
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The Basics

Anyone planning on creating a character for the site does not need to have any extensive knowledge of Star Wars or the forum's history. We source heavily from Wookieepedia and mix and match much of the lore. Most things go on a case by case basis if there is anything particularly interesting, polarizing, or rife with discussion. Anything specific will be covered further down.

The application code can be found at the bottom of the thread. You have the choice of two versions, a fancier one with more complicated HTML or a simpler one with simpler HTML. You may pick whichever feels the most comfortable.

Picking a side

The first step is to pick which faction your character is going to pledge allegiance to, if any. We have multiple factions available, as explained in the factions in the galaxy thread, and you are also free to refrain from picking a side and instead become a freelancer, criminal, or a neutral party. Explore your options and discuss with other members if you need any insight into the individual factions and the benefits you may get from joining them. The Discord channel is one place to discuss this.

It is also important to remember that when you pick a faction you have a certain obligation to follow the faction ideals to a degree. Read the documentation on the factions and ask around in the Discord and remember that you will have to meet certain criteria in order to be accepted as a Mandalorian, a Jedi, a Fed, etc. If you miss a few things in your app, we'll be happy to give you some pointers to get where you want to be.

Galactic personality test

While you may have picked a faction with your personality already in mind, it is important to consider how a faction, or the lack of one, can define the way a character behaves and acts. There are certain "types" associated with each factions, but you can break the mould as much as you want. However, sticking to a type does not mean you cannot be creative with your application of it. Your character is an individual and we want your profile to reflect that.

Mirror, mirror

We heavily put to use the concept of "face claims" or "play-bys" here, but they are not at all required. You can also use art if no celebrity is really fitting your vision (or you're playing an alien). We do ask that the art vie for a degree of realism, so we're less keen on big eyed anime pics of humans.

If you pick a picture you still have to provide a textual description in the app. The description does not need to be particularly detailed, but has to contain basic information such as hair and eye colour, physical fitness level, height, distinctive scars, and general appearance. You may use as much detail as you want, but the basics must be communicated.

The wreckage of the past

It is safe to assume your character concept has a bit of history to it. Maybe they started out as a soldier for the Confederation but witnessed some atrocity or another and decided to fight the good fight with the Alliance; or perhaps they were a pilot in the Alliance and found out they were nothing but terrorists and felt the Confederation's just cause was the better option. You have a lot of freedom in developing history and an interesting chance to explore perspective.

The history is the most important for us, as this will explain to us your character's path and potential future. The history also establishes some idea of the combat capabilities of the character. While writing, please make sure to check the Codex for anything pertaining to major events in our story if you think you might encounter previously established history.

A blaster at your side

The entire process should have given you some idea as to how this character handles themselves in a fight. Are they the worst shot in the galaxy and should probably avoid it at all costs? Can they do backflips in circles around their opponents? There are no standardised skills or established skill levels, but members must use their discretion when establishing their skills. In a universe filled with trillions there will not be one person who is the best ever at that one thing.

Your history must also support any skills you decide to write down. Weapons are an integral part to this. The only limitations to what you can wield is up to your skills and history. A character can also only carry so much, so it is unlikely you will be carrying an arsenal in your pockets. Lightsabers, unless backed up strongly in history or given to you in a thread by someone else later on, are limited to Jedi and Cult only.

Knick-knacks & wealth

The clothes make the man, don't they? You can pick freely what your character wears casually and it is assumed a character has the needed items to work in their chosen career. As added flavour a "wealth level" will be assigned to each character at the point of getting accepted for active play.

You must request a wealth level on your application based off your ideas for the character, but it must be backed by the history of the character. The faction chosen for the character will also have an influence. Jedi for example willingly give up all worldly goods, so they would be poor and have their needs provided for by the Order.

Destitute | Poor | Middling | Upper | Rich

Jump to hyperspace

Every character has a right to select one (1) spaceship to help them traverse the galaxy. This spaceship cannot be any larger than a freighter class. Larger spaceships are assigned on a case by case basis through factions. Senior Navy characters should have a chat with us on where they can be assigned and which ships they'd be commanding.

Further Notes

Force sects and traditions

The various Force sects out there are open to be populated, but any Force capabilities of characters outside the formal factions (Jedi Order and the Cult of Sadow/Bureau of Special Affairs) will be dampened due to the lack of scope in their training. If you are the first to submit a character for a particular Force sect you must also contextualise them in the frame of our established history and events.

Jedi & Cult Lightsabre Details

Add the below information to your app. It is primarily to showcase the unique styles and designs FUsers come up with, but it's also encouraging people to look up lightsabre forms and bring them into their writing. Note that combatants pick a style or two for mastery. Padawans will have learnt some but mastered none. This can be developed further in RP.

Add the code under the skills list.
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<b>Handle Design:</b>
<b>Blade Color:</b>   <br>
<b>Focusing Crystals:</b>  <br>
<b>Learnt Lightsaber Techniques:</b>  <br>
<b>Mastered Lightsaber Techniques:</b>   <br>

Scope of freedom

We all want to have our characters be something unique. There are various ways to accomplish this in both the SW canon and Sithspawn fanon. We generally give our members the freedom to form their own concepts free of too much policing, but we will handle applications on a case-by-case basis and some concepts may be denied. Check with fellow members and staff if you think a concept you have might be toeing the line. We roughly follow the established timeline of canon in terms of which species are extinct and which have not yet been encountered. You can argue your case for a not yet encountered species.

Making the thread

You must use the characters IC account to post the thread and the thread title must be your characters Last name, first middle names. Please use the template provided below for your character application. You can post an incomplete app in the Incomplete forum or a complete one in the Notary Office forum.

To alert us that you are ready to have your application looked at, please post in the Tagbox at the bottom of the site or tell us in the Discord channel. The Tagbox is recommended, as we check it regularly and the message won't get lost.

I've been accepted, now what?

Please go to Face Claim to claim your play-by and go to Who's Who to provide your contact info for people who want to get in touch.
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 Posted: Dec 27 2015, 03:14 PM
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You have the option of picking one of the below application templates. The first is a bit more complicated and needs some knowledge of HTML, while the second is simpler and only needs bare bones knowledge of HTML, if any. You may pick whichever you are comfortable with.
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TAGLINE
ALIAS. AGE. TIMEZONE.
NICKNAME. MONIKER.
  • NAME
  • AGE
  • GENDER
  • HEIGHT
  • SPECIES
  • HOMEPLANET
  • FACTION
  • RANK
  • PROFESSION
  • CLASS
  • INCOME LEVEL
  • SHIP TYPE
APPEARANCE

Your appearance goes here; clothes, physical build, face - you know, that stuff. For the basics you can rely on the face claim to fill in the blanks, but if you're an alien this area is useful.

PERSONALITY

What is a man?

HISTORY

A miserable pile of secrets.

Skills
  • Yo, I'm a skill
  • I'm another skill
  • You can add more of these
  • by using that li tag
  • but make sure it's all contained in the ul tag
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DOHTML code for the above application template.
CODE
[dohtml]<center>
<div id="thtabcontainer">
<div class="thcontimage">

<img src="http://via.placeholder.com/325x500">

</div>
<div class="thename">
TAGLINE
</div>
<div class="ctabs">
<div class="thooc">

ALIAS. AGE. TIMEZONE.

</div>
<div class="ctabs">

<div class="ctab">
   <input type="radio" id="tab-1" name="tab-group-1" checked>
   <label for="tab-1">The Name</label><div class="thcontent"><div class="thfirsttab">

NICKNAME. MONIKER.

</div></div> </div>
<div class="ctab">
   <input type="radio" id="tab-2" name="tab-group-1">
   <label for="tab-2" style="margin-top: 42px;">The Basics</label><div class="thcontent"><div class="thabout">

<ul>
<li style="width: 250px;">NAME</li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li>AGE</li>
<li>GENDER</li>
<li>HEIGHT</li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li style="width: 165px;">SPECIES</li>
<li>HOMEPLANET</li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li>FACTION</li>
<li style="width: 165px;">RANK</li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li style="width: 165px;">PROFESSION</li>
<li>CLASS</li>
</ul>

<ul>
<li>INCOME LEVEL</li>
<li style="width: 165px;">SHIP TYPE</li>
</ul>

   </div></div>
<div class="ctab">
   <input type="radio" id="tab-3" name="tab-group-1">
   <label for="tab-3" style="margin-top: 84px;">The Look</label><div class="thcontent"><div class="thappcontent">
<b>APPEARANCE</b>
<p>Your appearance goes here; clothes, physical build, face - you know, that stuff. For the basics you can rely on the face claim to fill in the blanks, but if you're an alien this area is useful.
</p>

</div>
   </div>
</div>

<div class="ctab">
   <input type="radio" id="tab-4" name="tab-group-1">
   <label for="tab-4" style="margin-top: 126px;">The Person</label><div class="thcontent"><div class="thappcontent">
<b>PERSONALITY</b>
<p>What is a man?</p>

</div>
   </div>
</div>

<div class="ctab">
   <input type="radio" id="tab-5" name="tab-group-1">
   <label for="tab-5" style="margin-top: 168px;">The History</label><div class="thcontent"><div class="thappcontent">

<b>HISTORY</b>
<p>A miserable pile of secrets.
<p>

</div>
   </div>
</div>

<div class="ctab">
   <input type="radio" id="tab-6" name="tab-group-1">
   <label for="tab-6" style="margin-top: 210px;">The Skills</label><div class="thcontent"><div class="thappcontent">

<b>Skills</b>
<ul>
<li>Yo, I'm a skill</li>
<li>I'm another skill</li>
<li>You can add more of these</li>
<li>by using that li tag</li>
<li>but make sure it's all contained in the ul tag</li>
</ul>

</div>
   </div>
</div>

</div>
</div>
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Basic Information

name
age
species
gender
height
homeworld
rank
faction
spaceship
Wealth: income level
alias| age | timezone | face claim


Appearance

Your appearance goes here; clothes, physical build, face - you know, that stuff. For the basics you can rely on the face claim to fill in the blanks, but if you're an alien this area is useful. Make note of the bold tags that lets you get creative with sub-headers under each section.

Personality

What is a man?

History

A miserable pile of secrets.

Skills

  • Yo, I'm a skill
  • I'm another skill
  • You can add more of these
  • by using that li tag
  • but make sure it's all contained in the ul tag
TOM HARDY MADE ME THIS BRACELET


Below is the code for the above simple application template.
CODE
[dohtml]<center><div style="padding: 3px; width: 462px; border: 1px solid #eee; background: #fff;"><div style="width: 400px; padding: 30px; background: #f5f5f5; border: 1px solid #eee;"><div class="apptextbox">

<div class="appimgbox"><div style="width: 330px; height: 150px; background: url(http://via.placeholder.com/330x150); background-size: cover;"></div></div>  

<br><br><h3>Basic Information</h3>
<div class="info1"><b>
name<br>
age<br>
species<br>
gender<br>
height
</b></div><div class="info2"><b>
homeworld<br>
rank<br>
faction<br>
spaceship<br>
Wealth: income level
</b></div>
<div class="alias">
alias| age | timezone | face claim
</div><br><br>

<h3>Appearance</h3>
Your appearance goes here; clothes, physical build, face - you know, that stuff. For the basics you can rely on the face claim to fill in the blanks, but if you're an alien this area is useful. Make note of the <b>bold tags</b> that lets you get creative with sub-headers under each section.

<h3>Personality</h3>
What is a man?

<h3>History</h3>
A miserable pile of secrets.

<h3>Skills</h3>
<ul>
<li>Yo, I'm a skill</li>
<li>I'm another skill</li>
<li>You can add more of these</li>
<li>by using that li tag</li>
<li>but make sure it's all contained in the ul tag</li>
</ul>

</div></div></div><a href="http://shine.jcink.net/index.php?showuser=15286"><div style="width: 420px; font-size: 8px; font-weight: bold; text-align: right; padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 10px;">TOM HARDY MADE ME THIS BRACELET</div></a>

</center>[/dohtml]
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