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Character Profile Creation and Approval Manual
  • Introduction

    If you want to be able to role play in Tales of Characters, the first thing you're going to need is an approved character. So we have this manual so you can know how to get it done. It's divided into sections which all have brief descriptions that should be self-explanatory.

    Index:
    • Getting Started in the ToC - This covers some basic info about getting started if you're new to Tales of Characters or ZU as well.
    • Writing a Character Profile - This gives you the profile template that you need to fill out for your character with an outline that describes what we expect for each section.
    • Example of a Completed Character Profile - In case you wanted to see an example of what a completed character profile might look like, here is one provided for you.
    • Approval Code of Conduct - This describes expected behavior during the approval process as well as the reasoning behind this process. Your character must go through the approval process in order to be approved, which allows you to use them in the ToC.
    • The Character Profile Editing/Updating Policy - This is the Editing/Updating policy in full. You should be sure to read this when you need to edit or update your character's profile after it has been approved.

    “We must be greater than what we suffer.”
    [A Light in the Dark| Empire of Darkness |Under the Red Sea]

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  • Getting Started in Tales of Characters

    First, in this post, we have some general information that will be helpful to you while creating a character profile and just general info on how things work.

    The basics
    If you've been on ZU for a while, you probably already know how to use spoilers, the source button, space paragraphs correctly, and how to link things.

    The basics of these are provided for those who do not:
    Technical Basics
    Space your paragraphs while creating a character profile
    So, you may have noticed already, adding an extra space between your paragraphs is necessary in order to make your post easy to read. This applies to when you're writing up your character profile. Sometimes a program document, like Microsoft Word, doesn't always format spacing correctly for posting. So double check. See the example below for a visual on what we're talking about here. (Just click on the "Example" button.)

    Example

    THE WRONG WAY wrote:

    Sam and Katie, and Juan and the Ruiz sisters arrived to behold the horrible scene.
    "Lana...!" the man skidded to a halt, instantly flinging his hand before his younger companion's eyes to keep her from seeing the worst of it. Katie cried out in horror and clung to his side.
    "Maria, Anita," Renata spoke up, and her voice had the throb of tears in it, "...we can't... we can't help... not against someone like this... not without all of us using our magic together...

    THE RIGHT WAY wrote:


    Sam and Katie, and Juan and the Ruiz sisters arrived to behold the horrible scene.

    "Lana...!" the man skidded to a halt, instantly flinging his hand before his younger companion's eyes to keep her from seeing the worst of it. Katie cried out in horror and clung to his side.

    "Maria, Anita," Renata spoke up, and her voice had the throb of tears in it, "...we can't... we can't help... not against someone like this... not without all of us using our magic together...

    The use of "spoilers" can be helpful in creating a profile
    In the section above, you might have noticed the little example "button." After clicking it, it showed you more text that is otherwise hidden. If you click the "button" again, the text will vanish and go back to being hidden until you click it again. This is called a "spoiler."

    Here's the code and how you actually type it into the post. [spoiler=label]Text[/spoiler]

    The part that says "label" will be the words that appear on the "button."

    This can be helpful in organization information in your character profile. People can click on these and read groups of information one at a time. You don't have to use it, but it's just really helpful to know.

    Using the "source" button on posts can help in formatting
    So you might have noticed when you're posting a new post or editing an old one, in the top left-hand corner is a button that says "<> Source." By pressing this you will be able to view what "raw" version of your post. You will be able to see all the coding that formats the post in detail, such as [b]bold[/b], [i]italics[/i], and [u]underline[/u].

    This can help if you want to copy something from another post of yours into a new post with the correct formatting of the previous one. You just copy the source material of the first, and then make sure the source button is applied when pasting. It's also helpful if you need to enter in coding manually or adjust it.

    In the spoiler below is an image showing you the source button and what the post editor will look like when it's clicked.
    What are "links" and how to "link" profiles in posts
    To "link" something means by clicking on text that are linked, it will take you to a url address. The url address is what is "linked" into the text. Linked text will appear blue on our forum's skin. That's how you know it's linked.

    The process to create links is simple. See the spoiler below to learn how it is done.
    How to Create Links
    1. Copy the url address to your character's page, which is found at the top of your browser.



    2. Then in the post, highlight the word you want put the link in.



    3. Go to all the formatting buttons located at the top of your post when you're creating a new one or editing a previous one. You'll find the button to link on the bottom row of buttons. Click it. (The button to the right, the link button with an X on it, is used to remove links previously created.)



    4. It opens a new box. In this box, all you have to do is paste the url address to your character's profile page. Then just click OK, and it will be linked in.



    Sometimes, because the editor of the forums can be a little difficult, you can also enter in the code for links manually. To do this, you must press the Source button in the top left-hand corner of your new post or editing a previous one. Then type it in like this [url="addresshere"]Character Name[/url], and it would appear as Character Name.

    Or for example [url="http://zeldauniverse.net/forums/index.php/Thread/88288-Kira-Greenthorne/?postID=2593087#post2593087"]Kira[/url] would then appear as Kira.

    Doing this for your signature is almost exactly identical. If you need more instructions on how to link in your signature or link to a specific post like your post in the Character Directory, check out the spoiler below.
    More Linking Details
    If you want to link to a specific post within a thread, like your post in the Character Directory, you can get the url address for it by going to that post and click on the little icon in the top right-hand corner of the post:



    This will bring up a new box. In this box, you will find a url address under a section that says "Permalink." Copy this url address and use it to link to the post as described previously.



    To find where to edit your signature, click on your user name in the top left-hand corner of the forums. It will give you a drop-down menu. Click on Settings.



    Under User Account, you will find Signature listed. Click on it.



    It will bring up the editor for your signature at the bottom, which is the same as creating or editing any other post. So linking will be the same.


    Make sure you understand the rules
    You can find the most basic list of rules in the RPG Introduction thread as well, plus other helpful information about this section.

    The RPG Index of Rules and Regulations contains the WHOLE list of all the rules in the RPG (Role Play Guild). Don't worry, most of the regulations won't apply unless you decide to create NPCs or become a merchant (create items to "sell" or give away to other RPers).

    The RPG rules and the ToC rules are the ones you should pay the most attention to, because they guide and dictate behavior while RPing here.

    If you want to get the character approved, it must be of your original creation
    Approving a character gives the character what we call PC status. PC meaning player/playable character. In the ToC, PC status means two basic things:
    1. The character may appear in RP threads alone (without any of your other approved characters).
    2. If you want to make changes to their profile later, you must follow the Editing/Updating Policy (described later in this manual).
    To RP in the ToC, you must have one approved character, which means one PC.

    There are also NPCs (non-player/playable characters) you can make, however they are non-approved and cannot be used to RP without a PC in the same RP.

    We allow for you to create canon characters as NPCs, but they can never be approved to full PCs. Canon characters are considered characters from a pre-existing work, like Link from the Legend of Zelda.

    So make sure when you're writing your character with the intent of getting them approved and made into PCs, that they are of your own original design. You can have characters that come from your favorite fandoms, like a Gerudo from Ocarina of Time. But this character cannot be Nabooru or any pre-existing character from the games. Don't copy someone else's PC either.

    You may also use public domain character ideas to create PC characters. However, only with special conditions. See the spoiler below for more information on what public domain characters are and how you can use one as a PC.
    Public Domain Characters
    Public Domain Characters

    Public domain characters are characters like Zeus from Greek mythology, the Archangel Raphael from biblical interpretations, or Alice from Alice in Wonderland. They are characters based on commonly known mythology or even stories that are so well known and old that they have become part of the public domain that no one truly "owns" anymore. You can use these as characters in the RPG, under the following conditions.
    1. Any public domain character is allowed as an NPC who can travel the worlds as long as there is the understanding that there are multiple versions of that character. There is no one "true" version. As a result you can have two Sherlock Holmes meet each other and both of them be the "true" Sherlock Holmes.
    2. However, we take this a step farther and allow public domain characters as PC (playable characters) in the ToC as long as the character offers their own different and unique twist and meets approval standards.

      For example a person cannot make Zeus, the god himself, as a playable character (although as an NPC is fine of course). However, if they turned him into a teenage lightning mage and pimp character whose goal is to rescue his family from his father Cronus, that is totally acceptable.

    If you are unsure if a work falls into the public domain, you can always Google it. Google is your best friend. Just to give you a (small) idea of books which have found their way into the public domain, check out these book lists by Good Reads.

    (If you want to know more about NPCs, go to the NPC Templates and Regulations thread. If you want to know more about making canon character NPCs, go to the NPC Canon Character Regulations thread.)

    Posting your character profile for approval
    When you've finished filling out the character profile and you're ready to post it here in Character Profiles & Resources to be approved, what you do is create a thread. Put your character's name in the title of the thread, enter in the profile, and then submit it. Then wait for an approver to come along.

    Don't post in other people's character threads
    These threads are for the profile and the approval process only. Only the creator and Approvers can post in these threads. So, if you want to comment on someone's character, you can do so privately. Just don't post the comment in the character's profile thread.

    You can only get one character approved at a time
    In order for our approvers to not be completely swamped by profiles to approve AND to make sure you actually end up using your characters, you can only get them approved one at a time. Once you get into an RP thread with that character, that counts as proof of using them. Then you can get another character approved, but again, only one at a time.

    Don't pester the Approvers too much, please
    I know it can be hard to be patient, waiting for an approver to come along and post in your thread. Waiting 3 days before seeking out an approver and asking for them to look at it is considered the polite amount of time to wait. This includes in between posts during the approval process.

    Don't expect an instant approval
    Approval is rarely instantaneous. Most likely, your character will not be up to approval standards at first. However, this doesn't mean you'll never get it approved. Your approver is there to help you get it to the basic approval standard. They will tell you what needs to change and why. Once your approver has deemed the profile fit for use in the ToC, it will be approved. Approval is a process. The Approval Code of Conduct covers a lot of what is considered the basic approval standard and expected conduct of both the approver and you.

    After getting your first character approved, you make one post in the Character Directory
    After you get your first character approved, you go and make one and only one post in it. The first post of the Character Directory includes more detailed instructions about this post you make. This first and only post of yours will be the list of all your approved characters and links to their profiles. DO NOT post the entire character's profile in this thread. This is a list of names and links, not the profiles themselves.

    You're allowed to list NPCs in your post as well, but you must clearly mark which are approved PCs and which are NPCs.

    Only Official Approvers can approve characters
    There are specific members of the RPG that are designated as official Approvers.

    Below is the list of official approvers. Only these people can approve profiles. All RPG Section Mods are Approvers, but not all Approvers are Mods. Where applicable, the ones in purple are Super Moderators, the ones in red are Section Moderators, the ones in green are Forum Moderators, and uncolored names do not hold any moderator position.


    These are also the people you want to ask if you have any questions.

    “We must be greater than what we suffer.”
    [A Light in the Dark| Empire of Darkness |Under the Red Sea]

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  • Writing a Character Profile

    This is the character outline! We’ve provided for you detailed descriptions of what every section is and little hints for completing each if you need it. When you're done, you should post this in a thread with your character's name as the title within the Character Profiles & Resources section.

    You may not post in the Tales of Characters RP board (or character fiction sub-board called Solo Adventures) until your character has been approved by a Moderator or an Official Approver.

    Official Approvers
    Sabbo
    Ruki

    Copy the empty profile template in the spoiler below to start filling out a character profile.
    Empty Character Profile Template
    [b]Name:[/b]
    [b]Nickname /Alias:[/b]
    [b]Age:[/b]
    [b]Apparent Age:[/b]
    [b]Sex:[/b]
    [b]Race:[/b]
    [b]Height:[/b]
    [b]Weight:[/b]
    [b]Eye Color:[/b]
    [b]Hair Color/Style:[/b]
    [b]Skin Color/Complexion:[/b]

    [b]Appearance:[/b]


    [b]Weapon(s):[/b]

    [b]Armor:[/b]

    [b]Carried Possessions:[/b]


    [b]Powers/Magic/Skills:[/b]
    [i]Limits:[/i]
    [i]Side-Effects:[/i]

    [b]Battle Strengths:[/b]
    [b]Battle Weaknesses:[/b]

    [b]Other:[/b]

    [b]Personality:[/b]

    [i]Likes:[/i]
    [i]Dislikes:[/i]
    [i]Fears:[/i]
    [i]Virtues:[/i]
    [i]Vices:[/i]

    [b]History:[/b]

    Please note: all sections with a † marker denotes a section that isn’t required when completing your profile.

    Name: Full name of your character! Feel free to talk about what it means or how they got it; if they have a nick name or alias put it in this section! Please remember to be original :)
    Nickname /Alias: - If your character feels the need to hide themselves behind another name, state this here.
    Age: - How old is your character? How long have they been alive? If no one knows, just put in an estimate or "unknown".
    Apparent Age: - How old your character appears to be to others. In most circumstances characters will look their age. Put N/A if they don't look older or younger than they are.
    Sex: - Male or female? Intersex? No sex?
    Race: Choose a race that you want your character to be. Always make sure you understand the basics behind the race. If you’re new to role-playing I recommend that you pick an easy race for your character, for example human. If you are creating your own race, or if your race is different from others' (for example there are tons of angels in the ToC, but no two RPers' takes on them are the same) you should include a background on the race for reference.
    Height: - How tall are they? (Please include an indication of the unit of measurement used.)
    Weight: - What's the scale say about your character? Remember, not everyone's anorexic, not everyone's obese. (Please include an indication of the unit of measurement used.)
    Eye Color: - yellow, blue, purple, black, red? What's the color?
    Hair Color/Style: - Blond, brown, red, blue? Tell us about the hair!
    Skin Color/Complexion: - Tan, pale, fair, dark, freckles, bad acne? Tell us about the skin, or scales, or whatever.

    Appearance: - You'll want to be as descriptive as possible with this, because other members need to know what your character looks like and we only have your words to go off of! Do they have scars, birthmarks, are they muscular, are they fat, etc. What kind of clothing do they wear? What does their face/facial structure look like?

    Things you're really gonna need to include are things like race (or species!), height, weight, hair/eye colour, how their hair is styled, and skin colour/complexion. Feel free to go into more detail on these things, but if you have them listed in the previous sections above, it'll probably be just fine.

    Needs to be at least one paragraph. Even if you have a picture, please act as if no one else can see it and give us adequate summary in words. Pictures alone will not suffice for most things in the profile. This is because pictures might not work for everyone who views it for whatever the reasons, or the location from which your picture comes from has changed or it has been removed. There are a lot of reasons a picture will not be a stable and constant reliable reference for your character's appearance as well as other things. Also, this is a role play writing form. It doesn't need to be super detailed, but you should be able to give enough detail to give people a general idea of what your character looks like in words.

    Weapon(s): Describe your character's weapon, if it has one. How did he/she come by it, where is it kept when not in use, does it hold any special powers? If so, explain them as you would in the Powers/Magic/Skills section. You should have the dimensions of the weapon (ex. how long it is with proper units of measure) and the material it is made out of. If the material is something you made up or is otherwise obscure, be thorough in explaining it, as you would with special powers or magic.

    Even if you have a picture, please act as if no one else can see it and give us a good summary in words.

    Armor: Pretty much the same as Weapon. Please only include armor in this section, and not general attire if it has no protective value. Even if you have a picture, please act as if no one else can see it and give us a good summary in words.

    † Carried Possessions: What your character carries on him or her on any given day. Could be potions, clean underwear or a lucky coin. No need to go into detail unless the item holds some significance. Then you can elaborate. Is the item an heirloom, a souvenir from battle or something he/she picked up from a traveling merchant? If the item has some sort of special power or function, it must be spelled out here like they are for the Powers/Magic/Skills section.

    Even if you have a picture, please act as if no one else can see it and give us a good summary in words.

    Powers/Magic/Skills: - Be pretty with details and explanations. List your character's current special abilities, be they magic or fancy sword styles. The most important concern here is being specific about what your character's powers, magic, or skills can do as well as what they cannot do. If you don't explicitly explain it here, then it is assumed your character cannot do it. If your character doesn't possess any spells or other stuff we should know about, leave N/A here.

    † The below sections are only optional if you haven't already listed them above.
    Limits: - What are the limits to your character's powers? How often and for how long can he/she use them? Will they need to recharge afterwards and for how long? What's the reach/range/extent of the power? All powers must have some sort of limit. It is important to state what a power cannot do, when it fails and no longer works.
    Side-Effects: - What do they look like in action? Visible aspects of your character's power, or other side effects. For example, a fire mage having a higher body temperature than normal, or a werewolf having yellow eyes even when not transformed. Be creative.

    Rules of Thumb - By rule of thumb, the stronger and more powerful and more skilled your character is the longer and more detailed this section of the profile needs to be. You can't halfheartedly fill it out because an Approver will come along to approve it and tell you to add more details and limits. This is to prevent intentional or unintentional godmoding.

    Very high powered characters can be approved, but only if the details and limits to their powers are to an Approver's approval. Newbies may be asked to lower powers and improve them later after completing RPs, building the character's strength over time in updates. As you gain experience as an RPer, you will be allowed to make more powerful characters provided you have adequately shown that you write your existing characters responsibly.

    For more information on editing or updating your character's profile, see the Editing/Updating Policy.

    Battle Strengths: - List, describe, explain the strengths your character has in battle. Three to five is reasonable, depending on your character's background. More is allowed, but don't overdo it, please. Be detailed.
    Battle Weaknesses: Yes, everyone's got them. Superman had Kryptonite, so even the most invincible have their Achilles heel. You must have at least enough weaknesses to balance out your character's Strengths. Please detail these thoroughly as well. Also, they cannot all be self-imposed weaknesses - They must have weaknesses they have no control over.

    Other: - Anything else we should know?

    Personality: - This ideally would be one of your longer sections; everything about your character really needs to be spelled out for us. Every bit of information that your character has out in the open, or maybe doesn't realize that they have, should be presented here. Some sections you may want to include (in listed format if you wish):

    Likes: - What does your character like?
    Dislikes: - Anything your character isn't that fond of? Put it here.
    Fears: - Most people fear something, be it death, spiders or heights. Your character is probably scared too.
    Virtues: Good points about your character that are not covered by battle strengths. Go easy on these.
    Vices: Character flaws--weaknesses and the like. Make sure these flaws will make an impact on your character. Try to mention at least as many vices as virtues. Can be in list format.

    History: - Now you'll tell us your character's background, its life from childhood to where ever it is today. Think this through! As your character develops through playing you can add to its history, but not change what is already written. We want at least two paragraphs of at least four sentences each. Now, this may sound like a lot but if you really get into your character it shouldn't pose that much of a problem. Where did he/she grow up? Did he/she have a lot of friends? Even if your character has no recollection of its past (and characters like that do pop up from time to time), you should. And so should we.

    Formatting Your Profile

    If you are feeling particularly ambitious, you could create a slightly more specific profile with sections and sub-sections designating things not listed here. Feel free to experiment with your profile – some members choose to be creative with their profiles and format them as interviews or reports on subjects. Don’t feel enclosed within the boundaries we’ve set out. As long as you answer the questions posed by the sections from above, you’re still going to be approved.

    So once you have filled out and completed the profile template above for your character, you then post it in Character Profiles & Resources with your character's name in the title of the thread. Then you wait for an approver.

    Editing and/or Updating a Character Profile Post-Approval

    We have an Editing/Updating Policy for character profiles after their first initial approval. This policy is for editing that does not involve fixing minor things like typos, grammar, spelling, etc. If you need to change other things, see the policy for more details.

    If you intend to make changes to a character's profile after their initial approval, contact an approver to get the changes approved. An approver must explicitly post stating what changes are approved in the profile thread. If an update pops up unexpectedly in an RP, consult an Approver as soon as possible for approval.

    You may even post an entirely new thread for the character's update if you so desire. This is recommended for dramatic and multiple changes.

    “We must be greater than what we suffer.”
    [A Light in the Dark| Empire of Darkness |Under the Red Sea]

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  • Example of a Character Profile

    This profile is here to serve as an example of the formatting and level of detail we look for when approving character profiles. Profiles with less have been approved, as have ones with more content remain unapproved, but these each had their own issues - this profile below may be considered an "average" character profile for such purposes.

    (This example profile was originally created by Sabbo.)

    Name: Malani
    Nickname /Alias: Lani; Wildgirl
    Age: 16
    Apparent Age: 13
    Sex: Female
    Race: Human
    Height: 150cm (4'11")
    Weight: 45kg (99lbs)
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color/Style: Scraggly and dark blond, although since she doesn't wash it much it often looks more brown than blond. Pushed behind her ears, it goes down slightly past her shoulders and is unevenly cut.
    Skin Color/Complexion: Heavily tanned caucasian; she rarely bathes, and so is also usually covered with dirt & sweat.

    Appearance: As a wildgirl - someone who has lived their entire life in the wilderness - Malani cares little for her appearance but for what is practical, and aside from this pays almost no attention to her appearance whatsoever. Her round face is typically covered with dirt all the way from her frizzy hair to the curve of her chin. Her small ears and round eyes are slightly cleaner than the rest of her face, but only insofar that it removes obstruction from her hearing & sight.

    Despite living in lack of civilization, Malani wears a dress of giant leaves of various shades of green, bound by smooth green-brown vines at a few points along her torso. It's not designed to be taken off, so she tried to make sure it was comfortable to both sleep in and ride with. Should it be damaged, she can either patch it or make an entirely new dress, depending on how damaged it becomes.

    While she is quite small for her age, Malani's physique is developed suitably for someone so consistently active in strenuous activity as she is - there are no obvious muscles like a bodybuilder might have, but it is clear for those who look that she's not frail, either.

    Image courtesy of HitokiriChibi

    Weapon(s): Spear - When she was about 10, Malani found a strong and lengthy branch she's been using ever since. After many years of use, it is now about 6 feet long and 2 inches wide, with the final foot roughly sharpened to a point, although this still leaves it slightly too heavy for someone her size at times. As was quite lucky on her part, it is essentially entirely straight, limiting its potential to be broken when used as a spear (Although attacks on its side are more likely to damage it to breaking).

    Armor: By tying and gluing a lot of dried bark together with vines & sap, Malani was able to create a simple shield she can slip on her arm as needed. It's mostly round, although only coincidentally so, and protects her left arm from her wrist to halfway between her elbow and shoulder. Of course, since it's made out of mere wood, it breaks easily to heavy attacks and regularly needs to be reconstructed.

    Carried Possessions:
    • 10 feet of strong vine, tied to the vines binding the back of her dress via a third, smaller, vine.
    • A couple of sharp rocks she found. Purely for utility rather than as a weapon.
    • A pouch made out of leaves, glued together with sap. Contains 5 doses' worth of flower-based painkillers, ingested orally after mixing with water into a paste; also contains her aforementioned rocks.


    Powers/Magic/Skills:
    Voice of the Wild - Malani can speak with animals, and in turn understand anything they voice aloud. Since she doesn't alter her own voice for this, ordinary humans are still able to understand what she says. (Although of course not what any animals may say back)
    Limits: This magic is automatic, and works on all non-human animals with voices. (Therefore it does not work with voiceless animals such as insects, and also not with alternate human languages.)
    Side-Effects: Just as modern man would hear a cacophony of voices in a city, Malani hears these in the wild. She's learned to zone out to the unnecessary chatter.

    Hunting - Malani is an accomplished hunter, able to fell almost anything no more than twice her size. While her ability to speak with animals sometimes makes her hesitant, she is very respectful about who she hunts - she never attacks children, and favors attacking foes who are past their prime. The animals in areas she mediates are aware of this respect, although of course none just stand around waiting to be killed. As with other predatory animals, it is a familiar cycle.
    Limits: For creatures she doesn't already know, it takes her some time to understand how it would react to her hunting it, and whether it would even be worth hunting.

    Foraging - Malani knows the plants of her jungle well, and knows what to look for in foreign plants. She is still learning many things, but knowing what she can use for food or medicinal purposes was a high priority for her.
    Limits: For plants she doesn't know, it can take her several days to realize their medicinal value, if it even has any, as she must first test it in diluted doses.
    Side-effects: While foraging known plants holds little risk, unknown plants can be unpredictable in what effect they may have, even when diluted.

    Fitness - Malani has a lot of endurance, and is both an apt climber and swimmer.
    Limits: Malani can maintain strenuous physical activity for around two hours at a time before needing to rest.

    Battle Strengths: Malani has terrific endurance, and is skilled in simple forms of combat. She has a decent sense of intuition regarding whether a foe is stronger than her or not, once she's seen them in action, and will back down from fights she doesn't think she can win without excessive injury to herself. If animals are nearby, she can often convince them to aid her if her foe is a different species, either offensively, for observation, or whatever the creature may be good at.
    Battle Weaknesses: Malani is still young, and thus lacks the skill & experiences time would give her. Her small body is also still weaker than an adult's, despite her constant exercise, as are her weapons & armor, which are made out of mere wood. In her spear's case, this is also heavier than what someone her size would be optimal with using, making her movements more sluggish than were her weapon an optimal weight (Although her strength & practise offset this somewhat). She is also unused to fighting without any aid at all, so she is at a further disadvantage should she need to.

    Other: Generally the aid she gets from animals are of the following natures: She rides on large animals, fights alongside carnivores and larger omnivores, gains intel from intelligent smaller animals, and uses less intelligent small animals for distraction. Others may be useful in their own ways, but these are the most common ways she gains aid.

    Personality: Malani tries her best to coexist with the environment, and mediates between species when there are solvable disputes. She has a deep respect for the world around her, instilled by her direct reliance upon it, and with this will always try to maintain trust with the creatures around her. Just as she asks aid from animals, she will aid them in return whenever she can.

    Likes: Animals, the jungle, exploring, helping others, and talking.
    Dislikes: The unfamiliar, large bodies of water, climbing, being attacked, and silence.
    Fears: Leaving the wilderness, being grievously injured, and never seeing her parents again.
    Virtues: Considerate/respectful, loyal.
    Vices: Takes a while to warm up to other humans, doesn't understand humor (has never encountered it).

    History: From her own perspective, Malani's life was quite uneventful. She was born in the jungle to a mother and father who shared the talents she would later discover in herself, and by the time she was five was already learning how to take care of herself. Of course, she still at that point lacked the maturity to truly take care of herself, but over the next ten years she had gained this and more as she lived both with and alongside the creatures of the jungle.

    Sometime near her fifteenth birthday, Malani's parents decided to let her live her own life. One day, without warning, they left before she woke up. While Malani did try to track them for a couple of hours after she woke up, the animals of the region refused to help her, as they had been told to let her survive for a few seasons on her own. As the wildgirl grew to accept this, she resumed her life in the jungle, waiting for her parents' return. Some days she would search for them without truly believing she could find them, or go exploring out of pure curiosity, but often she was content to just live her life as it had always been.

    “We must be greater than what we suffer.”
    [A Light in the Dark| Empire of Darkness |Under the Red Sea]

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  • Approval Code of Conduct

    The purposes of this code of conduct is partly to let everyone know what to expect in the approval process. However, it is also to empower the community and to let our members know what their rights are when it comes to approval.

    What is Approval?

    Approval is a guiding process in fair character creation. This means approvers are intended to make sure your character’s profile meets basic RPing standards so that it minimizes or eliminates potential godmoding, or powers/magic/skills or weapons and special items loopholes.

    So What Does This Mean Exactly?

    It means approvers should only be concerning themselves primarily with certain sections of the profile. We’ll call these sections Primary Sections. The other sections will be called Secondary Sections, for the purposes of these guidelines. Approvers should focus the most on the Primary Sections and the least on the Secondary ones.

    Primary Sections

    Primary Sections include: Powers/Skills/Magic, Weapons, Armor, Battle Strengths, Battle Weaknesses, and Carried Possessions. When it comes to carried possessions, really Approvers should only focus on Special Items, which are items with special powers or functions. Mundane items or possessions like a normal locket or lucky coin your character keeps that doesn’t really have a special function or magical power should not be of concern to the Approver.

    So why are Approvers focusing on these more than the other sections?

    These are the sections most important to potential godmoding/loophole issues that can turn up in RPing and affect the fairness of a roleplay. These are the same sections that when adding or removing content from a profiles requires approval from an Official Approver, as outlined in the Character Profile Editing/Updating Policy. It’s for the same reasons.
    Godmoding Loopholes
    These sections of the profile do need close attention because it involves ensuring that RPers do not create powers or abilities (in characters or their equipment) that are too vague or unfair for RPing with others. Depending on how a power/ability is written, it can allow for loopholes that RPers can abuse to an unfair advantage in an RP. This would be considered Godmoding, which is using your character in such a way that their skills, abilities, or powers accomplish things that break the fairness of a roleplay. This is explicitly against the rules in the RPG and Tales of Characters.

    You are required to stick to the limits and parameters explicitly stated in your character’s profile when RPing in the Tales of Characters board, especially when it comes to Primary Sections. It is not fair to invent or twist a power on the spot in an RP just so you can get the outcome you want. This is why it is considered godmoding.

    Example
    Say you give your character the ability to manipulate light. You list some spells/abilities/things they can do with this power. However, say you didn’t list anything about them being able to create illusions with light manipulation. In fact, you didn’t even think about it until you were in an RP, and you thought it would be really kool if you’re character could do that. Besides, maybe you’ve even read about light used to create mirages and such before. Since your character manipulates light, you think this is okay.

    But it’s not, because you did not explicitly state in the profile that your character could create illusion/mirages with their ability to manipulate light. Because you did not state this explicitly in the profile, your Approver was unable to check over the limits of your character’s ability to produce illusions to ensure they are fair and not too vague. Because if it remains vague, you could potentially adjust the limits for whatever you need whenever you need.

    This is not fair RPing. You would be godmoding.

    The Character Profile Editing/Updating Policy covers how to make fair and official changes to profiles that have already been through their first approval.
    Secondary Sections

    Secondary Sections include: Name, Age, Sex, Appearance (and related sections like Hair and Eye Color, Weight, Height), Personality, and History. So why are these things considered secondary? Isn’t sex an important aspect of a character? (Ha ha, I made a funny.)

    It’s considered secondary in approval not because it is less important to the characters, because obviously history and personality are essential aspects to a character as well. However, it is of secondary priority for the Approvers. Their main priority is to ensure that there are no loopholes in the Primary Sections. Personality and the color of your character's hair does not affect the fairness of a roleplay.
    Concerns of Secondary Sections
    The only thing Approvers will be looking for in these sections is to make sure they are correctly filled out. Because these are the aspects non-essential to fair RPing. Your character’s hair color is not going to affect the fairness of an RP if it changes or if it is a ridiculous color like blue (even though your character is a Gerudo). So long as the necessary information is provided, Approvers should not be commenting a lot on these for very long. You are allowed your creative license. Approvers should not be treating this as their own time to critique your ideas in these sections in regards to their own personal tastes and opinions. At least, not in order to get your character approved. Approvers are allowed to comment (professionally and respectfully) but not enforce any suggestions that are purely unessential to getting the bare necessities covered.

    Example
    If you want a Gerudo with blue hair, it's fine if your Approver makes a comment that typically all Gerudo are only supposed to have red hair. The Approver should say, this is only a suggestion and it's not required that you change your character's hair color in order to get approved. It's your choice, and since it does not involve combat related issues like the Primary Sections do, it's not important for approval. Your Approver is not allowed to make this necessary, and if they are not explicit about something like this being optional, you are free to question them about it.

    So now that you understand the reasons why we do it this way, we’ll get down to the concrete guidelines.

    Approver Conduct
    1. Ensure the bare essentials of a profile are completed.

      As long as the profile is readable (appropriate spacing between paragraphs, etc.) and contains the information required, rearranging the format and adding/merging/renaming sections is allowable.

    2. Focus on Primary Sections to check for possible loopholes and necessary limits only in things that relate to combat/godmoding issues.

      Approvers are not allowed to enforce their own preferences for how powers, skills, or magic of characters or equipment are organized in the profile. They are only to ensure the necessary information is there, readable, and clearly detailed limits are present.

    3. Must clearly and explicitly state when something is a suggestion that is not a requirement for approval.

    4. Expected to explain why they are requiring something for approval.

    5. Engage the RPer in the approval process actively, by involving them in the problem solving process and giving them opportunity to make their own choices whenever possible.

      An Approver might explain a problem in the profile and then ask you how you think you could change it so that the problem is solved, rather than just enforcing one way they would fix it. Though sometimes solutions are more rigid when necessary, an Approver should be able to explain why there is only one or limited ways to solving a profile issue.

    6. Can offer an optional feedback session after basic approval is completed.

    7. Must include and post a copy of IM log containing information relevant to approval if they approve a character over an instant messenger or other medium instead of in the character's profile thread.

    8. Must post explicitly stating the character is approved (via "stamp" image or merely written "this character is approved") in the profile thread. This must be done for specific changes as well, stating explicitly which updates or edits were approved or if it was a general revision of an entire profile.

    9. Behave in a respectful manner toward the RPer.

    RPer Conduct
    1. Can ask their Approver questions about changes they are being requested to make.

      Approvers are expected to be able to explain why they are making something mandatory for approval. RPers are allowed to question if it is necessary or not.

    2. Suggest their own solutions to an issue that arises in the profile and discuss them with the Approver.

    3. Possess the option to turn down suggestions (changes not required for approval) or optional feedback offered by Approvers.

    4. May request a different Approver for any reason (they are not required to state the reason). Please do so in private.

    5. May request a council of all the other Approvers if they doubt the requirements their current Approver is requesting they make and are unable to come to an agreement with this approver. Please do so privately (contacting the other Approvers/Moderators by private message via "conversation").

    6. May go to Administration if they still feel they are being mistreated even by the Moderators of this section. If this is necessary, mind the rules of ZU and make sure to contact the Administrators by the private means of a private message.

    7. Behave in a respectful manner toward Approvers.

    “We must be greater than what we suffer.”
    [A Light in the Dark| Empire of Darkness |Under the Red Sea]

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  • Character Profile Editing/Updating Policy

    Okay, so your character has been officially approved by an Approver. They clearly gave your character either a visual stamp of approval or an explicitly written statement declaring their approval posted in the profile thread. Your character is ready to go. But then you realize something you hadn't thought of before while you were making their profile. Or you've finished an RP and due to the events of the RP your character got a kool new weapon or spell or skill or power. Or after a while of RPing with the character, you realize you want to revise the whole character in general. You'll want to add these new changes to your character and their profile.

    However, there are things you need to know about either editing your character's profile or applying new updates to it. Tales of Characters does have a policy concerning this.

    Types of Changes and Sections

    For the purposes of this policy, we're going to define certain kinds of changes that can occur. These definitions, as well as the type of section the change is made in, do determine whether or not you are required to have the change approved by an Approver.

    Change(s): An update or edit to the primary or secondary sections of the character profile.
    • Update - A change that adds or even takes away something from the profile after the events of a particular RP that the character was involved in. This change is always related to the events of an RP.
    • Edit - A change that is not related to the events of an RP.
    • Significant change - An update or edit that changes the actual content within the profile regardless of the section. May or may not require approval depending on the section the change is made in.
    • Insignificant change - A change that fixes typos, grammar, spelling, or formatting in the profile. It never requires approval.
    Primary Sections: Significant changes made to these sections require approval by an Approver regardless of it is an update or an edit.
    • Powers/Skills/Magic
    • Weapons
    • Armor
    • Battle Strengths
    • Battle Weaknesses
    • Carried Possessions - Approval only required if significant changes are made to items that have special powers or functions that can affect the fairness of a role play.
    • Companion Character - Some like to place the profile of side-characters in the profile of the main character, your PC, that they follow and travel with as constant companions. When grouped in the main character's profile, they follow the same rules.
    Secondary Sections: Significant changes made to these sections do not require approval regardless of whether it is an update or an edit.
    • Name
    • Age
    • Sex
    • Appearance - includes related sections like Hair & Eye Color, Weight, and Height
    • Personality
    • History
    • Carried Possessions - Mundane items or possessions like a normal locket or lucky coin that do not have any special powers or functions.
    Significant Changes in Primary Sections

    As described above, these always require approval by an Approver in order to make them official so you can use them in RPs. The approval is required for the same reasons Approvers focus primarily on the primary sections of a profile the first time they are approved: to prevent godmodding loopholes and anything that may break the fairness of a role play. They are primary sections because they are the sections involved in combat scenes and other situations that most directly affect the fairness of an RP.

    Update Policy
    • Must originate from an RP that has been started as a thread in ToC or Solo Adventures.
    • Can occur out of chronological order for the character's personal timeline of events within ToC.
    • Approvers are required to check the thread if the update is acquired from a Solo Adventure in order to determine if the required effort was made. This is only to ensure the Solo Adventure is more than just a paragraph in length (if already considered completed).
    • Can involve more than one significant change.
    Edit Policy
    • If these are made in the middle of an RP, the RPer must acquire the agreement of all other RPers present in the RP in order to go through with the approval of an edit.
    • Do not make edits too frequently. It is not fair if you are constantly and significantly changing the primary sections of a character's profile on a whim. Approvers will not allow it after a certain point.
    • Can involve more than one significant change.
    • Complete character profile revisions are acceptable.
    Approval
    • Follows the same codes of conduct as the first approval process.
    • In order for the change to be considered approved, an Approver must post in the character's profile thread explicitly stating exactly what changes they have approved. They must do this every time a character undergoes an instance of updating or editing.
    • Be sure to contact an Approver in order to get significant changes (update or edit) in primary sections approved.
    Significant Changes in Secondary Sections

    As stated previously, these do not require approval by an Approver. You only have one thing to keep in mind when making significant changes to secondary sections when in the middle of an RP with others: make sure to communicate these changes with them so that they don't get things wrong when RPing with your character.

    If you have any questions about the editing/updating policy, don't be afraid to ask a Moderator or Official Approver.

    “We must be greater than what we suffer.”
    [A Light in the Dark| Empire of Darkness |Under the Red Sea]

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