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New Members Guide: Character Creation

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New Members Guide: Character Creation

Post by Baldirak Sapiens Draco on Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:18 pm

How to Create Your Character

Note: Effective June 22, 2017, all new characters may only have 1 special ability. Additional abilities may be obtained using DP (Dragon Points). When you have obtained the required amount of DP, you can submit a form in the ability creation section of the Creation forum. The ability must be approved by Staff before you can add it to your character app.

Creating a character to use in your roleplaying can be a daunting task if you are venturing into uncharted waters, like roleplaying as a sentient nonhuman being. It can be especially difficult if you are new to roleplaying. Fortunately, I and the rest of the DRF Staff are here to help. With this Guide you will learn everything you need to start exploring the world of Pyrria.

The first step to creating a character, for any roleplay site, is knowing what species are available to you. While the name of this site is a pretty big hint as to what you'll find here, there are some other creatures running about.

Humans
Humans do inhabit Pyrria. We have had a few characters who have a special relationship with Humans: some were born in captivity, slaves to Humankind, but escaped with the help of Humans. One was raised by a friendly Human, and a couple came from a parallel world and were turned into Dragons. But aside from these few exceptions, Humans are the greatest enemy of the Dragons and they don't get along, so don't try to make a Human who goes around befriending Dragons and vice versa. More info on Humans (and Dragons) and their locations on Pyrria here: http://www.rpgdragons.org/t4666-lorewip#59758

All characters are to be posted here http://www.rpgdragons.org/f5-create-your-dragon Below is the character creation template.
Click for Human Character Creation Template:

Code:

[center]Insert Image Here[/center]
[b]Type of Character:[/b] (Human)
[b]Link to Character List Page:[/b] (Optional if is your first character. Otherwise link us and make sure your character is listed there. If you don't already have one you can create one here. [url=http://www.rpgdragons.org/f84-character-registration]http://www.rpgdragons.org/f84-character-registration[/url])
[b]Name:[/b] (Your humans name)
[b]Alias:[/b] (Your human have an alias that they sometimes go by? An alias is something that also either named after what they are good at, or an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. Also known as an epithet)
[b]Age:[/b] (How old is your human.)
[b]Gender:[/b] (Male or Female)
[b]Sexuality:[/b] (Heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, ect.)  
[b]Personality:[/b] (What is your human personality? Please make it detailed.)
[b]Fears:[/b] (What does your character fear? All lesser species have at least one fear, and nobody should put None or N/A. It can be a phobia or whatever.  
[b]Strengths:[/b] (What is your human good at? Both physical and mental strengths must be included)
[b]Weaknesses:[/b] (What is your human weaknesses? All lesser humans should have one, if not more.)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Life Info[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Home:[/b] (Where does you human live or are they nomadic?
[b]Profession:[/b] (What is it that your human does for a living?
[b]Family:[/b] (What family or close friendships does your human have?)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]General Appearance[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Height:[/b] (How tall is your human is)
[b]Hair:[/b] (What color and how is it designed)
[b]Eyes:[/b] (Eye color)
[b]Appearance:[/b] (Your character's general appearance.)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Skills and Abilities[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Skills[/b] (Is your character good at making weapons or hunting. Whatever skills they have put them here.)
[b]Equipment:[/b] (What equipment like swords of flasks does your human carry with them?
[b]Combat Style:[/b] (How does your human fight? Does he/she have a specific style of fighting?)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Background[/u][/b][/font]
[b]History:[/b] (What is your humans backstory?)
[b]RP Sample:[/b] (Provide a RP sample of how you would roleplay. Optional)

Lesser Species
Don't let the name fool you. These creatures may not be Dragons, and are considered inferior by many, but are still a force to be reckoned with. All the info you need can be found here. http://www.rpgdragons.org/t4280-lesser-species

All characters are to be posted here http://www.rpgdragons.org/f5-create-your-dragon Below is the character creation template.
Click for Lesser Species Character Creation Template:

Code:

[center]Insert Image Here[/center]
[b]Type of Character:[/b] (Lesser Species)
[b]Link to Character List Page:[/b] (Optional if is your first character. Otherwise link us and make sure your character is listed there. If you don't already have one you can create one here. [url=http://www.rpgdragons.org/f84-character-registration]http://www.rpgdragons.org/f84-character-registration[/url])
[font= Papyrus][b][u]Personal Info[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Species:[/b] (Manticore, Griffon, Fire Phoenix, Ice Phoenix, or Thunder Phoenix?)
[b]Name:[/b] (Your lesser species name)
[b]Alias:[/b] (Your lesser species have an alias that they sometimes go by? An alias is something that also either named after what they are good at, or an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. Also known as an epithet)
[b]Age:[/b] (How old is your lesser species.)
[b]Gender:[/b] (Male or Female)
[b]Sexuality:[/b] (Heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, ect.)  
[b]Personality:[/b] (What is your lesser species personality? Please make it detailed.)
[b]Fears:[/b] (What does your character fear? All lesser species have at least one fear, and nobody should put None or N/A. It can be a phobia or whatever.  
[b]Strengths:[/b] (What is your lesser species good at? Both physical and mental strengths must be included)
[b]Weaknesses:[/b] (What is your lesser species weaknesses? All lesser species should have one, if not more.)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]General Appearance[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Height:[/b] (How tall your lesser species is)
[b]Feathers:[/b] (What color and how is it designed)
[b]Eyes:[/b] (Eye color)
[b]Appearance:[/b] (Your character's general appearance. Weapons and other accessories must be included)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Skills and Abilities[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Special Abilities:[/b] (Any unique abilities that your lesser species has that no other dragon has? Make balanced powers)
[b]Combat Style:[/b] (How does your lesser species fight? Does he/she have a specific style of fighting?)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Background[/u][/b][/font]
[b]History:[/b] (What is your lesser species backstory?)
[b]RP Sample:[/b] (Provide a RP sample of how you would roleplay. Optional)


Dragons
The main species of Pyrria. There are 8 species total, one of which is NPC only, but don't worry, you can still enjoy roleplaying with them. The only limits to your Dragon character is your imagination (with the exception of some actual limits). Firstly, your Dragon should resemble a Dragon in appearance. There are many cultures around the world with their own description of what a Dragon looks like. As long as your character resembles one of these, it'll be accepted.

Your character doesn't have to be a purebred if you don't want it to be. Your Dragon can be a mix of any of the 7 playable species! But if you do this, you have to make sure its abilities aren't too powerful. A Dragon that is a 50/50 mix can only have one ability from each species, but these abilities are only half as powerful as it would be for a purebred. A Dragon that is, say, a 75/25 mix can have more than one ability from the species it is most made of. But while the ability(s) would be stronger than that of a 50/50 hybrid, it still wouldn't be as powerful as a purebred.The more species you mix in, the weaker the Dragon's abilities are going to be depending on the percentage of each species, so keep that in mind when creating your character. If you aren't sure whether your abilities--either as a hybrid or purebred--will be accepted, ask any Staff member or regular member. We're all here to help!


But don't think you are limited to your species' abilities. You don't want a character that is just like someone else's right? So give them a unique ability no one has yet! However, there are a few abilities that are off limits: telepathy and teleportation are among them. These abilites are available to full gods only, so unless your character is a full god, you can't have it. Speaking of gods, it's time to tell you that your Dragon can't be an all-powerful god. I know, you really wanted one, but you can't. However, you can have a demi-god. They must be the child of either a semi-god or a full god and a mortal. And of course you must have the permission of that god to be their child. That said, don't go following a god around for a week begging them to let you be their child. If they aren't ready to have kids, you're just going to have to wait. There is another way to be a demi-god without a god parent: either winning a contest in which the prize is creating your own demi-god character, or having an existing character be given demi-god status by a full god (again, don't go pestering a full god for this to happen). If you do have a demi-god character, be aware that they are the weakest of the gods, only a little more powerful than a mortal. They are allowed 1 godly power but it must be an ability that their god parent has. The only exception is if your demi-god status is a gift from a full god, then you may have any ability (within reason) that you want.

Also, no matter what species you character is, they shouldn't have 1 hit, instant kill abilities. We don't want a bunch of overpowered characters running around. Besides, you can't kill another character without their owner's consent, so why even have an ability that will allow you to kill them instantly?

Dragon Species
EarthWing -  max height 100ft, max flight speed 40mph
FireWing - max height 85t, max flight speed 50mph
NightWing - max height 40ft, max flight speed 80mph
LightWing - max height 50ft, max flight speed 70mph
IceWing - max height 75ft, max flight speed 60mph
SeaWing - max height 35ft, max flight speed 50mph, max swim speed 70mph
SkyWing - max height 30ft, max flight speed 120mph (150mph with dedication to speed)
ElderWing (NPC) - max height 80ft  - Info found here: http://www.rpgdragons.org/t2897-the-history-of-daelorios-island?highlight=Daelorios

A Dragon's maximum size is determined by their species. A purebred cannot exceed its max height, while a mix breed can grow to the max height of the larger species. For example a mix breed of, say a SkyWing and FireWing, can grow to the maxmimum height of a FireWing.

Dragon Ranks
Hatclings: They are the young dragons, mostly just hatched from their egg or younger than 10 years. At this time, they are chosen either for Tracker or Guardian, depending on their strength and body shape.

Trainees: The dragons who are currently in training. They either train to become a Tracker or a Guardian, or a Healer in training with their Trainers (teachers).

Citizens: These are the every day dragons that make up the bulk of any tribe. They are provided for by the trackers and live relatively easy lives. The citizens take care of building and everything else the military doesn't handle.

Guardian: The dragons who protects the tribe from danger, including other dragons and animals. Protectors are usually the bulky and powerful dragons of the tribe.

Scholars: These are the scientists of the tribe. Personal information libraries, Scholars work to advance the technology(magic) of their tribe and they share knowledge. They are not very good fighters but they have some of the strongest magic in the tribe.

Lieutenant: Lieutenants are second in command of a dragon tribe. A lieutenant is chosen by the leaders to be their successors. They are responsible for organizing daily patrols for the tribe, such as hunting patrols and border patrols. If a tribe leader is unable to lead a tribe temporarily, then the lieutenant would take over for that time. If a lieutenant is sick or injured, then a senior dragon will temporarily take his/her place.
Note: Requires Tribe leader approval.

All characters are to be posted here http://www.rpgdragons.org/f5-create-your-dragon Below is the character creation template.
Click for Dragon Character Creation Template:

Code:

[center]Insert Image Here[/center]
[b]Type of Character:[/b] (Dragon)
[b]Link to Character List Page:[/b] (Optional if is your first character. Otherwise link us and make sure your character is listed there. If you don't already have one you can create one here. [url=http://www.rpgdragons.org/f84-character-registration]http://www.rpgdragons.org/f84-character-registration[/url])
[font= Papyrus][b][u]Personal Info[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Name:[/b] (Your dragon's name)
[b]Alias:[/b] (Your dragon have an alias that they sometimes go by? An alias is something that also either named after what they are good at, or an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. Also known as an epithet)
[b]Age:[/b] (How old is your dragon.)
[b]Gender:[/b] (Male or Female)
[b]Sexuality:[/b] (Heterosexual, homosexual, pansexual, ect.)  
[b]Personality:[/b] (What is your dragon's personality? Please make it detailed.)
[b]Fears:[/b] (What does your character fear? All dragons have at least one fear, and nobody should put None or N/A. It can be a phobia or whatever.  
[b]Strengths:[/b] (What is your dragon good at? Both physical and mental strengths must be included)
[b]Weaknesses:[/b] (What is your dragon's weaknesses? All dragons should have one, if not more.)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]General Appearance[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Height:[/b] (How tall your dragon is)
[b]Scales:[/b] (What color and how is it designed)
[b]Eyes:[/b] (Eye color)
[b]Appearance:[/b] (Your character's general appearance. Weapons and other accessories must be included)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Tribe Information and Status[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Tribe:[/b] (Which one of the 7 dragon tribes does your dragon belong to)
[b]Inheritance:[/b] (Are you a pure breed of your tribe, or crossed? If so, what's the cross?)
[b]Rank:[/b] (What rank is your dragon)
[b]Family:[/b] (Does your dragon have a family? Who are they?)
[b]Mate:[/b] (Your dragon's mate. You may put N/A if you do not have one)
[b]Hatchlings:[/b] (Does your dragon have any children? Put N/A if you do not)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Skills and Abilities[/u][/b][/font]
[b]Special Abilities:[/b] (Any unique abilities that your dragon has that no other dragon has? Make balanced powers)
[b]Combat Style:[/b] (How does your dragon fight? Does he/she have a specific style of fighting?)

[font= Papyrus][b][u]Background[/u][/b][/font]
[b]History:[/b] (What is your dragon's backstory?)
[b]RP Sample:[/b] (Provide a RP sample of how you would roleplay. Optional)


Further Info
Now that we've covered the different species of Pyrria and some key bits of information about what is allowed, it's time to talk about the more challenging aspects of character creation. Personality. If you want a cookie-cutter character that isn't unique in any way, doesn't stand out, is wholly good or bad with no in-between... that's fine. You can have a character like that, but keep in mind some people find that boring and may not want to roleplay with your character. You may even get bored with the character yourself and stop roleplaying and we don't want that! If you're roleplaying for the first time it might be easier to create a character whose personality mirrors your own.

When it comes to actually filling out your character sheet, it's important to be as detailed as possible, particularly when listing your abilities. You need to list every ability your character has, what they do, how they can be countered, etc. Again, if you need help feel free to ask. When all that is done you can move on to the fun part, deciding which tribe your character is going to live in, if they live in a tribe, and what their job is within it, if they want a job, that is. I hope this guide was helpful to you and I hope you enjoy your time here on DRF!

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