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thalassino ([personal profile] thalassino) wrote2011-12-25 05:40 pm
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◣ FAQ ◢




so what characters are allowed?

Any character with sufficient canon, whether it be book, video game, webcomic, movie, etc, can be applied for. No doubles will be allowed; likewise, AUs are not allowed, nor are OCs allowed at this time. A character will be coming directly from their canon to the game. A canon AU is allowed, but then the original may not be apped. For instance, a Final Fantasy: Dissida character may be apped for, but then its canon counterpart will not be allowed.

where is my character?

Through some sort of blip on the radar, metaphorically speaking, your character has been transported from their home world to an underwater city called Vatheon. Unfortunately there's no way out and they're... kind of stuck here! That's okay though because the locals are welcoming and cater to their every needs.

Need a home? Go to the real estate office and Brad will hook you up! Food? The marketplace is full of stands and shops ready to sell food of all kinds to the foreigners. Luckily for you, everything is free! Well... most things.

most things?

Well, you see, everything in Vatheon is free. Everything in the Nostalgia Nook costs. See, to bring things from other worlds to satisfy the foreigners takes a bit of power. To replace the power costs money. The money, otherwise known as StarFish Tokens are simply tokens stored on a credit card of sorts that pops out your character's StarFish Communicator (SFC) when need be. Don't worry about keeping track, the Token Card takes care of everything.

what's the setting like?

When your character arrives anywhere around Vatheon, soaking wet, they will find a few things.

First, they will find a marking somewhere on their body. It isn't anything too large, but it is certainly visible. It might be just about anywhere, and it will look like this. There is more information on it later in this faq.

Second, they find the city. As for the city -- well, it's very clean and very orderly--rather too clean and orderly. No matter what happens to the city, things will be fixed and repaired. The natives carry on their daily tasks cheerfully and without complaint, and they are always polite and friendly with the foreigners...well, unless one does something to upset them.

The city is clean, but there sure are a lot of empty buildings...

is my character given any information about vatheon upon arrival?

Not immediately.

When your character arrives, there will be no spirit fish guide to greet them with information, nor a cheerful demo video informing them of what's up. Your character can find out about Vatheon through two ways; first there is through using their starfish communicator or asking around -- don't expect much information out of the locals however; they are friendly, but man, they have certainly mastered the art of chatting a lot but not saying anything.

A second option is the foreigner run welcoming committee. They have a building on the plaza, decorated with a huge 'Welcome to Vatheon
' banner. There is always someone available here for a run-down spiel of Vatheon's most 'need to know things' as well as veritable stack of brochures explaining everything from the curses, to having a very general map of Vatheon, a quick run down of the housing available and a short list of the most important locations in Vatheon.

What this means for you, as a player, is mainly that if it isn't to your taste to make a big, confused intro post, or if you character would not be the type to reach out to others in that way, you are free to assume your character got the necessary information at the welcoming committee and is now on their way to living a happy, underwater life.

what's a starfish communicator?

A little device used to keep in contact with the rest of the foreigners. Despite the weak design (it has its similarities to a starfish), it's a very powerful device. Video, voice, and text posts are able to go be posted to the Network using these devices. It comes in many different colors and many different styles of sorts. Catered to the needs of your character, yet keeping it's nautical design all the while.

You might even find some games on it, if you're lucky.

If your character is capable of coding, they can even make new games and programmes for their SFCs, though it seems impossible to break into and alter the base coding.

You may post anonymously.

so what does my character do here?

Vatheon is your jamjar (a colloquial term used for roleplays set in inescapable settings) under the sea. Events regularly, player plots happening all the time and just fun all around. It's really up to you, the player, what sort of shenanigans your character gets up to. Tag around, make posts, do all sorts of things! We'll throw events your way if we see the players are interested; it's a give and take really.

Previously, there would be bi-weekly "curse week" happening in Vatheon which put the characters through some sort of ordeal (be it good or bad). Yet as of January 2011, when the Lamufao broke in half, curse weeks are now random.

everything is free?

Almost! In Nostalgia Nook, things can be purchased from home; however, they cost Starfish Tokens. These tokens can be earned through jobs or just helping out a native; they are happy to hand them out, generally! Usually they go automatically onto a card--this card fits into your SFC very neatly! However, you can also cash out the tokens at Nostalgia Nook for the actual tokens, in which case you'll end up with a handful of these.

Happy spending!

how does posting work?

This is a community based roleplay! It is really up to the player where they post, as the network community ([community profile] caughtinanetwork) can be used for action, voice, video, and text posts while the main community ([community profile] vatheon) is mostly used for action or prose logs or, even, large events (NPC and/or player).

insert question about applications here!

In regards to applications, we'll answer the most common questions here. First, a player can have to as many as five characters. If they pass the Activity Check with all five characters -- none of which are on hiatus or exempt from -- then they can apply as a sixth. OC and AU characters are not allowed. History and samples can be linked. Duplicates have been explained in the rules and finally, animal characters are also allowed.

Also, PBs are completely fine with us! Just remember, if someone in Vatheon shares the same face as your PB, try to get in contact with the mun of the character first!

If we've missed anything, send a question our way! Some of it might have been answered on the Application page though!

canon updates, dropping, death, and more!

- When a character is dropped from Vatheon, they disappear on the contact list and are completely gone from Vatheon. Their stuff is left behind but if no one claims it within 24 hours, it disappears from the city.

- Canon updates are handled here but in summary, your character leaves as if being dropped -- gone from contact list and from Vatheon. Yet, their stuff stays more than 24 hours! They are gone for three days after touching the coral and appear on the third, their memories of Vatheon returning instantly. Though, how instant is up to the mun.

- One RL day = One Vatheon day! There is no known year though.

- When characters arrive, this mark appears somewhere on their body. It appears like a tattoo but if one digs deeper literally they will find it goes all the way down to the bone. It's impossible to remove without severely hurting oneself and yet, even if one chops the arm where the mark is off, it will appear elsewhere on the body the next day or the arm itself with magically appear back on the body the next day.

- On the same note of sorts, if a character dies, they will arrive in the plaza perfectly unharmed in five days, although not without any repercussions - for both the killer and the killed. When they die though, the body will be left there until night time unless someone collects it. At night, the nurses from the clinic might be seen collecting the body and bringing it to the clinic, but that's as far as it goes. If someone does do something with the body before the nurses have it, the body will just pretty much lay around uselessly and begin to smell. That is, until the night of the fourth day when it disappears completely!

No worries though, they're still on the contact list.

Please note that you must now get mod approval for character death via filling out a form located over here along with more details about repercussions, etc.

about this lamufao...

The Great Lamufao is a large coral located in the middle of the city in the plaza. It is worshiped by the residents of the city as a deity and they will not tolerate desecration or anything of the sort against it. Think of this -- would you disrespect a statue of Buddha perhaps, in real life? I think not. The locals want the foreigners to be happy, but if something like that comes about, they won't hesitate to punish.

The Lamufao is what appears to be holding the barrier up. Characters are required once a month to touch the coral to renew their energy, yet this can all be handwaved. The Lamufao is also somewhat of a miracle worker. If a character is near death and they touch the coral, they will be revived with enough energy to go home and enter a dreamless sleep of which they will wake up and be restored to the best state possible without taking away injuries or scars from their original universe. Imagine how your character arrived at Vatheon; they will wake up in that state but at their complete best. Nifty, huh?

Another thing is that the Lamufao is pretty much indestructible. There is no way to break it and if one punches/kicks/drives into it, the only thing that will happen is it will rebound against them. Ouch.

If there's any questions, don't hesitate to contact a mod!

miscellaneous.

- Characters can keep everything they had on them when they were taken from their home worlds within reason. No gundams, sorry!

- Pets are allowed, they can appear with them when they awake or come somehow through an event of sorts. They can be no larger than a dog (Clifford doesn't count).

- Pokemon Trainers may bring up to 6 pokemon with them. Legendaries are fine. We do ask that they are kept in the pokeball at all times if they are too big. Please check here and send us a message if you wish to breed pokemon.


- Sorry but no pregnancy!

- And for you newbies, here is a pretty thorough and interesting guide on "how to LJRP" basically! It might help a lot if you read through it.

- Annnddd here is a helpful guide concerning the differences between the LJ → DW site system and overall setup, considering we recently moved to DW.

- Anything else? Just ask a moderator or comment this entry! We'll respond ASAP.



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GAME INFO: faqthe citythe islandnostalgia nookwelcome brochureinformation database
OOC INFO: mod contactplayer contactdroppinghiatusresidency

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[community profile] vatheon[community profile] caughtinanetwork[community profile] vatheonooc[community profile] batheon
bufudine: ([varna] killing for survival :|)

/pops this FAQ's cherry :3c

[personal profile] bufudine 2012-01-07 04:11 pm (UTC)(link)
OKAY SO. This guy I'm apping, Serph. He's a cannibal and needs to eat people otherwise he's going to start going crazy and ripping people to shreds. I think this would be interesting to work with! So, two questions:

1) Do locals 'respawn' after 5 days like player characters do?

2) Would Serph be able to feed on the locals? What repercussions could I potentially expect from them? He'd likely only ambush those those who wander out alone in his demon form, and he won't eat unless he starts feeling hungry or someone attacks him first :V
starryheavens: (ToX // Leia / Huh?)

[personal profile] starryheavens 2012-01-08 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
Hopefully I'm not asking something that's been answered before, but I didn't see this anywhere in the faq. For the application, is it okay to reuse parts of old apps such as old personality sections or do you require we write completely new ones?

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polariity: (guys pls II In the deepest ocean)

[personal profile] polariity 2012-01-21 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Inquiry from James, who for some reason is too lazy to get on one of the accounts actually in the game!

(yes I know it's sad, sssh)

How far back through the SFC would a character be able to go? Like, backreading other entries that have been made in the past. I'm asking because after his recent post and talking to a few people, he will probably do as hermits do and say 'SOCIALIZATION NOPE' and try and go though the archives of the SFC (if there is such a thing) on his own to see if he can make a timeline or something of the events which have happened in Vatheon.

When I say 'events', I mean like curses or the time the pirate ship crashed into the bubble. They wouldn't be detailed, he'd just be getting a seconhand view or something. Would that be possible?
warrior_king: (Pondering)

[personal profile] warrior_king 2012-01-26 12:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello! I'm writing an app for this guy! He's from a really obscure series, so I hope it's not a problem. To make up for that, I will be trying to fit everything relevant about his canon in the app without tl;dring to an obnoxious extreme.

As you can see, he's a duck! More specifically, an alien duck from space (planet Evron, to be more exact) with a vampire-like physiology. Except that, instead of blood, he feeds on emotions, transforming his victims more or less temporarily (I'm thinking that here it would be temporary, period) into what is tantamount to zombies without any emotions, intelligence or will of their own. Can he do that to the locals, and if so, with what consequences? Or is there any way he would be able to get emotional energy from the stores? That would also work, since Gorthan is a VIP and rarely collects emotional energy on his own anyway.

Thank you! I hope that my question isn't too complicated or obscure. If it is, feel free to tell me.

[personal profile] kyou_ou 2012-02-24 08:13 am (UTC)(link)
This has probably been answered somewhere, but I couldn't find it. If it was I'm sorry!

I was wondering how much canon a Hetalia character needs to be appable. Specifically Himaruya has a genderbend universe fans refer to as Nyotalia which doesn't have as much canon. He did do one strip featuring several of the characters (it can be read over here if this helps at all), but aside from that it's been mostly comments and doodles from him.

Would any of these be appable (provided their normal Hetalia-verse counterparts aren't in the game)? Understandable if there's not enough canon or they fall under the AU rule!
made_in_wonder: (Default)

[personal profile] made_in_wonder 2012-03-11 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a question about canon points!

The character I'm thinking of reserving is, in events we see in canon, in his twenties or so. However, we see him as a child in flashbacks - and then there's a timeskip gap.

Is pulling from within that gap an acceptable canon point, if I justify my writeups of his personality and history with where I'm inferring from canon? (His personality would be pretty much the same as when we see him in canon - just not as experienced.) Or is that too much like an AU, even if he's a canon character from the canon universe?

Thanks!

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(Anonymous) 2012-03-14 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
this just occurred to me because they exploded in a previous curse, but have the fairies returned to all characters by now?

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[personal profile] fourplay4some 2012-03-29 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Could I app a character that has four physical bodies?

Not specifically called out in the FAQs, so...

(Anonymous) 2012-04-01 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Are Canon AU characters okay? What about transports of characters of other games to keep previous CR intact?

/belated question

[personal profile] ex_ventus850 2012-04-06 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
SO. Would the barrier impede a Jedi from sensing the life ocean outside its walls?

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blessedbyfarore: (eponaaaaa 8D)

[personal profile] blessedbyfarore 2012-04-06 05:47 am (UTC)(link)
Regarding pets! Is that mostly for things like cats/dogs/birds/stuff like that, or could bigger animals like horses show up? (I'm thinking of Epona, specifically.)

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[personal profile] magitek 2012-04-07 05:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Could you elaborate on what you mean by "no canon AUs"?

I have a character I am interested in apping--thing is, he has no appable personality in his original canon, only in the "massive crossover event" thing his company released. Which...sounds to me a lot like a canon AU. So...what's the full story?

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seablaze: kicking back in the captain's chair (Default)

KH Related //Possible Spoilers Warning//

[personal profile] seablaze 2012-04-10 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm unsure if you have been spoiled as of yet, but was curious about how you guys will take the Somebody/Nobody thing now with the whole lie coming out about Nobodies(will only elaborate if you want).
Would you still take a Nobody and a Somebody as different characters? Like if Isa and Saix both apped. Would they both be allowed, or will it now count as the same character, but at a different timeline?

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heartandsoul: ([Perplex] So much more)

[personal profile] heartandsoul 2012-04-12 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
#thingsmozartprobablyshouldhavegottenoutofthewaybefore

Hey so you say characters can keep anything they have on them within reason? Would Bulma's hammerspace capsules count for that? Since she keeps them in a case in her pocket literally a majority of the time she's seen.
otaku_hitman: (beam trail)

[personal profile] otaku_hitman 2012-04-14 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Very very important question here. Are there TVs? Travis wants anime and video games.
flowing_kinetics: (4)

[personal profile] flowing_kinetics 2012-04-15 04:47 pm (UTC)(link)
This is probably a stupid question and I apologize, but it's kind of important!

Since powers are kept as is (at least from what I can see), what do you do about characters with telepathy?


To sum it up as best I can, Akira here is a psychic, and one of the ways that manifests as is telepathy of a sorts. He can read surface thoughts easily, sense the make up of a person's mind (IE, evil/good/ditzy/elder god), give his own memories*, receive other's memories*, and manipulate dreams, but he can't actually do anything to their minds, not even suggest a little.

*It's basically like watching a movie, though. Regardless of which way it goes, the memory isn't implanted, it's more like holding a TV up to someone while they watch the movie going on -- they know what the character on the screen is feeling and they may feel something themselves, but they can't mistake it as an actual memory of theirs.

The question I have is -- how would Akira's mind reading work in-game? Obviously, when it comes to player-controlled characters, I never do anything without permission (I generally just note what he's trying to do and then let the other player fill in the extent of what they feel comfortable letting him read), but what about the locals and NPCs? Could he read their minds? And what would he find if he did?

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[personal profile] blessedbyfarore 2012-04-16 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Quick question regarding magic! Would Link be able to use Farore's Wind? The gist of it is that it's a two-part spell - the first part has no apparent purpose other than creating a glowing green ball that hovers in mid air, but the second part, when done later, will teleport Link to the point where he cast the first part.

The one limitation I can think of, however, is that in the game, it's limited to dungeons. Would that mean it just doesn't work in Vatheon? I'm going with the assumption that his other magic (charging arrows with fire, ice, or light, creating a fireball around him, or making a defensive shield) are still allowed, just limited.

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princeoftheravens: (So playing oh I'm wide awake)

[personal profile] princeoftheravens 2012-05-06 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
Real quick questions!

Rand and Egwene from the Wheel of Time, would they still be able to touch the One Power (their magic) while in Vatheon?

And how much of his luck would Mat loose? (He will loose some upon arrival anyway)

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righthandedragon: (Car'a'carn)

[personal profile] righthandedragon 2012-05-24 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
So. Balefire is "out" - is this out in the way of "Rand tries to 'cast the spell', and it falls apart" or out in the way of "It kills, but doesn't undo things", or out in the way of ... "that was a pretty line of light, but it kinda hurt my eyes, what?"

Trying to figure out XD
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[personal profile] lafreshia 2012-05-28 08:38 am (UTC)(link)
Can I play Lili's butler Sebastian along with her?

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(Anonymous) 2012-06-03 12:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm interesting in playing a character from a canon that isn't fully translated. Translations are ongoing, and though summaries have been posted by others, the translations themselves haven't finished yet.

Specifically, I was looking to play this character from the end of their canon, which the translations won't reach for a while. I know enough Japanese to understand it, so if I included a write-up or links to the summaries, would I be able to apply for the character? Thanks for your time!
willzark: Heya there! (Default)

Joining

[personal profile] willzark 2012-06-16 03:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi there. I'm new to dreamwidth but have been somewhat know about vatheon from early 2012. The fact that vatheon seems really fun caught my eyes and I really want to join the vatheon community. The thing is, I do not understand clearly about how to join vatheon and what lies ahead. So I've read the rules, reserves, and what's going to happen later after I join, so from what I get I must reserve my character first (I'm thinking about Train Heartnet from black cat) then after the applications are open i must submit my applications. SO after that I'm in vatheon already? then after I joined i begin my adventure through vatheon, finding cities, etc. then make contact with other players, etc. That's what I got from what I've read. Did I miss many important things? Sorry this maybe not a very good question but I really lost in thoughts. :S Thank You!! :) (BTW I'm still learning English so please be patient with me if i made silly mistakes x_x)

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imaginarytides: (♣ the punchline came)

[personal profile] imaginarytides 2012-06-17 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
Can characters see that a post contains a filter in a network post?

[personal profile] bethehugejerk 2012-06-25 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, small question! The FAQ says pets are allowed, but how big? Specifically, I want to know if Korra would be able to keep her polar bear dog, Naga. This makes a pretty good size ref.
Edited 2012-06-25 03:52 (UTC)

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[personal profile] shippingmath 2012-07-04 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
I have a question about the "Alpha" Homestuck characters (Dirk, Roxy, Jake, Jane)- at one point, I think I remember reading that the mods here didn't want to accept these characters until more canon information had been revealed. Is that still the case?

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