Staff & Credits
Making an Application
Some Starting Notes to You
This page is intended as a help writing the actual application to play on SciallaMud. Some assistance with making your character can be found here at the Guide page and other info can be found here at Chargen. Also check out the Scialla planet page and Valrona's writeup. But if you freeze when you actually go write your app, read on!
All characters on the game start with an "application" that must be approved before you can enter the game. In a way it's almost like a job application, except of course you're applying to play a particular character and you're not getting paid RL. But aside from being totally different, it's just like that.
When you apply for an account, you'll get a master account name. This account covers all your characters. Every PC (player character) you play can be linked to this account. This is a good thing, because later, when you want to apply to play a special character, all your previous characters' roleplay points will be right there. Also, you'll be able to see all your characters. It is against our rules to have more than 1 account. If you are caught doing that, it's called multiplaying, and you'll be punished (see policy for more info there).
If we seem a little fussy about your application, please try to understand and work with us. When you apply to play on our game, we are, much like GMs, trying to find a place for your character in our world. It is very important that we know as much as possible and that your concept work as well as possible with our game. Coherence and cohesion are the most important roleplay props we can offer our gamers, so we take applications very seriously. If you've played other RPI games, you'll probably find little here that's new or weird. If you've never played an RPI mud, you may get frustrated. Stick with it! We promise it's worth the investment of your time.
We also recommend you not "retread" your old favorite characters into this game. Chances are what you played before won't work here. This game doesn't do wizards or "thieves' fellowship"-style thieves, for example. If you're tempted to re-use an old concept, talk to us or read our documentation carefully to make sure it fits. If it doesn't, we'll let you know, but that may slow down the acceptance process.
Our goal is to get your app dealt with within 24-48 hours. If you asked for something unusual, though, it might take longer. If you start feeling antsy, you are most welcome to mail us and ask what's up.
Making a Character
You'll want to pick your character's race and concept first. If this is your first time making a character on Scialla, chances are you'll be a normal Sciallan human. See here for info about what that means. Basically, you're a regular human, with no special stat bonuses or penalties. You can make just about anything within that context: see here for some concept ideas. We don't recommend halfbreeds for first-timers; these don't give any stat bonuses either, but can be difficult to roleplay without an understanding of the gameworld. See Chargen Help for more information about writing the actual character application.
All 0-RPP Sciallans begin in Valrona, which is one of the Eastern Cities south of the capital of Priascialla. Valrona is famous chiefly for the University of Valrona, one of the most prestigious in the Kiassan Empire. You can't be from Valrona itself, but can be from one of the nearby cities or from the frontier far outside the Perimeter. This will allow you to RP someone "new to town" and work your way in.
Be also thinking in terms of finding a place to live and somewhere to work. All PCs need a place to live ingame; there are numerous boardinghouses and apartments available, and as you gain wealth and status, you'll be able to afford better and better places to live.
Because we do not allow "my village got burned down by wolves" or "bandits killed my family but for some weird reason decided to raise me" type of apps, your PC may also have a family out there somewhere. It's okay to be an orphan, but frontier villages usually try to help out by raising the kid. In the cities, orphanages run by the Church of Haran typically take responsibility for feral children. But if you do have a family, then you may see them appearing ingame, depending on plot needs! Being an orphan sounds terribly dramatic and it is, but a family can complicate your life even worse.
If you've been in touch with other PCs and want to make an app that will work with theirs, that's perfectly all right. Just let us know in the app itself so we can evaluate it properly.
Your background is not seen by other players, only by staff. It's meant to be an explanation of your past and how you got where you are at the point of chargen. We use this information to figure out where you'll fit into plots.
When typing your background, know this: basically we want to know where your PC is from, his major motivations, his job aspirations, and if he's a good guy or a bad guy. We really don't need 20 pages about every single woman he's ever loved and lost, or a deep psycho-analysis of every time her shoelaces have gotten untied. We do want a decent idea of who your PC is and where he's going to fit, so please feel free to be as detailed as you feel you need to be. We'd rather have too much info rather than not enough. Just make it pertinent, is all.
Don't feel you have to be the most damaged-goods ingame to win. It is not a "unique snowflake" past that makes a character interesting--it's your current roleplay! A cliched or overly-tragic background won't force others to give you more respect or get you into plots. We do want your character to have a life previous to entering game, but we also want you to steer clear of concepts we'd rather not see more of. Believe me, if we like your RP, you'll have plenty of drama to deal with.
One final note of warning: if you didn't put it in the app and later try to reference it ingame, it may be refused. On one mud a long time ago, a PC got in with a pretty generic fighter-type application, then began saying ingame that she was the bastard child of that country's prince. That's a pretty important thing to have left out of one's application! If you do that, we may let you do it and just not support it--in other words, if someone tries to investigate the claim of bastard-nobility, they may find out it was all just a lie your PC told. If you have something important about your character that you absolutely will need support on, you must put it into the application or it might not be supported by staff!
A Good App
Don't use this exactly (OR ELSE), but this would get through on the first try.
Name: Moreen red haired woman green eyes
Shortdesc: a red-haired, green-eyed woman
Longdesc: stands here.
Age: 28, Sex: Female, Race: Sciallan
Description: This young woman stands about average height. A little
plumper than average, she has a very womanly build. She has long red hair,
with bangs falling into her oval face and into her medium-green eyes. She has
a generally cheerful demeanor, and tends to move quickly. Old scars mark her
skin here and there where her skin is visible.
Background: Moreen was born to a Constable father and a weaver mother.
Though taught how to weave from a very early age, Moreen doesn't like it
much. Her mother died when she was 12, and her father more or less abdicated
responsibility over Moreen and her younger sister. Moreen took in weaving to
help support her father when he got too old to perform his duties, and when
he died some years later, Moreen got the house. She paid for her sister's
wedding, and now she's got the house to herself. Freed of all responsibility,
she can now finally do what she's always wanted to do... except she doesn't
really know what that is yet. For now, she's going to try to find a
weaving job till she figures out what else to do.
How to Get Declined Fast
Writing Your Description
This is intended for people who freeze when confronted with having to write their descriptions. It is not intended to be a staff demand or an example of what to do 100% of the time -- everybody is different, and everybody's idea of the perfect character description is different -- and that's okay. Nor do we expect everybody to be Ernest Hemingway and display stunning writing talent. This is just a set of guidelines to get you started.
Now for the desc. It may help you to think of the desc as "just the facts, ma'am". While you can get very florid with it, really it's just what you'd want to say if describing the person to a friend or an authority figure. As an example, you might start with general height and weight, then hair color, eye color, stuff like that, and ending with distinctive markings that you might not notice right off the bat. Like this:
She is a young woman of average height and weight, with long, wavy dark-blonde hair that reaches her waist when it's down. Pale blue eyes sparkle from an oval-shaped face, dominating her features. She has narrow shoulders and a trim waist, with small breasts and hips. Her left forearm bears three long, narrow scars on it, running parallel to each other.