Post by Vio on Dec 16, 2017 19:59:26 GMT -5
This is the character template used for creating Original Characters (OCs) here on Bon Voyage. You can copy and paste the code into a new thread in our Character Creation Board and complete the template there. You don’t have to use this exact template if you don’t want to. So long as your own personalized template has all the necessary information, we won’t mind!
While you’re working on it, add the WIP label by clicking on the “Actions” drop-down menu at the top of the post, go to “Labels” and then select “Add WIP”. Once you’ve completed it and are ready for a member of staff to assess it for approval, you can do the same again. Just select “Remove WIP” and “Add Pending”. Staff won’t normally look at character profiles that haven’t had the Pending label applied, so make sure you do so!
Please be aware that each member can only have one character profile marked WIP at a time in the Character Approval board. If you have more than one profile marked with the WIP label at a time, the oldest one will be archived.
Note to Mobile Users: You will need to switch to Desktop mode to be able to access the Labels options.
[div align="center"][font size="3"][b]<Character’s Full Name Here>[/b][/font][/div]
[b]Total X-Poinz:–[/b] 300
[b]Earned X-Poinz Record:–[/b]
[li][b]+300[/b] (Starting XPz)
[b]-?[/b] (Name of Technique, Equipment, etc)[/li]
[b]Rebate X-Poinz Record:–[/b]
[b]-?[/b] (Name of Technique, Equipment, etc)[/li]
[div align="center"][font size="2"][b]Personality[/b][/font][/div]
[div align="center"][font size="2"][b]Appearance[/b][/font][/div]
[font size="2"][b]Fighting Styles[/b][/font]
Here’s a breakdown of what everything in the template means and the kind of information we require. Everything in the template should be pretty self-explanatory, but it doesn’t hurt to be shown the ropes, especially if you’re new to the site or creative writing role play in general!
<Character’s Full Name Here>
This is simple enough. Just replace it with your character’s full name, for example: Monkey D. Luffy. This will serve as a nice title to your character profile. You can remove the <> as well.
Certain characters might have nicknames or monikers that are used in place of their real name, such as how Franky’s real name was originally Cutty Flam. They might be called by a nickname, positive or negative, like how Sanji often calls Zoro ‘Marimo’ – much to the latter’s chagrin – whenever they bicker.
An epithet is a sort of moniker or ‘Claim to Fame’ given to many important characters in One Piece. It’s often used as a key identifier, striking fear – or even encouragement – into the hearts of those who hear it. All of the Stra What’s currently have epithets tied to their bounties, including: “Straw Hat” (or “Mugiwara”) Luffy, “Pirate Hunter” Zoro, and “Black Leg” Sanji. In some cases, an epithet might be of personal origin, assigned by your enemies, or by your allies. For example, Robin is referred to as “Devil Child” by the World Government (and thus her bounty poster), while the Revolutionaries referred to her as the “Light of the Revolution”.
Height & Build
Self explanatory. How tall is your character? And a word or two to describe their physique, such as ‘Broad, Muscular’, or ‘Slender, Hourglass’.
What is your character’s gender identity?
What race does your character belong to? Are they a human, Fishman, Giant, or…? For information on the various playable races, check out our Guide to Character Races. If you’re playing a variable race such as the Fishmen, Merfolk or Mink, then you should also specify what species they are based on, such as how Arlong is a Sawshark Fishman, Keimi is a Kissing Fish Mermaid, and Carrot is a Rabbit Mink.
What job or role does your character fulfil? Brook is a Pirate Musician, for example. There are various occupations, some never touched on in the series, but they no doubt exist in the world!
If you’re on the wrong side of the Law, then a Bounty is something you’ll be given by the World Government as a mark of your level of danger to them and their people. Similarly, as a Marine, you’ll be awarded a Rank.
Total & Used X-Poinz
As you should already know (see here), X-Poinz are a form of ‘currency’ used on site to develop characters. A character always starts with 300 X-Poinz (XPz) to their name, which you can spend on Techniques and Equipment to begin. Used X-Poinz should be a record of exactly how much you’ve spent out of what the character has earned. Additionally, your Total X-Poinz will never go down - it is a tally of the character’s total lifetime earned X-Poinz, so you do not subtract from it.
Earned X-Poinz Record
While it may not seem like a necessity at first, keeping an accurate record of your X-Poinz earning and spending quickly becomes very important after character creation. Any time the character earns X-Poinz, you will want to add it to the + list - and any time the character spends some of their earned X-Poinz, you will want to record the purchase to the - list.
Rebate X-Poinz Record
When a character makes certain types of purchases, such as buying a Devil Fruit or upgrading one of their Fighting Styles, they will receive a certain amount of Rebate X-Poinz in return in order to purchase other things that make use of that purchase without needing to spend any additional earned X-Poinz. Even if you do not end up with any Rebate X-Poinz at character creation, you will want to replace the “FiSt Name Here” text with the name of the character’s Fighting Style. If the character only has one Fighting Style, you can delete the extra blank record; if they have three or more, you will need to include a record for each Fighting Style.
This is the core of your character’s being. Give us a few short paragraphs which describe your character’s personality. You don’t need too much detail – it’s more for your benefit than anyone else’s – but should try and pick out three or four personality points. When building a personality, consider your character’s personal strengths and weaknesses. What are your character’s ideals, personal flaws and what drives them on their journey?
What does your character look like? Describe their general physical features, any quirks of their physiology – such as scars and unusual proportions – and, of course, the kind of outfits and accessories they wear. A general sense of style helps. Try not to be bland in your descriptions: Don’t become ‘Generic Anime Character 77’. It’s amazing how small, insignificant details – like a person’s face shape – can help paint a detailed picture to others.
Characters have passive combat qualities and abilities known as Traits, which aid them in battle and other strenuous situations. Traits can be the result of racial qualities or natural selection, training regimes or repetition, and even the powers of Devil Fruits. Depending on your character’s race, you might have inherent Traits, but you also get to choose some more personalised ones. For more information on Traits, how they function, and how to obtain them, see here.
Also known as FiSts, Fighting Styles are the core of combat. A character’s FiSts always start at “E” Class, and you can obtain Techniques and Equipment for each FiSt your character knows by spending X-Poinz. You cannot have Techniques or Equipment higher than Rank 2 to begin with. A FiSt always requires a name, a focus, and a description.
Every character has a backstory, whether it be simple, happy or tragic, or even a mix! Give us a few paragraphs specifying important events that would have shaped your character’s growth up until now.