For questions about changing your character through role play, or after acceptance.
You can read the complete guide for gaining (or upgrading) a new magical item here.
If your character has been accepted for less than a week AND has less than five IC posts, contact the mod who accepted you and explain the situation. If your mod is unavailable for some reason, please contact Bijou or Romi. Assuming your ability would have been accepted in the first place, you'll be allowed to add it to your application.
Otherwise, you'll have to go through the ability upgrade process, which can be found here.
ALT: Forgot ability, change ability
Entirely New Character: If you want to 100% go from scratch, it's as easy as archiving the old application and posting a new one as if they were a new character. Your old character continues to exist, but fades into the background the way a character played by someone who's left the site does. When resetting a character, you must change the characters name. At least one part of the name must be different, whether first or last. The new character is treated like an entirely new character.
Partial New Character: Lets say you want to restart a character, but keep some things and lose others. This works similarly to 'Entirely New Character', but involves you reaching out to those whose plots you'd like to keep. When doing this, you must contact the people who interacted with the plots you're trying to keep and get their agreement. This new character must have a new name.
Replacing Old Character: If you want to retcon the old character out of existence and replace it with a new one, you must talk to everyone who roleplayed with the character and have them agree. This isn't just the characters you heavily plotted with--this is everyone. This type is treated as a replacement of the old one, as if they were always the new version of the character.
Changing the Applications, but Maintaining Plots: If you're fine with your current roleplay status, but aren't happy with how your wrote their application, that's fine! You can tweak a characters age, appearance, personality, or biography freely. If you'd rather play a character a few years older, that's fine! You can make these edits without issue, just remember to post in the major application changes thread, and let players know to avoid any confusion.
Same Character, New App: Wherever possible, we prefer that people keep the same application. Power upgrades can be handled easily (including bulk batches for things like species changes), and major retcons can be done through major application changes. However, sometimes making an entirely new app makes more sense, like if someone is coming back under a fake name, or entirely discarding their old self. In these cases, it's fine to make an entirely new app. However, you must link the character's previous application under additional info. These apps will be treated the same as a new character in terms of pends.
Changing Abilities: This is where it gets tricky. If you want to modify a character including their abilities (such as changing a human into a vampire, and saying they were always a vampire), you're going to need to either change their abilities through the ability change process, or else start them over as an entirely new character. If you start them over, any relationships or threads they had were wiped, and you'll need to individually speak to players if you want to maintain a relationship.
Notes on New Names: When your character needs a new name, either the first or last name must be new. John Smith could become James Smith or John Rogers. This is intended to prevent confusion, and to avoid people unsure of which version they interacted with.
ALT: Rebooting characters, restarting, starting over.
Why should you archive?
You should archive any character you don't plan to use in the near future. If you do plan to use them--but maybe not for months and months--there's no issue with archiving them. Archived characters can always be restored. Archiving characters helps claims and site statistics remain useful and up to date, and helps players find new plots for their characters without having to dig through characters they don't really care about.
How do I archive?
It's simple! Drop a post into the moderator requests thread with a link to the characters application and a note you'd like them archived. You can also drop a link in the #mod-request channel of discord.
How do I unarchive?
If you'd like to recover a character from the archive, you'll post in the restoration center. The search function will help you find them easily, especially if you search for their name and check 'search titles only'.
ALT: How do I get rid of a character? How do I restore a character?