• Starlight Academy
    A MODERN FANTASY ROLEPLAY



  • Welcome

    If you are reading this, then you are a very special person. Unique, gifted, different; it does not matter how you wish to phrase it. As a result, I would like to congratulate you on your invitation to Starlight Academy. We are looking forward to meeting you.

    Starlight Academy is a laid back roleplaying community with a goal in mind: to have fun while roleplaying. We post at our own pace, we plot to our hearts desire, and you decide how your roleplaying experience will be.
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Character Creation

For questions about the creation of characters, their limitations, and so on.
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Things to consider when making a character

  • Make sure their personalities have some positives and negatives. No "nice, smart, beautiful, friendly, shy" stuff. Personalities need a little more complexity than that.
  • Be wary of using diagnosed mental illnesses or other diseases when writing a character. It's important to be respectful and well read on the subject if you plan to roleplay it. If you're not confident in your ability to portray these things accurately, you shouldn't.
  • Do not write abilities in other sections.
  • The abilities listed in your application should be their abilities at the time of acceptance. Please don't include abilities they'll get in the future.
  • All abilities should have limitations. What types can vary depending on the ability, but things such as range, the number of times it can be used in a period, drawbacks, etc are all useful.
  • Starlight Academy is not a combat based roleplay site, so it's not really worth the effort to write hard statistics and probability in your app. Combat based abilities likely won't get much use. Rather than giving the exact number of liters your water manipulator can manipulate, giving a general idea (as many as five water bottles, half an Olympic pool, etc) is more helpful.
  • Do not copy paste ability information from other websites. Do not copy parts of another players app without their permission.
  • Being vague for storytelling purposes is okay but we need complete transparency when it comes to abilities.
  • While it's okay to keep a history simple, it does need simple facts. Where they're from, what they were like growing up, major events in their life, and how they came to the academy are important.
  • Your characters history should not have an impact on the real world. For example, you can't say that your character destroyed the real town of Davenport, Washington.
  • Don't make your character have a history with someone elses character unless you've talked to them about it first.
  • When taking a wanted ad, it's common courtesy to show the application to the person who created the wanted ad before submitting it. This can help avoid any confusion or issues that might pop up, and ensure that the character fits the want ad.
  • Consider your characters size and how that may impact your ability to roleplay. If their size is so extreme they can't interact with another character reasonably, they would likely have a human shape charm or a human size charm.
  • We are an original roleplay site. All characters should be your own--Canons are not allowed. This also extends to species--please don't use copyright species from other works. Species from classic works of fiction are the exception.
  • Your character cannot be directly related to recent real life people. You can't be the son of Bill Gates or anything like that. However, father back it becomes more vague - if you want to be the descendant of Attila the Hun, go for it! Just keep in mind other people and make sure that your canon doesn't prevent someone else from making a character in the future. Your character can be connected to or related to a mythological figure. They can even claim they inspired that figure. However, you can't directly play a mythological figure (gods, legendary heroes, angels, etc).
  • Characters cannot break the fourth wall, and abilities related to breaking the fourth wall will not be allowed.
  • Any character without at least human-level intelligence must be a Supporting Character.
  • Make sure your app is properly organized and easy to read, with line breaks between paragraphs and proper punctuation.
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Detailed Ability Guide

Active Abilities vs Passive Abilities:

An active ability is an ability that can be turned on and off, even if your character does not have exact control of it. Characters can have three active abilities without needing to include weaknesses.

A passive ability is an ability that is naturally active. If your character is naturally faster than an ordinary human, that would be a passive ability. Characters can have five passive abilities without needing to include weaknesses. Generally speaking, passive abilities are weaker than active abilities.

Limits vs Weaknesses vs Flaws:

A flaw is a part of your character's personality that hinders them in some way. Being arrogant, being trusting to the point of naivete, being rude, etc can all be flaws. We ask that all characters have at least some flaws to avoid any character being too perfect.

A limit are restrictions to an ability. These include things like range, usage limits, drawbacks, etc. All abilities should have limits, but what kind of limits appear on an ability depend on the nature of the ability itself.

A weakness is something about them that is worse than a human. They are not the same thing as limits. If your character cannot regenerate when injured by silver, that is a limitation on their regeneration ability, not a weakness, because a normal human can't regenerate in that situation anyway. Something like a vampire's weakness to sunlight would be a good weakness. Characters are strongly encouraged to include weaknesses, but weaknesses are only required when a character goes past the free ability limitations. Weaknesses should hinder the character as much as the additional abilities benefit them.

Hard Counters, and Hard Counter Counters:

Most abilities have what is known of as a 'hard counter'. If your character can shoot fire from their hands, someone who is immune to fire and does not burn is considered a hard counter to them. Many powers on Starlight Academy operate in a rock paper scissors system, where someone might be very powerful against a certain kind of opponent, but vulnerable to a different kind.

However, some powers are not just counters (like being immune to fire), but instead are counters to counters themselves. In our fire example, this would be a character who has a fire power, but whose fire power will burn those who are immune to fire.

Counter-counter style powers are allowed, but are considered to take up an extra slot. Effectively, they're the normal power with the added passive of 'bypasses immunities'.

A fire manipulation active takes up a single active slot. A fire manipulation active that burns those who are immune to fire takes up an active and a passive slot.

Magical Items:

Magical items should be included as if they were a natural part of the characters abilities, with the ability description explaining that it's tied to a specific item. Being tied to an item (and requiring the item for use) is considered a limitation.

Some items are common on the island, and not counted against a characters ability limits. A list of common magical items can be found here, and should be included in the 'Common Magical Items' field. Please note that these items come in a wide number of varieties (such as a nullification bracelet which only affects certain abilities), but in those cases they are not considered a common magical item and are treated like normal magical items.

Writing Magic:

Magic systems are heavily varied, and there is no one 'correct' magic system. If a player is giving their character magic, it's up to that player to detail the way the magic system works. What can your character do? What are their limits? How do they do it? All these details should be noted in, so that staff can get a good idea of what they're looking at just like with any other ability.
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Assumed Ranges and Power Levels for Abilities

Not all abilities come with explicitly stated ranges or limitations, especially when an ability was accepted in the past. While all members should do their best to include these things, sometimes they slip by without.

This FAQ includes the assumed levels. If your ability includes a pre-existing range (whether better or worse), you can safely ignore this. If you don't, consider using the ability upgrade system to clarify your ability directly.

Ranges:
Auras (Passive effects on those around you, such as attraction auras, etc): 10 Feet
Elemental Control Abilities (Fire Control, Air Control, Magnetism, etc): Eyesight
Scouting Style Abilities (Long Distance Viewing, etc): 1 Mile

Ability Strengths:
Flight Speed: As fast as a bird
Supernatural Strength: Can lift 1 tons without much effort
Supernatural Speed: Can run 100mph with some effort
Supernatural Durability: Can be hit by a car with only minor damage
Supernatural [Sense]: Equivalent to an amazing predator (eagle eyes, a wolf's sense of smell, etc)
Enhanced [Strength/Speed/Durability/Etc]: Peak Human Ability
Enhanced [Any Sense]: Double what a human would be capable of
[Type] Embodiment (Gain strength from a sin, element, etc): Physical attributes are doubled
Elemental Manipulation: You can manipulate up to half an Olympic swimming pool of your given element

This list may be expanded in the future as needed.
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What category does my character go into?

First, determine if you're making a player character or a non-player character. If you don't know what those are, you can skip ahead to the PLAYER CHARACTER section down below.

If you aren't sure, check the flowchart below.

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Supporting characters used the PC templates, but put 'supporting character' in the category field. Named NPCs use their own template, and all their info can be found here.




PLAYER CHARACTERS:

Students
are characters on Manta Carlos who are attending Starlight Academy. Students who are being home tutored, attending other schools, or who are attending the police academy are not considered students and would instead go in citizens. Being a student takes priority over being a citizen.

More information on students.

Staff are characters on Manta Carlos who work as faculty for Starlight Academy. This includes both teachers and non-teachers such as librarians, custodians, school doctors, etc. If a character has a civilian job and a position at Manta Carlos, they're considered staff.

More information on staff.

Citizens are everyone else, the people who live on Manta Carlos but who are not either a student or staff of Starlight Academy. Citizens will generally have a job, although a job is not mandatory to be a citizen. Characters who would not legally be considered citizens are still placed in the citizen category.

More information on citizens and businesses.
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What's a face claim / playby? What face claims can I use?

Face Claims or Playbys are images meant to represent the appearance of your character. For example, you might decide that your character looks similar to an actor or an anime character, and want to use a picture of them to represent your character on their profile, in the IC chat box, or even within a custom post template.

We do not enforce mandatory face claims, or put up a list of who is using what character. You can use whatever kind of image you feel best fits your character, whether they're an actor, an anime character, from a cartoon, made in a dollmaker, or even your own art.

We do have a few restrictions. Generally speaking, we require art to be credited, and do not allow the use of art whose artists request they not be used. You can read the full details on our rules page under character rules.

There are some edge cases, noted below:
  • Open and Closed Species (from Deviantart, FurAffinity, etc) are handled on a case by case basis. Most species will give a clear answer in their terms of service as to whether or not the lore can be used/edited/etc on other sites.
  • Webcomics are a grey area. Generally the rule of thumb is that if a webcomic is large enough to have a fandom and be selling comics for a profit, such as Mob Psycho 100 or Homestuck, they are free to use. Smaller webcomics, such as those posted by Tapas or other free webcomic hosts are not considered official art.
  • Fan games (such as fan-made spinoffs of larger franchises) and fan-made assets in games count as official if they have been released for sale.
  • Official art of Vocaloids (Which are an official product) can be used. For AUs, you'll want to check if the AU is considered official or not. Utaites, on the other hand, are not always commercial products, and you'll need to check if the utaite persona has been commercialized (selling merch, soundtracks, large patreon, etc).
  • The artists rule is law. If art would generally not be allowed to be used, but an artist says it's fine to use, then you're good to go. Vice versa is also true. If art would be fine to use, but an artist asks that you not, you can't use it.
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If I have two characters that share a body, do I need two different applications?

If the two characters are never going to be apart and share the same power slots, they can share an app! If they're ever going to be separate, they need to have their own profiles. Generally speaking, one would probably start as a supporting character for the other.
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How do you make a teacher?

Teachers are applied just the same as students. There's no extra requirements, and your first character can be a teacher if you'd like. Players who play teachers do not need to run classes, although they are encouraged to.
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How do I start a business?

A business is started when a post is made in the Business and Organization forum. Once you've made a post there, fill out a claim for the business.

Every business should have at least one character connected to it.
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Example Character Sheet

Here is an example of what the Appearance, Personality Biography and Resources sections for a character might look like. They do not have to be long, just as long as the most important details are present

Special note on the Abilities sections (active, passive, weaknesses):
Due to the near limitless ideas for abilities no example would work for every case but try to think about how far an effect reaches, how many effects can be active at once, and how strong the effect is. Use easy to understand examples if you can't figure out how to define it


For the example we will pretend to be making an app for Laris Pol, definitely no relation to site mascot and overlord Polaris




Appearance Description:
Laris looks a great deal like an average sized house cat, with silky soft lilac-pink colored fur and strips of darker lavender on their cheeks and back. Their eyes are a deep purple that make their bright star-shaped pupils really stand out.

Of special note is Laris' tail, which fluffs out and transitions into what looks much like a portion of the starry night sky.


Personality Description: Laris Pol has a very cat-like personality, enjoying life best when relaxing or being pampered like royalty. When not relaxing, or being lazy, they do tend to like playing harmless pranks on other people. Despite the playful joking they are definitely an introvert who needs some time to themself to recharge after a day of socializing. Laris Pol can often be seen alone happily reading a book or on their laptop in their free time.


Biography: Laris' first memories were of floating through space, a fully adult being traveling in the darkness between stars. They saw many unique worlds where fascinating people lived. However they always found some reason to need to move on.

Countless lightyears passed before Laris stumbled upon a pretty blue orb with vibrant life inhabiting it. Earth. Some unknown curiosity or unconscious desire drew them in closer until they couldn't help but observe the people there. Making contact caused a minor panic with a small town before other men showed up to make them forget. Others, calling themselves 'scouts', helped to bring Laris to what they called the island of Manta Carlos.

It was scary at first, but over time Laris learned to love the island and its people. Over the couple decades since they first arrived they relished the attention and pampering offered to them by newcomers and old residents of the island alike. Perhaps playing their own pranks from time to time, but overall Laris had found a place they didn't have a desire to leave. The people, more than anything else, became their new home. And customers too, as Laris took up a job as a barista to pay for their apartment.


Resources: Lives in their own modest apartment using the funds from their full time job. They are not rich but live comfortably.

Can my character's personality count as a weakness?

Personality traits or moral ideals should not be part of your characters abilities, either as a limit or a weakness. Saying Saying that your character can do something, but won't for personality reasons (because they're too kind to ever torture someone, because they're a pacifist and wouldn't engage in violence) is fine, but is not counted against their ability balance. A character who can blow up the world but won't is still counted as someone who can blow up the world. These kinds of factors should be noted in a characters personality, not in their ability section.

All of this goes as well for mental illnesses. While Starlight Academy allows for play of characters with all different mental illnesses, we do ask that players be respectful of those mental illness. A part of that is recognizing that mental illness is not an impossible roadblock which can never be overcome.

In both cases, these apply only to normal parts of a character's personality, not magical versions. A compulsive liar is a compulsive liar, and this shouldn't be part of their ability set. If your character is magically compelled to make every sentence a lie, that would be considered a part of your characters ability set. Magical variations cannot be overcome by normal methods, and would require an ability upgrade to overcome.

Characters can develop over time, but developments of a characters abilities require staff approval. A character who might be applied as someone who would never use their ability might later change their mind and come to accept it, rendering the weakness entirely moot without having to go through the usual ability development process. A characters abilities should be balanced regardless of their personality, so that a character's personality is free to develop organically.
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Can I play an OC from another series or fandom?

The short answer is no. The long answer is slightly more complex.

We do not allow fandom OCs. For example, your character cannot be a ninja from naruto, or a sailor scout, regardless of whether or not your character is a canon or your own original OC. The issue with this is that Starlight Academy takes place in our own world, so whatever series or fandom your character would be from actually exists as fiction in-universe. Having someone who has read Naruto meeting someone who is from Naruto would be extremely weird, and only complicates things if their abilities did not one hundred percent follow naruto canon.

If your character is a dimension hopper, the dimension they hop from should be original. They can be inspired in broad strokes - a universe where ninjas are super important for example - but should not be similar enough that someone reading the app would go 'this is clearly a Naruto OC'.

This also applies to other roleplays. While you are free to reuse a character you've used elsewhere, please don't reference any elements unique to other sites!
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How many characters can I have?

There are no limits to the number of characters you can have. There's also no required post or activity minimums to make a new character, although we strongly encourage players to be up to date on their posts before making a new character.

ALT: Is there a limit to the amount of characters I can have? How many posts do I need to make a new character?
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