• Starlight Academy

  • 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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Interested in learning about Starlight Academy? Our SA Starter Guide includes an overview of the site, and has helpful links to everything you might want to know!

General Site Info

For questions regarding the site overall.

what pov should i write in?

Third person, past tense.

what is this board rated?

We use the RPG-Rating of 3/3/3. This board is rated PG-13 outside Mature threads.

Normal forum threads allow discussion of soft drugs such as marijuana and ecstasy, but only passing mentions of hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine, or meth. Strong language is allowed, assuming the language itself is not a slur. If slurs are used, please clearly tag the thread as having slurs used. Sexual content is allowed in passing, but not in graphic or narrative detail. Violence is allowed, but should not become detailed gore. Please do not link to illegal content on the site.

The Discord is held to a more exact PG-13 standard. The discord allows discussion of soft drugs such as marijuana and ecstasy, but only passing mentions of hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine, or meth. Slurs are forbidden, and language is allowed in limited amounts. Please do not attempt to bypass any filters the discord has in place. Sexual content is allowed to be mentioned in passing, but should not be a major topic of discussion or covered in detail. Mentions of violence (such as in a TV show, book, or RP) is allowed, but should not involve gore. These rules also apply to outside links--if you feel something is borderline, please clearly mark it before posting it. Please do not link to illegal content in the discord.

A general reminder about the discord: The discord is for everyone. While it's fine to vent once in a while, the discord is really not the place for extended discussions about health concerns, mental health troubles, crime, etc.

is this an account-per-player or account-per-character site?

Starlight Academy is account-per-player. Players should register a single account with an OOC name they feel comfortable using, and that OOC name should match up with the name they use in the chatbox.

i'm not a very good roleplayer. Can I join this site?

Of course! All roleplayers all allowed to join this site, whether they be beginners, advanced, or somewhere in the middle. We were all beginners once.

how do i use thread prefixes?

Thread prefixes are something a lot of you will be familiar with. They exist to clearly mark what kind of thread you've made, and are only editable by the creator of the thread. The creator of the thread is responsible for prefixing threads appropriately, but if you are a participant and have noticed they have forgotten a prefix, please do remind them. When making (or editing) the first post in a thread, you'll see a section to the left of the topic title that looks like this:


If you click it, a small menu will pop up, showing you all our current prefixes:


What does each prefix mean?

OPEN: This thread is open to anyone who might wish to join. You must either include this prefix or PRIVATE.

PRIVATE: This thread should ONLY be posted in by people who are invited. Often these will take place in private areas, such as someone's house, where no one could just 'walk in' on them. You must either include this prefix or OPEN.

EVENT: This thread is part of one of the many site events or holidays! It could be either the main event thread, or a thread that has split off from it. Generally the description of the thread should indicate what event it's part of, and the thread should be tagged with the relevant event tag. Please be sure to also include whether your EVENT thread is OPEN or PRIVATE.

MATURE: This prefix is unique, because it doesn't directly indicate what type of thread, but instead is used in addition to the other prefixes. This means that the thread goes past the PG-13 limit, and is thus only accessible to those over 18 years of age. You must also indicate whether your thread is OPEN or PRIVATE.

FINISHED: When your thread is over, you must mark it as FINISHED. Feel free to remove the OPEN or PRIVATE tag, since threads should not be joined or roleplayed in once finished.

ALT: What do 'OPEN' 'MATURE' 'PRIVATE' and 'EVENT' mean in front of a post? What makes a thread private?

how do i let someone know i've posted for them?

When you've posted for someone, the absolute easiest way to let someone know is to mention them. Typing @name will send them an alert that you mentioned them in the thread and is a great way to let people know that you've started a thread for them.

Keep in mind that if you forget to mention and edit it in after the fact, the person won't get the alert. If you forget when making a new thread, your best bet would be to shoot them a quick private message via the conversation feature.

ALT: What is 'thread tagging'? What is 'mentioning'?

are we allowed to roleplay in multiple threads at the same time?

Yes, we have liquid time here! Both players and characters can be in as many threads as they'd like, although please don't have your character in two places at once.

where do i start?

Check out the Starter Guide, which covers everything you need to know to get started on SA.

what timezone do events and challenges run in?

The site operates off pacific standard time.

You can find the current site time by checking here.

what kind of character can i play?

We allowed all sorts of races and species here, and allow members the creative liberty of making their characters as unique and diverse as they please. Humans, faeries, werewolves, vampires, monsters, mermaids, aliens, animals, you name it! There is no one 'correct' type of creatures either. Just because someone has a vampire who can't eat garlic doesn't mean your vampire is forced to obey that rule as well. You can also play totally original species, although please try and keep their strengths and weaknesses balanced.

what kind of abilities aren't accepted?

This is a pretty short list. Almost any ability can be accepted if it has enough limits and weaknesses. Pretty much the only thing that's absolutely a no-go is omnipotence (being all powerful). Some very powerful abilities (such as reality manipulation) will need a lot of limits and weaknesses however.

what is the cat beside the discord and some peoples avatars?

That's Starlight Academy's loveable mascot, Polaris! When an account displays this avatar, it means they've yet to set a personal avatar.

What does it mean if a player is Inactive?

Starlight Academy does not delete player accounts who have made at least one post. Instead, those who are no longer active on the site are set to inactive status. On the default skin, their names show up white rather than the default green. The members of an inactive character are archived, their claims are removed, and any plot pages, businesses, etc are archived.

Inactive status can be removed by posting in moderator requests and asking to be made active again. Players are encouraged to restore any characters they might want to return to playing at the same time by linking their profiles.

Members are marked inactive after A) one month with no posts (in character or otherwise, hiatus posts count), or B) shortly after they've indicated they're leaving. As long as a player makes at least one post a month (even if it's just an update to their away saying they're still gone), they won't be archived.

Long term members seeking to retire from active roleplaying but remain around the community are encouraged to check out retirement.

ALT: How do I stay active? Do you do activity checks?

what do i do when i'm finished with a thread?

There's no need to do anything! Finished threads are not archived, and remain where they are. It's suggested you add the 'finished' prefix to finished threads, however.

ALT: Do threads get archived?

is there a word limit?

Nope! There's no word count. The majority of members' posts go somewhere between 100 - 300 words, but some go over and some go under. There is no minimum or maximum.

ALT: What's the word count?

is the site open and accepting of different backgrounds?

Absolutely! The Starlight Academy member base and staff are a diverse group of people, and the site is open to characters and members of all experiences and backgrounds. We have several trans* characters and members, as well as plenty of LGBTQIA characters and members.

ALT: Is this site trans friendly? Is this site open to gay characters and relationships?

How does time work here?

Starlight Academy runs on real, fluid time. If you make a thread on December 3rd, the thread is assumed to be happening on December 3rd unless stated otherwise. Individual posts don't run on real time, but threads/aging/etc do. There are no time skips, and you can choose to RP at any point on the timeline. Want a flashback thread that happened ten years ago? You can do that.

This means you can be in multiple threads for the same character, although it's still not possible for a character to be in more than one place at once unless that is a power they possess.

ALT: What's the time scale? Are there time skips? Do characters age?

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.

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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