General Site Info
For questions regarding the site overall.
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.
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! 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. 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?
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'?
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.
In order to avoid being marked inactive, simply ensure you post at least once a month. This does not have to be an RP post--even a post checking in on your coming and going thread and letting people know you're still away is enough! Starlight Academy does not do activity checks, and this is handled entirely automatically.
ALT: How do I stay active? Do you do activity checks?
ALT: Is this site trans friendly? Is this site open to gay characters and relationships?
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?
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
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.