Frequently Asked Questions
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However, this is not the language everyone speaks - many characters do not fully understand English, and speak in their own native tongues. Personal language charms exist, and may be provided by the government or bought with personal funds as needed.
While your character can speak any language you'd like, we are, however, an English language roleplay board, so please keep the roleplay itself in English. You can indicate what language a character is speaking out of character, without actually writing out their speech in another language. If you include non-English dialog, you need to include a translation somewhere in the post.
IC stands for 'In Character'. This is the opposite of OOC, and means you're specifically writing from the perspective of your character. RP posts should be entirely IC, although some people might make OOC notes at the end of a post, such as:
(OOC: Do you want to wrap this thread up?)
It's important to remember that IC and OOC should stay separate. Just because a character doesn't like your character doesn't mean that the player doesn't like your character.
Here at Starlight Academy, we highly encourage all members to tag their noncon and dubcon threads as a courtesy to other members.
NONCON (non consent) is any kind of content that features at least two people in a sexual situation that is nonconsensual for at least one person in the party.
DUBCON (dubious consent) is trickier. Dubcon is something that, by most peoples standards, could be considered nonconsensual. Dubcon can be anything from vaguely dubious and only somewhat questionable to borderline noncon. All dubcon content presents a scenario where at least one person is not capable of giving or does not want to give their absolute 100% consent. Here are some examples of dubcon scenarios:
Example A: A sober person and a drunk person are flirting. Sober person has sex with drunk person, who seems willing but is inebriated, so their ability to consent is questionable even if they're an eager participant.
Example B: John and Mary do not like each other but have some sexual tension. Mary decides she wants to have sex with John, and he pretends he doesn't enjoy it and rejects her advances, but secretly he actually is into it. Though he adamantly does not give his consent out loud, in his mind he is consenting.
Example C: Adam is staying over at Nancy's. Adam and Nancy both are attracted to each other and have sex frequently. Nancy falls asleep, and while she is asleep Adam has sex with her. Though she has given prior consent, she did not give consent in this specific scenario.
Example D: Helen decides to have sex with Jamie. Jamie doesn't say no... but she also doesn't say yes, and her body language indicates she is uncomfortable. Although she did not revoke her consent, she also did not give her consent.
Godmodding is making declarations about the situation which you, as a player, should not. For example, declaring your attack hit (the other player gets a say), that your character escaped, etc. This can also encompass your character being 'perfect' or 'the best' at a skill, especially when they don't have a power connected to it.
Powergaming is similar to godmodding, but specifically involves controlling another players character. For example, saying another character blushed when you appeared and reacting to it, when the other player didn't say anything of the sort.
Metagaming is using the knowledge you (the player) possesses to effect your characters actions. For example, knowing a characters name when your character has never learned it. This can also include other variants, which are more subtle. For example, if you know a character is weak to a rare substance, such as blessed iron, having your character just happen to be carrying blessed iron for no clear reason when meeting that character would be considered metagaming.
If you want to do an app for one of these background NPCs, look at the Named NPCs system.
Supporting Characters sit on the cusp between PCs and NPCs. They are characters who are actively played by the person who makes them, but do not have a personal plot or a focus on their own character development. If a character exists only to facilitate the plots of others, then they're a Supporting Character.
If you want your character to have someone important to them (say, a teacher who mentors them), but don't plan to play them... that's fine! You don't need to make them a profile at all. You're capable of simply describing the character and mentioning them to friends without needing to do anything more. You only need to make a Supporting Character profile if you actually plan to roleplay as them.
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?
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