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Lethevale Mods ([personal profile] lethevale_mods) wrote2016-08-24 01:08 am

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Who can I app?

All fictional or fictionalised canons are accepted. OCs are also accepted, and can be treated as canon characters or can be native to the setting. Real-life celebrities, even those you see as “playing a role” onstage, are not accepted; historical figures are only accepted if they are from fictionalised canons (e.g. Hamilton, The Tudors, Spartacus...)

We do ask that you avoid playing more than two characters from the same canon, or playing multiple characters who share significant backstory or CR. This is to make it less likely that you end up playing your own characters off each other - RP is a collaborative hobby, after all!

Wait, so how do these AUs even work?
Your character will come to Lethevale with memories of their life in Lethevale’s world, and an in-universe reason for coming to Lethevale. They can be from the next town over or from the other side of the world, and their reason for being here can be as contrived as you like. The only limit is that your character must be human, must not have magical or supernatural powers, and must not be from the town.

How come my character can’t be from town?
It’s a practicality thing. If your character is from town, they’ll be expected to know things about the town which are relevant to the mystery - for instance, “who lives in that spooky mansion?” is a very different question coming from a stranger than if it’s coming from someone whose entire family has worked in the spooky mansion for a hundred years. Lethevale’s game mechanics rely heavily on exploration and investigation, so having a character with no reason to explore is difficult to manage.
If you have an idea for a character/AU where a townsperson does not know about the town for some reason (amnesia, for example), please discuss it with the mods and we may be able to slot it in.

But I don’t know anything about the time period! Is that a problem?
Not really. Lethevale is based more on gothic tropes than on any actual historical period, so AUs don’t have to be 100% historically accurate. So long as they don’t contain blatant anachronisms (like electronics, or aeroplanes, or laser guns), anything vaguely Victorian-ish is fine. Similarly, don’t worry too much about the specifics of geography - just assume that Lethevale is in a world that only looks like ours.

Speaking of time periods, what about racism/sexism/general historically-appropriate bigotry? Do they exist in this setting?
The short answer is: they do if you want to play with them. If it works best for you to play your female character struggling against sexism, or your non-white character being discriminated against in their backstory, then include it. If not, then don’t.
In Lethevale itself, NPCs may be surprised or confused by some gender/race/sexuality things (a gay black woman doctor setting up shop might raise some eyebrows, for example; non-binary characters may have to explain what that means; etc) but will not be actively bigoted. This is to prevent either players or mods from having to play out bigotries they're uncomfortable with.

So is this AU permanent? Will my character ever remember their canon?
Again, this is largely up to player discretion. The game mechanics at Lethevale allow for canon memory regains. These will never happen without player consultation by the mods, and can be opted out of if you prefer to keep playing your character as purely AU. Memory regains will usually be a result of investigating certain areas or asking certain questions, so the more mystery-solving you do, the more likely you are to find out things about yourself.
In some cases, memory regains may happen as a result of game-wide plots or events. However, players are welcome to speak to mods if they want their characters to regain memories, and we can negotiate an appropriate plot contrivance. We’re all about the plot contrivances here!

Memory regains are never compulsory. Essentially, how permanent the AU is depends entirely on how permanent you want it to be!

What if my character is non-human in canon? Can they ever go back to their canon form in-game?
Changes do happen in Lethevale, and if you’d like your character to change into their canon form (or a gothic-horror version of it) at some point in the game, that can be arranged. We ask that you play for at least two months in human form before requesting a significant body-change, though - this means you can explore the world, at least for a while, in the AU that fits the setting.
Talking animals and obviously inhuman beings are not considered normal in Lethevale, and NPCs are likely to treat non-human characters with fear, suspicion, and confusion.

What should I do about icons, especially if my character’s canonically inhuman?
Icons should give an idea of how the character looks in-game, so they should be at least humanoid. If your character doesn't look remotely human, consider using a play-by or humanised fanart.

In all cases, icons can be made from canon material, art, play-bys, or a combination of those. Please remember to note who your play-by is if you use one, though!

In the rules you mention using warnings. What needs to be warned for?
In general, warnings should be added to any threads or posts which may make people uncomfortable. This includes sexual content (Lethevale is not a sex game, but sometimes that stuff happens), and also common triggers or sensitive subjects. You might also consider warning for large images, and putting them under a cut - this can be very helpful for people with slow or unreliable internet connections.

We trust our players’ judgement in using warnings, but if a player is consistently failing to warn for something which is clearly a problem for someone, mods may contact you about it. Similarly, if the mods are failing to warn for something, contact us and we’ll talk about changing it.

What happens when my character arrives in Lethevale?
Your character’s arrival in Lethevale depends on their AU backstory. They will remember travelling to Lethevale, and will be equipped with setting-appropriate clothes and any luggage they would have been carrying in the AU. (This luggage cannot contain magical items, but may contain AU versions of items from their backstory - e.g., Frodo Baggins might be carrying a ring around his neck, but it wouldn’t be a Ring of Power)

Arrival posts can take place anywhere in Lethevale, but we recommend having your first post be in a public area, so as many people as possible can meet your character.

What happens if my character is hurt or killed?
Lethevale is a horror game, and as such, characters will sometimes be damaged - either by mod-run characters, monsters, or events, or by other players. We feel that allowing permanent harm to come to characters increases the stakes and adds to the atmosphere.

If your character is hurt, the injury will take approximately as long to heal as it would in reality. Permanent injuries, such as scars or loss of limb, are… well, they’re permanent, and should be treated as a part of your character from that point. However, if you feel that your character’s injury is making it too hard for you to play the character, talk to a mod. We may be able to negotiate a solution.

If your character is killed, this is also permanent. However, they can come back in a changed form, as a ghost, vampire, or revenant. These characters will have different strengths and weaknesses (listed here), which will apply for the rest of their time in the game. If they are killed a second time, then you must drop the character - although it’s worth noting that killing the undead is a lot harder to do by mistake!

So if I drop a character, do they die?
Not necessarily. When dropping a character, you should contact the mods to discuss what happened to them - so long as it doesn’t mean they physically left Lethevale, we’re open to ideas! Maybe they were attacked by wolves, or fell horribly ill, or just went mad with fear and ran off into the forest to live with the bears. Dead characters can come back to the game, but must be applied as dead characters, i.e. as a ghost, vampire, or revenant.

If you do not discuss this with the mods, including if you idle out of the game, then your character will be assumed to have disappeared mysteriously. They probably wandered into the woods or mountains and got lost. This allows for characters to be picked back up, if necessary, without taking a death change.

Someone dropped a character I really want to play! Can I apply with another version of them?
Yes! They do have to be a different version, though, with a different AU backstory. The new version of the character will not carry over any in-game changes from the old version. You should state in your OOC intro, when the character joins the game, whether you’re comfortable with them being recognised as similar to the previous version.
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mitochondrialeve: (Gonna start hitting you)

[personal profile] mitochondrialeve 2016-08-26 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
Regarding character AUs, I was wondering if it would be possible to have Lucy's horns remain on her when she arrives. The Diclonius race, to which she belongs, is already basically human but with minor physiological differences, and unlike others of her race, Lucy already ages normally and is only differentiated from humans by her horns. These horns are also key to her personality, as her being discriminated against by normal humans for having them has shaped who she is as a person.

And for characters who have nonstandard hair or eye colors (like anime characters), would these be handwaved as normal or would they, like your Equestria Girls examples, just be perceived as having more normal color variations of their canon colors (ex: Lucy here having red hair as opposed to straight pink)?
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[personal profile] mitochondrialeve 2016-08-26 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I have to disagree about their inhuman nature since normal humans can have irregular growths on their bodies, bone spurts and such, but I can still work with it. Thank you for answering!
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[personal profile] professorwolf 2016-08-26 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
Would the 10-comment AC requirement be only allowed on one thread, or would two threads of 5 or 4/6 be allowed?
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[personal profile] singingintherain 2016-08-26 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
As part of a character's AU, can (or should) their name be changed to better fit the setting?

[personal profile] venality 2016-08-29 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
Quick question. When can you reserve? I see on the application page, apps don't open until September 30th, but I see nothing in the reserves of when you can.

After reading more thoroughly, I have yet another question. The AU idea for my character that he is a knight of one of the kings in the make believe country that Lethevale resides in, he is sent to Lethevale to look over a lord/baron who has been getting death threats as a gift/favor from the king. Would this be plausible in this setting?
Edited 2016-08-29 05:48 (UTC)

[personal profile] venality 2016-09-01 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for answering!

Another thing I want to ask is this: is the personality the canon personality from who they are canonically or who they are in the game setting? Meaning they're relatively the same, under different circumstances and have to be written that way.

I hope that makes sense.

[personal profile] venality 2016-09-01 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
You're welcome! and thanks for answering. <3

[personal profile] venality 2016-09-01 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
Another annoying question: So if my character is to protect Melmoth. Does that mean he will never see him? and should he live in the mansion or a type of guest house close to the mansion?

I know, I'm asking questions too early. My apologies.
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[personal profile] thewrongfuses 2016-08-30 04:12 am (UTC)(link)
What's the policy on NPCs attached to PCs? Like, could one include an NPC parent for a child/adolescent character to be traveling with, or would we have to find a PC for that? Would there be limitations on those characters, if an NPC is allowed?
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[personal profile] singingintherain 2016-09-01 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
For clarification's sake, would this mean not even handwaved background NPCs? By which I mean our PC might make reference to their existence, but said NPC is never 'used' in a post or tag.

In my case in particular, I'm running with an AU from the discussion post where my character is a member of a carnival. There's other PCs that may be a part of it, but background NPCs would probably be necessary to flesh it out to a full carnival troupe.

(It would be a simple matter to separate PCs from the troupe by one of the fate interventions that keep PCs from leaving, of course. I just want to make sure if that's what would need to be done or not!)
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[personal profile] hadthenerve 2016-08-31 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
So I actually thought of a few questions. Sorry. ^^;

First, will it ever be possible to regain physical objects from a character's home canon?

Second, I know supernatural powers are all gone, but what about skills? If a character was a really good swordsman in their home canon, but now they're a baker or something would they keep their skill in fighting?

And actually, what about the other side of that? Would the former swordsman know how to bake bread thanks to his au memories?

Third, if the character's backstory has the coming to town for work will a business be added or are they actually working at one of the businesses on the list?

Actually, specifics are probably easier here. If I wanted to bring in someone as a doctor, would I be choosing between the Barber-surgeon's or the apothecary? Since those are the closest things. Or could the character have his own practice?

And (this is for a different potential character but I'll just stick it here) can we assume the town has an orphanage or something similar?

Also I noticed the part about all the churches being empty. Does that mean we can't bring in a priest to take over one of them?
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[personal profile] hadthenerve 2016-09-01 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the very prompt response!
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[personal profile] monocytogenes 2016-09-07 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Two questions--

1. Re: Original characters are welcome, and can either be treated as canon characters (with a “canon” version they do not remember but can refer back to) or as characters native to the world.

I'm potentially interested in playing an OC from the same time period but who would have lived geographically west of Lethevale prior to coming to the town. Would a setting-native character like that be allowed, or should I still make his past take place in some sort of alternate world?

2. Re: The game mechanics at Lethevale allow for canon memory regains.

Can my character have died in their own backstory/canon (and have that be something they come to remember over the course of the game), or should they be assumed to have been alive from then to the time they arrived in Lethevale?
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[personal profile] monocytogenes 2016-09-08 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Gotcha. Thanks!
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[personal profile] wizardoftheweek 2016-09-23 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
so, clearly, magic does not real in this verse and there's a chance of her getting her canon powers back anyways BUT for the sake of clarity of the backstory I'm thinking of for this character's AU, I should ask;

is it okay for a character to come from a family with a background in the occult? specifically things like alchemy. the general idea I had is that she's descended from a long line of occult "specialists" going back to, idk, paracelsus or some other famous occultist and has come to the town based on rumors of its strangeness to investigate, but clearly has no powers because yeah that shit ain't real.

BASICALLY what is the extent to which we are allowed to integrate occult aspects into their background?
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[personal profile] wizardoftheweek 2016-09-24 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
A+ good times ahead, gonna make this into a workable backstory
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[personal profile] starlightcalliope 2016-10-02 01:24 pm (UTC)(link)
What an interesting game idea! My fiancee and I are looking for a game together, we're playing the Twelfth Doctor and Calliope from Homestuck who are CRAU from another game and have been travelling together. So my question is, would it be alright to give them a shared backstory, and would they be able to regain their CRAU memories eventually?

Also, with regards to the icons, would it be alright for me to use Callie's cherub and/or troll icons or is that too much of a stretch to imagine her human appearance?
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[personal profile] starlightcalliope 2016-10-02 02:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Should have looked at the rules first, I got excited... :( I don't suppose you would be willing to consider CRAU on a case-by-case basis? It's just that their CRAU only covers a few weeks, so they're not significantly different from their canon points at all.
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[personal profile] starlightcalliope 2016-10-06 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the detailed explanation! I get your point with the CR and it's definitely not going to make a difference either way for a long while yet. It's more a hypothetical at this point than anything, but I appreciate that we could talk to the mods again if/when the time comes.

[personal profile] graygriffin 2016-12-31 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
I'm thinking of applying for an OC of mine, who was raised by birds. I was considering having her AU version be a girl who was locked in her family's attic for a long time, and thus doesn't know much about the world. First of all, would that be an acceptable Lethevale-native OC? Also, I was thinking that part of the reason for her being locked away would be her looking very different from her parents and thus being considered a demon or monster of some sort. Would that be okay?

Secondly, if not, I was thinking of having her have been locked in the attic of another town, and now traveling with a traveling merchant who is sort of her father figure. While he's also an OC, he was technically someone else's OC in the first game I played her in, and his personality is vague enough that I'd be fine handing him over to someone else. Would I be allowed to ask around to see if someone would like to play him, and if so, would I be allowed to look over their applications before they sent them in to see if I felt they fitted my character?

Last, would the ability to imitate bird noises really well be a power or a skill? Since there are people who are natural mimics.

[personal profile] graygriffin 2017-01-01 10:03 am (UTC)(link)
It does, thanks!