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I think we could all work on our presentation. I've had the pleasure of Rping with a whole slew of people. Some of them were great writers who made me interested in their characters, while others had a lot to learn before they could do the same. What I've found interesting is that a roleplayer's ability to write posts doesn't have any sort of bearing on how good a job they do filling out a character sheet. I've been bamboozled time and time again as great characters come from poor sheets, and sometimes the opposite is true. Clearly, filling out a character sheet takes an entirely different skill set than writing a post.

Alright fam, another month, another character creation contest. I'm going to post a mock OOC for a fake RP. It will include details about the setting, lore, and rules your characters MUST conform to. Obviously it's all going to be a bit light, as we won't actually be playing said RP. But once you've looked over the OOC, you can make your character. It's pretty much just like a real RP, only it'll never actually start. Instead, a voting thread will open up where the community will vote for its favorite. Once the voting period is over, a winner will be declared. If there is a tie, I will break said tie with my own vote.

Lets do some medieval fantasy stuff yo.



G R O V E







People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.

Plato


The grove is a fantasy setting inspired by classics like Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, Goblin Slayer, and other medieval stories with a party dynamic. The RP will feature combat, but it's just as much about social iterations as it is slaying monsters.

Society has lost its war on the wilds, and all of humanity's cities have been consumed by a wild grove. Communities only exist as small tribes, and the worlds knowledge is largely fractured and distributed all over the world. There is little separating the remaining humanoids from other wild animals. All live together in the endless grove that makes up the world. And now those very same wilds are asking for help, offering everything they have as compensation.




SETTING AND PLOT







A new force has manifested itself, one dark and unwholesome. It spreads quickly and without mercy, in no small thanks to the fact that it holds the princess of the world. The great fairy has decided to enlist any creature willing to help retrieve her daughter. She has offered up many prizes to those brave enough to go forward. A kingdom to call their own, More food than anyone could ever eat, even her own hand in marriage. This quest has caused a return to the days of adventuring. Not all of the adventurers will survive the journey. Some wonder if they will be able to recover the princess. Beyond the dangers, many of the adventurers might find what they seek before the quest is completed.


Location


As per the course of any good adventure story, you will traverse many different locations. Burning desserts, frozen mountains, subterranean catacombs, ruined cities, ancient temples, humid jungles, and maybe a dimensional plane or two. But all of these locations will be centered in a place called the grove. The grove is simply an expanse of land cultivated by the great fairy herself, and is mostly made up of lush forests that overrun the once industrialized (by medieval standards) world. The grove's influence has been pushed back by the new entity, so the entire world isn't a sprawling forest. Yet.

The world is wild. There are many strange creatures, and that's without addressing the unknown entity that has the princess. There are all manner of creatures from fay to demons. Creatures macabre and wondrous. You've read about them in fairy tales and myths, and they're all here.


People


Humans as we know them no longer exist in this world. What humans remained were changed by the grove, a way of making sure the humans never forgot their loss to the wilds. Some have been marked in small ways. Like the elongated ears of elves, or the short stature of the bearded dwarves. Other tribes were influenced in a much stronger way, more closely resembling beast than man. There's a tribe of "Centaur" who's lower body is that of a horse, and "Lamia" who have the lower body of a snake. Most tribes find these new additions to the human shape strange if it is not present in their own tribe, and has been known to be the cause of many wars. Perhaps this is the wild's way of making sure humans never rise to civilization again. But not all tribes quarrel with each other. Some do share what little technology they know, trade, and form alliances when there are mutual benefits.

While the tribes have divided knowledge, They are hardly depraved beings that live in mud huts. Very few tribes aren't at least at the stage where they are making use of early medieval technology. They make houses out of processed lumber, are capable of working with metals, and wear cloth outfits instead of animal skins. Most choose to live off the land rather than control it.


Magic


One of the few things the great fairy gave the tribes was magic. The power to perform tasks without the use of tools or earthly means. This has kept the tribes more content than they would normally be. Perhaps this gift was only given to the tribes to prevent them from perusing technology or cooperating with other tribes. Only she knows.

The flora within the grove pump out mana along with oxygen. Like oxygen, mana can't be seen, but tribe members know when they are taking it in. Even casting the simplest of spells requires practice, and using mana to it's full potential is practically impossible. The strongest mages are often tribe chieftains who have had their entire life to practice with magic.

The actual feats possible with magic are far and wide. Most spells are used for everyday situations, with the occasional spell to throw fireballs or ice shards. More common uses of magic are spells to start camp fires, purify water, and anything that improves the quality of life. Most people only know a handful of spells, and only two or three are used on a daily basis. The one rule with magic is that it can't break reality. That is to say it cannot create things that do not already exist in the area. If you cast "create water," you are pulling water out of the air to fill a container. If you cast fireball, you are pulling thermal energy out of your surroundings to make a ball of fire. Spells that change weather or cause cataclysmic events are impossible to cast or take a long time for this very reason. You're not going to cause a volcano to erupt in the middle of a glacier.


Quest


The quest is simple: Venture into enemy territory, rescue the princess, and return her to the great fairy unharmed for a reward. The reward can be virtually anything you desire, provided it doesn't hurt the well being of the grove. So no asking the great fairy to kill herself or restore human civilization. But you can have your own country, bountiful feasts, a long sought revenge finally executed, or lay with anyone you desire. She really wants her daughter back.

You know virtually nothing about your opponents, only that they are bad, and evil, and unwholesome. Basically everything the great fairy said about civilization. You are encouraged not to spend too much time outside the grove, as your magic will eventually wain and go out. You are asked to ignore the wonders that they will try to trick you with. For many have undertaken this quest, and none have completed it. Not because they were beaten in battle, but their desires simply got the better of them, and they had no reason to finish. You must remember what you're doing this for, and you must remember how important it is.




QUESTIONS & ANSWERS







Q: Can I use images for a description? Any limits to how crazy I can get with a character sheet?

A: Given the nature of the contest, it would be preferable that no one used images in their character sheet. And while you are free to pretty up the character sheet with different formatting code, remember that this is a character contest. A pretty sheet with an ugly character won't win.




RULES







1: ~ Nothing that would break the setting will be permitted.

2: ~ This is a contest. While it would be most ideal to have a bunch of characters that are all different from one another, no one will be omitted for filling the same “archetype.”

3: ~ While a CS will be provided, you may edit it however you see fit.

4: ~ New characters are mandatory.

5: ~ Simply post your submission in this thread once it is completed. Deadline is the 16th at about 7-9 PM GMT.

6: ~ Feel free to ask questions in this thread as well. I could use the feedback.




CHARACTER SHEET





NAME


Age | Gender | Weight | Height | Race


Description

Short description of your character. Pretend you're trying to describe your character in as few words as possible. Something a GM could load onto a banner if he should chose to.


Appearance

Notable physical features.


Personality

Doesn't need to be novel length, just needs to be long enough to where we know what they are and how they act. Maybe mention a few character quirks while you're at it.


Bio

I'm not too picky about length. Just make sure it's a solid foundation for your character.


Magic

A description of your abilities





...and for the easy copy/paste.

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[b]Age | Gender | Weight | Height | Race[/b][/center]

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[indent]Short description of your character. Pretend you're trying to describe your character in as few words as possible. Something a GM could load onto a banner if he should chose to.[/indent]

[u][b] [color=06d283]A[/color]ppearance [/b][/u]

[indent]Notable physical features.[/indent]

[u][b] [color=06d283]P[/color]ersonality [/b][/u]

[indent]Doesn't need to be novel length, just needs to be long enough to where we know what they are and how they act. Maybe mention a few character quirks while you're at it.[/indent]

[u][b] [color=06d283]B[/color]io [/b][/u]

[indent]I'm not too picky about length. Just make sure it's a solid foundation for your character.[/indent]

[u][b] [color=06d283]M[/color]agic [/b][/u]

[indent]A description of your abilities[/indent]
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Just dropping some mentions for some people who were interested in the last one.
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Fantasy is my thing, I'll definitely submit something.

So there are no humans, just the mythical humanoids. How about other mythical creatures, based in lizards, horses, are they a part of this grove? And are original mythical creatures allowed or should we stick to the known mythical creatures?
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@Calle Centaur and Lamia were mentioned, so yes, creatures representing fusions with animals are certainly allowed. If you mean pure fantasy animals like unicorns and Pegasus, they probably exist somewhere here too.

You could make up your own type of tribesman if you wanted. All I ask is that they must coexists with nature. If it feels more foreign, like an extraterrestrial, you'll be asked to modify it. This guy wouldn't make the cut:

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@BrokenPromise But they have to be part human / a fusion right? No unicorns and dragons and such.
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@Calle yes, your character has to be a humanoid. Was simply clarifying that fantastical creatures exist inside the grove.
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I don't believe I will have any inspiration for this one. My apologies.
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My character form is complete, tomorrow I'll read it over a final time, probably edit bits and pieces, and submit.

Although I have to say I'm not entirely sure what the difference between Description and Appearance is. First I wanted to make a short character description, but it looked more of something that would go under appearance, so I used the description to describe the species and the appearance to describe the charater is. I hope I did it right.
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@Calle there is no right or wrong way to fill out the character sheet, It is simply an example of what is expected, so don't worry if it isn't filled out right.

Something I tried in an RP (and really liked) was to have a one or two sentence description of the character. So some example descriptions would be like:

"An orphaned son looking for answers."

"A tired chieftain who's sick of the young folk."

"A snake man who just wants to sleep under a tree."

"A prodigy of fire who's determined not to follow in his father's footsteps."

And appearance is exactly what it says it is. But again, there's no wrong way to fill out the character sheets. For the purpose of the contest, I'd gladly accept something that had a separate section to talk about a character's race and such,
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Guess this contest was a dud as well. But since you took the time to make an entry, I might as well review it.

@Calle Sonomi certainly fits the bill for the "best friend" role. Her curious nature and status as a mother makes her a very interesting character for any adventure. the species section was a great addition to the sheet and makes things a lot more organised. You really nailed everything one could reasonably want to know about this particular race. I would have appreciated a bit more on Sonomi in particular. I felt like most of her sheet leaned on her race rather than her as a character. If there were a few treejumpers having a conversation with one another I would be unable to pick her out from them, as most of her personality traits seem to fall in line with a typical treejumper. The bio was good however, It's clear that the most extraordinary thing in Sonomi's life hasn't happened to her yet, but she has a purpose and a family to protect.

Due to the contest section being kind of slow as of late, the last two contests being duds, dwindling time to RP, and not wanting to compete with official contests, I have decided that this will be my last contest for a while. Thank you to everyone who showed interest and especially those who participated!
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