PERSONAL HISTORIES - Aetolia Online Help

4.19 PERSONAL HISTORIES

Every character in Aetolia is given the capability to write a           
publically-viewable background and to keep his or her personal history  
up to date by writing regular 'chapters.' This background and the       
chapters must be written in-role, as they are there to be used as       
roleplay devices.                                                       

In order to promote consistent roleplay, you must remember that once    
you've written your background, _it cannot be altered_. You can,        
however, provide updates to your background by way of the aforementioned
chapters. Ideally, reading a character's background and then reading the
various historical chapters that the character has written will give one
a sense of where the character is coming from, where he's been, and     
where he's going.                                                       

Once again we must emphasize that this system is to be used _only_ for  
writing in-role history of your character. It's not to be used for any  
other purpose, and those using it for any other purpose will find they  
cannot use the system anymore.                                          

Syntax summary: (full explanations in the next section)
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COMPOSE BACKGROUND (** READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW FIRST ** )
COMPOSE HISTORY
COMPOSE HISTORY TITLE <chapter #> <title>

VIEW BACKGROUND <player>
VIEW HISTORY SUMMARY <player>
VIEW HISTORY <chapter #> <player>

SET HISTORY PUBLIC/ALLIES/PRIVATE

Syntaxes:
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COMPOSE BACKGROUND
   - Takes you into the Aetolian editor to compose your background.
   - You may only write a background ONCE, ever. We recommend writing it
     off-line in a word processor, spell-checking it, reading it over a 
     few times to make sure it's just how you want it, and then pasting 
     it into the Aetolian editor.
   - There's no need to write excessively long backgrounds. What you 
     want to do is give your character some flavour and give yourself
     a framework to roleplay in. What you do not want to do is write 
     histories that nobody will respect, because they are ridiculous. 
     Don't write that you come from some far off land, as you don't. 
     Don't write that you are the spawn of some demon, because you 
     aren't. Keep it consistent with Aetolian history and consistent 
     within itself.
   - YOU MAY ONLY WRITE A BACKGROUND ONCE AND ONCE SAVED, YOU CAN 
     _NEVER_ ALTER IT! SO BE CAREFUL!

COMPOSE HISTORY
   - Takes you into the editor to compose a new chapter.
   - Like with backgrounds, you may not edit these once saved.
   - Chapters are to be used only for the telling and explaining of 
     personal history. They are not to be used to write whatever you 
     feel like writing.

COMPOSE HISTORY TITLE <chapter #> <title>
   - Assigns a title to a chapter.
   - The title may be multiple words long. The title may be changed as 
     many times as you like.

VIEW BACKGROUND <character>
   - Views a character's background.
   - Omit the character field to view your own background more easily.

VIEW HISTORY SUMMARY <character>
   - Displays a summary of the chapters a character has written.
   - Omit the character field to view your own summary more easily.

VIEW HISTORY <chapter> <character>
   - Displays the specified chapter of the specified character.
   - Omit the character field to view your own chapters more easily.

SET HISTORY PUBLIC/ALLIES/PRIVATE
   - Sets your background and chapters viewable by everyone, only your 
     allies or no one. The only exceptions are that the most powerful 
     gods, such as Varian, can always read them.