ROLEPLAYING - Lusternia Online Help

15.6 ROLEPLAYING

(See also: HELP ROLEPOINTS)

To roleplay means to play a role. In the context of Lusternia, 
roleplaying means that you play as if you are truly living and 
breathing as your character. As Lusternia is a roleplaying game, some 
level of roleplaying is required. (And there are some punishments for 
those who act in an OOC manner - see HELP ROLEPOINTS).

When in Lusternia, roleplaying is required anytime one is using any 
sort of public forum. These include shouts, the news groups, and 
guildtell.

Perhaps the best way to roleplay your character is to first create a 
overall outline, background, and mental idea for your character, and 
then follow that with your actions in Lusternia. You might even want 
to write out a summary of your character's psychological makeup in 
order to make this process easier.

For example, imagine a character named Crystria, who is a young female 
viscanti Nihilist. Crystria was raised on the streets of Magnagora, 
her father a drunkard and her mother one of the famed ur'Guard. Her 
primary motivation now is to learn all that she can attempting to rise 
through the ranks of her guild. Her long term goals include repaying 
her father for his ill-treatment of her behind her mother's back while 
achieving some rank within the city so she can help direct its goals. 
Although she has considered the Gods she could worship, she is in 
conflict and thus continues to focus on her race as her primary social 
group. She often shys away from men because of her harsh treatment by 
her father and she has a deeply-rooted hate for all elfen. This began 
when she first was a child, playing in the meadows outside the city 
when she could escape its confines. She found a playmate in a young 
elfen but when his mother found out, she slapped poor Crystria away 
and called her despicable names, the mother yelling that she wished 
that the viscanti could be cleansed from the face of the earth. She 
prefers solitude over any form of interaction and being a dedicated 
member of the city, she tends to fight singular battles alone against 
those who wage war on her home rather than join the large groups that 
go raiding.

With just this brief biography of Crystria, we have an interesting 
character with well-defined motivations and some indication of her 
psychological status. You would not find Crystria out slaughtering her 
fellow viscanti, nor would you find her joining bashing parties or 
large raids. She would be extremely interested in practicing her 
skills in order to master them, and would perhaps more often be found 
in a special room she attaches significance to. Crystria also might 
keep a careful eye over the territories pledging allegiance to 
Magnagora, dispatching single enemies when needed and letting the rest 
of the city take on groups. While Crystria could not change whether an 
elfen joined her guild, she would definitely never speak to them. If 
needed she might communicate with abrupt motions of the hand or simple 
words to keep from attacking the elfen on sight.


Staying IN CHARACTER, and Other Restrictions
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Always stay in character (IC) on channels - you are playing the role 
of a person in a magical world called Lusternia. Talk about real life, 
other muds, or your favorite singer - this should all be done outside 
the game or, if you
must, use TELLS.

Be most careful with shouts - stay in character, watch language rules. 
Market channel is only for buying and selling: no chatting please. 
Newbie channel is for questions and answers about how to play the 
game: no chatting please.  Most other channels have their own rules, 
but are generally more tolerant of chatting and general conversation.

All channels are subject to HELP LANGUAGERULES, except clan channels.

(See also: HELP ROLEPOINTS)