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Character Submission - Long Version - Updated to March 18th 2016

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Organizations and Ranks

There are two very important points to keep in mind. Firstly, just because a player is a Toranite Undead Hunter, it does not automatically mean they are in the order of the Shining Hand. If a character desires to be part of an organization likely a Character Development Quest (or CDQ) or other GM acknowledgment is necessary. Either submit this with the matching class/PrC request or submit for a CDQ to attempt to join the desired organization. Some organizations have very specific procedures and requirements to join (such as the well established Knights of the Wyrm) and can be handled as a group function or as a personal CDQ.

Secondly, most level one characters start out as the lowest level above 'student' in any organization they might be a part of. For instance, most starting clerics will begin in their acolyte phase (where applicable). This does not afford them any special treatment beyond being a priest of their faith. If a player wishes to advance in rank within their church, or any other organization it is squarely on the shoulders of the player to initiate CDQs to attain this goal. Any GM has access to the information and the player need only ask to find out what steps are needed or what general possibilities are available to them.

*It should be noted that character level is not related to rank in a church.


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Character Development Quest Rules –
* A player can only have one (1) active CDQ request at a time.
* A character must be at least level eight (8) to have a CDQ. The only exception is a character who has been approved to CDQ for a PrC before level eight (8).
* It is recommended that the character exist in-game for at least two (2) weeks before a CDQ is requested for the character. This includes the CDQ for a PrC.
* A CDQ must have a valid purpose, and this will be enforced by the GMs running the quest. Do not request a CDQ just because you want your own personal quest or a quest for your friends. Examples of valid purposes for CDQs include: To take a PrC, to start/work on a long-range character goal, to explore unknown details of a character's past, or any other sort of goal or event that requires GM intervention to realize is valid.
* CDQs can not last more than a total of six (6) hours or two (2) game sessions, whichever comes first. On top of that a CDQ should be completed within three (3) RL weeks once the first session has been run.
* CDQs DO NOT HAVE ANY XP REWARDS. Not to the person having the quest run nor its participants. This was done to avoid player abuse of this process It is important to note that while a player may make requests for the purpose and goal of a CDQ, a player may not fully write or dictate the outcome of the CDQ. How the CDQ is conducted and the final outcome is for the GM to decide, especially in cases where the outcome may be in conflict with world lore. See more information about CDQs here.

Number of Characters Per Player
It is frequently asked of us the limit per player on characters. Layonara has a long standing restriction of eight (8) characters per player. This is not the same thing as per account. A player can have several accounts but the maximum remains eight (8) characters per player. We feel this is the best number to maintain quality development of individual character through roleplay through quests and between players outside of quests.

Any player found to be applying for a new character outside of their maximum of eight will be asked to have one deleted before the new application can be reviewed by the character approver staff.


The definition of a restart, for the purposes of this server, is: starting one's character completely over from scratch without any benefit of the previous incarnation's inventory, coin or experience. That is to say you start over from level one with nothing. In addition we will require you to post for a deletion of the old incarnation and create the new version with a slightly different name. Add an extra space, perhaps change one or two of the letters or some other minor change. If the change is not made the database will think it is the same character and will not allow for static quests to be completed, among other issues. It is further recommended that any variation of name be noted in your original character submission thread.

Sometimes it happens that we find ourselves not liking how our character has turned out, mechanically speaking, for a wide variety of reasons. Level five (5) and below seems to be the most common areas where this occurs. To that end, all level five and below characters will be granted one (1) free restart when requested in the Character Submissions forums. Between the levels six (6) and ten (10) the Character Approvals team will still consider the merits and problems with a restart at that point and grant or deny based on the result on their findings. After level ten (10), or if a denial after level six (6), a character may use one of their Graceful Pleas for a restart.

Once a Graceful Plea is used, it cannot be rescinded and anything needing changed (re-name, re-description, etc) after this restart will count in their normal capacities as if it was the original character. This means whatever Graceful Pleas and freebies previously used will count against the restarted character. The character restart does not refresh the count. Please go slow and pay attention to the details as when recreating the character.

A restart does not clear the loss of Soul Strands (see: Soul Strands and the Layonara Death System) and they must be reapplied for once the new character is made. Please post for this action in the Grievance Forum.

A rebuild is when a character is allowed to restart and then regain all of their experience, items and equipment. This is only granted for an extensive reason, such as a CDQ or quest that results in the deity change of a cleric or something of that magnitude. The only mechanical exception is when the development team makes mechanical changes to classes that require such action. They are extremely rare and require the support of at least one GM in the capacity of a GM not as a player witness. The backing of the GM in question does not guarantee approval. These will no longer be approved through use of Graceful Plea.

A relevel is when one level is removed and given again. This is only granted for reasons such as accidental clicks, misunderstood feats or spells and the like. This falls under the jurisdiction of grievances requests and must be dealt in that forum with the guidelines stated in that policy.

To end the confusion, here is the solidified step by step process we have always used for a shift of alignment. These are the steps a player should take:
* Play the CURRENT and APPROVED alignment. Most people slip from time to time alignment wise, so the occasional acting out is not an issue. Do NOT habitually act outside of your alignment with out proper cause (typically quest related afflictions).
* Keep track of certain events that have caused the character to move away from whatever aspect of the alignment that you will be applying for. We would like it most if it was kept track in a CDT if at all possible. GM testimony can also be used.
* Submit when you feel it is appropriate to do so with the cited resources for your character. A brief summery of why this is RP appropriate is helpful and will move your request along. Please remember to include your original biography link, any relevant CDT threads and other such materials that you may wish to include.
* Not all Alignment shifts require CDQs but most do. Going from a simple alignment to another (I.E. NG to CG) can be done on a well written CDT alone (with justifiable reasons). Evil will always require a set of CDQs. Moving in and out of CN may require a set of CDQs depending on what is contributed in the CDT.
* The presiding CA team will make the decision based on what is offered. If CDQ(s) are required the presiding GM will make the ruling of pass or fail within 72 hours of the final quest.Some notes: If no CDT is kept and there is no GM testimony available, this does not preclude you from an alignment shift. The CA team will decide a time period for some sort of record keeping (CDT, or the testimony or some other suggestion made by the CA team at that time) to evaluate the request with the new proofs. This time frame is typically two weeks but may be a little longer depending on circumstance.Alignment shifts away from allowed clerical restrictions per deity will be allowed but the cleric will loose all casting ability -without- relevel until whatever issues are worked out via regular quest/CDQ/WLDQ.Alignment shifts away from mechanical class limitations will not be allowed unless they are accompanied by class shifts. Relevels will not accompany these sorts of request unless it is due to quest/CDQ/WLDQ.Once approved for a shift, the shift is not mandatory. This means if the RP continues and it turns out the new alignment does not fit the RP, the gradual shift to the new alignment can be stopped. Most of the time the points are distributed at the request of the PC (unless some action is radical enough for a GM to arbitrarily offer), and thus the PC can simply not ask for the point shifts. If the Player is certain they do not wish to continue this route, then they are welcome to bump the approval post stating as much and the request can be closed.Deliberately playing outside of your APPROVED alignment will bring OOC reprimand and IC consequences (unless accompanied by GM pre-approval for some quest related situation I.E. possession). Deliberately playing outside of your APPROVED alignment will also guarantee denial for alignment shifts for this and potentially alternate characters if the issue is not addressed.As alignment is somewhat relative (in certain areas) we reserve the right to be flexible or determine results on a case by case basis. As no two characters are alike in their interpretation of morals and ethics, the CA and GM teams must be granted freedom to customize the consequences, results and quest situations for each character.(original source)


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