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Animus Moderators ([personal profile] animusmods) wrote2012-01-07 03:51 am
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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the time scale for this game?

This game runs in real time. One day in real life is one day in the game.

Are original characters allowed?

Original characters are allowed. They will have to fill out the OC application, and will be judged more closely than canon apps because of the increased level of flexibility in original characters.

Are canon-based OCs allowed?

No. If the character doesn't exist in the canon, you can't apply for them in Animus.

May I transplant a character from another game?

This is allowed; there is a game transplant application on the application page, and there are a few more questions included that center around the previous game.

My series has multiple versions of one character!

We will allow this within reason, provided the characters are indeed separate characters. Cloud Strife from Kingdom Hearts can be played alongside Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, and the various Links and Zeldas of the Legend of Zelda series may be apped alongside other versions as well, provided they are not from one of the direct sequels (Link to the Past Link may exist alongside Majora's Mask Link, but Ocarina of Time Link cannot, because he is Majora's Mask Link). We do reserve the right to disallow certain characters from being apped if we feel we are getting too many of them for the current size of the game. When in doubt, ask.

So how do the AUs work?

Currently we allow there to be one three versions of a character played at a time--one OU and two AUs. AUs we will allow are those which place the character in a different situation, setting, or body in a way which is significant to the development of that character; while they should be recognizable as a version of whichever character they are, an AU is not an excuse to simply play a taken canon character.

So what about genderswaps?

Genderswaps are allowed provided you explain how this changes the way the character develops/interacts with the world.

I want to apply for a character that is already reserved or was applied for but is not yet accepted? Can I do that?

Sorry, we don't allow challenge applications. Please wait until the reservation has expired.

When do you review applications?

Applications work on an application cycle. Reservations will be open the last week of the month and last until the second of the next month. Applications will be open the first week of the month.

How many times can I apply for a character?

If you have been rejected for the same character three times, you will no longer be allowed to apply for that character. You may still apply for a different version of that character as long as it is obviously different. If you were rejected three times for an AU, you may not apply for other characters within that AU.

Do we use our journals in this game?

You do not post directly on your journals in Animus; it's entirely community-based. Along these lines, feel free to use a journal that you are currently using elsewhere.

What's the level of technology in the tower, anyway?

While various levels may seem to be from various periods of time, the tower itself is very high-tech, to the point of something out of science fiction.

Are there language barriers within the tower?

Characters can all understand each other unless otherwise noted--they will be hearing and reading everything in their primary language. However, if a character intentionally speaks in a certain language, only characters who know that language will be able to understand it.

What happens during a collar checkup?

There will be an announcement over an intercom system of the color due for checkups on the day it happens. When a character shows up for their checkup, they will wait in the infirmary for a short amount of time, until one of the retrieval units calls them into an examination room.

The character will have a tube hooked into the back of their collars. This tube is connected on the other side to an IV bag filled with liquid of the same color as the character's collar. The old liquid in the collar will be filtered out of the collar, and new liquid will be placed inside.

If the character at any point resists, retrieval units will hold the character down/knock them out as necessary. If a character does not show up for their collar checkup, they will fall unconscious the following day and will be brought to the infirmary for their checkup by retrieval units. They will not regain consciousness until they have had their collar checkup.

What's the policy on fourth wall breaking?

We have nothing against it, but don't expect anyone to believe your character, and please respect the wishes of the player before bringing up the fact that any of the characters are fictional.

Can I bring things from home?
Characters may bring up to six objects from home in a trunk. This trunk is three feet wide, two feet high, and one foot deep. Nothing that doesn't fit in the trunk may be brought, with some exceptions for playability. An animal companion that does not fit in the trunk may be brought within reason (a dog, for example), provided the trunk is empty. Computers and cell phones may only be brought into the Tower if they are rendered completely and permanently incapable of wireless or wired communication. Characters may not bring and sort of bag of holding--that is, anything that is smaller than the box but fits an infinite number (or very large number) of items.

My character really needs to have something that won't fit in the trunk, can I bring it?

If it's something the character needs to live or something you wouldn't feel comfortable playing the character without, we will usually allow it. Just ask a moderator first.

My character takes regular medicine. What can I do?
Characters will find the infirmary stocks any sort of medicine they might need.

My character has a different gender from their sex/does not have a gender or sex/generally does not fit along binary gender lines. Which room are they placed in?

In this situation you would be allowed to pick which room you wish for your characters to be placed in, whatever is comfortable for you.

Are our characters' worlds really destroyed?


What are our characters' destroyed worlds like?

Everything living has been killed. Anything sentient but nonliving has also been killed, such as sentient AI, deities, or non-organic aliens. Anything that relied upon something alive to function will cease functioning and may vanish entirely if it required something alive to keep it in existence.

Moons and stars still exist, unless they were alive/something alive was keeping them there. Bodies decompose very slowly because all living and organic means of decomposition have stopped functioning. Something is at work on them, but it's difficult to tell what, and it seems more likely to result in mummification than anything else. They should remain more or less recognizable, if the character knows who they are.

Can my character die on their destroyed world?

No. Characters do not age beyond the point they were taken to Animus, even if they have aged further in the Tower itself. They do not need to eat, sleep, or breathe, and any wounds they suffer will vanish after being inflicted. Things like suffocation and drowning do not induce unconsciousness. They can sleep, however.

Can my character bring things to/from their destroyed world while they're there?

No. Because only the soul is transferred to and from their homeworld, objects do not carry over. Similarly, pets cannot be found anywhere, even if they were in the Tower. Similarly, characters do not have their collars while they are on their homeworlds.

My character is dead at their canonpoint. Do they cease to exist when they go home?

Your character will be able to roam their dead world as a ghost--floating, semitransparent, and resembling the form they had in life. This will be true even if the world they are from doesn't have ghosts like that.

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[personal profile] childhero 2012-01-11 09:31 am (UTC)(link)
I have a question regarding tags! ... which one should I use for MM Link? XD He's an OU Link, but there's already an OU Link, and... yeah. /headscritch
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[personal profile] fracta_anima 2012-01-20 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
Just a quick question about reapping: is there anything I would need to change compared to the last time I apped or can I submit it as-is?
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[personal profile] lordoffabulous 2012-02-06 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
The Tower's policy on teleportation INSIDE the Tower itself... what is it, exactly? I think it works on most floors, right, provided they don't go out of bounds and aren't attempting to leave the Tower?

Or do I have this wrong? I'm not sure so I'd like to know, since otherwise characters seem to keep their powers?
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[personal profile] fallen_stage 2012-02-15 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
On the app, what if the character has no set surname? Should I use an assumed one, or just leave that blank?
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[personal profile] cantstopme 2012-02-16 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Question: If we want to suggest a monster for the bestiary, we fill out the form on the bestiary page and post it to the same page, correct?

Because the part underneath the form makes it a little confusing, and makes it sound like we have to get the monsters approved another way: "Monsters must be approved; do not post anything with unapproved monsters. "

I think you mean "do not make an IC post with unapproved monsters" but I want to make sure.;;; orz
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[personal profile] maiiau 2012-02-17 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, you fill out the form on the bestiary page and post it to the same page. I did mean "don't make an IC post"; I'll edit that to clarify.

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[personal profile] auxiliary 2012-02-21 04:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello! I have a question regarding AUs.

Since the Homestuck Ancestors are considered an AU, would it not be possibly to app for an AU of them?

(Anonymous) 2012-02-24 04:55 am (UTC)(link)

A character I'm considering for Animus is, well. In canon, he and a sub character frequently share a body, and the other character's personality slowly overrides his own. At that point, they're basically considered the same character.

I'd like to try an AU where both of them are more of a standard supernatural split personality case. If I did that, would I need to... write two applications? Write one and just describe both personalities properly? Or should I not apply for them at all because two characters in one is a little much?

(For the record, I wouldn't have them interact directly, so it wouldn't result in random playercest threads.)

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[personal profile] nobirdie 2012-02-25 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
... This is an odd question, but what is the Tower's policy on... birds?

The character I'd like to apply here is, in canon, quite literally, a mourning dove who can talk, read, all that stuff. Actually, mostly everyone from that world is a bird that... can function the same as a human would. Would he be forced to turn into a human? Or would people just see him as human, or... what?

Also, the character in question is from a somewhat obscure dating sim. I assume he'd be appable, but would I need to make it AU? Or... HAHA SORRY SDKJH I HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS, I just want to make sure. The game in question is called Hatoful Boyfriend.

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[personal profile] cantstopme 2012-02-28 05:03 am (UTC)(link)
WELL HEY Wingus thought I should head on over here to ask my question, so here I am!

I figured that since you've allowed others to app characters that have a high chance of interacting (i.e. Ghirahim and Fem!Link, two of the Kamen riders), I might have a good chance at it, but I want to make sure - would it be alright if I apped a second Link?
This is from the official Minish Cap manga - he's a jerk with a heart of gold but... really wouldn't care much that there are other Links, so he wouldn't really actively seek out WW Link.
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[personal profile] atrypical 2012-03-29 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
I would like to apply for AU Ryoji (from Persona 3) - a different AU than is currently in the tower. I already play AU Ken. However, Ryoji would have no reason to particularly seek out Ken, and Ken would actively avoid Ryoji as he's part of SEES in the latter's AU.

Would this be acceptable?
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[personal profile] hardknoxlife 2012-04-06 10:20 am (UTC)(link)
Pardon that. Seems I had a bit more to cover than I initially thought when I hit post comment. ANYWAY.

I have a question regarding... well... this guy. See, he's a reaper. As such, he has the ability to summon his death scythe which takes the form of a lawnmower.

So... can he have his lawnmower with him or is this considered as personal item that can't fit in a storage chest?

Secondly, his job description also allows him to view someone's soul upon reaping via something referred to in canon as a Cinematic Record. Basically it plays out like a film while the soul is collected. It takes a hit from a reaper's scythe (again, lol, lawnmower) to view it and of course, the being has to have a soul to begin with. Again, does he have this ability still? I've seen some games nix the Cinematic Record completely.

And thirdly... what's your policy on apping characters from the same cast?

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[personal profile] dielikeyouwantme 2012-04-12 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
Hi! I have a couple of questions for you, before I reserve Grell, if that's all right.

For starters, there's some debate in the Kuroshitsuji fandom, regarding her gender. However, considering she uses feminine pronouns for herself, and has stated, in a character questionnaire in the manga, that she a) feels she was born in the wrong body, and b) would change her physical sex if she could, I play her as transgender. Is that all right, or do atypical gender situations have to be clearly stated in canon, in order to not be considered an AU?

My second question is less of a question, and more of a "heads up." Grell is of the same occupation as [personal profile] hardknoxlife, and, that being the case, has a death scythe of her own. Hers is a chainsaw, which could...possibly fit in the trunk, wedged in at an awkward angle.

Hope to hear from you soon!
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[personal profile] emergencymedic 2012-04-18 08:15 am (UTC)(link)
So the doctor here is a hologram...would he need to come in with his mobile emitter or is there some sort of system in place that he could use?

I realize that as a hologram there are certain issues that would have to be dealt with, but most of that could be easily dealt with by the tower modifying his program. How he reacts to pain, attacks, how he moves and thinks, are all controlled by subroutines, so I'm wondering if there is some way he might work out?
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[personal profile] complementing 2012-04-19 08:06 am (UTC)(link)
Hi mods! I'm hoping to app Amaterasu from Okami, so my question is kind of similar to the Hatoful Boyfriend bird question in that I'm asking about changing an animal to a human. But would it be possible to give her the ability to shift between a wolf and human form as well? It isn't canonly stated that she can, so if you'd rather me not give her this ability I won't.

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[personal profile] zeroisafox 2012-04-20 04:22 pm (UTC)(link)
A couple questions!

1) Is there any benefit for a character having a job, or is it just something they do for nothing?
2) As I was looking over the other questions, particularly about Amaterasu, you say she has to choose one form or the other. In Zero's app I believe I stated he could transform into a normal little fox. I didn't get a note against it but I wanted to double check in case it was an oversight and he shouldn't be able to do it.


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[personal profile] shadow_of_a_turk 2012-04-22 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
So, if I wanted to app Vincent Valentine from a canon point where there's actively /no/ real canon information, would he be OU or AU?

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(Anonymous) 2012-04-23 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
Hello, mods. I have a question about AUs. Is canonswapping allowed at all? For example, if you put (using someone at random) Jade Harley from Homestuck into the universe of Touhou/Project Shrine-Maiden (a sandbox-esque series), and her background was living in the universe her entire life + having traditional powers from the series as opposed to her powers from Homestuck canon. (Avoiding relationships with canon characters would be a give-in, I know :3)

(Anonymous) 2012-04-24 08:31 am (UTC)(link)
Question, you have a lot of Links, what has been taking as far as OU AU lineups? Cause there are three OU links listed and one AU link, so does that mean there are still two AU slots? Or not?

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[personal profile] rosenight 2012-04-27 07:56 am (UTC)(link)
Question: Does outside the tower have moon cycles that would effect a character that was a werewolf?
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[personal profile] fracta_anima 2012-04-27 06:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Other than the Meadow Floor are there any safe areas in the Tower? Up until I had another good look through the information I had assumed the dorms were safe, but if it isn't the case I have no problem just assuming my character was wrong like I was.
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[personal profile] battlemaged 2012-05-04 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
Hello. :) Small but relevant question; would Hawke from Dragon Age II be allowed to reserve/app? I know every game has their preferences on "player characters" because of history and personality, but the history in this particular game is pretty solid, regardless of what path the player chooses to take Hawke. And his/her personality is also quite distinct, given choices made in the game itself.

That being said, what's the mods' consensus on characters of that nature?

[personal profile] moontothetide 2012-05-05 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello. I had a question regarding the "sample entry" question of the application. Will you accept meme threads instead? Which is to say, does it have to be an entry I submit, or can it be a few different threads with a few different characters in memes and such?

...on a different note, regarding the trunk, if our character has a pet that had in canon but then died, can that pet still show up in the trunk as an actual alive type creature?

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[personal profile] bugarallyboy 2012-05-06 10:30 am (UTC)(link)
Hello! This guy is from a game where everyone uses weapons that definitely would not fit in the trunk.

The wiki gives a very vague description of how the weapon works, but the game implies that without it, along with this a bracelet that the character has attached, they would mutate into a monster. He'd still live, just not as himself...

Would this fall into the exemption from the trunk?

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[personal profile] chainsawn 2012-05-06 12:49 pm (UTC)(link)
A small question about whether a character is appable or not - would the main characters of the Yume Nikki games (Yume Nikki and other similar games based on it like Yume 2kki, .Flow, etc.) be appable?

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[personal profile] promised_victory 2012-05-06 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Just a random thought I had the other night I'd like answered sometime:

Are characters who are in the sleep paralysis upon waking up movable? As in, can someone else move the characters or are they essentially glued to the bed?

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