Getting Started
Character Descriptions

After character creation, one of the first things you'll be asked to do is write a short paragraph (No longer than an uncut post will allow) about how your character appears. This will describe the very essense of the character, how they look, how they walk, how they talk and what the first impression of them is likely to be.

To help new players with this, we've come up with a guide of the kind of things we are looking for and the sorts of things to think about when describing your character. This also applies to describing them in character, which will flesh them out and deliver something much more engaging and real.

Tone

Tone is the very essense of this game and when writing your description it's important not to overlook that. By writing a description you are delivering a sense of how your character looks and acts; how s/he makes others feel when in their presense. First impressions can often be important gauges to a character's demeanour. Be they intimidating, creepy, eerie, shy, indifferent, passive, or imposing.

Your description is a good place to start to be creative with your character and summarise what they appear to be about. This may not be the case benethe the surface of their exterior, but what your character portrays about themselves is read in their description. So a description can also be used as a good tool to fool others.

Quirks

Many supernatural characters develop physical quirks over time and experience.

Think about things like: Scars, merits/flaws, noticeable habbits, a predatory walk (or other similar gestures of movement), anything that's a little bit unusual that makes your character stand out. Perhaps your character is wonderfully mundane and doesn't stand out in the crowd - perhaps s/he uses that to their advantage?

Low Humanity

As characters fall below Humanity 5, they begin to suffer physical and behavioral changes. Starting with a pale complexion, and a physical eerieness, as your humanity drops, your character begin to look more and more corpse like, and more and more unpleasant. At humanity 3 and below, your appearance score will be reduced by 1 to reflect your bestial inhuman appearance, and the fact that humanity will likely not respond to you as well as they may have before.

Reference Pictures

"Pics should reflect your character, their humanity and the situation of the city." - Malevolence (Aka Stef).

Character pictures are the least important thing to worry about as they are simply a reference to what your character may appear like. It is helpful to try to choose a reference image that reflects the tone of your character and some may choose not to use a model at all. Please try to refrain from choosing well known models as well. Try to have a picture that reflects a gothic-punk vampire, not a fashion model. Things which are even mildly not safe for work (semi-nude, nipples, etc.) are forbidden and just plain uncourteous to your fellow players who might be checking the website in public.

The Storyteller staff reserves the right to force you to change character pictures or your forum signature. This can be for a variety of reasons - not fitting tone, not appropriate for your character's Appearance rating, or just that we think they look goofy or obnoxious.

Tags

At the end of your description it's useful for other players to know the appearance rating and charisma of your character. For example [App 3, Cha 2] is all that is really neccessary as these two scores are noticeable on first impressions.

Some players include other scores or noticeable traits including: Presense, Intimidation, Leadership, etc. This is entirely your choice as a player and really only makes a difference if the scores are high (3+).

Note: Tags should only be noticeable traits upon first impressions. Things like how manipulative your character is, are not needed, no matter how high their score and may actually do your character a disservice.