"Maybe it's the sum of a million coincidences we don't quite control that brings us to a particular place
at a particular time, or maybe it's the choices we make, the actions we take. If there's one thing I've learned in 85 years, it's
that what we want doesn't always matter. But then again, sometimes it's all that does." - Mick St. John
So you want to join the Battle Arena? Well, you’re gonna need a character. The BA is an RPG just like any other, only focused on fighting. There’s not a set story, although some fighters evolve certain bonds with other characters as time goes on. We don’t use the die system, instead the fights are based on your writing skills. A battle isn’t won by your character dealing heavy damage to your opponent without taking any yourself, the true victory lies in describing an interesting story that both you and the readers can enjoy.
You create a fictional creature that you then control in battle. Don’t rush it! You need to sit down, think it through and put effort in your character. Let’s take a look at the things needed for your character to be approved.
Name: Alright, this one is easy. Or is it? The name of your character can be important. You want it to be unique, no Gandalf, Link or Frodo here, and it should be easy to remember. Be honest, how fun is it if no one ever can get the name right?
Age: Enter your character's current age here.
Race: Choose a race that you want your character to be. Always make sure you understand the basics behind the race. If you’re new to role-playing I recommend that you pick an easy race for your character, for example Human.
Sex: Select your character's gender. Male or Female. It's that easy.
Hair: Hair color/-style is to be entered here.
Eyes: Eye color here.
Weight: Write your character's weight. Be sure to include an indication of the unit of measurement used.
Height: Same for weight…just…height instead.
Weapon: What weapon does your character wield? Does it have any special attributes to it? If your character doesn’t use a weapon, leave this one blank.
Armor: Same as weapon.
Strengths: What’s your character good at? Where lays its strongest defenses? Your character is not to be invincible, but having a few strong traits is of course allowed. Just don’t make it too strong.
Weakness: All characters have a weakness, or they are not approved. Make it a reasonable one. “Scared to death by green mice with silly hats” is not a valid weakness. How big is the chance of such creatures visiting the battle field?
Skills/Magic: List your character's known spells or skills here, along with how strong it is in the various magics. If your character doesn’t know any spells leave this section blank
Appearance: Here you write the details and explanations of your characters looks. The one who reads the Appearance should be able to picture your character by reading what you write. Be sure to describe your character’s features, clothing and any other items they might be carrying.
Personality: Like you and me, characters have their own personality and every character is different from another.
Biography: The background of your character, where he grew up and things like that. Even if your character doesn't know their own background (characters like that pop up from time to time), you should still know your character's past, and write it down. Also tell us why your character is oblivious to his/her history. (Read on)
The Biography and Personality are some of the most important parts in creating your character. These guidelines are simply to give you ideas, not questions you have to answer.:
Where was he/she born?
Did he/she grow up with parents? If no, why not?
Did the character have any brothers or sisters? Any friends? Where are they now? Does he/she still talk to them?
How was his/her childhood? Abusive? Peaceful? Ordinary?
Does he have any pets? Familiars?
What are his/her beliefs? Does he/she worship a god? Is he/she willing to do anything to protect or guard their beliefs?
Why is your character traveling from home?
Does he/she have the ability to kill others?
Is your character easy going?
What are his/her dislikes?
Anything special he/she’s fond of?
How would he/she treat others? Rudely? Friendly?
Any goals? Dreams?
Has he/she considered the possibility of death?
Please, don't use the "Family killed by thieves/unknown evil, now he's after revenge" story. It's overdone. Also try avoiding stories in which the character learned all his battle skills on his own, as it is very hard to do so. Oh, and no wise old guy who took him in either. It's a sad cliché that makes my eyes hurt when I read it. At least try and make it unique. I hope this has helped you a little. Now, copy the list you find in the Approval Policy, fill it in like I told you to, and I'll see you in the Battle Arena.
If you have any further questions, post them here. I hope I've helped.