Staff How To: Character Creation

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How To: Character Creation


Updated: June 17th, 2022

Table of Contents


  1. Character Creation Rules
  2. I want to change...
  3. Templates and profile requirements
  4. Profile and character updates
  5. Secondary characters and "companion" characters
  6. Starting ranks
  7. Restricted species

1. Character Creation Rules


Your first step in becoming part of a thriving role-play community is creating a character. Before posting in The Galaxy section, you need to have an approved character. We ask that all members use correct grammar in their profile and in the general role-play to help the community better understand you and what you are asking to achieve.
  1. For a comprehensive list of the Community Rules you can check the link here.
  2. Character Approval: The process is outlined in this topic, the How To: Character Creation. The Staff will always tell you the reason why a character cannot be accepted, and you will always be given the opportunity to make your case. Should you raise a valid point, the Staff can compromise. However, please understand that the Staff makes the final decision, and, should it come to that, the necessary corrections must be made;
  3. Minimum Character Age: Characters must be a minimum of 20 years old.
  4. Canon Bloodlines: Not permitted without administrative approval.
  5. Leading Multiple Factions: While writers can create characters in any faction of their choice, a character may not hold a significant leadership role in multiple factions all at once (e.g. The Galactic Emperor may not be the Jedi Grandmaster).
  6. Character Death: Under normal circumstances, a character may not be killed without the expressed permission of the character's writer. However, if a character is in a position that leaves no realistic opportunity for escape, the character may be killed. The manner of death should be discussed and agreed upon by the writers involved beforehand.
  7. Character Revival: A character may not be revived without the Staff's permission. One isn't merely revived out of the dead daily, you know. The only exception to this rule is if the character has the necessary Force abilities or equipment to do so.
  8. Player-created Factions: At this time player-created factions and groups are currently unavailable for portrayal (i.e. one's own Force user order, a private army, a family "business" that's actually a gang, etc.) If you have an idea you would like to propose regarding factions/sub-factions feel free to bring it to our attention on Discord and we will discuss it.

2. I want to change...


To change your username, please submit a request here.
To create a faction or change between factions, please submit a request here.

3. Templates and profile requirements


We ask that players use either the Basic Character Template or the Advanced Character Template. This can be done two ways, you can copy-paste from the post below this one underneath the "Basic Character Template" header or when you start a new thread and see the the toolbar that has all the nifty ways to edit and customize your post, you go the clipboard to the right of the cog wheel and select "Basic Character Template" and it will automatically insert it into your post.


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4. Profile and character updates


Writers can edit their character profiles at any time. While approved applications are checked by the Staff, it's your responsibility to keep track of the changes. After making changes, please post a list of the updated items as a new response to your original application.

5. Secondary characters and "companion" characters


Star Wars: Galaxy makes no restriction on the character limit that a writer may have. We only simply ask that you keep the number limited to what you feel you can write. We've all had those moments where we've created a character and had ideas and we simply have to put the character on the shelf because we don't want to write anymore. Writers may ask the Community Team to make a character inactive which simply means the character gets shelved for the time being, or the writer may just choose not to write it anymore.

Writers who wish to create background, support or "crew" or "team" members will note that these are considered to be "Companion" characters; sometimes called "NPCs" by some writers. Companion characters are meant to either serve as background characters, supporting a specific faction or plot, serving as crew, team members in a group, a ship, etc.

6. Starting ranks


New Republic and Jedi Order


For further information regarding the New Republic and Jedi Order please click respective faction names.
  • Jedi Order - Jedi Knight (Players can start as a Jedi Padawan if they wish or players can use the Advanced Character Template to try their hand at getting approved for a Jedi Master)
  • New Republic Defense Forces
    • New Republic Navy/New Republic Defense Fleet - Captain (Likely to command a vessel smaller than a Venator-class)[/B]
    • New Republic Starfighter Corps - Commander (Commands a Squadron of 12 starfighters)
    • New Republic Army/Marine Corps - Captain (Commands a Company of 144 soldiers)
    • New Republic Clone Forces - Captain (Commands a Company of 144 Clone Troopers)
    • New Republic Special Forces - Lieutenant (Commands a Platoon of 4 Squads)

Confederacy of Independent Systems


For further information regarding the Confederacy of Independent Systems please click faction name.
  • Confederate Military
    • Separatist Navy - Captain (Likely to command a vessel smaller than a Providence-class)
    • Separatist Droid Army - Players are permitted to play as a droid, however we note that playing as a droid you'd be restricted to playing on of the more advanced AI droids that the Separatist Droid Army possesses such as the BX-series, the Super Tactical Droids or the T-series.
    • Separatist Army (Sentients) - Players who decide to use some non-droid species start at the rank of Captain and similar to their droid counterparts command a Company of droids and associated material.
  • Dark Acolytes - The CIS possessed a number of Dark Jedi that were apprentices/allies to Dooku, Maul, etc but also a number of "Fallen Jedi" or Jedi that fled the Jedi Order in some way. Please note that while no "formal" rank structure exists, Dark Jedi will simply be title "Dark Jedi Apprentice (Padawan)", "Dark Jedi Knight (Knight)" and "Dark Jedi Master (Master)" for ease of access, all characters start as a Dark Jedi Knight unless approved through use of the Advanced OC Character template for a higher.

Galactic Empire


For further information regarding the Galactic Empire please click the faction name.
  • Imperial military
    • Imperial Navy- Senior Commander (Commander) or Senior Captain (Captain) (Commands a vessel smaller than an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer)
      • Imperial Starfighter Corps - Squadron Leader (Flight Captain; commands a Squadron of 12 starfighters)
    • Imperial Army - Captain (Commands an Imperial Army Company of 160 Imperial Army Troopers)
    • Imperial Stormtrooper Corps - Captain (commands a Stormtrooper Company of 200 Stormtroopers)
  • Imperial security, intelligence and other

Other factions


  • Mandalorians Clans
    • True Mandalorians and Death Watch - Please note that these two Mandalorians groups do not traditionally utilize a firm rank structure, they are generally considered to be "Mandalorian Warriors" of some sort.
    • True Mandalorian Union - Please consult the writer "Silver" if interested.
  • Fringe (Hutts, Black Sun, etc.)
    • Please note that the rank and titles within various organizations differ, if you are interested in participating in a criminal group or fringe group you can create your profile and we'll consult each other during the character approval process.
  • Independent Jedi/Dark Jedi/"Sith"
    • Please note that your power level regardless of "title" would be that of a Jedi Knight or if approved via using the Advanced OC Character Template, Jedi Master.

7. Restricted Species


The following species are currently unplayable due to the detrimental impact they have had and/or may have upon the open and free creative writing environment of SW:G:
 
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Basic Character Template


Code:
[CENTER][h2]CHARACTER NAME[/h2][/CENTER]

[H2]Basic Information[/H2]
[B]Character name:[/B] (What is your characters name?)
-- [B]Aliases:[/B] (Does your character have any known aliases/fake names/etc. If not please just put NA)
[B]Homeworld:[/B] (What world does your character call home?)
[B]Species:[/B] (What species is your character?)
[B]Age:[/B] (How old is your character?)
[B]Gender:[/B] (Does your species have gender? If so what is it?)

[B]Faction:[/B] (What faction does your character belong to? Galactic Republic, Jedi Order, Confederacy of Independent Systems or Fringe?)
-- [B]Rank/position/title:[/B] (What rank, position or title does your character hold within their faction(s)?)

[h2]Personality and appearance[/h2]
[B]Appearance:[/B] (You may link an image or alternatively include a written description.)
[B]Personality traits[/B] (Please include at least 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses for your character represented with a [+] for a strength and a [-] for a weakness.)

[h2]The Force[/h2]
[B]Force Sensitive:[/B] (You can simply answer yes or no, if no please disregard the rest of the section. If you answer yes please see [URL='https://swgalaxyrp.net/index.php?threads/how-to-character-creation-updated.17546/#post-45481']HERE[/URL] for what your starting Force Powers are.)
[B]Lightsaber form:[/B] (Please see [URL='https://swgalaxyrp.net/index.php?threads/force-user-crash-course.17499/#post-44713']HERE[/URL] for more information on lightsaber forms. You may start with 1 form relevant to your level Learner (Padawan) and Practitioner (Knight).)
[B]Force Powers:[/B] (Please see [URL=https://swgalaxyrp.net/index.php?threads/how-to-character-creation-updated.17546/#post-45481]HERE[/URL] for more information on starting force powers and force ranks.)

[h2]Possessions[/h2]
[B]Possessions:[/B] (Please note any possessions that your character has this includes weapons, equipment, droids, etc. Please note that characters may start with 2 weapons and 2 pieces of basic equipment (comlink, datapad, etc.))
[B]Personal ship:[/B] (Players are permitted to start with a single small to medium sized vessel, generally a starfighter or a personal freighter.)

Advanced Character Template


Code:
[CENTER][h2]CHARACTER NAME[/h2][/CENTER]

[H2]Basic Information[/H2]
[b]Character name:[/b] (What is your characters name?)
-- [b]Aliases:[/b] (Does your character have any known aliases/fake names/etc. If not please just put NA)
[b]Homeworld:[/b] (What world does your character call home?)
[b]Species:[/b] (What species is your character?)
[b]Age:[/b] (How old is your character?)
[b]Gender:[/b] (Does your species have gender? If so what is it?)

[b]Faction:[/b] (What faction does your character belong to? Galactic Republic, Jedi Order, Confederacy of Independent Systems or Fringe?)
-- [b]Rank/position/title:[/b] (What rank, position or title does your character hold within their faction(s)?)

[h2]Personality, appearance and history[/h2]
[b]Appearance:[/b] (You may link an image or alternatively include a written description.)
[b]Personality traits[/b] (Please include at least 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses for your character represented with a [+] for a strength and a [-] for a weakness.)

[b]History:[/b] (Characters that are applying for ranks above what is mentioned in the approved starting ranks template must complete the "Advanced OC Character Template" in order to be reviewed. A component of this is including a backstory to how your character achieved the rank that they did within the faction and any notable events which might have lead them there. We require at least 4 paragraphs explaining the characters rise and how they achieved their current position.)

[h2]The Force[/h2]
[b]Force Sensitive:[/b] (You can simply answer yes or no, if no please disregard the rest of the section. If you answer yes please see [url=https://swgalaxyrp.net/index.php?threads/how-to-character-creation-updated.17546/#post-45481]HERE[/url] for what your starting Force Powers are.)
[b]Lightsaber form:[/b] (Please see [url=https://swgalaxyrp.net/index.php?threads/force-user-crash-course.17499/#post-44713]HERE[/url] for more information on lightsaber forms. Characters may start with 2 lightsaber forms with 1 relevant to their characters rank and another at the learner or practitioner level.)
[b]Force Powers:[/b] (Please see [url=https://swgalaxyrp.net/index.php?threads/how-to-character-creation-updated.17546/#post-45481]HERE[/url] for more information on starting force powers and force ranks.)

[h2]Possessions[/h2]
[b]Possessions:[/b] (Please note any possessions that your character has this includes weapons, equipment, droids, etc. Please note that characters may start with 2 weapons and 2 pieces of basic equipment (comlink, datapad, etc.))
[b]Personal ship:[/b] (Players are permitted to start with a single small to medium sized vessel, generally a starfighter or a personal freighter.)
 
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The Force


Please note that we have our "crash course" guide located HERE; please review it when you can. It provides a basic breakdown on Force Powers and how SW:G general views the Force and Lightsaber forms.

Please note to include a lightsaber form and starting at the rank of Practitioner for Jedi Knights/Dark Jedi Knights and Learner for Jedi Padawans/Dark Jedi Apprentices.

Jedi Order characters


For those who are starting as a Jedi Knight (or to some extent a Jedi Padawan) please copy and paste this underneath where it says Force Powers:
Code:
[B]Core Powers[/B]
[LIST]
[*]Control
-- Tutaminis (Absorption of Energy) - Practioner
-- Curato Salva (Self-Healing) - Practioner
-- Altus Sopor (Masking ones presence with the Force) - Practioner
[*]Sense
-- Prima Vitae (Detection of Life) - Practioner
-- Tactus Otium (Sensing the Force within others) - Practioner
-- Tai Vordrax (Using the Force to sense impressions, trace information from objects and areas) - Practioner
-- Telepathy (Reading minds, mentally communicating) - Practioner
-- Precognition (also known as "Sense Danger") - Practioner
[*]Alter
-- Telekenisis (Ability to manipulate physical matter) - Practioner
[/LIST]
[B]Universal Powers[/B]
[LIST]
[*]Those trained in the force may take 1 [URL='https://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_power/Legends#Universal']Universal[/URL] power in addition to their core powers and 1 Light Side power at the rank of Learner.[/LIST]
[B]Light Side Powers[/B]
[LIST]
[*]Those affiliated with the Light Side may pick 1 [URL='https://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Light_side_of_the_Force/Legends']Light Side[/URL] power in addition to their 1 Universal power at the rank of Learner.[/LIST]

Former Jedi Order characters


Please note that players who have selected to play former Jedi, "rogue" Jedi or Jedi that fell to the Dark Side please copy and paste this underneath where it says Force Powers:
Code:
[B]Core Powers[/B]
[LIST]
[*]Control
-- Tutaminis (Absorption of Energy) - Practioner
-- Curato Salva (Self-Healing) - Practioner
-- Altus Sopor (Masking ones presence with the Force) - Practioner
[*]Sense
-- Prima Vitae (Detection of Life) - Practioner
-- Tactus Otium (Sensing the Force within others) - Practioner
-- Tai Vordrax (Using the Force to sense impressions, trace information from objects and areas) - Practioner
-- Telepathy (Reading minds, mentally communicating) - Practioner
-- Precognition (also known as "Sense Danger") - Practioner
[*]Alter
-- Telekenisis (Ability to manipulate physical matter) - Practioner[/LIST]
[B]Universal Powers[/B]
[LIST][*]Those trained in the force may take 1 [URL='https://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_power/Legends#Universal']Universal[/URL] power in addition to their core powers and 1 Dark Side power at the rank of Learner.[/LIST]
[B]Dark Side Powers[/B]
[LIST][*]Those affiliated with the Dark Side may pick 1 [URL='https://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_side_of_the_Force/Legends']Dark Side[/URL] power in addition to their 1 Universal power at the rank of Learner[/LIST]

Independent Force User characters


Independent force users, generally those outside of the Jedi Order and those not taken in underneath the Dark Acolytes of the Confederacy have less formal training unless they were a member of a specific Force order or possessed a "master". Generally users who are independent force users can pick and choose which force powers that they have access to but should generally retain the same as the Jedi Order or Former Jedi Order, please note that they are generally "weaker" in most areas and might excel in some due to lack of formalized training especially during this time period.
 
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