1. Rules
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Character

These rules reflect the basic expectations for characters at CoSC.

This document is subject to change without notice. Changes will be announced on the forum when they are made.

  • Characters
    • must be approved before they appear in Role Play.
    • must comply with all bans set by the game staff.
    • must meet the quality & length expectations set by the game staff.
    • must be genetically feasible based on bloodline source.
  • Slots are limited thusly after ten (10) role-play posts:
    • 4 non-elder Clan Character Slots.
    • 1 Domestic Cat Character Slot.
    • 1 Feral or Semi-feral Character Slot.
    • Unlimited Clan Elder Slots.
    • Unlimited (staff approved) Non-player Characters.
    • Rank application filled positions are exempt from slot restrictions.
  • Ranks are limited thusly:
    • 1 character may be of leader or deputy rank.
    • 1 character may be of Medicine Cat of Medicine Cat’s apprentice rank.

Approval Required

No character may appear in Role Play areas of the game, either in mention or as a character in a thread, at any time prior to them having been approved by the game administration. This administration approval is achieved by undergoing the Approvals Process described in the Character Creation Area of the game.

Bans Compliance

All characters undergoing approvals must fall within the appropriate bans list for that characters intended group. Items appearing on the bans list are those traits that your character may not possess. Characters who do not comply with the bans lists will not be approved by game administration, and thus will not be eligible for use in Role Play. Players are expected to either alter their character, or store that character until such time as the bans change.

It should be noted that the bans on Clan Cat Kits and Apprentices will not be lifted at any time. Only litters that happen IC will be used as a source for Kits and Apprentices.

Expectations Compliance

It is required that all characters undergoing approvals comply with the described expectations for length and quality of a character sheet. Characters who do not meet these requirements will not be approved by the game administration and thus will not be eligible for use in Role Play. The submitting player will be required edit their character until it complies with the described expectations.

Genetics Requirements

All characters approved at CoSC are required to be genetically possible in real life. This is because our Litters Department requires characters to be genotyped to be eligible to procreate, and cats who are not possible in real life cannot be genotyped. While eye colors are permitted a much greater amount of leeway (we do not restrict eye colors by coat color as in real life genetics, but unnatural colors are not permitted) pelt colors and patterns must be ones that exist in real life. Further details on genetically possible coat colors can be found in the Genetics Department.

One (1) Character to Start

Until ten (10) role playing posts have been made, a player only has access to a single character belonging to one of the four clans (ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan, or ShadowClan).

After ten (10) Role Play Posts

  • 4 non-elder Clan Character Slots.
  • 1 Domestic Cat Character Slot.
  • 1 Feral or Semi-feral Character Slot.
  • Unlimited Clan Elder Slots.
  • Unlimited (staff approved) Non-player Characters.
  • Extra staff character slots are granted based on staff rank.

Pending Character Limitations

No player may have more than one (1) character undergoing the approvals process at one time unless the additional pending characters are covered by an exception. This is to prevent huge backlogs and problems with excessive characters pending belonging to a single player at once.

Exception
NPC as Related to Approved PCs – When a player is creating the NPC parent/sibling/mentor sheets of their PCs, the entire group of NPCs related to that PC may be pending simultaneously so long as no new PCs are in progress.

Ranked Character Limitations

No player may have more than two (2) ranked characters, one (1) from each of the two classifications of rank type, unless the situation is specifically addressed by an exception. These two ranked characters cannot reside in the same clan.

Rank Classifications
Leadership Group: Leader or Deputy
Spiritual Group: Medicine Cat or Medicine Cat’s Apprentice

Exceptions
Administrators: Admins may NPC Leader or Spiritual Ranks as required.
Moderators: Mods may NPC Leader or Spiritual Ranks as required, with permission of the Administration.

Normal Character Slots

Each player is permitted the following slots with which to create characters to use in role play.

Clan Characters: Each player is granted four (4) Clan Character Slots that may be used to create cats who are members of ThunderClan, RiverClan, WindClan and/or ShadowClan.

Domestic Cat: Each player is granted one (1) Domestic Cat Character Slot that may be used to create a Domestic Feline (These are called Kittypets at most games).

Feral/Semi-Feral Character: Each player who meets the requirements for the creation of Feral and/or Semi-feral characters as listed on the Non-Clan Character Creation Page is eligible to create one (1) Feral or Semi-feral character.

Non-slotted Characters

Certain types of characters do not count towards filling any of the character slots in the previous category. These non-slotted characters fall into the following types.

Elder Clan Member: Each player has an unlimited number of slots for elders that do not count towards your Clan Character Slot Limit. These slots can only be used via In Character (IC) promotion.

Non-Player Characters (NPC): NPCs do not count towards your character slot limits, but are generally limited to creating parents for your PC (which are preferred to have passed on, in most cases, or expected to pass on fairly early in the character’s developing IC History). Players may be asked to eliminate excessive NPCs to make room for PCs at any time, and are expected to comply with this request.

Rank Application Characters: Characters acquired through a ranks application such as a leader or medicine cat do not use slots.

Non-transfer of Slot Types

Character slots cannot be transferred for trade between types. If you do not wish to play a character of a certain type, you cannot transfer that slot to turn it into another type.

Resolving Violations

Any time in which a violation of limitations policies occur, the player is expected to report to the admins and surrender characters until they fall back within limits or promptly arrange a death for the excess character.

Players found hiding violations will not get to select which characters they surrender. Selections will instead be made by the game administration.