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Character Creation.

 

These policies deal with the creation of characters on Magical Awakenings. The following topics are covered here:

 

1. Character Forum Registration.

2. Character Limits & Writer Ratios.

3. Types of Acceptable Characters.

4. Character Account Activity.

5. Character Sorting.

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1. CHARACTER FORUM REGISTRATION.

 

Writers are asked to register on the forums with a first & last name in proper, sentence case (ex. Harry Potter). Middle names, or middle initials, are optional (ex. Hermione Jane Granger or Hermione J. Granger). If you are applying for a canon character, please follow the above rule. If you can't create a canon account, that means it is already created. You can view our canon information -> HERE.

 

During the registration process, we allow you to make the best decisions for your character. When joining, you get to pick your house or inform about your adult life. Once you register, you will get information about the next step. You have seven days from the time of registration to submit a request for sorting. We do, however, allow you to start writing immediately after you register on the forums. We just ask that anything that needs to be approved (faces, abilities, etc) are not introduced into the writing until they are approved.

Edited by Ed
Clarifying rule

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2. CHARACTER LIMITS & WRITER RATIOS.

 

While our site's philosophy is deeply devoted to the ideal of quality over quantity, MA has no character limits for writers. his means you are free to make as many characters as you can handle without having to wait a certain amount of days in between or anything like that. Likewise, we allow writers to their own adult jobs. However, we do like to keep things as evenly distributed and may limit certain character types as necessary. Generally, these types of pauses are quickly lifted, as we continue to grow!

 

However, with this open exploration into character creation, we do have a mandatory character ratio policy. A ratio, as it pertains to our site, is basically a way to keep things in proportion. Our ratio policy is very simple: for every two adults made, you must make a student or younger type of character. For example, if you were to make a two adults, your next character would need to be enrolled at Hogwarts, another school, or too young for schooling. This policy is to keep things are proportional as possible and is to serve the site as a whole and not just one section of the forums. As of now, we have no set policy on gender ratios. However, if the need arises that we have to act, writers will be notified and all current accounts would be grandfathered in and allowed to remain.

 

While we don’t police the total amount of characters you can create, we do have certain policies regarding certain types of characters. Our character limits by writer have a two-fold nature. We have set policies for the amount of certain types of characters you can have, as well as policies regarding what happens when certain types inevitable combine. The following rules are per writer unless otherwise stipulated.

 

ONE PER WRITER.

 

-> Hogwarts Professor Account

-> Hogwarts House Leadership Account

-> Moderation Account*

-> Student Leadership Account (At no time will a HoH be permitted to be a prefect within their own house, likewise anyone with the title of HoH or Headperson/Deputy will not be permitted to have Head Boy/Girl account.)

 

TWO PER WRITER.

 

-> Hogwarts Non-Teaching Staff Account

 

THREE PER WRITER.

 

-> Alpha Creatures

-> Dark Wizards & Witches

 

FOUR PER WRITER.

 

-> Canons

 

*A moderation account would be dictated by the writer's IC position. These folks assist the Site Owners on the daily running of the forums and ensuring their areas are well run and maintained.

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3. TYPES OF ACCEPTABLE CHARACTERS.

 

MA has a focus on the entire world created by JK Rowling, so we only allow all types of characters. The magical world is a broad universe, one that sometimes overlaps with the muggle world, and we want to reflect that. Here is a list of the characters that we allow:

 

Canon Character - This account is a canon and writers are allowed four canons, regardless if they are young or old. Since canons are part of the broad history of the stories we love, canon advancement is directly linked to our site timeline and are required to age as the site's timeline does.
Magical Creatures - You can view the allowed magical creatures, HERE. While these creatures can vary in age, we welcome you to embrace your own creativity while creating these types of characters.
Magical UK Citizens - Magical citizens of the UK are all those who live and work within the magical world. From children to adults, we welcome all types of magical folks!
Muggle UK Citizens -  Muggle citizens are those who were born to humans without magical abilities, however they exist with the magical world (even if they don't know that yet...or do they?).
Squib UK Citizens -  Squib citizens are those born to parents with magical ability - they have no magical ability, but can see magical things that muggles cannot.

 


 

3A: ADULT CHARACTERS.

 

Adult Characters are defined as any characters of magical ability over the age of seventeen and any characters of muggle ability over the age of eighteen. The UK considers wizards, witches, & squibs of age (adults) at the age of seventeen. Muggle laws in  the United Kingdom dictate that muggles are not of age (adults) until the age of eighteen. 

Generally, adult characters are in their sixth or final year at Hogwarts and are preparing for life outside of school. However, writers are allowed to create a whole array of different types of adult accounts, even adult squibs and muggles. You can find a comprehensive list of potential adults jobs, HERE. Writers are encouraged to find a job for their adult characters, but they are not required to do so – especially if you are trying to let the character guide their own lives. Writers are welcomed to take whatever open jobs strike their fancy - however remember when applying for certain jobs comes certain responsibilities outside of just writing.

Adult characters have slightly more freedoms when it comes to their usage of magic, relationships, and movement around the UK and Abroad. We welcome writers to explore their own characters prowess with their magical ability, or lack thereof, as long as they keep it realistic. Likewise, we welcome writers to engage in meaningful relationships for their characters as adults. This can be heterosexual relationships, homosexual relationships, polyamorous relationships, and the like without administrative approval. However, anything that might be considered taboo must be discussed and approved. You can read more regarding this idea HERE.

Pregnancies are welcomed for adult characters without administrative approval – as long as both characters are of age (17* or 18) and they aren’t in a same-sex relationship. We are not against same-sex couples having children, quite the opposite. We actually have a system that allows male magical couples in same-sex relationships the ability to carry children. You can see our policies on that HERE.

 

*For pregnancy plots, any muggles involved must be 18 or older unless special approval from the Site Owner(s) has been granted.

 


 

3B: NON- ADULT CHARACTERS.

 

Non-Adult Characters are defined as any characters of magical ability under the age of seventeen and any characters of muggle ability under the age of eighteen. The UK considers wizards, witches, & squibs of age (adults) at the age of seventeen. Muggle laws in the United Kingdom dictate that muggles are not of age (adults) until the age of eighteen. 

Generally, underage characters will be students enrolled at Hogwarts – whether they are just beginning their journey or nearing the end. However, writers are welcomed to create children younger than school age, muggle children younger than eighteen, or even squibs under the age of seventeen. 

Due to the fact that underage characters have much more to learn, characters are restricted from certain magical abilities and spells until they are older. Likewise, these characters are restricted from having any romantic relationships until the character has turned fifteen years old. Generally, children between the ages of birth until fifteen have more immature ideals on romance and love. In addition, underage characters are restricted from any sort of pregnancy plots until the character is seventeen years old, although exceptions might be made by speaking to the Site Owner(s). 

Due to our unique timeline, we ask that you provide a birthday for you character so that they can age as the timeline moves. It is vital to remember that your student’s current year at school might not always correlate to your student’s actual age. For example, you can be seventeen years old toward the end of your sixth year or be 18 and still trying to get past those OWLs. Below is a basic guideline on the general age for students during their time at school – Hogwarts does require that students be, at least, eleven by September 1st. However, special circumstances and situations have happened in the past. 
 

First Year: 11, 12
Second Year: 12, 13
Third Year: 13, 14
Fourth Year: 14, 15
Fifth Year: 15, 16
Sixth Year: 16, 17
Seventh Year: 17, 18


At the end of the school term, a topic will be posted for writers to either move their characters up a year or hold them back. As noted previously, you can have a character held back OR choice to keep your character a certain age for plot purposes. It is entirely possible to be 15 and forced to repeat your fourth year and it is entirely possible to keep characters at 16 to fulfill a plot. However, characters will always age up as the timeline moves up, regardless if they move up in their educational levels.

 


3C. OTHER CHARACTERS.

 

Other Characters are defined as any character that does not fit in the of age/adult character category. These types of characters are generally creatures who don't fit in the human species. If you apply to play a creature or something other-worldly, you are agreeing to follow our site encyclopedia regarding HERE and the information found in the claims areas.

You have the right to create another character of any age. Likewise, you have the right to create any approved other character - whether it be a ghost or mermaid, just to name a few. Due to the fact that most other characters aren't enrolled in school or even human, they age according to their birthday. We required all writers to give their character's birthday. 

There is no approval needed from administration to engage in relationships unless the subject is considered taboo or goes against the encyclopedia. When in doubt, ask!

Edited by Ed
Change to move up policy 12.30.18

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4. CHARACTER ACTIVITY.

 

At the forefront of our concern is for our writers and their creations. While we would hope you write with us everyday, we are well aware that your real life comes first. We actually insist that you make your real life a priority. However, sometimes we have characters who disappear and we need to ensure that everyone is given the same rights to claim certain faces, canons, and etc. 

Each character, regardless of status or seniority, will be subjected to the 60/90 day policy. This means, if you fail to log into an account within sixty days of your last login date, claims will be turned red. The idea is to give everyone a chance and allow for those RL issues that spring up to be dealt with without fear of not having a place to have fun. Failure to log-in by ninety days will cause claims to become null and void. The main enforcement of this rule will be given to the face claims & canon claims. Failure to abide by this rule will allow for those faces and canons to be offered back up to the general, writing public. When it comes to all other claims, failure to abide by this rule will allow for you to be removed case-by-case. For example, let's say a character disappears for 90 days and we have 100 vampires in Norway. If need be, the absent character could be removed to make room.

 

If a character fails to log in for 90 days, their account will be unsorted - but everything will remain. If they decide to return, the account can then be resorted - all sorting information will be stored for easier returns!

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5A. LIQUIDATION OF ALL ACCOUNTS. 


As some of you may come to realize, the site of Magical Awakenings may not be your cup of tea. You also may express your opinion to leave the site and dissolve the partnership that you have made with Magical Awakenings. In this case, we allow any and all members to leave the site, but please keep in mind that doing so in such a manner that creates distraction or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from the entirety of the site. So, this proclamation is to assist both the writers and Site Owners of Magical Awakenings on the proper departure of characters and claims. 

 

Every member that does consider leaving must notify our @SITE OWNER account immediately with all of the following information: 

  • First & Last Name Of Character 
  • School Year & House (if  your character is an adult, please ignore this step)
  • Ability Claim 
  • Birthday Claim 
  • Canon Claim (please only add if canon character, there is no need to specify if character is OC)
  • Creature Claim 
  • Face Claim 
  • Jobs (Such as if they were apart of the Ministry Of Magic/St. Mungos. Please write down their employment if employment falls within misc. employment)
  • Any Misc. Claims that you may have made for your character.


This not only helps us figure out what claims we need to remove, but this helps you remove within a smooth process towards dissolving the partnership between yourself and Magical Awakenings. Furthermore, we will not hold any claims for ANY LENGTH OF TIME. If word is given that you are choosing to leave the site, we have EVERY RIGHT to remove claims that no longer fit the criteria of Magical Awakenings. 

 

5B. LIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN ACCOUNTS. 


If at any point in your time at Magical Awakenings you do not feel as though your character is getting enough exposure, you are more than welcome to liquidate certain accounts that you have on file with us. We recommend that you PM this information to the @SITE OWNER account so that proper sorting can be filed. Please do note the following information that you have to provide when considering liquidating an account: 
 

  • First & Last Name Of Character 
  • School Year & House (if  your character is an adult, please ignore this step)
  • Ability Claim 
  • Birthday Claim 
  • Canon Claim (please only add if canon character, there is no need to specify if character is OC)
  • Creature Claim 
  • Face Claim 
  • Jobs (Such as if they were apart of the Ministry Of Magic/St. Mungos. Please write down their employment if employment falls within misc. employment)
  • Any Misc. Claims that you may have made for your character.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please PM them to @SITE OWNER for additional information 

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