Character adoption is the claiming of abandoned characters or factions in the Star Army setting.
Star Army is 15 years old. As members come and go due to life issues, they have left behind a large quantity of characters who sit around untouched and neglected. For this reason, Star Army has started to allow for the adoption of these unused characters.
In general, character adoption is “first come, first serve.” There are some limitations, which are designed to protect players (both the creators and the adopters).
Characters become adoptable:
If the character's player is still active, you need to get permission from the player to adopt their unused character. Characters who are a background fixture of the setting (e.g. heads of state) are not adoptable and characters with high ranks need permission from the appropriate faction manager.
To adopt a character, post that you're going to adopt the character in the New Character Biographies forum.
As of 2016, the standard character template has been updated to explicitly say whether or not the character can be adopted after the player has been gone for a year.
If the character biography does not indicate whether or not the character can be adopted, a staff member will attempt to contact the character's old owner to get a yes or no answer. If the owner does not reply within 1 week (starting at when the staff member attempts to contact the creator), and no one has a legitimate objection within a week, staff can transfer ownership of the character to you.
Note: If the player hasn't logged on to the forums in more than three years, the contact attempt and waiting period can be skipped at the site admin's discretion, in order to avoid bothering people with unwanted emails.
Legitimate reasons for your adoption being declined include:
If you adopt a character, you are expected to use and maintain that character. Failure to update the character or use them in RP in a reasonable timeframe could nullify the adoption. The guidelines for this are a week for wiki updates (which don't necessarily have to be finished) and a month for using them in RP (non-plot RP counts).
Don't want your character to get adopted after you leave? No problem. Players can opt out of adoption or assign an active friend as caretaker of that character by putting a note in the OOC section of their biography that acts as a “will.” You can also will your character to his/her faction for use as an NPC.
As of 2016, the character template asks if you want the character to be adoptable after you're gone for a year. To opt out, answer “NO” to this question. In 2020, all old characters who do not specify that they are not adoptable will be assumed to be adoptable.
If you have neither opted out nor objected when given the chance, and your character has been adopted, the character is recognized as belonging to the person who claimed the character. If you want the character back, it is up to them to decide whether they want to return the character. They are under no obligation to do so, so don't ask the staff to force them. Adoptions do not affect your right to use the character on other sites and in other works, or to make a very similar character.
You're receiving this email because someone wants to adopt your old Star Army RPG character under the site's character adoption policy, which can be found here: http://stararmy.com/wiki/doku.php?id=guide:adoption . Character adoption helps old characters continue their stories and development by transferring them to an active player.
You can find the adoption proposal thread here: http://stararmy.com/roleplay-forum/index.php?threads/character-adoption-radm-aurelia-solomon.14632/
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