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 ====== Guide to Independent Characters ====== ====== Guide to Independent Characters ======
-Want to experience the Star Army universe with the maximum amount of freedom? ​ Consider creating an independent character. ​ Independent player characters ​are fictional characters who lack the usual attachments such as loyalty to a faction or a membership in a plot group.+Want to experience the Star Army universe with the maximum amount of freedom? ​ Consider creating an independent character. ​ Independent player characters lack the usual attachments such as loyalty to a faction or a membership in a plot group.
  
-This is a newly written guide and we would really like your feedback on it to help answer reader questions and make it easier to understand.+{{:​starship:​ss_akatsuki_maru_004.png?​600&​nolink|The Akatsuki Maru}}
  
 ==== Introduction ==== ==== Introduction ====
-There are pros and cons to playing an independent character. On one hand, you are able to go anywhere in the setting at your leisure, only interacting directly with faction managers and the setting manager when necessary. On the other hand, as a role-player it may be difficult to find other player characters for yours to interact with and not all of your threads ​may be considered ​canon.” Rather than having a forum to roleplay in, you will generally be using the top-level forum of the nation your character happens to be in, (for example, the Abwheran Star Empire forum) or the Other Factions and Independent Ships forum. Sometimes you may be the only poster in your thread. For this reason, we recommend independent characters for motivated, prolific writers with some familiarity with (or interest in researching) the [[:SARPiverse]].+There are pros and cons to playing an independent character. On one hand, you are able to go anywhere in the setting at your leisure, only interacting directly with faction managers and the setting manager when necessary. On the other hand, as a role-player it may be difficult to find other player characters for yours to interact with and some of your threads ​might be considered ​"​[[guide:​canon|soft ​canon]]." ​Rather than having a forum to roleplay in, you will generally be using the top-level forum of the nation your character happens to be in, (for example, the Abwheran Star Empire forum) or the Other Factions and Independent Ships forum. Sometimes you may be the only poster in your thread. For this reason, we recommend independent characters for motivated, prolific writers with some familiarity with (or interest in researching) the [[sarp:sarpiverse]].
  
-=== Why Not Require All Characters To Be In Plots? ===+=== Why Not Require All Characters To Be In Plots or Factions? ===
 We want to empower you, the roleplayer/​writer,​ to do your own thing within our shared universe. ​ We want to empower you, the roleplayer/​writer,​ to do your own thing within our shared universe. ​
  
 In the words of admin Wes: "We need an alternative to the traditional plot where the GM is in control, plays the captain, the players play grunts, and the party goes where the GM feels like instead of making its own choices. If we get a player that says "I want to make an RP thread where my Freespacer travels the galaxy visiting all the major factions to gain their culinary knowledge"​ or something I want them to be able to do it. I think that playing a Star Army soldier is a core part of the Star Army RP...but there'​s more to us than that..."​ In the words of admin Wes: "We need an alternative to the traditional plot where the GM is in control, plays the captain, the players play grunts, and the party goes where the GM feels like instead of making its own choices. If we get a player that says "I want to make an RP thread where my Freespacer travels the galaxy visiting all the major factions to gain their culinary knowledge"​ or something I want them to be able to do it. I think that playing a Star Army soldier is a core part of the Star Army RP...but there'​s more to us than that..."​
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-==== Canon and Continuity ==== 
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-In general, we try to include all roleplay as canon—meaning that your RP becomes an official part of the SARP history that must be acknowledged by and accounted for all the other role-players on SARP.  For example, if your character crashed a spaceship on a planet in your roleplaying thread, the debris could be noted on the planet’s wiki page and appear in other roleplay threads (maybe they want to salvage it). 
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-Reasons that RP threads might be considered non-canonical include non-canon elements (e.g. unapproved tech), or major events and changes to the setting that were not discussed/​approved with the people responsible for the affected factions or characters. People have worked hard on their toys; try not to break them without permission or they might ask that the offending post not count. 
  
 === Crossovers === === Crossovers ===
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 ==== Creating Your Independent Character ==== ==== Creating Your Independent Character ====
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 In general, you can use one of the species-specific guides found on the [[guide:​creating_a_character]] article and modify your character to suit your needs. In general, you can use one of the species-specific guides found on the [[guide:​creating_a_character]] article and modify your character to suit your needs.
  
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 Below are some some ideas for what your character'​s occupation might be. Below are some some ideas for what your character'​s occupation might be.
  
-  * [[:Cargo Transporter]] +  * [[faction:independent:cargo_transporter]] 
-  * [[:No Occupation]] +  * [[pirate|Pirate]] 
-  * [[:Pirates|Pirate]] +  * Bounty Hunter (There'​s a [[plot:​bountyhunterseries|Bounty Hunter Plot]] ​and a [[:​bounty_list|bounty list]]!
-  * Bounty Hunter (:!: There'​s a [[plot:​bountyhunterseries|Bounty Hunter Plot]]) +  * [[guide:​Merchant|Merchant]] ​(bars, restaurants,​ shops, etc) and/or Barkeepers
-  * Business People ​(bars, restaurants,​ shops, etc) and/or Barkeepers+
   * Arms Dealers/​Black Market People   * Arms Dealers/​Black Market People
   * Lawyers   * Lawyers
   * Freelance Mechanics   * Freelance Mechanics
   * Refugees   * Refugees
 +  * [[guide:​slavery|Slave]]
  
 ==== Starting Roleplay Threads ==== ==== Starting Roleplay Threads ====
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 === Arbitration === === Arbitration ===
 In the case of conflicts between players, thread RPs are the under the jurisdiction of the faction managers, who can decide whether they want something to be canon or not. In most cases, we should try to be flexible and accept the thread based RPs as having effects on the universe. It's also okay for FMs to have GMs or delegates to help them with this. In the case of conflicts between players, thread RPs are the under the jurisdiction of the faction managers, who can decide whether they want something to be canon or not. In most cases, we should try to be flexible and accept the thread based RPs as having effects on the universe. It's also okay for FMs to have GMs or delegates to help them with this.
 +
 +==== Locations ====
 +These are some suggested neutral locations for faction-independent roleplay:
 +
 +  * [[system:​Asura]]:​ A highly populated YSE world that the YSE has only the loosest control over.
 +  * [[planet:​darso_vii]]:​ Coliseum and slave market in an independent star system.
 +  * [[location:​inferno_wind]]:​ Spacer'​s Lounge on desert world [[planet:​Valaad]]
 +  * [[planet:​nell]]:​ Trading post in former [[species:​Mishhuvurthyar]] space.
 +  * [[stararmy:​bases:​pisces]] Concourse D: Shady international free trade zone on Star Army station
 +  * [[planet:​osman]]:​ A frontier world with aspirations of nationhood. ​
 +  * [[location:​rot_madchen]]:​ Abwehran Restaurant on [[system:​ase-006:​waypoint_trade]]
 +  * [[system:​splrug]]:​ A Mishhu-run independent mining operation always looking for black market smugglers
 +  * [[planet:​the_black_moon]]:​ Lowsec starport in the [[system:​halna|Halna system]] in YSE space.
 +  * [[system:​nassau]]:​ Pirate haven. Independent star system.
 +    * [[planet:​bastia]]:​ A nationless corporate-run asteroid city in the Nassau System
 +  * [[planet:​urtullan]]:​ Independent city-state in an unclaimed star system.
 +  * [[planet:​vice]]:​ Old, independent planet
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 +  * The abandoned starport "​Gateway Station"​ on [[planet:​phaeton]] in the [[system:​Murf|Murf system]].
 +  * There'​s an abandoned Star Army base on [[planet:​ux-1_i]].
 +
 +
 +==== Transportation ====
 +Here's some recommended starships and small craft for independent characters:
 +
 +  * [[corp:​geshrinari_shipyards:​light_freighter]]
 +  * [[corp:​geshrinari_shipyards:​type_30_cargo_runner]] or [[corp:​geshrinari_shipyards:​type_33_cargo_runner]]
 +  * [[corp:​origin:​courier_2a]]
 +  * [[corp:​novacorp:​mucoyi]]
 +  * [[corp:​novacorp:​jilanth]] (can be cheaply bought from the [[stararmy:​star_army_of_yamatai]] as surplus)
 +  * [[corp:​novacorp:​deix]]
 +  * [[corp:​novacorp:​forin]]
 +  * [[corp:​novacorp:​devint]]
 +  * [[faction:​freespacers:​traveller]]
 +  * [[faction:​neshaten:​tisaren_shuttle]] (Neshaten only)
 +  * [[corp:​zen:​tripster]]
 +  * [[corp:​united_manufacturing_cooperative:​starship:​medical_shuttle]]
 +  * [[corp:​geshrinari_shipyards:​butterfly_class_shuttle]]
 +  * [[corp:​geshrinari_shipyards:​ge-t1_shuttle]]
 +  * [[corp:​geshrinari_shipyards:​ge_t1_2a_shuttle]]
 +  * [[faction:​lorath:​starship:​ferryman_shuttle]]
 +  * [[corp:​origin:​onset_shuttle]]
 +
 +There'​s also some ships and gear available at the [[stararmy:​surplus_store]].
 +
 +==== Tips ====
 +  - If you're injured, go to Yamataian world or send a distress call to the Star Army of Yamatai. The YSE provides free medical care to anyone. You don't have to be a Yamataian citizen.
 +  - Talk to strangers more. You can find more rumors and jobs that way.
  
 ===== Related Pages ===== ===== Related Pages =====
 +
   * [[guide:​creating_a_character]]   * [[guide:​creating_a_character]]
   * [[:​independent]]   * [[:​independent]]
 ===== OOC Notes ===== ===== OOC Notes =====
 This page was originally created on 2013/01/09 09:36 by [[user:​wes]]. This page was originally created on 2013/01/09 09:36 by [[user:​wes]].
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