Villains are accepted, but we we are not accepting any characters whose major arcs involve committing rape, domestic (intimate partner or family) violence. This includes, but is not limited to: Anakin Skywalker, Kylo Ren (restricted at least until The Last Jedi) Kilgrave, The Joker, Christian Grey, etc. No exceptions.
We are not accepting original characters
We are accepting characters with minimal canon (name only) though these may be subject to higher scrutiny
Multiples - We will accept up to two (2) versions of the same character. For example, Steve Rogers from the films, and Steve Rogers from the comics. A third version may be accepted at the discretion of the current player(s). All multiples must have a substantial canon background, however.
ACTIVITY. Players are expected to have three pieces of activity for all active characters between the first and last day of each month.
What Counts: journal entries, comment chains of at least 5 comments, logs, a hiatus of more than 5 days.
TRIGGERING MATERIAL. No one can predict others' potential triggers, and even the best intentioned players can accidentally trigger someone. If you do, no one assumes it was intentional and having it brought to your attention is not meant as a personal attack. However, we want to foster a safe environment for our players and will respond quickly to posts with potentially triggering content.
As a general rule, please avoid the use of derogatory real-word slurs when your characters are mad at other characters or in any kind of conflict. By real-world, we mean that fictional "slurs" (Mudblood, Mutie, or Toaster) are fine, but (female) gendered/promiscuity insults, sexual orientation based or racially based insults are strictly prohibited and it's an offense that will result in removal from the game if it becomes a repetitive problem.
Please pro-actively tag & cut anything related to sexual assault, child/domestic abuse, mental health issues, self-harm, drug/alcohol abuse, hate speech, or miscarriage/abortion.
By 'Mental health issues' we are referring specifically to behavioral disorders: disassociative disorder, PTSD and related conditions, eating disorders, discussions of clinical diagnosis, abuse in the health care system, medication misuse, anxiety attacks, etc. We're not referring to any neurodivergent characters. However, we will scrutinize the apps of these characters for clear research, care and thought.
Similarly, we expect that any character who has triggering content in their personalities/histories have those triggers mentioned at the top of the app. We also want to express that it is important to include information about triggering aspects of the character that may come up in game in the application. We need to know beforehand if a character struggles with addiction, PTSD or is the survivor of assault or abuse, etc. If it is absent from the app, the mods must be contacted prior to plotlines or network posts which explicitly engage with the content. Applications are meant to give the mods some idea of what kind of character is coming into the game, and we need want to make sure the material is going to be handled sensitively before we feel comfortable permitting it.
Triggers can be complicated, if someone asks that you label and tag something, please comply.
Homosexuality and cursing are not something that needs to be pre-warned. We're all adults and neither are shameful, scandalous, or inappropriate. Tagging them at such can seem trivializing.
ADULT CONTENT - Fade to black on sex scenes and heavy violence, unless it is somehow related to the plot. In that case, properly tag it.
PLAGIARISM & WRITING - Applications must be in your own words. Mods reserve the right to request revisions.
After that time period, Alfa will come in and explain to them that they have been brought to the Wittgenstein to help understand human nature and order and will put through a variety of situational experiments in the process. She will assure them that dietary and medical needs will be taken care as well as appropriate material concerns for the duration of their stay. Some questions may be answered, but specimens will largely be encouraged to ask those of their individual scientists and fellow specimens.
After this, Alfa will inform them of their block selection, give them their starting equipment, and allow them access to the Institute and network. They will then be released to find their room or, if the specimens are in a scenario, dropped straight in with only scenario-specific equipment.
What if my character arrives injured?
Injured new arrivals will be placed in a medical coma until they are reasonably healed. Then they will arrive as above. Whether you would prefer them arrive fully healed, or with some reminders of their injuries is up to you.
Can I canon bump my character?
At this point, no. Hopefully the game will give enough room for development and reaction, but given the game design as a controlled experiment, we would prefer if canon bumping (updating your character's canon point to one later in the work) remain in the hands of the scientists. That said, if something happens in canon that you would like to update your character to, talk to the mods and we can try to work it out in a way that makes sense.
Can I pick my character's block?
Yes & No. Ultimately block decision comes down to personality characteristics of the character in question & to some degree, balancing blocks. But you can make a pitch when you submit your app if you have a particular block in mind and we'll try to accommodate it, but don't be afraid of branching out.
In general, Mike takes ambitious characters, November takes more materially motivated characters, Echo takes bookish people, Hotel takes troublemakers, and Romeo takes chaotic good sorts.
Can characters switch blocks?
Probably not, but most scientists don't mind if characters stay elsewhere some of the time, they can still be brought back for experiments as needed.
What equipment does my character have?
Characters are stripped of their equipment upon arrival and provided with a white shift during processing
Newly arrived specimen are given
a set of clothing in the style and colors of their block that includes 3 shirts, 1 sweater-like top, 2 pairs of pants, 1 set of workout clothes, 1 pair of pajamas, 5 pairs of underwear and socks, 2 bras (for those that need them), a pair of sneakers, and another pair of shoes -- this will be exchanged should they change block
Up to three items from home (excluding guns or explosive-like objects (but knives/swords/crossbows/etc are okay) )
A tablet and smartwatch for network access
Any prosthetic or medical devices they require.
Items necessary for religious practice (within reason)
They will gain more possessions with time at the compound.
Do I have to keep track of my character's possessions?
You don't have to, necessarily, but players are encouraged to keep track of their characters' possessions as they can be used on the compound for the sake of bartering, narrative convenience, and problem solving. All acquired inventory save for scientist-specific starter equipment transfers between blocks.
If you like, an equipment template exists here or several players have their own layouts for tracking inventory
Do I have to worry about Commissary funds?
Again, not really. Characters should have enough to enjoy snacks, small distractions, and housekeeping items without too much concern, unless they're intending to buy frequent alcohol or cigarettes or if funds are being restricted by someone in their block's hierarchy.