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FAQ


FAQ
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&;; Ruby City Faq
Characters
What happens when my character arrives?
What happens if my character tries to leave?
Can my character die?
Does my character age while they're in the city?
Can my character kill another character? Or a general NPC?
Can my character have their pet/companion spirit/pokemon with them upon arrival in Ruby City?
What if I want to canon update my character?

Setting
What sort of places are there in Ruby City?
How do different languages work in Ruby City?
What's the weather like?
What sort of technology is there?
What kinds of animals/creatures inhabit the city?
What's the deal with currency and supplies?
How does my character find somewhere to live?

Communicators
What are the communicators like?
What can the communicators do?

NPCS
Who are the NPCs in charge of the city??
Can my character interact with these NPCS?
Are there General NPCs in the city?

Out of Character
What are the views on violence or sex?
What is the policy on head canon?
What can I post on the OOC board?
How do entry tags work?
What sort of RP is allowed in the rubycity_rp community? In the rubycity_logs community?
Anything else I should know?
How do I contact the moderators?

Plots/Events
Do the moderators run gamewide plots or events?
Can I suggest an idea for a moderator-run event
Am I allowed to run an event?

Applying/Dropping
What happens if I drop my character?
What happens if I want to bring back a dropped character at a later date?
Are Fandom OC characters allowed?
Can I app a purely original character?
Are over powered characters allowed?
Can I app a non-humanoid character?
What if it's a really really BIG character?
Can I app an AU version of a canon character?
Can I apply for a character I've previously played at another game with their memories and experiences in that game in tact?
On my application, can I use a first and third person sample from another RP my character was in?
Why do you only do applications on Saturdays?
Can I apply for more than one character from the same canon?








Characters

What happens when my character arrives?
It's quite simple really. They will arrive on a train around twilight. Your character will be the only one on the train but they will sense a certain presence they can feel but not see. Your character may or may not remember the train ride, it's up to them. It could merely feel like a dream to them if you wish. But if you do want them to remember, all they will know is that they woke up one moment and they were all alone on a train, outside the windows vast plains as far as the eye can see. The plains would have eventually faded into a thick fog which only cleared once they were at the train station. They are then compelled to leave the train by an unseen force. It's not needed to describe their arrival, though you are allowed to use it for your third person sample in the application if you wish.

What happens if my character tries to leave?
They will fail. How they fail and the consequences depend on how they try to leave. If a character tries to follow the train out of the city, they'll wander into a dense fog that clears to reveal the character now located in a very deep part of the forest (and this is not a place the standard character wants to find themselves. It's teeming with monsters of all shapes, sizes, and descriptions). If a character attempts to go over the wall, they'll be met with an invisible field that will both forcefully shove them back inside, and submit them to an electric shock much like a tazer. The more often a character tries, the more aggressively the city will punish them for the transgression. If a character tries to breach the wall, the wall fights back quite actively, without fail resulting in physical injury.

Can my character die?
If you wish, you may kill off a character. But save in very rare cases, dead is dead. The NPCs aren't in the practice of giving people who fail to preserve their lives a second chance. If your character possesses a canon ability that allows them to ressurrect (themselves or others), they will generally be allowed to use it in Ruby City.

Does my character age while they're in the city?
It looks that way. But, age is relative and characters who leave for any period of time (or spend some quality time in the catacombs for canon updates or what have you) may find themselves older or younger than they'd otherwise expect.

And it's just as possible that when they're returned home they find themselves whatever age they were when they left. All a mystery!


Can my character kill another character? Or a general NPC?
Character deaths are up to the player of that character. If you work something out with another player, then that is allowed.

There are, as a rule, no general NPCs in Ruby City. If a plot requires a death for some reason, please speak to a moderator. We have made exceptions in the past and allowed a non-played NPC to kick the bucket for the sake of plot and action. But this must be cleared with moderators first.


Can my character have their pet/companion spirit/pokemon with them upon arrival in Ruby City?
They can, but only if they normally travel with said sidekick at the point in canon-time that you are taking them from.

What if I want to canon update my character?
Players who wish to canon update their character should contact the moderators to let them know they are planning on doing so. The character will then "disappear" for a short period of time (a few days to a week) and reappear (often emerging from the catacombs) with their canon update in place. They are sent home for the duration of the canon update and then brought back to Ruby City -- though obviously the passage of time is quite different in the two places.



Setting

What sort of places are there in Ruby City?
Ruby City is a large city, whose original residents were either driven out or abandoned the city of their own volition. There are many empty buildings, the remnants of shops, inns, eateries, residences and so on. Specific locations continue to be uncovered by characters as time goes on.

For a list of some of the major relevant locations in Ruby City at current, check out the locations page


How do different languages work in Ruby City?
In general the magic of the city makes everyone understand the same language -- except in instances where the character deliberately resorts to another language. For example, many of our Hetalia characters often go off in their native tongues, knowing that few (if any) will understand. That would be heard as another language since mentally it was intended to be one. But the language a character generally defaults to speaking will be understood by all -- as a unifying common language.

What's the weather like?
Ruby City has four distinct seasons just like most of the regular world. Detailed weather reports can be found here.

What sort of technology is there?
The technology in Ruby City is an odd amalgam. The lighting and heating seems quite modern, but there is no sign of any television/video/computer technology outside the handheld communicators. Additionally, though the streets are paved or lined with cobblestone, there is also no sign of vehicles to travel these streets.

What kinds of animals/creatures inhabit the city?
In the City proper, small rodents and insects are as common as they would be in most city settings. A few stray cats and the occasional stray dog may also be found roaming the streets. Where they come from is a bit of a mystery. In the park there are other woodland creatures -- squirrels, birds, chipmunks, rabbits. Deeper int he forest section of the park are a few larger wild animals. But much more common than these are the monsters that dwell within the the deeper regions of the park.

What's the deal with currency and supplies?
There is no currency to speak of. Characters are encouraged to barter with their skills and services if they need things from one another that cooperation alone can't get them. As for most necessary supplies, food is stocked in the shelves of the markets and replenished regularly. Additionally, limited supplies of clothing can be found in some of the other stores. Beyond this, the city was once a thriving metropolis; many of the former shops are old and broken down, but may still retain some of their wares just waiting to be found.

How does my character find somewhere to live?
There are many empty buildings throughout Ruby City. There are four main apartment buildings that are strictly residences. However, many of the storefronts have apartments above them. There are also a smaller amount of larger houses for characters who wish to live with a large number of other people.



Communicators

What are the communicators like?
In Ruby City, the communicators are shaped like a pocket watch. There are buttons on the side that are used to turn it on and off as well as activate its video, audio or text functions. When opened, there is a small screen for viewing.

The color of the watch is up to the player's discretion -- but generally they are made out of medals so will be gold, bronze or silver. The size of the communicator is determined by the size of the character.


What can the communicators do?
The communicators have many different functions. Primarily they are used to broadcast audio, video or limited text to the city at large. Communications made in this way are accessible to everyone. However, with a bit of fiddling the communicators may be used to send private or filtered messages (audio, video, text) to certain individuals. These messages, public and private, are stored within the pocket watch itself. In addition, the communicators can be used to take pictures and video without broadcasting them. These are also stored in the pocket watch's memory. These stored files may be later rebroadcast over the communicator -- either publicly or privately.

HOWEVER. There is no user manual for the communicators. None of the buttons are labeled, so any function must be figured out by trial, error and ingenuity. That is to say, characters who have been in the city longer and/or possess some technological know-how have a much better chance of having learned how to access these extra functions. Please be realistic. At a minimum, the audio and video functions are easily accessible and figured out even by new arrivals.

One final point on the communicators. They cannot be taken apart or broken. It's physically impossible. Additionally, throwing a communicator away will be a temporary solution at best; communicators always find their way back to their proper owners.




NPCS

Who are the NPCs in charge of the city??
The city was initially populated by a pair of seemingly omnipotent brothers -- the Watcher and the Interloper. Ruby City was filled with people largely for their own amusement.

In more recent times, however, several other individuals have popped up -- introducing themselves at first as guests of the Watcher and the Interloper. They have become a more and more vocal presence, having shown themselves not above playing with the populace of Ruby City for their own ends. At current, six have been seen within the City: Temper, Tim, Chassie, Gene, Chari and Dil.

More information about all NPCs can be found here


Can my character interact with these NPCS?
Of course. The NPCs periodically make transmissions to the network much the same as player characters do. From time to time they also will comment at player character entries -- if something strikes their fancy.

If you would like to have your character speak to an NPC specifically, the best idea is to contact the Mod Squad to see if it is feasible.

In person encounters with the NPCs are a bit rarer, but also happen. Again, hitting up the moderators is the best way to coordinate anything of this nature.


Are there General NPCs in the city?
There are currently no general NPCs in Ruby City. The only NPCs at current are the ones specifically played out by the moderators. This means there are no assorted townspeople filling the streets. Ruby City is meant to be a desolate setting. We have made exceptions on occasion for when a specific NPC is needed for one reason or another -- if a plot requires a death, for example -- but these must be cleared with the moderators.

There are monsters, however, large and dangerous creatures in the deeper reaches of the park that may be assumed in action/combat as players wish.




Out of Character

What are the views on violence or sex?
Sex and violence are both fine in Ruby City. As long as logs are rated accordingly or warnings included in posts if any of their threads include sexual situations or significant violence. Additionally, it's a good idea to lock a post to community members only if it includes graphic sex or violence. If the initial post itself contains graphic writing, please place it beneath a cut.

However, please remember that these situations should have some cause in character. We aren't encouraging random, pointless sex that is completely OOC.


What is the policy on head canon?
Canon overrides head canon, of course, but if there are elements of your character that are not supplied by their canon material, head canon is allowed so long as it makes sense given the character's personality and history.

What can I post on the OOC board?
The OOC community is for player communication. It can be anything related to RP or RUby City at all. Memes that you wish to post can be posted to the OOC community. So long as they aren't offensive memes, there's no need to ask permission before posting them.

In general the OOC board is a place to talk to your fellow players for fun and for plotting alike.

Additionally, posts announcing hiatuses, new characters and dropped characters should be made to the OOC community.


How do entry tags work?
Please tag each entry you make in both the main community and the log community with your character's name. When you comment on another character's entry, please add your character's comment tag to that entry. Comment tags are the tags that are written as "c: character name" and should match your general tag.

For new characters: Livejournal does not display tags in the drop down list until they have been used to tag at least one entry. This means that your character tag will have to be typed in manually the first time it is used. However, if you do not type it in exactly as it was entered by the moderators, it will not allow you to add it. The general rule is that tags will be your character's full name. There are a few exceptions. Notably, Hetalia characters have their country name as their tag and super heroes generally have their human identity as their tag, not their super hero name.

If you are having trouble tagging an entry or figuring out your character's tag, please contact a moderator.


What sort of RP is allowed in the rubycity_rp community? In the rubycity_logs community?
The main rubycity_rp community is primarily for communicator posts -- audio, video and/or text. However, action bracket type posts are allowed. Threads that begin as video, audio or text may become action bracket posts.

The rubycity_logs community is for prose-form logs of in person encounters.


Anything else I should know?
We're a very laid back community. You hardly ever have to ask the Mods for permission for anything unless specified otherwise in the Rules or this FAQ. The main rule is to just have fun with the game in any way you feel is needed. Any additional questions you have that weren't covered here? Comment here or contact one of the moderators. Their information is displayed on all main community layouts.

How do I contact the moderators?
The moderators can be reached by sending a private message to the moderator journal (rubycitymods) The moderators may also be contacted individually. Their contact information can be found at the top of the contacts post (members only) or on the main community profile page.

Additionally, the moderators also have a plurk account: rubycitymods @ plurk The best way to ensure that your plurk is seen and responded to by the mods is to make it a private plurk to the moderator plurk.




Plots/Events

Do the moderators run gamewide plots or events?
We do! We try to keep a regular influx of events coming. Participation is always optional, save in circumstances where the setting in general is affected by the event. However, we also allow down time between events so that players may work on their own personal character arcs and develop their relationships and interactions with other player characters.

Can I suggest an idea for a moderator-run event?
Of course! We love hearing your ideas. While we can't guarantee that every idea will be made into a moderator-run plot, we do read and consider each and every suggestion we are given. Sometimes we combine elements from multiple suggestions into one event. So please, if you have an idea, please let us know on the plot application page and indicate that it's an event suggestion.

Am I allowed to run an event?
Absolutely. We've had some fantastic player-run events in the past. If you want to run an event, we ask that you submit a proposal on our plot application page that outlines what the event will entail, how long it will run, what moderator assistance you will need and so forth.

We will get back to you about your event and will discuss with you when it best fits into the schedule.




Applying/Dropping

What happens if I drop my character?
Characters disappear when they are dropped. The things that they arrived with disappear as well. This is generally a signal to the other residents of the city that the character is gone rather than lost in the catacombs or forest.

What happens if I want to bring back a dropped character at a later date?
If you want to bring back a character you dropped, they are not allowed to remember their previous life in the city. Having them simply disappear and then reappear a few months later like nothing happened would get rid of whatever drama came about their disappearance in the first place. You are allowed to bring them back yes, but it would be like a new character all together.

In the case of a recent drop then having a change of heart, you are welcome to retain their memories. If you bring them back months later, the above applies. In both cases, it is a good idea to discuss with the moderators to be certain.


Are Fandom OC characters allowed?
In general, the only sorts of Fandom Original Characters that we allow are characters who exist in canon but are only mentioned or have only very minor roles. However, in very limited cases, we will allow a purely player-created character. The only circumstances where this is allowed is in pre-established RP universes -- such as Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, Vampire the Masquerade, etc. -- where the universes were generally created for the purpose of being populated by player-created characters.

There is a separate application to fill out for Fandom Player-Created Characters.


Can I app a purely original character?
Yes! We welcome original player created characters at RC. There is a separate application for these original characters.

Are over powered characters allowed?
Of course they are! There are no limitations on powers or abilities in this game -- aside from the fact that they cannot escape from the City and are subject to the powers of the NPCS -- as long as your character doesn't godmode. If a character gets out of hand or causes too much trouble with their powers, the NPCs will place a block on their powers to teach them a bit of humility.

Can I app a non-humanoid character?
Of course! Human, non-human, alien, animal, robot, ghostly characters are all allowed in Ruby City! The only stipulation is that these characters must be sentient and able to communicate with the other residents of the city. This means a digimon? Absolutely welcome. Lassie? Probably not an appable character.

What if it's a really really BIG character?
Characters who would not otherwise fit within the city will find themselves scaled down to better manage within the setting.

Can I app an AU version of a canon character?
AU versions of characters are fine so long as they are canon AUs. No player created AUs are allowed in Ruby City at this time with one exception: we will allow a character taken from an earlier or later point in time than the canon typically covers, but only if there is a reasonable way to extrapolate said past or future. Please contact a moderator before applying for a character in this manner.

Can I apply for a character I've previously played at another game with their memories and experiences in that game in tact?
Ok, we lied. This sort of AU is allowed at Ruby City too. Memories from other games are permitted, though we judge this on a case by case basis. If you are apping such a character, please indicate this in your application and include the major changes/experiences they had in the previous game in their personality section.

On my application, can I use a first and third person sample from another RP my character was in?
Go right ahead, we don't mind. You can either use samples from your other RPs or if you wanted you can write out the characters arrival and their first communicator post.

Why do you only do applications on Saturdays?
Applications are processed every Saturday. On occasion, if there are enough applications sent in after we have already approved applications on Saturday, we will do another batch the next day (Sunday). We try to keep it consistent so potential players know when they can expect an answer about their application.

Can I apply for more than one character from the same canon?
The short answer of this is: maybe. We do allow a single player to play multiple characters from the same canon if and only if they can demonstrate that it will not conflict with the playercest rule or create any problems with characterization.

If you are applying for a character in a canon from which you already play a character, you must include at the end of your application's personality section an explanation of the two characters's canon relationship and interaction as well as explanation for how you plan to handle this within the confines of the game.

 

 
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