Frequently Asked Questions
Newly arrived characters with high-profile criminal activity will still be held accountable for past deeds in Pandora. Due to the nature of Pandora, trials are often held in such circumstances to prove the criminal has no memory of their past crimes and are cleared of all charges. Players resetting a character should play out this trial in either a thread, or a current event article. If picking up a character you have never played before, you can assume this IC trial took place behind-the-scenes and don't have to explicitly write it out. Bear in mind that your character's history may still impact how other characters react to them.
As Pandora is quite literally a box, there are invisible walls that keep characters from venturing beyond its borders. The walls are solid, though transparent, allowing characters to see the landscape beyond it, but without being able to pick out any significant landmarks or details.
No matter how strong, powerful, magical, etc. your character is, they cannot penetrate the walls. They can't go over or under them either, as they extend in all directions.
A varied number of thin black cords sprout from the ground, grabbing hold of the character, and drag them into the ground. Once they are pulled back up from the ground again, they are in Pandora.
Characters in Pandora disappear the same way when a player drops them out-of-character. Black cords sprout out of the ground, seize them, and drag them into the ground.
If you’re unsure whether a fandom is appropriate or not for Pandora, first stop by our Restricted Canons thread to see if said fandom is listed there. If it is not and you’re still unsure whether the fandom is appropriate for the board, please post in our Questions and Suggestions forum so that Staff can look into it and come to a decision.
No. Since there are so many different options to choose from for canon characters, we have decided to make this a canons-only roleplay site.
Aging is down to player discretion. Characters can continue to age normally, or it can be made impossible for them to upon entering Pandora, thus staying the same age they were when they were brought into the world.
When a character enters Pandora, all verbal communication is automatically translated into their native tongue or desired language. However, written language does not translate itself unless your character uses the translation device created by the Department of Magical Advancements, so characters may find it difficult reading texts from other worlds without it.
There are, however, a few exceptions. Language involved in spellcasting does not translate. Similarly, things that do not have a direct translation (such as Japanese honorifics) or that are proper nouns (such as the names of places, people, and items) do not necessarily translate.
No. As we are a canons-only site, we only accept characters from canon, and only up until the character's last appearance or mention in canon. Canon characters from fan-made alternate universes, crossovers, spin-offs or what have you essentially become original characters, so they are not allowed on Pandora.
No. Characters who arrive in Pandora and encounter a fellow canonmate will be surprised to find them here, as events in their world continued as if their canonmate never left.
As long as there is a solid enough story and characterization to draw from, you can apply for a character from a concept album.
Generally, no. Certain individuals from mythology are religious figures, such as the Greek pantheon, so applying for such an individual is considered disrespectful, despite their prevalence in pop culture. Historical figures are much the same, as they used to be real people, so the line is quite blurry.
However, if they exist as a character from a canon (such as a book, film or otherwise) you can apply for that version instead.
For example, you cannot apply for Alexander Hamilton from history, but you can app him from Hamilton the Musical instead. In the same way, you cannot apply for Hercules directly from Greek mythology, but you can app him from any other interpretation of him in a canon, such as from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Disney's Hercules.
Generally, we do not allow sandbox characters on Pandora. These are characters where there is no set biographical information on the character and everything about the character (most importantly, personality and history) is determined by the player.
New years in Pandora start on September 1st.
Pandora is quite literally a box, with invisible walls preventing characters from moving beyond its borders, so characters cannot say for sure whether Pandora is round or not.
It is considered common knowledge that the sky is some sort of illusion, and mimics Earth’s sky, though this may be refuted by those with the ability to fly beyond Pandora's open ceiling. The sun moves across the sky during the day and the moon waxes and wanes like Earth’s moon. The constellations themselves are unlike anything seen on Earth, though.
You can only apply for a character that has at least some canon material to build off of. There have to be a few clues towards their personality at the very least in its source material. From there, you can use headcanon to fill in the gaps.
Usually, no. Conception itself does not happen in Pandora. Birth can only happen if a character conceived prior to arriving. If a character who gave birth is dropped, they vanish, as does their offspring. If a character is pregnant upon arrival, it is up to player discretion whether the character comes to term or whether they are no longer pregnant.
Animals, however, can both conceive and birth offspring in Pandora. This way, farmers can breed livestock without worrying about whether or not their resources may run out.
We don't mind you taking bits and pieces of other versions to further flesh out your character or contribute to headcanon. However, your character must be specifically one version at its core. For example, you can't take a character's personality from one version and their powers from a different version. Essentially, pick one version and stick with it. Blank spots can be filled with headcanon (which may or may not be inspired by another version), but otherwise, no mix and matching.
Dead bodies stay in Pandora for two weeks before disappearing.
In order for us to allow two versions of the same character, they would have to act as entirely different characters. Since characters like BBC’s Sherlock Holmes and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes are incredibly similar at the heart of the character, we would not allow them to co-exist here in Pandora. However, as an example, we would allow characters such as Once Upon a Time’s Captain Hook and the original Captain Hook to coexist due to their incredible differences in history and personality.
Regardless of whether a character ages or not, time does pass as it normally does in Pandora and bodily functions remain unchanged. This means that a character's hair will grow over time, they may gain or lose weight, and if they have a condition (such as a disease), that condition will progress as it normally would have outside of Pandora.
Characters can still get sick and the passage of time can have a negative effect on their body (for example, a character can still starve to death). For characters that don't age, the lack of physical aging just saves them from conditions that normally come with physical aging.