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By the hands of the Gods, you have been plucked from your time and from your world, dropped into the box. Only the box is a world of its own.

We are a mass crossover based on the concept of Pandora's Box. Characters from nearly any fandom can be played here. Because of the endless character possibilities, we are canon only here at Pandora. Take a peek at our rules and plot information before starting your new life in Pandora.

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Roleplaying

What if I want to app a character that has a complicated or criminal history in Pandora?

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.
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Would X fandom fit in Pandora?

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.
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Can I roleplay as an original character?

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.
#2

Can I roleplay a canon character from a fan-made verse?

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.
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Can I apply for a character from a concept album?

As long as there is a solid enough story and characterization to draw from, you can apply for a character from a concept album.
#23

Can I apply for a character from mythology or history?

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.
#29

Can I play a sandbox character?

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.
#6

I want to play a character that does not have much canon material on them. What do I do?

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.
#5

Can I mix together two or more different versions of a character?

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.
#7

Can there be two versions of the same character in Pandora? For example, BBC Sherlock’s Sherlock Holmes and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes?

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.
#10

Can I use canon NPCs in my threads?

To be fair to future players who may be interested in playing these characters, no. We will not be allowing the use of canon NPCs in threads. All NPCs used in threads should be original. Exceptions are made for pets, companion creatures and young children that may have been pulled in with the character, but these should be included in the application prior to roleplay.
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Can I roleplay a character who died in their canon?

Actually, it depends. A rule of thumb is that, if the character has not come back after death in some form or other in their canon, they cannot be brought to Pandora after they died.

However, some exceptions to this are if the character is already dead in their canon, such as Annie Sawyer in Being Human, who is a ghost since the beginning of the series. Or, if they die at some point in their canon and make more than a few appearances after their death, one such example being Bobby Singer in Supernatural, who lingered on as a ghost for several episodes before he moved on.

Only stick to what is portrayed in canon, however. If your character remained dead, they cannot be brought into Pandora past that point. If you are unsure whether you can apply for a character after their death, feel free to ask us in our Questions & Suggestions forum.
#31

If I apply for a character past their last point in canon, how far ahead into the future can I take them from?

While you can take a character from any point in their canon you want to, if you are taking a character after their last appearance in canon, you can only take them up to two weeks maximum after that point.
#30

Does my character need to arrive in Pandora by a certain date?

Characters can arrive on any date as long as it occurs during the site's current season.
#14

Do I have to take my character from around the same time as their previously established canonmates?

Nope! You can take them from whenever you'd like to take them from. Canon timelines stay 100% intact regardless of whether or not canonmates are or ever have been here, so it doesn't mess around with the continuity at all.
#25

What’s the purpose of re-apps?

Re-apps serve many purposes, the most common of them being that you want to update your application after you realized you left something out, or there are sections of it that you want to improve on.

Another common reason for re-apps is to add to or detract from your character’s skills. We require that any changes in skills, such as a character changing into a vampire, undergo a re-app before you continue posting with the updated skills so that we can gauge the power level of the character.

You might even want to re-app your character if you want to take them from a different canon point entirely. While this only requires updating the history to match, your character will be reset. This means that they will re-enter Pandora and be given a fresh start, and that you cannot continue any past threads.
#11

What’s the general power level accepted for characters?

Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer. We have no defined limits as there are so many different characters with different capabilities and powers. We don’t base things purely on a character’s power level, but what they’re capable of doing with their abilities. Practice discretion when applying for a powerful character and power them down where you see fit. If you're still unsure about a character's ability, feel free to add it in your app and Staff will determine whether it is acceptable for Pandora or not.
#9

Can I bring in items from my character’s canon?

Yes! However, we ask that you run them by Staff before writing the items into the world, as any such item may require a re-app of the character before it can be used in threads.
#15

If the character I’m considering is very tiny (or very large), would Pandora keep their height or make them more “normal” sized?

Your character would remain whatever their canon size is. For example, if you applied for Thumbelina, then she would only be an inch or two.
#13

Can my character be pulled in with an item another character in Pandora already has? For example, Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak?

Yes. Since Pandora pulls in characters from the same world but different canon points, sometimes there are duplicates of items. Just as long as these items are not world-breaking, or have some sort of consciousness that makes them NPCs, they should be good to go!

If you're still unsure whether your item qualifies, just ask us in the Questions & Suggestions forum.
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