By the hands of the Gods, you have been plucked from your time and from your world, dropped into the box.
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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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Rules

Discussion in 'Guidebook' started by The Pantheon, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. The Pantheon

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    OOC Rules


    Conduct

    Pandora operates on principles of respect, maturity, consideration, honesty, and fairness. We have a zero tolerance policy for any form of toxicity including but not limited to harassment, discrimination, prejudice, and duplicity. This rule applies across the forum, including private messages, and extends to related media such as cbox, discord, and instant messaging. Concerns received from the community will be followed up by our team of Coordinators and acted upon appropriately.

    Communicate

    Always remember and be willing to communicate with your roleplay partners. Many misunderstandings, concerns, or questions can often be resolved with some courteous communication with your fellow roleplayers.

    Rating: 3-3-3

    Pandora allows for the exploration of mature themes, where depictions of nearly* all subject matter are permitted as long as they adhere to our content warning and tagging guidelines.

    * Note that the purpose of Pandora is not to facilitate ultra-fringe or shock content for the sake of it, and we ask that players keep in mind discretion and respect for the subject matter when describing elements that can be considered disturbing.

    OOC & Subaccounts

    Pandora makes use of an OOC and Subaccounts system to keep all of your character accounts linked. You can find instructions on how to create your OOC and Subaccounts here.

    Additional Characters

    A player's first three characters are considered freebies and may be applied for one at a time with no restrictions. After that third character, in order to reserve and apply for an additional character, fifteen IC posts must be made with your most recently accepted character. Posts made in the Communications forum will not be counted. Staff may give out individual character caps if there is a pattern of impulse apps/drops or rapid character cycling.

    Multiple Versions of Characters

    Under certain circumstances, multiple versions of the same character may be allowed. In order for us to allow multiple 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. These situations are handled on a case by case basis.

    Two Characters Per Fandom Per Player

    A single player is allowed to play two characters from one fandom. These characters should not be closely tied to one another. Exceptions may be made based on canon point, how minor a character is, etc. Each case is handled individually, so be sure to ask a staff member if you are unsure!

    LARGE FANDOMS.
    For fandoms which are presented as subfandoms within a single fandom, or fandoms with a large amount of characters in their lore, a player may play up to three characters so long as they are not closely tied to one another. You can find a list of these fandoms here. If you aren't sure whether or not a fandom qualifies, feel free to contact a staff member or post in our questions & suggestions forum.

    DC/MARVEL FANDOMS.
    Considering how massive both of these fandoms are, we allow a single player to have up to six characters from either fandom, again, so long as they are not closely tied to one another.

    NPCS.
    Characters may be brought in with intelligent NPCs on a case-by-case basis. These NPCs are commonly animal companions or linked to the character’s skillset. For example, a Digidestined could be brought in with their Digimon, or Lyra could be brought in with her Daemon.​

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  2. The Pantheon

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    Character Creation Rules


    Canon Only

    Pandora is a canon only roleplay. Original characters are not allowed.

    MINIMAL CANON MATERIAL.
    You can only apply for a character that has at least some canon material to build off of, using headcanon to fill in the blanks. Characters with vague canon material are usually handled on a case by case basis, so if you are unsure, the best thing to do is to ask a member of staff if they would be allowed. Generally, what we look for in a character who can be played on Pandora are based on the following criteria.
    • Is there any sense of the world/environment they come from (even if it's just an immediate thing like a single house or town)?
    • Is there some kind of conflict or motivation that drives them?
    • Can you reasonably infer personality traits based on actual canon outside of fanon and theories?

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

    MYTHOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL FIGURES.
    Characters based on mythological and historical figures are allowed on Pandora, but only if they are a version that appears in fictional media. Mythological figures may not be applied for based on only the original myths. You may not apply for a historical figure from media if they are still alive today, if they have passed recently, or is otherwise considered controversial.

    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.

    SANDBOX CHARACTERS.
    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.

    FAN-MADE VERSES.
    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, etc. are not allowed on Pandora.​

    Additions To Character Skills.

    The re-app must be done after any threading involved. Roleplaying is required to develop or give a character new skills or abilities. If you wish to have your character obtain new abilities, they should still make sense for your character and with your character’s original canon. Please note that staff may not accept all additions to a character’s skills if we determine they do not fit the character, original canon, or make the character too powerful for Pandora. If a re-app is denied, any roleplaying leading up to that may have to be modified, considered null and void, or the character may be nerfed in-game by Pandora.

    LEARNING MAGIC.
    If you are interested in your character learning magic, you must follow the rules of the type of magic the character is learning. For example, BBC Merlin magic can be taught to anybody interested in learning while Harry Potter magic can only be taught to those who have been shown clearly in canon to possess magical potential inside of them (i.e. born with it). If the fandom isn't clear about the rules of a magic system, then you can assume anybody can learn it.​

     
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    Posting Rules


    Writing

    All roleplay posts should be third person, past tense. While we don't expect grammatical perfection, posts must be readable and strive to use correct grammar, capitalization, and spelling. Pandora has no word count, and posts may be as short or long as the player is comfortable with.

    Timestamping

    Every thread must be dated at the top of the very first post! This is to keep better track of personal timelines and event timelines in Pandora. Every new thread you create must be dated within any month of Pandora's current season. You can find the current season on the sidebar.

    No Godmoding or Metagaming

    Do not control another character without the player's permission. If your character has special abilities that may inadvertently lead to the control of another character (i.e. telekinetically making them float in the air), please roleplay the situation out in a manner realistic to your character's capabilities. Similarly, do not take OOC information and use it IC. While the player may know many secrets about Character A, Character B will not know this information without having discovered it IC. If you feel as if you are not being treated fairly, please contact an Admin.

    Turn Order and Skip Policies

    By default, all group threads have no turn order. Players are encouraged to post whenever they have something to add, and there is no need to wait for a particular player to post. Players may set their own turn order for threads they start. In cases where a turn order is specified, Pandora defaults to a 3-day skip policy. If the next person does not post, they can be skipped and are out of the turn order until they post again. Players may specify their own skip policy for threads they start as well.

    Breaking the Fourth Wall

    While it is sometimes unavoidable for characters to recognize other characters in Pandora as fictional, telling another character they are fictional can only be done with the player's permission.

    Large-Scales Effects.

    If you want to cause major effects to one or more forum locations, get admin permission first.

    REQUIRES PERMISSION.
    Destroying/altering/otherwise affecting any area that has a named forum location (such as the orphanage, or a large part of Tavoie Borough), is connected to a major city’s government, or is specifically mentioned in any official documentation. A current event article will also be required.
    DOES NOT REQUIRE PERMISSION.
    Affecting something that is not a specific forum location, such as a building, block, or random town in the wilderness. Current Event articles are recommended, but optional.​

     
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    Activity Rules


    Activity Checks

    These are held once a month, running from the 1st through the 7th of every month, starting and ending at 12:00AM EST. A canon character must have a minimum of 3 IC posts since the last activity check to be saved. Exceptions are made for recently apped characters and for members with an absence message posted. A single absence only counts for one activity check, and we allow two absence exceptions in a row. If a character is lost in the activity check, their account will be deleted and all applications, organizers, and directory threads will be archived.

    HIGH-RANKING JOBS.
    Some high-ranking government positions require 5 IC posts per month. These positions are marked clearly in each sign-up thread.​

    Character Caps

    There are a few instances in which character caps will be given out. Character caps are a temporary maximum of characters a person is allowed to play for a specific amount of time and are always sent through PMs. The staff will do their best to decide the amount of characters in which they believe a person can handle in order for them to focus on the activity of their current roster as opposed to spreading themselves thin. These instances are as followed:
    • Last minute posting. When the bulk of your required posts are repeatedly done during the week of the activity check, particularly in the last day or two.
    • Large amount of threads and/or characters with excessively slow reply times. If their activity is affecting many others due to having more threads/characters than it looks like they can handle.
    • Excessively rotating character line-up. While members are free to pick up and drop as many characters as they’d like, it becomes an issue when characters are repeatedly dropped and applied for over a short period of time, usually on a whim, as it is disruptive towards plotting.
    • Issues with character portrayal.
    We generally wait 2-3 months before lifting the cap to ensure that there’s continued improvement. If you do not hear back from the staff in that time-frame, please send us a PM so we can review your case.

     
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    Graphics & Styling Rules


    Avatar Sizes

    Avatars can be no larger than 150kb. The maximum avatar dimensions before quality loss are 192x384. Our forum software will resize it as necessary throughout the forum.

    Signature and Post Image Size

    Our forum automatically resizes images to fit. Clicking on the image will show it at full size. However, if your image is so large it slows down load times, we will remove it. The maximum height of signatures is 400px. Any signature content that extends past 400px will be cut off.

    Character Representation

    It is strongly recommended that you have some sort of visual representation of your character, whatever that representation may be. We allow photos(such as celebrities or models), screencaps, as well as animation and artwork. If using non-official artwork (fanart or original art), make sure to get the permission of the artist and give clear credit with a link to the original in your signature. Do not use yourself, your friends, or your family in your graphics.

    Preserve Readability

    Try to preserve strong color contrast when choosing custom colors for text or frames. If a chosen color impairs readability, you may be asked to change it.

    Animated Gifs

    While Animated Gifs are allowed, we ask that you be sure they are unobtrusive, especially in IC areas of the site.

     
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