-Minecraft IGN: Dahlea
-Skype name (Optional, for server chat): cassierioux
-Do you have any prior roleplay-related experience, if so could you give an example?
Yes, I do have previous roleplay experience. I’ve been in a number of Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, both in-person and over things like skype. I’ve also had some experience with forum based roleplay, and a few Minecraft servers.
-Define Power-gaming in your own words:
Power-gaming – Giving your character powers far above or beyond the amount that they have actually earned capacity for. For example, your two day old character can blow up a mountain with his mind. Also, controlling another character’s actions directly without giving them an opportunity to respond or defend themselves. For example “I crush your character’s ribs and you bleed out and die.”
-Define Meta-gaming in your own words:
Meta-gaming – Letting information obtained OOC alter your character’s actions IC. For example, your DM accidentally slips up and mentions a trap in the next room of your dungeon. You then decide to make your usually reckless and curious character avoid this room for the sake of caution.
-Character name: Syralei Arrynlocke
-Character race: High Elf
-Character age: 32
-Character Occupation (optional, note you still must talk to the lord about loaning or purchasing any stall/shop for your character if he/she would have one. Also be sure to give previous applications a glance before deciding your job, we don't need 5 bartenders!):
Student. Throughout her educational background Syralei displayed profound interest in pre-war cultures and technologies. She was admitted onto a specialized team of student archeological researchers based on the merits of her study and her genuine passion to discover lost knowledge. Syralei’s specific role is to travel to assigned locations with her team and investigate pre-war ruins (most old, some very old) for information ranging from lost culture to medicine and magical artifacts. The information obtained from these digs is generally returned to the educational body and then distributed for peer-review before being released to the public or military. She aspires to make a discovery so large and important that it will be a primary contributing factor to the uprising of the people of Barkamsted against the enemy forces oppressing them.
-Character description (At least one to two paragraphs describing your character’s visual appearance.):
Syralei stands on the very low end of the spectrum as far as height in High Elves is concerned. Though her frame is shorter than average it is still definitively High Elven in many other ways. Her skin tone is very normal, being the fair peach common among her people. Eyes and hair, pastel tints of brown and blue respectively.
In times of field research she is generally seen wearing practical brown robes of various design and flat sandals or low-heeled boots. Her hair may be tied in a side-braid or a high bun. While she is on the field her soft body tends to develop slight amounts of definition over time, her fair skin becoming somewhat sun kissed as well. During long stretches of at-home study she tends to take the opportunity to pamper herself, bathing in perfumed oils and reveling in the comforts of home. She favors loose fitting and light dresses, with shoes that help to make up for her small height. Any jewelry she wears is usually inspired by the fashions of the people she studies, in interest of their culture.
-Character personality and traits (At least one to two paragraphs describing their personality traits and/or quirks.):
Aloof and soothing, Syralei always wears a casual smile that brings comfort to those around her. She has a tendency to stay level headed and calm in situations that many would consider to be stress-inducing and serious, sometimes to the dismay of her family and colleagues. Despite her cool exterior Syralei is a very competitive perfectionist, determined to succeed and look humble while doing it. She can be fiercely competitive in her field, and has a fiery passion for the work she does. An important factor in her drive is her loyalty to her friends and family, both of whom she desires to improve the lives of, in her own way.
-Character biography (At least three paragraphs describing your character's history and experiences):
Born to a mother and father who were both direct refugees of the war, Syralei spent much of her childhood safe within the walls of Barkamsted. Her father, who witnessed the atrocities of combat first hand, had an authoritative stance about her leaving the safety of the city. Naturally this fostered a flame of curiosity in the child, though few could have predicted how large it would grow. She spent many of her younger years bonding with her older brother Corinaith as well as her classmates; in doing so she learned the values of strong bonds between friends and family. Having such a voracious appetite for lectures in subjects such as history and literature meant that her companions were often blasted with random facts and intricate tales of times past.
When Syralei reached the age of 15, Corinaith returned from a rescue mission to escort refugees into the city in bad condition. His spine had been crushed just below the neck, and his body was supported by only by his brothers in arms who carried him in despair. As it followed, he would never sit up on his own again, paralyzed from the neck down. Grieving for her brother, Syralei helped in the way she best knew how. The stories she told him trickled in slowly at first, and eventually developed into epic tales as she scoured books for more material. Every moment she spent in study turned into an opportunity for her to bring a piece of the outside world home to her beloved brother. As it happened, she found that she was dually rewarded with his happiness and the praise of her professors.
As she aged, her continuous success in academia opened opportunities to her that many would covet. Her student writings were several times prize winning material, granting scholarships and invitations to speak to crowds of her peers. When the time came for her to pursue higher education she knew the exact fields she desired to be accepted into and dove into them without looking back. Although an entire new world of information had opened up to her, her lust for discovery was no longer satisfied by pen and paper. Against the will of her father she applied to several special student programs involved in field work outside of the safety of the city. She faced much opposition at home from both of her parents, which may have deterred her if not for the support of Corinaith.
-Please give us a short RP response to these two scenarios. (At least one paragraph for each.)
You’re walking around the markets at around noon. There’s a lot of people around you, still gathering their items as they prepare to shut down their many stands. Suddenly you feel a gentle lifting of your coin purse as a child graces you and soon after they take off sprinting. You have been robbed.
The elven woman turned her gaze upon the child just quickly enough to see the back of his frame ducking and weaving down the street through crowds of people. Her mouth fell open for a moment as she patted the spot where her coin pouch once hung. Then, with a smirk, she lifted her hands to her mouth and called out, “A reward to the person who catches that boy who stole my purse!” She pointed in the direction of the darting child, waiting for an eager citizen to take her up on her offer.
You’re heading back to the city through the woods when you hear a whining coming from nearby. Upon further investigation you come across a grey-colored wolf that appears to have its leg caught in a bear trap. Around it is three smaller lumps of fur, obviously puppies belonging to the trapped mother. Without help, they’ll all die, but wolf skins are quite valuable too, not to mention that the nearby farms suffer quite a bit from the wolf population.
Syralei turned her head away from the sight and continued to shuffle past it, clutching her journal tightly to her chest. A scene such as this tended to make her very uneasy, and the best thing she could think to do was ignore it. Interfering with the course of nature seemed an unwise decision, and was frequently warned against in her teachings. Wolves are dangerous animals after all, especially when frightened.
Only fill out if you want your character to have magic capabilities. If you do not fill this out then your character will be incapable of performing any form of magic. Also note that it will take significant in character practice and experience to become any form of proficient in magic.
(We only accept high quality magic applications!)
-Describe to us why you wish for your character to have magical capabilities:
For starters, having the capacity for magical ability tends to be the norm for her race by about 80%. But beyond that, the ability to use magical artifacts would greatly enhance the depth and informational value of her research. It seems almost natural to me that a character such as Syralei would be able to use magic; I would consider her quite stifled without it. (Although I suppose that might make for an interesting role play point, but it isn’t a path I’d like to take her down.) Plus, the ability to use magic would simply make roleplay that much more enjoyable for me by providing a goal to work towards IC.
-Please give an example in your own words describing the limitations placed upon those who use magic:
Characters with the ability to use magic must work very diligently to train their energies in order for them to become more powerful. Similar to going to a gym to work out your muscles, the amount of magical energy you are able to channel through magic artifacts increases with practice. If a character overexerts themselves magically speaking they are likely to cause self-harm in forms ranging from exhaustion to loss of consciousness or even death. Magic trinkets of a weak variety are also likely to shatter or otherwise break if too much magical energy is pumped through them.
-Please give a simple description of the magic system in your own words:
The magic system in Saphriel is artifact based. Characters can find and obtain magical artifacts in a variety of ways and channel energy through them to make use of their effects. There are at least two factors that limit the power of magic effects in the game, one being the strength of the artifact itself, and the other being the magical strength of the character.
-You are given a very basic trinket of fire, you haven't had much practice with magic yet, but you will try your best. Describe some things you could/would do with this trinket:
(This is all just an example, not something that actually happened in her past.)
Researcher’s Journal Entry Day 13
I write this entry with great glee and anticipation, for on today, the 13th day of our second expedition a small segment of our research group left camp to examine a burned town site not far from the dig that we were assigned to. From the ruined town we managed to retrieve a slew of interesting objects, one of which appears to be a rudimentary magical trinket of some sort found in what we believe once was an alchemy house. None of us are quite sure how to operate the thing, but perhaps we may find out in time. S. Arrynlocke
Researcher’s Journal Entry Day 14
It has been to my great disappointment that none of our members have been able to make use of the mysterious trinket. Perhaps some sort of elaborate forgery has taken place here, well enough to fool the trained eyes of our entire team. My fears lead me to wonder if perhaps I do not have the innate talent for magic required to perform such a feat. S. Arrynlocke
Researcher’s Journal Entry Day 17
It strikes me as amusing that I should be making this entry now, on the last night of our assigned time to this dig. It happened as an afterthought, while I rest wearily after a long day of cleaning and packing up my work. I absent mindedly began to play with the trinket without any real hope of activating it. How ironic, that such a casual thing could lead to such an important moment of discovery for me, but I must say it. Eureka! The flame I managed to create was small and short-lived, but perhaps the most precious of my life. I will remember it fondly as the small spark that led to a brilliant and ardent flame of opportunity for me. As of this moment I have only managed to create a fire large enough to warm a cup of tea, but my next hope is to boil a whole pot. S. Arrynlocke