Getting Started

Throwing a character into the world of Khy'eras without knowledge of the game might turn into a problematic decision. After all, adventures - or at least the more exciting ones - frequently involve elements of danger, exploration, romance, mystery, etc., etc., etc. On these exploits, a writer should know how to avoid or counter situations that transform emotions like peril and flirtation into death. Unless death is the ultimate goal, then onward without regret!

However, if you consider yourself part of the majority who wish to keep their character around for a decent amount of time but don't know how, then continue reading this Getting Started guide. The contents following are aimed at introducing new members, but any information here can also be used as a refresher for existing players.

The "Not So Fun" Stuff

To sustain a peaceful and collaborative writing community, please read the rules. As there's a multitude of forum RPGs on the internet and each differs in concepts, it's not correct to assume that what you've done in another game can be translated to Khy'eras. If there's anything the rules don't cover, try checking out the Managing Your Account section, as it contains information on Writer versus Character separation, account linking, signatures, and avatars.

For any remaining questions, check out the listing of current Khy'eras staff and know how to contact them. There will, undoubtedly, always be questions and places to ask those questions. There are Discord channels available as well and whether a forum account is registered or not, connection to chat allows for general questions, plotting, or silly, casual chatter.

Creating a Character

Ready to dive head first into the shallow end? (A query that can be translated to, "Are you ready to create a character and succumb to the fantasy world of Khy'eras?") If the answer is a resounding "Yes!", the next paragraphs explain fields about account sign up and building a character. We'll leave out a several entries, as fields like "Email address" and "Username" are self-explanatory.

Gender
Used For:
Writer

As far as pronouns or gender specification, how should the community address you? For example: male, female, he/him, she/her, they/them, undisclosed, etc. There is similar field for characters.

Pronunciation
Used For:
Writer or Character

Helps to pronounce a name properly.

Writing Preferences
Used For:
Writer

This area is meant to tell fellow writers what type of scenes you do or don't like to write or any triggers that are harmful. Although we have areas for creating plotters and what not, it is imperative to fill out this field as it is attached profiles and generates an easy look up for members.

Account Type
Used For:
Writer or Character
Related Reading:
Rules, Managing Your Account

This must be selected to proceed with registration. Choosing "Character" will display fields for persona creation. The type of account you choose, in addition, determines what areas of the forum you can post in. Writers can post in out of character areas (Information Center or Out of Character), while characters can post in the Khy'eras forum.

This cannot be changed without contacting an administrator.

Age
Used For:
Character

Because age is not just a number, this field accepts alternate, non-numeric answers. With racial classifications types such as "Undead", the character could be immortal or perhaps the character is so old, that they've forgotten how old they actually are. (Hey, it happens.)

Gender
Used For:
Character

Akin to the writer "Gender" field, this is used to denote how characters should be identified. For example: male, female, he/him, she/her, they/them, undisclosed, etc. Do keep in mind that even though this may be filled out, if your character meets a new character, that does not necessarily mean they'll address your persona correctly.

Origin and Residence
Used For:
Character
Related Reading:
Setting, Tviyr, Ninraih, Irtuen Reaches

While "Origin" tells where the character comes from - Khy'eras or unknown far off places - "Residence" describes where they currently live and take up home. Neither of these locations need be a static place, as beings can move frequently or don't know where they hail from. A character's grounding is not limited, but there are aspects to keep in mind. Domrhask, as an example, is a remote location that is difficult to get to. Therefore, if your character is not a Dwarf, but is living or starting there, an explanation in "Background" is helpful.

Race and Race Type
Used For:
Character
Related Reading:
Races, Half-Breed

When choosing a race type ("Full-Blooded" or "Half-Breed"), the more specific race options will change, more so with Half-Breeds. There are races that do not mingle for various reasons (like Fae and Dwarf or Korcai and any race) and as such, those combinations are locked down.

As for everything else, the lore on the Khy'eras races contains all the information you could possibly want to know when conjuring up a persona. In the future, we hope to create a "Tips for Playing" section for each race, but for now, any extra questions can be submitted through the forum.

This cannot be changed without contacting an administrator.

Class and Class Type
Used For:
Character
Related Reading:
Classes

The choices available for character classes are determined by race and the class type chosen ("Single" or "Dual"). Races like Kerasoka and Dwarves are non-magical innately for reasons in their history, though a half-Dwarf may branch away from stubborn lineage and practice magic. Dragons have their own subset of classes, as they don't participate in combat or magic like the remaining Khy'eras beings.

At this point in the game's development, choosing a class does not have a great impact, though it does tell fellow players what a character is best at. Eventually, concepts like quests, achievements, and even combat will bring classes into play more.

This cannot be changed without contacting an administrator.

Religion and Religion Type
Used For:
Character
Related Reading:
Religion

For the devoted, feel free to select up to four different deities to worship. "Archaicism" or "Idolism" choices permits the registrant to check off specific entities the character dedicates themselves to. Faith in Archaicism or Idolism cannot be mixed together; these are two distinct beliefs.

Personality
Used For:
Character

Refers to how a character emotionally acts when around or approached by others. Is your persona the life of the party, a devout person driven by inspiring good-deeds, or one who wears their grumpy pants daily? Whatever the aura may be, use this field to describe.

Relationships and Companions
Used For:
Character

This field is not limited to those who have spouses, partners, or children, but it can note any relevant connections. Does the character have a pet or are they at odds with Aunt Betty who is an evil necromancer?

Complexion, Hair, Eyes, Height
Used For:
Character
Related Reading:
Races

These physical details should conform to racial descriptions. For example: where the Fae can be born with any color hair or eyes, Humans are less exotic and have more natural coloration.

Weight
Used For:
Character
Related Reading:
Races

Weight is separated from the above physical attributes, because although there is a common weight for each race, a writer may choose to deviate from the standard. Want to be a Lumeacia who put on a few extra pounds or a Dwarf that was underfed? Go for it.

Other Features
Used For:
Character

From tattoos to piercings and anything else in-between and beyond, here you can jot down supplementary distinguishing features of a character.

Background
Used For:
Character

This area is definitely important as it essentially tells the story of how your character surfaced, what they hope to be, or any missions they have in Khy'eras. During registration, it is not immediately required as creating a character history can be a difficult and in-depth process, not necessarily required for immersion into the realm. Sometimes a story develops through interaction with the rest of the community or sometimes you want history to be hidden until a crucial plot point is revealed.

Writer Name
Used For:
Character

Enter a user name here that links a character back to a writer. If you have a lot of information entered in "Writer Preferences", but don't want to repetitively fill it out for every character, then adding a name establishes a quick reference between accounts.

If there is a name entered into this field, certain information will no longer be available when clicking the "Writer" tab on a character profile. This is because it is assumed people will visit the writer account to view anything extra they need to know.

Miscellaneous Fields
Used For:
Writer or Character

In viewing the user control panel or member profiles, there will be fields not mentioned here. These are mostly contact fields, but there's hidden entries such as Experience, HP, and MP. For those related to character stats, these features will be incorporated in quests or achievements.

Starting the Journey

As a character, all forums in the Khy'eras category are available. If a person is not comfortable with creating their own plots right away, we have sticky topics called "Starting Points". These open threads are popular locations in cities that adventurers convene in. Regardless of how long one chooses to linger, the goal is for the staff team to introduce an NPC to immerse characters in the world. Who knows? Innocent and fledgling wanderers may receive a task that takes them on an epic quest.

These points are not merely for beginners though; anyone may respond to topics to meet a new friend or enemy.

Current Starting Points

Topic creation and Starting Points are not the only ways to get involved in Khy'eras. From time to time, the game will have Events that aim to have players participate or construct topics that revolve around global storylines. These events are commonly world or region-wide occurrences like plagues, wars, hunts, etc. that can drastically alter Khy'eras and the realm's environment.

Don't shy away from possibilities in Wanted Ads or Plotters either, as players may have open threads and ideas they are seeking to develop where a recently conceived character may be the perfect fit.