Character Guidelines

These guidelines apply more towards original (fan made) characters. (If you want to play an official character, please check to see which are currently for adoption). Please review ALL of these guidelines before you submit your character application. Once you have familiarized yourself with our standards, you may submit your character.

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General Information

Approval Team

Approval Team

All characters, both canon and non, will be subjected to review by the board staff members. During this time, they may make suggestions or ask for certain things about your character to be altered. Don't get upset if this happens, as they're only trying to help keep this roleplay's atmosphere, style, and quality level in tact, and keep it fun and fair to everyone involved. Any player is free to comment on applications, but all approval team members must voice their opinion before the character can be approved or disapproved. An application must have the approval of everyone on the team before it passes.

Please also note that if you modify a character's profile after it's been approved, you still must notify the app team of the changes. This can be done by simply leaving a reply to the profile's thread noting what all you changed. If anyone on the app team has a problem with the changes, you may be asked to modify or delete them. If you refuse, your character's profile will be moved back to the application area and the character will be unplayable until the dispute is resolved.

Other Continuities

We're a liberal bunch. As long as the Sonic Team/SatAM (respectively) atmosphere is retained, you're allowed to play characters from other continuities and franchises - within reason. Characters must be altered as necessary to make them fit into the story, not vise versa.

For example, at SegaStH have a Sally Acorn who isn't a princess, works as a GUN agent and had no prior history with Sonic. We also have a character who's a mixture of Dr Finitevus and Dr Zachary who is a pangolin rather than an echidna (due to their technical extinction) and uses his dual identity to work as both a doctor and a terrorist leader. At SatAMStH we have a Knuckles living in Knothole who was formally the guardian of a single chaos emerald on Little Planet, as well as a Coconuts who is a roboticized monkey living in Lower Mobius. If you alter the character enough that he or she fits in, they'll be considered.

For a list of taken semi-canon characters, so you can get an idea of who's available, please refer to Sega and SatAM's character lists respectively.

SegaStH Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Please keep your character balanced - It's no fun for other Players if your character is the best at dodging, attacking, running, swimming, knitting, etc. Keep things reasonably balanced and fair for everybody else. It's all about having fun here, so let's keep things that way.
  • Please do not make your character related to any official character - This one's pretty simple. If you try to relate your character to Sonic, through family bonds, relationships or through an intertwined history, we will usually ask you to amend it. However, there is some room for negotiation on this matter, depending on how the players of said characters feel about it. If you think it could work, be sure to discuss it with them to see what they think. But nothing extravagant, please.
  • Please do not make a character revolving around the Emeralds - This is another big one. Please don't make a character who is either a) the guardian of any of the official emeralds, b) the guardian of some unofficial emeralds (also, please don't create any unofficial emeralds, either), or c) Already in possession of an emerald right from the get-go. We already keep track of the emeralds' placement in the story, so it would be impossible for newcomers to already have one in their possession.
  • Try to stay within the Sonic Team character design scheme - No clone characters, obviously, but also try to keep it true to the general feel of the Sonic Team art style. IE, no rippling musclebound beefcakes or multi-colored fur patterns that look like a rainbow puked all over them. A character can be "big" and appear buff, but when was the last time you saw a Sonic character with a six pack? Also, try to keep at least [i]some[/i] biological sense in mind - reptiles with hair, for example, will not be permitted.

What we Allow, What to Avoid

On the subject of Hedgehogs, Foxes and Echidnas, please see the 'Restricted Roles' sections for further details.

NO ROBOTIC DUPLICATES: Pretty straightforward, this — We have so many Metal Name-Here's that we can't really afford to accept any more of this type, even if it's an official character. If you absolutely gotta have a character to be a robotic anything, it's gotta be its own original entity.

AVOID HYBRIDS: Hybrids are cool and all — and Sega even has an official one by the name of Fang the Sniper — but there are few of these that actually make logical sense, and as such, if you really want a character in this category, we gotta discuss it, first. We can tell you right up front that we won't be accepting any mammal/reptile, avian/insect, etc. hybrids, so if you want us to even begin considering, it has to be something mammal/mammal, reptile/reptile, etc. There are so many other unused options for unique animal species out there, though, that we encourage looking into those first.

This and this are good links to try, if you're stumped on ideas for varying species.

HUMANS ARE ALLOWED: Don't want or can't think of an animal for your character to be? That's fine! Humans are perfectly acceptable here - and no, there's no rift between them and the anthro characters here in the Sega universe - they're treated as equals. Just bare in mind we don't want sayans, mutants or magical girls - IE, don't bring anime or Marvel/DC characters in here. Though that said we won't hold it against you if you give your character "anime" hair (Within certain reason. Anything resembling Yugi's hair is getting a veto)

CYBORGS ARE ALLOWED: Believe it or not, we have a loophole that allows cyborg characters to be able to exist within the Sega continuity. If you'd like information on how we portray them and how to apply for one, check out this article from our wiki. Also feel free to shoot any questions you might have on the subject to Jamie, as it is one of her characters who makes this option possible. If you would like your character to be a member of our Sega variation of the Dark Legion, please contact Jamie to discuss.

NO EXTRATERRESTRIALS: Yeah, okay. There's been aliens in the game continuity. Shadow's part alien. We still don't want them here.

NO CLONE CHARACTERS: We encourage folks to be creative here, and that also includes making a character that isn't another Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles here. Flat-out recolours will definitely be rejected. There's far too many opportunities out there with character creation to have to cut out existing official designs and revise little things to make somebody stand out, and if you wish for assistance in the matter, please feel free to talk to us!

NO CHARACTERS FROM OUTSIDE FRANCHISES: Mario, Megaman, etc. It's hard to take a roleplay seriously when these guys are running around. If you'd like to take inspiration from a character from an outside franchise to create a fan character of your own, that's fine as long as they're not immediately recognizable, but you can't submit the actual character or only alter them slightly. IE, we're gonna raise an eyebrow if you submit a tanuki who wears overalls and throws fireballs.

Whatever isn't on this list, we will most likely have no problems with! If you are unsure about something, don't be afraid to contact us about it, and we'll give you advice as best as we can!

Restricted Roles

A restricted role is, essentially, a player role that is restricted from newcomers and other such players. There are a few types of characters and roles that, while acceptable, are pretty important, and can only be entrusted to Players that have been around for a while, are active and are trustworthy. Having one of these roles is not a right - it must be earned. The stipulations we normally consider are as such;

  • You have been around for some time, and established at least two well-developed roleplaying characters in the story.
  • Have a strong history of roleplay, replying in timely fashion, keeping things civil and mature, and staying in contact with other players.
  • We have become familiar enough with you as a player and your style of writing to feel comfortable allowing you the responsibility.

There may be one or two other minor considerations, but this will be up to the ones in charge of the application process. Here is a current list of things we consider 'Restricted':

HEDGEHOGS, FOXES, AND ECHIDNAS
It's not really a secret — these character types are all over the place online. They're the most popular amongst the younger fans in the series, and it is because of this that we've had to put a tight cap on how many we allow in here. Usually, such characters are almost never too different from the main cast, thus it becomes difficult to give clearance in a roleplay where we encourage all things creative. However, if you are eligible, and you wish to submit a character of this nature, we will give you the chance to apply for one.

"But what about echidnas?", you may ask. "In SEGA continuity, isn't Knuckles the only one left?"

While this was true for the longest time, recent developments (See -> Sonic Chronicles) appear to have changed this canonical detail. While we have yet to consider Chronicles as part of our story history (leaving Knuckles by himself again), this did bring up the idea that the echidna race may still exist in Blaze's universe, opening up a window of opportunity for our eligible players to apply for one of this species.

In the end, those in charge of applications will have the final say on this direction of species, but if you think you may fit the qualifications listed above, let us know, and we'll see what you have for us. We'd also like to note that trying to get around this rule by applying for, say, a porcupine that just looks like a hedgehog with messier quills won't fly. If you want a porcupine, make it look like a porcupine.

MAJOR ANTAGONISTS
Villains are important. Any good story needs conflict, and the best way to cause conflict is to have the bad guy pull some tremendous stunts to achieve his goals. However, because of how much a villain can affect a story at any given point, they tend to be very important characters that can't be left just hanging in the middle of a major plot, nor can they be a common occurrence. Honestly, having Eggman and Eggman-Nega kinda fills in most of what we need for villainy in the Sonic world.

However, sometimes other people like playing badguy, and sometimes the Eggmen need a break to recover from a failed takeover. We can understand this. However, due to the importance and the necessary rarity of such a role, we can't just hand these out to anybody, and involvement with these characters will have to undergo much thought and planning before being put to use. If you've been with us for a while, and think you have an idea that would involve something like this, we may give you a shot. Just get in touch, and we can work something out.

Keep in mind that this only applies to MAJOR antagonists. You can still apply for minor ones, such as a minion to one of the major antagonists or a thief.

POSITIONS OF HIGH POLITICAL POWER
Presidents, governors, royalty, nobles, etc. These are extremely powerful characters with the ability to dictate commands, define laws, declare war or otherwise directly and indirectly effect many other characters in the game. And just like there aren't many people with this kind of power in real life, not very many of them will be allowed in-game. We gotta really trust you if you want one of these.

INDOLES
In a nutshell, "indole" is a term we invented to describe a character who is able to preform Chaos or Sol Emerald abilities without the need of an emerald. This includes extreme physical feats of speed or strength, or powers such as telekinesis or control over the elements. The most notable examples are Sonic, with his super speed, or Blaze, with her fire abilities. Further information on indoles can be found here.

These types of characters are rather hard to come by, and as such, any people wanting to create a character in this category need to speak with us, first. They aren't banned entirely, but with so many members of the canon cast already falling under this group we need to put a leash on how many of these guys we let run around.

SatAMStH Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Please keep your character balanced - It's no fun for other Players if your character is the best at dodging, attacking, running, swimming, knitting, etc. Keep things reasonably balanced, and fair for everybody else. It's all about having fun here, so let's keep things that way.
  • Please do not make your character related to any official character - This one's pretty simple. We understand that if your character is, say, a resident of Knothole that Sonic, Sally, etc. would probably be familiar with them, but if you try to relate your character to Sonic, through family bonds, relationships, etc. we will usually ask you to amend it. However, there is some room for negotiation on this matter, depending on how the players of said characters feel about it. If you think it could work, be sure to discuss it with them to see what they think. But nothing extravagant, please.
  • Try to stay within the SatAM and/or Sega character design scheme - No clone characters, obviously, but also try to keep it true to the general feel of the SatAM and Sega art style. IE, no rippling musclebound beefcakes or multi-colored fur patterns that look like a rainbow puked all over them. A character can be "big" and appear buff, but when was the last time you saw a Sonic character with a six pack? Also, try to keep at least some biological sense in mind - reptiles with hair, for example, will not be permitted.
  • Please try to maintain the SatAM atmosphere - The most important thing about making a character is that they fit the SatAM world. You have to keep in mind that the SatAM world is a very post-apocalypse dystopian future. The closer one is to one of Robotnik's base of operations (Robotropolis, Mercia, etc), the harder and more dangerous life becomes. Life for characters doesn't simply go on as 'usual'; their world was turned topsy-turvy and they're fighting to regain it. Further away, in areas where Robotnik has less presenceor possibly even none at allit's still not a completely comfortable situation. Ever had a massive war brewing right at the edge of your property? Just because Switzerland didn't fight doesn't mean they felt safe. Having a war hanging overhead effects society.

It's also worth noting that SatAM is NOT synonymous with Archie. Just because something works in Archie does not mean it will work here. Characters, locations, and other ideas bend to fit the SatAM world, [b]NOT[/b] the other way around.

What we Allow, What to Avoid

On the subject of Hedgehogs, Foxes and Echidnas, please see the 'Restricted Roles' sections for further details.

  • NO ROBOTIC DUPLICATES: Metal Sonic is the only robotic duplicate of a character we will allow in this roleplay. No exceptions.
  • AVOID HYBRIDS: Hybrids are cool and all — and Sega even has an official one by the name of Fang the Sniper — but there are few of these that actually make logical sense, and as such, if you really want a character in this category, we gotta discuss it, first. We can tell you right up front that we won't be accepting any mammal/reptile, avian/insect, etc. hybrids, so if you want us to even begin considering, it has to be something mammal/mammal, reptile/reptile, etc. There are so many other unused options for unique animal species out there, though, that we encourage looking into those first.

This and this are good links to try, if you're stumped on ideas for varying species.

  • AVOID MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES: While mythological creatures do exist in the SatAM world (Knothole has its very own dragon, after all), a bunch of them running around would cause them to lose their uniqueness. If you really want one, it'll be considered as long as it's well-presented and not overpowered. One thing to note is that mythological creatures are typically not mobian or "anthro" style; Their body shape is often more similar to that of normal animals.
  • HUMANS ARE ALLOWED: Don't want or can't think of an animal for your character to be? That's fine! Humans are perfectly acceptable here. Information on how we handle and portray humans in the SatAM world can be found here. Just bare in mind we don't want sayans, mutants or magical girls - IE, don't bring anime or Marvel/DC characters in here. Though that said we won't hold it against you if you give your character "anime" hair (Within certain reason. Anything resembling Yugi's hair is getting a veto)
  • NO EXTRATERRESTRIALS: Aliens are a can of worms we're not about to open here. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • NO CLONE CHARACTERS: We encourage folks to be creative here, and that also includes making a character that isn't another Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles here. Flat-out recolours will definitely be rejected. There's far too many opportunities out there with character creation to have to cut out existing official designs and revise little things to make somebody stand out, and if you wish for assistance in the matter, please feel free to talk to us!
  • NO CHARACTERS FROM OUTSIDE FRANCHISES: Mario, Megaman, etc. It's hard to take a roleplay seriously when these guys are running around. If you'd like to take inspiration from a character from an outside franchise to create a fan character of your own, that's fine as long as they're not immediately recognizable, but you can't submit the actual character or only alter them slightly. IE, we're gonna raise an eyebrow if you submit a tanuki who wears overalls and throws fireballs.
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Whatever isn't on this list, we will most likely have no problems with! If you are unsure about something, don't be afraid to contact us about it, and we'll give you advice as best as we can!

Restricted Roles

A restricted role is, essentially, a player role that is restricted from newcomers and other such players. There are a few types of characters and roles that, while acceptable, are pretty important, and can only be entrusted to Players that have been around for a while, are active and are trustworthy. Having one of these roles is not a right - it must be earned. The stipulations we normally consider are as such;

  • You have been around for some time, and established at least two well-developed roleplaying characters in the story.
  • Have a strong history of roleplay, replying in timely fashion, keeping things civil and mature, and staying in contact with other players.
  • We have become familiar enough with you as a player and your style of writing to feel comfortable allowing you the responsibility.

HEDGEHOGS, FOXES, AND ECHIDNAS
It's not really a secret — these character types are all over the place online. They're the most popular amongst the younger fans in the series, and it is because of this that we've had to put a tight cap on how many we allow in here. Usually, such characters are almost never too different from the main cast, thus it becomes difficult to give clearance in a roleplay where we encourage all things creative. However, if you are eligible, and you wish to submit a character of this nature, we will give you the chance to apply for one.

"But what about echidnas?", you may ask. "Does a Knuckles even exist in this roleplay?"

Well, we DID have a Knuckles at one time, but not anymore (If you'd like play him and would like information on how he was established, contact Jamie). That said, he wasn't the last of his kind, only the last of his tribe. Information on tribes, both echidna and non-echidna, can be found here: http://sthrps.wikidot.com/tribes

In the end, those in charge of applications will have the final say on this direction of species, but if you think you may fit the qualifications listed above, let us know, and we'll see what you have for us. We'd also like to note that trying to get around this rule by applying for, say, a porcupine that just looks like a hedgehog with messier quills won't fly. If you want a porcupine, make it look like a porcupine.

CYBORGS AND FREE-WILLED ROBIANS
Cyborgs are a rarity despite the army Jamie has. Not many people are fortunate enough to be plucked out of an activated roboticizer before it manages to complete the process. A cyborg character doesn't necessarily have to begin that way either - you may possibly be granted more leeway if they enter the roleplay normal, and through some planned event (to be determined by the players and approved by the staff) become a cyborg in-game.

Likewise, when it comes to robians in possession of their free will, these are pretty rare as well and must present a very good reason for why their voluntary mobility has been restored before the staff will begin to consider it.

MAJOR ANTAGONISTS
Because of the nature of SatAM's setting, it's difficult to establish any major villains aside from Robotnik himself. If you can come up with an idea that sounds plausible we'll be willing to take it into consideration, but most likely anyone who makes a big enough threat of themself in the world is gonna find Robotnik on their doorstep pretty fast.

Keep in mind that this only applies to MAJOR antagonists. You can still apply for minor ones, such as a thief.

INDOLES
In a nutshell, "indole" is a term we invented to describe a character who is able to preform "magic" or otherwise supernatural or superhuman feats. Sonic is of course the best example, but there's also characters like Dulcy and Naugus. Characters with these sorts of abilities are considered rare (especially so for magic users) and even if they do have abilities, it's rare for them to be fully realized. Basically, speak with us first. They aren't banned entirely, but we need to put a leash on how many we let run around. Leeway will be granted if you're adapting a semi-canon character from another continuity.

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