Vast Horizon Help Files
* Character Descriptions
* Character Descriptions
Writing your character description is required during character creation, or up to two weeks after creation. We do advise that you take your time with this, and that you take the opportunities given to review your description. Feel free to edit the description if needed.
If you decide not to write your description immediately, the @SETDESCRIPTION command will get you back where you need to be.
Below are a few guidelines and the writing explanation.
When you begin to write, you will fill in your hair length, type, and color. Then you will have the option to write your physical description. At this time, we need modifiers to show us where you want the above listed items to go within your description. These will be explained below.
The best way to understand each modifier is to read the description examples below and the explanations, as each modifier will input the information you gave at the start, and sometimes some set text, so it is important to check that the text will look right.
While we do not simply want people to rehash any of our examples word for word, they might be useful as templates for you to be creative around.
A 22 year old woman who is 5 feet tall. She has a slim build and tan skin. Her dirty long red hair is parted down the side, with the bangs raised in small ringlets. She has a pretty heart-shaped face with big blue eyes and a button nose. Her lips are pouty with brilliant white teeth. Her narrow shoulders slope down to average sized arms and petite hands. Her bust is above average in size, and she has a well-toned stomach which contrasts well with her attractive hips. Her legs are slightly muscled and she has large, angular feet.
How did I write this description? By using the modifiers that I filled out during the process.
A %age% year old woman who %height%. She has a slim build and tan skin. Her dirty %hair-length% %hair-color% hair is %hair-type%. She has a pretty heart-shaped face with big blue eyes and a button nose. Her lips are pouty with brilliant white teeth. Her narrow shoulders slope down to average sized arms and petite hands. Her bust is above average in size, and she has a well-toned stomach which contrasts well with her attractive hips. Her legs are slightly muscled and she has large, angular feet.
While you can take liberties with how you work your hair length, style and color into the description, please be careful so that it will make sense. Note, punctuation will need to be filled in by you. This will help your ability to place things where they need placing.
Please pay attention to how the percent signs are used here or it will botch things up for you.
%age% - Fills in your age.
%height% Fills in the words is, your specified height in feet and inches, and the word tall.
%hair-color% Fills in your designated hair color only. This is so that you can change your hair color easily.
%hair-type% fills in your hair style. Note that it does not add the word hair, you must do this yourself if it wasn't part of the name of your hair type.
%hair-length% fills in the length of your hair.
We do have a salon now where you can change your hair color, length and type. Writing custom descriptions makes doing hair styles a pain so if you need a description change due to a desired hair type, we will assist free of charge until we come up with a better solution.
While customization makes description writing fun, we do have a tip.
Her hair %hair-length% %hair-color% and %hair-type%.
This would help you not need assistance for most hair-styles we have listed.
Another note for hair type, please use a hair style. This could be parted down the side, cut in jagged strands, pulled up in braids, and more. We advise you put words like straight, curly, and wavy in the description rather than the hair type, as shown above.
Please spellcheck your description. While staff will fix minor errors, a description filled with mistakes will not be approved.
Do not put outlandish things in your description. You are a human, not some garish looking monstrosity.
Follow the above process of getting a few basic items in your description properly.
We ask that you not put any clothing, jewelry, or other such items in your description. Things like, facial expressions, walking styles, moods and such wording is not allowed. Also, do not add tattoos in more intimate places without gaining clearance from the staff via a support ticket. The same goes for birth marks, scars and other such things. If you use them, make sure they are in a place on the body where people can see them easily.
Another item of interest is the subjective adjective. Just because you think you are the best looking person, handsome, or ugly, doesn't mean everyone does. While we have not rejected descriptions with these adjectives, we encourage you to not use them. Tell us why you are handsome or ugly rather than just using the word.
Loading a description with forced RP is becoming the norm of late. We would really appreciate it if you could add your own flare, that is not forcing the player to believe every part of your description is the best. This is not to say don't say that your eyes are captivating, but it is instead to say, a little goes a long way. Show instead of tell is important
We, as you do, want everyone to have nice descriptions but one can overdo it with tons of the forced RP rather than small sprinkles of it.
We understand that this may seem complicated, but rest assured we will help you all that we can, and you can take as much time as you need to work it out.
You will have a new pilot description after submission until we've had a chance to review yours and help you with it if needed. We ask that people gloss over those who have the new pilot description and then change into a better description.
If you are seriously stuck or confused, simply abort the process and ask for help on the newbie channel or fill out a support ticket. We understand this process may be overwhelming for some and are happy to help. Keep in mind though, you do have two weeks to form a good description. We are here to help and glad to do so but give it a try and see what works out for you.
This help file was last modified: 08/16/23 at 9:58 p.m.
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