Creating a character for role play can be frustrating if you are new to it. You want them to feel realistic so that your audience or fellow role players will find them interesting. Some of the development comes over time, especially if you role play. My character started as Mia in 2009, then when I decided that I enjoyed the panther role the most she became Marli in 2010, the previous history resigned to the dustbin of SL Gor. Marli has been fleshed out since then as a stand-alone character. However you can start with a fairly deep character if you take some time to think certain things through.
Create the general information for your character. This is just a few short statements about your character.
Flesh out your character a bit, and give thema sense of presence. You will be explaining personality, appearance and the like. For the appearance, you can either upload a picture from Second Life (upload to computer is free , uploading a picture to Second life costs 10 Lindens).
Add more specific character traits such as: Appearance: Personality: Likes: Dislikes:
Give your character a background to explain why they are the way they are. This can be as short or as long as you like, but the longer the description, the more complex the character is, which makes the character all the more interesting. Insert a couple lines and add to the outline these following points: History: Relatives: Relations to other characters: Status: Weapons: Other information:
Submit a sample of your RP along with your character profile. Make a separate line for this, apart from the outline itself. Title the subject “RP Sample” and write away. This sample is like handing in a resume. The sample shows people what your abilities and skills are like as a role player and just how into detail you can get. It’s best to make your sample show what your character is like. Think of it as writing out your first post. Remember, first impressions are the key.
No “God Moding.” What this means is that your character should not be completely invincible. Your character shouldn’t be the best of the best without any flaws or faults whatsoever. To make sure your character is not a Xena Warrior Princess of SL Gor. One example I came across recently was a panther I role played with , she may have been a pledge or new but I’m not sure. Her profile read as follows, she had military training on earth as special ops , she had a medical background, and was a famous sports woman back on Earth. When she was kidnapped from Earth she was not enslaved because she kicked ass in the space craft, once on Gor she was allowed to practice as a full physician, because she had special ops training she quickly found a panther tribe to join and quickly rose up the ranks due to her medical and military background on Earth. Needless to say , when she was captured by us and tortured , she felt no pain because of her military training , at least that was her excuse 😛
First determine where your character was located. Was it a Gorean city? Was it with Panthers? Or with mercenaries? Are they from Earth? Or are they pure Gorean? .
Then you can write out a background for them. This is what helps really make them who they are. Start at the begining. Where were they born? Who were their parents? Was their childhood happy or sad? What did they accomplish? What major events shaped their personality? Even just a general setting gives you a base to begin your characters personality. Get inspiration from the Gor novels or from other people in SL Gor.
Finally you can choose a name for your character. Make a name that is unique but also realistic. A name like Felonious Darkblade could work for an evil warriors name. Or you can avoid any clues to their character by using a name like Desiree. It is up to you. I would avoid names for role play like PinkBubblePanther unless you really do not want to be taken seriously.