Blood Law's Power System
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CHARACTER CREATION WALK-THROUGH
When creating a character there are many options available to you.
Most groups such as Lycanthropes and Vampires have a three tiered group of powers. Although all of these groups call these groups many different things, for the purpose of this guide I will refer to them as Beginner, Initiate, and Master.
At character creation any player may choose to make their character a member of any group and any tier within this group though only a certain number of any group or tier is allowed (we don’t want 50 Alpha wolves with no Betas to associate with do we?). Please make sure to check the Capped/Needed page!
If you so choose to become a Beginner you will have 50 points to buy powers from the beginner tier. If you choose instead to become an Initiate you will begin with 100 points instead to spend however you wish between the Beginner and Initiate tier. If you decide to make your character a Master you will have 150 points to spend on any tier of power.
Note that at any time, you can only spend $50BB in your highest tier! Also, you do not have to spend all your Blood Bucks, however you can only store a maximum of $30BB for future use. These $30BB will go into your character's Wallet (link).
Each group has powers labelled (Starting), these powers have no point cost and are shared by all in your chosen group.
Finally, you must have purchased at least one power in your highest tier. For example, an Advanced character must have at least one Advanced power! On a similar note, part of the requirement to level up a character includes the purchase of a power for the new tier they would be leveling to.
Please note: Every player is allowed 2 (free) Advanced level characters, at the time of application, to help everyone be able to play the types of characters they are most interested in. Everyone can have unlimited amounts of Beginner and Intermediate level characters.
Lets take a look at an example of a power.
Title of Power: (Points cost) [+Power Level] Power Description
Human Servant Creation: (40 Points) [+2 Power] Able to mark a human as your personal servant
The title of a power will usually give you a brief idea of what the power will allow your character to do.
The points cost of a power tells you how many points must be spent to acquire the power for your character.
The Power Level is something we the staff believe will greatly enhance the role-playing experience here at Blood Law. Each power (other than starting powers) has a power level notated as something like [+2 Power]. When a power is purchased, add the number of power listed to that of any previous power you may have this number will be your character's power level. Certain powers are more powerful than others and therefore will give you a higher power level.
The purpose of power levels is to quickly determine how strong another character is while you are role-playing, no longer leaving this up to conjecture. Most preternatural beings have the ability to sense the strength of other preturnatural beings, there are however some more powerful creatures which may hide or alter their apparent power levels to appear either stronger or weaker.
This of course is not to say these power levels are restrictions but instead aids to help in your stories and make Blood Law more interesting. In addition, In the case of fights between characters these power levels will be used to settle disputes. This is NOT to say that they are the only factor considered: creativity, allies, the actual fight sequence, all matters.
At character creation you are given a certain number of these points to spend. Thereafter, each post made in character will allot you one point which will be saved until you are ready to buy another power. There are other ways to earn blood bucks - check this thread. Note, however, that there is a $20BB per character per month limit on these additional blood bucks.
Playing an NPC character will reward you with Blood Bucks for the posts you make while assisting in a plot line. Please confer with the Staff PRIOR to going forward with the idea to make sure your NPC character would be eligible.
And finally, if you archive a character, or they are killed, their unspent Blood Bucks will be transferred to your Rewards pile, to be used as usual at a $50BB per character per month limit. Please note, any unspent "wallet" blood bucks - the left-over Blood Bucks from the character's application process - will NOT be useable, and WILL be lost.
There are a few ways to lose your Blood Bucks to be aware of so that you can avoid it, or be informed!
If you decide to "restart" your character, essentially archiving them and applying a new character that has the same/similar personality/face claim/etc, all of their previously unspent Blood Bucks will go into your Rewards still. They do NOT carry on to the new incarnation of the character, nor will they get to start the game with anything more than any other character at the time of application.
If you are at fault for multiple or consecutive post requirement checks, you may be penalized Blood Bucks. The posting requirement as stated in our rules is to respond to any outstanding thread your characters are in within 2 weeks, unless negotiated otherwise with the other participating writers. If you agree on a different requirement, please note it in the first post of the thread to avoid being PMed about it. Similarly, if the thread is completed, let us know that we can archive it for you.
Otherwise, most players spend their Blood Bucks by either purchasing a power (link) or leveling up (see below!).
Please check out this thread that explicitly goes over our leveling process.
Note that you CAN use your usual maximum $20BB rewards per character, when purchasing your next tier's power. However, this purchase must be made at the same time as the one-time lump sum $BB payment to level up - for which you can not use additional rewards.
Leveling up a character ignores (in most cases) caps on that power level for that species. Meaning, if you want to level a vampire from Adult to Master, but they are currently capped, you are still allowed to level them. However, if things are getting out of hand, the Staff may need to restrict the power level temporarily.
At this time, leveled up characters are counted as an Advanced character and are not exempt, when it comes to creating or purchasing another Advanced slot. Thus, your math should include them as an Advanced/Alpha character. (See this link for more details.)
If you wish to change a power in your app or alter a purchase, the power swapped in may not exceed the power being swapped out. For example, if you bought a power for $20BB and then decide you really don’t want it, we will let you exchange it, but only for a power valued at $20BB or less. This also comes with a 2 week expiration date from the time of the original purchase, and we do not accept Ret-Conning. What we mean is, if you have used the power in game already, you can not return it. What is done in game is now canon/history.
~Your Friendly Neighbourhood Staff~