Character Creation & Management
At Vault 713 all players start with one character when they first join our game but are able to make more characters once they have been with us for a short period of time. This guide covers the rules for character creation here at Vault 713 along with information on how to create additional characters and what do do with unwanted characters. If you are looking for detailed information on how to create your first character, please refer to our New Player Handbook for a comprehensive guide to getting started at the Vault.
All players are expected to adhere to the following guidelines when creating a character. Please note that individual businesses and character types may have their own specific requirements as well, and all players are expected to read over the appropriate information before posting their character sheet.
CC.1 • No character may be directly representative of any real person living or dead, or a character from any non-Harry Potter media. The staff reserves the right to ask for alterations to a character at any time before, during, or after the character creation process if it has been brought to our attention that they are too similar to any real person or a character from any other media. Additionally, we discourage the use of avatar images that share a real name, character name, or unique personality with the character they are being used to represent.
CC.2 • Original characters that are related to canon characters, either through birth or marriage, are not permitted. In addition, we also request that all relationships—whether friendly, antagonistic, or romantic—between canon and original characters be established in game rather than in a character backstory, as a canon character may have several different players over the course of your time at Vault 713. Parents of known canon characters are considered canon characters themselves and may be available for play.
CC.3 • Adult characters must choose an employer from the Business Directory unless the character is unemployed or choosing a character type that may create their own business. Please visit the Business Directory for all available employers, and the Character Types Guide for additional information on career options for each character type. Players wishing to create their own business must do so when the appropriate business creation period opens up each season, otherwise businesses such as the Constellation Plaza Mall and Schwarzwald Market allow for characters to own their own small shop or stall without having to go through the usual business creation process. If you have a career in mind for your character and need assistance in choosing an employer for them, please visit the Help Desk.
CC.4 • Student characters will be sorted by the Sorting Hat and are not permitted to choose their own house. Houses will be chosen from the traits exhibited by a character in their character sheet for students of Blessed Isis Temple and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and any references to a specific house will need to be removed before the sorting process can be completed. Adult Characters may list specific houses for previous eras, and Canon Characters with unknown houses may either choose a house or have one selected for them at the player’s discretion.
CC.5 • Original characters may not join special factions such as the Death Eaters, Order of the Phoenix, School Prefect Club, and/or Quidditch Club until after character creation is complete. In order to allow all players fair access to these factions, an open call for sign-ups will be held at the beginning of each roleplaying season for any players interested in having their characters be a part of these groups. Any characters listing groups or activities that require participating in the sign-up period in their initial character sheet will be asked to remove them.
All players are permitted to have up to forty-five (45) active characters so long as the appropriate conditions are met for creating each new character, which are outlined below. Please note that this section of the guide may use some unfamiliar terms for new players, so you may wish to read the “Roleplaying Seasons” and “Starter Quills” sections of the New Player Handbook before proceeding.
New characters may be created at any time during the roleplaying season except for one week prior to the season’s end and occasionally at the beginning of each season, in which case the dates that character creation is not available will be announced in the Bulletin Board. Characters can be made using one of three techniques listed below:
Free Season Character – For every roleplaying season following your first one you are allowed to create one character, no strings attached, so long as that character follows the character creation guidelines. These characters do not stack, so if you fail to claim your Free Season Character during a particular season you cannot claim two in the next season. To claim this character, put “Free Season Character” in the Quills Account section of your character sheet.
Spending Quills – If you have already claimed your Free Season Character, you may spend 15 Quills to create a new character at any time during the season, with no limit so long as you have the appropriate Quills. To create a new character you can use Quills from any of your own character accounts, including inactive characters, or from your OOC Account and may combine Quills from multiple accounts to reach the total of fifteen. These accounts should be listed under the Quills Account section of your character sheet.
Special Rewards – Occasionally we will announce special promotions for players to be able to create characters without using one of the methods listed above. These promotions are typically announced in the Bulletin Board, so players interested in participating should frequently keep up with announcements to be aware of any promotions that are scheduled to take place.
Please note that Canon Characters may require extra Quills to be created if you are already playing one or more active Canon Characters. This information can be found in the Create A Canon Character template.
All players are permitted to have up to twenty-five (25) inactive characters that they may bring back through the reactivation process rather than having to re-create the character if they are interested in playing them again. These characters can be made inactive automatically by not being played for a full roleplaying season (four months) or you can choose to retire them at any time if you know that you would like to do so. You must continue to log on these characters to prevent them from being deleted, even if they are marked as inactive. Canon Characters may not be retired or made inactive so as to keep them available for other players, and inactive characters may not be reactivated until one month after they were made inactive or retired.
If you know that you will not be playing a character in the future, you are welcome to drop the character and have it deleted. Characters that are dropped lose any Completed Stories and Quills that they may have accumulated. If you wish to play this character again they will need to be created again with a new character sheet and cannot be reactivated. Characters that have been dropped may not be recreated until one month after they were dropped.
To drop or retire a character, please visit the Account Update Request form. These requests are typically filled once per week, but any reactivation or recreation dates will be counted from the date the request was submitted.