Desert of Shadows
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03/22/19    Character Creation  
03/20/19    Characters: General  
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03/22/19    Terminology  
06/02/16    Website: General  
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  Frequently Asked Questions  
FAQ - Characters: General
01/22/14    How many characters am I allowed to have in play?  
03/01/19    What is the xp plan that we will be using for our chronicle?  
08/14/14    Why is my character set to in-active?  
07/30/14    How do I submit my character for approval?  
04/09/14    How come I can't edit my boons?  
07/04/14    Do I need to spend a downtime action to learn disciplines?  
01/17/15    NPC Retainers present at game.  
04/14/16    How do I retire my character?  
01/17/15    If I meet other players in between games do I need to spend a downtime action?  
03/20/19    Stock NPC ratings pertaining to skills and disciplines  
 



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How many characters am I allowed to have in play? (01/22/14)

 

Players may only have 1 active character at any time. If a player elects to retire a character in favor of another, said character is permanently retired and cannot be brought back into play. This does not apply to characters in "forced" retirement, a player may have any number of characters in "forced" retirement.

 
 


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What is the xp plan that we will be using for our chronicle? (03/01/19)

 

Characters are always built with 33% of the current chronicles XP ceiling. The XP
ceiling is based on the total possible xp a character could have earned if it played every
game of DoS by night. This system is different than the previously used permanent XP
system. Previous DoS players should take this into account to avoid confusion.

Characters with less than 100 xp earn 12 xp a month. They earn 6 xp for attending the
first game they play in a month, they earn 6 xp for the second game they attend.
Characters that prepay for a month earn 8 xp the first game, and 4 xp the second.

Characters with less than 200 xp but more than 100 xp earn 10 a month. They earn 5 
xp the first game and 5xp the second. Characters that prepay earn 6xp the first game
and 4 xp the second.

Characters with less than 300 xp but more than 200 xp earn 8 a month. They earn 4 xp
the first game and 4xp the second. Characters that prepay earn 5 xp the first game and
3xp the second.

Characters with less than 400 xp but more than 300 xp earn 6 a month. They earn 3 the
first game and 3 the second. Characters that prepay earn 4 the first game and 2 the
second.



 
 


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Why is my character set to in-active? (08/14/14)

 

Characters that have not been in play at any games for some time may be marked as in-active and taken off the active roll call.  Typically a character will be set to in-active if a player has not logged into the website or attended any games in the last couple of months (one to three depending).  If a player has created a character but hasn't attended any games within a month, their character will be removed from the roster unless they've made prior arrangements with the ST and Site Admin.

If your character was moved to in-active status, when you next log on to the website, you will see Create a Character in the navigation (instead of "Character" drop down menu options).  If you have an in-active character and click on Create a Character you will be taken to a page to either re-activate your character or retire the character permanently so you can start a new character.  You can re-activate your character even if the clan currently shows as capped on the roll call (this is the only exception to exceeding the clan cap without Storyteller approval).   

If you have been absent for an extended period of time, you can talk to the website admin to see if you're eligible to apply floor xp to your xp log for your in-active character.  Floor XP can only be applied if your attendance xp is less than what the floor xp currently is.

 

 
 


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How do I submit my character for approval? (07/30/14)

 

As long as your character sheet is in a "saved" state, it is legal for play. When it is in a saved state, it will say "saved" in bright green at the top of the character sheet.

The Storyteller may review sheets at their discretion, and will typically only need to validate a sheet if there is a conflict or character death involved.

 
 


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How come I can't edit my boons? (04/09/14)

 

The boons are administered by the Master Harpy. You'll need to bring all your boon transactions to them for the boons to be recognized as valid.

 
 


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Do I need to spend a downtime action to learn disciplines? (07/04/14)

 

Yes, you must spend a downtime action to learn a discipline regardless of it being in or out of clan. In the case of player having large amounts of xp banked, they only need to spend 1 downtime action per discipline line regardless of the number of dots being learned. In other words a player with enough xp banked to buy celerity 3,4, and 5 only needs to spend 1 DT action, but would need to spend 2 downtime actions to learn celerity 1 and dominate 1.

 
 


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NPC Retainers present at game. (01/17/15)

 

If a PC has NPC retainers etc around him/her during a game session they must wear a tag indicating the number of retainers, a description of the retainers, and any obvious traits. IE "carrying huge swords." 

If a PC does not have this tag on during the game session, then the retainers are not considered to be present. 

DoS will not currently be providing these tags, they will be the responsibility of the player. Descriptions must be clearly legible and large enough to read.

 
 


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How do I retire my character? (04/14/16)

 

If you wish to retire your character, or if your character has died during play, contact the web admin to have your character officially retired so you may create a new character.

 
 


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If I meet other players in between games do I need to spend a downtime action? (01/17/15)

 

Yes, you must spend 1 downtime action if you wish to meet with characters IC between games. Interaction through the DoS page such as email, or forum posts do not require a downtime action. If two players physically meet inbetween games and discuss things IC, this requires a downtime action. 

Only 1 downtime action is required to cover ALL inbetween interaction between characters.

 
 


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Stock NPC ratings pertaining to skills and disciplines (03/20/19)

 

If a stock NPC is using a skill or a discipline that refers to a number of dots in a skill, use that stock NPC rating for the number of dots. In the case of Linguistics, a stock NPC with a rating of 3, and a spec in linguistics, knows 3 languages.

 
 


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