On Blood of Dragons, each character is assigned a Type and a Tier. See this FAQ entry for a discussion of why we have chosen this system. The Tier determines the CharGen setup of a character and it is one of the factors that determine the Type of the character. There are five Tiers:
Tier IV is the default tier, assigned to everyone that the Admin do not have any preconceived ideas about. In most cases, this will also be the actual tier of the character when/if is is CGed. Players may contact the Admin to discuss changing an un-CGed IV to a III or a II. This will only be done rarely, as there’s a strict quota (+cdb/quota) on IIIs and IIs, and for very good reasons. If a character is already set as a III or II, it will not be changed unless the Admin decide to initiate such a change.
The Tiers do not refer purely to combat ability. Not all Is or IIs will be skilled fighters, they can be extraordinary or exceptional in other areas as well, which is one of the reasons behind the need for a closely monitored setup for the higher Tiers. The Admin will keep a close eye on how they are setup in CharGen, so that the points available to them are not inappropriately applied.
It is very important for players to keep in mind that the Tiers are not separated by wide gaps. A Tier IV character could easily be better than a Tier III character at many things. To take combat as an example, a Tier IV can certainly beat a Tier III. The odds may be in favour of the III, but not so heavily as to make it very unlikely that the IV might win.
Examples of Is from the books: Gregor Clegane, Loras Tyrell, Tywin Lannister, Littlefinger, Varys, Daenerys, Melisandre, Brienne.
Examples of Is as PC concepts: Extraordinary fighters, courtiers and politicians, characters with unusual abilities (such as various forms of magic).
Examples of IIs from the books are: Bronn, Bronze Yohn Royce, Doran Martell, Dacey Mormont, the Queen of Thorns, Stannis.
Examples of IIs as PC concepts: Exceptional fighters, courtiers and politicians, female characters with certain levels of skills at unusual things (poisons, fighting, etc).
Examples of IIIs from the books are: Renly Baratheon, Lothor Brune, Robar Royce.
Examples of IIIs as PC concepts: Notable fighters, courtiers and politicans, characters with certain levels of skill at unusual things (poisons, waterdancing, etc).
Examples of IVs from the books are: Jory Cassel, Genna Lannister, Maester Luwin, Podrick Payne, Catelyn Stark.
Examples of IVs as PC concepts: Characters that are fairly good overall and/or quite good at a few things, but not outstanding. However, do bear in mind that they are considered ‘Good’ and not ‘Average’: our intention is that PCs should always be a cut above the general population. The majority of the played characters on the MUSH are always of Tier IV.
Examples of Vs from the books are: The masses.
Examples of Vs as PC concepts: Almost anything that isn’t particularly noteworthy. Tier V is generally reserved for Cameo characters, fully pre-generated characters that prospective players can use to try out the game with.