In most cases, you should select a character from our pre-created family trees. Players can also request entirely original characters, but in general this will be allowed only for more experienced players and even then fairly rarely. It should be considered as an option only if the concept you have in mind really doesn’t fit any of the existing characters.
The characters in the family trees cover are predominantly noble characters, ranging from the most minor to the most major of nobles. The family trees also include non-noble household members. We feel that nobles or household members in noble houses are the most suitable characters considering our focus on court life and court politics, which means that there are few roleplay opportunities for commoners or merchants that aren’t closely tied to any noble house. We may make additional provisions for non-noble characters at a later time, but nothing has been decided regarding this.
Please note that with a few notable exceptions almost no characters in the family tree hold positions of importance at court. This does not mean that players cannot play characters that hold offices from the start of play. Except in the case of some major offices that had to be filled from the start, the Admin have avoided predetermining whether someone holds and office or not. If a player wishes to play a character who holds a court office they can request any character that has not been played before and that could feasibly hold a political office and then propose what it is they want to do with the character during the application stage. The Admin are always happy to work with players to find a suitable position at court for their characters.
Blood of Dragons is designed to be a game that is not too dependent on specific roles to be in play for roleplay to flow smoothly. Since all characters of importance already exist in the CDB, if a specific character who is needed for a plot is unplayed, the Admin can allow the character to be played temporarily or they can simply decide how the character reacts.
That said, as the focus on the game is on court life and court politics, the Admin are particularly interested in concepts for politically involved characters. Players who want to play characters that hold offices at court are not restricted to finding characters already placed in such positions, they can simply request any character who could feasibly hold an office and propose what office they would like to hold during the application stage. The Admin are always happy to work with players to find a suitable position at court for their characters.
Beyond this, the Admin would like to encourage players who find themselves asking what is needed to consider what sort of character they would most enjoy playing. It is our experience that the more a player enjoys a character, the more useful for the game that character is. If you still find yourself at a loss and would like some sort of suggestion, there are two things you can do.
First, take a look at +cdb/wanted. This is a list of the top 10 most wanted NPCs on the game, as voted on by the players. Secondly, if none of the entries on the list appeal to you, you can also have a look at the forums. There are stickied threads there dedicated to players advertising for specific roles that they would like to see filled and it is also where the Admin sometimes advertise for specific roles or concepts when we do feel a need to do such.
The most important thing to consider when selecting a character and coming up with a concept is quite simply the question of “will I have fun with this character on this game?”.
Its no fun to find that your character does not have much in common with the other characters (unless, of course, you enjoy that particular challenge!) or that the kind of roleplay you designed this character for isn’t happening on the game. Given this, we strongly urge potential players to consider the fact that the game is focused on the social and political interactions at the two courts. All characters need not be political creatures, but they need to have some role to play at court, whether that is seeking influence or renown for themselves or their families or just passing time and spending money.
For male characters there’s room for all sorts of knights, shining or otherwise, as well as for nobles lacking in martial ability and seeking other ways to advance themselves. Their available options are more or less the same in both King’s Landing and Sunspear, though we do want to stress that we know much less about what happens in Dorne during this time period, so if you find the notion of us following known canon history too limiting, then consider a Dornish character if you have read the books that feature those.
For female characters, we are particularly keen to see characters who are eager to take on the challenge of working within the system. Women have more limited opportunities than men in King’s Landing, but we would love to see more female characters take on the challenge of rising in the social circles of the court and being a power behind the men in their lives. Perhaps your father, brother or husband is not showing a lot of political initiative, leaving the task of increasing the house’s influence to you? In Sunspear, women have every opportunity to be forces that are reckoned with at court, even if they are still largely absent from the more martial aspects of life.
The most important criteria is that characters have to be able to be based in either King’s Landing or Sunspear for the long term. Furthermore, characters have to be able to fit into either court.
This means that virtually all characters need to be nobles. Smallfolk and merchants are only possible if they have a position or occupation that allows them to be at court and interacting with the nobles. Bear in mind that the Seven Kingdoms is a highly stratified society. Maesters, septons and septas are possible but generally discouraged unless you are a very experienced MUSHer who is able to handle finding roleplay in such a role.
For King’s Landing, characters should generally be from one of the Seven Kingdoms except the North, the Iron Islands and Dorne. Characters from the North are approved occasionally and characters from the Iron Islands are approved quite rarely. For Dorne characters should be from Dorne.
Foreign characters are generally not available as PCs. Experienced MUSHers who have read all the books may occasionally be approved to play a foreign character, but generally only after playing on the game with a Westerosi character first and generally only for time-limited plots.
Female warriors and any kind of magic users are highly restricted concepts, only occasionally available to experienced MUSHers with good knowledge of the setting who have been playing on the game for a while.