a Character and background story
a race and name
This is the most
important part of the game when you are getting started. As you
learn you might want to redo the original bio you sent in and this is
fine. When you create the character you will be playing, this
becomes you to your fellow players. Yes you can create a sibling
or a parent on the ship, but the only one that is truly you will be the
one you join the ship with, so make it the best you can be.
In reality no one likes
a know-it-all. The person who looks perfect and always does the
one up on you and can never do anything wrong is boring. So lets
be realistic according to Star Trek standards. You may use any
race known in the Star Trek universe. You may not, however, be Q or
a glory hound. Your character is a person, with strengths and
weaknesses. We want to have fun and interact with your character
so give him a personality. Once in awhile we need a bad guy to be
played by someone. If you're a believable character then you could
be the one chosen to play the bad guy.
a race and name
So, your character
needs a name and a race. As you check out the Star Trek species
you will note that the names show differences depending on the race you
pick. Vulcans usually only have one name. Klingons have one
but use the daughter of or son of. Some use their last name first.
You may use any race except known enemies. There are exceptions, so talk to
the commanding officer.
Before you decide on
your race remember there are strengths and weaknesses to all of them.
Klingons are very hung up on honor and are highly emotional at
times. They do not usually like to show a soft side. They
are, however, loyal and will back a friend to the death. They tend
to be rigid in their beliefs and very unforgiving if slighted.
They would tell the truth and die rather then lie and be dishonored.
Romulans are also very
emotional, but are taught to get ahead any way then can and tend to be
disloyal to their shipmates. They are also very suspicious of
other races and see those that show pity or compassion for others as a
weakness. They are known to lie when it suits them, and is
justified as a means to an end. Knowing how your character's race
reacts in the norm will help you create a believable person with good
and bad points, a past, and one who may make mistakes and has a belief
system that he/she would live by to the best of their ability.
Once you have chosen a
race, name, and gender, the next step is to write about your character's
The more information
you can give the better. It also makes it more fun for other
characters to interact with your character when they can visualize it.
Remember that the race
you pick will determine some of your character's features. If
you're a Vulcan or a Romulan your ears will be pointy. If you're a
Ferengi you will be short. If a Klingon you will have ridges on
the forehead. Remember to mention any distinguishing remarks in
Personal Information: Do you have scars? Just reading about what
you look like can add something to your personality, and can be talked
about in a future post... it can be brought into a story line and
show a part of your character that would not be readily apparent.
Once you have the
physical features set for your character you will need a life.
History and background. Where were you born and when? Who
are your parents and what do they do. Do you get along? Do
you have siblings? What were you like growing up? When did
you become interested in Star Fleet? Make it believable.
Your personality is
very important. I have found that I mold it close to my own.
This makes it easier to carry my character into my posts and make him
real to the fellow players.
You need to remember to
make your character someone you can support in your posts and whom
others will want to post with as well. If you can't support the
character you will not be having much fun.
Thanks to Star Trek: Rebellion Fleet for the use of this info.