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[ en ] tranceway . m . o . d . s. ([personal profile] vitaelamorte) wrote2009-12-22 10:40 pm
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WonderlandApplying Events
All questions marked with a red heart () are new or updated.

+ Wonderland +
Where are they, exactly?
Is everyone dead when they arrive?
How does a character get out of Wonderland?
Is there a way to leave without Wonderland’s consent?
What happens when a character leaves?
Why are the characters here?
Can characters physically age while they stay in Wonderland?
What happens when a character dies in Wonderland?
Why can't a character die five times?
Who can access the network, and how?
Which parts of the network are public, which are private?
How does the network work, exactly?
What is your policy on fourth walling?
Are there language barriers in Wonderland?
Where can characters turn up when they first arrive?
Is Wonderland doing anything to the characters?
Who and what are the Residents?
What do the Residents do?
Where are the Residents located?
How can my character interact with the Residents?
Who is the Queen of Hearts?
Who is the Red Queen?
Who is Alice?
Where can I find more information about specific Residents?
Where can I find more information about the setting?
Where can I find more information about Mirrors and the Mirror side?
Do character-created rooms appear on the Mirror side?
Do characters choose the memories they exchange with the Vendors for items?

+ Applying +
Can I app a character who is in the game already from a different timeline?
Can I app a dragon, a pokemon, or another non-human character?
If a character has some kind of creature partner, does that creature arrive with them?
Can I app a character with little to no background information?
What do I do if an unfinished canon throws me something unexpected after my character is accepted?
Can I app multiple characters from the same canon/series?
What is the policy on canon updates?
Do re-apped characters retain their memories of Wonderland?
If my application was rejected and I want to try again, what all do I need to change?
How many characters can I reserve/app at a time?
What is the policy on reserve/app challenges?

+ Events +
What kind of events do you have?
How do character events work?
What does "leaked memory/information" refer to?
What does "forgotten word" refer to?
Can a person be used as a "forgotten word"?
What are the rules for "forgotten words"? Do "forgotten words" apply to new castmates?
Are there ways to forget longer memories?
Can memories of Wonderland be forgotten?
Can my character forget things permanently, at random?
Why is it taking so long to get to my event?
Why was my event rejected?
How do character events work into the overall plot?
Do character events happen in the Mirror Universe as well?

+ Wonderland +
[ ] Where are they, exactly?
Welcome to Wonderland. Wonderland is its own, self-contained world, apart from all others, that exists in the space between life and death. Characters are residing in a Mansion on the grounds that generously accommodates them all. A lot of information about the Mansion and its grounds can be found at the Setting page.

[ ♣ ] Is everyone dead when they arrive?
Only characters who arrive post-death in their canon timeline are considered to be dead upon arrival (meaning they will likely remember that they died and have no life to go back to). Canon deaths do not count towards Wonderland's five deaths policy.

[ ] How does a character get out of Wonderland?
Short answer: They don’t.
Long answer: Wonderland is continuously pulling people in and spitting them back out when its through with them. Characters have no say in when they leave or when they arrive.


[ ♠ ] Is there a way to leave without Wonderland’s consent?
No.

[ ] What happens when a character leaves?
When characters leaves (i.e. are dropped), they do not retain any memories of Wonderland. Wonderland removes them abruptly and strips them of any memories of their time there and of the people they've met there. The living return to their respective worlds, and the dead move on to the afterlife.

[ ♣ ] Why are the characters here?
A variety of reasons, though it is mostly to feed Wonderland. Wonderland thrives on the memories of the characters it pulls in. Many characters suspect this already, especially those who have lost memories.

[ ] Can characters physically age while they stay in Wonderland?
No. From the day they enter Wonderland, characters will not age. This is because Wonderland exists between life and death. It creates the illusion of time passing, however, so hair and nails will grow, but characters will not age. They will never grow taller. Children will be children forever. Teenagers will never grow into adulthood. Adults will never wrinkle into old age. If a character were to arrive in Wonderland while pregnant, the child would never be born.

[ ♠ ] What happens when a character dies in Wonderland?
When a character dies, he or she are brought back to life. The amount of time it takes is relative to the number of times the character has died. If it is the first death, it will take a day; if it is the second, it will take two days; if it is the third death it will be three days; and if it is death number four, it will be four days. Your characters are given a limit of four deaths. They will be told, likely by other characters, that you don't want to die five times.

[ ] Why can't you die five times?
It's less that you can't, and more that it is the last thing you want to have happen. If a character dies five times, something terrible will happen, and something very important to who he or she is will be lost. As for what, no one is entirely certain. Nobody really seems to speak about it. You need moderator permission for fifth-death plot.

[ ♣ ] Who can access the network, and how?
Each character in the mansion has their own portable device that is connected to a mysterious network. For all intents and purposes, the devices are like little palm pilots, though through the closets and/or vendors, characters can obtain the device that works best for them, based on the level of technology they're used to and their ability to use the devices.

There are also wall units scattered throughout the mansion in various places that have been known to turn on at inconvenient times. The internet can be accessed (if they need video or music for example), but any and all communication aspects are unavailable. For example, you would not be able to send or receive email from home, or look up news from your home world.


[ ] Which parts of the network are public, which are private?
Any initial transmission, be it text or audio or video, will be broadcast to the entire network, unless locked otherwise. Any exchanges that follow will not be broadcast to everybody in the same way: Devices don't instantly show every conversation everyone is having, but they do archive them. These network archives can be accessed publicly by characters who go looking for them, making most exchanges essentially semi-public by default. There is no "Archive" button to allow characters to access archived conversations, so while they are available, they are not obviously available.

Transmissions and conversations can additionally be locked and made private to one or more specific character(s), however. Any part of an exchange OOC marked LOCKED or PRIVATE can be considered locked/encrypted/hidden, and can only be accessed by the characters it is locked to. IC hacking of private conversations is possible as well, but please only let your character do so if you have OOC permission, or the post is OOC marked as hackable.


[ ♠ ] How does the network work, exactly?
We are very lenient with the actual mechanics of the network, and are honestly prone to saying "It's magic!" as though it's a valid explanation. But in general it's safe to assume that posting works similarly to DreamWidth itself, except with a video component to it. It's very fickle, though, and likes to occasionally post content on its own (a la the "accidental video" post).

Action threads on the [community profile] entranceway network are treated more like logs (since they are essentially like short-hand versions of logs), and it should be assumed that each thread featuring a face-to-face encounter takes place in private between the characters involved, unless otherwise noted. If you're not sure, ask the person who made the post!


[ ] What is the policy on fourth walling?
Due to the nature of a multi-fandom RP, fourth walling is sometimes inevitable. However, we ask that players ask the other player out-of-character before breaking the fourth wall. This is a matter of courtesy. Odds are, though, you will run into characters who have been fourth walled. It is something that happens on occasion in this game.

[ ♣ ] Are there language barriers in Wonderland?
Being in Wonderland will allow characters to understand anyone's spoken or written language, as the world itself will automatically translate for the characters. Overall, people are able to understand each other well. The line is a line of understanding; sprinkling tags with foreign words is fine as long as the meaning is understood, but an entire post in a foreign language would be translated, and any character would be able to read it.

The exception to Wonderland's universal translation abilities is the contents of the library. Library materials printed or written in other languages are not translated for characters.


[ ] Where can characters turn up when they first arrive?
Anywhere on the Real side of the mansion! It could be indoors, out on the grounds, sailing on the ocean, riding on a broomstick, rolling in a flowerbeds or anything else you can come up with! They'll all find a network device either in their pockets or somewhere nearby upon arrival.

[ ♠ ] Is Wonderland doing anything to the characters?
Yes. Slowly, as various plots and events go by, characters are losing their memories of their worlds. Wonderland eats their memories and they are not returned until the character is sent back home or to the afterlife (i.e. dropped). However, this usually happens word by word. It's possible to be in Wonderland and not lose any memories at all, but the implication is that if a character remains in Wonderland long enough, they will lose all of their memories of their home eventually.

[ ] Who and what are the Residents?
The Residents are mod-controlled NPCs to make this RP a little more interesting! They play an important role in Wonderland as physical manifestations of some of Wonderland's more obvious traits.

The cast of Residents changes over time, and some Residents have had several manifestations, each of them a bit different from the last. The practical reason for this is that the mod-team gains and loses members and each mod picks and shapes her NPCS, but the in game reason for this is that, as Wonderland changes, its representatives have to change too!


[ ♣ ] What do the Residents do?
They announce character events and they can act as liaisons between the Real and Mirror sides of Wonderland, especially due to their inherent knowledge about where the Rabbit Hole is located at any given moment.

Residents are attuned to changes in Wonderland and they know a great deal about Wonderland's inner workings, but each NPC has a distinct personality, and distinct likes and dislikes. Not all of them are willing to talk (or willing to talk plainly, anyway).


[ ] Where are the Residents located?
Residents can be on either side of the mirror, and they do switch between sides often and with ease. They have their preferences (for instance, the Queen of Hearts is almost always on the Mirror side, while Alice prefers the Real side). Resident posts usually appear in the community for the side of the glass the Resident is currently on, but they are all capable of making posts that can be heard by audiences on both sides of the glass. When this is the case (or when it matters), the post will contain an indication of it.

[ ♠ ] How can my character interact with the Residents?
There are a number of circumstances under which characters can play with the NPCs, such as:
    • When a Resident announces an event, characters are free to ask questions or just chat.
    • Residents sometimes respond to character posts, especially if a post specifically calls on one of the Residents.
    • Occasionally, some Residents feel the need to play interact with characters. These occasions usually take the form of an open log, like this one.
If you wish to RP with any of the Residents (who aren't marked as "deceased"), please IM or PM the mod responsible for that character.


[ ] Who is the Queen of Hearts?
The Queen of Hearts is the self-proclaimed ruler of Wonderland. She is ruthless and cruel, and gets whatever she wants, when she wants, by whatever means she wants. She is the last person your characters want to cross. She resides primarily beyond the looking glass with her servants.

[ ♣ ] Who is the Red Queen?
The Red Queen is a relative new comer to Wonderland, though she claims that she was its true ruler long ago. Now that she is back, she represents the main challenge to the Queen of Hearts' rule. Claiming that she intends to protect the Real Things during their time in Wonderland, the Red Queen is the most willing and the most likely of all of the NPCs to speak plainly and provide answers.

[ ] Who is Alice?
Alice is a curious young girl who has been in Wonderland for a very, very long time. She was originally not an NPC, but a guest like all of the others in Wonderland (this is why she has a room on the Real side of the Mansion). However, she remained in Wonderland for so long that all of her memories were slowly taken. When the Queen stole her last memory of her cat Dinah, Alice became a resident of Wonderland, since she no longer remembered ever having been anywhere else. The Queen also stole her eyes, and they can be seen on a shelf in the Queen's quarters, darting around nervously. For now, Alice announces events.

[ ♠ ] Where can I find more information about specific Residents?
You can find a list of all of Wonderland's current Residents at the Residents page, along with a brief description of each of them.

] Where can I find more information about the setting?
The Setting page is definitely the place to go for information about the Mansion, its various rooms, the grounds, and the rest of Wonderland, including a physical description of the Mirror side. There's also a map of Wonderland there!

[ ♣ ] Where can I find more information about Mirrors and the Mirror side?
[community profile] mirroruniverse's profile page has a lot of information about what Mirrors are and the mechanics of the Mirror side. The Setting page has a physical description of the Mirror side.

[ ] Do character-created rooms appear on the Mirror Side?
Character-created rooms (such as clinics, game rooms, meeting places, etc.) do not necessarily translate over to the Mirror side. The room will be there, but it might not be the same kind of room, depending on the Mirror of the character who established the room on the Real side. In short, we'll leave it to the discretion of the player who created the room.

[ ♠ ] Do characters choose the memories they exchange with the Vendors for items?
No. While characters can use memories as currency when purchasing items from the Vendors, characters can't choose the memories they exchange. This is because the Vendors can tell when characters are trying to get rid of memories they don't want to have or memories they don't care about. Either the memories don't matter enough to keep (and would be worth less) or they're damaged goods the character is pawning off on the Vendors. The Vendors don't like getting scammed.
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+ Applying +
[ ] Can I app a character who is in the game already from a different timeline?
No, we will not accept the same character from a different point in his or her canon's timeline (for instance, we would not accept Sephiroth from Crisis Core and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII). The reason for this is that it suggests that the version from the earlier timeline returned home in order for the version from the later timeline to exist at all.

The only exception to this is alternate versions of the characters from different worlds. For instance, we would accept Card Captor Sakura's Sakura and Tsubasa: RC's Sakura at the same time, or Final Fantasy VII's Yuffie and Kingdom Hearts' Yuffie.


[ ♣ ] Can I app a dragon, a pokemon, or another non-human character?
Absolutely! We'd love to have you. As long as the non-human character in question is sentient enough to interact with all of the other characters, there is no problem.

[ ] If a character has some kind of creature partner, does that creature arrive with them?
No. Characters such as Ash from Pokemon would arrive without any of their pokemon. This applies to characters from Digimon as well, and any other series like those two, where the creatures in question are sentient in their own right and would have to be played separately from the character him-/herself. However, you're more than welcome to apply for the creature partner itself if you wish!

The only exception is if the partner creature is a physical part of them or their soul, such as the daemons His Dark Materials or Personas from any of the Persona games.


[ ♠ ] Can I apply for a character with little to no background information?
For "little", please provide as much background as you possibly can and it will be decided from there. Avoid using head canon excessively to fill in the blanks.

Characters with absolutely no background information will not be accepted. If they have no background, it means their background is being created by the player, and this is not really different from creating an original character.


[ ] What do I do if an unfinished canon throws me something unexpected after my character is accepted?
Don't be afraid to come to the moderators in this situation for help. It's happened before and will probably happen again. We won't kick anyone out for this, of course. It's not your fault if the canon takes a new, unexpected direction.

There are a few things that could be done in this kind of situation. The first is a canon update, where you can send your character back to his or her world temporarily. This would work best in cases when the new canon material doesn't make changes that are vastly dissimilar to the way you apped the character to begin with. In this situation, he or she would remember their previous stay in Wonderland.

The second option is a restart, if the difference between how you apped the character and what the canon has done is particularly dissimilar. In this situation, your character is sent back home and returns without any memories of his or her stay in Wonderland. This situation would require that the character re-establish previous CR to some extent.

The third option, best for smaller things, is retconning.

If you're stumped, let the moderators know, and we will try out best to help you come up with a solution.


[ ♣ ] Can I app multiple characters from the same canon?
Yes! If you already play a character from a certain series, you may app one additional character from that series as long as the second character and the first character are not closely related in canon. If the two have little or no canon interaction, you're good to go! If they interact quite a bit in the series, you will not be allowed to app the second character. This is to encourage players to interact with others and to avoid players threading with themselves. If in doubt, feel free to contact one of the mods!

[ ] What is the policy on canon updates?
You must play your character in the game for at least a week before canon updating. Once you choose to canon update, your character must be gone from Wonderland for a full week before coming back from his or her new timeline point.

You may canon update as often as you'd like, however, you must clear any updates with the mods first. If a character experiences really significant changes in his or her situation, personality, and/or outlook because of the new timeline point, you may be required to submit a re-app with a new history section and new first and third person samples that demonstrate these differences.

The only limit on canon updating applies to canon backdating, or taking a character from a previous date on their timeline. Because one of the main plots with Entranceway deals with memories and memory loss, that would create dissonance with the game mechanics. Therefore, if a player decides to canon backdate, the character will lose all memories of his or her stay in Wonderland and will have to re-establish CR.


[ ♠ ] Do re-apped characters retain their memories of Wonderland?
If player wants to re-app a character who was dropped from the game or purged as a result of the activity check, there are specific guidelines regarding if that character will retain any memories of his or her previous stay in Wonderland. If a character is re-apped within 30 days of being dropped or purged, the character may retain all of his or her memories of Wonderland, at the player's discretion. If a character re-apped after 30 days from the drop/purge date, that character retains no memories of Wonderland. That includes a vague sense of familiarity or deja vu. It doesn't matter how long the character was in the game prior to being dropped/purged.

[ ] If my application was rejected and I want to try again, what all do I need to change?
If your first application to the game was rejected for any reason, you can PM the moderator account to ask for clarification. This typically requires changes to the history section of the application. However, the updated application must also contain new first and third person samples in order for you to demonstrate the changes to the history in action. Please leave the original samples for the sake of comparison. If new samples aren't included alongside the original samples in the updated application, it will result in a second rejection.

[ ] How many characters can I reserve/app at a time?
Players or potential players can reserve as many characters as they have character slots open (up to 6, minus however many characters the player has in the game, if he or she is already a member). However, we only allow players to app one character at a time, and, once accepted, and that character needs to be active for a minimum of two weeks before an application for a second character will be considered. If we cannot find sufficient evidence of a player's activity within the last two weeks when they apply for an additional character, that character will be rejected for insufficient activity. This may be contested if the player has more evidence of their activity, but if they do not (or if it is still deemed insufficient) they must wait a minimum of two weeks and improve the activity of their current character or characters before re-applying for a new character.

[ ♣ ] What is the policy on reserve/app challenges?
We do not allow them. A reserve guarantees that a player's application for a particular character will be the first and only application to be judged until that player's reserve expires. Reserves do not, however, cancel out existing applications, so please take a moment to check on our pending applications before submitting a reserve.

Applications without reserve are simply judged on a first-come first-serve basis, and we will not accept any reserves or additional applications for a character, until the first application for that character has been processed.
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+ Events +
[ ] What kind of events do you have?
Events are generally split into four categories: character events, mansion events, other events, and character-run events.

Character events are events caused by the memories of the characters existing in Wonderland, and are the events you line up for.

Mansion events are any events that further the plot along, which includes things like Mirror events and events caused by Residents to move things along.

Other events are well, everything else! Events that happen in the Mansion because there's a major holiday around the corner, or are caused by something that doesn't quite fit in the other categories.

And then there's character-run events, which are for events characters ICly decide to run. Examples are if someone decides to throw a party or have an Olympic contest.


[ ♣ ] How do character events work?
We have a lineup of character events that were submitted to this post, and on a very regular basis the characters will be subjected to one of them. Characters from the world that caused the event will feel woozy at first and then forget something.

[ ] What does "leaked memory/information" refer to?
An event is caused by a character's memories of his or her world. This section of the character event form is to identify the memory that would trigger the event.

[ ♠ ] What does "forgotten word" refer to?
This section of the character event form is for the word that the event will cause a character and his or her castmates (if any) to forget permanently. Think carefully--your characters will never remember this word again, even when if they encounter it. This word is gone from that character's mind forever, or until the character is dropped. Characters can only forget words for events they have been in the Mansion for, though, so there will be interesting gaps in what a character's castmates remember and what the character remembers.

[ ] Can a person be used as a "forgotten word"?
Only with mod permission. Ihis would make sense, but people are complicated; a person is a very large memory. The OOC reason for this is that if a character is forgotten and then that character arrives in Wonderland, this could cause some significant problems. There are circumstances where it would work, however, and so in order to do it it needs to be run by the moderators.

On a related note, place names do not need to be approved for use as a forgotten word.


[ ♣ ] What are the rules for "forgotten words"? Do "forgotten words" apply to new castmates?
When a character re-encounters a forgotten word, it slips out of his or her memory immediately upon hearing it. The character could ask a million times, but the information will no longer stick and he or she will be unable to relearn it, for the time being. New castmates will still remember the word, however. Sharacters can only forget words lost during with events they are in the mansion for.

[ ] Are there ways to forget longer memories?
There are. Certain Mansion events will allow for people to forget longer memories, like memories of events that occurred in their worlds.

[ ♠ ] Can memories of Wonderland be forgotten?
No. When a character's memory is lost, it is eaten by Wonderland to make it stronger. Because of that, memories of Wonderland are not forgotten. The only exception to this is that a character might forget things about his or her world while living in Wonderland (for example, if a young James Potter finds the Harry Potter books in the library and learns how he dies). This is allowed, because the memories are about the character's home world.

[ ] Can my character forget things permanently, at random?
No. All memory loss is directly caused by an event of some kind. The characters are not just having memories drip out of them at random. For every effect there is a cause.

[ ♣ ] Why is it taking so long to get to my event?
Because there is a queue of events. Assuming there is one event every other week, and that there are six events in the lineup before you submit yours, it would take approximately twelve weeks to get to yours, and that's without Mansion events and other delays.

That said, character events are very important, and we encourage people to submit them anyway! We do our best to keep them in order and on schedule.


[ ] Why was my event rejected?
Because we keep the events screened, there is a chance that two people would submit very similar events and not realize it. In this case, priority is given to the person whose event was submitted first. Occasionally events are also submitted that we cannot reasonably do, though this is rather rare. We have more details about this in the event submission post, as well as information about what happens if we do have to reject your event for some reason.

[ ♠ ] How do character events work into the overall plot?
An event is caused by a character's memory from his or her world. Recognizing this, the world of Wonderland pulls that character's world closer and closer until they crash together, causing the event. While the event is taking place, Wonderland feeds on that world, eating pieces of it. Worlds are strong, though, and able to pull away from the mansion easier than characters are. When the world in question pulls away, the event ends. This all happens on a cosmic scale, though, so none of the characters in the Mansion will notice what is going on.

[ ] Do character events happen in the Mirror Universe as well?
No. But they have the privilege of being able to watch everyone have all the fun on the other side and either complain about it or laugh about it (depending on how sarcastically the word "fun" is being used).
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