Please read before you create your character. For anything not addressed, speak to an administrator. 18+ Premium ▲ Intermediate to Advanced ▲ 400 WC ▲ Character Driven Sandbox Style ▲ Fluid Time
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► BASICS Santa Verda is a mainly urban city setting, a cross between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It can be beautiful for the lucky few. It can be a gritty, mysterious, and dangerous life for others. Supernaturals remain legends in the world of mortals, but they exist among society indiscernible from the humans that outnumber them. They are disorganized, somewhat isolated, and often unaware of each other. The lives of Santa Verda's residents will intersect in an infinite number of ways.
We are a low fantasy roleplaying environment. Our site’s overall theme is inspired by the “Western gothic” genre. Santa Verda is a populated city rife with luxury and squalor, with a strong religious past and Latin American roots; the rural areas are also steeped in violent history. We are inspired by atmospheres such as Silent Hill, Gotham, Vampire the Masquerade, From Dusk Till Dawn, Breaking Bad, No Country for Old Men and others.
There are established species with flexible-lore concepts. Where ever you may get your inspiration - legends, other RPGs, your own creations - you may be able to incorporate them into your character to make a truly unique version of the species we have available, along with any factions and plot opportunities from both individuals and site-wide events.
QUALITY & QUANTITY
We are an intermediate to advanced role-play community. Points are granted at 400 words. We do have a sub-board available for rapidfire posting, which is a series of posts that are less than 200 words.
We focus on character driven plot progression and long-term character development. We are experienced in detailed world-building, creating multi-layered plots, societies, factions, and relationships.
Please proofread all submissions and utilize proper grammar and spelling. Emotes, chatspeak, and the like are not permitted IC or in applications except for Communications.
1 post per character every 60 days to keep face claim is the general rule of thumb, but active character status is usually done on an as-needed basis by roll calls. Some will require a most recent post. Others will just be an interest check. Holidays, school, and the like are taken into consideration so don't consider them hard limits. RL first. Always speak to an admin with any concerns. If characters go inactive, points are reset.
Characters and boundaries. Communicate with your partners on what you're comfortable with and what your limits are before threading.
Separate IC from OOC.
Any complaint or concern brought to our attention will be completely anonymous.
Use the Away board for any announcements regarding extended leave or speak to Tsarevyn privately if you are concerned about activity check.
We are a laid back site. If you have expectations/concerns about posting frequency, speak to your partner in private. Be fair. On the other hand, if you are often scarce (or will be), let your partners know.
Common sense rules of roleplaying apply.
Points are for admin control only. Do not transfer or donate points.
This is taken seriously. This includes biographies and descriptions pulled from other sites that were not written by the player, specific character concepts, plots, application templates, posts, etc. Our specific lore at Santa Verda remains at Santa Verda and cannot be used anywhere else. This includes slavery, aura, the Wiki, events, and more that we have created ourselves. The appropriate host will be contacted regarding cases where our information is used and pages are regularly run through Copyscape.
Save controversial subjects, debates, health issues, personal life details, etc. for PMs or private channels. This is our way of escaping (looking at you, Facebook).
No reminders to respond to threads in the chatbox. Private messaging will suffice if there is concern.
"Is anyone here?" "Is this site active?" Yes, and yes. If no one answers, we are probably distracted by RL or Discord so check back later.
Though it's not required to join Discord, it is the easiest way for members to chat with each other if you are una mariposa sociable. Feel free to join and lurk for a bit. Your nickname will be displayed as your OOC name should you register.
Any 18+ links and material will be posted in #nsfw-theblackmarket channel, which you may join at your own risk. This channel includes mature (or immature) conversation, explicit photos, links, and ill humor. You are able to mute and hide the channel if you have entered and are not interested in it. Administration reserves the right to deny content.
► IC CREATION FACECLAIMS
Face claims are not mandatory. Please leave it at the default avatar or use a photo that is not a cartoon and is relevant to the character for character accounts.
Celebrities only. Signed actors, models, and musicians. No social media celebs, reality shows, Suicide Girls, porn stars or politicians and no minors. Stick to present time (within the last 10 years).
If a player is using any depiction of a real person to signify their character, they must have claim stated in their application.
Face claims can be reserved up to 1 month with points. Once application is completed, the players should indicate the application is ready in a post beneath the biography and remove WIP.
Character cap of 8. If the player wishes to have more than 8 characters, they can use their points to "buy" another character. This is not a free slot to fill so if a character is deactivated, they will need to buy another character.
Administration will contact the player on any incomplete applications after 21 days. If the application has been abandoned, it will be moved to inactive.
A character cannot be played until an administrator places a quoted approval post beneath the application.
Minor characters (anyone below 18) are not allowed to be created as playable characters. They may only be played as NPCs, but are not allowed to be played in any sexual content.
Characters cannot be in occupations of high power that control the city, state, or country. Characters cannot be gods and goddesses/royalty of elements and concepts, real life historical figures, the figure of a legend, existing characters from media, among others.
History is a required field even if you are in the process of learning about the character. This can always be edited later as the character is fleshed IC. There should be substance in the application that can describe childhood, achievements, failures, and others. It is alright to tweak history, but not to completely rewrite it for plot purposes without notifying staff first.
Ancients must have history that reflects their age. The content of an Ancient is reviewed more rigorously. As a rule of thumb, the older the character is, the more a player will need to cover. Please cover as many major periods as you can and their failures, accomplishments, friendships, etc. that would contribute to their person today.
For all applications, there needs to be enough history to explain motivations, occupation, and conflict for the most part, as well as explain how the character has come to Santa Verda/operates in Santa Verda. 500 words is the bare minimum for non-Ancients.
Occasional activity checks will have you review history and add current timelines to the biography.
IMPORTANT TO OUR THEME
Characters are expected to be original creations by the writer and not heavily based on existing characters. Be thorough and realistic on events that take place in the history of a character, taking into account how it affects the character upon creation. Feedback will be sent via PM. Though we thrive on drama, realism is important to our environment and character history so avoid unnecessary tragedy, financial omniscience, massive influence in world events, and so on. Histories of abuse, rape, etc. need to contribute to character development.
Santa Verda leans more toward realism in a sense that actions and consequences in both applications and IC are not like in cinema. The perks and powers of our species' common lore have been modified to level the playing field between supernaturals and humans. Any powers not mentioned in the synopsis or listed in their abilities means they do not possess them. For example, no fast-moving vampires without Alacrity.
Flexible lore means it must fit within the Santa Verda universe and abide by the limits established, but the player the freedom to think of how their character was made, what they believe in, what they do, etc. based on the lore and abilities chosen. The player can be creative but some aspects might not fit this universe. They may draw inspiration from legends, stories, and whatnot, but it must be kept low fantasy fitting for an urban environment.
The character must be one of our existing species. If the character resembles a creature of myth (selkie, for example), they can be referred to as such in their history but not the species field and still retain the features of their species as we have it.
Technology and nature are just like the present day world (no Underworld weaponry). Weapons can be coated in a species-corrosive substance like silver or have slight modifications, but be aware of how these modifications affect the accuracy and use.
Despite of divine present, there is no proof of any deity existing except for the powerful aura that exists in the angelic and demonic planes. God, goddesses, prophets, and such are still mysteries. Of course all faiths are welcomed and can be exploited through the character, but to have God actually speak with the player’s angel IC is not permitted.
Please stick with the general theme of Santa Verda and only use abilities and species listed.
Third person past or present tense please! Continuity.
► IMAGES & TEMPLATES TEMPLATES This forum uses Text + BBCODE for IC posts. All IC posts must follow this code. Templates may be used for shippers, blog content, and the Communications board.
IMAGES Images must be rehosted on an image hosting site that allows for third party hosting. Staff reserves the right to remove any image at any time.
Resize your image so it does not stretch the board or is too small for our set dimensions. Avatars are 250x400. Signatures should be no larger than 550x200. Signatures are set up to show once every thread. Please keep avatars and signatures low key; if it's not something you can show your grandmother, avoid it. Bare-chested men, prominent cleavage, implied sexual encounters, etc. make it awkward for those lurking at work or people with children. Aesthetics can be taken to personal Pinterest boards.
No DeviantArt images are to be used.
No explicit images are permitted. However, famous art is permitted (not photography) at the staff’s discretion as they are widely recognized for their contribution. Images can be denied so it is best to run them by staff first if you are unsure.
► RATINGS We are a 3-3-3 site. We encourage freedom in storytelling but recognize that there is a standard to quality regarding mature themes and progressive plot. We implement the use of ratings in titles to act as warnings. A player will use their best judgement when it comes to labeling their threads. A player can always label them if the nature of the thread changes to a rated one by editing their first post. Threads must be marked with a rating if they have any of the following:
R: Violence and gore / drug use. This includes, but is not limited to, any physical violence, weaponry, bloodshed, murder, torture.
M: Sexual themes are present.
X: Controversial themes present, including triggers like abuse, incest, rape, torture, racism, etc.
Bestiality, which includes animal/animal and animal/human.
Cybering - sexual threads with no plot purpose.
Additional content that may be found inappropriate for the theme/reputation of the site.