How to get set up, app & play
You're here because this is your first foray into the world of Tnarem and into this forum. Welcome again! We're honored and excited that you're considering joining us, and we'd be delighted to have you! If you haven't already checked out the directory overview
, you'll want to do that before continuing any further.
Did that? Sweet, you're on the right track. This page will give you the rundown on how to choose a character, register your OOC and character accounts, and begin the application process. Make sure you read carefully!
This is by far the most tedious part of the registration process. While deciding where, who, and what to play, you'll be diving head first into the lore. This process can be made easier by a few avenues.
- If you have a character you enjoy playing and would like to know where they would fit best in the world, our guest-friendly new character placement
thread is a good place to start. Likewise, if you have any questions about character creation, you may ask them there!
- If you have a face claim in mind, you can check the face claims
to see if its available and see which characters/families have claims with similar traits.
- If you have a character name in mind, you can check the region culture pages to see where the name would fit best based on regional naming conventions.
A general knowledge of Tnarem and an intimate knowledge of the region your character is from and/or operating in currently are essential for playing the character properly. We ask that you read the region pages associated with your character as well as the overview
page, which will give you important information about the state of Tnarem and its cultures.
We do not limit characters to nobility only. However, we do require all characters to be involved with one of the national courts. We are a court intrigue roleplay, ensuring that your character has ties to the ruling factions and easy access to the nobility guarantees that there are plenty of ways to slip that character into plots.
We also allow distant family members of the large noble Houses, as well as bastards, though please be aware that we will only allow these on a case-by-case basis and with the player's understanding that they will contribute significantly to plots (large or small) in order for us to allow creation.
All noble characters on the Ericourt are technically "canons," though not in the typical way the term is used. What we mean by this is that their existence in the world is canonical. Both open and available canons are able to be claimed by new players, but we ask that you let us know which spot on the family tree you'll be claiming prior to apping so that we may give you any information you will need to play that character.
There are two symbols that can be beside an unclaimed spot: (o)
. These indicate the types of canon character. The open canons, (o), are characters that have an age and position fixed for them but nothing else; these characters come with considerably more wiggle room than available canons. The available canons, (a), are characters that fall in line with more traditional "canon" characters on roleplay sites; they come with a more rigid outline, sometimes in the form of relationship types, histories, traits, roles, etc.
Unlanded & Defunct Nobility
Unlanded and defunct nobility do not have family trees. Players are welcome to create members of these families without needing to fill a canon slot. Please note that the heads of these families are handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis and the player who currently holds the head of house will have full ability to shape the family as they please.
Please ask staff if you wish to join an unlanded or defunct family, they will be able to give you all important information regarding that family.
Using Family Trees
The family trees found on each regional page will show all of the positions in those families. Almost all of the listed ages can be shifted a year or two up or down and in every case of where a slot shows “Male/Female” the sex can be chosen by the player. Some names are able to be changed along with other details; just ask the staff and they’ll let you know what can and can’t be altered.
Each indent is a new generation; those on the same level of indentation under each father are siblings. The different, significant branches will show which lands they directly oversee. The symbol demarks the family line that acts as lords of that demesne. The head of the entire family will always be the person listed with a h.h. tag.
Family Tree Legend
m. - married out of family
h.h. - head of House
h.a. - heir apparent, the person set to inherit the House
b. - bastard
d. - divorced/annulled
* - significant caster
(#) - the birth year of the individual
(a) - available canon
(o) - open canon
name - dead
Please follow these steps carefully, they will ensure you have registered correctly and set your accounts up in the standard Ericourt way. Anyone who has not registered following these steps will have all submitted characters declined until properly registered.
First, we'll make our OOC account. This is the name everyone on the site will know you as. This is the name that will be tagged when someone has completed a post for you. It is your handle, so be sure to choose something that you like. We recommend choosing something that does not include numbers and is only one word. You'll follow the standard registration process for this. If you'd like to be emailed alerts whenever you receive a new reply, make sure to use a valid email.
You'll do the same thing you did above down here. This time, however, the account name will be your character's first and last name. You'll separate them with a space, like so: "Larian Caemire" or "Aurora Beringar." If your character is from a region that has more than one name, use the given name and the surname.
This is easy! Click here
while logged into your OOC account. There will be a space similar to the log-in screen where you can enter the username and password of the sub-account you wish to link. When you've entered the information in, click on “Link This Account."
After you've chosen your character and registered your accounts, it's time to beginning the application process! You should take a look at the application page
for the application code and details about the process. We encourage you to read the entire page; all of the information there is essential to building a character suitable for the Ericourt.
How to Play
At this point, you've created a character, that character has been accepted, and you've turned in all of the necessary claims. What do you do next? Thread, of course! Because we are primarily a one-on-one site, finding new roleplay partners might seem a bit daunting, but it really isn't bad. Joining the Discord and asking there if anyone would like to thread is the first and best way for you to begin playing quickly. If Discord isn't your bag, there is also the looking for threads (LFT)
thread that you can use to find partners or plots. Or, if you'd rather do group threads, you can look for any thread marked with (open), which indicates that it's open for anyone to join.
Before you get around to posting, you should check out the post templates and dating threads sections below for our formatting information, our tagging policy, our custom BBCode, and the thread dating process for IC threads.
We don't use post templates, only plain text, though there are a few generally accepted rules of thumb (though they are by no means mandatory). Usually, dialogue is bolded, thoughts are italicized, and OOC accounts are tagged at the end of each post using our custom BBCode tags, [tag]@name[/tag]. You can read more below!
- The Ericourt uses tagging and alerts for OOC accounts only. This means you'll be tagging alias names when you use this feature in your posts. You can tag any user using this format: @user. If the user has more than one word in their name (the Gods), you'll need to enclose the name in brackets, like @[user name]. When logged in, you can find your alerts on the side banner, the icon looks like a bell.
- This is a list of the commonly used BBCodes. All of these will have buttons in the post edit screen, or you can use them manually by using the brackets [ and ]. For example [test] text intended to change [/test].
[ipt][/ipt] - gives you fancy font like used for the title of this section
[tag][/tag] - used to style tags, wrap all @names in the same code
All IC threads must have an IC date ascribed to them at time of posting. This date represents the date the thread canonically takes place on. Any thread date cannot be further in the future than the current IRL day of the year or further in the past than the beginning of the current season.
When dating a thread, you will enter the date into the title description box which can be found just below the title box when creating or full editing a thread. The date should read as follows: "month day, year" for example, January 1st, 228.