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No Air FAQ [Jun. 11th, 2006|08:50 am]
mod journal 2 - electric boogaloo.
Last Updated 06/22/2006

Note: These are not rules, those are located in the game profile.

Where is the game set?
311 Lysgar is set in a nondescript North American city. Your character will be of North American background unless you specify otherwise.

Should I use honorifics?
Unless your character is of Japanese origin, or has another very good reason, we do not expect you to address people with -san or any other honorific.

How does the game work?
Set up a character journal and get yourself a room assignment in Lysgar. Join and friend the community and all players. From this point on, your character will keep their very own livejournal, detailing day-to-day happenings, thoughts and feelings. You can also interact with others in the building by commenting in their journals, just like you would with your own friends list. We do not expect to see actions like *smiles* used in this way, you are interacting by computer only.

Logs - interactive scenes between two or more players - are posted in the main community, where you can either post to set a scene and let others join you, with action taking place in the comments, or they can be written via AIM and posted in their completed state.

A journal log.
An AIM log.

Read an established character's friends list and you will soon see how the game runs.

Who can I apply for? Dead characters?
You may apply for anyone, major or minor, dead or alive in Naruto and Bleach canon. Please note however, that some characters have particular restrictions due to already established characters including them in backgrounds. Examples I can think of include Kaien and the Kurosaki family from Bleach, and Itachi from Naruto. If in doubt, grab a mod or the player of whoever your character may have a history with.

Also note that if you are applying for a minor character we will expect more depth in the application than for a better known character - to make up for a lack of canon.

What type of character can I play / Is the game yaoi/yuri friendly?

We are open to characters of all types and sexual orientations. However we do try to keep a reasonably believable balance in the game. For example it would not be realistic for every character in the building to be a ballet dancer. As such we will be accepting less of currently oversubscribed character types -- this doesn't mean that you won't be accepted if your plans for a character fall into one of these categories, just that your reasons need to be well based and your application perhaps slightly more impressive than we would expect of someone applying for an undersubscribed group.

Character types currently oversubscribed in No_Air include:

Characters with medical backgrounds (if it's canon, that's fine),
Characters with dead parents / Major parental issues

We are looking for realistic, well written characters. Please bear in mind that a person does not have to have a traumatic history in order to be interesting.

How do I stay in character in an AU setting?
We understand that this can be difficult, particularly when a character's powers and abilities are a large part of who they are. There are often ways to translate these powers into more normal settings, for example healers becoming doctors. Alternately you can focus on personality and take what they do from their likes and dislikes - Orihime might be at cookery school, or making good use of her fantastic grades, or doing charity work. Think about what kind of person they are, and how they interact with others: Yachiru is an impossibly perky, optimistic child. Despite her rough upbringing, it's unlikely she would be a disillusioned junkie bitch in this reality.

Is there an age limit?
Not officially. A 15 year old with a mature writing style is as likely to get in as a 35 year old, but please be aware that this RP will deal with adult subject matter. Such posts are rated and we are going to assume you are not reading/writing them if you are underage.

So that means I can post smut?
Basically, yes. Scenes including graphic sexual or violent detail are allowed as this game is intended to reflect the sometimes unpleasant realities of living in a bad area of a big city. However we expect sexual content to be written only as part of character development, not smut for smut's sake.

Your character may be a giant slut for whom smut is part of his/her character development, but please bear in mind that a) we will not be accepting a great many of this type of character and b) this should still not be all they do.

Sometimes people do just fall into bed together, but try to give it a plot, please.

I don't know what to do!
Plot is each player's own responsibility. While the mods may contribute plot points from time to time, we expect you to be mature enough to come up with your own original storylines. The more active you are in this game, the more you will get out of it, so please comment to people and interact on a regular basis. There is an AIM contact list linked for players, say hello to people and they will usually be happy to plan something with you.

We also have a request post, a locked post in this journal where it is possible for shyer players to request people to help them with ideas.

How often do I need to post?

You should be making a journal update at least once every two weeks. HOWEVER, posting this rarely on a regular basis is not really being active. We expect to see players posting regularly, commenting to each other, and hopefully also writing logs and threads. Ideally an update every 3-5 days with comments on other people's journals in between is what you should be aiming for.

Note: If you have more than one character, we will be a little more lenient. If one character posts regularly, the other will be allowed to post less so. However, if both your characters are frequently hitting the two week mark, we will ask you to drop one. Don't take on more than you can cope with.

Can I post wacky LJ memes as if my character was taking them? ^^;;
Err. You can, but please keep anything like that to the OOC journal, along with crack and meta posts. Memes can clutter up people's friends lists like crazy so should only be replied to within the comments of the original post.

Also, these emoticons? ^^, *_*, o_O etc should be kept to a bare, bare minimum. Some characters might use them now and then, but in general we like to assume the occupants of Lysgar are capable of expressing feelings via words.

Okay, so I posted my application and made a journal, can I sign right up?
No, please wait for your application to be approved. You might want to reserve a certain journal name just in case, but don't tell us about it. If you apply to join the community before being accepted, we will not consider your application.

Wait, I still have questions!
Go ahead and ask them in the comments here and we will get back to you ASAP. Please do speak to a mod if you need any help, contrary to popular belief, we don't bite.

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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-06-15 01:17 am (UTC)
We can't reserve characters, I'm afraid, as everything is based on application and how well we think the character ideas / writing style would fit into the game. If you'd like, I can however say that we won't accept any Gaara applications for a week, giving you a chance to get one in.

This doesn't mean that others can't apply.

If you'd like to go over any character ideas before writing them up, feel free to contact one of the mods on AIM. And I'm glad to hear you enjoy watching the game!
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From: eckoii
2006-06-22 07:50 am (UTC)
What happens if you want to play a character that became available when a player leaves? Do you learn everything you can about them and pick up where the first person left it? Or do you re introduce the character? I'm considering playing Shikamaru but I have no idea how that would work.
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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-06-22 08:02 am (UTC)
You are welcome to make the character your own and in no way have to play a version of the last player's character interpretation.

In Shikamaru's case, it might be nice if he had at one point been living in Lysgar, as our current Ino and Chouji had interacted with him here, but the relationship he had (with Tayuya) does not need to be kept (she also left). If you could find a reason why he may have left Lysgar for a short time and now be coming back, that would be awesome.

However, I don't think either Ino or Chouji's player would consider that vital, so you could start entirely fresh.

If you catch one of the mods on AIM at some point, they can probably give you the screen names of any players you may want to discuss history with.
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[User Picture]From: gzan_shadowstar
2006-06-25 06:06 am (UTC)
I'm thinking about applying for Unohana Retsu and I have an idea for her character (background-wise, I mean), but I thought I'd run it past the modly-types before hand. Is it alright for characters who don't (canonically, anyway) have kids to have kids in the RP?
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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-06-25 06:15 am (UTC)
Depending on how it's handled, I can't see too much of a problem. Do you mean kids that would live away from the apartment, or in it?
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[User Picture]From: gzan_shadowstar
2006-06-25 07:31 am (UTC)
The kids would live in the apartment ^.^
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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-06-25 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry to have been a while getting back to you. It's just me here right now and I'm not sure I can make a definitive judgement on my own - I'll have been able to chat to another mod about it by tomorrow, with luck.

The only problems I can see are a) you constantly having to NPC the kids, and b) you'd probably need an apartment on your own, as the largest are 3 bed. Not huge issues, but I just want to run it by someone else before I yay or nay it :)

Sorry to be keeping you waiting!
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[User Picture]From: gzan_shadowstar
2006-06-25 10:55 pm (UTC)
lol S'okay.

Yeah, I had realized that first problem and I had been pondering the second one XD But I'm sure something could be worked out ^.^

=) Hey, I understand the constraints of RL and what-not, so, no big ^.^ Just get back to me when you can =D
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-06-26 04:28 am (UTC)
Ok - we decided against allowing NPC children within the building. We've been strict on non-canon NPCs so far, and this would be a pretty big exception.

If she had adult children, who didn't live with her, or children who lived with their other parent and so could be mentioned without having to be NPCed, that would be okay.

I hope that doesn't throw you too far off track.
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[User Picture]From: gzan_shadowstar
2006-06-26 08:03 am (UTC)
Alrighty =) It does make sense why you're being strict on it, though- I know Bleach alone is rather extensive in its character list and I wouldn't be surprised if Naruto's not much better. It's easier to keep track of everyone when you're not having to worry about various NPCs.

Luckilly, it's an easy thing to work around and it doesn't throw my plans for bg for the character too much. And hopefully, I'll get the app posted/applied-like before I go to bed ^.^;

Thanks again for answering my question =)
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[User Picture]From: stanleynickels
2006-06-29 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I just have one quick question: Is there a policy on applications for paired characters? A friend and I were tossing around the idea of applying for Nemu and Mayuri (and now possibly Nanao and Shunsui as she might be open now?) and wanted to run it by the moderators before we started putting time into the application. Is it looked down upon? Should we bother tying our histories together?

And also, on the subject of Mayuri, how... I suppose, friendly do I need to be? His disposition can make it slightly difficult to interact so I'm worried about meeting posting requirements.
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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-06-29 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hi there.

Tying histories together is fine - but we can't guarantee acceptance of both of you, obviously. It's best if a character can at least function on their own.

Mayuri's character can be however you want to make it - Sasuke isn't the friendliest character but still interacts.

A question though, by paired characters, are we talking the standard father/daughter relationship?
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[User Picture]From: stanleynickels
2006-06-29 11:37 pm (UTC)
Totally understandable on all accounts. I just worry that Mayuri's journal entries won't be about exploits at the grocery store and mundane things like that and therefore people would be less inclined to comment to them.

They'd be as standard as we can get them. ^.^ Obviously we can't apply the usual physical abuse (too easy for the neighbors to call the police) but a little verbal abuse goes a long way, as he would point out.
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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-06-29 11:46 pm (UTC)
Well, honestly, some of the more in depth journal posts don't get as many replies, because there isn't as much to latch onto. However, if you get Mayuri talking to other people, reciprocation is far more likely.

And there are a few characters who will respond to anything.

Ahh and that's fine. Personally I'd love to see either set of characters.
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From: suffusedinsound
2006-07-07 10:13 am (UTC)
Um, hello, I feel the need to introduce myself because my friend did it for me (sort of). I be the other half to the equation that she mentioned and I'll be applying shortly (and I have no idea if she sent in her application yet or not but I suppose I will find out). Um... I apologize in advance for the length.


~ Miyu
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-07-11 06:14 am (UTC)
Hey Miyu!

Sorry we're taking a while to respond, one of the mods is on holiday right now, so communication is slow. Thanks for sending in your apps, just want you to know you havn't been forgotten!
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From: suffusedinsound
2006-07-11 11:28 pm (UTC)
Eek! Ha, ha, hello! And thank you for letting me know; my friend and I were starting to get nervous.

In any case I hope said mod is having a wonderful time where ever they are though! Summer is the time for vacationing after all (if you can escape the heat anyway).

Erm, yes, well before I start babbling endlessly here (as though I haven't already) I guess we'll just keep checking back to see. Thanks again for the update, I really appreciate it!

~ Miyu
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[User Picture]From: la_belle_roo
2006-08-15 02:54 am (UTC)
Is Aizen Sousouke available as a playable character?
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-08-17 01:00 am (UTC)
Aizen is indeed availiable, I know our Momo would love to have him around. And (i think it was you who asked this) 13 is perfectly acceptable as an age for Yachiru, but we'd need her to have some kind of guardian, NPC Zaraki or not - this could probably be worked out by talking to one of the mods, and my aim is wasoncedelight.

Sorry for being so long getting back to you!
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From: xreminderx
2006-09-09 06:11 pm (UTC)

A Question.

Ahoy hoy. Lovely community you have going here, I'm also considering applying. I was wondering whether Hyuuga Hanabi would be an option. I didn't see her name on the list of characters. So, I'm assuming she was excluded for a reason?

Thank you for your time.
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-09-09 06:30 pm (UTC)

Re: A Question.

Hanabi was excluded because the likelihood of her ending up in Lysgar would be slim. Given Hinata's in game age, Hanabi would be 15 and still in High School, and as canonically she is in good standing with her father it would be hard to find a reason for her to move out.

If you can come up with something awesome, we'd certainly consider it, but you'll probably have better luck fitting a different character into the game.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-09-09 06:35 pm (UTC)

Re: A Question.

Thanks for answering the question! Now that I consider it, that makes sense. I was gonna have her visit Hinata...but I guess that sounds a little dull.

Anywho, I've also read your list of recommended characters and I've seen some people apply for them. Do you recommend any characters, as I am flexible?
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-09-09 11:40 pm (UTC)

Re: A Question.

It's very hard to recommend characters without knowing what you enjoy. From Naruto (a series I don't know as well as the other mod) we've got openings for Kakashi, I know our Hinata would love a good Kiba, Anko or Kurenai by way of girls, and plenty of others like Shino and Deidara.

In Bleach, I'd love to see some Ishida or Shinji applications, or some of the arrancar. But any non-taken character if fair game, you don't need to go by the suggested page.
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[User Picture]From: xreminderx
2006-09-10 01:47 am (UTC)

Re: A Question.

Is Naruto still available? On your list, it says he is. But I have a hard time believing it and I remember someone applying for him...
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-09-10 04:30 am (UTC)

Re: A Question.

...You know what, I'm going to go delete that list of suggested characters - it was put up by another moderator and I don't think they've had time to update it. If you go by the list of taken characters on the main info page you will be entirely up to date. And it does indeed say that Naruto is currently taken.

Sorry you've found things a little confusing!
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[User Picture]From: acquiescence_
2006-09-09 09:34 pm (UTC)
I just had a question about the character Inoue Orihime, she is not listed in the taken characters list however she seems to be played by sismarysunshine so I'm just a bit confused.

just wanted to see what was up before I go feeling stupid for applying for a taken character.
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-09-09 11:44 pm (UTC)
That was our old Orihime, who recently had to leave the game due to contraints on her time. The new player wouldn't have to keep that Orihime's history, though it would be helpful if her history mentioned living in the building with Tatsuki for a year or so.

She's likely to be one of the more applied for characters, but is not currently taken.
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From: fate_calls
2006-09-13 01:14 am (UTC)
Is there a list of current taken PBs? I don't want to have my heart set on a PB, only to discover that it's been used already. :)
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-09-14 04:26 am (UTC)
I think you're sorted with your PB anyway, but that is a great idea which I'll try to implement asap.
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[User Picture]From: ellyrianna
2006-10-09 04:20 pm (UTC)
I applied several months ago as Shizune (when she was still available). The mods replied that I wasn't accepted, but that I should reapply as her. I did so, and then no one ever got back to me. I know that she's taken now, but I wanted to apply again and was unsure if I was able to, what with the 'only apply once' rule. Would I be able to apply again as a different character?

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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2006-10-13 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

Firstly, sorry for taking a while to get back to you, one of the mods is AWOL right now and I'm trying to keep up. I've been back through all the applications made in the time I've been mod here and couldn't find your Shizune app, but I'm sorry no one replied to you the second time.

You're welcome to apply again.
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[User Picture]From: milkfed
2006-10-20 02:26 am (UTC)
hello :) i wasn't sure where to ask this question, so i hope it's alright that i'm posting it here. i've been reading no_air for a few months now, (i think you have a great cast!), but there's been a recent development that's confusing me..

ichigo and rukia are back together, right? cause i know they 'seperated' for a while and rukia went OCD (teehee). however, recent entries are cute and wonderful again.. did i miss them making up, or has it not been logged yet?
(if not that's fine, i'm totally patient. i just wanted to make sure i didn't miss it!)

thanks guys♥
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[User Picture]From: dramabunny
2006-10-22 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ha WELL. Yes, we know it's a bit disjointed right now, Ichigo's player has been having computer troubles and the only way we've been able to work on logs is verrry slowly via email - which was slowing play up a lot, so they're posting ahead of their log at present.

Hopefully we'll get in done in the next weekish and all will become clear, but yes, they are together again.

And weren't you thinking of apping? We'd still love a Hirako! <3
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[User Picture]From: cotton_whistle
2006-11-30 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hi! I applied for Rock Lee but he's already in the game, and I'm thinking of applying for Haku. Is that allowed? He's not on the suggested character list and was wondering if he's an okay character to play. If he is, I have some questions about his history, if that's okay.

1. Haku's parents are dead in canon; should I stick with this? I know that there are already plenty of characters with dead parents, and I do have ideas about writing him with his parents alive (or at least one of them alive, I haven't decided). Game-wise, which parental history is preferred?

2. I'd like to have Haku work in the food industry, but I read through the history list and Chouji is already working in McDonald's. Is this okay? I have very different ideas and direction for Haku, though, but I'd rather check to be sure.

Thank you!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-29 01:23 am (UTC)


Um, I was wondering; if you apply for a character who already has a history wrote out and whatnot are you to keep that history and go with it or are you to make a new one? I tried reading through everything but I didn't see anything that mentioned it, either that or I missed it. Also, for a character that was already used once before do you continue from where the other player left off or do you get to start all new? I'm sorry if you explained it already in the rules or somewhere else, but sometimes I blank out after reading a lot and trying to keep it all imprinted in my brain. This looks like a lot of fun but I want to make sure I understand it all before I apply for anybody.

Well, seeing as how I don't have a LJ at this point in time, you can send your reply to ritsuka_breathless@yahoo.com if you'd like.

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: na_mod
2007-01-05 01:50 am (UTC)

Re: Question

Just for anyone else wondering:

If you take on a previously played character, you get to start them over fresh. If that character had a lot of ties in game, it might be nice to talk to involved players and work them into your own backstory, but you are not expected to follow on from anything the previous character did. Nor does your history need to match theirs.
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[User Picture]From: innoittaa
2007-08-30 02:37 am (UTC)
Hello! I am currently working on an application for a character (and I have a friend who might be applying as a character attached to that one), and I just wanted to ask if the first and second sections of it should be separate comments so that I may apply properly.
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