The Application Process
What the Staff Looks For
And What You Should Know
When creating an application the staff requests all members put thought into their characters. The more three-dimensional a character seems the more likely they will be accepted on the board. This is not to make it sound like we are holding everyone to a high standard but so everyone knows just how a character will be. We are aware some characters will develop more with in-game play than they will outside of it, and the application process is just a preliminary effort. With that in mind we would like to see plenty of detail in all areas of the application. Do not change the layout of the application by adding line breaks or even other coding. If you are having trouble fixing a mistake in the coding please alert a staff member and we will assist you in fixing it.
Make sure to fill out all
areas of the application, even if they don't apply to the character. Try and look for spelling and grammar as well. Its too easy for us all to mess up on mixing words, spelling them wrong, and even using the wrong tense and phrase in places it should be correct. The staff may make a very basic request for these things even if nothing is immediately wrong; we just want to give everyone the same opportunity in application grading as anyone else.
Starting the Application
When you're ready for application on Ira Silenti there are a few simple steps to starting the application itself. After visiting our reservations thread (if you want a canon or pre-made), and checking out the basic information for the board (i.e. rules, storyline, timeline, etc.), you can head to our application
. Simply copy the code for the application and paste it in a new topic. Make sure the topic title is the Last Name, First Name
of the character, in proper case, and the topic description is their member group (Survivor or Raider). This is important as it makes the staff's job easier when sorting and keeping everything in alphabetical order within the accepted applications forum.
The basic statistics are just that: basic information. We want to see their full name where it says Name
, any Nicknames
they may have, even if they only have one. Should they not possess any you simply have to put N/A within this area. Their age
should be in a number format, but we won't go postal if you choose to spell out the age instead. Their birth date
can be in the month and day format without the year, or even with the year. If you choose to leave the year in remember we will look at the time period on the board and request changes if the dates and ages don't match up.
should be what they did before the zombie apocalypse struck, and their hometown
is where they are from before the end of the world as well. You can give a city and a state, or a city and a country; just make sure we know exactly where they are from (I know there are multiples of cities out there and it would be confusing to tell just by the name of the city). Their orientation
should be what sexuality they are (i.e. homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual). Please try to spell out the entire word as gay and straight can be used as other defining terms at the same time.
should only be listed as 'Survivor' or 'Raider'; not a particular group they may join on the board. If there are canon or pre-made they will have a preset member group, and original characters can be from any; just keep in mind what we're currently looking for every everything else.
Appearance section is the easiest and it's the smallest. It's bar far the first thing people usually do unless they have a sample role-play ready, and short of filling out their basic stats for the player themselves. You should start with height
. Keep in mind what seems healthy for their body type, as a six-foot man is not going to weigh less than the average of 168 to 188 pounds. This can change, we are aware, and if the weight makes sense for the height we will accept it. Also remember to put the height in feet and inches, and the weight in pounds. Next is eye color
and hair color
. You don't have to put huge description here and can put just the basic color, but if you want to do the former that's fine with us. The face claim
is next and their age should be taken into account. Try not to aim for a young face for an older person and vice versa; their face claim should make sense for the character's age and build!
Finally the general appearance
section, which should be no less than two paragraphs. You can describe what they wear, what they look like in their physical features, as well as what they can change to when they have the clothing opportunities. Mostly we want to see a description of how they carry themselves. Do they walk with confidence? Do they have a glare that can set a man cold in his tracks? Do they have a warmth to their movements and physical presence that makes others calm? These things are important to describing a character and we would like to see their physical semblance explored as much as their physical characteristics are.
Skills & Abilities
Too often we are seeing characters who are proficient with all types of weapons, including knives, guns, and even non-standard weaponry such as maces, swords, etc. With this in mind the staff is going to be a lot harder on the skills section. Not everyone is proficient with a crossbow or a bow and arrow, and we would prefer to see more original characters than seeing just another Daryl Dixon on the board. When creating your skills section please limit the amount of physical skills they have. If they already have hunting remember not everyone will be good at all types, that includes hunting deer, boar, turkey, and even quail. We would like to see hunting rifles limited as well. If your character is proficient with a shotgun they can proficient with either a handgun or a rifle. Try and balance it out, and not everyone will be a crack-shot at these kinds of things as well.
In regards to survival and the like no one is good at everything. Even the survival nuts have a hard time in certain aspects and will sometimes mess up. Give them a proper balance by making them less than proficient with some of these things. Try and add something else as well, such as cooking, cleaning, and even sewing. These things are important and a frying pan can be just as good of a weapon as any other.
Try and make a character who is both realistic and believable in the new world order. There are going to be skills some have that others dont. Even if they seem irrelevant try and add more about the person they were before the apocalypse rather than who they are now. We all know people can change but it still takes years to master a skill they might not have had before the dead started walking.
The personality section, like the appearance, should be a minimum of two paragraphs. We don't want to see the bare bones of a character or see it left very vague. You should go into detail about the type of person they are, both to themselves in private and to those they meet. Do they act different? Is it a mask they use to protect themselves? Are they trusting? Distrusting? Do they make friends easy or are they paranoid? Each character is like a real person, with real flaws, and no two people can be the same, not even twins. Try some variation.
Make sure to describe what happened to them in their lives to make them the way they are. Will their attitude changes the more time they spend in the zombie apocalypse? Are they shy and timid to the point where they are loners, too nervous of others to really get into a group and stay there? What is their outlook on life since the world went to hell? This section should never be a minimum sized paragraphed, and instead it should be well thought out as the staff will request more details if they find this area could use some work.
The history, like other sections on the board, will start with a category: family
. List their parents, their siblings, any other relatives they may have they were close to, even the family pet if they had one of those. Tell us whether they are alive or dead or even the walking dead. The general history
section should be no less than three paragraphs, detailing the most significant portions of their life up until where they are now. This means from birth to the zombie apocalypse and whatever the board timeline requires you to have. The history doesn't have to be super long but we would like to see some developmental progression as the time moves forward in whatever background you choose for your character.
Involve a bit about how they learned their skills, how mundane their life was, or even what elementary school they went to. The choices are practically limitless and the staff enjoy reading the background of a character. Canons and pre-mades will have pre-forged relationships, which are mentioned specifically in the canon list, and these should be taken into account when the history of a canon or a pre-made is being written.
The role-play sample is the only area of the application you're allowed to copy and paste from somewhere else, meaning a post you have written at some point in time. Don't give us the longest post you have or just whip something up in a hurry so it doesn't have much detail. Instead we would like to see how you handle a character. Instead of just going through the motions of "he went here" or "he did this" constantly give us some introspection. Personality, personalization, description, introspection all these things are amazingly wonderful to read. We want to see a character that is three-dimensional and is not lacking in detail. Don't fill your role-play sample with just fluff, however, as we want to see more interaction. Show us how dialog, setting, etc. is all handled and not just your character's physical motions.
This section can be from another character, not necessarily the one you are applying for, or it could even be a post you intend to use on the board once accepted.
The contact information area only requires a few things. First is your name
. It doesn't have to be the real one; it can be a nickname, but please make it something short and sweet so we all don't have a hard time remembering who is who. If there is another member with the same name maybe an extra initial to help differentiate. Your Age
is required knowledge as we have a "no member under eighteen" policy on the board. While we're aware people can lie and they have before, we will deal with those who are breaking this rule once we figure it out.
What it means by other characters
is those you play on Ira Silenti as well. If there is no other character you claim simply put N/A and we will accept that. Years role-playing
is just a way for us to gauge what we should expect out of an application. We understand not everyone has the same experience and that some people are still on the learning curve. We're here to help! There is no word count on the board but we do strive to have others push themselves when they can. Finally, how you found us
is a way for us to judge the best method of advertisement. This section is necessary so we can understand what we're doing right (or wrong in the case of advertising).