Customization Guide

Guide to Custom Requests (@request)

Following these will minimize the back and forth during the request process, which will help expedite your requests.

Typical turnaround for these requests is within 30 days.

See below for some general guidelines, then refer to each individual customization section for more specifics.

Item Alterations, Custom Items, Roleplay Props & Character Makeover Guidelines

You can use @request to spend rolepoints and in-character coins to cosmetically alter an item you already own, request a custom item or roleplay prop from scratch, or give your character a makeover.

Basic Guidelines

  • How to submit: Use @request and choose Option A (Custom Item/Alteration/Makeover). Include the type of request in your subject line (custom item, roleplay prop, item alteration, or character makeover)
  • Realism: Your item or makeover must be period-appropriate and something that could be conceivably found in Midlight, which is based on ancient Rome.
  • Restrictions: Some items or character makeovers were created before the current guidelines and may not be available for new requests. If you’re not sure if something is allowed, just ask!
  • Word limit (items only): The name (short description) is 9-ish “big” words or less. The long description (look) can be as long as you want (no paragraph breaks), but a longer description will add to in-character costs.
  • Accurate descriptions (items only): The name must always include the base item, for fairness reasons. An iron helmet with a faceplate in the shape of a screaming owl must include the words “iron helmet,” for example.

The game staff is here to help! Confused about the process, or not feeling creative? Just submit an @request to the staff and they’ll work with you to bring your vision to life! 🙂

Custom Items (Armor, Weapon, Face covers)

Want a shiny superior retalq gladius but can’t find one to buy? We can make one for you as a custom item! Custom items must be based on existing items in the gameworld. (Note: Some characters have items that were created before our current standards; these items may no longer be available for new requests.)

Examples of custom items:

“A wickedly sharp retalq gladius”
“An ebony black fluttering hooded cloak”
“A battle-worn and tarnished lorica squamata”

Examples of prohibited items:

A two-handed knife
A retalq lorica squamata
A machine gun
A bow with knife ends that can be used as a fangstave

Pricing:

Custom items have both a rolepoint and IG coin cost:

  • Custom items included as part of a veteran character package are completely free – there is no rolepoint or in-character cost. (Veteran character custom items must still follow the above guidelines.)
  • Rolepoint pricing is determined by account status (see pricing list).
  • IG costs are based on the type of item, quality, and material.

What to put in your @request:

  1. The character this request is for
  2. The type of item you are requesting (e.g. “a superior retalq gladius”)
  3. The name (short description) and long description (look)
  4. The location of any components you are supplying
  5. Optional: Which bank account you want the coin withdrawn from (by default, it is withdrawn from Seneda’s forum bank).

Item Alterations

Update the cosmetic look of an item you already own, so it better suits your character’s personality. This is purely a cosmetic update, with no changes to the mechanical function of the item.

Examples of alterations:

Altering a plain cotton stola to “a green and cream silk stola stitched with prancing foxes”
Altering an iron helmet with a faceplate of a bear to “a black and gray enameled iron helmet with a fox faceplate”
Adding rubies to a scabbard: “a ruby-encrusted scabbard”

Examples of prohibited alterations:

Transforming a bronze-tipped spear to a retalq-tipped spear
Upgrading an excellent quality weapon to a superior quality one
Adding a sheath to a pair of boots
Making your sword glow

Pricing:

Item alterations have both a rolepoint and IG coin cost:

  • Rolepoint pricing is determined by account status (see pricing list).
  • For IG costs, the base price is 5 talents. That price increases based on material type, complexity of work, and materials removed or added. You can potentially reduce costs by supplying materials (for example, providing a pouch full of rubies will help mitigate the expense of that ruby-encrusted scabbard).

What to include in your @request:

  1. The character this request is for:
  2. The item’s name (short description) and long description (look)
  3. The item’s location: It’s easiest if you deposit your item and any components in a sack in your bank account, or keep it on you. Otherwise, submit your request from the item’s location (if it’s in your bedroom, for example). Regardless, let us know where we can find it!
  4. Optional: Which bank account you want the coin withdrawn from (by default, it is withdrawn from Seneda’s forum bank).

Custom Props

A custom prop is for items outside of combat use, which may not yet exist in the game world but can be introduced upon your request/creativity and staff approval. Examples of past custom props include: a painting easel, a musical instrument, etc.

Character Makeovers / Custom Descriptions

Your character will exit the character generator with a description based on the physical characteristics you chose. However, this description can be customized in a variety of ways:

  • VC Package (Level 4 and up)
  • RP Expenditure (i.e. A complete makeover, a single feature makeover, or the custom scar menu available through @play)
  • IG Makeover Event (e.g. A GM-NPC holds a tattooing event.)
  • IG developments as part of role play (e.g. A GM-NPC may grievously injure and scar your character permanently as part of a storyline.)

Sample non-custom character descriptions:

You see a very tall stalwart man. He has obsidian eyes set above a large nose, thin lips and a pointed chin. He has an oval face, with a dusky complexion. He has long burnished black hair which frames his face.
He is wearing… […].
His hands appear to be empty.

You see a slim woman. She has brown eyes set above an aquiline nose, full lips and a ordinary chin. She has a heart-shaped face, with a golden brown complexion. She has long silky dusky blonde hair which settles on her shoulders.
She is wearing… […].
Her hands appear to be empty.

Sample custom description:

You see a lithe woman. Her athletic frame bears gentle curves and long, slender legs. She has warm, golden brown skin with high cheekbones and well-maintained eyebrows. Her almond-shaped, cornflower blue eyes with long, dark lashes are meticulously outlined with kohl, and rest above her pert nose and full lips. Riotous midnight black curls tumble freely down her back. Her nipples have been pierced with pewter studs, each side bearing a small emerald and a tiny pewter chain connecting the two stones. She has a small heart-shaped birthmark on her right hip. Her belly button has been pierced with a small pewter hoop with a single emerald stud in the center.

You see a short, shapely woman with long, toned legs and an hourglass figure. Tattooed on her right cheek is a single, black rose. Emerald eyes sparkle beneath trimmed eyebrows set over a pert nose. Beneath her eyes are tattooed a pale blue teardrop and a blood red teardrop. She has perfect cheekbones and attractive pouting lips on a smooth burnt carmel complexion. Her lustrous hair carries the color of melting snow arranged in intricate rows of braids, which cascade down her back to her waist. Two long, flowing braids hang down framing her face and have been dyed a shining green from plant dyes. Tattooed vines climb up her torso, spiraling around her body as if squeezing the life out of her. The inked thorns appear to pierce her skin and draw blood, while two vines embedded around her breasts produce tattooed streams of blood that flow down her chest. Upon her waist are several tattooed vibrant green vines that seem to emerge from beneath her skin, the lifelike thorns pricking her flesh and drawing forth drops of blood. A single tattooed vine wraps around her neck, several drops of inked blood forming as thorns appear to pierce her flesh, extending up to her face.

Each sentence in a description is assigned to a body area on your character. You do not need to write a separate line of custom description text for each bodypart. The body parts that are mechanically considered separate (for purposes of wounding, description, coverage by clothing etc.) can be seen in the custom scar menu, as follows:

 1->[back]
 2->[chest]
 3->[face]
 4->[head]
 5->[left_arm]
 6->[left_foot]
 7->[left_hand]
 8->[left_leg]
 9->[left_shoulder]
 10->[left_thigh]
 11->[neck]
 12->[right_arm]
 13->[right_foot]
 14->[right_hand]
 15->[right_leg]
 16->[right_shoulder]
 17->[right_thigh]
 18->[waist]

Wearing certain items cover aspects of your character's description. For instance, a bronze-visored helmet will cover your character's head, making your head/hair description not visible to someone looking at your character.

Example:

> look JohnSmith
You see a tall muscular man. He has green eyes set above a rugged chin in a pleasant brown face.
He is wearing a bronze-visored helmet… […].
His hands appear to be empty.

JohnSmith removes a bronze-visored helmet.
> look JohnSmith
**You see a tall muscular man. He has green eyes set above a rugged chin in a pleasant brown face. He has short curly brown hair. **
He is wearing… […].
He is carrying a bronze-visored helmet in his right hand and nothing in his left hand.

Wearing certain types of "covers" may also obscure your character's name, in addition to obscuring portions of your character's description. (Examples: When closed, a faceplated helmet will cover your character's name, head and face; a mask will cover your character's name and face; a hooded cloak will cover your character's name, head, face and body.) The first line of your character's description is considered their "body type" and will never be covered.

Faceplated Helmets:

Open:

You see a very tall stalwart man. He has obsidian eyes set above a large nose, thin lips and a pointed chin. He has an oval face, with a dusky complexion.
He is wearing a saffron alanti-studded bronze phylax, a saffron silver-embellished lorica squamata, a radiant silver bronze manica with radiant silver doeskin bands, a clumsily-made sack, a heartwood quiver bound in saffron cotton brocade, a radiant silver bronze manica with radiant silver doeskin bands, an engraved bone bracelet, an engraved bone bracelet, a finely crafted pine bow, an ash iron-capped quarterstave with a speckled violet haft inside a deep amethyst supple leather baldric, a loose silver silk cloak, accented in silver homespun wool, a flowing purple rawhide sash, reinforced with purple suede, a light ivory leather sheath, a fang-shaped white leather sheath, an elegant bone white sturdy leather belt, some radiant silver studded leather pteryges, a radiant white bronze helmet, some flowing amethyst doeskin pants, some pale silver sturdy leather boots with bronze studs, and a black iron signet ring bearing the symbol of the Blackvine Militia.

Closed:

You see a very tall stalwart man.
He is wearing a saffron alanti-studded bronze phylax, a saffron silver-embellished lorica squamata, a radiant silver bronze manica with radiant silver doeskin bands, a clumsily-made sack, a heartwood quiver bound in saffron cotton brocade, a radiant silver bronze manica with radiant silver doeskin bands, an engraved bone bracelet, an engraved bone bracelet, a finely crafted pine bow, an ash iron-capped quarterstave with a speckled violet haft inside a deep amethyst supple leather baldric, a loose silver silk cloak, accented in silver homespun wool, a flowing purple rawhide sash, reinforced with purple suede, a fang-shaped white leather sheath, a light ivory leather sheath, an elegant bone white sturdy leather belt, some radiant silver studded leather pteryges, a radiant white bronze helmet with a face shield resembling a sniffing fox, some flowing amethyst doeskin pants, some pale silver sturdy leather boots with bronze studs, and a black iron signet ring bearing the symbol of the Blackvine Militia.

Hooded Cloaks

Open:

(coming soon)

Closed:

You see a tall, slender man.
He is wearing a black hooded cloak, some leather gloves and hobnailed sandals.

Below are further guidelines provided by staff in response to a player ticket:

Note appended by Analog on 2:49 pm, Friday, July 02, 2021:

Most things can be changed, within reason. For example, if your character is short and obese, you cannot make him tall and athletic, for example. Descriptions must be within the realm of reality, and, be characteristics that a Roman could have (e.g. you cannot have purple hair or three eyes).

Guidelines:
- The first line in the description is always the build, and only the build.
o Allowed: "You see a short muscular man."
o Not allowed: "You see a green-eyed, twitchy young woman."

- Describe visible physical elements. You can be poetic and creative, as long as what you are describing is something that can be seen.
o Allowed: "His deep-set eyes are green with brown flecks, like the mossy floor of a forest."
o Not allowed: "His green eyes convey an inner sense of anguish and fear."

- Be realistic - your description must be conceivable in ancient Rome.
o Not allowed: Rainbow-colored hair (unless described as dyed, with a color used in ancient Rome), glowing or luminous eyes, three arms, outlandishly tall or short characters.

- Describe a permanent state. The description must work in all situations your character might find themselves in.
o Not allowed: "His eyes shift back and forth constantly." "He stares down at you with piercing blue eyes." "A smirk is plastered on his face."

- No power-emoting. You can't force a feeling on someone else just by looking at you.
o Not allowed: "Just looking at his handsome visage makes your heart melt."

- Tattoos and piercings are allowed - go wild!

Sample description:
You see a tall muscular man. His round face is the color and texture of cured leather, with dark deep-set black eyes below bushy brows. Atop his head is a mess of black hair, loosely tamed into a braided bun at the crown of his head. Encircling his neck like a tight necklace is the tattoo of a coiling serpent.

Submitting a Request

When you're ready to submit a request, we recommend following the below guidelines to ensure the best use of both your and the staff's time in putting together all necessary information.

Sample Request Format

Requesting any form of customization needs to adhere to certain staff guidelines. We (the players) suggest your request state the following information, which typically helps reduce the number of back and forth communications to be had with staff, who will eventually ask this of you the following (example):

Type of Request: Custom Item/Alteration/Custom Prop/etc.

Short Description: An Altene double mace studded with blue sapphires (superior quality).

Long description: You see a staff measuring five-feet long, the dursc haft embedded with large sapphires… (so on and so forth)

Base Item/Materials: Altene Double Mace + some large blue crystal-like stones.

Location: These items are in a sack with a labeled parchment in my character's (bank account/first sack/floor of their domus bedroom/etc.)

Questions (optional): e.g. Can this staff be lighter than normal maces? Can it glitter when I take it out of my sack? Etc.

Staff will typically respond with either clarification, their questions to you, and/or an estimate of costs (IG coin and RPs.)

Tips

  • The base material of an item should be specified in a short description. While there are many items that don't have this, going forward current TEC staff appears to insist on that inclusion, especially for combat items. Not Allowed: "a matte black faceplated helmet." Allowed: "a matte black iron faceplated helmet."
  • Let a custom item's details speak for themselves. Your item does not necessarily need to state "this wood has been blackened by the eternal fires of hell." How would the viewer know the type of fire? Simply stating what the appearance of the wood is like is sufficient.
  • The in-game costs can sometimes be lowered by providing some/all materials yourself. Example: Requesting 'a lion-skin black hooded cloak' and providing 'a lion pelt' in your character's possession.
  • The short description of an item should be "short". A rule of thumb is 10 words or less, especially for items that are often part of "combat spam" such as armor or weapons. Cut down on repetitive filler words and leave the detail for the long description.
  • Write descriptions that avoid forcing a specific reaction (aka "power-emoting"). You may, as an example, want others to feel "intimidated". But keep in mind that characters with different personalities and perspectives may look upon your item (or your character), but not be "intimidated" or "enchanted" by your item/appearance. Example: With character descriptions, try to write phrases that would be true for your character's appearance in whatever state they're in - happy, sad, unconscious, resting, angry, etc.
  • Once a custom item is completed, mark your custom items with the @custom-item tag. In the event of a loss (evicted inn rooms, accidental sales to a shopkeep, etc.), your special items are easier for staff to find.

Catalog

Colors

The color and descriptor lists below currently exist in-game and are meant to be used for inspiration when creating your own custom item. Theses are all colors recently found describing items sold in the Forum.

  • alabaster
  • amethyst
  • aquamarine
  • argent
  • beige
  • black
  • blue
  • blue-grey
  • carnelian
  • cerise
  • charcoal
  • cherry
  • chestnut
  • cobalt
  • coral
  • eggshell
  • fuchsia
  • gold
  • golden
  • goldenrod
  • green
  • fern green
  • pine green
  • grey
  • honey
  • ivory
  • olive
  • orange
  • orchid
  • pink
  • plum
  • purple
  • red
  • rose
  • saffron
  • sapphire
  • scarlet
  • silver
  • sky blue
  • slate blue
  • slate grey
  • tan
  • tangerine
  • turquoise
  • yellow
  • violet
  • viridian
  • white, pearl white, snow white

Color Descriptors

  • burnt
  • dark
  • deep
  • glittering
  • light
  • opalescent
  • pale
  • pearlescent
  • pure
  • scintillating
  • smoky
  • vibrant
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