So you Want to Be a Dragon?

As I said before, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE A DRAGON TO BE AN ALFANDRAN. Essential personal characteristics include an open mind, sense of humour, a willingness to listen to others, creativity, and preferably the willingness to open up to others in the group and let them into your life (this last is purely optional, and though some Alfandrans find it helpful to them, you DON'T HAVE TO DO IT!) I don't see Wings anywhere on  that list... [grin] They do come in handy though, especially during the Food Fights.

If you DO want to be a Dragon, there are some things you need to think about - firstly, what type of Dragon are you? There are many different basic types, and you don't HAVE to be any of  them, but if one of them feels 'right' to you it can make things simpler. Karenji is basically a small Western Dragon, with fairly typical abilities, but Alfandra is home to spirit creatures, semi-robotic beings, 'ghosts', and beings almost indescripable.

If you DON'T want to be a Dragon, what type of being are you? Some people prefer a being with physical capabilities and characteristics fairly close to the 'human' norm, so choose to be an Elf or other demi-human being, but it's perfectly acceptable to be a common-or-garden human, especially at first. You won't be rejected because of it, and it might make it easier for you to settle in.

How to make an Entrance

There are two ways to do this:
  1. The simple way - Just post a brief message along the lines of 'My name's such-and-such and here I am.' This approach is good if you don't have a dragon-character in mind, or don't know who or what you really are inside. You can always discover your draconicity later, and this way others can give you help if you need it.
  2. Or the more complex way: Post a longer (in-character) message explaining who you are, what you look like, and how you got to Alfandra. There have been some GREAT examples of this since I arrived, and they can lead to some interesting RP conversations. Again, if you discover that you're not comfortable with the way you've set yourself up, you are free to change it at any time so that it reflects the 'real you' more accurately. Just try not to do it TOO often - it gets very confusing not knowing who you're talking to when someone changes their name and/or physical description once a week... another reason for Dragon Codes.
  3. Either way, you will be welcomed with open arms, and plenty of Goodies.

A couple of tips on 'Entrancing'

If you're going to be a 'Proper Alfandran' you will want to establish your Dragon Code fairly early in the piece. Again, this can be changed as appropriate later on, but in the meantime it will let people who know how to read it recognise your species, sex, size and other relevant information at a glance.

If you'd like a few hints, I've decoded my Dragon Code on this page and written a detailed description of Karenji on this page.
 


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