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Post  Ghost on Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:22 pm

Character Creation Guidelines
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Special Canons
    We offer some special canon positions at Highgrove. Namely, these consist of Highgrove's resident ex-residents. For information about these canons, and rules specifically regarding them, please refer to the canons positions.


    Residents are adolescents between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, who have not been able to remain in standard children's homes, have been removed from foster homes due to behaviour, or have been sent to Highgrove by their parents. All residents must fit the character creation guidelines to be accepted, regardless of where they have come from.

    Residents are typically sent to Highgrove because they suffer from one of the accepted issues (list below). The issue(s) they have are severe enough that they have disrupted the resident's ability to function in another children's home, foster care, or at home with their parents. They will receive mandatory psychotherapy and medication at Highgrove. Residents with issues that are not on our accepted list will not be accepted. Keep an eye on the list though, as we may change it up from time to time to keep things fresh.

    We will not accept residents who are either younger or older than stated above. Residents will not be able to bring others to the home with them, such as dependant children or siblings and friends. However, you may place a character request for a sibling in the requests board, if you would like to have family on the site. We ask that you not app siblings who are sent to Highgrove together. Highgrove does not typically admit residents in 'groups'. We will not accept twins.

    Residents being referred from homes or foster care must be British Nationals, unless they are specifically referred by a legal guardian or a licensed psychiatrist. Residents who are referred by their parents may be from anywhere in the world, though we do request that players consider please keeping japanese characters to a minimum, as we do not wish to be inundated with them. Since the school is on the opposite side of the planet, it would simply be implausible that Japan would send all of their misfit children to the middle of nowhere, England. We hope you understand where we're coming from on this. However (!) this does not mean you cannot have a character of Japanese origin. Just be sensible about it.

    When you create a character account, you must title it with the character's first name and last name, correctly capitalised. We do not accept nicknames as account names, etc. Incorrect usernames will be deleted and you will be asked to remake your account. Please also refrain from choosing unreasonable character names unless you have an explanation as to why their parents would have named them thus. We will pend your application to ask, if we are not satisfied that this has been explained, or the name is simply too unreasonable.

    For available staff positions, refer to the Staff Positions Roster.

    Members of Highgrove's staff are professional adults, meeting at least the minimum education level for their positions, and having the appropriate experience in their field. For example, a doctor must have the requisite years of schooling and at least a few years of experience, thus they would not be in their 20s. If in doubt, google is a wonderful resource for finding out just how long it takes to become a _______.

    Highgrove staff are subject to personal searches and background checks upon hiring. Mass murderers and child abusers need not apply, basically. Unless they're really good at hiding it...

    The same username rules apply for staff as they do for residents. You may see them above.

    Staff may post freely within Highgrove and Grove End, and are not restricted to Highgrove grounds.

    Staff may keep pets which they purchase with $RP Reward Points. You may not NPC a pet unless they are within eye-shot of your character. Essentially, we don't expect to find dogs running around on their own, in separate threads. Pets must be reasonable for the staff accommodations, which are small, shared historic cottages.


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Character Creation Empty Accepted Issues

Post  Ghost on Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:13 pm

Accepted Issues

    This is our list of accepted issues for Residents at Highgrove. We have provided a brief summary of each issue, but we also expect you to click the provided link to read more details and familiarise yourself before you begin character creation. Remember, the issue must be disruptive enough that they have been forced to relocate! For ease of navigation, we have sectioned the issues into groups based on diagnostic criteria.

    You may choose one primary issue for your character, with up to three resulting issues, provided they tie in logically with the main issue you have chosen. Please try to make it clear on your application which of the issues is the primary. We will absolutely not accept issues that are not on this list, specifically psychoses, schizophrenia or Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder).

    Disorders on the list which are struck through are no longer accepted issues and may not be used in character creation.

Personality Disorders
  • Conduct Disorder: Conduct disorder is psychological disorder diagnosed in childhood that presents itself through a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate norms are violated.

  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which the individual is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity.

  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Schizotypal personality disorder is a personality disorder that is characterized by a need for social isolation, anxiety in social situations, odd behavior and thinking, and often unconventional beliefs.

  • Dependent Personality Disorder: Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive psychological dependence on other people. This personality disorder is a long-term (chronic) condition.

  • Histrionic Personality Disorder: Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriately seductive behavior.

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder: Paranoid personality disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others without appropriate founding or provocation.

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder: Avoidant personality disorder is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction.

Anxiety Disorders

  • Hypochondriasis: Hypochondriasis refers to excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness. This debilitating condition is the result of an inaccurate perception of the body’s condition despite the absence of an actual medical condition.

  • Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania, which is classified as an impulse control disorder, is the compulsive urge to pull out one's own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress, and social or functional impairment.

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry about everyday things that is disproportionate to the actual source of worry.

  • Phobias: A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational.

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. Formal diagnostic criteria require that the symptoms last more than one month.

  • Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a psychological injury that results from protracted exposure to prolonged social and/or interpersonal trauma with loss of control, and in the context of captivity.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the anxiety, or by a combination of both.

Mood Disorders

  • Major Depressive Disorder: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.

  • Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes.

Sexual Disorders
  • Sexual Sadism: The essential feature of sexual sadism is a feeling of sexual excitement resulting from administering pain, suffering, or humiliation to another person. The pain, suffering, or humiliation may be either physical or psychological in nature.

  • Sexual Masochism: The essential feature of sexual masochism is the feeling of sexual arousal or excitement resulting from receiving pain, suffering, or humiliation. Masochists may inflict their own pain through shocking, pricking or choking.

  • Sexual Fetishism: Sexual fetishism is the sexual arousal a person receives from a physical object, or from a situation. The object or situation of interest is called the fetish, the person a fetishist who has a fetish for that object/situation.

  • Hypersexuality: Hypersexuality is frequent or suddenly increased sexual urges or sexual activity. Hypersexuality is typically associated with lowered sexual inhibitions. Although it can be caused by some medical conditions or medications, in most cases the cause is unknown.

  • Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) or sexual aversion disorder is considered as a sexual dysfunction and is characterized as a lack or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity.

Dissociative Disorders

  • Delusional Disorder: Delusional disorder is an uncommon psychiatric condition in which patients present with symptoms of non-bizarre delusions, but with the absence of prominent hallucinations and no thought disorder, mood disorder, or significant flattening of affect

  • Stockholm Syndrome: In psychology, Stockholm Syndrome is a term used to describe a psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them.

  • Dissociative Fugue: A fugue state, is a rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality and other identifying characteristics of individuality.

Uncategorised Disorders

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a diagnosis described as an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behavior.

  • Intermittant Explosive Disorder: Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of violence, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand.

  • Stereotypic Movement Disorder: Stereotypic movement disorder is a disorder of childhood involving repetitive, nonfunctional motor behavior that markedly interferes with normal activities or results in bodily injury.

  • Deliberate Self Harm: Self-harm (SH) or deliberate self-harm (DSH) includes self-injury (SI) and self-poisoning and is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue most often done without suicidal intentions.

  • Substance Abuse: Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, refers to a maladaptive pattern of use of a substance that is not considered dependent. The term "drug abuse" does not exclude dependency, but is otherwise used in a similar manner in nonmedical contexts.


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