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Thread: Long-Term Characters: Information & LTC List

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    Funcom employee Long-Term Characters: Information & LTC List

    Long-Term Characters: Rules and Information

    What is an "LTC"?

    LTCs, or "Long-Term Characters", are special ARK/GM-controlled characters which play a part in the ongoing story of Anarchy Online. These special characters can be identified by their BLUE nicknames (the same color as quest NPCs) and will act (and react!) as though they are a part of the in-game world of Rubi-Ka. LTCs are there to provide a sense of liveliness to the game world, and often have stories of their own to tell - An LTC character will usually have something to talk about, even if it's just how nice the weather is in Borealis, or how good the coffee in The Cup is.

    There are two basic varieties of Events-run character, the first being a general Events character: This character is created solely for the purpose of a singular event, and most likely will not be seen again in-game. An LTC, however, is a character which will be played again and again by a specific individual. This character will have their own background and stories to tell, and maybe even their own events to run; someone who has spent a long time chatting with and getting to know an LTC may suddenly find themselves swept up in a giant battle fighting to protect their friend's life, or seeking out a rare ingredient for a new recipe they're attempting to make. An LTC is a character with personality and a tale to tell, with depth and emotions of their own. Usually, an LTC will be around for quite some time, giving players plenty of opportunity to interact with them.

    How can I meet LTCs?

    Well, first and foremost, get out and roleplay! Hang around in crowded areas where roleplayers meet, chill at the local bar, chat in one of the dimension-specific roleplaying bots, or even just wander around. LTCs pop up in odd places sometimes, so you never know where you might run into Alan Jacobi or Ivan Sergeyich. To help, though, you can begin by adding the nickname of an LTC you're interested in into your friends list in-game. Whenever the LTC signs online, you'll be able to know by them popping up as "online" in your friends list.

    Can I be out-of-character with an LTC?

    Any ARK/GM-controlled 'blue-name' character, be it an LTC or otherwise, will not go out of character for any reason at all. All individuals portraying an Events character have been taught never to go out of character no matter the circumstances, and will often go to great pains to avoid such a scenario. Do not expect an LTC/Events character to ever go out of character, even in tells. Likewise, an LTC on the forums will not go out of character for any reason, including PMs received.

    Why the hell did that guy just kill me?!

    Did he warn you he was about to? If he did, then you've only yourself to blame.

    LTCs may or may not be combat-ready, depending on the character. And, as in real life, LTCs have personalities and agendas of their own. As an example: If you are a Clan citizen wandering into Omni-Entertainment, the odds are that the local guards and Unicorns will take a few pot-shots at you, if not kill you out-right. The same applies for LTCs. Generally, however, all players are given a warning that they will be shot at (and a chance to get the heck outta dodge) before an Events character opens fire.

    Ok, that's great and all, but why is he screaming at me?

    As noted above, an LTC/Events character is considered a part of the Anarchy Online game world, and acts/reacts as though a citizen of Rubi-Ka actually would. This means having their own opinions and beliefs, particularly when it comes to the various factions! So understand - If you're a Neutral citizen and suddenly find yourself at the end of Simon Silverstone's temperament (and, most likely, gun), it's nothing personal.

    Can Simon Silverstone help me with my petition?

    No. As noted above, an individual playing an LTC is taught to never break character while playing their role. They will either ignore or act ignorant of any "game mechanics" style chatter. This is including (but not limited to) questions such as "Why is your name blue?" or "When is FC going to fix [x]!?!".

    Why can't he help me?! I'm going to bother him until he does!

    Please don't. Repeated harassment of an LTC or Events character may result in you receiving a visit from another member of ARK or the Funcom Customer Service team requesting that you cease your behaviour. While we welcome feedback and suggestions, please utilize the proper channels (either petitioning or by emailing our support department) and do not beleaguer the roleplaying characters.

    Will I get phat lewt and quests and credz?!

    Most likely not. LTCs are made for roleplaying purposes, and do not hand out missions or quests in a formal sense. Occasionally, you may run into an ARK-controlled character which will ask for your help with a specific issue - Say someone has been kidnapped and they need help bringing them home, or a villainous rogue is attempting to blow up the notum cannons in Clon****; These are not, however, "missions" in the strict sense of the word, and while there may be some rewards for aiding an Events-lead character the true reward is having fun and being a part of the experience.

    I want to use Tarkhan Zora in a story I'm writing for the forums. Can I?

    Short answer: Maybe.

    Long answer: All Events characters are considered official parts of the Anarchy Online universe and story. This means that what happens to those characters is of very big import to the game world and storyline of AO. Unfortunately, due to this, we can't openly say that everyone can just use an Events character in whatever way they wish - This would end up in chaos. However, if you would like to interact with or otherwise include an Events character in a story you're writing, here are some simple guidelines:

    First: Did this actually happen? If your story is based entirely around actual in-game events, with no exaggeration on your part, then that's fine. Telling a story about the conversation you had with Simon Silverstone at the last CoT meeting is ok, as this has already happened and is not creating any new scenarios for the Events character. Telling a story about how you and Silverstone went on an intergalactic adventure a few weeks back and shook hands with some Xan is *not* ok, as... well, I can take an educated guess here and say that probably *didn't* happen. ;P

    Secondly: What impact does this have? If you mention having seen Philip Ross at a rally many years ago, and don't elaborate any further, then that's also fine; you're not creating any new dialog for the character, nor is this something that's outside the realm of possibility. Stating that you saw Philip Ross at a rally many years ago and then coming up with the speech he told about how he loved his grandmother? Not ok.

    While both of the above scenarios work as good examples of what's acceptable, we ask that any and all story posts made for the Anarchy Online forums containing official Events/Storyline/Funcom characters be pre-approved by a member of our Events team. You can receive approval by emailing your story to the following address: - When emailing, please include the words "Forums Story" as part of your email title.

    On receiving a story via the mail, our Events team members will read over the story and offer any suggestions/edits they see fit to include. Once both parties have agreed that the story does not infringe upon the storyline character, you will be approved to post. =) Please note that you may *not* be approved to post your story, based on the considerations of the Events/Storyline team. Our apologies if this happens to be the case, and please keep in mind that it is nothing personal. Posting content containing an Events/Storyline character without the prior approval of the storyline team may result in your post being edited or otherwise removed until such permission is granted.
    Brad L. McAtee / Kintaii
    Former Senior AO Designer & Jack of All Trades
    (2007 - 2012)
    ~~ Twitter :: Facebook :: Norse Noir ~~

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    Long-Term Characters of Rubi-Ka

    ☼ Omni-Tek:

    Lani Wannja
    Title: Department Head of OT-RK Omni-Comm
    In-Game Nickname: "Wannja"
    Forums Profile:

    Rita Prestin
    Title: Department Head of OT-RK Omni-Med
    In-Game Nickname: "Prestin"
    Forums Profile:

    Darius Zeiler
    Title: Department Head of OT-RK Omni-Admin
    In-Game Nickname: "Zeiler"
    Forums Profile:

    Takai Sakkamoto
    Title: Department Head of OT-RK Omni-Operations
    In-Game Nickname: "Sakkamoto"
    Forums Profile:

    Eva Pourais
    Title: CEO Omni-Tek Rubi-Ka
    In-Game Nickname: "Pourais"
    Forums Profile:

    Ivan Sergeyich
    Title: Department Head of OT-RK Omni-Security
    In-Game Nickname: "Sergeyich"
    Forums Profile:

    Channing McVert
    Title: Director of Omni R&D, Department of Omni-Operations
    In-Game Nickname: "Mcvert"
    Forums Profile:

    Damien Kristian Shepherd
    Title: Omni specter
    In-Game Nickname: "Kristian"

    Termin Zawar
    Title: Omni-Tek Specialist
    In-Game Nickname: "Zawar"
    Forums Profile:

    Jaita Parnae
    Title: Assistant Manager, Rompas
    In-Game Nickname: "Jaita"

    Ilinar Icer
    Title: Omni-Tek Mercenary
    In-Game Nickname: "Ilinar"
    Forums Profile:

    Technician Ginse Phelps
    Title: Omni Terraformer Technician
    In-Game Nickname: "Ginse"

    Cpl Cirke Zelazny
    Title: Omni-Security officer
    In-Game Nickname: "Cirke"

    ☼ Clan:

    Sir Tristram Solis
    Title: Representitive, Clan: The Knights of Avalon
    In-Game Nickname: "Solis"
    Forums Profile:

    Sir Uther Draconis
    Title: FJRK Reporter, Man-at-arms, Clan: The Knights of Avalon
    In-Game Nickname: "Uther"
    Forums Profile:

    Alan Jacobi
    Title: Leader, Clan: Vanguard
    In-Game Nickname: "Jacobi"
    Forums Profile:

    Simon Silverstone
    Title: Leader, Clan: Sentinels
    In-Game Nickname: "Silverstone"
    Forums Profile:

    Hayden Okoli
    Title: Leader, Clan: Terra Firma
    In-Game Nickname: "Hayden"
    Forums Profile:

    Adieen Landau
    Title: Leader, Clan: Unionist
    In-Game Nickname: "Landau"
    Forums Profile:

    Mangus Lindholm
    Title: Member, Activist, Clan: Unionist
    In-Game Nickname: "Lindholm"

    Watch Commander Timothy Tombak
    Title: Watch Commander, Clan: Sentinels
    In-Game Nickname: "Tombak"

    Lady Alexandrasa Draconis
    Title: Lady Knight, man-at-arms, Clan: The Knights of Avalon
    In-Game Nickname: "Alexandrasa"

    Chef Wetherby Shill
    Title: Mongo Meats cook
    In-Game Nickname: "Wetherby"

    ☼ Neutral:

    Zephram Toog King
    Title: Mayor, Newland City
    In-Game Nickname: "Toog"
    Forums Profile:

    General Hekkat
    Title: Leader, Newland Militia
    In-Game Nickname: "Hekkat"
    Forums Profile:

    Dainel Larbin
    Title: ICC Representative
    In-Game Nickname: "Larbin"

    Johans Fishmen
    Title: Leet Farmer with a past
    In-Game Nickname: "Fishmen"

    Turms Falon
    Title: Neutral Fixer
    In-Game Nickname: "Turms"

    Mick Scalise
    Title: Neutral Atrox Hacker
    In-Game Nickname: "Scalise"

    Chief Boneshaker
    Title: Rhinoman Chief and mystic
    In-Game Nickname: "Boneshaker"

    Robert Duncann
    Title: Hunter, tracker, farmer
    In-Game Nickname: "Longstalks"
    Last edited by Ninanna; Apr 27th, 2015 at 20:33:01. Reason: LTCs Updated
    Brad L. McAtee / Kintaii
    Former Senior AO Designer & Jack of All Trades
    (2007 - 2012)
    ~~ Twitter :: Facebook :: Norse Noir ~~

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