Character Portrayal

-Character Portrayal-

Choosing a character picture is one of the vital parts of any freeform role-playing venture. To have that ‘visualization’ makes the setting and the experience feel more like the environment that the characters are played within. Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of pictures on the web that many role-players use everyday. However, character pictures in The Fallen World must meet certain specifications, or they cannot be used here. We try to avoid at all costs, the use of copyrighted materials on this web site, and this includes the multitudes of fantasy artwork out there. Some artists do not mind that role-players use their art. They are flattered. But most artists do not want people using their art for any purposes the art was not intended. To avoid problems with copyrighted material, and to retain The Fallen World setting, all members must abide by the following criteria :

1- All characters must be represented by at least one real-life picture of an actress, actor, or other ‘real’ picture. The person you choose to use will be your ‘claim’ and all famous depictions are given on a first come, first serve basis. Once you claim someone and post it on the proper board in our forum, as long as no one else chose it before you, it is your character depiction and no one else here will be able to choose and use it. For example, you decide to use Vin Diesel to represent your character, unless there are characters that are twin siblings, it would make little sense to have two characters in play that look exactly alike. So, once you decide who you want to use, make sure to post it ASAP. Note : Members cannot ‘reserve’ names for future characters.

2- Sometimes, actors may look entirely different in different movies. This gives members the opportunity to choose an actor based on the actual movie or television show he/she appears in, and allows another member to claim a portrayal of the same person from another movie. This is acceptable, as long as the actor looks very 'different'. For example: One member may claim Antonio Banderas' portrayal of the vampire Armand in 'Interview with the Vampire', and another member may choose Antonio's portrayal in '13th Warrior'. In these two movies, Antonio's characters look very different. When you claim your character portrayal, be sure to include the movie or television show that he or she is in that you wish to use.Keep in mind that some actors pretty much look similar in all of their movies, and in this case, please do not attempt to claim, for example: Angelina Jolie from 'Original Sin', just because the character 'Empress Nicia Madelhari' is portrayed by Angelina Jolie in 'Alexander'. They are too similar.

3- Other types of pictures allowed are pictures rendered in programs such as ‘Poser’. Poser art—if it is a good Poser artist—is almost as lifelike as a real picture. ‘Lifelike’ is what we prefer. Anime, comic book and other styles of art like this, is not allowed in The Fallen World role-play. If you use a Poser picture, for instance, you must get permission from the artist of the particular picture that you wish to use. Any member found using copyrighted art without permission will be relieved of their membership.

4- This may make it even more difficult for members to find that perfect character picture, but this is the way it must be, so we apologize for any inconvenience this rule may cause. All character pictures—no matter real pictures of famous people, or artwork—must be dressed in The Fallen World’s environment and setting. (See 'Setting, Etc.' for setting information) Characters in The Fallen World are not modern. The people in the pictures that you choose cannot be wearing modern-day clothing! They did not have hip-hugger jeans, black leather jackets and Sport’s Illustrated swimsuits in the Year 778. Even certain hairstyles will not be allowed. Just use common sense. Your character picture must be as far away from anything considered ‘modern’ as humanly possible. To make it a little easier for you, we have compiled a list of television shows and movies that would be perfect, or simply ‘acceptable’ to find a character picture from. You can do searches for these particular shows and movies (or any others that you can think of not listed here) and find good pictures where the characters are dressed in the sort of clothing that we want in The Fallen World. Note :If you do happen to think of any that are not listed, please notify us on the forum so that we can add it for other members.

5- The Fallen World is not only a historical setting! Because of the Marakai, it is also fantasy-based, so you are free to choose characters that are fantasy-types. This includes character depictions such as how the evil demoness in 'Kull the Conqurer' looks, or even the vampire Akasha in the 'Queen of the Damned'.

6- KEEP IN MIND, you cannot choose an actual movie character as your character. You are only using their pictures from those movies, or television to portray how your character looks. For instance, you cannot actually play the character Akasha from 'Queen of the Damned' as Akasha. However, if you are playing a real-life historical or legendary figure (Achilles, King Arthur, etc.) you may very well use that character in the role-play here and any movie pictures to portray him or her.


7 Years in Tibet
13th Warrior
A Knights Tale
Attila (History Channel original movie)
Bramstoker’s Dracula
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Cold Mountain
Conan the Barbarian
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dances with Wolves
Dungeons & Dragons
Far & Away
First Knight
From Dusk Til' Dawn (only Selma Hyeck)
Gone with the Wind
Gulliver's Travels
Harry Potter
Highlander (flashbacks only)
Horatio Hornblower (An A&E original movie)
Interview with the Vampire
Jason and the Argonauts
King Arthur
Kingdom of Heaven
Kull the Conqueror
Last of the Mochians
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (only Dorian & Mina)
Legend of Earthsea (Sci-Fi channel original movie)
Master & Commander - Far Side of the Earth
Memoirs of a Geisha
North and South
Original Sin
Interview with the Vampire
Original Sin
Passion of the Christ
Phantom of the Opera
Pride & Predjudice
Queen of the Damned (Akasha, and other Ancients, or flashbacks only)
Red Sonya
Rob Roy
Star Gate (only costumes that aren't sci-fi)
Star Wars (Be Careful! None of the Sci-Fi looking stuff, but there are some costumes that are acceptable)
The Brother’s Grimm
The Cell (only fantasy-looking dress in the demented mind)
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Color Purple
The Count of Monte Cristo
The King & I
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings
The Messenger
The Mummy
The Neverending Story
The New World
The Odyssey
The Patriot
The Princess Bride
The Scorpion King
The Ten Commandments
The Village
Tristan & Isolde
Underworld (Only Viktor, Mina or characters that are not dressed modern)
Van Helsing

Television Shows

Angel (flashbacks only)
Beast Master
Charmed (only characters who aren't dressed modern)
Empire (mini-series)
Hercules - The Legendary Journeys
Highlander (flashbacks only)
Rome (HBO series)
Star Gate SG1 & Atlantis (people from other worlds not dressed sci-fi)
Xena – Warrior Princess

We are aware that many from the list above aren't even of the same time period. As far as clothing, etc. goes, most of it is perfectly fine to 'mix' in our setting and era, so long as it is not Sci-Fi, modern, or clothing from the 1920's onward.

7- If you absolutely cannot find an acceptable character picture of whom you like that meets the requirements, or if you are adamant on using a certain person but there are no acceptable pictures of that person, we will allow it as long as the picture you choose is a ‘headshot’. We will work with you, but please try to meet our preferences before giving up and asking us to make any sort of exceptions. But understand thatnopicture will be allowed—no matter what—if the ‘modern feel’ cannot be eliminated from it. There are no exceptions to this rule.

This should be sufficient information. If you have any questions, please post them on the 'General Help' board in the forum.

When you have chosen a person to use, go here to post it on the forum and claim it. And don't forget rule #2 above!

To see the list of people already claimed, go here.