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This page is considered a guideline on BRWiki.

It illustrates standards of conduct, which many editors agree with in principle. However, it is not policy.


This article describes how to add your fan fiction in BRWiki. Fan fiction are stories made up by players (fans) of Birthright. BRWiki also recognizes two subtypes of fan fiction observations and Player Character background, biographical or historical info.

Fan fiction in BRWiki

All fan fiction pages are required to use certain templates that denote that players created them. These tags ensure that users of BRWiki will be aware of when they are reading information from official Birthright canon lore and when they are reading player created material.

  • If your article serves as a roleplaying biography of a player character, see the player character section.
  • If your article serves as an information page about yourself as a member of the community (not the character you play), see the player information section.
  • If your article is a recounting of events happening in Birthright that do not reflect Birthright canon history or lore, but may be retold in a similar fashion, see the observations section.
  • For all other types of fan fiction, see the generic fan fiction section.


Naming

As per the Personal articles policy, your fan fiction should most likely be placed under your user page, e.g. [[User:Kang the Great/My fanfic article]]. Only if you want no control over your work should it be placed in the main namespace (e.g. [[How the Elves evolved from Trolls]]).

Specific types of fan fiction

We require that fan fiction be clearly marked as such. The tags to use depends on the kind of fan fiction you're writing. See below.

Player Character

  • For a biography of a Player Character you must include the {{PC}} template to the top of the article. This template will add a banner at the top of the page that looks like this:
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PC

This article is a (Non) Player Character biography page

The contents herein are entirely player made and in no way represent official Birthright history or occurrences which are accurate. The characters and events listed are of an independent nature and applied for roleplaying, fictional, speculative, or opinions from a limited playerbase only.
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Observations

  • If you are making a page describing events from your characters persepective, then you must include the {{Observation}} template to the top of the article. This template will add a banner at the top of the page that look like this:
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Role Playing

This article is an Observation

The contents herein are entirely player made and in no way represent official Birthright history or occurences which are accurate. The characters and events listed are of an independent nature and applied for roleplaying, fictional, speculative, or opinions from a limited playerbase only.
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Generic Fan Fiction

  • For fan fiction that does to meet one of the specific categories above, add the {{Fanfic}} template to the top of the article. This template will add a banner at the top of the page that look like this:
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Role Playing

This article is Fan Fiction

The contents herein are entirely player made and in no way represent official Birthright lore or history.
The characters and events listed are of an independent nature and are applied for roleplaying purposes only.
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Role Playing

Content guidelines

Fan fiction is a very open field. The only thing we require is that fan fiction on BRWiki be about Birthright, and be clearly marked as fanfic (see fanfic policy). Think of the below guidelines as a smorgosbord that you can pick and choose from depending on what you want to do.

Fan fiction that works with canon lore

Some readers prefer to read fanfic which does not conflict with the world as they already know it.

To write fan fiction that integrates seamlessly with official lore, try to keep the below points in mind:

  • Try to avoid events which would alter the past in such a way that the event would have been recorded throughout history and be widely known outside of your fanfic unless a feasible plot device would allow it.
  • Example: don't have Michael Roele survive his final battle, because this would have been widely recorded.
  • However, Michael Roele could have talked to a character or have gone on an unrecorded quest before his death! This would not directly conflict with official lore.
  • Avoid introducing objects or characters which would have been widely known or otherwise already mentioned into the story unless a feasible plot device would allow it. This would include gods who would have been affecting the Universe and widely known to Aebrynis, but not gods who have been asleep, imprisoned, etc. The same goes for races which would have been known if suddenly present.
  • Example: a demonic race cannot have been both the most powerful race (making them the most useful) in Anuire and never have been mentioned.
  • However: a secluded, very powerful demon, that for some reason did not take part in the invasion, would have escaped notice up until your story.
  • Attempt to keep up to date with official lore in the case that future lore and retcons make the events in your story contradictory with official lore.
  • Example: if one of your characters kills someone who is later discovered to be integral to the plot in official lore, consider rewriting. At least swap the person for someone else.

"What If?" fan fiction

One fascinating side to fanfic are the "what if?" scenarios that play out very differently from what we know. If you plan on writing this, do feel free to disregard everything in the previous section.

Do however consider pointing out in the introduction to your story that it is a "what if" story, or is otherwise incompatible with official lore. It saves readers that prefer or expect fanfic compatible with official lore a nasty surprise, and, who knows, this way they might even come to like your story when prepared for it!

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