Edge of Perspective - an IRC based Roleplay
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Chart
- 2.1 Greater Powers
- 2.2 Special Category: Deep Blue
- 2.3 Ordinary Powers
- 2.4 Lesser Powers
- 3 Using this Chart
- 4 Equivalence Tables for Character Pages
Welcome to the power level chart for the Edge of Perspective RP.
This chart offers a generalised, comparative notion of power levels between characters, as judged by examination of their intrinsic powers and all-round capability. It provides a way to qualitatively evaluate the rough levels of power between various characters without need for endless debate.
How it works
Characters are assigned a position on this chart based on examination of their general and specific levels of power, the scope(s) of such, and through evaluation of the potential inherent in their power(s). Such a rating, once given, will be stated in terms of a white-light spectrum, ranging from violet (at the top end) to red (at the bottom end).
It should be noted that:
- All characters will have a rating under this chart - it is generally assigned at the final stage of character creation or application acceptance.
- You are free to discuss this with the administrators prior to having your character listed here.
- The chart represents the full range of power; thus it is by definition impossible for any character to exceed the chart in either direction.
Thus, this chart provides a guideline for inter-character conflict, by way of establishing roughly which characters should have an upper-hand in a given conflict. It is not, however, an absolute rule, and should only be considered a starting point for such comparisons, in addition to the below caveats:
- This chart does NOT account for skill. It is solely a consideration of a character’s level of aggregate power as derived from all their abilities. By using proper tactics, weaker characters can possibly hold their own against significantly more powerful opponents in most cases. Players are expected to use their own judgement and real-time evaluation of ongoing RP to determine these sorts of interactions.
- This chart only measures near-peak power output under ideal conditions. It represents a theoretical scenario in which a character is ideally suited to utilise their abilities, whilst not being under any undue pressure. As such, it could be considered to represent a well-rested, healthy version of the character at around ~80% of peak power.
- As a collorary to the above, characters may temporarily exceed the amount of power they are rated for under this chart. This is done to preserve the dramatic flow of the roleplay, and would represent an all-or-nothing attempt by the character in question.
- Second collorary: As this chart measures ideal conditions, characters that have been involved in multiple battles or are otherwise fatigued or weakened would be unable to reach the exact level of power they are rated for under this chart.
These represent the uppermost levels of power, and generally encompass either fundamental concepts, very high level magic, or unique special abilities. They represent the most capable and of-times most dangerous individuals in existence. Most listed under this classification would likely either be incredibly old, or have rare, unique powers that classify them for this category.
Cosmic Powers: Violet
Defining the very top of the scale, these characters would individually boast greater powers than any others. Unless greatly outnumbered, they should easily overpower all but other cosmic powers, although sufficiently skilled great powers would be able to hold their own as well.
Great Powers: Indigo
Individuals of vast power and great ability, they represent the final stage in the evolution of powers for many. Capable of great feats and dealing effectively with multiple opponents, only the most talented or skilled of ordinary powers could hope to match them.
Special Category: Deep Blue
This is a special classification for individuals whose specific powers might put them above the ordinary powers, but below the greater powers, for various reasons. Their actual abilities might vary significantly, as might their capability in combat, outside of the use of the key power that grants them this classification.
These characters possess either some special ability or rare gift that allows them to confront otherwise more powerful individuals on near equal ground.
As the title suggests, these characters have a power that allows them to instantly kill or destroy most targets. Although there may be ways to recover from this for some.
These individuals possess total immortality, to the point where they can instantly or near-instantly recover from death. This allows them to engage more powerful opponents in battles of attrition, even though they themselves may not be as powerful.
These represent the typical levels of power that might be encountered amongst those with supernatural abilities. It is the most wide ranging of the classifications, as it includes a broad spectrum of power, from relatively weak, to fairly powerful. Needless to say, that within this category, skill will often be more important than power.
Upper Tier: Blue
This represents the uppermost tier of ordinary supernatural abilities. Characters under this classification can be assumed to be significantly powerful, to the point of having an edge against most opponents. If sufficiently skilled, they should be able to stand against more highly classified characters, at least for a while.
Middle Tier: Green
The middle of the bell curve. This would be where the average individual with supernatural power ends up once they have developed their abilities somewhat, and it would be increasingly difficult to move beyond this point unless one has either some rare talent or special ability. Individuals classified here have at least some fighting chance against any of the ordinary powers.
Lower Tier: Yellow
The lower end of the ordinary powers. These characters would either have abilities limited in scope or power, or have not yet fully developed their powers, and such are similarly limited in what they could accomplish. However, with sufficient skill, they could still stand against more powerful ordinary powers.
These represent the lower levels of power, which typically includes ordinary people, and those who have only begun to develop spiritual or magical abilities. Very young Youkai, as well as most Fairies, will be found under this classification, as would most humans.
Minor Powers: Orange
Those with some level of innate power are classified here, although they would either be really young, or have heavily limited or restricted powers. They would still, however, be a significant threat to ordinary people.
Normal People: Red
Those without innate power, or who have powers without any combat applicability, are listed here. However, by using certain items, or borrowing abilities from more powerful individuals in some manner, they may be capable of fighting against more powerful characters.
Using this Chart
As the purpose of this chart is to provide a rough guideline for combat RPs, it can be used as a reference point in order to gain an understanding of how difficult an encounter might be. To do so, the general proceedure would be to look up one's own character, either by classification or colour, and then compare that to the same information for your opponent. Of course, the specifics of any possible conflict may vary, but assuming that both characters are in no way impeded in the use of their abilities, the chart should provide a fair guideline to work from.
As a rule of thumb, when working by classification:
- If you are in the same general classification as your opponent (greater, ordinary, or lesser power), you should be able to fight them more or less fairly.
- If you are a classification above your opponent, (i.e. a greater power fighting an ordinary power), you would have a significant advantage, and they are likely to lose if they try to confront you directly.
- If you are two classifications above your opponent, then you are effectively guaranteed victory, as the only possible combination that would allow for this is a greater power fighting against a lesser power.
And when working by sub-classification or colour:
- If you are in the same sub classification, it would be a fair fight.
- If you are a sub-classification above, then you would have a noteworthy advantage.
- The difficulty of an encounter increases immensely when there are more than three subcategories between opponents.
- Special rules:
- Great Powers fighting Cosmic Powers are considered to be at the same disadvantage as Ordinary Powers fighting against Greater Powers.
- When crossing categories, (i.e. orange vs yellow), the lower subcategory is assumed to be at an additional disadvantage, equivalent to being at least one additional colour-rank away.
- Greater Powers can be considered to be at +2 subcategories relative to ordinary powers.
Equivalence Tables for Character Pages
DO NOT PUT CATEGORY NAMES ON YOUR CHARACTER PAGES.
Character pages list power in terms of low/medium/high etc. and not by categories or colours. When filling out your character page, you should instead link to a division header on this page, and add a backlink in the relevant table here, to your character page. The conversion table is given below:
|Power Level||Red||Orange||Yellow||Green||Blue||Deep Blue||Indigo||Violet|
|On Character Page:||Very Low||Low||Average||Very High||Extremely High|
These go into the “power level” section of your character infobox. The linking code follows the below format:
Where you replace “green” with the correct colour: either red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. Characters that fall into the deep blue classification should instead link to one of its subheadings, in the same manner, using either “special”, “instantkill”, or “immortal” in place of a colour. The displayed link text (“Average” in the example above) should be replaced by the correct value from the equivalence table.