|What's the F.A.Q.|
What will determine my character's level?
The characters' stats are based on the following criteria; intelligence, strength, travel speed, attack speed,
energy/magic, durability, combat and power. Depending on what their combination is, a character level will
be established to situate the character's overall position in the database.
Since each stat influences the overall level, a character with a 100 rating of a particular stat, for instance,
may not necessarily find himself situated as high as one would expect if his others stats were sub-par. This,
by no means, diminishes the character's ability to defeat someone of a higher level. Naturally, a level 50
character would likely have little chance against a level 80 character but depending on what his strengths
were, anything is possible.
How are the character's stats determined?
The character's individual stats are determined from a charts which the NHD has established. Some stats never
change while others depend on a variety of factors. Strength levels are set. Any character who can lift 5 tons
will automatically get a 38. A character who can teleport automatically gets a 55 in travel speed, however, if
his teleport range is limited and he can use another means of travel or can also travel between planets or
stars, his travel speed will reflect the faster of the speeds.
Energy/magic is the trickiest since many factors must be taken into account; the type of energy, its source. Is
it singled-sourced or muli-sourced? Is it artificial or natural? Is the source limited or unlimited?
What do the stats really represent?
Intelligence- The amount of knowledge one possesses
Strength- The amount of weight one can lift
Travel speed-How fast one gets around under his own power
Attack speed- The rate of speed at which an attack can be performed
Energy/magic- The amount of magic or energy one can harness or tap into
Durability- How resilient one's body is
Combat- The fighting skills one possesses
Power- The amount of destruction one can inflict in one assault
Why is 500 tons considered near-peak strength when some characters can lift much more?
It is true that some characters can lift much more, but objects over 500 tons tend to be unstable when picked
up and can break under their own weight, making it harder to accurately measure. For example, if a character
managed to pick up a ship like the Titanic, which was estimated to be around 26 000 tons, he/she would be
holding it in one small area or point. The rest of the ship would have no support and would collapse. The same
would apply were you to try to lift a building or a bridge.
If, on the other hand, the character had the ability to hold the object together, an exact measure could be
inferred but since most characters cannot, anything above 500 tons is considered to be the maximum.
Why were the names of some of my character's powers changed?
Since some terms were already established by the NHD, they take precedence over any other in order to
minimize the number of entries in the power list. So instead of having "Quick Healing", "Accelerated Heal"
or "Self Heal", all go under "Healing Factor". Only completely new powers can make the list.
Why is my character shown to have an ability in the power list, but not in his profile page?
Some abilities are self evident. There is no need to list "space travel" to a character who already has "star
travel" as his ability. Other abilities like "Enhanced vision" or "Enhanced vitals" cover an array of skills so there
is no need to list them individualy as well, but they will be listed in the power list.
I noticed a power in the power list that should apply to my character, but he is not listed as having it, why?
The information you provide in your submission form is used to determine what your character's skills are, but
as time goes by, new abilities make their way into the power list. Although some of them may indeed apply to
your character, it gets harder for me to remember which characters in my forever increasing list may benefit
from that new entry. Some are obvious, while others less so. I usually try to enter the obvious ones, but in the
end, what you have submitted should cover it all.
My character's abilities or costume has changed since I last submitted them, can you do the adjustments?
Unfortunately, once the character is finalized, he usually stays as is. Changing a picture is much work since not
only the profile picture must be changed but all the thumbs throughout the site. The NHD gives you the oppor-
tunity to display your character, but the responsibility of keeping him up to date is yours. Do so through the
link you have provided so viewers can see the new information or invite them to check it out.
My character flies. Shouldn't he be also listed in the "Floating", "Gliding" and "Levitation" power list?
Technically, yes. If you can fly you can do all these things, but since these are main forms of travel, it seemed
more fitting to show the characters who actually depend on them.
My character uses no magic or energy attacks so why does he have a magic/energy rating?
Energies comes in different forms. Some are active while other more passive. Potential energy is passive but it
is still energy. In that regard, characters who transform, have psychic abilities or exceptionally strong will
power, will be listed as having an energy/magic reading.
I would like to send a character but I'm not very good at writing character profiles, can I still send them?
As long as you give a good description of what your character's story is about, the NHD will take an active role
in the editing process. You will be contacted throughout the editing if we have questions about some issues.
You will also be given suggestions on how to proceed if certain aspects of the story need to be reworked.
I have a great idea for a character but I can't even draw a draft copy to send an artist. What can I do?
There's still hope. I can't draw either but managed to create most of my 31 characters with Hero Machine.
It's easy. It's free and you don't need to download anything.
Another option is to use the "create a character" feature that many games now have. Once you're done,
contact an artist to give it life and while you wait, work on the character's background and powers.
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