As nice as 'free' sounds, to keep a nice community (and to be sure it's full of people interested in playing with one another), one needs a few rules.Player & Style Rules
1. Players must be 18+. This is not because I plan for this RP to be 24/7 sexytime, but because I don't like having to decide whether someone's about to do a "sex scene" or not. I, personally, am not in the habit of 'fading to black', and sometimes I don't know when something's going to be an innocent cuddle session and when there's going to be sex! It's also because I value a certain level of maturity in characters, but I know not everyone over 18 is a glowing bastion of maturity (nor is everyone under 18 completely immature).
2. Posting is turn-based, but if there are a ton of players in a room, you really only need to remain attentive to the people your character is currently interacting with. This means, no posting in the middle of someone's multi-line post! Wait until they're finished.
3. Multiple paragraph role play is encouraged, but not required. Don't try and guilt players of different styles into playing with you, though. No "you're a snob, you won't play with anyone who types less than three sends!", or "I would play here, but apparently everyone here is a noob who can't type more than two lines." crap. Someone else not RPing with you is seriously not the end of the world. If no one plays in your style, either a. adapt or b. wait until someone who plays in your style comes along.
4. Make sure that, if you engage in a fight IC, the other player is a. willing to play it and b. on the same page stylistically. Also remember, though, that most people don't fight to the death for no good reason! Don't haul off and kill people's characters just because you're bored or it makes you feel like a badass.
5. On that note, I have no hard and fast "if you lose a fight, you must not use that character again" rule. If you don't care for the results of a to-the-death fight, you can change it so that this loss was a horrible vision or nightmare that your character had, and the victor either a. didn't kill anyone or b. killed an NPC character that superficially resembled yours (this mostly pertains to random killings, not ones where a reason for it has been long established through the RP).
Character Creation Rules
1. Make an effort to create a "native" character, as they're preferred over outworlders. You are, however, allowed to make outworld characters. I don't intend on setting some arbitrary number of how many are allowed, but will get grumpy if they become commonplace in the setting, as this compromises the integrity of the era. Characters that are leaking anachronisms 24/7 aren't welcome, though. They're allowed to retain any outworld accents, but things they can consciously change (speech habits, like slang; dress habits; weaponry) should be changed to suit the setting as much as possible. If it wouldn't be in your character's, well, character, to act this way, you're better off not making an outworld character.
2. Stay away from huge sobstory backgrounds. Razed villages, murdered parents, sexual abuse, former slavery, and things of that nature are discouraged. The bulk of the place where we'll be playing is peaceful, it's incredibly unlikely anyone would've raged in raping and pillaging. Some of these may be incorporated (probably not the razing) and still result in a character that isn't, well, corny, but the key is subtlety (i.e., not typing about it in the non-spoken parts of your posts ALL THE TIME, and not having characters offer this information unsolicited).
3. On that note, stay away from characters that are a mix of more than two races (meaning, among humans, elves, etc.). Make a character because that character is interesting, not because it is super powerful and has few weaknesses. This is not a combat-oriented setting, such characters are normally pretty pointless.
4. Don't have a character you use all the time whose sole purpose is killing often innocent people. Now, I understand that sometimes a character like that has its place in a setting or story, but if it becomes a constant interruption to people whose characters are just trying to have a conversation, I'll have to give you the boot.
5. God characters are allowed in this setting as long as they're not used for fighting, or as a direct accessory to fighting (i.e., they keep healing someone else's killable character rapidly during battle). However, you need to establish a relevant mythology and play one with due reverence. Don't just make one because you can!
6. Abide by race rules. Many of them are rooted in personal preference, perhaps, but think realistically: Do dragons exist in real life simply because you'd really, really like to be friends with one? Every conceivable race cannot exist on a single planet, even if it's a planet where magic is real.(Note: Dragons do exist in this setting, as do most fantasy races. See "Races" section.)
7. Bonus Rule! I probably won't be mean enough to enforce this, but I'd rather you not use anime pictures for your characters. This is a personal preference, though, and just because I made this place doesn't mean you must play with me. I just can't connect with the art style whatsoever.