After you get a login (connect to southerncross.mine.nu port 1234 as a guest, then type request), and you are logged in as your new character, type +chargen. This will set all your primary stats to 1 and prepare you to start fleshing out your character.
Primary Stats - Primary stats go from 1(crippled) to 25(Olympic gold medal) with 12 being average.
When defining these primary stats (+set stat=new amount), you have an effectively unlimited amount of points with which to play. However, as you add points, your growth rate slowly drops from +103%(really fast) to 0%(average) then down to -99%(incredibly slow). You will have to measure how much you're willing to sacrifice in either direction. It is possible, but expensive, to raise primary stats after character generation.
You should now select a Profession via +set Profession=(the profession you want).
Profession - A basic job that has many other jobs under it with multiple Branches of choices.
Branches - Inside of a Profession are many branches. Branches are a string of jobs leading upwards that all have the same theme. For example, in the mage Profession you will find the black mage Branch, which includes Black Mage, Black Wizard, ShadowMancer, and Dark Sorcerer. You do not have to restrict yourself to one branch as you move along the profession and can leap from one branch to another without penalty. Some jobs belong to no branch at all.
Now that you've set your Primary Stats and chosen a Profession, you may type +finish. You are now ready to start spending XP! You received 100 of it just for being there. I recommend deciding on what next job you wish to persue and reaching it before proceeding. For example. If you made a mage character, decide on what next job you want, let's say, white mage. Type +rpinfo white mage, this will show you what the requirements are for being a white mage.
Basic Skill - A skill that can be learned normally. Anyone can learn any basic skill, given some time to figure things through. They have no inherent supernatural or magical ability of their own, but can be quite powerful if put to intelligent use. Examples: Brawl, Melee, Politics, Homekeeping. Skills go from 1-25
Subskill - A subskill is a more specific version of a basic skill and has the same limitation of 1-25. A rating in a subskill is usually added into any roll involving the basic skill that applies. For example, if you swing a sword at someone, your roll will be Dexterity+Melee+Melee/Swords to hit them. Subskills are very important for rounding out a character, and getting high rolls otherwise impossible to get.
Special Skill - Special skills are magical and/or rare abilities that are difficult to learn on ones own and tend to be taught as part of a Profession. Special skills are limited based on what jobs you choose to buy, and your current level in your Profession.
+buyskill - Used to buy basic skills. type +buyskil (basic skill)=(amount to buy). For example, +buyskill Crafts=5 will try to purchase 5 points of Crafts. To purchase a Subskill, type +buyskill (basic skill)/(subskill)=amount. In this case, subskills come at a 2 for 1 bonus. If you enter 2, you'll get 4 points of the subskill.
+buyspecial - Works just like +buyskill, only for special skills, there are no subskills for special skills.
+xpsheet - Shows how much it will cost to raise various things, including basic and special skills. For a complete listing, type +xpsheet #spam.
+buytier - If you have the requirements for the job you wanted, and you have enough XP to raise the profession the job belongs to (see +xpsheet), you can type +buytier (job you want), and you'll get it, and it's bonuses. With a new job, new special skills will become available for cheaper, and several basic skills will get cheaper. All bonuses gained from jobs are cummulative.
Tips - You may want to get Linguistics/Writing if your character can read and write. Science/Mathematics or Lore/Mathematics is useful if you can do more than count things.
You thought you were done, didn't you? There's one last little thing to do. You have to write a background. Pull up your favorite word processor (or notepad) and start typing up about your character. Here are some questions you may want to answer
When writing your background you do not have to answer ~all~ these questions, some may not be applicable. Do not, however, just fill in answers to the questions listed and send those in. Lastly, add in the merits and flaws you like at the bottom, and explain why you have them, backed by your BG. All Backgrounds should be sent to BGReview@groups.yahoo.com