So you have an Edeia - now what? This page will offer help in how you can start developing your Edeia.
First things first - it is highly recommended that you read the Lore Guide. The Inspiration section would be good to read for enrichment, but much of the guide would likely be useful for development. I will note that I often use Edeia to explore personal growth, but you may make of them what you please. Just remember that the process of Actualization involves discovering your identity, so there should not be any Edeia who live an existence they don't wish to; if they do not, their existence will shift to become who they want to be. There can be periods of turmoil, transitioning, and transformation, but the more intense changes typically happen before Actualization.
A good first step to Edeia development is a Conceptualization. This is a form you can fill out that provides something of a structure to your development.
There are no rules to this if you are doing this on your own, but I am offering a free artwork with some requirements: if you fill out the form below and send it to me, I will look it over, suggest any necessary changes, and then if it all looks good, I will make some simple artwork of the Edeia in question - nothing too complex, and the style will be up to my whims. The freebie art cannot be claimed for Edeia created through a Conceptualization Event.
To be clear, there are three situations where one can send a Conceptualization form to me:
for a Conceptualization event (for free Edeia); you will not be able to claim the free artwork for Edeia created this way.
along with a custom or notion slot (paid or acquired through other means); you must have a slot, be in the queue, or otherwise have my permission to send me a form.
Do not send me a conceptualization form unless you are currently in a queue, even if the Idea is held. I do not even recommend making the form until you are certain you will get the Edeia in the near future. It can be awkward if you have no clear plans of getting the Edeia and your hold runs out; alternatively, it can pressure me to create an indefinite hold on that Idea for the sake of that character, which I do not want.
I will make the simple artwork for you after the custom is complete.
for an existing Edeia or fusion.
Age: (Can be inexact - must at least have the era they were born or Actualized in. See the Setting section of the Edeia lore guide for details. You can consider the "present" to be exactly 100 years from now. For fusions, you can consider the age to be defined based on when they were first formed.)
Height: (Can be any size you wish and can be variable, but it must be one that actually feels right to the Edeia; as most Edeia were human, they tend to be about human-sized. You must provide a screenshot/image of your Edeia on a height chart, which can be the official height chart, a duplicated copy of your own, or an image with your character added on. All of these can be found here. You can edit/make your own height chart as well. If it is your own copy, you may add other forms as you wish.)
Personality: (Minimum 60 words)
Abilities: (There are very few limitations for this. The power of Ideas is driven by imagination and shaped by interpretation - if you can imagine it, it can be so. )
History: (Minimum 100 words. Can involve other existing Edeia if you wish, yours or others' with permission. Generally, it may be good to include early life/things leading up to Actualization, the Actualization and/or what they do after Actualization. I am particularly interested in stories of personal growth and discovery, how they grew to identify with their Idea. Keep in mind that death at Actualization is very uncommon. I recommend looking at the Actualization section of Edeiology for ideas.
For fusions, you can discuss how the involved components met and how the fusion came to be. You can also discuss what the fusion does and how often they are formed.)
Description of Abstraction: (Minimum 60 words)
For some examples, you can see my own Edeia with full profiles, which likely have all this information. Some profiles of interest, history/lore-wise, are Auspice (my Edeiasona, born in our present), Mu (born in the age of secrecy), Roscha (born in the ancient ages, very early in civilization), and Sess (born in the age of reunion).
To send me the form, it is preferred that you send a message in the #conceptualization-submissions channel in the Discord with a Google Doc with comment permissions so that I can more easily offer feedback.
Please do not submit incomplete conceptualizations to me. If you have specific questions about whether or not something would be allowed that you want to ask before submitting, you can ask in the #questions-suggestions-feedback channel or ask in that channel if you can DM me for a character development question. Of course, if I ask to be more involved in the character development, as is likely to be the case for special trait Edeia, you are free to DM me directly for discussion and inquiries.
There are limited slots. By default, there are five a month, which I will announce in the Discord Server and update the spreadsheet on the first of every month (or later if I am busy or forget). Slots are claimed when you submit a complete form, whether or not I approve it. If very major revisions are needed, I may reject the submission and reopen the slot. They are first-come, first-serve, and if there are no more slots when you submit, I will ask you to resubmit next month. It is one per person per month.
There is a buffer of extra slots that your entry can be put in if all normal slots are out and/or you have already submitted a conceptualization for the month and at least one of the following conditions is true:
the conceptualization was required for a prompt, special trait, or other required circumstance where the conceptualization art is not the main "goal" of submission
the conceptualization involves a fusion shared with me, Auspice
the conceptualization you are submitting or have submitted is/was a shared conceptualization for a fusion. That is, you can enter the buffer once (for, potentially, two conceptualization artworks in the same month) if at least one of the submissions was shared.
I will do those in the buffer slots at my leisure if I am up to it; otherwise, they will go to the main slots next month. If there are some by the same individual they go to buffer again.
If I add extra main slots, you may get a second one for the month if a spot is unclaimed for three days. In the Status, these slots will be noted as "Free" slots. I may put a date by open slots for when they become free; this date will hold true even if I forget to update the spreadsheet on time.
The list of completed conceptualizations and slot status can be seen below.
Open: Available, first-come first-serve, one per person per month
Pending: Approved, art is on my to-do
Free: Available for anyone to claim
Buffer: In the buffer, I will work on at my leisure/convenience
You may wish to design (or commission others to design) different forms of your Edeia. Some examples for Val are below.
Edeia may have one alternate form if you wish, and you do not need my approval to make one. This is a form that they find just as comfortable as their usual form, and they may stay in this alternate form as long as they desire. The colors of the alternate form may vary but it is common that they are the same, or the Edeia is otherwise recognizable. The alternate forms of some Edeia may change drastically, while others may only have minor changes (such as changing only one part of the body).
This is my way of giving you all the opportunity to essentially "redesign" your Edeia without going through the whole process of payment and masterlist edits; this form can fully represent the character as much as the main form.
Most Edeia were human in the past, but they could be any animal or other species. For non-mundane species, they must have entered the Ideation dimension and/or have been influenced by Ideation's abilities (i.e. being given an Idea or developing one by being in proximity to a fragment of Ideation). Edeia forms of other closed species and such are allowed if it is allowed for the other species, but note that becoming an Edeia is irreversible. They may shapeshift to look like their previous form, but once they become an Edeia, that is their state of existence.
Generally, there may be gradual cosmetic changes as an ideated individual approaches Actualization. Eye color typically changes first, though later on, hair color and skin color may change. In rare cases, there can be drastic changes in physical form (such as part of a body shifting into an energy form as Edeia bodies are; extra appendages; more eyes, etc.). If a to-be Edeia's magic is unstable (whether caused by emotional instability or lack of control over the magic), then drastic changes can be more likely.
How changed your character is by Idea magic prior to Actualization is up tp you; some still end up only with changed eyes.
Humanoid Form/Hybrid Form
Edeia may also have a humanoid form, a.k.a. a gijinka form, or a hybrid form with resemblance to whatever other species they were previously. This is a special case of a shapeshifted non-alternate form.
A hybrid form that closely resembles an Edeia's natural form can be used for significant spans of time without extreme discomfort. It's a bit like wearing a suit - obviously not as comfortable as comfy wear like soft shirts and sweatpants, but very manageable.
The more closely it resembles their natural Edeia form, the more comfortable it tends to be.
Usually, these forms resemble Edeia's previous forms; Edeia who had a previous form of a different species may have the equivalent form with their previous species. You are welcome to make a humanoid form even if they weren't human previously, of course - it would just count as an "other form."
There are not any rules for hybrid forms, per se - this is something mostly for fun, and as a creative exercise . That said, my general approach for humanoid forms is to try and make them more "cosplayable," with a very human shape at the core.
Edeia are very much capable of shapeshifting in the general sense, and you are welcome to make as many temporary forms as you wish. For instance, you may be interested in making a cat form, a winter form, a mer form, etc.
There are still plenty of activities to do - I will offer prompts on an approximately monthly basis, which can help you think about your Edeia further.
You may also enjoy designing fusions between your Edeia, your and others' Edeia, and with entirely different species.
If you want to talk with me and other folks about your characters and such, I recommend joining the Discord server as well!