Thank you! I have done some text-based RP in the past, complimentary to playing D&D (which I still do, though we sometimes settle things or do extra scenes on a forum). My newness is more on the 40K-side of things, as I am for the most part a WH-Fantasy player. I'm not completely without knowledge of the 40K-universe, but some unfamiliarity might arise, though that won't be a problem, I'm told. ;)
I am sure it won't be an issue. Some unfamiliarity might actually help
you in giving your character a honest reaction to a situation.
Another thing I'm unfamiliar with for example, is how much of the setting is currently determined, and how much we are allowed to fill in ourselves. As I've read that the way PDF's are organised vary wildly per planet, from paid gangsters to professional soldiers, I'm not sure how my character got involved with them. Euphrati's character, for example, signed up. Is this the standard procedure? Or could, due to the recent threat, conscription be commonplace? Is there a training program organised by the PDF, or is that up to the individuals themselves?
Are these questions we are allowed to answer ourselves, or are the answers common knowlegde I just haven't found? I couldn't find the Prolial system anywhere online.
Well, first off- you are asking questions. That is excellent!~ You can ask Darkreever how many times I have filled his inbox with hungry questions after updates to the roleplays he has run in the past.
As to the actual meat of your question(s), Darkreever would be the one to give you a final answer on those as he is the GM and this is his 'story'.
You most likely will not find the Prolial system anywhere in cannon, as it is most likely a home brewed creation of Darkreever's that allows him to manipulate the characteristics of the planetary system to suit his storyline and allows him more flexibility than a system that is already hard locked into the cannon (and avoids possible stupid lore arguments of 'well in such-and-such a book it was stated that this planet has no buildings with more than three stories! So this one cannot possibly
as you stated in your update...').
With the PDF on this planet- I chose to have my character sign up as it suited her personality. Having worked with Darkreever over the course of years, I felt confident enough in his reactions to my characters to make that choice without consulting him beforehand. However, if he had said afterwards that he wished me to alter that bit due to a plot hook or storyline restrictions he had, I would have no problem with that. It highly likely that your character could have a drastically different background though, and that would not be wrong. Working with Darkreever, you could come up with a background where your character could have been a begrudging space dock worker with a bit of a cowardly side, and could have very well tried to buy/bribe passage out of the system the second he/she learned of the Orks. He/she could have been forced into conscription when they were caught and have a sullen anger at their lot in life. Of they could be a hardened solider type that was been borne into the PDF, their father serving and his father before him, and so on. Those kinds of choices can really give flesh and blood to a character.
Many GMs are okay with 'fluffy' details being left to the characters (such things that do not have a telling impact on the storyline or things that are common sense- such as saying your character finds a pack of iho sticks (40k version of cigarettes) in the debris of a bombed out hab he/she is poking around in might be a detail that has no consequence to the storyline and the GM wouldn't bat an eye at it, however if your character is an addicted chain smoker and the GM had made a point to make it part of the story that you lost your own pack to provoke an emotional response/interaction roleplaying possibility for you then he/she is not going to be okay with you saying your character merely goes out and finds a pack laying around. However, working with your GM through questions and requests- you might come up with something that suits you both such as your character finds a half-empty, smashed, and soaking wet pack of iho sticks that provide a further opportunity at fleshing out the character's responses to difficulties.
The one thing that most, if not all, GM's on the forums frown upon is direct/indirect God Moding of other players characters or npcs.
But, I can tell you from past experiences that it is better to take the moment to ask for calcification or additional details than it is to just assume. Working with
your GM to create a immersive and rich storyline will more than likely leave you both pleased with the end result than trying to force something. And more likely leave your character alive to continue on as well....
Oh, and this'll also be the first RP not in my native tongue, so I'm looking forward to that!
That is great, and don't fret too much about mistakes. Even those of us who were born into English as our primary language find it to be an annoyance at times!
**Looks like Reever already got back to you on your questions! That is what I get for starting a reply, becoming distracted, then finishing it later...**