- Don’t give your SNK OC Tattoos! They don’t have the technology!
The earliest documented tattoos (57 of them!) are on Ötzi the Iceman, who was born sometime circa 3300 BCE! (That’s like over 5,000 years ago) Julius Caesar talked about tattooing in the year 57 BCE, and tattooing is prohibited in Leviticus. Civilization in SNK is certainly advanced enough to have tattooing if people five thousand years ago were able to. However, the commonality of tattooing in Europe, where SNK is arguably set, was not prevalent until after the Age of Exploration began (Most notably, the crew of Captain James Cook had returned with tattoos and tattooed slaves in the late 18th century. Into the 19th century, tattoos became associated with seamen and sailors as tattooing while you were overseas became tradition.) Due to the existence of flintlock muskets which we can date to circa 1600 CE, we can try to date the SNK universe anywhere after 1600 CE, which is near to the turning point and the revival of modern tattooing. I’d say, if you want to give your OC a tattoo, go for it! Please remember that tattoos in this time period were created with a plant or ash based ink and pierced into the skin with individual markings.
- My OC can have large breasts if I want her to! It doesn’t matter!
Actually, this matters a lot! Let’s go over the main reason your OC wouldn’t have huge boobs just falling out of their shirt. There is a strap that covers the top of the breasts, and effectively pushes them down. This strap would go about an inch and a half to two inches above the nipple, and these are not loose-fitting straps. They’re part of the 3DMG harness, and you have to have tight, taut straps to be able to maneuver it properly. This means, you’re gonna have a tight strap pushing your tits down 24/7. Even if you didn’t bind your breasts, having that single strap across the top of the breast really flattens them out. This is also why, you’ll notice, that none of the canonically female characters have large breasts. It would get really uncomfortable to have a rope squished against your boobs for hours and days at a time! Binding is very practical for 3DMG usage, so your boobs aren’t flying every which way while making sharp turns. This doesn’t mean you can’t give your OC large breasts, it just means you have to think about them in context of what your character will be doing and how having larger breasts will affect them realistically.
- Can I give my OC oddly coloured hair?
No single canon character represented in SNK has had an unnatural hair colour. While hair colouring in itself is an old art that can be dated back to circa 1660 CE, it’s incredibly unwise for a soldier to consider hair colouring. Firstly, resources in the SNK universe are hard to come by. A soldier is going to have a hard time coming across a certain material to be able to dye their hair with (synthetic dyes were not created till the mid 1800s, so all dyes were natural), and it’d probably be very expensive! Why would a soldier even think about dying their hair when they’re at constant threat of a Titan attack, in the first place even? It’s really best to toss out the prospect of hair colouring for an SNK OC.
- Don’t give your SNK OC a tragic backstory!
While the common rule with OCs is to avoid tragic histories at all costs, we do have to remember that hundreds of thousands of refugees were sent to work the farms and fight in Maria territory in a government ploy to alleviate the food shortages in the districts of Wall Rose. That little reclamation project only had about 150 survivors, and who knows how many people were killed in Shinganshina, the 3 other unnamed districts of Wall Maria, and the villages inside the inner gate just trying to escape to Wall Rose! Death is commonplace in SNK, so having family members dying the the military or having families dying in the reclamation project is completely plausible.
- My SNK OC can have long hair if I want her to!
Well, if you have a way for her to keep her hair out of her 3DMG, not get in her eyes while she’s fighting, and stay out of her way while she’s trying to kill Titans, then sure. You can give her long hair. Not a long ponytail, but a bun or loose bun, something that isn’t that far past her shoulders. If you have an OC with long hair that is not kept up, it will either get caught inside the rotary of the 3DMG and possibly kill her from scalping, hinder her vision and possibly get her killed, or, get cut off accidentally by her own blades while spinning to get a titan kill. Loose, long hair is really bad for SNK OCs in general. This is not female-specific, might I add. Don’t have guys with ass-length hair either.
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