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Character is the common term referring to a playable participant in the game PlanetSide.

Other terms: toon, char, avatar, alt.

Each human player controls one character for the duration of their session in-game.

Characters can be viewed from First Person or Third person perspectives, and are usually controlled via the traditional means utilized in other First Person Shooters: the keyboard and mouse.

Each character has a customizable appearance, name, and affiliation. Each PlanetSide/Station (SOE) account may create as many as twenty-four characters on the PlanetSide Server.