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There is a lot of lore in Love Nikki, with many characters, locations, and events. Since it's a lot of work to make these pages, I wanted to make a guide so that anyone interested in the lore could join in. If you read this and still have questions or want pointers on where to begin, please leave a message on my wall or contact me on the Wikia discord and I would love to help! You can also contact any admin for help too!

General Guidelines

  • Don't use your own opinions about the subject matter when editing. For example: "this character should have done this", "this character deserves to appear more often", or "I ship these two characters".
  • If there are spoilers on the page from information that comes outside the server, PLEASE add the Spoiler template to it! People don't like getting spoiled, and it's very easy. Just type {{Spoilerbox}} at the very top of the page, before any infoboxes or other templates. It looks like this:
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This page contains spoilers!
If you aren't okay with reading about content from other servers that hasn't reached the English server yet, please proceed with caution.
  • If a page or section spoils Lunar's death, please add the general story spoilers template. You can type {{SpoilersLunar}} at the top of the page, or {{SpoilersLunar|<section>}} above just a section of the page.
  • Don't speculate or use fan theories when editing, and don't base an entire page or a significant portion of a page on unconfirmed information. If including reasonably deduced but unconfirmed conclusions, explain that they are not confirmed.
  • Keep information relevant to the page.
    • Sometimes there is information given that is too unimportant to be featured on the page. Minute interactions between characters that have no larger purpose in the story shouldn't be included because it makes the page too long. If a page is too long, people won't read it, or they might read it and wonder why the page writer bothered to write something. It's up to the writer to decide when information isn't really important. Ask yourself two questions: (1) Does this information tell us something readers need to know about the character? (2) Is the information interesting? Interesting but not incredibly relevant information can go under "Trivia".
    • Sometimes there is a lot going on in the background that a character is barely involved in. In that case, just summarize the events as best you can and set it up so that you can best explain how that specific character is involved.
  • Be cautious when including information from outside the server. Most of it is second, third, or fourth-hand, and details are likely to be lost or misinterpreted to the point where they are essentially fanon. Things can be translated differently when they reach the English server, and since this wiki is about that server, it's best to just keep it simple and just include what we have.
    • Since including stories or lore from outside the server necessitates the need for a Spoilerbox, this makes the content less accessible to members of the fandom who don't want to be spoiled.
    • Due to the confusing translations on the English server, it is sometimes necessary to reference information from other servers in order to clear up misconceptions. An example of this is the Time Diary description for the town Hayden, which names Jaxta Seanavel as the namesake. However, all other lore on the server points toward the namesake being someone called Hayden. Versions of the Time Diary from other servers confirm that the namesake is indeed Hayden.
  • Please cite where information comes from! For more information on citing, please see the citation guidelines at the bottom of the page.
  • When information differs between two sources, such as the in-game information and information from a website, go with the in-game information.
    • When the two sources both come from the game, use your best judgement and when in doubt include both with a note explaining the mistake.
    • Generally, information from the Chinese server supersedes other versions of the game.
  • When there is a difference between various versions of a name (like Mela versus Meira), use the one that appears in the dialogue of the main story stages rather than the one that appears in the Time Diary (they're usually different). If it's still unclear, use the one that seems to be used more often.
  • Information should be consistent with the most recent appearance in the story. For example, if a character changed their name during canon, use the most recent name. If a character changed their appearance, use their most recent one. If a character died, don't speak about them as if they are still alive. These are only a few of the many cases where it could apply.
    • Some examples:
      • Shade rather than Flynn, his name was changed (though if he changes it back to Flynn, the page would be called Flynn)
      • Lilith Kingdom rather than Ninier, because Lilith Kingdom is what's used in the present
      • Nidhogg is listed as an antagonist, because his role in the story changed
    • Of course, the article should still contain information about whatever led them to make the change.
    • The wiki takes time to update, so even though this is a guideline, pages may not always display 100% of the most recent information due to the availability of editors.
    • This rule doesn't apply to spoilers from CN version, since the wiki is based on the international version.
    • One exception to this rule applies to things that only appear in Shining Nikki. Even though they may be "dead" in 680, the chronology of Shining Nikki should be used instead.
    • The other exception is, for renamed characters and similar cases, if the character's new name was only used very sparingly (eg in one event or in only a few item descriptions) and their original name is much better known.

Shining Nikki Guidelines

If you'd like to edit Shining Nikki character or lore pages, there are a few additional guidelines that need to be adhered to.

  • Due to the game not being out in English, it's really, really important to make sure misinformation isn't spread by the Wiki. If you are not a Chinese speaker, refer to translations that you trust. Google Translate is a great tool, but it's best not to use it to decipher the story.
    • Before using fan translations, PLEASE ask permission from the translator(s) first!
    • athena#2202 and Tawaki#4145 have given the Wiki permission to use their translations using a link to the document.
  • Please cite a description of where in the game the information comes from when writing any pages (even if the description of where the information comes from is in the translation link). It can be in Chinese, English, or both as long as it makes sense~
  • As with Love Nikki, if you can't verify the information, don't include it. It's better to have a short page than an incorrect page.
  • Right now for any Shining Nikki pages, to prevent confusion, please use the Shining Nikki Spoilers template. Just type {{ShiningNikkiSpoilers}} at the very top of the page, before any infoboxes or other templates. It looks like this:
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This page contains content from Shining Nikki!

The information in this page is derived from the game that comes after Love Nikki-Dress Up Queen!, Shining Nikki. As such, it may contain spoilers to the story and/or information about features that don't appear in Love Nikki.

Character Pages

Generally, every character should get their own page, with a few exceptions.

  • If they are a character that is represented by a suit or only mentioned in a suit page, you can just link to their suit's page.
    • If they are a character represented by a suit that appears more places in the story, they can get a page. An example of this is Peachy.
  • If there is virtually no information given about them, then they should not get a page.

For the characters with pages, every character requires different information. Here I'll explain some of the types of information you can use.

Infobox

  • Use the template {{Characters}}
  • Use a sprite as their main image, unless they haven't got one
    • You can use another picture as their main image in that case, such as for Eli
  • Include additional images in a gallery at the bottom of the page, and/or sprinkle them through the page

History

  • Please write it in past tense!
  • Write history in chronological order, rather than the order it's presented in during the story. Dream Weaver routes have years listed for the most part, so use the years listed there. Remember that the main chapters, and anything that occurs after Nikki gets there, occurs in the year 680.
  • For any additional things that happen to a character that don't mention a year or age, you can divide them up into childhood, adolescence, adulthood, etc (whatever word suits the time period best). Events that can't be fit in the timeline can be placed under separate subheadings at the end.

Relationships

  • Only include significant relationships, and try to at least write a couple of sentences for each one based on their dialogue and reactions to each other.

Citations

For basic information on how to format citations, visit this page.

Since information comes from many sources in the game, feel free to cite any of them. You can also cite officially published sources, such as social media posts by the game account (Official Weibo, Facebook, Twitter, and the like).

If something is very common knowledge within the game (eg something stated over and over: Kimi is the heir to the apple apparel group, Nidhogg is Prime Minister, Nikki is a stylist) then you don't have to cite it. Also, general sweeping statements that you might find in the relationships or personality section don't have to be cited. Though it's helpful for readers if you cite when you mention specific examples/instances, so that they can go read up on it.

Please don't cite other lore pages. For example, don't cite Yvette's page while editing Nidhogg's page.

If you don't know how to cite something, just do your best - having any citation helps way more than having nothing.

Formatting references

Formatting the names of references and keeping them consistent will make it easier to edit pages and cross-post information from one page to another. Using these formats is optional, but recommended.

  • Story stages: use just the number of the stage.
    • <ref name="1-1">[[1-1 Sport Girl Aron (1)]]</ref>
    • <ref name="15-SS4">[[15-Side Story 4 No. 7 Reagent]]</ref>
    • <ref name="ii.1-1">[[1-1 Rainy Night]]</ref>
  • Dreamweaver stages: link to the specific level, using which number level it is (eg the 3rd level in Bunny in March)
    • <ref name="DW/Y/BM/3">[[Dreamland - Yvette/Bunny in March#Way to Work]]</ref>
  • Items
    • <ref name="OsmanthusBrew">[[Osmanthus Brew]]</ref>
  • Suits
    • <ref name="IcewindWarchant">[[Icewind Warchant]]</ref>
  • Time Diary
    • <ref name="TimeDiary">[[Time Diary]]</ref>
  • Links from outside the game, such as from the official Facebook account - if you need to cite these multiple times, just make up your own name for it
    • <ref>[https://www.facebook.com/notes/love-nikki-dress-up-queen/fish-and-bacon-what-i-experienced-on-miraland/1167760893335073 Fish and Bacon - What I experienced on Miraland]</ref>
  • Shining Nikki stages
    • <ref name="SN/1-1">[[Shining Nikki/Stages#1-1]]</ref>
    • Note: This is subject to change if more pages are made.
    • There is no standardized format for anything else from Shining Nikki, so just a brief explanation of what it's from is cool
  • Nikki UP2U: A dressing story: The first number (1 in the example) refers to which page of the script it can be found on, and the second number refers to which number stage it is on that page
    • <ref name="N1/1/2">[[Nikki UP2U: A dressing story/Script (Page 1-5)#Let's Go Swimming]]</ref>

For pages with a large number of citations, please use a {{Scrollbox}}.

Information where the source cannot be found should use this template after it: {{Citation}}. That is to say, if it's clearly blatantly incorrect, just remove it from the page, but if you know it to be true or it sounds like it could be true and you just can't find the source, use this template and perhaps someone else will know. Information that goes uncited for a long period of time is subject to removal.

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