Though since Ranshiin mentioned it, I do recall that often such interactions were very slow IRL. I'm remembering quite a few times now where the players would go OOC and discuss what the speaker should say.
I find divergence especially occurs when a character has a truely exceptional capability that the player can't come close to matching (often that just ends in disillusionment for the player).
Yeah, that'd be hard. I've found people surprisingly unwilling to move off of a given forum. (And often trying to lure them away is a rules infraction, I'm not sure about here)More using a third party program with AF members as the players.
Yeah, it could work well if you character feels somewhat drawn to a different culture. That could explain why you might interact with or end up in the same place as someone else's character.My character seems to have a few minor Bushido traits judging by your long explanation of the culture but I'm still sticking with the Therian stuff because of who/what he is. Maybe I can work those traits to my advantage (i.e. give them a logical reason/purpose in the RP).