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NPC is an OOC (Out Of Character) term that stands for Non Player Character

This term is applied to a character that is used to contribute to the plot of a SIMulation but is not a primary character for any of the active members. Sometimes NPCs will only appear once to drive a plot element forward, sometimes they will be regular "guest stars" in logs or plots.

The term is also applied to entities such as starships or space stations that are referred to in a SIMulation but are not another actively SIMmed part of the group. Where plots call for interaction with larger fleets or installations but are not joint plots then NPC vessels or stations would normally be used.