Just one other thing I forgot to make clear (I guess I hadn't thought it would be a problem):
Nobody should know that Laguna is Squall's father. Not even Squall, unless he wants to talk to me in AIM and figure out a reason why he knows. Laguna never told anybody that he was Squall's father, and Ellone never showed anyone that part of the past. If people would like to roleplay /out/ trying to figure out that Laguna is Squall's father, with reasonable logic behind such a thing, I'll totally help, but nobody that is currently playing here should know In Character that there's a blood relation between the two of us.
IF we get a Kiros and Ward, they MIGHT know, but that is also up to debate. (and subject to roleplay as well. I'd rather roleplay this stuff out than have people assume things! It's more fun to see the process of figuring something out, isn't it?)
In that same vein of conversation/information, I would also like to make sure that everybody knows Esthar's situation as it stands right now, in regards to publicity.
YES- Esthar is open to visitors. But all visitors are screened by border patrol, and only allowed through after proving that they are not hostile.
YES- Esthar can be found by ordinary vessels, such as boats or airships and spaceships. Feasibly, you could also approach Esthar on foot, the way that Squall and company did in the game-- but there's still the patrol that will meet you at the border before you can get in.
NO- the world does NOT know that Laguna Loire is the President of Esthar. (The main cast and some members of SeeD are exceptions to this, because they would have been told; likewise, the Shumi probably know that Laguna is the President. But ordinary citizens and such do NOT know, and as such, this information is not the sort of thing to say in casual conversation.)
NO- the world ESPECIALLY does not know what kind of President Laguna is. They do not know that he is a silly, happy seeming individual, nor would even most of those who know that he is the President. Unless people have met him in person (like Edea, and the orphanage gang), then they probably don't think he is a carefree guy who gets leg cramps and likes Moombas.
Just wanted to make sure that all that was out. If this should be on the info community, let me know. ^_^ Peace out, and hooray for moving forward-- I'm rooting for all you guys to get here soon so I can play!