NPCs cannot apply for anything.
NPCs cannot make threads.
As a result, an NPC heavily relies on other PCs, or Player Accounts to craft things for them. They cannot join missions, so they have to task themselves with events to get any growth. But they do have some benefits.
No character application needed.
No Class/level exams. (Get EXP, get rank)
NPCs have been, and will always be situational and somewhat temporary. They are for plot purpose and to help others build their story upon. They all have a lifespan and a shelf-life. But the question stands... How, and when will others get NPCs?
I've given a few away to members who proved themselves to me by being active and making content for others. Some got theirs for Beta-Testing purposes, others because I'm horrible at saying no to certain people. But my question is. . . .
If I put NPCs in the shop to buy, would they be bought? Would you like you make your own? Would you like to take a pre-made one? What if they were given out as a reward for top poster? What about if they were event rewards? What if you could hire an NPC to be your slave or whatever else?
What do you all think?