So! I am going to suggest opening up a new credit shop in Delos with the sole purpose of providing flavour/roleplaying/cosmetic items. Essentially, a lot of Aetolian characters have features that are just a bit extra important to them; perhaps it is a set of bat-like wings or it could be Teradrim sand surrounding their character. This shop would provide such items to be worn, similar to artifacts in that they never decay and reset back to you but without actually conferring any mechanical bonuses. Of course, you could always buy artifact powers unto them if you feel like doing that. The idea here is that the item would be fairly cheap - around 50-100 credits or so - and include a free customization after purchased. Allow me to provide some examples of how I had envisioned this to look:
Proprietor: Lady Ironbeard, the Magnanimna
wings12345 ephemeral wings emanating motes of light 5 50cr
wings23456 a pair of ashen-gray eagle wings 5 50cr
wings34567 a set of decaying skeletal wings 5 50cr
wings45678 vibrating insectoid wings 5 50cr
horns11111 curved, onyx-hued horns 5 50cr
horns11112 a pair of slender, spiralling horns 5 50cr
horns11113 horns of brightly burning flames 5 50cr
tail33333 a bushy, gray-and-silver lupine tail 5 50cr
tail55555 a majestic, Ferrikian crocodile tail 5 50cr
tail44444 a sinuously moving feline tail 5 50cr
spikes21212 several razor-sharp elbow spikes 5 50cr
scales32323 a mass of amethyst scales 5 50cr
chitins13131 resilient scorpion chitins 5 50cr
fangs31313 a pair of small yet razor-sharp Consanguine fangs 5 50cr
fangs12321 a set of venomous Syssin fangs 5 50cr
sand54321 a cloud of fine-grained Mhojave sand 5 50cr
sand65432 a swirling mass of coarse black sand 5 50cr
The list could go on forever.
"But Alexina, the administration is busy doing important stuff, no one really cares about cosmetic items that won't even do anything. Let our coders/builders/Divine focus on making Aetolia a better game!"
I'd argue that flavour/roleplay fluff (such as attire, etc) actually is adding a lot of goodness to the game. Still, if people think this is a good idea and admin sort of wants to add it, why not just make a designing contest to write down the descriptions for all of the items. Any submissions that get accepted are rewarded with a token that allows one free purchase when the shop opens. Just a suggestion.
"This is never going to work. People are going to run around with eight set of horns and three sets of wings and both syssin and vampire fangs. There will be special snowflakes everywhere!"
Make it possible to only wear one item of a specific type from the shop. If there still needs to be some restraint, make people restricted to one of a specific type and no more than three items worn in a total or something like that. Also, people are already free to pretty much add whatever they want to their descriptions. Putting some of the text in worn items instead of in the description line just seemed like a good idea to me.
"Really. Give me one good reason we should even implement this."
These sort of things already exist in other games and they are widely appreciated. Being afforded more freedom to customise the appearance of your character is something I think a lot of us would enjoy. People that look at your character will most often gloss over your description, but if you're wearing curved, ivory shoulder spikes and a powerful, serpentine tail, people might actually try to keep that in mind when emoting at you. Above else, this is all highly optional. If you don't want these items, don't purchase them. Just put it in your description instead.
"So... what would all of this look like?"
Well, I imagine it would look something like this:
She is a typical Azudim vampire. She looks a lot like all the other Azudim.
(covering her left forearm) : several protective, black and red chitins
(sprouting from her shoulders) : long, narrow, and very dangerous-looking spikes
(waving back and forth behind herself) : a slime-covered tail ending in a sharp emerald tip
Please feel free to share your opinions. While I personally think this would be pretty neat, I realize it might be completely unnecessary. Felt like I could share my idea anyway. So, here it is.