What can you do with this?
1) Meet the most relevant people in Torn World. These are a combination of characters involved in major storylines, momentous events, or lots of smaller stuff. You'll see them over and over.
2) Pick out a character to support. Search "adoptable characters" for one you can claim. Search "owned characters" if you want to know who is running your favorites, so you can send karma or credits to that person by way of encouragement to write/paint more.
3) Use these as examples in creating a character from scratch.
4) Click on a character, then use the links to read all the stories about that character. This is the easiest way to track storylines that focus on one or two people.