September Announcements || YEAR ONE CELEBRATION || 2020 Sept 1, 2020 7:38:29 GMT -6 catalysta, maxx, and 4 more like this
Post by wish on Sept 1, 2020 7:38:29 GMT -6
SEPTEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
Holy shit!We did it! We’ve been in existence for an entire year well ok our official anniversary is September 6 but SHHHH! When the staff set out to create this site, we had absolutely NO idea that it would attract such a wonderfully committed member base of such talented writers, or that it would somehow last an entire year! We were hopeful, of course, but we never envisioned that the forum would flourish into the amazing community we have all fostered for the last year, which is all thanks to our brilliant members. Thank you for inspiring us every day and making this site the success it has become. We could have never done this without you!
To celebrate our first year on the web, we have a lot of exciting announcements for this month including the Post Count Contest Winners, a brand new IC themed contest, an art raffle, new OTMs, canon adopts, new awards and individual clan maps, new OOC rules, and new plot information!
We also want to welcome beavers , chachy , @io , Rabbit , spottedcloud , and tahlia to The Apostles! Please check out the Newbie Guide, Clan & Tribe information, and Island Timeline, or if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to a staff member here on the site or on the discord. We’re excited to have you here!
POST COUNT CONTEST RESULTS ---
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Post Count Contest last month 👏👏👏 As a result, we had 751 posts this month and a total of 134 threads!! Compared to last month, we only had 386 posts and 68 threads, which is INSANE! Amazing work everyone! We are sincerely thrilled with the amount of threads started and finished, and we can’t wait to reward our members for their efforts!
aka wish’s slow eternal death initiates now.
All members who at least reached tier one will receive the coveted participation award in their profiles shortly. Members who were able to reach tier two are required to request their posting templates from Wish’s shop,
so she can stay organized and not forget whoopsie.
Members who reached tier three should request which cat they want colored (using the base below) in their OTM announcement form. As for catalysta , Wish will reach out to you shortly about the full-body character art
also how tf did you get to 90 posts you absolute mad maN.
As for members who won additional dice rolls in battle, another action, or for a litter in tiers two and three, staff will maintain a list of winners, so we know who won, and once the member decides to use the additional rolls, we will remove them from the list. So, make sure to reach out to a staff member when you want to redeem your roll. The members who reached each tier are listed below.
Tier One: 1 Post --
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Tier Two: 15 Posts --
Tier Three: 30 Posts --
Tier Four: The Winner (member with most posts) --
A MOMENT IN TIME CONTEST ---
What is it? The ‘A Moment in Time’ Contest will run from September 4, 2020 to October 15, 2020 and focus on important moments in characters' lives. This moment can be from either the past or the present (no future), and can range from the first time two characters met to a traumatic moment in the characters’ lives. This theme is extremely broad. The only criteria is that the moment has to be impactful and must have influenced the character’s life in a dramatic way.
What are some theme ideas? Threads can relate to the theme in various ways. Characters can use the contest as a way to explore events from their history or to develop their relationship with a current character even more. Some ideas are the first time two characters ever met, a moment when an important character in their life died, the first time an apprentice or mentor worked as one, a time when two characters grew apart -- the possibilities are endless to explore a multitude of relationships and dynamics.
What are the rules? Valid entries must be created from September 1, 2020 and finished by October 15, 2020. Old threads cannot be entered. Threads can only have two characters (a third character can be used to assist or start the thread but this must be minimal interaction).
Characters cannot be entered more than once. However, members can enter more than once with different characters. Valid threads must also be at least six posts in length to be considered finished and relate to the theme in some sort of way.
Threads must contain [contest] - or a variation - in the title.
How do we determine who wins? Staff will collect the finished contest threads and announce them in a final contest announcement; and then from October 15 2020 to October 31, 2020, members will vote on which thread won. If there are ties, we will continue to vote down until there is a clear winner.
What do we win? Participants in the contest will receive a contest participation award, while the winners will receive a coveted, limited edition winner award, and usual, some custom art from wish and rain . In addition, both winners can either choose between an extra character slot or a rare trait to use on a future character.
Questions? Direct all questions to a staff member here or on the discord.
PRIZE RAFFLE ARTIST EXTRAVAGANZA -
It’s no secret that we have a lot of members who are amazing artists. So, in an effort to celebrate them, we thought we would showcase their work for everyone to check out, and then make them draw for us!
JK BUT NOT REALLY
What is it? We are holding an Art Raffle, which means members can enter the raffle to win A LOT of art. On October 1, 2020, we will draw one lucky winner who will receive a generous art package from all of the artists who are participating in this event.
How do we enter? Members can enter the art raffle once they reach 10 Posts for the month of September. When a member reaches their 10th post, they can reach out to a staff member on the discord or on the site. Members can track their posts using the OTM form below (as we did for the posting contest).
Who are the artists?
What kind of art do we win? Each artist will offer a different sort of prize to the winner, whether this is pixel work, a full-body character piece, a traditional water-color, or a multiple character picture. It is completely up to the artists! The only requirement is that it has to feature artwork of a character on the site.
Please check out their amazing work by clicking their names! Thanks you so much to all of our awesome artists <3
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES-
The results are in! and we are excited to announce the winners for this month's OTMs! Congratulations all! ✨
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
We want to give a big shout out and congrats to Egotistic for winning Member of the Month for September! Ego has been a long standing, active member of The Apostles from moment we started, and since then, she has continuously amazed and wowed us with her multi-dimensional and beautifully written characters and posts. She is a cornerstone in this community and essential to the world we have created here! Ego rps the characters: Acornpaw, Cinderpaw, Ratwhisker, Thunderheart, Riverblaze, Shrikepaw, Iris, Primrose, and Jay.
A wielder of the pen
or in this case keyboard,Ego is notorious on the site for slamming out multiple posts at a time which HOW,never sacrificing quality for quantity. Her work is some of the tastiest on the site, and it is this wordy prowess, that keeps us all coming back for more. From the nervous, hOnking Ratwhisker to the sweet, story-telling Thunderheart, and back to the cold, reserved, distant Riverblaze, Ego is a master of several characters. She is able to climb into the perspective of wildly different cats, and it is this incredible skill that assists in the diversity of our site!
When she's not dunking on all of us with her beefy post stacks, Ego can be found on the discord, roasting us to hell in back with the perfect zinger or well-timed gif. But, don't let that playful snark fool ya! Ego is also there in a second to offer advice, assist new members with resources and links, and encourage us all when we need it. She is a powerhouse in this community, and we're so excited we finally get to celebrate her! Congrats and thank you for all your hard work Ego!!!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Despite his nervous and timid nature and his own insecurities about his leadership, Finchstar has won Character of the Month in a landslide! Congratulations rain ! Even with one eye and one less life, this anxious man has proven himself to be a site favorite, and even as he continuous to lose each battle, its hard not to root for this under dog!
As the season comes to a close, its been a wonderful and exciting opportunity to watch Finchstar come into his own. When the site started, he was rather new to his role
and had two eyesand even more unsure of himself, but over the moons, we have all watched him grow more and more into his role as the faithful and kind leader of Redwoodclan. Even with recent losses, it is evident that tom has become a much braver and more deliberate cat. From launching his own attack on Lichenclan to becoming a father, Finchstar only has more room to become the leader he has always wanted to be.
We are excited to see where this brave leader will take Redwoodclan next as he tries to maneuver the responsibilities of being a father, a war general, and an aid to those in need from other lands. Congrats Finchstar and Rain!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
Have you ever wondered what happens when the A+++ student falls in love with the resident douche-bag, bad boy? Well, look no further! Because Willowshine x Blazingstorm hits all the checks for your wildly mismatched, but it works? romance -- not to mention an absolute mess with all of the hearts both of them have inadvertently broken
do we call it a love square?over the season. Congratulations catalysta and wish ! Willow x Blazing is this month's Ship of the Month!
Ever since she's laid eyes on him, Willowshine has crushed hard on the calico tom. However, her affections have never worked in her favor because all things in life must be difficult. While she crushed on him, Blazingstorm crushed on Fallenfire, who crushed on Thunderheart, who
let's bring it back againcrushed on Willowshine. But, as hearts broke and time turned, both Willowshine and Blazingstorm found a weird comfort in one another, and as the moons continue, their relationship only blossoms and blooms.
Congrats Willowshine and Blazingstorm! We can’t wait to see how your story continues to unfold!
and all the hearts you have left to shatter and break.
NEW OTM CATEGORIES AND THEMES
As requested by popular vote, we will now include two new categories for OTMs! This includes the Relationship of the Month, which is ANY kind of relationship between two characters excluding romantic, and the Thread of the Month! We’ll also be announcing different themes for each category (minus member) to make the nominations more thoughtful and exciting each round.
For October nominations, we’re keeping it nice and simple. This month the theme for each category is The Best of the Best! To celebrate our first year on the web, we want to recognize our favorite character, our favorite pairing, our favorite relationship, and our favorite thread! Old winners can be re-nominated! It doesn’t matter. We just want the best of the best!
Nominations for October will last until September 11, 2020. Voting will then last from September 12, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Remember to vote with the form listed below.
[b]Member Name:[/b] Name here
[b]Member nomination:[/b] M-OTM nomination here
[b]Character nomination:[/b] C-OTM nomination here
[b]Ship nomination:[/b] S-OTM nomination here
[b]Relationship nomination:[/b] R-OTM nomination here
[b]Thread nomination:[/b] T-OTM nomination here
[b]Post Count Winner Art Request:[/b] If you reached tier 3, list what character you want colored!
[b]Post Count for Raffle[/b]
[b]Post count:[/b] List posts here (you can link if you want, but its not required since we can verify these numbers)
[b]Notes:[/b] whatever here
NEW AUTUMN THEMED SKIN ---
To commemorate the shift in seasons, we are excited to release our brand new Autumn-themed skin! Thanks to the brilliant work of Bandit , wish was able to quickly and efficiently switch out the color-scheme across the site in only a few hours. The images for the site come from a collection of photographers on flickr, instagram, and deviantart, which are listed in the Rules.
We hope that the new skin conjures the envision of autumn from spooky, chilling forests and fogs to the homey comfort of autumnal leaves and the harvest before the first snowfall.
NEW AWARDS ---
Because rain possesses a raw power we will never be able to fully understand
alien???, we have 32 new awards to announce this month. Below is a mere taste of the beautiful work Rain has made for the site. The rest of the new awards are available on the Redeem an Award thread. We will do our best to retroactively award some of these. However, since there is a lot, make sure to redeem any award we miss.
NEW INDIVIDUAL CLAN MAPS ---
As asked, rain and moony have graciously blessed us with the start of our new, individual clan and tribe maps! Hopefully, these new individual maps will allow members to better visualize the different territories and landmarks across both islands. Because of how tedious this work is, we will be releasing a new clan map each month
unless Rain launches into sicko mode and makes the rest of them in one month HOW. So with that! Let us introduce Redwoodclan’s official territory map:drag img to address bar for full view
Original sketch © moony . Banners and small edits © wish . Linework, color, and the rest of this masterpiece © rain .
For the next map, we thought it would be fun to let our members choose what they want to see next! So cast your vote on the Map Survey!
NEW CANON ADOPTS AND NPC BIOS -
This month brings another set of NPC Biographies for your perusal! This month we’d like to introduce the following NPCs:
- Black Bear Who Forages on Frozen Moor
Additionally, we have created several adoptable family members based on the NPC bios. If you are interested in any of the following characters, please check out the official Canon Adopts thread to check out the cats in full details and the rules.
STAFF SUGGESTIONS AND QUESTIONS
In an effort to relieve wish ’s inbox, we ask that members reach out to certain staff members based on the question, suggestion, or complaint. While wish loves to assist members with whatever is tossed her way, she is only one, measly bog-dwelling person, and it’d be easier on her slime brain if she dealt with fewer DMs on a regular basis. So, depending on the content of the DM, please reach out to the following staff member:
Character & Biography Rules
Member or content complaints
Character & Biography Rules
Member or content complaints
Medicine cat Plots
Code inquiries & Help
Dice inquiries & Help
Art contests & content
Character & Biography Rules
Member or content complaints
NEW HIGH RANK RULES AND REQS --
After receiving arduous feedback and researching best practices between other warrior RP sites, we have decided to implement an official High Rank Activity Rule. This rule will ensure that HRs remain active on the site, and therefore, encourage equal activity in their respective tribe and clans. High ranks are integral to the entire ecosystem of the site. They drive both site-wide and clan/tribe specific plots, which is why we want to make sure these positions are held by active members.
Starting September 1, 2020, all HRs are required to post 8 times a month with at least 4 posts from their HR character. This essentially comes down to 2 posts a week. That said -- members are not required to post twice a week. They can make their post count however works for them, whether this is all at once, split up between the month, or diligently twice a week. They just have to meet the post quota by the end of the given month.
A HR Activity Sub-Board has been created in the Announcement section of the site. Each month, staff will create a new thread with a post tracking form for HR’s to post with their month’s activity. This will allow us to easily track who has been active, and who still has to meet the quota. If we notice an HR hasn’t posted by the middle of the month, we will reach out via the discord, and DM a reminder to the HR to post.
If an HR does not meet the post quota by the end of the month, they will be given a warning. If the member continues to not post the following month, they will lose the position as this equates to two months with minimal or no HR activity within that clan.
Note: Posting ‘enough’ to get by the second month, but then becoming inactive again for the following month is not an acceptable loophole to the rule. If a member exhibits continuous behavior of low activity, they will lose the position. For example, if a member is not active in May, but then posts in June, only to be inactive again in July that does not solve the issue. It is still two months of no HR activity.
If an HR is experiencing extraneous RL issues/is too busy to meet the post quota for a month, or a specific amount of time, we ask that the HR reach out to us and be transparent about their activity, so we can work with them to find a suitable solution.
We understand that real life comes first. However, we also want to make sure that each clan is equally active and represented. If an HR believes their RL conflicts too much to be active to meet the requirement, please let us know, so we can work on a believable replacement.
DEFINED RARE TRAITS AND BREEDS-
There's been quite a few discussions over the past year on what constitutes as a rare-trait for a character and what doesn’t. When the site was first conceived, we did not have a formal list of rare-traits, and only over the months began to implement restrictions and award a rare-trait as a prize for contests. We have been dealing with questions and concerns on a case-by-case basis.
But, through recent conversations and evaluating the amount of ‘rare-traits’ and ‘breeds’ currently represented by characters on the site, we have come up with an official list to clarify what is and is not allowed for character creation.
Characters who have been created and approved prior to September 1, 2020 are grandfathered in and will not have to make any changes. However, these restrictions will be applied to all characters accepted on September 1, 2020 and later. This information will also be found in the Rules and Character Creation Rules.
The following is the official list of rare-traits. The only way to receive one of these rare-traits is through litter rolls or a prize won in a contest.
Heterochromia in non-white cats
Black Fur or coat colors w/out white + Blue Eyes
RARE / PURE BREEDS
While each Clan and Tribe sports a lineage of certain breeds, the likelihood of a plethora of pure-breeds being represented on the Island is slim. To prevent an excess of cats described and created to be pure breeds, all characters created and approved on/after September 1, 2020 cannot be made or described as purebreds due to the unlikelihood of their existence on the island.
Characters can use FCs that are 'purebred' cats, since a lot of statures and coat colors can appear in feral or mixed breed cats, but the official description or appearance in the character bio cannot claim the breed. We know not everyone is knowledgeable in the realm of cat genetics (trust us, we have learned a lot from various members over the months!), so if you are unsure or have questions about a breed then message moony on the site or discord.
There are some exceptions to this, however! In The Clan information it has been established that certain breed’s are known to exist in each clan and tribe, and therefore, that breed can be created in the respective clan without prior approval or authorization from staff. The breeds are listed below along with the Clan/Tribe they appear in:
Oriental - Tribe of Floating Stones
Siamese - LichenClan
Russian Blue - ThistleClan
Turkish Angora/Van - RedwoodClan
NEW PERSONAL ADOPTION RULES ---
Similar to the rare traits, we have received a handful of questions regarding member’s individual adoptions on the Adoption board. The two most common questions we have received are ‘Can I re-adopt out a character after the member leaves the site?’ and ‘How long should I wait before I adopt out the character again?’ Based on these inquiries, we have decided that like the new Kit Rules released last month, members are now allowed to create their own rules in their individual adoption threads. This will be defined in the new Adoption Rules thread.
This means that members can create their own time-frame for when a character can go back up for adoption when the original adoptee goes inactive, and they can dictate their own rules for adoptees regarding who gets the character in the first place.
For example, a member can merely use ‘first come, first serve,’ or they can make the adoptee answer a question or two about their plans for the character. It is entirely up to the member. We only ask that you keep the applications simple, and don’t make an adoptee jump through several hoops to adopt a character.
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
Boundaries are being pushed between Clans and outsiders. Mysterious dreams and messages sent to the medicine cat’s pull them together at the Gathering, while the rest of those gathered gossip and discuss the meaning of Minnowstar’s absence. The Tribe works hard to recover their strength as the imminent coming of leaf-fall threatens the health of all cats on the islands.
Note: Important and plot related threads are linked in the plot summaries. Please prioritize these when working on posts to keep the site-plot moving forward.
New Patrols have been announced on the September Patrols thread.
Welcomed by the Tribe, Orchidshade and Rockjaw converse with the higher ranks of the Tribe and discuss the ministering of the herbs they brought (Friend to All), while young Mousepaw learns about Tribe life from cats her own age (Strangers Like Me.
The failed attack to free the Moon Cave shakes the foundation of the proud Redwood warrior’s leadership (This Kingdom is Ours). While some believe more training and a fiercer attitude will be necessary to win the war, others remain unsure of RedwoodClan’s current trajectory (Let’s Get Down to Business).
- Mousesong and Ravenfeather are expecting their first litter of kits.
After a valiant rescue turned deadly (Fall of a Mother), ThistleClan reels once again as a new deputy is named upon Hawktail’s retirement (You Lost Your Mind in the Sound). ThistleClan warriors grow frustrated with the new curfew and requirement to leave camp in groups of two or more. Thievingstar’s paranoia of the Tribe and Rogues results in her planning a deadly raid on the peaceful Tribe (There's a Method to My Madness).
- ThistleClan is under a strict curfew. Cat’s must remain in camp from sunset to sunrise, and no cat may leave camp alone.
- Thievingstar order Firfoot to lead a patrol to the tribe.
LichenClan proved their dominance during RedwoodClan’s failed attack on the Moon Cave (This Kingdom is Ours). However, the quiet murmurings of a Rebellion trickle through the clan as half follow Minnowstar to the Moon Cave (You Must be Born Again) while the rest follow Hemlockheart to the Gathering. Those who stand against Minnowstar grow slowly bolder as they begin to recruit others to their side. Minnowstar’s sanity grows even more questionable as she orders her warriors to kill a ThistleClan outsider (Feel the Thunder). But when he claims to have Redwoodclan information, she instead takes him as a prisoner (Cats Cradle).
- Members of the rebellion continue to recruit cats in secret.
With herbs brought by Orchidshade, Mousepaw, and Rockjaw, the Tribe learns much from their visitors and vice versa (Friend to All), Strangers Like Me). The Tribe grows stronger as new to-be’s join their ranks and others near their full initiation into the Tribe. However, the tribe remains cautious as the cold weather looms, and the stone-guards discover that the coyotes (Into the Crevasse) had a more than successful whelping season.
- Uneasiness continues through the tribe as a band of stone-guards discover a sudden growth in coyote numbers.
Characters will age one moon this month. Staff will update the allegiances, while members are responsible for their own character biographies. Characters that were created or born in the last week do not have to age and can wait for the next month.
Remember if you have apprentices reaching warrior age check out the requirements and ensure you meet them before putting in a ceremony request.
Note: Kits from the MorningxYew and MaplexTalon litters are five moons.
FUTURE UPDATES ---
We hope everyone enjoys the different celebrations over the month! We sincerely appreciate and love the community over the last year, so thank you, thank you again! Next month, we hope to release another territory map, a new format for mass battles, more art-themed contests and content, additional NPCs bios and canon adopts, and whatever else is tossed in our direction!
Before we bring the announcements to a close, we have two additional surveys for members to complete! First, we have an Art Survey for those interested in more art related events and contests on the site. Second, we have a Battle Format Survey to see what sort of battle method would be the most efficient for future mass battles. We may have follow-up surveys related to the content later on in the month, so make sure to look for those in the #announcements channel on the discord.
As always, if anyone has any questions or suggestions, please reach out to a staff member either here on the site or on the discord.
The Apostles Staff