October Announcements || 2020 Oct 1, 2020 10:55:46 GMT -6 c a n n a, Egotistic, and 1 more like this
Post by wish on Oct 1, 2020 10:55:46 GMT -6
OCTOBER ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
The ookiest-spookiest, most hair-chilling month is now upon us. The temperature has fallen across the island, permeating the earth with a thin layer of frost. Leaves have started to descend from the trees, their limbs now achingly bare. The moon sits above the lake as round as a saucer, its body heavy and full, while the cats of the Apostles Islands wait in anticipation, the hair rising above their necks. The witching hour is near…
As we enter the month of October, we have a few new updates to share with our members! This month, we are announcing the winner of our artist raffle; kicking off another round of OTMs (with themes!); introducing the new weather event system, updated battle rules and stats, some cool, newly made member resources, and our TA DeviantArt Group, including a Halloween themed art contest; and updating our usual plot and patrol information!
We also want to welcome abby , budgie , Leviathan , Loafer , and narabas 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!
PRIZE RAFFLE ARTIST WINNER ---
Drum roll, please -- and the winner of the Prize Raffle Artist Extravaganza is chachy
you lucky bitch. Congratulations! All of the artists originally listed in the September Announcements should be reaching out to you shortly with the parameters of their requests. If they do not reach out, feel free to reach out to them
Thank you to all the members who volunteered their art for this event! We couldn’t have done this without you! Also shout out to everyone who worked for at least ten posts this month! Even though we didn’t quite reach 751 posts like last month, we still managed to hit 600
EXACTposts! Which is insane!
A MOMENT IN TIME CONTEST ---
As a reminder, members should be working on their A Moment in Time threads. We have been closely monitoring their progress since the start of the month, and based on their activity, we have decided to extend the contest deadline to October 31, 2020, so make sure to prioritize those threads! We will vote on the threads from November 1, 2020 to November 13, 2020. The rules for the contest are listed in the September Announcements. If members have any questions regarding the contest, please reach out to a staff member!
TA DA GROUP AND FIRST ART CONTEST
We are excited to announce the opening of a TA group on DeviantArt! Find us on DA at TheApostlesWarriors. When applying for membership, please include your forum username and be sure to read the group rules.
In honor of the grand opening of our new group, we are also hosting an art contest. This month’s art contest theme is the word WICKED. All forms of art are accepted (traditional, digital, written works -- anything that can be submitted to DA is permitted!), and we encourage participation from all skill levels. At the end of the contest, members will vote on which piece best embodies the theme.
The winner will receive a full-body custom ref sheet for one of your characters from wish , plus a full hover-icon, an icon, and signature set from rain . The runner up will receive a headshot of one of your characters from Wish and a pixel icon from Rain. If any members want to volunteer their artwork as an additional prize, please reach out to a staff member! For more details, please see the October 2020 Art Contest journal on DA.
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 --
Winning by a colossal landslide, our Member of the Month for October is none other than wish ! Wish has been the literal backbone of TA since the site was but a mere twinkle in the depths of her eyes. She has served as head admin since we opened last year, which is not an easy task folks! Not only does she contribute as a staff members, but she also continuously delights us with her iconic characters, thoughtful posts, and beautiful artwork. Wish rps the characters: Thornfall, Robin-nose, Ruefeather, Yewthorn, Blazingstorm, Jaypaw, Minnowstar, Lavendermist, Hemlock, and Blackbird.
When Wish isn't throwing out thirty-some posts a month, her duties on the site include releasing the announcements, rule updates, thread maintenance, character approval, and various creative tasks to maintain the site's beauty! She is the mastermind behind the beautiful color schemes and images that we get to use each time the skin receives a facelift! And on top of this, she is always making sure the staff team is updated with member requests and encouraging us to brainstorm new ideas each month to keep the site enjoyable for every member.
Not only does Wish fulfill her duties as a staff member, and then some, but she is also very active on our Discord, providing beautiful works of art for members, advising and encouraging everyone though any tough times, and also living her best life in the fashion channel
while also living her worst life in the om-nom-no channel. She is also super active on our site providing some of the most colorful and motivational characters that are simply iconic we see you Minnowstar. There is no doubt that when Wish drops a link in the tags channel that it will be well worth the read.
Seriously! What can’t this woman do?! Congratulations wish on winning M-OTM and
please pleasekeep doing the awesome work that you've been doing!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Sure, most cats might prefer a medicine cat who is caring and loving and has a gentle touch, but why? prefer that? When they could have a medicine cat who stares at them coldly and is completely indifferent if they live or die?
JKWe want to send out a large congratulations to Orchidshade of Redwoodclan and maxx for not only winning the best of the best for C-OTM, BUT for winning C-OTM for the second time!
While she might be small for the normally large clan, this feisty medicine cat has a bite and the sharp claws of a warrior to boot. However, despite her cold exterior and warrior's past, Orchidshade is an attentive, extremely knowledgeable medicine cat, who not only wants to serve her clan but serve all cats from clan to tribe. Her desire to heal and follow the code of the medicine sincerely knows no bounds. There is no doubt that her clan-mates know that they are in safe paws with Orchidshade as their trusted healer.
From risking her own health and safety to save the tribe cats to offering to train Ratwhisker in secrecy, Orchidshade has proven to be a fan-favorite on the island
i mean! she's won this bad boy twice now! She is truly the medicine cat of all medicine cats, and we can’t wait to see her in action as more events on the island unfold. Congratulations! Orchidshade and maxx !
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
Come one! Come all! To see the showdown of the century! Watch with bated breath as a young cocky apprentice of Redwoodclan takes on a creature ten times her side with the fury of a million suns! Will this match end in total demise or will something more come from this fated meet! uwu /////
Talk about opposites attract! amiright? Apparently, when we asked for the best of the best ship on the Apostles, our members had another idea in mind because the winning vote!
by one vote!was Wind x the Badger aka CLAMP.This is a sure testament to Annie 's excellent craftsmanship as a writer because we were all captivated as Windpaw took down her greatest foe! MAY CLAMP REST IN PEACE MY MAN.
These two have only had one short, fated meeting, but there is no doubt that the spark between them lit a fire in the hearts of the members of the Apostles. We can't wait to see who Windpaw decimates next. Congratulations Windpaw Annie and a s/o to wish for roleplaying Clamp! May you some day be reunited in Starclan....or badger hell.
small s/o to Sleet x Moth for runner-up this month!
as an actual S-OTM.We hope you're able to kick it out of the water a different month, so we can truly celebrate your cuteness.
PS. for future nominations, we'll make sure to keep it between actual characters, so we can award two members
wish feels dirty for being recognized for clamp over an actual ship. Crack ships are 100% fine! so keep those comin if ya want we enjoyed the laugh, but between two accepted characters please!
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH
It's always the unlikely friendships that are the most satisfying, and our winners for this month are no exception! We want to send out a big congratulations to Ratwhisker and Hawktail for winning our first ever R-OTM! Congratulations Egotistic and catalysta
RIP.While we love a classic clash of personalities, it is this difference in demeanor that makes this relationship oh so, chef's kiss,perfect! Ratwhisker's nervousness and lack of confidence allows Hawktail to show her softer, more kinder side, while the former deputy's brashness encourages Ratwhisker to believe in himself. We really love to see it folks!
These two Thistleclan baddies (while not always seeing eye to eye) have always managed to communicate and find ways to work and help each other out. Through times of grief and triumph, these two unlikely buds have always been supportive of one another and have worked together to address their trauma. While Hawktail has officially retired from the site, there is no doubt that her lessons will have a lasting impact on our favorite, timid Medicine cat, and we know that she will always live on through his continuing, personal growth!
Congratulations Ratwhisker and Hawktail on creating a strong and memorable friendship!
THREAD OF THE MONTH
We all know that too many chef's in the kitchen can be disastrous, but that's definitely not the case with our first ever T-OTM! We want to send out a big congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in A Cold Wind Blows from the East! This was our first ever Gathering on the site as well as a major plot event for the entire island! It was a huge thread to coordinate, but everyone who participated more than pulled it off!
As the first official Gathering on the island, we got to read as the clans started to mingle and talk for the first time beneath the full moon, when a sudden surprise and “dangerous” intruder rolled into the thread, bringing news of sickness and death! There were many who jumped to action, either showing support for the lost tribe member or immediate hatred for such an intrusion. This first thread really solidified the vibe between all the clans and acted as a true catalyst for our ever-evolving and hair-rising plot.
Thank you all for being such an amazing and active community and congratulations on building such a dynamic and eventful thread!
To coincide with the ooky-spooky month, the themes for October will be:
C-OTM: Best villain
S-OTM: Most villainous couple
R-OTM: Best rivalry
T-OTM: Creepiest/eeriest thread
Nominations for November will last until October 16, 2020. Voting will then last from October 17, 2020 to October 31, 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]Notes:[/b] whatever here
NEW WEATHER EVENTS ---
Many members have expressed interest in having more weather related information to help with thread inspiration. We performed a survey, and based on those results, we are taking three steps to help provide information to encourage creativity and realism in posts on the site:
- For ‘Simple’ weather updates, the weather box currently located at the top of the site will be updated using a new script which Bandit coded to pull weather information each week. The box will automatically update on Sunday, so remember to reference the weather box for each of your threads.
- We have also taken the time to clarify the differences between minor and major weather events on the island, such as minor thunderstorms to serious flood damage. We have established a weather thread to catalogue all of the weather related information for the site, including guidelines on what is and is not considered a minor weather event on the island.
- Lastly, we have made a note to add more serious, major weather related events to the island. To inspire further creativity and create more individual clan plots, we plan to implement more major weather events at about once each season (quarterly/4 times a year), or as activity and plot dictates.
To kick off the weather inspiration, we’re announcing our first Weather Alert for major storms that will be affecting all of the clans and tribe during the month of October. Check out the Weather Thread for more details on this alert, and pray to StarClan your cat can swim.
NEW BATTLE THREADS AND STATS --
During the month of September we conducted a survey on changing up how large battle threads are conducted on the site. There were various suggestions, and after considering all of the positives and negatives, staff has decided on a new battle thread format to use. This system will be used for larger plot related battle threads, such as This Kingdom is Ours. For smaller, individual threads members are always able to implement their own methods for determining battle partners and battle dynamics.
When larger, plot related battles take place, the thread starter will begin in the main thread for the battle. This post will include a vibe check and scene set-up for the battle, along with information of battle pairs (these will be determined in the discord). Once each character has made an introductory post into the battle thread to “square up,” smaller threads of 1-2 pairs of cats will be created.
In these smaller, individual battle threads, members won’t have to wait for all of the other characters to post their turns to continue their individual battles. Additionally, the individual battle threads will be linked in the starting post of the main thread for easy access. This method will allow the individual battles to move along at a faster pace based on the members' preferences.
If during the course of a battle, members decide they want their characters to switch up who they are battling, then they can either 1) switch between the cats already in their thread (let us know beforehand, so we can pair accordingly) or 2) switch between the smaller threads to kick some other cat’s tail.
These small threads will continue until the individual battles have reached a narrative conclusion, and then the members will return to the main thread to create a “concluding post,” where the battle as a whole will be concluded.
In the same survey members expressed interest in adding a ‘battle buddy’ stat to our expanded modifier list. The full explanation of the battle buddy stat can be found in the Expanded Modifier System thread.
This is a stat that a character can earn so that when they battle with their ‘buddy,' their stats increase. This stat is more ‘exclusive’ than the other stats that can be earned, and as such, has more rigorous requirements. Additionally, cats can only have one ‘battle buddy,’ and unlike other stats, this stat can only be applied when their ‘battle buddy’ is present.
NEW MEMBER MADE RESOURCES ---
A few members have reached out to us about creating helpful resources for the site, and we couldn’t be more grateful! The first resource is a video tutorial on how to create a character, including a section on updating the images in the Character Application. maxx created this for us because it is no secret that this is perhaps one of our most asked questions
we know the BBC is a hot mess, thx PB. The tutorial will be linked in the Newbie Guide and the Character Application Form and Rules for future reference.
Secondly, catalysta has created some lovely clan-based collage maps (or image boards) to help visualize the individual clan territories and foliage. The plants featured in each collage have been expertly researched based on native Wisconsin plants, so they would realistically exist on the island. This is a great resource for our members who tend to learn visually and prefer pictures when describing the scenery. So if you want to check them out, please visit the Clan Information thread.
If members are interested in creating additional resources for the site, feel free to reach out to a staff member! We are happy to collaborate on projects if we feel they can benefit the entire member base. Thank you!
INDIVIDUAL CLAN MAP UPDATE -
Due to rain ’s hectic, hectic RL this past month, they were unable to start working on the next individual clan map. But, they have assured us that the next one will be finished before November, so please continue to show Rain all the love!
NEXT HALF-MOON ---
The next Half-moon is currently scheduled to start November 1, 2020! This can potentially move based on our activity and current plot threads. However, we are confident that we can start the next adventure for our wonderful medicine cats soon, so continue to monitor the announcements here or on the discord for any updates.
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
As the cold temperatures settle over the island, each clan has started to prepare for war and winter in their own ways. After a relatively anti-climatic Gathering, the medicine cats await their chance to meet in secrecy and discuss mysterious dreams.
RedwoodClan trains for the continuing war with LichenClan. The rebellion in LichenClan slowly grows as more members are recruited. ThistleClan fights their own battle with rogues and outsiders, and have sent a patrol to the Tribe Island to investigate the claims of RedwoodClan. The Tribe prepares for winter, while continuing to explore the mysteries of their new Island neighbors.
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 in the October Patrols thread. For reference, the September Patrols thread is still active.
Orchidshade, Rockjaw, and Mousepaw learn and teach much to the Tribe (A Friend to All, Strangers like Me). The battle against LichenClan at the Moon Cave leaves their leader shorter a life, and missing an eye (This Kingdom is Ours). Many warriors are growing frustrated with the constant beatings LichenClan has dealt. Redfox as started training patrols for all warriors (see September patrols linked above), and other warriors try to help in their own way with some resistance (If You’re With Me).
- Mousesong and Ravenfeather welcome three healthy kits: Lionkit, Waspkit, and Viperkit.
- Rowanpath is seriously injured and steps down from mentoring Barkpaw. Thornfall takes over Barkpaw’s apprenticeship.
Thievingstar’s curfew remains in place, and tensions continue to rise as Rogue activity increases in ThistleClan. Firfoot appeases the feisty she-cat by leading a patrol to explore the Tribe Island, although he does not intend to eliminate them as she demanded (Under The Shroud of Secrecy.
- ThistleClan is under a strict curfew. Cat’s must remain in camp from sunset to sunrise, and no cat may leave camp alone.
- Thistleclan also welcomes four new apprentices as Featherpaw, Dovepaw, Jaypaw, and Swallowpaw join their ranks.
Minnowstar proves her blood lust by taking one of Finchstar’s lives in This Kingdom is Ours. After a war council with her trusted warriors, LichenClan seems ready to split in two as those who stand by Minnowstar prepare for invasion (the war room), while the underground rebellion builds their own strength up.
- Members of the rebellion continue to recruit cats in secret.
The Tribe learns much from their RedwoodClan friends and receive the herbs they need to heal from the deadly sickness that swept over their island (A Friend to All, Strangers like Me). The Tribe remains on edge, however, as both their enemies, familiar and new, become more abundant (Into the Crevasse, Under The Shroud of Secrecy)
- The Tribe prepares for winter, predators, and new encounters with the Clans.
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 six moons. Kits from the MousexRaven litter are one moon.
NEW MENTOR ASSIGNMENTS ---
Since the kits have now reached their sixth moon, the Morning x Yew litter can move up in rank and be played as apprentices. Similarly, the Maple x Talon litter can move up as to-bes and start their training within the tribe. The new mentors for the clan cats are:
Featherpaw has been assigned to Eaglefang (moony )
Dovepaw has been assigned to Eggpelt (kaz )
Jaypaw has been assigned to Stagflight (budgie )
Swallowpaw has been assigned to Graygaze (bombora )
FUTURE UPDATES ---
We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween this year! Please eat all of the candy, watch all of the scary movies, and show off all of your costumes in the #but-make-it-fashion channel on the discord! Next month, we plan to work on additional NPC bios, another clan map and more awards, a word count themed posting event (this one’s for you, Egotistic ), and whatever site updates are tossed our way! We hope everyone is able to enjoy the month! Happy roleplaying!
The Apostles Staff