Post by wish on Dec 1, 2020 18:51:14 GMT -6
DECEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a baptism sounds so delightful! As we continue into the holiday season, we want to assure our members that it’s completely fine to step back from the site when needed! Times are weird and uncertain right now, so it's ok to take a break and unwind from cat-land Just let us know in the #absence channel on the discord if you need to do some rl stuff or relax!
Historically, the site tends to slow down a bit during November and December anyways, so we totally anticipate a lapse in activity until after the New Year. Rest assured! We’ll still be here during and after the holidays, chugging slowly away at Minnowstar's inevitable reign
This month we have the NaNoWrMo winner to announce, more information about Secret Santa 2020, OTM winners and nominations, the new TC deputy announcement, some routine administrative updates, and our usual monthly patrols and plot updates!
We also want to welcome @babar , captain , chick , churchyg , dakotaraptor , astreon , Silverfire , wrenn , and Zesha 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!
THANK YOU DREAMER ---
Dreamer has a heart-felt message she would like to share with the entire TA community:Dear Apostles Community,While the rest of the staff are saddened by this news, we also feel like this is a brave decision for Dreamer to make, and we are proud of her for making the choice to focus on her real life vs the woes of battle catland.
I want to start this off by saying that I really love this community, and the support that we have when it comes to lifting each other up. I don’t know how many times I have come on here and received a personal word of encouragement from so many people when I have felt down or horrible about not posting. You guys really are awesome, and I am so happy to be a part of something so grand.
With that being said, I must now get to the sadder news. I am going to be formally stepping down as part of the Admin Team here at the Apostles. After some big soul searching and trying for months to get things (mostly personal) under control, I have decided that I have not been as active or attentive to the tasks assigned to me as part of the Admin Team. This has caused me to feel large amounts of anxiety each time I get on the site or the discord, which in turn has killed my muse and prevented me from creating the content I want to make as a writer. No one thing, event, or person here has contributed to this issue, it’s just been a lot of real life weight that I thought would dissipate, but it hasn’t.
I will not be leaving The Apostles, so there is no need to fear having to replot/reconnect characters or anything like that, and I hope with me stepping down I will find it easier to get posts out more efficiently. I will be taking the rest of the week off to try and recoup personally, but I plan to be back in full swing next week (providing the Holidays cooperate). I appreciate any understanding, and I hope that I can continue to grow the bonds with everyone here that I’ve already started, just on a member level rather than an admin level. I love you all very much and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are not awesome!
With sincerest thanks,
With that said, we will not be looking to refill Dreamer’s role. Instead, we will divide her back of the house duties between the rest of staff. She will still act as a tribe consultant to staff. However, members will no longer be allowed to contact her about tribe inquiries or plots. Instead, those should be directed toward wish for now. We will let our members know if this changes in the future!
Lastly, we want to thank Dreamer for all of the work she has done for the site! To put it frankly, this community wouldn’t exist without her tireless dedication and endless contributions over the last year. We’ll miss you on the team! But we look forward to our relationship with you as a member! Thank you!
NaNoWriMo WORD COUNT CONTEST ---
Our keyboards have been tippy-tapping away more than usual this month thanks to our Word Count contest. Competition was fierce as totals passed the 15k mark, but with 29 posts totaling 19,041 words, Egotistic topped the charts to secure a literary victory. Well done!
The winner has received the following prizes:
- An approved personal prophecy for a cat of their choice. Your cat may receive a vision from a deceased cat/StarClan related to their individual plot. The winner must consult with staff to coordinate what the prophecy is and how it is received to ensure it does not impact the site-wide plot, but otherwise this reward is meant to be flexible and fun.
- One rare trait for the cat of their choice (Please see the character creation rules for more details on rare traits) or an extra character slot to use whenever!
- A full body art piece from dumpster , and the runner up will receive a bust/head shot from Ollie, as well as a coveted, limited edition contest winner award
A hearty bravo goes out to wish for her gallant effort as runner-up! Wish clocks in at 29 posts and 17,468 words!
- The runner-up has received the following prize:
A bust/head shot from dumpster
All participants have received a contest participation reward as well! These will be added to your profiles shortly. Thank you!
SECRET SANTA 2020 ---
Come one! Come all! It’s time for TA’s second annual Secret Santa event! This year we had members preemptively sign-up to participate on the discord, which means we have the entire month of December to work on our gifts! Hurrah! Below is further information about the event, including the event deadlines and wish-list form.
How will we be assigned another member? Two staff members have divided the participating members into two lists and will dm them with their ‘member’ on the discord. Please do not reveal who you have or switch members with someone else! Or Santa will END YOU.
How do we know what our member wants? Everyone who wants to participate in the event is required to respond to this thread with the form listed below the OTM nominations blurb, which includes a wish-list section. *Wish-lists should pertain to The Apostles content only!
How long do we have to work on our gift? Members will have until December 27, 2020 to 'turn in' their gifts to their staff member representative. Gifts will then be distributed in a site announcement on January 1, 2021. This brief window between the two dates allows staff members to work on a last-minute gift in case someone’s Secret Santa is unable to meet the deadline.
What can I make for a gift? Any kind of “art” is acceptable! Whether this is traditional or digital art, graphics, short fiction, music, poems, crafts, etc., Everyone has some sort of talent to share!
If you have signed up for Secret Santa but have decided that you no longer want to participate or cannot commit to creating a gift, please let us know as soon as possible so we have time to find someone else to cover your gift. Thank you!
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
We want to send our sincerest congrats to dumpster for winning member of the month! Joining our ranks first as an observer who wanted to draw TA fan-art, Ollie quickly decided to dive into the TA
extendeduniverse and create their own lively cast of memorable characters. No stranger to the keyboard, Ollie knows how to weave a narrative, which is evident in their creative bios, well-constructed posts, and compelling characters. It’s hard to resist a thread with them when the prose is that tantalizing and thick! Ollie rps the characters: Raggedthroat, Drizzlepelt, Terntail, Meadowfur, Bear, and Rowan.
A wielder of the tragic character, Ollie knows how to pull at our heart-strings with their diverse character rolodex and narrative prowess. From Bear and Rowan in the tribe to Meadowfur and Terntail in the clans, Ollie can craft a history that not only tugs at our tear-ducts, but a tale that deeply integrates the lore of the islands into their own artistic realm. Not only do their characters come to life in the throes of their histories, but they all live richly extensive lives of their own on the forum as cats with numerous connections within their clans or tribe.
When Ollie isn’t spinning tales on the forum, they can often be found creating art for other members, chatting about their characters, or plotting with whoever tickles their fancy on the discord! Congratulations Ollie! Your dedication to the site is well-noted and evident in this fantastic M-OTM win! Cheers!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Tragedy is no stranger to the Apostles warriors. Between famines, diseases, natural disasters, and the constant threat of war, it is evident that island life is often cruel and heartless. Voted in as our most tragic character, Blackbird takes home the win for this month’s C-OTM. Congratulations wish ! From the loss of her mother and brother at four moons, to the death of her kit and now other brother, it is clear that Blackbird has been dealt an unfortunate hand in life, which she has tried to take in stride -- a trait that is well noted in this win!
Born to a neglectful mother and absent father, Blackbird learned early in life that the island could be an unforgiving place. This was only expedited by her father’s death, her mother’s abandonment, and then the eventual death of her brother. After this, the she-cat worked to make sure her other two brothers were safe and formed a close bond with her more silent brother, Cardinal. While her life seemed to bear well for a short while, she soon suffered more loss with the death of her daughter and now the death of Cardinal. Despite the tragedies in her life, Blackbird tries to be the best mother to her children and care to her tribe, even when it hurts more than she cares to admit.
We are curious to see how her life continues on the island, and hope that her sorrows will come to cease
RIP we know it won’t.Congratulations Blackbird and Wish!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
Another Lichenclan x Thistleclan affair 👀 You mean to tell me no one in Lichenclan wants to find love in their own clan??
Voted in as our favorite forbidden romance, Gray x Light has won this month’s S-OTM! Congratulations rain and @bombara for crafting such a charismatic and unexpected duo! We did not see this one coming! Meeting for the first time at our last Gathering, Graygaze was immediately attracted to the she-cat and pursued a casual conversation with her, one that must have struck Lightwater’s fancy because she felt inclined to continue it at their next encounter.
Amused by the tom’s nonchalant manner, an addictive repertoire formed between the two enemy warriors as Lightwater chose to indulge him at the Lichenclan and Thistleclan border, a repertoire that quickly divulged into bold flirtation. With a promise to meet again, the two warriors went back to their clans, but not without leaving a lasting impression on their readers! Although their relationship is merely just beginning, it’s more than obvious that these two have an undeniable attraction!
Congratulations Graygaze and Lightwater! We’re all at the edge of our seats, desperately ready to read more!
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH
If you look up the word tense in the dictionary, you’ll probably see both Cinderface and Briarpaw’s awkward school photos sitting next to the word because YIKES!
This month’s R-OTM’s is for the notorious Lichenclan medicine cat duo! Congratulations moony and Raven~ ! Voted as most strained relationship, it is no secret that Cinderface and Briarpaw have vastly different ideologies concerning their beliefs in Starclan, the duties of a medicine cat, and their views on other clans, which makes for a rather uncomfortable mentor and apprentice dynamic. It seems with each moon, Cinderfaces trusts her apprentice less and less, which makes this such a delicious duo to read! We can’t lie! We love the drama!
Brought to Cinderface by a message from Starclan, the old mottled she-cat had great hopes for her blossoming apprentice. However, as Briarpaw starts to learn more about what it means to be a medicine cat and meets with the other medicine cats from other clans, she is slowly starting to question the leaders of Lichenclan, including her mentor. Unable to trust Cinderface after the other medicine cats were barred from the Mooncave, Briarpaw has decided to meet with the others in secret, her duties to Starclan stronger than her duties to her mentor. But, Cinderface is finding it hard to trust her in turn, and soon their trust in one another, may completely shatter beyond repair.
Congratulations to Cinderface and Briarpaw! We only hope that Starclan is kind when this is all said and done.
THREAD OF THE MONTH
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Voted as the saddest/most tragic thread, If You’re With Me takes home this month’s T-OTM! While the thread doesn’t feature a character death or clan-wide sob-fest, it certainly tackles tragedy in the form of division, anger, and irreparable loss.The thread features the different sides in Redwoodclan, from those who are tired of the deaths of their loved ones and want to act, free from Finchstar’s word, to the others, who don’t wish to disobey their leader, tied to the warrior code that binds them. This is a substantive thread well-worth the read! So congratulations to everyone who participated! This one for sure will be hailed as one of Redwoodclan’s most notable threads.
Desperate to rally his clan-mates, Beavergaze calls all of Redwoodclan to follow him out into the forest. However, things don’t go exactly as planned. Divided, warriors of Redwoodclan each take turns, expressing their different views regarding the war, their personal losses, and their lack of aggressive leadership. Tears are shed, words are shared, and in the end, it is decided that Finchstar should be consulted, but have it be known that if he refuses, some cats may have to take this matter into their own claws.
Congratulations to the members who worked tirelessly to throw this thread together and keep it alive! There are a lot of incredible views shared in this thread, which illustrates the diversity each clan harbors within their own little realms! May Starclan treat Redwoodclan well in the next battle!
The themes for January are:
C-OTM: Jolliest/Happiest character
S-OTM: Best Parental Unit
R-OTM: Best BFFs forever duo
T-OTM: Best family thread
Nominations for January will last until December 11, 2020. Voting will then last from December 12, 2020 to December 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]Secret Santa Wish-list[/b] Post wish-list here :) *Must pertain to the Apostles!
[b]Notes:[/b] whatever here
THISTLECLAN HP ROLE: DEPUTY ---
After much discussion and evaluation, we have settled on a new deputy for ThistleClan: Stagflight, played by budgie ! A descendant of Froststar, this red tom's hard-working nature did not escape the dark leader's notice. With their camp in shambles and Ratwhisker's herb store depleted, will he help restore the greatness of the pine cats and put an end to the rogue threat once and for all?
Please offer your congratulations to this diligent (he’s trying) dad (and best of luck with Thievingstar's sharp tongue)! 👏 👏 👏
BANS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS ---
After a lot of questions surrounding this topic, we have finally created an official Bans and Encouragements thread! Please refer to this thread before creating any new characters or adopts related to a character. We also ask that members consider the current bans or encouragements before they apply for any new litters as well. As stated, current adopts for Redwoodclan can be created if desired, but we still encourage character creation elsewhere instead.
Additionally, we have received two member requests to officially ban light or white-colored pelt in Thistlclan since canonically the clan is supposed to be darker in color in order to blend in with their surroundings. If you want to make a light or white-colored character, consider Lichenclan instead
RARE TRAITS CLARIFICATION ---
After receiving a few questions in the discord and an official suggestion, we believe there needs to be further clarification surrounding the Rare trait list. The rare trait list was created with two objectives in mind:
- Make a list featuring actual "rare" traits on the island to reflect rare traits in cats for more realism
- Make a list that reflects traits members can earn as a prize, so the contests are more competitive/worthwhile
While we believe the rare trait list tackles the first objective well, it seems there is some confusion surrounding the second objective. Some of the traits on the list are not actually “rare,” as some members pointed out, but merely on the list to fulfill our desire to make the rare trait prize more elusive.
For this reason, we have decided to rename the list to the Rare / Special Trait list. We decided to do this so it’s clearer to our members that not all traits on the list are objectively rare, but also considered “special." This allows us to make the traits learnable via a contest or litter, which better meets the second objective.
As a reminder, if a trait is on this list, it cannot be created via a new character and must be obtained on the site from a contest or litter roll. Additionally, some cats on the island do have rare/special traits. This is because this list was not implemented until September 2020, so any characters created beforehand have been grandfathered in, including any former adopts.
SUGGESTION FORM REMINDER ---
As a reminder, members are not required to use their name for the Suggestion form. However, if members do not include their name in their suggestion submission, we have no idea who to contact for further collaboration. If you want to work with staff on a suggestion, please include your name!
CALL FOR OUTSIDERS ---
As we continue into the site-wide plot, we wanted to put out an official call for rogues and loners! This can also include kitty-pets as long as their history makes sense with the secluded island environment. For anyone who creates an outsider during the month of December,
Wish will passionately kiss you on the mouth.
JUST KIDDING! But! We would love to see more outsider activity on the site, so if you’ve been kicking around an outsider idea or some outsider adopts, please create them! We have a huge plot in store that involves outsider involvement! So if you’re interested, please create or adopt an outsider character!
UPDATED: TA CANON ADOPTS ---
Both Shadowface and Spiderpaw have been added to the official TA Canon Adopts thread. If interested, check out the thread and submit an application! If a member has any questions about the adopts or their old bios, please contact wish or moony for more information.
INDIVIDUAL TRIBE MAPS ---
We love to see it folks 👏 👏 👏
This month rain has oh-so-lovingly created an individual map (two!) for the tribe's island and its "floating stones." Check them out below!This map will now be available in the Island Map thread. Thank you alien Rain! We love you! Now! what map do you want to see next? Check out the Let's Force Rain to Draw Another Map Survey, to submit your vote
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
The torrential rain that has plagued the islands has finally eased, leaving some clans worse off than others. Thistleclan has been forced to move from their home in the ravine toward the Great Owl Tree, but this will not bode well for the conifer-dwelling cats as prey on the northern terrain is scarce and there is little shelter from the cold.
Across the borders, both Redwoodclan and Lichenclan face little damage from the storm, but the onset of leaf-bare promises a season of harsh weather and sickness. To make matters worse, it will soon be discovered that the sandbar bridge leading to the tribe has been destroyed beyond repair in the storm. Check the weather thread for an update on the new season.
The Half-moon rises above the island home of the Clans. LichenClan still holds a firm grasp on the sacred Moon-Cave. Cinderface settles beside the pool of water to commune with the ancestors, while Briarpaw sneaks away to meet with the other medicine cats. Gathered beside the rare Lungwort, the medicine cats rally to discover the meaning of their mysterious dreams.
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.
Please also check out the December Patrols as well.
The storm left little damage to RedwoodClan territory. Their forest has been littered with fallen trees and branches, but thankfully their camp remains untouched and secure. Even so, training continues as the warriors of RedwoodClan yearn for a win against LichenClan (Let’s Get Down to Business).
Unrest is still evident in the clan as tensions rise between those who support Finchstar, and those who find his lack of confidence weak. (If You're with Me). Ultimately each wants what’s best for RedwoodClan. But will they be able to come to an understanding between each other? Or will RedwoodClan fall from within?
Note: The RedwoodClan vs. LichenClan Battle (This Kingdom is Ours) is still ongoing, although the conclusion has been revealed. Please prioritize this thread so we can finish this epic battle!
- Warriors and apprentices continue to train as they strive to create a stronger and more unified RedwoodClan.
- At the half-moon, Orchidshade and Smallpaw discuss the meaning of mysterious dreams.
- Orchidshade has agreed to help complete Ratwhisker’s training.
After a flash flood leaves their camp decimated (Either way, You Won't be Going Thirsty), ThistleClan seeks shelter near the Great Owl Tree. However, as the cold of leaf-bare tightens its grip, the clan soon realizes they will need to seek out better shelter, but where?
Tensions are also rising in the clan after Firfoot is demoted due to disobeying Thievingstar's orders in the tribe patrol (Under the Shroud of Secrecy). Stagflight is then promoted as the new deputy in his place. However, the clan continues to struggle, as both Redwoodclan and Lichenclan take an interest in the Sandbar (Measured out in Miles) and disregard their borders.
- ThistleClan remains under their curfew, no cat may leave camp between sunset & sunrise, and none may leave camp alone.
- Thievingstar moves the Clan to the Great Owl Tree for shelter, but soon realizes more substantial shelter will be needed to survive leaf-bare.
- Thievingstar is expecting kits sired by Nightclaw of LichenClan. The she-cat keeps this secret, however, even from Nightclaw.
- Firfoot is demoted from his position as deputy, and Stagflight takes his place as the new deputy of Thistleclan.
With her young warriors unable to complete their task at the sandbar(Measured out in Miles), Minnowstar gathers Cinderface and Briarpaw to conduct a sacrifice to StarClan (Sacrificial Lamb). The timing of the sacrifice and storm that wreaks havoc on the island leads the leader to believe StarClan still favors LichenClan with their divine retribution.
An attack to RedwoodClan territory is being plotted by her trusted senior warriors and deputy (Into the Depths), while the disheveled she-cat searches for a mate to continue the Heron blood-line (Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out and unless you repent, you will all likewise perish).
- The Rebellion continues to recruit cats in secret.
- Those faithful to Minnowstar report to her concerning conversations or actions regarding the rebellion.
- Lavendermis and Creekshade are caught discussing the rebellion and are sent to the caves beneath the island for interrogation.
- Briarpaw sneaks behind Cinderface to meet with the other medicine cat’s at the half-moon to discover the meaning of her mysterious dream.
An encounter with ThistleClan leaves many in the tribe wondering if they can expect more visits from their island neighbors (Under the Shroud of Secrecy). The recent storms damage a few areas of the Tribe island, but leave the cats relatively unharmed. However, it is soon discovered that the sandbar bridge leading to the clans across the lake has been destroyed.
Additionally, the threat of predators continues to weaken the Tribe as they prepare for the winter months. Tribe-mates are terrified that the sickness will return with the cold weather.
- The tribe discovers the sandbar has been destroyed
- The Tribe prepares for the oncoming leaf-bare, fearful the sickness will return
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 Mouse x Raven litter are still three moons old.
FUTURE UPDATES ---
For next month, we’ll probably wind down on the contests for at least a month, so we can allow our prize gifters a few weeks to catch up Otherwise, we’ll most likely have additional administrative updates based on the suggestions we receive, such as additional awards and rule clarifications or additions. We also plan to rule out some more plot threads depending on the trajectory of our current plots. For now, we’d like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays! We hope everyone is able to spend time with the ones they love, indulge in their hobbies, and eat all the best food! See you next year!
Holy shit please be kind to us 2021 🤞
The Apostles Staff