February Announcements || 2020 Feb 1, 2021 15:07:31 GMT -6
Post by wish on Feb 1, 2021 15:07:31 GMT -6
FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS 2021
As the cold continues to permeate across the island, visions of new-leaf only slip further into the abyss. Will the snow ever cease? Will the ice ever melt? More than ever, the island cats crave the warmth of the sun, a flicker of hope on the horizon, but only waves of sickness and death answer their call. Is Starclan even out there? Or have the stars fizzled out, leaving the island swathed in shadows?
Is that bleak or what?On a much sunnier note, we have a lot of announcements this month! While we have a few sad messages to share, we hope that with the determination and dedication of our member base, we can continue to write with another and celebrate the warriors universe we all know and love and will never abandon bc Erin Hunter owns our souls.
This month we have an array of site updates, including clan ban changes, updated canon adopts, HP auditions, and some early spring cleaning! We also have a brand new, spanking Valentine's day themed Art Contest over on our DA, OTM winners and nominations, and our usual plot and clan updates. Additionally, due to the recent departures of some of our HPs, we will be working on a new, concise Island timeline and plot update to accommodate our new clan dynamics, which will be announced in March.
We also want to welcome bernstein , evert , Machiro , redd , ClawStorm , and TRANCE 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!
SNOW'S DEPARTURE FROM STAFF ---
While it is bittersweet, Snow has decided to step down from her duties as an admin and her role as the Redwoodclan medicine cat apprentice. She has recently made some big real life changes (She bought a house! Congrats Snow!), and no longer has the free time to contribute to the site as a staff member. While we are saddened by her decision, we are also grateful for all of the help she has given us behind the scenes and wish her the best in her new, exciting RL adventures!
Snow will still be active on the site as a normal member and retain her other active characters. The RWC medicine cat apprentice position will remain closed for now as we finish Smallpaw’s story line and evaluate the clan’s dynamic with recent, other HP changes. When the position officially opens again in the future, we will make sure to include it in the announcements.. Thank you so much Snow! We love you!
VALENTINES DAY ART CONTEST ---
Anyone else starting to feel the love in the air? We sure do! And to celebrate that, we will be launching a brand new art contest on our DeviantArt TA group! This month, if it wasn't obvious enough, the theme will be ROMANCE. All forms of art are accepted (traditional, digital, written, etc.), as long as you keep it TA related! Whether you draw your favorite ship or your favorite hot-and-bothered moment from TA, it's all up to you!
Crack ships are encouraged.
The contest rules are available in the February 2021 Art Contest journal. Submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST February 28, 2021. The entries will then be compiled on the forum, and members will be able to vote for their favorite submission from March 1, 2021 to March 7, 2021. The winner and runner-up will then be declared on March 8, 2021.
Winner will receive:Runner-up will receive:
If any members want to volunteer their work as an additional prize, please reach out to staff!
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! NO! It’s an unidentified flying object! NO! It’s an ALIEN! NO! It’s rain ! While they may be absolutely inhuman and perhaps a beast sent from the other side, there is no doubt that Rain is an otherworldly powerhouse who can somehow crank out fifty pixels in a week, while still maintaining their other duties as a staff member and pikachu enthusiast. An absolute delight, Rain is one of the most chaotically charming individuals in our community, and we don’t know what we’d do without them. Congratulations Rain! We love you! Rain RPs the characters: Finchstar, Goldensmoke, Nightclaw, Lightwater, Mintnose, Fallenfire, Sleetwing, River, and Deceit.
From creating the tastiest art to archiving dead threads to posting the most depressing Finch threads, Rain literally does it all! An integral part of the staff team, Rain is always running around behind the scenes to make sure we have the announcements in order, OTMs written, member questions answered, and most importantly, art created. As our resident designer, Rain is the genius behind our pixel awards and island maps! For that alone, they deserve a standing ovation. When Rain isn’t using their god-like powers to wow us with their tasty, tasty art, they can also be found writing the most delightful, and often humorous, posts on the site. Even the nervous and sad Finchstar can earn a laugh or two! Who else is iconically known for their puke?
When Rain isn’t crafting the perfect, lavender-induced Finch post, they can also be found on the discord, switching between eight different pikachu icons, posting in CAPSLOCK, and shaming Wish for simply existing. Iconic. Loved for their humor, ambition, and enormous heart, it's about time Rain was celebrated <3 TA could not be this successful without their tireless dedication. There are simply not enough words to fully explain our gratitude nor capture the entirety of Rain’s excellence. Congratulations Rain! We can’t wait to see what you create next!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Looks like our winner this month is Thievingstar played by Bandit for our theme of most changed cat! With everything that she has been through, it's no wonder this aged leader has turned a few leaves over the past few seasons.
Thievingstar has always been a rough around the edges type of cat -- serious but clever in all of her ways. But as rogues continue to plague her and her Clan, her sanity has weakened. And now, rainfall and flooding have taken her camp, crippling her Clan even further in the depths of leaf-bare. Her slow descent was even evident at the last Gathering. Cats from all clans witnessed her growing madness and the slow breaking of her cool exterior (did you catch those bad puns?). Was this why she has been able to cast away her pride to illegally meet with a cat from another Clan? Or just another way she's changed as a cat? Who knows, but this rough and tough leader has definitely softened up!
Now with Thievingstar's upcoming litter, can the great leader survive the coming trials that await her while she's already kicked to the ground? Will Nightclaw be able to give her the strength she needs, or destroy it further? We are excited to find out in Thievingstar's continuing tale of bittersweet chaos! Congratulations again Bandit !
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
“Eggy,” a 'fond' nickname that only Sorrelfeather could pull off, is what Eggpelt endearingly responds to in this dynamic duo. From neutral comrades (if you don't count naughty Sorrelfeather's past torture) to the closest hunting pair, Sorrelfeather and Eggpelt have succeeded in becoming this month's winner for best should have been couple! Congratulations to both kaz and gammaneise ! It’s no doubt that these two share an undeniable chemistry, even if it isn’t exactly romantic
but oh! Do we wish it was!
From the moment they beat the ever-living-snot out of a poor, unsuspecting opossum, it was evident that these two were destined to be in each other’s lives, an unlikely bond forged in chaos. Since that rewarding breakfast, they have been an unbreakable hunting force, even if Sorrelfeather has to drag Eggpelt out of his cat-mint induced hangovers. Who knew bullies could turn into your closest friends!
Or loversWhile we desperately wish this friendship could have blossomed into something more, there is nothing better than the warm, fuzzy feelings of companionship.
Congratulations Eggpelt and Sorrelfeather! Your adventures will forever go down in TA history
and bitter-sweetly live on in our hearts.
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH
Winning the theme of the best newly forming relationship, it seems the two most barbed tongued cats on the islands take the cake! Played by wish and budgie , Blazingstorm and Rootclaw's butting heads (and claws!) have enamored us all! Congratulations!
Not even from the same clan, the two first unleashed their undeniable chemistry in the heat of battle. They had met previously as apprentices during a Gathering, but their reunion was bittersweet, clashing claws before they could even say 'hello.' But even in the midst of battle, it seems they are more intent on fighting with tongues than their paws, duking out insults as intuitive to them as breathing air. They are truly a match for low-hanging insults and bulky cheap-shots. It’s no secret that this inevitable meeting will surely lead to a life-time of rivalry. We can’t wait to see how they roast each other next!
If only this pair were in the same clan! The bickering would never stop! Or would it have bloomed into something greater? We may never know! Congratulations to wish and budgie again for this chaotic combo!
THREAD OF THE MONTH
For this month's theme of 'coming of age', the thread Sunny Side Up was the winner thanks to Mintnose's (or Eggpelt's?) willingness to escape from the confines of his shyness and embrace a world of craziness! Congratulations to kaz and rain !
Inspired by Eggpelt's laid back demeanor, Mintnose searches out the approval and companionship of the weirdest cat he knows: a certain white, rolly-polly tom who resembles an egg. Eggpelt must have offered the silver tom a lot of confidence because what went from a friendly walk turned into Mintnose deliberately sending the duo straight into the bog's depths.
Currently, the pair are in the aftermath of their swim, cleaning their mud coated pelts. But an innocent question from Mintnose piques Eggpelt's interests. Will the two engage in more than just a friendly sharing of tongues? Tune in to find out! Congratulations again to kaz and rain !
The themes for March are:
C-OTM: Sweetest, kindest cat on the island!
S-OTM: Couple with the mushiest, gooiest, romance!
R-OTM: Most supportive, loving friendship!
T-OTM: Best “can you feel the love tonight” thread (aka romance!)
Nominations for March will last until February 13, 2021. Voting will then last from February 14, 2021 to February 28, 2021. 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
HIGH POSITION AUDITIONS ---
Due to some recent departures, we’ve had multiple high positions open up on TA. RedwoodClan deputy, LichenClan Deputy, and ThistleClan Medicine Cat are all open for auditions. You can check out the High Position Rules and High Position Audition threads for more details on how to apply. Auditions will run for the first half of February. Please submit your audition by February 14, 2021. Staff will then review each audition and announce the new high ranks in our March announcements.
SITE PLOT AND TIMELINE ---
Due to the recent departure of some members, and consequently some major changes in our clan dynamics, we will need to take some extra time to sort out our current site-wide plot and island timeline. During the month of February, staff is going to work on updating these features, so we can resume with our current narrative in mind.
For now, please check out the plot update included in this announcement to see what important changes are currently taking place. Come March, we hope to be able to show you a full, yet concise timeline and plot synopsis for you all that makes narrative sense in our current island climate.
BANS AND ENCOURAGEMENTS ---
Due to numbers between the three Clans and Tribe evening out, we have decided to lift the ban of all characters in Redwoodclan. So if you have a character you’ve been dying to make in Redwoodclan, here’s your chance! We will continue to monitor the character count going forward. If Redwoodclan, or any other clan or tribe, begins to surge again, we will reinstate the character creation ban.
TA CANON ADOPTS ---
Be sure to check out our Canon TA Adopts. Spiderpaw of LichenClan, son of Shadowface who is one of the leaders of the LichenClan rebellion, is back up for adoption as well some other formally adopted characters, such as Lakesong and Tawnypaw of Thistleclan. In addition, we have numerous other adopts for those looking for a character who already has some clan and/or tribe connections, so make sure to take a look!
EARLY SPRING CLEANING ---
A reminder to tag staff in the maintenance channel concerning any threads that either are considered concluded or dead due to our recent departures. If you are a part of a thread with a character that is now missing/not role-played anymore, and there is no way to continue the narrative without them, just throw the thread our way so we can archive it and clean the shelves.
INDIVIDUAL TRIBE MAPS ---It’s finally time to reveal the highly anticipated Thistleclan map! Everyone give rain their first born 👏 👏 👏 because this one is a masterpiece! Next month, we’ll have the final installment of individual maps completed: the rogue territory 😈 😈 😈
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
Leaf-bare keeps a firm hold on the island. Snow piles up in large drifts, and the remaining healthy cats struggle to find food as sickness ravages all three clans.
ThistleClan struggles to survive as poor shelter and sickness wreck havoc on them. RedwoodClan has been hit the hardest with the new sickness, having had the most contact with the Tribe. LichenClan suffers loss of its own, only driving Minnowstar and Cinderface to further extremes as they strive to wipe the blight of the heathens and their sympathizers from the island. The Tribe realizes they are cut off from their only source of friendship and help, and so must face another bleak winter as the sickness resurfaces on their island.
Be sure to check out the February Patrols thread to see what new drama is occurring on the islands this month. Rogues are playing their hand, and ThistleClan realizes they need to seek better shelter.
We have to re-work a lot of the current patrol threads. Please see the Patrol Update Thread to see what changes have been made if you are a part of any of the September, October, or December Patrols.
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.
Sickness has overwhelmed RedwoodClan. Many have fallen ill, and some are beginning to succumb to the sickness. With the harsh winter, many warriors have pushed themselves to assist their clan by hunting and patrolling borders. However, the winter is harsh and some warriors have gone missing. Finchstar suffers greatly with the loss of his family. Redfox was found near ThistleClan border mauled to death by a fox after a tragic accident results in the deaths of their two daughters, while their sons succumb to the sickness as well. Will RedwoodClan recover from these losses?
- Redfox is found dead from a fox attack.
- Flarepaw and Flamingpaw die after falling from a redwood tree. Mapleroot dies drowning, while Sycamoreclaw dies in a border scuffle with Lichenclan.
- Sickness takes the lives of many in RedwoodClan, including the young apprentices Acornpaw, Cinderpaw, and Flickerpaw, and the warriors Autumsun and Gullystorm.
With their camp destroyed and cats reeling from the flood, ThistleClan seeks higher ground, moving to The Great Owl Tree. As the cats settle into their temporary home, a different kind of malice settles in their lungs as many in the clan also fall ill, including Ratwhisker, who teeters on the edge of death. In the midst of the chaos, Thievingstar gives birth to two kits during a snow-bound patrol (You’ve got that young blood, set it free) and swears her companions to secrecy, bringing the newborns in as “abandoned” outsiders, taken in by Morningmist, Yewthorn, and their newest son. Suffering more losses in warriors than new kits as winter and sickness deepen their grip, will ThistleClan last the season?
- ThistleClan remains under their curfew, no cat may leave camp between sunset & sunrise, and none may leave camp alone.
- Thievingstar gives birth to Frostkit and Fadingkit, fathered in secret by Nightclaw.
- Morningmist and Yewthorn welcome their latest addition, Wrenkit, while adopting Thievingstar’s two “lost” youngsters.
- Smokejaw goes missing and is presumed dead. Fawnfoot, Sorrelfeather, and Rookpaw are killed by rogues, while Thunderheart falls victim to a fox attack.
- Cats succumb to the sickness, which causes Ratwhisker to fall gravely ill as well. Without a medicine cat. Thistleclan must turn to a rogue, Aster, for help.
While LichenClan weathers the winter storms in the safety of their dens, they too are impacted by the illness wreaking havoc on the island and lose many lives. Battle skirmishes continue at the border with RedwoodClan. In an incident mired in suspicion, Hemlockheart and Nightclaw go missing, with evidence of a fight near the Redwoodclan border. Their bodies are never found, and the clan assumes that they were killed in a border scuffle. Calls for war echo through the cavern. While Minnowstar demands an attack on the heathens across the border, she also has another theory about her deputy's disappearance in mind, one born from whispers of a rebellion.
- Both Hemlockheart and Nightclaw are presumed dead after their blood and fur are found near the RedwoodClan border. However, Nightclaw is alive, driven into rogue territory after a confrontation with the former deputy. Lichenclan assumes RWC killed them. Minnowstar has other suspicions.
- The Rebellion continues to recruit cats in secret.
- Those faithful to Minnowstar report to her concerning conversations or actions regarding the rebellion.
- Whitefern, Houndsong, Creekshade, and Owlpaw die from illness.
- Riverblaze dies from his fatal injuries, which he received during the battle against ThistleClan while investigating the sandbar on a patrol.
- Meadowfur, Blizzardblaze, and Shrikepaw die in a battle accident at the RedwoodClan border.
Despite the life-saving herbs from RedwoodClan, the illness returns to the Tribe. The sandbar remains a broken link between the islands, severed by leaf-fall’s flooding. While the leaf-bare winds are fierce, the lake has yet to freeze enough to form a stable crossing. With no further aid available, how will Creek, Talon, and Sunrise handle the sickness?
- Iris dies from an infected would, while Fern succumbs to the sickness.
- Primrose falls to her death.
- Creek asks Sunrise to share his den.
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 MousexRaven litter are five moons ThievingxNight and YewxMorning kits are one moon old.
FUTURE UPDATES ---
Here’s to another month of lovely RP! Next month, we’ll have another round of updates for the site, including the new Island timeline and plot summary, an update to the litter generator and kit genetics, voting for the Art Contest, another individual map, and a few more surprises
We also want to send out our thanks to our wonderful member base for all of their kindness and support this month. We could not do this without their love and dedication. Thank you, sincerely, for making this site great
The Apostles Staff