March Announcements || 2021 Mar 1, 2021 13:16:25 GMT -6
Post by wish on Mar 1, 2021 13:16:25 GMT -6
MARCH ANNOUNCEMENTS 2021
After moons of sickness and unprecedented loss, the warmth of new-leaf has never felt more welcomed. While the chills of leaf-bare still hover above the island, the temperatures are slowly starting to rise, and with the return of the sun, the dreadful, unnamed sickness is slowly starting to dissipate. But -- tension still resides over the island, and the threat of war looms in the distance.
This month we have an abundance of exciting, new updates! For March, we're introducing two new IC events: Battle training threads and the Rogue event! We also have the Valentine's Day Art Contest voting, a new skin, new HP announcements, OTM winners and nominations, a revised Island Timeline, a new face claim discord, the last individual map, and our usual monthly plot and clan/tribe updates!
We also want to welcome storm and river 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!
VALENTINES DAY ART CONTEST ---
It is now time to vote for your favorite Valentine’s Day art contest entry! Entries are available on the Apostles DeviantArt group, as well in the official voting thread. Voting will run from March 1, 2021 to March 7, 2021. The winner and runner-up will be declared on March 8, 2021. As a reminder, voting is subjective and not based on artistic skill. Instead, vote for the piece which best embodies the Valentine’s Day theme! Winners and participants will receive the following prizes:
Winner will receive:
Runner-up will receive:
All participants will also receive a coveted Valentines Day Art Contest award!
NEW HIGH POSITIONS ---
We want to formally announce the new deputy of Lichenclan. It was a difficult decision, but we have decided to elect Bristlefur as Minnowstar’s new, secondhand man
RIP Bristlefur tbh! We want to thank everyone who applied for the position, as well as encourage our members to continue to apply for any open HP position in the future HINT: RWC med cat.
Additionally, we want to formally congratulate captain , fallenreaper , and Akura for officially becoming Island Royalty. We are excited to have you in our HP ranks, and we look forward to your contributions to your respective clans 👏 👏 👏
NEW SKIN ---
Totally tubular! This new skin has a fun, electric 80s vibe, while simultaneously capturing the essence of TA’s shocking plot. Say goodbye to muted browns, and for the first time, say hello to a text color change! Pink is here to stay! May our golden yellow titles rest in peace. We hope you enjoy the new skin!
BATTLE TRAINING EVENT ---
To encourage more training threads in both Redwoodclan and Lichenclan, we are holding a Battle Training Event to earn discounted stats. This means that any battle training thread, whether between two or three warriors or a mentor and their apprentice, created and finished between March 1, 2021 to May 1, 2021 can be redeemed at half-off for any strength, defense, or accuracy stat point.
1 finished thread = 1 stat point of your choosing for each character involved.
- Thread must be created and finished between March 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021.
- Characters must be in either Redwoodclan and Lichenclan.
- Thread must specifically feature battle training:- Icesong will be leading efforts in Redwoodclan to prepare RWC for war. Use this as context for your thread.
- Bristlefur will be leading efforts in Lichenclan to prepare them for their planned attack on RWC. Use this as context for your thread.
- Finished threads must have at least 6 posts and a narrative conclusion to be considered finished.
- *Our normal stat redemption / apprentice ceremony rules still apply, which means a thread used for a ceremony request cannot be used for a stat redemption and vice versa.Members who also create and finish a thread during this event period will receive a limited edition award, which can only be redeemed during this event. Also! Thistleclanners and tribe-members don’t fret! We will hold a similar event in the future so our TC and tribe characters can kick ass in battle too! If you have any questions about this event, please contact a staff member for more details.
ROUGE EVENT ---
With Thistleclan moving into the abandoned campground and the rogues pillaging in the TC camp, rogue characters are now allowed to enter any TC-related thread created after March 1, 2021 (end date is to be determined). This means that any rogue character can intrude into any Thistleclan thread listed with a [Rogue Event] in the title. If you do not want a rogue to potentially enter your TC thread, simply do not include [Rogue Event] in the title of the thread.
Members who do want to take that chance, please be aware of the consequences. By listing [Rogue Event] in the title of your thread, you are accepting that a rogue could potentially attack your character(s) and derail the narrative of your thread. We encourage rouge characters to enter as many [Rogue Event] threads as they please! However, as a reminder, a character cannot kill or gravely injure another character without a previous agreement between members. If you have any questions about this event, please contact a staff member for more details.
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for! It is time to announce the much deserved winner for this month's MOTM! And that member, or admin, I should say, is....*drum roll* Bandit ! As both a valuable and irreplaceable member of the staff crew and the iconic leader of Thistleclan, Bandit has brought us not only the tastiest plots on the island, but she is also one of the kindest and most supportive members in our community. Congratulations Bandit! You are incredible! Bandit rps the characters: Thievingsar, Rockjaw, Swansong, Viperkit and Fadingkit.
Without Bandit, we probably wouldn't even have a discord, or at least, not one running as smoothly as we have now. As our resident coder, Bandit is not only responsible for our Discord, but she is also the mastermind behind the beauty of our site! Without her, we wouldn't have luxuries like our nifty weather forecasts, our iconic litter generator, both our welcome and c-box tables, our dice-rolls -- not to mention the entire site tbh! If she isn't using her blood, sweat, and tears to tear apart that bastardized BBC/CSS hell-code, she is carrying out duties such as making channel requests a reality and guiding Thistleclan to a path of excellence (or drama? )
When she isn't running around behind the scenes, she's writing the most iconic posts and plots to date. From Rockjaw's essential role as father to all of RedwoodClan to Swansong rediscovering her ancestry in Lichenclan, Bandit owns some of the most iconic cats on the site, including the legendary Thievingstar. Not only does this feisty she-cat govern her clan with a biting tongue, but she also somehow manages to give us some of the most heart wrenching dilemmas on the island. From secretly birthing her kits to taking out rogues, Thievingstar always manages to keep our attention, even when she's going crazy and dealing out those sweet, sweet puns.
Bandit, we wouldn't know what to do without you! Congratulations!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Oh Dawnlight, you could be called Candylight as you are so so sweet! Or does Sugarlight sound better?
Or is this joke going too far?Nevertheless, Dawnlight is one of the sweetest, most gooiest cats on the islands, and we adore her for it! Congratulations Annie for playing such a lovable feline who has won kindest cat on the island!
Always positive and full of energy, Dawnlight has an irresistible charm due to her genuinely kind and fun-loving nature. You will never find this molly harboring a bad word for any cat, unless she felt the situation sincerely deserved it. Even at her worst (may I bring up her attempts at making Loudstorm jealous with Tigerpool?), she is able to, ahem, find the light and presume her angelic aura and friendly composure. Besides, love can make you blind, right? And Dawnlight has plenty of love to give!
No matter what mistakes she makes, Dawnlight will always own up to it with a full-hearted apology and her blooming personality (Just ask her best friend Curlycloud)! No matter what, Dawnlight will always be there for her clan-mates, offering irreplaceable advice and an infectious smile. Congrats again Dawnlight and Annie !
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
Who's a couple that reminds you of the sweet golden ooze of honey? How about Sleet x Moth? Because they are one of the sweetest, most cutest ships on the island! The two haven't even confessed their love for one another yet, and they have already captured our hearts!
Although don't they share a den!?!Let's hear it for Mothfern and Sleetwing, played by maxx and rain for creating such a sugar coated pair!
Their first notable interaction was an innocent sharing of tongues at a Gathering, which blossomed into many adeventures as the two grew up together as trainees. Their relationship quickly took a romantic turn when Sleetwing invited Mothfern to build a den together after their warrior ceremony.
Though, to be fair, the innocent Sleetwing merely wanted a bigger den to share with her friend!But that invitation eventually sprouted into something more as the two continued to spend more and more time together.
As survivors of the flood, Sleetwing and Mothfern currently reside at the abandoned campground, a new adventure brewing under the grand idea to revitalize their old den. Will they ever build up the courage to confess their true feelings for one another? Will they ever get over their awkward flirtation phase? Will Mothfern ever apologize for peeing the bed? We sure hope so! Because kits are on the way! Oops! Congratulations again maxx and rain !
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH --
In need of a solid shoulder to lean on or a good pal to hold you while you cry? Redcloud's and Hazelberry's bond is what you need in life! Voted as the most supportive relationship, these two are more than just buddies who happen to get along. They are there for each other, even under the restrictions placed by the borders of their clans. Congratulations Redcloud and Hazelberry, played by Raven~ and wolfiedemon !
Both young and inexperienced, Redcloud and Hazelberry's friendship began when they were just apprentices. During a Gathering, the two hit it off right away, despite their different heritages and the threat of Minnowstar's awful rules. Destiny must have brought the two together because they have found themselves at it again as warriors, consoling one another when Redcloud needed it most.
In their recent interaction on the border, the true meaning of a supportive friendship shines through as Redcloud confides in his Redwoodclan friend. Promising to meet again, where will fate take these two friends? Will Redcloud follow Hazelberry into the Redwoodclan ranks, or does destiny have other plans? Is it more than friendship? Does something else blossom within? We are excited to read what's in store for this fantastic pair!
THREAD OF THE MONTH --
Who can feel the love tonight in this thread? Looks like its Rooted in Place! With all the romantic tension you could possibly ask for, Barkpaw and Elmpaw pull it off with flying colors! While currently they are still friends, we will all be waiting with baited breath to see when their love officially blooms! Congratulations to Barkpaw and Elmpaw, played by wolfiedemon and fallenreaper !
While Barkpaw is brooding over his recent battle wounds, Elmpaw comes to the rescue, offering a squirrel as the perfect comfort food. After some messy preparation (and some good old tail crunching from Barkpaw) a little speck of food ends up finding residence on the battered tom's nose. With one quick lick, Elmpaw's attempt at cleaning Barkpaw turns into a flurry of confused emotions and embarrassment, conjuring feelings neither of them were familiar with. Is this love?
After this spicy moment, Barkpaw finally confides to Elmpaw about his current troubles, which leads to an interesting request: company residing by his nest from the one and only Elmpaw. Will Elmpaw accept? Will this be her permanent spot, right by Barkpaw's side? We are excited to find out! Congratulations again wolfiedemon and fallenreaper !
APRIL NOMINATIONS --
The themes for March are:
C-OTM: Funniest, most hilarious cat on the island
S-OTM: The worst and/or most hilarious crack-ship
R-OTM: Best prankster duo on the island
T-OTM: Funniest, most hilarious thread
Nominations for March will last until March 12, 2021. Voting will then last from March 13, 2021 to March 31, 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
RWC MED CAT APP HP AUDITION ---
Due to the sickness, Smallpaw has unfortunately passed away (at Snow’s request in her departure from the position), leaving Redwoodclan without a medicine cat apprentice. Maxx (Orchidshade) would still like this position to be filled, so HP auditions will be reopening for the RWC medicine cat apprentice role. Old and new characters are encouraged to apply! However, preference will be given to an apprentice aged cat.
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 March 14, 2021. Staff will then review each audition and announce the new high ranks in our April announcements.
SITE PLOT AND TIMELINE ---
Our Island Timeline and Plot thread has been updated to reflect the new HP roles and shift in our member base. We encourage you to check out these threads in order to stay current in clan and tribe affairs. If there are any specific, major events, or threads that are missing from the current timeline, please contact wish via the discord or via a pm on the site, and they will be added to the timeline as soon as possible.
NEW FACE CLAIM DISCORD ---
Finding that perfect face claim can be difficult, but don’t worry, we have your back! We are excited to announce the new, The Apostles sponsored, Cat-ologue! This face claim discord will only be open to TA members, so if you're interested check out the invite link in our announcements on the discord
This discord will be steadily growing for all of your potential face claim needs. If you run across albums of any cats that would make great face claims, but you aren’t going to use it, drop it in our #to-sort channel on the Cat-ologue, and moony will place it in the appropriate channel. If you claim any of the cats in this discord be sure to let everyone know in the #claims channel as well! Have fun looking through all the kitties!
INDIVIDUAL MAP: ROGUES ---*Drumroll* This month, we are presenting our last and final individual map. This lovely creation features the northern outlands, the small strip of land where our rogues, loners, and the occasional kitty-pet lives.Lastly, let’s give rain a HUGE round of applause for not only creating this map, but for ALL of the maps they have diligently illustrated for us over the last few months. We love you rain !
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
Leaf-bare remains steady for the most part on the island. But slowly the signs of new-leaf are starting to make an appearance, bringing hope with them.
RedwoodClan is recovering from the loss of many loved ones. In the wake of losing his entire family, including his deputy, Finchstar names Icesong as Redfox’s successor. ThistleClan slowly regains strength and wellness after relocating once more to the abandoned campground, which has provided better shelter. Young Shadepaw shows potential in the role of healer, and formally takes on the role of medicine cat after Ratwhisker’s untimely death. Despite their slow recovery, the threat of rouges looms closer than ever, as the outlanders start to take over their camp.
In LichenClan, Minnowstar seethes with anger at Hemlockheart’s assumed death at the claws of RedwoodClan, and she names Bristlefur as her new deputy. Both Lichenclan and Redwoodclan start to prepare for war, while the rebellion continues to grow in the shadows. The Tribe has fared well despite the resurgence of sickness, however grim the winter may still be. The sandbar continues to remain unusable, but the tribe is hopeful that the return of new-leaf will restore their connection with the clans.
Note: Be sure to review our Patrol Updates, February Patrols, and our new March patrols. Important plot related threads are linked below in plot summaries. Please prioritize posts in these threads to help the site plot move forward!
Redwoodclan clings to hope and health as the sickness ravages their Clan. While they struggled to regain their strength, Finchstar names Icesong as his new deputy after the discovery of Redfox’s untimely death. In the midst of the uncertainty RedwoodClan has already faced, they must now also learn to understand the new dynamics in their leadership. At the claws of the sickness, Redwoodclan also loses their medicine cat apprentice (Melancholy were the Sounds on a Winter's night), leaving Orchidshade to face the horrors of the disease alone.
- Icesong is named deputy of RedwoodClan.
- Smallpaw passes due to the sickness.
- Viperkit and Lionkit are named apprentices: Viperpaw and Lionpaw.
Guided by Aster, ThistleClan seeks shelter in the old two-leg den the loner calls home (Exodus). The safety found within its walls gives the floundering clan hope for survival to new-Leaf. After an encounter with rogues who encroached on their destroyed home (Infestation), ThistleClan must plan to brace itself for the task of reclaiming what is their own. Thievingstar descends into madness, denying the existence of her kits and allowing Stagflight to take on more responsibility. In the aftermath of Ratwhisker's sudden death, Shadepaw is chosen as the new medicine cat of Thistleclan under Aster's guidance.
- ThistleClan moves to the abandoned two-leg den with the aid of Aster.
- Shadepaw is named the new medicine cat and is trained with help from Aster.
- Sleetwing and Mothfern welcome three new kits: Ivorykit, Softkit, and Ryekit.
In wake of Hemlockheart’s mysterious death, Minnowstar names Bristlefur as the new deputy of LichenClan. While LichenClan has not suffered greatly with the prevailing sickness, they have still succumbed to it. While recovering, Minnowstar pushes for another attack on RedwoodClan, one that will finally push Redwoodclan over the brink. In the shadows, the rebellion continues to grow, even in Nightclaw's mysterious absence.
- Bristlefur is elected as the new deputy of Lichenclan.
- The Rebellion continues to recruit new members, while striving to stay low after the disappearance of Nightclaw.
The Tribe continues to hold on as leaf-bare meanders on. Hope rises for the Tribe as they deal with the return of the sickness. Better equipped and prepared, they also have hope as many of their to-bes near the completion of their training. Many wonder if the spirits of nature will allow them to ever see their island neighbors again as the sand bar remains unusable for now.
- The tribe holds a communal funeral to pay remembrance for those they have lost this leaf-bare.
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: ThievingxNight and YewxMorning kits are three moons old. SleetxMoth kits are one moon old.
Mouse x Raven kits are now six moons old and have been assigned to the following warriors:
Lionpaw - Tigerpool maxx
Viperkit - Loudstorm moony
FUTURE UPDATES ---
Next month, we will continue onward with our Battle training and Rouge events, while also announcing additional updates, such as a better organized archive board, new NPC bios, new discord additions
since we're now a boosted server! whoo!,our new RWC med cat apprentice, and our usual round of plot updates! Here's to another month of cat land!
The Apostles Staff