Post by wish on Apr 1, 2021 13:23:23 GMT -6
APRIL ANNOUNCEMENTS 2021
April showers bring
Minnowstar more followersMay flowers! We have officially entered new-leaf on the Apostle Islands. This means the snow has finally melted, leaving behind a rather wet and dreary landscape in its absence. Have no fear, however! Because the forest has started to bloom with new life, meaning fresh, green foliage is sprouting from the earth, and prey is slowly returning to the island. Similarly, daylight has gotten longer, no longer shrouding the shore in a veil of darkness.
We hope that the change of seasons has also brought a happier change to our own lives! Winter can be incredibly depressing, especially now, so please take some time to step outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. To coincide with the new month, we have a slew of brand new announcements for the site, including a brand new thread contest, event reminders, a new HP addition, new archival boards, a new NPC bio and canon adopts, and our usual monthly plot and clan updates.
We also want to welcome Arialy , cove , Fenestra , Fret , jinxy , Newt , owl , sloth , snowypaw , and zesty 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!
NEW BEGINNINGS THREAD CONTEST ---
To celebrate all of the new members over the last few months, we wanted to host another themed thread contest with a focus on new connections, unexplored relationships, and stronger, inner-clan relations. For more information, check out the "New Beginnings" thread contest!
For those who are unfamiliar with our thread contests, feel free to check out previous contests, such as the “A Moment in Time,” “Halloween,” or “Valentines,” for more context and additional thread ideas.
BATTLE TRAINING REMINDER ---
As a reminder, both Redwoodclan and Lichenclan are encouraged to create and participate in battle training threads to earn discounted stats. The event will run from March 1, 2021 to May 1, 2021. For more information, revisit the March announcements, which includes the event rules and the stats that can be redeemed.
ROGUE EVENT REMINDER ---
Similarly, the rogue event will continue between rogues and Thistleclan characters. We have decided that the end date for this event will be June 1, 2021, so please continue to make threads with [rouge event] in the title if you want to participate!
As mentioned in the discord, members can also create “reverse” event threads, where a rogue character starts the thread with [rouge event] in the title, which opens the thread to any Thistleclan character. For more information, including the rules for the event, revisit the March announcements.
NEW RWC MED CAT APPRENTICE ---
We would like to formally congratulate bombora for earning the title of Redwoodclan’s newest Medicine cat apprentice with his new character, Bouncepaw. We thought that Bouncepaw’s character offered a unique take on the usual medicine cat trope, and that he would be a nice compliment to the reserved and cold Orchidshade with his blunt and more “block-headed” characterization.
We are excited to see him in action, and sincerely encourage members to continue applying for open HP roles as they continue to become available. We hope to open the Teller’s Apprentice role and TC Med cat apprentice some time this summer!
BIRTHDAY CALENDAR ---
To make sure we don't miss any important birthdays, we wanted to start an official birthday calendar, where we can announce all of the month's birthdays in the announcements! We've included a section in this month's OTM nomination form for you to enter your birth date (no need to include year).
This is not mandatory, so do not feel like you need to report your birthday to us! We totally understand if that's not your jam. We only want to celebrate our awesome members, and make sure we don't miss anyone's special day
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
Coming in with claws unsheathed (remember you need to get on all fours, hiss, and close your fist before letting your knuckles go out), our M-OTM for the month of April is Silverfire! Joining last November, Silv has been with us for a whopping 5 months and has never wavered in activity, no matter what rl chaos decides to throw at her! Congratulations Silverfire ! You deserve it! Silv rps the characters: Emberscorch, Patchstrike, Primrosepaw, Sparkspirit, Cinderfeather, Icicle that Melts at Dawn, and Mizar!
Even before her cats leap onto the scene, they’re bursting with character! From murderous backstories to journeys of self-actualization, Silv hosts a myriad of characters who know how to steal a thread! With Sparkspirit's intense start to life as an outsider in an enemy clan to Primrosepaw and their internal struggle with themself, it's always a joy to not only read her posts but to peruse her well-written biographies as well! Speaking of biographies, can we all agree Mizar is one of the scariest cats on the island? Or that Cinderfeather is the cutest?
If she isn't conjuring up tasty plots and dynamic characters, Silv is actively in our discord, sharing anecdotes from her own life, posting about her geckos, or inviting us to watch her grow as an artist! When you’re on the TA discord, you can always rely on Silverfire to be an active contestant to any conversation (and don't forget the time she broke the dice bot! )
Not only is she a great person to rp with, but Silv is also a valuable part of our community, and it’s time we finally come together to celebrate her! Congratulations Silverfire!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Whether we’re laughing with her or laughing at her, this oblivious she-cat would never know! Voted as the funniest cat on the island, Sleetwing has claimed her crown with an overwhelming first place! While Sleetwing isn’t exactly the comedy queen with clever zingers or well-crafted jokes, she has easily won a laugh or two with her crazy antics and innocently, enchanting views on life. Congratulations rain !
What makes Sleetwing so hilarious? Is it the fact that she is currently mistaking the kits in her belly as beetles that are legitimately crawling around in her stomach? Or maybe it’s her sudden attachment to a random frog rip Hoppy in the bog? Or maybe its because she thought Mothfern peed the bed when the flood hit? Nevertheless, something about this she-cat makes us all laugh, intentional or not.
Sleetwing might not be cracking any hard hitting puns, but she is an absolute delight to be around. For every encounter with this funny she-cat is guaranteed at least one good giggle. Congratulations Sleetwing and rain !
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
Everyone knows Minnowstar deserves true love.
Wait though, does she really? lmaoBut who in this entire, sinful, hellish world could possibly thaw this diabolical cat's heart? It wasn’t Hemlockheart, and it definitely isn’t Boulderstrike. So...how about the only cat on the island who could even come close to her insanity? Yep, that’s right. This month’s ultimate crackship on the island went to Minnowstar x Cinderface, who won with a landslide! Congratulations to moony and wish !
The idea of Minnowstar in a remotely loving and/or caring relationship is already a big enough joke on its own. (I mean how many Minnow x ships were in the poll? I mean c'mon!) But we wanted to know who was the best and funniest crackship involving Minnowstar actually touching another cat without blood splatter. Cinderface, of course, was the only fitting contender. With her undying loyalty to Starclan and her leader, with a cool as a cucumber attitude to match, a "religious ceremony" between these two HPs doesn't sound too far off, does it?
With such a close relationship to Starclan and each other, a bond like this must be celebrated in the best way possible. With ship art. So please. Draw these two smooching away because it’s mandatory at this point. Let's hear it again for Wish and Moony, and of course for Minnowstar and Cinderface! Because without these two powerhouses, what would Lichenclan be? A normal, drama free clan? A clan without Mooncave dunks and oppression? Who wants that?
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH --
Better not look underneath your beds tonight folks! Because we've voted on the best prankster duo on the island, and there’s bound to be snakes or spiders under there! Seriously! It’s happened before! Who but Harechaser's expert craftiness and Eggpelt's rolly-polly addiction to catmint, could pull off the biggest laughs? Hare x Egg is the perfect prankster duo for this month's R-OTM. Congratulations Annie and kaz !
Harechaser is already the king of pranks. From unleashing snakes and frogs on unsuspecting warriors in their own nests to convincing everyone in ThistleClan Eggpelt's name is “Eggy”, this cat has quite the reputation for jokes and laughs. And how does Eggpelt fit into this perfect prankster equation? Well, for all the pranks played on the poor tom as a kit, how could he not be familiar with the craft?
It might have been Harechaser's idea, but we all know Eggpelt had his dirty little paws in a prank or two. In fact, one of the most infamous pranks in Thistleclan, a thread involving too many creepy-crawlies for comfort, was conducted with the aid of Eggpelt himself! The horror! With no one safe thanks to these two, Eggpelt and Harechaser are by far the best prankster duo on the island! Congrats again Annie and kaz !
THREAD OF THE MONTH --
What started out as an innocent idea to welcome the new warriors in ThistleClan turned into a horrific string of events, a disaster that still haunts Blazingstorm to this day. What exactly are we talking about? |welcome to the big leagues| of course! All thanks to the brilliant, yet unforgiving, mastermind Harechaser. With the large influx of new additions to the warriors den, it must have been hard to pass up this opportunity. Congratulations Annie Raven~ kaz wish moony and Dreamer for winning this month's T-OTM for funniest thread!
A moment no warrior will ever forget, this thread holds the greatest prank ever pulled off in all of Thistlelcna history. But Harechaser didn't pull off this stunt alone! Squirreltail and Eggpelt were consenting participants. The absolute absurdity doesn't stop there. The haul Harechaser had bundled up for the job was already a cruel sight: frogs, snakes, and insects of all kinds awaited their fate.
Harechaser personally tamed an ebony snake just for Blazingstorm. While salamanders and fishing spiders were the prime weapons for Eggpelt and Squirreltail. And the frightened reactions turned out to be absolutely worth the trouble. Between Blazingstorm's cowardly retreat, Mistflower's cries for help, and Thunderheart's scream, the roars of laughter were well worth the trouble and inevitable threats. Congratulations to all!
MAY NOMINATIONS --
The themes for April are:
C-OTM: Biggest "edgelord" on the island
S-OTM: Most “tragic” couple
R-OTM: Most "toxic" relationship
T-OTM: Best "rainy day" thread
Nominations for March will last until April 16, 2021. Voting will then last from April 17, 2021 to April 30, 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]Birthday:[/b] Month, date
[b]Notes:[/b] whatever here
NEW NPC BIO & CANON ADOPTS ---
We would like to introduce Molefur, the deputy of Lichenclan before Minnowstar, to the island! As a descendant of Heronstar, he was destined to rule Lichenclan from birth. However, Molefur detested such a fate, and thus his life traveled in a much more ill-destined direction.
If you’re interested in his story, check out his NPC bio, and his TA Canon adopts, which include his ex-mate's children and grand-children in Lichenclan (they are not direct descendants and do not have Heron blood).
NEW ARCHIVE FOLDERS ---
We received a lovely request to better organize the archives board as it contained 20+ pages of threads, making it difficult to locate specific threads and announcements. We hope the new sub-boards make the archives easier to navigate!
If you find a thread that is incorrectly sorted, reach out to a staff member, and we’ll fix it. wish and rain sorted through the threads in a caffeine-induced frenzy, so it’s very possible that some threads were incorrectly sorted.
it was a lot of threads and my fingers still hurt.
WEATHER UPDATE ---
With the arrival of warm weather, new-leaf has returned to the island, and with it, we have officially updated the Weather on the Island thread. As the temperatures rise into the 50/60s, the snow has completely melted from the forests, leaving behind sprouting buds and bountiful prey. Say goodbye to the -4 accuracy modifier and difficult rolls!
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
Spring is exploding on the island. Warmer weather is slowly melting the snow and thawing the frozen lake. With the warmer weather comes hope - something the clans and tribe desperately need after the rough winter.
Note: Be sure to review our Patrol Updates, February Patrols, and our March patrols. There are no new patrols this month, but remember the two events and new contest we have going on. Important plot related threads that still need to be finished are linked below from oldest to newest. Please prioritize posts in these threads to help the site plot move forward!
- Into the depths (LC Patrol)
- Swept away with the tide (Tribe Patrol)
- you can talk to me (TC vs. LC patrol)
- Exodus (TC)
- Home (TC vs. Rogues 1)
- it's 5 o'clock somewhere (TC vs. Rogues 2)
- Fire and Ice (RWC)
- whose transgressions are forgiven (LC)
- death berries (LC rebellion)
- Never forgotten (tribe)
Icesong creates a steady support for the struggling RedwoodClan, coaching them into more training to prepare them all for their inevitable clash with Lichenclan. Other warriors strive to uplift those around them, especially the down and lonely Finchstar, who has lost his entire family and mate to the cruel claws of fate. With the loss of her medicine cat apprentice, Orchidshade has suddenly found herself with another apprentice, young, spitfire tom named Bouncepaw.
- Barkpaw is named a warrior, Barkheart. Windpaw also finally receives her well earned warrior name, Windstorm
- Bouncepaw becomes Orchidshade's new apprentice
In ThistleClan, the hope for recovery becomes tangible. With Aster’s aid, and the shelter of the abandoned twoleg dens, ThistleClan begins to pick up the pieces. Cat’s slowly heal from the mysterious sickness, and plans are made to hopefully run out the intruding rogues and reclaim their lost home. Shadepaw adapts well to his new role as medicine cat, and with plenty of kits the future of the Clan seems strong, despite their recent losses.
- ThistleClan remains at the abandoned two-leg den as they make plans to recover and rebuild.
- Rogues are bountiful and are causing trouble for ThistleClan.
LichenClan flourished even in the chill of leaf-bare. Although they suffered some from the sickness, LichenClan remained relatively strong. After convening with StarClan at the half-moon, Cinderface brings news that seems to imply StarClan’s blessing on the pious clan. Only time will tell if Cinderface interpreted the signs correctly. The rebellion continues to grow in membership, and the members of the hidden group seek the time to make their move.
- Bristlefur begins a training program for LichenClan.
- Cinderface interprets a dream for Minnowstar that seems to imply blessing upon Minnowstar’s quest to annihilate RedwoodClan.
The Tribe suffered their own losses, and while they mourned during the winter, they have proved themselves resilient to the bitterness of life. With new full members of the tribe, and new to-be’s joining their ranks, young life flourishes on the island. However, unbeknownst to the rest of the tribe, Creek has received a mysterious, a dream he believes that holds a warning for his friends in Redwoodclan across the lake.
- Creek receives a mysterious omen, warning him about the clan cats
- The Tribe continues to grow stronger with the warm weather.
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 five moons old. SleetxMoth kits are one moon old.
FUTURE UPDATES ---
We’ve seen a huge increase in membership this month, so please reach out to staff if you have any questions about the site, plot, or character creation. We are sincerely thrilled that members are still interested in our dumb little cat land, even after all of this time! We greatly love curating this online experience and look forward to pushing out fresh content as well as our shared love for warriors and cat land of course!
Next month, we hope to introduce more NPC bios, canon adopts, new awards, and our usual round of monthly plot and clan updates. As usual, feel free to reach out to staff with ideas or updates you’d like to see on the site!
The Apostles Staff