Post by wish on Jun 1, 2021 10:53:28 GMT -6
JUNE ANNOUNCEMENTS 2021
Summer is here! Which means all the more time for cat land!
But when isn’t it cat land time?We hope this summer brings forth a lot of plot movement for the site as those of you in school will finally have a much deserved break. For those of us stuck in our adult jobs, our sympathy goes out to you! Oh how we miss the freedom of summer break! Hopefully, you can still catch some summer sun and relaxation over the next three months. Remember to use that vacation time or block off some time for yourself! We all deserve it!
With the arrival of green-leaf on the island comes the arrival of some much anticipated plot movement. This month we’re wrapping up a few contests and events, while continuing forward with the training threads for Thistleclan. We also have a few site updates, including our usual OTM winners and nominations, new sub-boards for the Rules and Create a Character boards, new character bans, the transition plan for the tribe and rogue plot, a new NPC bio and canon adopts, and our usual monthly plot summaries. We also have some exciting monthly patrols to introduce, so make sure to prioritize these threads and read along closely!
We also want to welcome biene , latitha , lightning , moose , morio123 , and wildsight 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!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ---
For the month of June, we want to wish c a n n a a very happy birthday! We hope you have a lovely day spent with friends, family, and of course all of the cats*This is a new section we're hoping to add each month. So if you want staff to wish you a birthday and/or win a fun award, reach out and let us know when you were born!
We swear it's not creepy at all!
EVENT AND CONTEST UPDATES
NEW BEGINNINGS CONTEST VOTING ---
We had a lot of great entries for the “New Beginnings” thread contest! As with our previous thread contests, the winners will be decided via a vote, which is located in the voting thread. Remember, your vote is entirely subjective based on which narrative best embodied the theme, which was new connections between clan, tribe, or outsider cats.
Voting will run from June 1, 2021 to June 11, 2021. If there is a tie between threads, we will continue to vote down until there is a clear winner. The members who win the contest will then be announced on June 12, 2021 via the discord and will receive the following prizes:
- A custom litter roll (members pick litter size, genders of kits, and pelt colors in reason)
- A choice between a rare trait OR an extra character slot
- Art from both maxx and budgie
- A limited edition contest award
All participants will receive a contest award as well.
SPRING CLEANING EVENT ---
Wow! We really cleaned up a lot of old threads over the last month, which is incredible! It’s always great to see members working together to finish an old, abandoned thread. The following members achieved the specific tiers below.
Staff has recorded who reached each tier, so make sure to let them know once you choose to redeem your prize. Thank you!
Tier 1 - 5 pts
- Free forbidden romance request w/ no consequencesMembers: Sloth, Owl
Tier 2 - 10 pts
- Free forbidden romance request w/ no consequences
- Custom litter rollMembers: N/A
Tier 3 - 15 pts
- Free forbidden romance request w/ no consequences
- Custom litter roll
- Extra character slot or rare trait/breedMembers: Wish, Rain, Silver, Fallenreaper, Moony, Maxx, Captain, Raven, Kaz
Everyone who participated in the event will also receive the Spring Cleaning Event award:
BATTLE TRAINING EVENT: TC ---
As a reminder, Thistleclan warriors are eligible to redeem finished training threads for discounted stats. This battle training event will run until July 1, 2021, so make sure to prioritize these threads if you want to beef up a character or two! For more information, check out the May Announcements, which includes the rules for the event.
As a reminder, you can only claim a strength, defense, or accuracy stat. Members who participate in the event will also receive the limited edition Battle training event award:
ROGUE EVENT ---
The rogue event has officially ended! We want to thank everyone who participated in these threads to create more of a rogue threat on the Island. As a reminder, if you have not finished your rogue event thread, that’s ok! These can continue for as long as it takes to finish the thread. If you participated in a rogue event thread, please visit the Site Awards and fill out the form to redeem your limited edition award:
Members are more than to continue making rogue threads. However, these will not be redeemable for the award, as the event has ended.
OF THE MONTHS WINNERS AND NOMS
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
From the ancient ruins of our old site years ago, she’s joined us again, but this time with much more flair! With the most charming art and equally charming characters, budgie ’s creative flow has swooned us from the moment she graced us with her presence. Not to mention, she won M-OTM the same month she won both C-OTM AND S-OTM! What a triple whammy! Congratulations to budgie and all the characters she role-plays: Stagflight, Liz, Ladybug, Crowheart, and Rootclaw!
Just three months shy from being here for an entire year, Budgie has impressed us both ICly and OOCly. For only having a total of 5 characters, her influence in the narrative is just as complex and powerful as if she owned twenty cats! From Stagflight's reliable and powerful guidance in ThistleClan to Rootclaw's "adorable" chaotic energy that rivals LichenClan's reserved demeanor, there is a lot to love when reading one of Budgie's iconic posts. Her quick wit and humor is always evident in her character’s snappy dialogue and internal ruminations. Who isn’t excited whenever they see a Budgie post in the tags channel! Come on!
When not preparing one of her top tier Rootclaw posts, budgie is a delightful and pleasant force on our Discord, contributing to any and all channels with her soft and lovely presence. Budgie is never shy to toss out a compliment or make our days with a well deserved meme. She is also the proud owner of the rival mascot for TA, Sunny, and the most awe-inspiring Pokémon card collection known to man. But what is the most impressive of all is her ability to roll high numbers on our dice bot.
Is she cheating the system, or was it Rootclaw all along?Whatever the case, we are happy to congratulate budgie for being such a joy to our community!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Stagflight had a rough start to fulfilling the deputy role, the position already a notably unstable one. There were a lot of expectations for Stagflight to fill, and with his leader on a downward decline with her mental state, there was a lot on the red tom's shoulders that could weigh any cat down. But in this case, Stagflight finally seemed to be the right choice. Congratulations to both Stagflight and budgie for winning with such strength and grace! Stagflight is truly the cat on the island with the most desirable leadership skills, even if he doesn’t know it himself!
From organizing patrols to mentoring his own unruly apprentice, Stagflight is slowly gaining more and more responsibilities as he convinces Thievingstar to take care of her Clan. Not to mention, he also wants to be a better father? How many responsibilities can one man take! How about finding a medicine cat for Thievingstar's secret litter? Or dealing with the rogues who have invaded his camp? Oh, Stagflight definitely has a lot on his plate, down to keeping his leader's darkest secret. What a true friend
or a cursed, cursed man.
His leadership skills continue even into his social life, reviving patience Stagflight didn't even know he had in order to keep his warriors on patrol
looking at you Graygaze. He also keeps up with his warriors' loyalty by interrogating them randomly, which is also a good sign of leadership..we think poor Sparkspirit! It is no wonder that Stagflight is the king of guidance! Congratulations again! Someone get this man a cold one!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
What better way to celebrate the best blossoming romance than with the most unexpected pair? Coming from two entirely different worlds, Deceit has found a keen interest in what could be the craziest yet insufferably charming cat he's ever met, Rootclaw. While Rootclaw, on the other paw, has found someone so stupidly mysterious, she can’t help but be fascinated with the weirdo rogue with the even weirder name. Congratulations to budgie and rain for a creating such a fun and tantalizing romance!
So how did fate bring these two together? Well, it might have not been love at first sight, but it did feel like fate when a random detour towards the LichenClan's border turned into a rescue mission for Deceit. What could have been a normal border check resulted in Deceit pulling a hissing and spitting Rootclaw from the river, who was 100% drowning. As ridiculous as that scenario seems, what really solidifies their blooming
or, whatever you would call their current status,romance was their second, fateful meeting.
Challenged to a bizarre test of sorts, Rootclaw begrudgingly participates in Deceit’s wild set of tasks, which ranges from ramming their heads into trees to engulfing an entire rabbit in 30 seconds. While Rootclaw remains completely oblivious to the tom’s obvious affection and still wants to kind of kick his ass, Deceit finds himself slowly slipping into Rootclaw fever, clearly smitten with the unruly she-cat. All we know is that we can’t wait to see what happens next with this unlikely pair! Congratulations to Rain and Budgie again! Y'all earned it!
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH --
The bond between a mother and child can be a complex one. But which bond is the most intriguing one on the entire Island? Why Curlycloud and Elmpaw, of course! Despite the circumstances of her birth as a half-clan accident, the two she-cats are just as bonded, if not more, than any other regular family unit. Congratulations to Raven~ and wolfiedemon for role-playing such a wonderful mother and child duo! Their interactions are always sweet, darling, and well worth the tear-stained read.
As Curlycloud is such a loving and nurturing mother, it truly is no wonder that the bond with her kits would be strong. For the entirety of Elmpaw's kithood, her top priority was making sure her mother wasn't ever angry at her, and with her wild and rambunctious energy? Well, that was a challenge. Still, the last thing Elmpaw ever wanted to do was cause trouble for her tired, single mother. This mere fact alone show how much the young she-cat loved and looked up to her loving mom. Even as an apprentice, Elmpaw still makes time to spend time with her mother, often choosing to hunt together.
The most heart wrenching moment between Curlycloud and Elmpaw, however, has to be during the painful discovery of Acornpaw's death, who fell ill when red-cough claimed the camp. Elmpaw's instinctual reaction to cry out for her mother pulled tears from all of us, especially when the two pressed against each other as they mourned helplessly for their loss. It was a touching moment, one that will live on in TA history. Congratulations again Raven~ and wolfiedemon !
THREAD OF THE MONTH --
What could be a more surprising turn of events than a thread winning best Clan x Clan interaction than a thread from two Clans who absolutely hate each other? Well, despite the fact that RedwoodClan and LichenClan currently exist in a void of war, these two still managed to kick butt together in the thread We saw a Badger Wadger! Congratulations moony and the recently departed dreamer for providing us with such a thrilling and heart-warming read!
An innocent coincidence led two cats from two different worlds together. With destined timing, both Loudstorm and Sandbriar just happened to stray around their borders at the exact same time. The interaction, of course, started bitter. But things would only get worse when a badger decided to make its grand entrance! Tossing Clan rivalries aside, Loudstorm and Sandbriar decided to team up with Sandbriar leading the pair toward safety by diving into a nearby tunnel, one so small a cat could barely squeeze through!
Their escape was successful, but their troubles were escalating. An unfortunate cave-in resulted in their exit being sealed off. Forcing themselves to continue their unspoken treaty, Loudstorm and Sandbriar powered through, not even spiders holding them back. By the luck of StarClan, and perhaps cooperation and even friendship, they managed to escape not only from the badger's jaws, but from nature's as well. After sharing the closest thing to a friendly goodbye they could muster, their adventure ended there, but will forever live on in our minds as one of the most surprising yet gratifying threads out there! Congratulations Moony and Dreamer!
JULY NOMINATIONS --
The themes for July are:
C-OTM: Kindest character on the Island
S-OTM: Awkwardest romantic relationship
R-OTM: Best father/child relationship
T-OTM: Most suspenseful thread
Nominations for March will last until June 11, 2021. Voting will then last from June 12, 2021 to June 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]Notes:[/b] whatever here
SITE MAINTENANCE AND UPDATES
TRIBE PLOT TRANSITION ---
With Dreamer leaving the site, this is our first open "leader" position since we started the Apostles almost two years ago. Since leaders are integral to the site plot, and the tribe needs some love and care, we decided it'd be best to have an active staff member take on the position to work as an active advocate for the tribe.
The staff member who has decided to take on this role is Moony. She will step down from her current HP with Cinderface to take over the tribe. We plan to work on this transition over the month of June, so come July the tribe can have a brand new teller. Thank you for understanding! While we are sad to lose Creek, we are very excited for what we have in store. Moony has included her thoughts below:Hi all! Since the beginning of TA, I’ve had the immense pleasure of playing the LichenClan medicine cat, Cinderface. I know many of you have come to enjoy her StarClan crazed presence on the site. Over the course of playing her, I’ve also developed the idea for how she would eventually conclude her reign as LichenClan medicine cat. I’m excited to play this out, and I hope you all will enjoy it as well. I also hope you all will welcome Briarpaw as the full medicine cat when the time comes. It is a rank she (and Raven~ ) are highly deserving of and long over dueThe tribe transition will kick off with Creek's death at the tribe stone, and the tribe patrol at the sandbar. Make sure to check out the June Patrols for more information.
As for the new teller, I’ve always thought that when the time came for Creek to choose a to-be as his apprentice, I would apply for the position with Fog if Cinderface’s arc had come to a conclusion. Taking on a position of leadership would push him to take action and be the leader he always had great potential to be, if he wasn’t so bored and lazy. With how things have lined up, it seemed fated.
As we work on the transitions over this coming month, I hope that Fog’s coming into this position will excite you all as it excites me. I can’t wait to explore how this change in dynamic will affect the tribe, and I look forward to collaborating with all my fellow Tribe members.
ROGUE PLOT, NPC BIO, & ADOPTS
Dreamer also had the pleasure of roleplaying one of the main villains on the site, an ex-tribe rogue named Curiosity. While we believe that the current rogues on the island can more than terrorize their pine-dwelling neighbors on their own, we thought it’d be beneficial to introduce another villain to the northern plains who was more directly involved with Thistleclan, and some other important clan cats, to increase the conflict and current stakes.
After some intense brainstorming, we have created the new rogue character, Lily, who will be roleplayed by rain . Additionally, to provide more of a comprehensive back-story and tie in with the current Island Timeline, we have also created the NPC bio for Bittersong, Lily’s deceased mother and ex-Thistleclan warrior, and some brand new Canon Adopts for both the outsiders and Thistleclan.
We strongly encourage all of our members to check these out as they will be playing a crucial role in the upcoming rogue and Thistleclan conflict!
Additionally, Rain wants to plot as much as possible with Lily, so if you're interested in:
- Creating past or future connections with Lily
- Creating another kitnapping plot, regardless of clan or tribe
- Challenging Lily after she murders Curiosity
- Joining Lily in her mission to terrorize TC and kidnap children
Please contact Rain via dm or on the discord to plot. They are extremely excited and compared waiting to roleplay Lily as "a little kid dying to go to Disneyland the next day."
We also want to stress that Lily is by no means a rogue leader, but rather a rogue who has already created her own small following and has a concrete mission. Other rogue characters can either join her or challenge her!
NEW RULE AND CHARACTER BOARDS
In an attempt to better organize our site and make information easier to find and understand, we have created new sub-boards for both the Rules and Create a Character boards. By far, these boards generate the most questions for staff, so we decided it was time to do a content re-haul and rewrite some of these threads.
We have rewritten the create a character rules, created a separate board for the form as well as the rare traits/breeds information. For the rules, we broke down the dice system, as it’s a lot of information at once, and separated out the threads into similar sub-boards. We also graciously, as you can see, welcomed the tab function into our lives to help organize and break up our content better. We hope that change makes the process easier and our site easier to navigate!
CHARACTER BANS ---
Recently, we have seen an increase in rogue born clan cats, particularly in Thistleclan, which has prompted us to place an official ban on rogue and/or outsider born characters in Thistleclan and Lichenclan. Both of these clans dislike outsiders, and we find it unlikely that their current leaders would accept a rogue-born cat in their clan, let alone more than a few.
Rogue born characters can still be accepted in Redwoodclan and the tribe. However, we ask that you contact rain and moony before you start the bio to work out the logistics and probability first.
As the plot and leaders shift, this ban may lift in the future, but for right now no characters will be accepted in TC or LC if they are born outside of the clan. Members are more than welcome to create a rogue/outsider character and have them try to join the clan later on, but these events need to happen ICly.
We will also be lifting the ban on males in ThistleClan. The numbers have evened up nicely, so if you have a male character for ThistleClan you’ve been sitting on feel free to get started on the bio today! Make sure to check out the Bans and Encouragements thread for more information.
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATES
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
The earth has burst to life on both the islands, announcing the full onset of green-leaf. With life returning, the illness that has plagued both Tribe and Clan fades to the background. But other, sinister shadows lurk on the islands, forcing cats to take actions they have hesitated to make before.
Note: Be sure to review our patrols to wrap up the lingering plot threads. There are some new patrols this month, along with the ThistleClan Battle Training event which lasts until the end of June, so make sure to check out the June Patrols for more information. 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!
RedwoodClan has recovered well after their bout with the deadly illness from the tribe. Although many still mourn losses of loved ones, the Clan moves forward. Orchidshade continues to train her rambunctious new apprentice Bouncepaw, and Icesong experiences success with her training regime for the Clan. But the relative peace RedwoodClan has experienced since the illness is about to end, as messengers come seeking them out.
- Mousesong, mate of Ravenfeather and mother to Viperpaw, Lionpaw, and Wasp-paw, passes from complications left after her battle with red-cough.
- The Clan continues to regain its strength as new apprentices are trained and others near their warrior ceremony.
After a harsh leaf-bare and shaky new-leaf, ThistleClan is slowly recovering. Even Thievingstar seems to be regaining her balance as her mental fatigue slowly heals. ThistleClans primary enemy remains the rogues who have taken up shelter in their old camp. Thievingstar implements training for her warriors to rebuild their strength and prepares to take their home back.
While ThistleClan believes they still must deal with the wiles of the rogue Curiosity, another rogue has come to take his place. Lily kills the rogue leader and takes over the rogue camp, her mind working plans to end ThistleClan’s reign in the forest.
- Thievingstar continues to organize training patrols to build up ThistleClans strength, planning a return to their old home.
- Lily takes over the old Thistleclan camp after killing Curiosity, plotting against ThistleClan.
As Minnowstar becomes desperate to continue her family bloodline, Cinderface continues to lose grip with reality. The medicine cat continues to reject treatment to even pious LichenClan warriors, forcing more and more to seek out Briarpaw’s expertise.
The Rebellion in LichenClan has formalized their movements after their first official meeting. With information from Sandbriar, a brave set of individuals plan to seek out RedwoodClan to warn them of Minnowstar’s looming attack.
- Nightclaw is discovered to be alive after being presumed dead.
- The Rebellion begins to formally plan their actions and sends a group to warn RedwoodClan.
While the Tribe mourns the loss of even more tribe-mates from the illness, Creek sends a patrol to warn RedwoodClan of a strange dream he experienced. However, after the patrol leaves, Creek has a fatal episode after another strange dream, leaving the tribe with only Talon to lead them. Ominous words from Creek before his sudden passing makes the Tribe unsure that the patrol to the Clans will ever return.
- A patrol consisting of Sunrise, Dusk, Rain, Fog, and Song is sent to warn RedwoodClan of Creek’s dream.
- Creek passes suddenly after receiving a dream about the future teller, young Fog who is now far away from the Tribe, and having dreams of his own.
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: SleetxMoth kits are five moons old.
FUTURE UPDATES ---
As we continue to tab our way through the site, we plan to reorganize a lot of the informational boards in the Rules and Character Development sections next. Hopefully come July, the site can be a lot easier to take in
For future updates, we hope to release a new NPC bio and canon adopts for Redwoodclan, more plot-related information, plans for our next Gathering, Half-moon, and future battles, for both LC & RWC and TC and the Rogues, and our usual site and monthly plot updates.
Wish is also starting to daydream about the next site skin, although don't expect a color change just yet! We still need to enjoy this purple for a bit more. Here's to the start of summer! Hurrah!
The Apostles Staff