Post by wish on Aug 1, 2021 11:09:20 GMT -6
AUGUST ANNOUNCEMENTS 2021
We have a big round of announcements this month! From the kick-off of our much awaited RWC vs LC battle to the introduction of our newest staff member, August is turning out to be quite the doozy! Not to mention, we have even more festivities in motion as we near our second year anniversary on the web
This month we’re introducing our newest staff member, voting for our favorite art contest entry, announcing a new tribe event, congratulating our OTMs, and kicking-off a hefty round of site and plot updates, including the RWC vs. LC battle, Gathering sign-ups, new Forbidden Relationship Request Rules, new bio additions and forms, new discord channels and threads, and more tabs!
We also want to welcome beaver, feli , jaypool360 , Katie , matchbox , riley , and tuesday 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 TA STAFF MEMBER ---
As you all know, last month we opened applications for a new TA staff member. This is the first time we’re taking on a new team-mate since we started the site almost two years ago, so the experience has been both exhilarating and kind of scary! But we’re excited to announce that maxx will be joining our team as our newest staff member, and we couldn’t be happier!
Maxx has proven herself time and time again that she is a dedicated and committed member to the site through her unwavering activity since we opened in September 2019. She has graciously hosted our ever popular game night, never missed an HP post, and is by far the queen of our suggestions form, always bursting with ideas for the site. It is this excitement to contribute and her friendly persona, willingness to change and grow, and her love for this site that has made her the perfect choice for our team!
Maxx also wanted to share a little intro below:Hi everyone! I'm very moved to be joining The Apostles team. Like our community, I echo the sentiment that The Apostles is a special place. Rolling around to almost two years now, I attribute the longevity of The Apostles to both a hard-working and organized staff, and dedicated, passionate members (friends). I'm so excited to be here and leveling up my assistance to The Apostles with a new set of duties. Still catch me at game nights, bursting ugly laughs and zeeple zorping. Thanks :-)We also want to thank our other members who applied for the role! We will make sure to stay in touch if we ever need to expand our team again in the future! The next few months will probably be a time of adjustment and growth, so please bear with us as we all settle into our new team!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ---
We want to wish a very very very happy birthday to our lovely discord mod kaz (August 15)! We hope your birthday is filled with the jazziest tunes and the eggiest dudes. Happy birthday our kind and wonderful friend!!*If you want to be included in this section, reach out to a staff member with your b-day!
EVENT AND CONTEST UPDATES
ART CONTEST: RELAXATION ---
Last month, we hosted another awesome, RELAXATION themed art contest, which ran from July 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021. The entries have been compiled into the RELAXATION Art Contest Voting thread, so you can go vote for your favorite submission! More information about the contest is also available in the July 2021 Art Contest journal located in our TA DA group, where you can also see all of the entries in all of their wonderful glory!
TRIBE EVENT: COYOTE EDITION ---
The time has come for the tribe to earn their discounted stats! However, this battle training event has a fun
or not-so-funtwist. Instead of battling each other, the tribe will be fighting coyotes to earn their discounted stats (1 finished thread = 1 discounted stat)!
As evident over the winter (check out Into the Crevasse), the tribe island has seen a sudden and worrisome increase in coyote numbers this season. With the recent fog and rainy weather, prey has become scarce, so the beasts are getting hungry and more likely to prey on an unsuspecting tribe patrol. Watch out!
To participate in the event, members must do the following:
1. Threads must only contain tribe cats on the tribe island
2. Add [coyote event] to their thread title
3. A staff member will then enter the thread at any given moment with the “coyote,” which will include:a. A description of the coyote4. Members must then decide between these two options:
b. The coyote’s current HP (these will vary)a. Another member will RP the coyote5. Since the coyote’s will have HP, dice are required for the thread. However members can decide if they want to roll for accuracy or not. It’s ok if you only want to roll for damage since it will move the thread faster.
b. All thread members will “share” the coyote and describe it in their post
6. Once the coyote’s HP falls below half of its overall HP (eg., 30/60), it can be considered defeated and can retreat.a. Members can continue to fight it until it dies if wanted7. Threads must be at least 6 posts in length with a narrative conclusion, and the coyote must be defeated to earn a discounted stat.
Once the thread has finished, members can turn it into the Stat Redemption thread to redeem a strength, defense, or accuracy stat point. Members will have from August 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021 to complete their threads and earn their tribe cats from stat points!
As always, members will also receive a limited edition award for participating in the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to a staff member.
*If your tribe characters are unable to participate because they’re on the clan island during the event, you may still earn a pixel by offering to rp a coyote for a thread. If you don’t have a tribe character to participate with, perhaps it’s time you make one
OF THE MONTHS WINNERS AND NOMS
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
As a loyal resident of TA for over half a year, Akura has more than enlightened us with her delightful and easy-going presence and her ever-iconic cast of characters! While it only feels like she joined us just yesterday, Akura has quickly climbed the TA ranks, earning the coveted spot of Lichenclan’s deputy with her more-than-famous, flat-faced hard-ass, Bristlefur! Congratulations Akura! You’ve more than earned this month’s M-OTM! Akura role-plays the following cats: Bristlefur, Skypetal, Ivorypaw, Bugpaw, and Alcor.
Her well-thought-out characters only rival her company. From the mischievous Ivorypaw to the large-eyed Bugpaw, Akura has a lovely inventory of unique and widely recognized cats. For example, Ivorypaw shines with her addictive energy, easily putting a smile on everyone’s face. While Alcor, on the other hand, is relatively lenient compared to the other relentless rogues, making her an interesting outsider with a mysterious and sharp presence. Perhaps her most notable, Bristlefur steals the show with his cold and callous demeanor, coolly leading Lichenclan, despite Minnowsta’rs crazed rule.
Not only does Akura lead Lichenclan with an iron-fist, but she has wowed us time and time again with her MoMA-worthy art! Akura is an insanely skilled artist, wielding both a pencil and a digital pen. Every scene she draws is always full of life and character, illustrating her developed eye for tone and color. While a constant in the art channel, Akura can also be found chatting happily away, either sharing pictures of her adorable kitty-friends (Athena, our beloved) or plotting some of the tastiest story-lines on the forum. We cannot express our congratulations and gratitude enough! Way to go, Akura!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Case of the jitters? Perhaps anxious? Nervous?Well, maybe we know someone who can help! Known for his cool and calm demeanor, and perhaps more-so for his catnip addiction, Eggpelt is by far the most relaxed cat on the island and this month’s much deserving C-OTM! Congratulations kaz ! Who knew a tom with such a silly name would be this iconic and cool ok we knew, I mean come on!
So, sure, it might be a little cliche that the island’s known catnip dealer would be the most chill, but by nature, Eggpelt’s always been a pretty relaxed dude, even before his mentor bribed him with catnip to train.
Yes, you read that right. Thanks Yewthorn.From handling bog drowning with ease to using his slick words and saving his clan-mates from rogues, Eggpelt manages to take everything life has to throw at him in ways that seem effortless. Even his relaxed slur rolls off the tongue in a slow, steady drawl, a sound that could soothe even the feistiest kit back to their nest.
Eggpelt’s biggest hits are some of the best threads on the island! A notable one, which earned him the coveted S-TOM, featured Eggpelt and his late buddy, Sorrelfeather, beating the ever-living-snot out of a poor, unsuspecting opossum. He even won T-OTM when he and Mintnose took their relationship to the next level by taking a dip in the bog It only make sense Eggpelt would be celebrated next with a much deserved C-OTM! We all love this white ball of chub!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
With as many flings as Icesong entertains, it is no wonder the flirtatious she-cat has taken home the S-OTM for best summer fling! Not without the assistance of Gorseflame of course While perhaps only a fling, there’s no denying that Ice x Gorse has potential for something beyond innocent flirting! Did Icesong finally meet her match? Or is Gorseflame just another heart to prey upon? Only time will tell! Congratulations to captain and lightning for such a spicy, passionate ship!
As most flings do, this one starts off innocently enough! In an attempt to distract herself, Icesong flaunts her irresistible charm in Gorseflame’s direction, but unlike her other, usual victims, Goreflame proves to be much more than mere entertainment. His confidence throws the deputy a bit, and the more they talked, the more a connection started to spark. It was then a game brewed, a game of teasing out each other’s true colors.
Icesong’s and Gorseflame’s second interaction starts to crackle with a nervous Gorseflame confronting the Redwoodclan deputy! While there is much to uncover with this exciting pair, we are more than thrilled to see if this summer fling blooms into something more! Or if it fizzles with the arrival of fall. Congratulations again captain and lightning for such a sizzling couple!
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH --
Sure, they may not be related by blood, but there’s nothing more “sibling-y” than a brother snitching on their own brother!
Do we hear a “but moooooooom!” in the distance?While they’re still quite new to the cinematic, TA universe, Hawthorne and Oleander’s troubled dynamic is one we can’t quite quit! Far from healthy, there’s nothing better than two squabbling brothers and a mess of past trauma to unravel. Congratulations Egotistic and sloth !
As with any brotherly bond, Hawthorne and Oleander share just as many good moments as there are bad. However, with their unusual family dynamic, what constitutes “good” or “bad” may be a bit up for debate. Like when Hawthorne catches Oleander returning from a midnight rendezvous! The exchange is filled with playful jabs and a heart-warming moment of advice when Hawthorne becomes his brother’s wingman, offering some golden tips about the ladies
but has he ever had a date?
What really makes us love this explosive, brothery duo is their perfectly imperfect-ness. While connected through Lily, the two are often at each other’s throats with one of their biggest fights occurring after the discovery of their sisters’ injury. Hawthorne was quick to place blame on Oleander, holding him at fault for not protecting Poppy from such a wound. This turned into a wildfire of insults, including the liability of their mother’s own death. What a low blow!
THREAD OF THE MONTH --
As we celebrate the theme of relaxation and vacationing, it makes sense to commemorate the best lazy day thread on the site! And what thread does it better than Daddy/Daughter Outing? Just as the theme suggests, this thread isn't about hunting or patrolling, but rather some good ‘ole fashioned fun! The thread is a vacation in itself to read, offering a nice break from the craziness of island life! Congratulations to wolfiedemon , @fallenreape, and Egotistic for such a pleasant read!
After fondly contemplating the futures of his children, Talon decides to take advantage of the present and use the opportunity to catch up with his daughters, Song and Primrose. Despite Primrose’s lack of participation, Song and Talon converse happily, resulting in Talon comforting his daughter with some classic, fatherly advice.
As Talon attempts the same kind of sentiment with Primrose, Song single-handedly performs one of the most wholesome family moments on the site. She decides to retrieve a pretty, red stone from the lake’s water for her dear sister’s collection when Talon catches her in the act, choosing to splash her out of his own mischievousness. This turns into a swimming lesson as Song finds new comfort in the water as she and her father bond until exhaustion finds them home.
SEPTEMBER NOMINATIONS --
The themes for September are:
C-OTM: Most adventurous cat
S-OTM: Couple who learned the most from each other
R-OTM: Best mentor/apprentice relationship
T-OTM: Best life lesson learned in a thread
Nominations for September will last until August 13, 2021. Voting will then last from August 14, 2021 to August 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]Gathering Sign-up:[/b] list character(s) here
[b]Notes:[/b] whatever here
SITE MAINTENANCE AND UPDATES
RWC VS LC BATTLE ---
The widely anticipated Redwoodclan vs Licheclan battle is finally here! Unlike our previous battles, we will be implementing different rules to ensure these threads are in a timely manner. This will include IC context so the threads start directly at the battle, limited members in battle threads, and a time limit on replies. For more information, check out the official Redwoodclan vs Lichenclan battle thread.
GATHERING SIGN-UP ---
Our next Gathering will kick-off on September 10, 2021. Canonically, this will take place after the LC vs. RWC battle, so make sure to prioritize your battle threads! We will need this context!
If you are interested in having a character at the next Gathering, please indicate so in the OTM nomination form. If you want a specific character, list who and we will do our best to make sure the character is there! As a reminder, we try to limit members to 1-2 characters max each.
FORBIDDEN RELATIONSHIPS ---
In response to member feedback, we have expanded our original Forbidden Romance Request to include all types of “forbidden” relationships. We will now refer to this as a “Forbidden Relationship Request.” The rules have largely remained the same. We only updated the language to be more inclusive of all types of relationships, such as friends and family, and to lessen confusion surrounding different kinds of “forbidden threads.” If you have any questions, please reach out to a staff member for more information.
BIO ADDITION AND FORMS ---
We’ve decided to add a new additional bio form to the character bio process. The new bio form will allow members to add in-character additions to their already accepted bio without needing to ask for staff permission or requiring staff review first. More information about the additional bio form and an example of it in use is available in the Character Creation Rules.
To coincide with the additional bio form, we have finally re-written the bio form code to include variables. This means that the bio form colors will change automatically with our skin updates. While this is an awesome update (one wish has dreamed of forever), it also means that the form will look a little wonky in preview mode because the forum colors will not show.
Instead, all of the colors will look transparent or white until you create or edit the post. This also means you cannot alter the bio code under any circumstances, including color or font changes or it will break the code. The new bio form code is available in the Character Application From.
You are not required to update all of your bios with the new code. However, if you would like to update your bio with the new form so it matches the current skin, and all future skins, you are more than welcome to. We recommend saving the text of your bios (appearance, personality, and history) in a permanent location, such as a Google or Word doc, before you make the change in case proboards breaks and you lose the entire bio.
Both wish and maxx can assist you with the code if needed, so feel free to reach out!
NEW DISCORD CHANNELS & THREADS
Based on a member suggestion (s/o to c a n n a ), we are introducing new discord channels to better organize the warriors (OOC) section. This includes clan and tribe specific plotting channels and the introduction of threads. For now, threads have been limited to plotting and character-planning. Members will be allowed to create their own threads, so do not abuse our trust! If issues arise from the threads, we will remove them from the discord.
With the addition of threads and the new channels, we have decided to reorganize the entire warriors (OOC) section. There are now separate character-planning, plotting, and threads sections with their own related channels. We hope that these changes better organize the discord, so conversations aren’t lost in the shuffle.
MORE TABS! ---
The tabs continue! This month we have rewritten and tabbed over the new Forbidden Relationship Requests Rules as well as the Canon Adopts thread. Say goodbye to the mad scroll because tabs are here! If there are any other threads that could use a tab, please let us know! We want to make our contest as accessible as possible!
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATES
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
Green-leaf is in full swing and the island is bustling with activity. But under the sunny rays of the shining sun, the ominous uncertainty of the past leaps out to take a bite of the summer peace. Minnowstar makes her move and sends her best warriors to attack RedwoodClan. Thanks to the timely warning of the rebellion, RedwoodClan is prepared to retaliate. The patrol from the Tribe stays and helps out their ally RedwoodClan, oblivious to the fears of their Tribe mates back at home. ThistleClan faces their own troubles as Lilly makes her move and attacks, bent on taking ThistleClan kits for her own.
Note: Be sure to review our patrols to wrap up the lingering plot threads. There is the RWC vs. LC battle this month and one new tribe patrol, so make sure to check those out! 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!
- death berries (LC rebellion)
- In control (TC Announcement)
- Death valley (LC rebellion to RWC)
- Still and silent (Tribe)
- Mutual Friends (Tribe Report to RWC)
- Your Tongue Tastes Stale (Rogue vs TC)
- Daunting Distractions (Rogue vs. TC)
- Visitors in the Night (Rogue vs. TC)
With a warning from the rebellion, RedwoodClan is prepared for LichenClan’s attack. With strategy from Icesong and encouraging words from Finchstar, the Clan is ready for what LichenClan brings their way. The redwood dwellers continue to welcome their Tribe allies in their midst as they regain their strength for the return to their island home.
- Finchstar and Icesong lead their warriors in battle against LichenClan
- RedwoodClan continues to welcome the patrol from the Tribe in their midst
- Loudstorm & Dawnlight are expecting their first litter of kits
Lily makes her presence known to ThistleClan. While she makes her mark, her children fail to kit-nap ThistleClan kits as she wished. Now the pine forest dwellers must be aware of their new enemies as they plan to retake their island home.
- Thievingstar continues to organize training patrols to build up ThistleClans strength, planning a return to their old home.
- After a failed attempt to take ThistleClan kits, Lily and her crew plot against the Clan once again.
Minnowstar leads her warriors through the tunnels to attack RedwoodClan, leaving her deputy to protect the camp from any chance of attack. Unbeknownst to her Clan, however, the disheveled leader is weak after giving birth to kits in secret, forcing Briarfall and Cricketcall to secrecy as she cocerces the new queen to take her kits as her own.
Having successfully warned RedwoodClan of Minnowstar’s plan, the Rebellion lies low and waits as they watch for their next moment to strike.
- Minnowstar leads her warriors through the tunnels to attack RedwoodClan.
- Minnowstar secretly gives birth to three kits - Heronkit, Perchkit, & Pikekit
- Cricketcall and Bristlefur welcome their first litter - Shrikekit, Wildkit, & Pricklekit
- Bristlefur and Cricketcall announce their pregnancy to the clan.
- Minnowstar forces Cricketcall to raise all six kits as her own, swearing Briarfall & Cricketcall to secrecy under pain of death. Their father, Slatestep, is unaware of their existence, trapped in the LichenClan caves.
While Sunrise and her patrol remain on the Clan island, their Tribe-mates cope with the loss of their Teller under Talon’s guidance. With the wet and foggy weather prey has become scarce and the Tribe’s primary enemy - the coyote - begins to encroach on their hunting lands and homes. They must tread carefully as they strive to continue to fulfill their duties and protect their Tribe.
- The Tribe patrol remains with RedwoodClan for now, unaware of what is happening on their island home.
- In the aftermath of Creek’s death, fog has descended and remained on the Tribe island, forcing the coyotes to expand their hunting grounds.
- Talon confides in a few trusted Tribe-mates as he tries to lead the Tribe until Sunrise’s 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: Cricket x Bristle and Minnow x Slate kits are one moon old.
FUTURE UPDATES ---
As cooler weather and September approaches, our second anniversary looms close as well! Which mean! We have oodles of festivities and fun events on the back-burner! Not to mention, we also have several, much-awaited plot events waiting to unfold as well. So make sure to prioritize our current battle and plot threads so we can kick off some new events!
As summer winds down, try to get out there and enjoy the warm weather! Soon, we'll all be bundled inside, sick of the snow, so make sure to catch some rays and take a dip in the water! Here's to the rest of summer!
The Apostles Staff