Post by wish on Sept 1, 2021 8:23:55 GMT -6
september ANNOUNCEMENTS 2021
HAPPY TWO YEARS ON THE WEB FRIENDS! Just thinking about the fact that this lil ‘ole website has existed for two whole years just makes us teary-eyed and emotional.
Let us be in our feelings for a little while, ok.We cannot believe that this fever dream of ours has turned into something so much more! Which we could not have done without our dedicated, generous, and incredible member base
So to celebrate TA and our members, we’ve crafted some brand new, fun contests and events this month, including a new thread contest, a “warm fuzzies” event, and a scavenger hunt! So make sure to participate in order to win some fun, coveted prizes and awards! In addition, we’re kicking off some site updates and plots, such as the Gathering, TC vs. Rouge battle, a new skin, plot and mentor sign-ups, new litter rules, and more! Not to mention, we have our usual plot updates too!
We also want to welcome citrus , Clemintine , kite , and spaceynebu ♡ 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 ---
Ayy! As if it isn’t our own M-OTM! We’d like to wish lightning a very happy birthday this month! We hope your birthday is full of bugs
except ticks because ew, slappin’ replies, and all the cool, crisp weather so you can toss on a sweater!!
EVENT AND CONTEST UPDATES
LIFE LESSONS CONTEST ---
To kick off the celebration! We're starting off the month with a brand new spankin' thread contest themed around "life lessons" and our many apprentice/mentor duos across the island. For more information about the contest, check out the official Life Lessons Contest thread.
WARM FUZZIES ---
Wow, it has been two full trips around the sun for The Apostles! So we want to dedicate some time to celebrate TA at its core, the members! Juicy character development, relationships, and participation have curated the thrilling rp we experience. But beyond the characters, we are a community. New and old friends continuously define The Apostles as a close-knit but ever-growing place dedicated to the art of writing.
What better way to show our care than some verbal affirmations? This year we will be featuring a "Warm and Fuzzy" activity, where members can anonymously write each other “compliments,” so we can gas each other up!
1. Members will have two weeks to volunteer by using the OTM form below.
2. Sign-ups will start from September 1, 2021 to September 11, 2021.
3. After the deadline, all participants will be sent a link to a google form with a list of the other participants.
4. Each member will have until September 18, 2021 to then write one sentence (or more) telling the other participants what they love about them.
5. Staff will compile the feedback for each member into a cute lil’ note and send it out privately before the end of the month.
The best part is that it's completely anonymous (except staff will know who wrote what so we can award prizes accordingly), so that you can get as gushy and real as you want!
But let’s be honest! We’re sure we can all think of something positive and uplifting for everyone! Also! What a better token for a bad day than a note filled with tons of compliments from people you write fake battle cats with
The participants will receive the following prizes:
- A copy of your Warm and Fuzzy letter
- A colored base for one character of your choosing (w/ clan symbol)
- Limited edition participation awardExample base colored (Blazingstorm)
If you have any questions, please reach out to a staff member on the forum or discord.
SCAVENGER HUNT ---
To continue our two year celebration, we will be hosting a tasty scavenger hunt! Instead of items we are searching for memorable moments! Use The Apostles website as a resource to go back in time and discover some milestones. The island timeline, library board, and individual trackers will be your best friends for this event!
1. Valid entries must be submitted between September 1, 2021 to September 31, 2021.
2. One scavenger hunt per person. Submit your name on the Scavenger Hunt Google form with the rest of your answers when you have finished the hunt.
3. Messaging us with last minute additions, unfortunately, will not count. We encourage you to track responses on a google doc, notepad, or handy-dandy-notebook until you're ready to submit.
4. We are relying on an honor system! Don’t cheat please :’-) Refrain from discussing the items on the discord or guiding others directly towards the answers. It’s important that each person dedicates time to navigating the site and finding these events for themselves.Note: If we see anyone discussing the scavenger hunt (ie. linking threads) in the discord, we will be deleting comments and making threats *fist shake.*5. The scavenger hunt list includes items, or memorable moments, that have appeared in more than one thread. These items have been marked with an asterisk (*). This means that we will accept multiple answers for this item.Note: For example, “Finchstar vomits” = Finchstar has puked in multiple threads, which means we would accept any of these threads as a correct answer.6. Please make logical connections. When we say “Tigerpool pees in the creek” we mean he physically pees in the creek, not the metaphorical creek of Robin-nose’s heart during their relationship.
Additionally, some items, such as “Briarfall follows her heart” or “Icesong’s maternal side,” are also demonstrated in multiple threads. So we'd accept more than one answer as correct.
SCAVENGER HUNT LIST
- Finchstar vomits*
- Minnowstar and Hemlockheart demote Nightclaw
- The fall of Cinderface
- Quickstrike joins the rebellion
- Thievingstar slashes Blazingpaw across the face
- A forbidden meeting*
- Icesong’s maternal side*
- A death*
- Tigerpool pees in the creek
- Rain is BANNED for being….an alien
- Shadepaw combats self doubt*
- Graygaze refuses to train Softpaw
- Briarfall follows her heart*
- A character gifts something to another character*
- Stagflight being awkward*
- Bristlefur fights a clan-mate*
- A sweet moment between Sunrise and Creek*
- Our first ever TA contest
- Talon’s paternal side*
- A rogue encounter*Note: Not all of the threads are IC threads. A few include some of our Announcements, so remember to check those out too.
As some of our previous events, the prizes for the Scavenger Hunt will be awarded based on a tier system. This means that even if you don't find all 20 threads, you can still win a prize! So don't let the number intimidate you!
Tier 1- 8 Items Found
- Participation Pixel
Tier 2- 15 Items Found
- Participation Pixel
- Best of 3 litter rolls
Tier 3- 20 Items Found
- Participation Pixel
- Best of 3 litter rolls
- Rare trait or extra character slot
If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to a staff member!
TRIBE EVENT: COYOTE EDITION ---
As a reminder, tribe characters can participate in a coyote event to earn some discounted stats! So please prioritize these threads! Members have from August 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021 to complete their threads and earn their tribe cats strength, defense, or accuracy points. For more information about the event, check out the August Announcements.
OF THE MONTHS WINNERS AND NOMS
OTM WINNERS AND NEW CATEGORIES ---
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
Only four months ago, this member joined The Apostles and soared up the posting ranks with their lightning-fast speed. Yet even though it's just been a flash, it seems like we've known them forever! We're not surprised to see you strike
we’re done we're swearM-OTM. Congratulations lightning ! We love your friendly, reliable activity, diverse range of characters, and brilliant bug artwork! Lightning roleplays the following cats: Gorseflame, Dewpaw, Mallowkit, Birchsong, Starlingpaw, Flashfang, Chichorypaw, Honey Bell, and Poppy!
Lightning has an excellent repertoire of characters for every situation. Her characters range from the dedicated warrior Gorseflame to the gentle and agreeable Dewpaw. Lightning's flavorful cast of characters weave through all parts of the island. Her activity starts in plotting but is always reliably brought to life through her posts! Lightning is the kind of "yes" man in a roleplay that we all love to see. She doesn't just plan it, she makes it happen! From creating perhaps one of the most well-crafted forbidden relationships on the island with Birchsong to battling for Lichenclan’s honor with Flashfang, Lightning can do it all!
Lightning’s kindness and friendly attitude transcend roleplaying. Continuously, Lightning is a friendly face on our discord with fun, chatty contributions and positive attitude! Lightning is also an art wizard! Ranging from traditional realistic bugs to lineart/cell shading, and digital painting, she is a jack of all trades with that undeniable lightning touch! Our community wouldn’t be the same without her! We’re so glad you’re here, Lightning! And we can’t wait to celebrate you all month long! Congratulations!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
As part of the largest family on the island, sometimes it’s hard to stand out. Good thing Featherpaw never has to worry about that! Voted as the most adventurous cat on the island, Featherpaw doesn’t let her countless siblings, uncles, aunts,
or her father’s reputationslow her down. From battling foxes to exploring abandoned campground’s, the young she-cat is never one to back down from a challenge or shy away from a trek into the unknown! Congratulations sloth ! Featherpaw truly deserves this month’s C-OTM!
Perhaps it’s in her blood
I mean we all know Yewthorn had an "adventurous" streak, but Featherpaw has always had a knack for adventure since she was a young kitten. With encouraging parents, who perhaps lacked a tad bit in discipline, Featherpaw was rushing out of the nursery to explore the camp, never one to let her siblings have all the fun. Smart as a whip, the she-cat also knew how to escape all the trouble, which only let her discover more. This extended far into her apprenticeship, where she learned she’d rather wander the territory than sit in a boring hunting lesson all afternoon.
Now nearing her warrior ceremony, the young she-cat has already proved herself a capable clan-mate, even if she likes to believe she can make it to warriorhood without doing much work. Perhaps, the most notable of her achievements is standing by her aunt’s side as a fox attempted to take them down. Not on Featherpaw’s watch! We can only wait to see what adventures meet her next as she earns her warrior name in the next few moons. Congratulations Featherpaw! You earned it!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
It’s everyone’s favorite mom and dad! Back at it again at the krispy kreme!
Sorry Curlycloud!Voted as this month’s most changed couple, Yewthorn and Morningmist have done it again! This is their third S-OTM, so they must be doing something right! An unlikely pair, both Yewthorn and Morningmist found themselves attracted to one another despite their differences. It is this classic “opposite attracts” mentality that makes their relationship work. Congratulations wish and Annie ! You both know how to write a romance we can’t resist!
An incorrigible flirt, Yewthorn never even imagined settling down until he laid eyes on Morningmist. Unlike the other cats in their clan, the calico was quiet and unassuming, choosing to remain in the shadows. But Yewthorn’s charm drew her out of her shell and into the clan, changing her forever. Likewise, Morningmist’s empathetic and perceptive nature taught Yewthorn to slow down, listen, and truly appreciate life. As all good relationships, both Yewthorn and Morningmist changed for the better, continuously growing with their love.
However, love is work, and even the best relationships can experience turmoil. While Yewthorn wants to continue growing their family, Morningmist is hesitant to bring life into the world again. Her last litter caused the she-cat so much trauma, something Yewthorn is still struggling to understand. Despite this, both cats continue to inspire and change one another, always choosing to work together rather than apart. Congratulations Yewthorn and Morningmist!
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MONTH --
Orchidshade hadn't even blinked before an orange thorn was in her side
or at least...that's what she wants you to think. Spread thin by a brutal leaf-bare, there was little option but for Orchidshade to put her faith in Bouncepaw...yikes! Yet his enthusiasm, hilarious one-liners, and heartfelt dedication has wormed it's way into our hearts and slowly, Orchidshade's. Congratulations maxx and bombora for creating this unlikely but completely wonderful mentor and apprentice relationship!
There is no doubt that this duo is juxtaposed like night and day, the quiet, dutiful medicine cat working beside the exuberant chatterer. The contrast in their personality has added to a lot of tension in their relationship. Bouncepaw, determined to be the very best, is continuously faced with trials due to his lack of knowledge, maturity, and impulse control. The cringing Orchidshade continuously has to pick up the pieces. Oftentimes, it comes in paired with a smart tongue and occasionally, doubt. But Orchidshade isn't the only one that experiences doubt.
Despite his gung-ho mentality Bouncepaw has a lot of internalized self-doubt himself, such as questioning Orchidshade's decision to practice emergency medicine on a bird or refusing to share some clan goods with Shadepaw. Though these disagreements anger Orchidshade, in turn she has grown to learn that she also struggles to listen. Bouncepaw is so different from her previous apprentice, Smallpaw, but that doesn’t mean better, or worse just, different. With the context of a difficult family life and dismissive mother, Orchidshade has come to realize if she doesn't believe in Bouncepaw, then who will?
In the wise words of Bouncepaw, "If I stretch this borage leaf real tight I sound like a bird! PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT”
THREAD OF THE MONTH --
Lessons come in all forms. Sometimes a moment of insight can be a significant, life-changing moment. In the thread, "Centered Prayer, Centered Breath", Spiderpaw and Swansong embark on a journey tailored only to the individual. Mindfulness is such an important characteristic but like any form of strength or vitality, requires practice and persistence. Congratulations to fallenreaper and Bandit for paying tribute to self-awareness and winning this month’s T-OTM!
Spiderpaw navigates the tunnels, his angst looming. Though blind, he is not unseeing the gossip and accusations in Lichenclan. Here, he runs into his mentor Swansong. She addresses the concept of being present, allowing Spiderpaw to discover his own meanings. At first Spiderpaw takes her inquiry literally, but then alludes that being "present" can have much deeper connotations. Swansong confronts the tom in a gentle and caring manner. Still, she can see the anger which seeps from him. Though it is difficult for Spiderpaw to settle and focus on the present self, he makes progress. At the end, he admits he is uncomfortable sitting with the part of himself that is his blindness. He feels cursed, and anger bubbles from his pain.
In this exchange, Spiderpaw is drawn to Swansong's patience and inquiry-based teaching style. Unlike the other role models in his life, so focused on politics and absolutes, he is given the chance to find a sense of identity within the safety of Swansong's wing, where he truly learns the lesson of a lifetime.
SEPTEMBER NOMINATIONS --
The themes for October are:
C-OTM: Your favorite character
S-OTM: Your favorite romantic relationship
R-OTM: Your favorite non-romantic relationship
T-OTM: Your favorite thread
Nominations for October will last until September 11, 2021. Voting will then last from September 12, 2021 to September 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]Warm Fuzzy Sign-up:[/b] Do you wanna participate in the warm fuzzy event? Y/N
[b]Plot threads sign-up:[/b] Do you want to be included in future plot threads? Y/N
[b]Mentor List:[/b] Do you want to be assigned future apprentices? Y/N
[b]Notes:[/b] whatever here
SITE MAINTENANCE AND UPDATES
SEPTEMBER GATHERING ---
The Gathering will start September 10, 2021. Based on the success of our timed battle posts, the leaders will be on a timed schedule for their posts in order to move the thread. A list of the characters invited to the Gathering + additional context is available in the official September 2021 Gathering thread.
TC VS ROGUE BATTLE ---
The TC vs. Rogue battle is here! Like last time, we will be implementing time limits, IC context, and limited members in each battle thread to ensure the battle’s success. For more information, check out the official Thistleclan vs. Rogue battle thread! Let’s kick some teeth in! Yeehaw!
MENTOR AND PLOT SIGN-UPS ---
To ensure that the correct members are assigned apprentices and included in major plot threads, we are implementing a new “mentor and plot” thread sign-up. Before, we used to assume and/or trust that all members were interested in either of these duties, but we have learned that not everyone is able to take on the duties of training an apprentice or participating in a plot thread for a variety of reasons! Which we understand! Sometimes, it’s hard to prioritize these threads due to irl, etc.!
So if you are interested in officially signing-up for our mentor and plot list, please fill out the OTM form below or reach out to a staff member. We have also created official threads for each list, which will include a “list of members” and “rules.” If you no longer want to be included on either of these lists, let a staff member know and we will remove you! The current lists are available in the threads below:
PLOT THREAD TIME LIMITS ---
Due to the wild success of our first timed battle thread, we are now implementing a new rule regarding plot threads. Official plot threads will now move based on a time limit of 5 days. While not as fast as our battle threads, the time limit will allow us to move our plot threads faster than ever before. If a member misses the time limit, their character will be skipped in the post order. More information can be found in our new Plot Thread Member List thread.
NEW LITTER REQUEST RULES ---
Based on our recent kit boom, we decided to evaluate our Litter Request Rules and implement additional requirements.
Y’all proved it was way too easy to earn those kits.So starting September 1, 2021, all litter requests will now require that each parent, regardless of a romantic or fling relationship, will need to complete 3 additional outside threads before they can qualify for a litter.
This means each character involved in the relationship will need to also have 3 completed threads with other characters (outside of the relationship) to demonstrate they are a developed character on the forum. For more information, see the Litter Request Rules.
RWC CHARACTER BAN ---
Unfortunately due to the massive kit boon in RWC, we will have to enact another character ban until the other two clans and tribe match their numbers or more characters in RWC are archived and/or killed off.
As last time, adopts created before September 1, 2021 are allowed to be made since they have “technically” existed in the clan as NPCs. However, no new RWC characters or adopts are allowed until the ban is lifted. For more information, visit our Current Bans and Encouragements.
NPC BIO: EGRETFEATHER ---
The time has come to finally learn, what’s all the fuss about this Egretfeather, chic? Like??? This month we’re introducing the entire story of Lichenclan’s greatest rebel and great-grandmother to Quickstrike and Swansong. If you’re interested in learning about her heroic deeds, and perhaps greatest downfall, please check out the Non-player Character Bios for more information!
NEW SKIN ---
Y’all probably have noticed the new ooky-spooky skin, huh? To kick off the start of autumn on the site, wish wanted to do something a lil different and make a skin with a brand new color and feel! We hope you enjoy the dark, kind of green, kind of blue colors and pop of red! That’s right! TA has officially released their version of dark-mode. A big S/O to Bandit for making the process easier than ever by making the code sick as hell. Ah Yeah!
NEW AWARDS ---
Chained to the Apostles’ dungeon floor, rain was forced against their will to draw wish 21 new awards! Or else they’d lose their job at TA’s resident alien. We kid! We kid! Rain drew us 21 new lovely awards to celebrate our love for the site. To see them all and learn how to win them, check out the Site Awards thread!
NEW DISCORD EMOJIS ---
rain said “i wanna re-do all of the inactive character emojis and make new ones” And we said, "ok sure, that'd be cool!" Then Rain said “hold my beer, bitch” and somehow cranked out 23 new emojis for our discord! In like three days! It was insane! So please go appreciate all of the emojis in the discord and see if you can identify them all :3
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATES
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE
The early winds of leaf-fall descend upon the island, browning the leaves and chilling the air with licks of frost. Leaf-bare is moons away, but already a coldness has permeated across the lake, promising a harrowing winter to come. Defeated, Minnowstar looms in her den, the future of Lichenclan unsure. While across the border, Finchstar and Icesong plan their next move, encouraged by their recent victory.
In the wake of the battle, the tribe patrol bids farewell to their redwood friends and makes the journey back home. Unbeknownst to them, an island forsaken with fog and coyotes awaits their new teller.
Before the green-leaf weather departs, however. Thistleclan makes their move to take back their camp, planning to strike the rogues before the first dawn of leaf-fall. Lily and her followers rest within their burrows, unaware of the blood-lust the sunrise will bring.
Note: Be sure to review our patrols to wrap up the lingering plot threads. There is the Gathering, TC vs Rogue battle, and a few new patrols, 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!
- In control (TC Announcement)
- 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)
- I can Hear You (Medicine cats)
- The Calling of a Dream (Shadepaw)
- Infection and Rot (Tribe)REMAINING RWC VS LC THREADS
In the heat of battle, Finchstar is able to use the tall, redwood trees to his advantage and defeat Minnowstar. The Lichenclan leader is forced to retreat after she loses a life, meaning Redwoodclan leaves the battle victorious. Encouraged by their win, Finchstar and Icesong start to scheme their next move, knowing they must act before Lichenclan recovers. Beneath a blanket of stars, Orchidshade and Bouncepaw finally make contact with Starclan after a season of silence. But in their presence, the two medicine cats are left with frightful omens.
- Orchidshade and Bouncepaw journey with Briarfall to discover Starclan’s new home beneath the falls
- Redwoodclan defeats Lichenclan in battle
- Redwoodclan bids the tribe patrol farewell as they return home
- Dawnlight & Loudstorm welcomes two kits into the clan: Hailkit and Reedkit
- Goldensmoke dies in battle, leaving his lover, Windstorm to raise their litter of kits on her own
- Icesong & Gorseflame are expecting their first litter of kits
- Robin-nose & Tigerpool are expecting their first litter of kits
In the wake of Lily’s attack, Thievingstar urges her warriors to prepare for battle as she and Stagflight strategize to reclaim their camp before green-leaf ends. As Thistleclan trains, rogue encounters continue to persist in the northern outlands and coniferous forest, demonstrating Lily’s reach. As the first breaths of leaf-fall nears, Theivingstar calls her warriors to attack before dawn as the rogues rest in their home, unaware of the clan cat’s determined march. On his own, Shadepaw receives a mysterious dream from Thistleclan’s former medicine cat, Yarrowfrost, who warns him of horrors to come.
- Shadepaw receives a mysterious dream from Yarrowfrost as the other medicine cats discover the falls
- Theivingstar and Stagflight lead Thistleclan into battle against the rogues
- Birchsong & Maplebranch are expecting their first litter of kits, who are actually fathered by the rogue, Oleander
Injured and on her last life, Minnowstar has taken refuge in her den as she slowly slips into insanity. The disheveled she-cat is ignoring her duties even more, relying heavily on Bristlefur to organize the patrols and pressure her into performing warrior ceremonies. The she-cat knows someone betrayed their battle plans, but who?
In the wake of Shadowface’s mysterious death, the rebellion decides to lay low for a while, fearing the worst. Some members suspect Minnowstar, but few traces were left behind, including Shadowface’s body. After discovering Starclan beneath the falls, Briarfall is left with an impending sense of dread, even after some of her questions are answered.
- Lichenclan is defeated in the battle against Redwoodclan
- Minnowstar loses a life in battle and is now on her last life
- Brackenwhisker, Cressclaw, Spiderfrost, and Flurrystorm receive their warrior names in the wake of the battle
- Morelmask & Pearbloom are expecting their first litter of kits, who are also fathered by the Redwoodclan tom, Alder-root
After assisting Redwoodclan, the tribe patrol decides to make the journey back home, especially as Fog continues to receive more confusing visions and dreams. Under Sunrise and Finchstar’s tutelage, Fog believes he is returning to the tribe island as Creek’s next apprentice. However, unknown to the tribe patrol, Creek is dead, and their home has fallen victim to a swath of heavy fog and mist. Beneath the cold and wet weather, the prey has run dry, driven into ravenous coyote mouths as the beasts turn toward the tribe cats for food.
- The tribe patrols decides to make the journey back home
- Fog continues to receive mysterious dreams about his future as the next teller
- Coyotes have descended upon the island, hungry with the recent lack of prey
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 will remain one moon old due to their IC due date.
Dawn x Loud kits can enter the RP at one moon on September 13, 2021
Ice x Gorse kits can enter the RP at one moon on September 18, 2021
Wind x Golden kit can enter the RP at one moon on September 26, 2021
Morel x Alder x Pear kits can enter the RP at one moon on September 26, 2021
FUTURE UPDATES ---
We cannot thank our members enough for allowing us to write and plot with all of you for the last two years. Running this site has been a dream come true and perhaps one of the greatest joys of our lives. We hope you enjoy all of the events we’ve put together for this month, from the contests to the Gathering! We have a lot to celebrate!
For next month, we look forward to some ooky-spooky events to kick off October! Things are gonna get dark! So get ready! Otherwise, we’ll continue to do our best to make the site as efficient and as accessible as possible! Please continue to submit suggestions and let us know when something does or does not work! We love your feedback Here’s to another year around the sun! We can’t wait to celebrate! Cheers!
The Apostles Staff