Post by wish on Apr 1, 2020 7:44:32 GMT -6
APRIL ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
As the warm weather raises
and we’re all stuck in quarantine, activity has spiked on the site. With this new activity, we’re working to introduce new plot elements as quickly as possible. This month we have one or more patrols for each clan and tribe (with more scheduled as other threads end), contest and OTM results, a brand new skin, new kit rules, and our new child, the updated Clan & Tribe information.
This month we welcome bee , iggley , mintedstar , @pregante, roe , viktor , and Wolfsong 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.
Additionally, as the world rapidly changes to recent, troubling events, we hope that the site is able to exist as a creative and distracting outlet for members. If you feel like the weight of the world is too much, feel free to use the #i-need-a-hug channel on the discord to vent. We’re all going through similar stages of anxiety and fear concerning the virus (which is completely normal), and it’s nice to have a friend or someone there to listen
or, ya know, to live vicariously through a cat.
As always, we couldn’t run this site without our amazing members, and for that, we are incredibly thankful. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us here or on the discord.
Here’s to a safe quarantine!
*NEW* CLAN AND TRIBE INFORMATION ---
In light of the many lore-related questions we have received recently, and new events such as warrior ceremonies starting, we have created an updated clan and tribe guide. This includes typical personality characteristics, appearances, terrain, beliefs, and traditions, as well as common predators, prey, and herbs found in each territory. Additionally, we have also updated the Herb Guide to match the new herb information.
Special thanks to wish for pouring her heart out on this one with assistance from moony , Dreamer , and Bandit . Please shower them all with love and cookies! If you have any questions or feel that we are missing any information in the new guide, please reach out to an admin.
*NEW* SKIN --
As spring revives the island, and lush undergrowth gradually births new buds from ice, there is no better way to celebrate the change in seasons than a new
shrek themedskin! So let's shed off that gloomy blue hue and break into a relaxed, forest themed atmosphere. We hope that the new skin summons summer nostalgia and eases the the burden of isolation.
We have also added the OTMs winners to the sidebar, as well as the recent Clan/Tribe number statistics, which will showcase each month's MOTM, COTM, and SOTM winner! Let our victors be celebrated!
Also S/O to Bandit for creating new header variables, so we can use fun google fonts instead of image headers.
We're in the twenty-first-century now baby!
*NEW* VALENTINES CONTEST WINNER --
We are excited to announce that Mouse x Raven is the winner of our first ever Valentines contest. We had a lot of amazing submissions that were both sickly sweet and butterfly-inducing-romantic (and a few bittersweetly depressing entries), but Mouse x Raven clearly stole the show
and our hearts.The thread was heart-warming, ridiculously adorable, and a little bittersweet as Mousepaw and Ravenpaw explored their newly budding romance the guise of youthful friendship. We think it was exactly what we all needed in these uncertain times, so S/O Raven~ and Dreamer for this perfectly cute thread.
Both Raven~ and Dreamer have won a limited edition version of the Valentine’s contest award, a custom litter for each, and a couple’s portrait from wish , who will reach out to them in a few!
*Both members will receive an individual custom litter that can be applied to any upcoming litter. It does not need to be between the two members or their winning couple. A custom litter means that the member can choose the litter size, genders, and realistic coat colors. c a n n a will not roll for stillborns; however, deformities, such as blindness, deafness, or missing limbs, will still be rolled (these cannot be selected). Coat colors will also be checked for realism between the parents.
Every member who participated in the event has won the coveted Valentines contest award, which staff will add to profiles shortly. If we miss a member, please drop an award request in the Site Awards thread.
*NEW* OTMs WINNERS AND NOMINATIONS --
The results are in! and we are excited to announce our first round of winners for OTMs! Congratulations all ❤
Congratulations to maxx , who is our first M-OTM for the month of April! maxx has been super active on the site since we launched in September and rps the characters: Orchidshade, Tigerpool, Larchkit, Mothpaw, Slatestep, Leopardpaw, and Rain.
Her beautifully written posts not only help move the site-wide plot and incite our own creativity, but touch a level of abstraction that delights the imagination and inspires wonderment.
maxx is also an active voice on Discord, offering welcomes to new members, chatting to make sure everyone feels accepted, and showering us with dad jokes to lighten the mood! Everyone give a round of applause to maxx ! We can't wait to read what you write next!
The coveted award for the first C-OTM was a very tight race, but we are excited to announce that Ratwhisker has won C-OTM for the month of April!
As the medicine cat of Thistleclan, Ratwhisker has struggled with his own anxieties and inadequacies, but despite these set-backs, he has continued to fight for his clan, Starclan, and his rank as medicine cat. He has a knack for healing, a heart-of-gold, and a h-honk that drives us wild.
Congrats Ratwhisker and Egotistic ! Keep up the amazing work!
We've all heard "opposite attract," right? Well that adage has become reality with this month's winner Finchstar x Redfox! Congratulations! These two have promptly stolen our hearts and the S-OTM for the month of April!
As the leaders of Redwoodclan, these two lovebirds very suddenly and unexpectedly found a confidant in one another after the first gathering, which quickly flourished into romance.
We have enjoyed watching the timid leader and bold deputy find solace in one another, and we look forward to their current, expected litter and future kits! Congratulations to rain and stags ! We can't wait to see how this newly blossomed romance continues to grow!
Nominations for May will last until April 15, 2020. Voting will then last from April 16, 2020 to April 30, 2020. Remember to vote with the form below.
[b]Name:[/b] Your name
[b]Member nomination:[/b] Member’s name
[b]Character nomination:[/b] Character’s name
[b]Ship nomination:[/b]: Ship’s name
*NEW* KIT ADOPTION RULES --
Due to recent conversations in the discord regarding kit adoptions, we have decided to implement a new kit adoption rule, which will be added to both the Litter Requests and the site Rules so members are aware of the recent change.
Members are now only allowed to adopt two kits at a time. This means that if a member has already adopted two kits, then they must wait until one of their kits ages into an apprentice before they can adopt another.
*This new rule does not apply to those who have already adopted kits! This is a new rule that has come into effect April 1, 2020.
Additionally, members who roleplay a parent in a litter are allowed to have first choice of a kit. This must be discussed between both roleplayers before the litter is posted and then reflected in the adoption post (ie. where it says ‘taken by,’ the member must put their own name). This has been an unspoken rule on the site; however, we are now officially adding it to the Litter Request rules to make it formal.
We hope that this makes the kit adoption process more accessible to all members and creates a more diverse field of players between kits. Additionally, we hope that the new rule reduces the ‘omg kits!’ response and allows members to think more carefully about their kit adoption choices, since they are only limited to two.
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE --
This month we will start a new round of patrols after having a break in March. The conclusion of the February Patrols has introduced more elements to the site plot. Here’s a recap of what has happened so far:
REDWOODCLAN had a successful visit to the Tribe. Orchidshade realized she would need Lungwort, which only grows in LichenClan, to treat the disease further. When the patrol arrived home they discovered LichenClan had attacked during their absence.
Dissent and unease is growing in RedwoodClan as Finchstar calls for more night guards and border patrols. Finchstar intends to continue helping the Tribe but others think he should focus more on his Clan’s safety.
At the half-moon Cinderface refused to give Orchidshade lungwort. Briarpaw, however, went behind Cinderface’s back and showed the other medicine cats where to find lungwort on LichenClan territory.
- Curlycloud gave birth to 4 healthy kits
- Dawnlight and Loudstorm started a secret relationship
- Redfox is expecting Finchstar's kits
THISTLECLAN under the direction of Thievingstar, has stayed removed from the Redwood/Lichen conflict. However, recent events are prompting the she-cat to take action and landlock the tribe.
A recent rogue attack left Mistpaw crippled, and there has been an increase of rogue scents in their territory. Warriors have also noticed RedwoodClan scents leading to the sandbar. Disagreement on ThistleClan’s passiveness is on the rise between the clan mates.
After the Half-moon, Ratwhisker was barred from the Mooncave, disconnecting him from Starclan. However, Briarpaw has defied Cinderface and wants to help the other medicine cats talk to their ancestors and assist the tribe.
- Thievingstar named 7 new warriors
LICHENCLAN has extended their grip to the Mooncave. At the half-moon Minnowstar sent warriors to prevent the other medicine cats from entering the Mooncave. Orchidshade requested lungwort from Cinderface, who refused. Briarpaw, however, has decided to defy her mentor and help the other medicine cats.
Hemlockheart led an attack against RedwoodClan to find and kill Hemlock. While they gave heavy casualties to RedwoodClan they failed to find the tribe cat.
As Minnowstar becomes more unhinged, internal conflict is increasing in the Clan and cats are beginning to talk about rebellion.
- Shadowface gave birth to 2 healthy kits
- Quickstrike stepped int to help Shadowface raise her kits
THE TRIBE has noticed a rise in recovery since RedwoodClan’s visit to their island. The visit was marked with the passing of Swoop, and the revelation that Creek lost one of his four lives.
Sickness still hangs in the air, however, and not all the tribe members believe the Clan can be trusted. As warmer weather brings a rise in prey (and predators), the tribe debates the risk they face with the two mysterious and hostile Clans Hemlock warned them about.
- Creek lost his first life
- Swoop joined the Tribe of Endless Life
- Blackbird gave birth to 3 healthy kits
- Talon and Maple are now mates
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: Kits from the CurlyxYew, ShadowxYew, and BlackbirdxTalon litters should age up two moons. This will make the kits three moons old.
FUTURE UPDATES --
Unfortunately, we have decided to officially ban rain from the site because we cannot understand, or honestly, comprehend their full potential, and frankly, their raw, uninhabited power.
Members will hear rumors for sure -- stuff like 'wish was just jealous of rain ' or 'wish did not want to launch the site into the fifty-first-century, which is where rain is at all times.' But PLEASE remember that rain has 'too many characters,' 'created Nightclaw,' and 'actually wants to take over the site in a rampage of nervous, puking warriors and really uncool one liners.'
So PLEASE be on the look out for alternative accounts that may be rain trying to sneak in and hack the site. Report them immediately. If you see rain at any point outside of this site or on discord, remind them that they once created a character described as the 'Sasuke of Thunderclan,' and they will leave immediately in shame.
The Apostles Staff
This is our lame attempt at a April Fool's joke. but actually, please remind rain that they created a Sasuke-inspired character bc LMAO.For future updates, our current projects are art-related and will hopefully be completed in the near future. We want to add individual clan maps, camp maps, and additional award icons. Instead of banning rain from the site, we'll just continue to torture them with art request.As usual, if you have any suggestions or ideas for features we can implement onto the site, please reach out to a staff member and we will add it to our list if it fits the site!
The Apostles Staff