May Announcements | Activity Check || 2020 May 1, 2020 15:55:03 GMT -6
Post by wish on May 1, 2020 15:55:03 GMT -6
MAY ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
As new members continue to join the site, we’ve been working on introducing new plot elements as quickly as our patrol threads allow. We’ve also been reviewing content to make sure our rules and information are stated as clearly as possible, as well as validating specific policies to make sure they’re fair for all members across the site.
This month we have a thread contest, OTM winners and nominations, rule clarifications, plot and patrol updates, and an activity check!
This month we welcome artificio , BEAR , bombora , Izumakoto , KARARARA!! , Kenny , ravenvil , Serenity , and shire to The Apostles! We also want to welcome back gammaneise and Jas ! 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!
Lastly, as we enter the third
second? Fifth? Does time exist?month of quarantine, we hope that the site continues to exist as a creative and distracting outlet for members. The community we have forged over the last nine months has been fundamental to our own mental health and sanity as we navigate this new world together. These are strange times, so we hope we are able to continue to provide an escape for members!
As always, if you feel the weight of the world is too much, feel free to vent on the #i-need-a-hug channel on the discord! We’re all here to listen and reach out. And if you need a reason to laugh and forget about the state of the world for a little awhile, join on in the #the-islands-live channel for our weekly, Friday night game nights!
THREAD COMPLETION CONTEST ---
In an effort to wrap up plot-related threads in a more timely manner, we will be hosting a Thread Completion Contest for the month of May. The contest will run from May 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020. All participating thread members will be awarded points for each completed thread, with certain threads earning more points than others.
Finish thread: 1 pt
Create & finish a thread in the month of May: 2 pts
Finish a thread created before March: 3 pts
Finish a plot thread: 5 pts
The winner will receive their choice of the following prizes:
- Rare trait
- Extra character slot
- Best of 3 litter rolls
- Best of 3 battle rolls
And an exclusive, limited edition Thread Completion Contest Award to display in their awards collection!
Plus the coveted title that you're better than everyone else.
Members are responsible for keeping track of their own finished threads using the form listed at the end of the announcements. Once the month has ended, we will count the finished threads and announce the winner in the June announcements.
NEXT GATHERING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE --
As the half-moon comes to a close, we anticipate that the next Gathering will begin sometime at the start of June. We will continue to update members as we monitor threads over the next month, but we are hopeful we can start it on June 5, 2020.
If members wish to have a particular cat at the next Gathering, let us know in the notes section of the form listed below.
ACTIVITY CHECK --
Our third Activity Check will run from May 1, 2020 to May 22, 2020. Members have until then to comment on this thread with the form listed below.
The check will allow us to see if any High Positions need to be replaced, rematch mentor and apprentice combinations, and archive inactive finished and unfinished characters and threads.
Members who do not post in the activity check will have their characters and current threads archived. We will not delete characters on the off chance a member returns.
Characters in a High Position will lose their rank and be demoted to a lower status. Members who return with a High Position will not be able to return to their former rank.
Once the activity check is finished, we will announce the new available High Positions and reassign mentors and apprentices accordingly.
OTMs WINNERS AND NOMINATIONS --
The results are in! and we are excited to announce the winners for this month's OTMs! Congratulations all! ✨
MEMBER OF THE MONTH --
We want to congratulate c a n n a for winning Member of the Month for May! Canna has been consistently active on the site since we started in September and rps the characters: Hemlockheart, Scyamoreclaw, Nettlepaw, and Merlinpaw.
Canna has gone above and beyond providing us with accurate, genetic information for our litter rolls and characters across the site. Our cats would be a little less exciting, and a little less realistic, if you weren't here to guide us!
Not only has she wow'ed us with her genetics savvy, but she's also kept us consistently on our toes with her ever present characters
Hemlockheart is a daddy, and her willingness to toss herself into every plot scenario! And as someone who understands the importance and deliciousnessof potato salad, we salute you! Congrats c a n n a ! We can’t wait to see what you bring to The Apostles next!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
c a n n a has done it again! Because Hemlockheart is this month's coveted
and spicyC-OTM! Perhaps one of the most iconic cats on the island, Hemlockheart has proven himself to be a fan-favorite, so consultations! c a n n a for creating such compelling character!
Through his loyalty, indestructible will-power, and mighty strong, wound-leaving claws, Hemlockheart has quickly and effectively shown that Minnowstar made the right choice in appointing him as her trusted, right-hand man. Without Hemlockheart's savage brawn, Lichenclan wouldn't be nearly as feared.
With a knack for training apprentices and administering
deservedpunishments, it is no wonder this tom is a fan-favorite! May Starclan continue to shine on your success, Hemlockheart!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
While it had seemed unlikely,
the island bicycleYewthorn has finally decided to settle down with an unlikely she-cat, which leads us to congratulate wish and Annie for this month's S-OTM! Yew x Morning has successfully stolen our hearts and piqued our interests with their mismatched, but oddly perfect, romance.
While there are definitely some interesting times ahead,
oh? do you mean Yewthorn's two secret attic families?these to cats have shown that love can exist even in the strangest of circumstances, and that sometimes, the most unlikely pairings make the best couples.
Everyone can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two, and if their romance will last once the truth comes out. Whatever happens! They will definitely have their paws full! Congrats Yewthorn and Morningmist!
Nominations for June will last until May 15, 2020. Voting will then last from May 16, 2020 to May 31, 2020. Remember to vote with the form listed below.
KIT BIO RULES CLARIFICATION --
We received a few questions over the last month about the rules surrounding kit biographies and the length of time to complete them. The old rule stated that members had until the kits were playable, so two weeks after their IC birth, to create the biography. There were no listed consequences if a kit’s biography was not created.
To add some clarification to the rule, we have rewritten it to state that members have a month and a half to create the kit’s biography. This is from when the kit is adopted to when the kit is playable. This should be more than enough time to create the kit’s biography. If a member is unable to create the biography, but still wants to own the kit, please contact a staff member so we are aware of the circumstances.
If the kit has not been created within the allotted time frame, a staff member will reach out to see if the member wants to place the kit back up for adoption. As some members had assumed, we want to reassure you, the kits will not automatically be declared as stillborn.
PLOT THREADS UPDATE --
The past few months have been slow for plot-related patrols and threads. In an effort to increase these threads so all members can collectively enjoy the plot, we have decided to start labeling which patrols threads are plot-specific. If a thread is plot-specific, please make sure to prioritize this thread so that we can continue to move the plot forward.
If you are placed within a patrol, but due to real life reasons or circumstances cannot make timely posts, let us know so we can make adjustments to the patrol sooner than later.
THISTLECLAN DEPUTY AUDITION --
Unfortunately, Cat has decided to take an extended hiatus from the site. She may return sometime later this summer, however, this is not set in stone. Since she has decided to leave for the time being, Hawktail will be retiring from her deputy position.
This means that Thistleclan will need a new deputy to fill her vacant role. For in-character reasons, we will say that Hawktail retired due to trauma-induced wounds from a rogue attack.
If you are interested in the deputy position, check out the High Position Audition thread for the correct form and rules. As stated, auditions must have a completed character biography linked in the form in order to qualify for the rank.
Unlike past auditions, this will not be a first-come-first-serve situation. Members will have from May 1, 2020 to May 15, 2020 to create a character and apply for the position. Staff will then evaluate the auditions and choose the cat most suited for the role, plot, and overall site.
Please only apply to the position if you are confident that you can remain committed to the site. We understand that real life circumstances happen, and we are willing to work with you if any issues arise. However, we do not want to give the position to a member who will ghost us in a month. So please think carefully about this audition!
Note: Members who do not have a high position and an already accepted character (or see a character up for adoption who would work as a deputy) are free to apply with those. It does not have to be a new character. (However, we are aware that most of the warriors in Thistleclan are very young).
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE --
The start of May brings us closer to finishing various important plot threads. While we can’t announce any new ones until the current threads are finished, we promise that new patrols will be released shortly. As we work together to move the plot forward, here’s a recap of what's happening in each clan and tribe.
REDWOODCLAN is still reeling from LichenClan’s attack. Now that Minnowstar has asserted her authority over the Mooncave, some cats in the Clan think Finchstar should focus more on RedwoodClan’s needs and not the Tribe’s.
Redwoodclan has also taken some recent flak from Thistleclan as they continue to trespass on their territory in order to help the tribe. To combat this, Thievingstar has called a land lock on the sandbar.
After the half moon, Orchidshade has plans to meet with Ratwhisker and Briarpaw to search out the meaning behind mysterious dreams that might have been sent by StarClan. She has also acquired the elusive lungwort, which she can use to continue helping the tribe heal.
- Redfox has given birth to four healthy kits: Flamingkit, Cinderkit, Flickerkit, and Flarekit.
THISTLECLAN has spurred into action. After scenting rogues and RedwoodClan in their territory, Thievingstar has commanded the sandbar path to the Tribe island be put on lock down. However, things look foreboding for the Clan as the rogues become more hostile and openly attack any Clan cats they see.
To make matters worse, Thistleclan and Redwoodclan have started to become hostile with one another as Redwoodclan continues to pass through their territory to help the clan.
Ratwhisker, finding little support from Thievingstar, is forced to make his own decisions and work with fellow medicine cats, Orchidshade and Briarpaw, to find a new way to converse with StarClan.
LICHENCLAN's ruthless rule becomes more obvious moon by moon. Distrust between the Clan and their leader is on the rise. Minnowstar has been inflicting harsh punishment on cats whose loyalty she questions, and Hemlockheart has been tasked with testing those who do not align with Minnowstar’s values.
While Cinderface condones the decisions of Minnowstar, Briarpaw has gone behind her mentor’s back to assist the Tribe and meet with the other medicine cats. She has also confronted the warrior, Quickstrike, after the tom appeared to her in a dream, but he is unsure of what it means.
THE TRIBE is healing thanks to Redwoodclan's aid. With the warmer weather, however, comes new dangers. Recent storms have left the island damaged and after the bitter winter there has been an increase in predator activity alongside the prey.
While some cats grow more curious about the mysterious Clans, others feel threatened by the prospect of an invasion.
Since plot-specific activity was slow this month, staff has decided to put a freeze on aging for the month of May. All characters will remain the same age. Aging will resume in June.
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 will remain three moons, while kits from the RedxFinch litter are now playable at one moon.
THE MEGA FORM --
Since we have multiple reasons to use a form this month, we have decided to combine it all into one mega form. This form will include the Activity Check, OTMs, and the Contest form. Please respond to the thread with the form below.
[b]Name:[/b] Your name
[b]Character Name(s):[/b] Your characters
[b]Member nomination:[/b] Member's name
[b]Character nomination:[/b] Character's name
[b]Ship nomination:[/b] Ship's name
[b]Notes:[/b] List who you want at the gathering, if you want any characters archived, or if you think rain is an alien
[b]Thread Completion Contest:[/b]
[b]Completed threads:[/b] List all the urls here! Yes I know sorry! this sucks!
Note: You do not have to participate in the contest or nominate anyone for OTMs if you don't want to, so feel free to cut that from the form. You are only required to respond to the activity check portion, which are the name + character name lines.
FUTURE UPDATES --
rain is still banned. Also reports have indicated that they may be, or most likely, an alien -- which makes a lot of sense in retrospect. Continue to ostracize them from the site and discord. We cannot take any chances.
We continue to chip away at the various small updates that occur during the month, as well as smaller art projects, such as the individual clan maps and site awards. Bandit has also started to look into other dice plugin options, as our current plugin has been a notorious pain-in-the-ass. 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