Post by wish on Jul 1, 2020 16:17:15 GMT -6
JULY ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
As we continue into the summer, we have a few updates this month. Based on feedback, we are officially introducing the additional stats feature to the site. This new add on will allow for characters to earn different modifiers to assist them in battles or hunts and better add to their overall characterization.
In addition, we want to introduce a few new ideas we had regarding kit adoptions and new in-character resources, so make sure to respond to the questions in the survey and in the notes section of your OTM post. Otherwise, we have our usual OTM winners, plot updates, and clan news. We decided to continue focusing on our current plot threads this month, so we don’t have additional patrols or a contest to introduce at the time.
However, we are nearing our first year anniversary (September 6! like what the hell!), so we want to start thinking about fun rewards and events for our members that we can do in August. If you have any ideas for what we could do to celebrate, make sure to add them to the notes section of your OTM post! or reach out to us on the discord!
We also want to welcome alexaequitas , blue , fallenreaper , and jayce 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!
ADDITIONAL STATS ---
Over the past couple of months we have been working to develop an expanded modifier system for the dice system already established on the site based on member feedback. It is thanks to this feedback and criticisms that we have been able to create a modifier system that will hopefully encourage activity and creativity, while providing a more tangible way for development to reflect in battle.
While the dice system still remains optional, it’s popularity among members speaks for itself. Please check out the official expansion information post for all the details on how this new modifier system will work.
Another thing we presented to our members that was met with approval is a guide for interpreting dice ranges. We have now formally created dice ranges for both hunting success and damage in battle. These ranges only provide guidelines on how to interpret the dice rolls, so members still have control over the in-character actions and consequences. These ranges will hopefully provide better consistency across the site regarding dice rolls, while still allowing for creative freedom. The ranges have been added to the Universal and Battle Dice Rules.
We’re excited to implement these on the site. As always, if you ever have ideas or suggestions about anything relating to the site feel free to send a staff member a message. Changes like this wouldn’t happen without our member’s participation and feedback.
THE GATHERING UPDATE --
Currently, the Gathering is still active, so if your character hasn't been introduced to the thread yet, please do so. The leaders will make their announcements soon. We believe that this thread will last for a month (ish) due to the tension between the clans and nature of the announcements, which will be short.
Similarly, Minnowstar has taken her clan to the Mooncave to do a mass confession. If it is your turn to post in this thread, please do so. This will allow us to move the thread alongside the Gathering at a similar pace.
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 --
Please give kaz a big round of applause because he is our Member of the Month for July! Kaz is actually a member who has been with us through thick and thin! and was even active on our old site back when were angst ridden teens and 'rawr XD' was the trend. We don't think we can articulate how incredible it is that kaz found us again, and we're so excited that he is here! Kaz rps the characters: Shrewfur, Eggpelt, Flintheart, and Sunrise.
Kaz has been a breath of fresh air on the site with his incredibly original characters that never feel cliche or overdone. His unique spin on the typical warrior cat may seem a bit out of the box at first,
i mean Eggpelt?but they are so well written, and so well done, that we can't imagine them existing any other way! Each post has been a delight to read, and we look forward to all the posts to come!
When Kaz isn't crafting a literary masterpiece on the site, you can usually find him on the discord with his
kaz is typingcommentary, memorable quips, and absolutely devastating rhymes on Jackbox. Not to mention! He has created music for specific characters! which still blows our mind! He is always willing to offer advice, suggestions, and encouragement, which makes him a foundational member in the Apostles Community. Congratulations Kaz! You deserve it!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Rain has fought tooth and nail to make this C-OTM happen. That's right folks! Orchidshade is finally this month's character of the month! Congratulations maxx ! As the most level-headed medicine cat on the island, Orchidshade has proven herself to be crucial and praise-worthy character by offering to assist the tribe when no one else would and to train the other medicine cats in order to reestablish their connection with Starclan.
We know that it is her stoic devotion to the medicine cat code, and her own bitterly blunt persona, that has led her to be a much celebrated character on the site. She is a skilled medicine cat who wants to share her knowledge with others and ultimately ensure that her clan does not come across as week or foolish.
As a former warrior, Orchidshade is not bothered by the Lichenclan threat, and instead, has chosen to work with Briarpaw to undermine their control and find a new location to speak to Starclan. It is also her devotion to heal and assist the sick that has allowed Redwoodclan and the tribe to form a connection that could prove to be beneficial in the moons to come. So it with this, we want to say! Congratulations Orchidshade!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
After 10, long grueling months of will they or won't they? Tigerpool and Robin-nose have finally decided to make it official and 'date'!
but they're taking it slow of course.As the Ross and Rachel minus the misogynyof the site, it is no surprise that TigerxRobin has finally won Ship of the Month for July! Congratulations maxx and wish ! Their commitment to one another has been highly awaited! and we are all excited to see it finally happen.
These two have been toeing the line of a relationship since the end of last summer. From harmless flirtations to 'only friends,' Tigerpool and Robin-nose have been at each other's side throughout the war, and it only makes sense that their infatuation has flourished into love and an evidential relationships.
While the couple has support from their friends, family, and former apprentices, the future is still unknown! There could be many of surprises for TigerxRobin on the horizon! which makes this relationship so fun to read! Congratulations to Tigerpool and Robin-nose!
Nominations for August will last until July 17, 2020. Voting will then last from July 18, 2020 to July 31, 2020. 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]Notes:[/b] whatever here
NEW KIT RULE SURVEY --
Since the start of the site, the Clans and Tribe have been blessed with several adoptable litters. Based on member feedback, we have realized that our current kit policies may make it difficult for some members to adopt. As a result, we are gathering further feedback to potentially implement new kit rules to make it easier to obtain kits, while also ensuring that kits are adopted by active members. Please fill out this kit rule survey by July 17, 2020 to let us know your thoughts!
NPC BIOGRAPHIES --
To supplement our lore, we thought it would be beneficial and fun to create new NPC Biographies for deceased characters, such as old leaders and medicine cats. Though not as lengthy as full character bios, we hope that these will allow members to place names to faces of cats from earlier in The Apostles timeline.
Upcoming bios include Yarrowfrost and Froststar of ThistleClan, Heronstar, Sagestar, and Egretfeather of LichenClan, and Heatherstar of RedwoodClan. We hope to have these posted in the coming weeks. If you would like to see any additional NPC biographies, please let us know in the notes section of your OTM nominations! Thank you!
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE --
As green-leaf takes its strong hold over the Apostle Islands, the Clans and Tribe are increasingly facing trials and tribulations. Out of concern over increased Rogue activity, Thievingstar placed a guard at the Sandbar path to prevent cats from crossing over from either side. Keeping his promise to give the Tribe aid, Finchstar sent a patrol to bring life sustaining herbs to the sick cats. A battle between the Redwood and Thistle patrols broke out and during the fight Orchidshade and Mousepaw broke through ThistleClan’s defenses and crossed the sand bar to visit the Tribe.
The Tribe has found themselves at the mercy of Mother Nature. Storm damage stretches the healthy ranks of the tribe. Disaster was only waiting to strike, and while assisting with storm clean up the Tribe Chickadee is killed in a mudslide. Concern over the implications of the Tribe’s relationship with the mysterious Clans is on the rise as well. The uncertainty of their future leaves some in the Tribe feeling caught in a delicate balancing act.
While the tumult at the Sandbar was occurring, another drama unfurled in the conifer forest. Thievingstar, noticing Nettlepaw’s disappearance from camp, ventured in search of the young she-cat. The ebony shaded leader discovered the apprentice in the clutches of the rogue Curiosity. Thievingstar was able to save Nettlepaw, sending the injured apprentice to fetch for help, but not before Curiosity attacks her and takes one of her nine lives.
Alerted by Nettlepaw, a patrol of ThistleClan warriors arrive and a battle between Clan and Rogues breaks out as Curiosity’s lackeys also arrive on scene. Casualties occur on both sides, and Hawktail steps down from her deputyship after the battle. The stress then ledd Thievingstar to her breaking point. Striving to maintain control and appear strong, the leader becomes paranoid. While she names Firfoot the new deputy, she also informs ThistleClan of an enforced curfew, leaving the Clan to wrestle with uncertainty in their leader’s actions.
After the tense half-moon meeting, Finchstar holds a council of war with Redfox. They formulate a plan to liberate the Mooncave from Minnowstar’s pious grip. The battle, however, turns sour and RedwoodClan is forced to retreat after Minnowstar takes one of Finchstar’s nine lives. Under Minnowstar’s crazed control, however, some cats are forming a rebellion against her tyrannical rule. As their ranks slowly grow, members of the rebellion continue to hunt for allies.
Cinderface’s counsel to Minnowstar after her ominous half-moon vision drives Minnowstar even further down the path of tyranny. With her belief of the danger of the tribe confirmed, and the thought of her death now forcing its way to reality, Minnowstar decides to lead her Clan through a mass baptism rather than attend the traditional monthly gathering. Her deputy, Hemlockheart, however, rejects his leader’s idea and leads his own group to the waterfall under the light of the full moon.
Tensions are on the rise, and while the three Clans gather at the waterfall Minnowstar and Cinderface lead faithful LichenClan cats to the Mooncave. Only the passage of time will reveal how the drama unfolds.
Continued unrest survives in RedwoodClan as some rally behind Finchstar’s decisions and others question his leadership. Political tensions, however, coexist beside the normal flow of life, and the Clan continues to grow even in the shadow of war.
- A recent badger attack leaves Acornkit and Windpaw injured.
- The rest of Curlycloud’s litter are named apprentices. Aspenpaw (Ruefeather), Elmpaw (Rockjaw), and Larchpaw (Gullheart).
- Ravenfeather and Mousesong officially become mates and create a nest together.
- Tigerpool and Robin-nose official decide to 'take it slow' and date.
- Orchidshade has officially taken Smallpaw as her apprentice.
The threat of rogues presses further around the clan. Thievingstar becomes unpredictable while she tries to maintain control. Driven to the edge after deadly battles rage across the territory, she instructs her clan to abide by a strict curfew.
- Morningmist and Yewthorn welcome their first litter: Featherkit, Swallowkit, Dovekit, and Jaykit.
- Thievingstar loses a life in a battle with Curiosity.
The warriors of LichenClan are beginning to realize they must soon pick a side: stand with Minnowstar or stand against her. The slowly growing rebellion had their first official meeting to figure out how they are to function and resist their leader’s tyrannical rule.
- Spiderkit and Cresskit are named apprentices - Spiderpaw (Blizzardblaze) and Cresspaw (Hemlockheart).
- The rebellion has now grown to include Quickstrike, Shadowface, and Briarpaw.
The tribe continues to regain strength and reconcile the existence of the Clans in their lives. Slowly their lives return to normalcy - of sorts.
- Maple and Talon welcome their first litter: Starling that Swoops from Tree Tops and Orchid that Blooms by Night.
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 are now six moons, kits from the RedxFinch litter are now five moons, kits from the MorningxYew and MaplexTalon litters are one moon.
APPRENTICE AND MENTOR ASSIGNMENTS --
Since the kits have now reached their sixth moon, the CurlyxYew, ShadowxYew, and BlackbirdxTalon litters can all move up in rank and be played as apprentices and to-bes. For the clan kits, their newly assigned mentors are:
Elmpaw has been assigned to Rockjaw (Bandit )
Aspenpaw has been assigned to Ruefeather (wish )
Larchpaw has been assigned to Gullheart (Snow )
Spiderpaw has been assigned to Blizzardblaze (gammaneise )
Cresspaw has been assigned to Hemlockheart (c a n n a )
Remember to work with your mentors or tribe-mates over the next six months in order to meet the ceremony requirements.
*Acornkit was not named due to her injuries. She will become an apprentice next month.
FUTURE UPDATES --
Once we have received feedback for the kit adoption rules and NPC biographies, we will use the answers to create a new rule for the kits, which will be shared in our next monthly update, and we will also hopefully post progress about the NPC biographies.
In addition, we want to kick off our One Year Anniversary starting in August, so expect another contest and/or event for next month! ICly, we would love to finish some of the older plot threads and the Gathering, so we can continue into the next phase of our site-wide plot.
We also want to thank everyone for their participation, contributions, and overall patience with the plot! We would not be able to do this without you. A lot of the twists and turns in the plot have been a direct result of member contribution, so if you want to have your character involved or have an idea, definitely feel free to shoot us a line. As always, we have learned to be better and to create better content from the feedback we receive from our members, so continue to reach out!
The Apostles Staff