Post by wish on Aug 1, 2020 17:00:57 GMT -6
AUGUST ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
As summer starts to wind down and our first anniversary looms on the horizon, we have a few new exciting updates this month. First, we have a new post-related contest due to the success of the first finished thread contest we hosted in May! We have a lot of cool prizes in store, so make sure to participate. Based on the feedback we’ve received, we also have some new kit rules, which will allow the parents of the litters to have more control over who adopts their kits.
Additionally, we have a handful of new NPC biographies to introduce to the site. This addition will further expand our lore and provide more context for the cultural and historical significance of each clan and tribe on the island. Lastly, we have our OTMs winners, monthly patrols and plot updates, ageing, and mentor and apprentice assignments for the Red x Finch litter + Acornkit to announce.
We also want to welcome artdumpster , azazel , Boiled-Pizza , cygnus , duchess , fireheart , ginger , kiwi , lush , mongoosemongeese , and silky 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!
POST COUNT CONTEST ---
Due to the success of the finished thread contest we held last May, we wanted to host another thread/post orientated contest in an effort to finish some old threads before September. As suggested, this time we will be focusing on post counts instead of completed threads. Members will be rewarded based on the amount of posts they’re able to create from August 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020.
To determine the different tier levels for prizes, we averaged the post counts from our active members, which was around 10-15 posts, and then increased that number in order to challenge our members to post more than usual. The prizes for each tier are listed below.
Tier One: 1 Post --
Tier Two: 15 Posts --
Custom posting template
Extra 3 rolls to redeem on a battle move or other dice action
Tier Three: 30 Posts --
Custom posting template
Custom colored anniversary-themed art base (character from TA)
Extra 3 rolls to redeem on a battle move, other dice action, or on a litter roll
Tier Four: The Winner (member with most posts) --
Custom posting template
Custom colored anniversary-themed art base (character from TA)
Full body character art from Wish
Members have to keep track of their own post counts in this thread, similar to the finished thread contest. This will most likely accumulate a lot of links, so mark it however works best for you. Staff will be able to validate your post count in the recent posts tab of your member profile, so keep this in mind when recording posts
The form for this contest will be included in the OTM form closer to the end of the announcement. If you have any questions, please reach out to a staff member.
NEW KIT RULES --
Based on the feedback we received from our recent survey, we have rewritten the kits rules. It looks like most members wanted a combination of ‘parents choose the adoptee based on their own rules,’ and ‘parents choose the adoptee based on their plans for the kits.’ Because both of these options are tied, we have decided that the new rule for kit adoptions is that parents can create their own reasonable rules for the adoptees. However, if they are unable to come up with their own rule, the default criteria for an adoptee is to answer the question: What is your plan for the kit?
To make this process easier, an editable form has been added to the litter rules for parents to copy/paste into the litter post, so adoptees can fill out the form when applying for a kit. As a reminder, while parents are able to devise their own rules for the kits, we want to make sure that members are not creating ridiculous rules for adoptees to jump through in order to adopt a kit. Keep the process simple.
Parents will be also expected to list a deadline for adoptees to post their application for the kit, and then for the parent to choose the member. We recommend one week, and at most, two weeks, so adoptees will have enough time to complete the bio.
Lastly, we also asked members if adoptees should have a deadline to finish their kit bios in order to keep the kit. The overwhelming answer was yes. When asked about the specific amount of times, the most common answer was around a month to the time the kit becomes playable.
Based on this, adoptees will have until the kit becomes playable, so a month and a half, to complete the kit bio. If they do not complete the bio, (we will make sure to send reminders if the member is active), the kit will go back up for adoption, and the parents can pick a new adoptee. If you have any questions about the new kit adoption rules, please contact a staff member.
NPC BIOGRAPHIES --
Our first NPC Biographies are ready to read! These are supplemental texts meant to flesh out notable cats from the Island Timeline. For this month we have completed biographies for Heronstar, Sagestar, Hollythroat of LichenClan, Heatherstar of RedwoodClan, Froststar of ThistleClan, and Rain that Waters the Land of the Tribe. The bios next in our current list are:
- Black Bear
If you have any requests for more cats you’d like to see, please let us know, and we can collaborate on a bio.
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 would like to extend our congratulations to catalysta for being our member of the month for August! Cat has been with us since the start of the site! and we can't be more thrilled that she was able to return to us after her hiatus. The months without her brilliant characters and supportive presence in the discord were worse than the Great Waters themselves. She is a foundational members of this community, and we're so excited to celebrate her! Cat rps the characters: Rowanpath, Silkfeather, Hawktail, Willowshine, Shadowface, Spiderpaw, and Cardinal.
Cat has elevated our site through her various characters, who are all uniquely and wonderfully written and characterized. She is no stranger to throwing her cats into a plot and is more than willing to jump into any open thread, new or old. While she has taken a step back from her deputy position, Cat continues to aid us with multiple plot threads and has MANY loved characters on the site. There is no doubt that we would not be the same without her!
While Cat isn't rapid fire replying on the forum, you can usually find her on the discord helping others. Whether it's with art, characters, plots, or even general advice, you know Cat will be there to lend a hand. Not only is she one of the best newbie mentors on the forum, but Cat loves to also contribute to the community with her beautiful art, dank memes, and humor. She is a force of nature, and our community loves her for it! Congratulations Cat! You deserve it!
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH --
Is that a blur? Is that a streak? No! It’s Quickstrike zipping in to steal everyone’s hearts as Character of the month! Congratulations Annie ! While this reserved tom has mostly kept his head down and stuck to the shadows, it is no secret that his determination to mend his clan and assist the rebellion has made him a popular character on the site, whose development is well worth watching.
Once an apprentice to Hemlockheart, Quickstrike quickly learned what was needed of him to become a trusted warrior of this clan. While he did not outwardly support the cruel methods his leaders used to control their clan, the tom knew better it was better to keep to himself than to make a fuss. However, once his friend Shadowface asked for his assistance to raise her kit as his own, and he started to see the true horrors around him, the tom found his own voice and became a noted member of the rebellion.
It is this beautifully written arc that has made him such an exciting character to read! and we can't wait to see where Annie takes him next! He is a force within Lichenclan, and with his assistance, the rebellion may stand a chance. Congrats to Quickstrike and Annie!
SHIP OF THE MONTH --
Two clans, both alike in dignity, In the fair Apostles, where we lay our scene…
As one of the forbidden romances in our wonderful community, we want to give a big congratulations to Cloudstep and Snowfeather for winning our ship of the month! Congrats Dreamer and Snow ! These two white love doves have shared a carefully crafted romance that has slowly burned since last summer, and it is no doubt that their attentive tenderness for each other has proven to be a fan favorite among members!
It is no secret that Cloudstep and Snowfeather would cross territories, lakes, and worlds to make each other feel safe and contended. Even with Lichenclan's ever-looming-threat, Cloudstep continues to meet with the meek Snowfeather, proving that their loves has no bounds.
Will their difference of clans and lifestyles keep them separated forever or will they overcome these challenges and be united as one until the end of time? No doubt their tale will be one to keep watching as it unfolds. Congrats again to Cloudstep and Snowfeather!
Nominations for September will last until August 14, 2020. Voting will then last from August 15, 2020 to August 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]Post count:[/b] List posts here (you can link if you want, but its not required since we can verify these numbers)
[b]Notes:[/b] whatever here
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT UPDATE --
While the tensions rise between the clans, the threat of war boiling over threatens to reshape their relationships sculpted over the seasons. Mysterious dreams and messages sent to the medicine cat’s pull them together at the Gathering (excepting Cinderface). The Tribe is also threatened as the knowledge of the Clans change the way they view their place in the world.
Note: Important and plot related threads are linked in the plot summaries. Please prioritize these when working on posts to keep the site-plot moving forward.
After the tussle by the sandbar path (Wait for It Patrol), Orchidshade and Mousepaw (now Mousesong) successfully transported life-giving herbs to the tribe, but now something ominous looms in the future for the Clan. RedwoodClan is recovering from their failed attack to liberate the Moon Cave from LichenClan (This Kingdom is Ours).
- Finchstar lost an eye at the claws of Hemlockheart, and then one of his nine lives at the claws of Minnowstar.
- Leafpaw and Hazelpaw were named warriors - Leafdapple and Hazelberry.
- Acornkit will be named an apprentice - Acornpaw (Finchstar)
- Flamingkit, Flarekit, Cinderkit, and Flickerkit will also be named apprentices - Flamingpaw (Honeysnap), Flarepaw (Badgerbarb), Cinderpaw (Sycamoreclaw), and Flickerpaw (Tigerpool)
ThistleClan has found themselves in turmoil. A battle by the sandbar path (Wait for It Patrol) was followed by a deadly battle at the abandoned twoleg campground (The Fall of a Mother). There Thievingstar lost one of her nine lives, Nettlepaw and Hawkfrost were seriously wounded, and Cedarflame and Crowfrost were killed. Reeling from the aftermath of the battle, Thievingstar announced a new deputy - Firfoot - and also announced that no clan cat could leave camp alone and that all clan-mates had to be in camp from sundown to sunup (You Lost Your Mind in the Sound).
- Thistleclan is now under a strict curfew: No cat can leave camp alone and all clan-mates have to be in camp from sunset to sunrise.
LichenClan seemed the vision of strength during the battle for the Moon Cave (This Kingdom is Ours). The night of the Gathering, however, they are seemingly ripped in half. Half follow Hemlockheart to the waterfall to uphold the tradition of peace. The other half follow the pious Minnowstar and Cinderface to the Mooncave. There the faithful bathe in the water and confess their sins, renewing their bonds with their starry ancestors (You Must be Born Again).
Minnowstar is off her rocks.
Orchidshade and Mousepaw cross the sandbar to bring herbs to the Tribe (Perhaps, ‘A Friend to All is a Friend to None’, Strangers Like Me). The tribe continues to regain strength and reconcile the existence of the Clans in their lives. Slowly their lives return to normalcy - of sorts.
- The tribe continues to heal with the addition of new herbs from Orchidshade.
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 RedxFinch litter are now six moons, kits from the MorningxYew and MaplexTalon litters are three moons.
APPRENTICE AND MENTOR ASSIGNMENTS --
Since the kits have now reached their sixth moon, the Red x Finch litter can move up in rank and be played as apprentices. Their newly assigned mentors are:
Flamingpaw has been assigned to Honeysnap (Kazuko )
Flarepaw has been assigned to Badgerbarb (lackadaisy )
Cinderpaw has been assigned to Sycamoreclaw (c a n n a )
Flickerpaw has been assigned to Tigerpool (maxx )
Acornpaw has been assigned to Finchstar (rain )
FUTURE UPDATES --
Next month marks the One Year Anniversary for The Apostles! Which means we have a lot of fun activities in store for our members. We don’t want to give anything away, so we’ll keep that to ourselves for now
Until then! We want to thank all of our members for sticking with us, especially to those of you who have been here since we opened our doors in September. The fact that we’re still alive consistently blows our mind, and we know for a fact, we couldn’t have done it without all the wonderful contributions and feedback from our wonderful member base. We can’t wait to celebrate next month!
The Apostles Staff