[CDM] October 2016 News
[html]<h2 class="header-1 border">Cour des Miracles October 2016 News</h2>
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<h2>Cultural Growth</h2>
<p>The Court has been letting old traditions stagnate and fall into the deep spaces of memory. Unfortunately, old ceremonies cannot be revitalized and the feeling is that perhaps they should not be. The Court has survived war, flood, storm, and even the sky falling without warning to those below. That it continues to endure is a considerable success and so there must be made room for the new!</p>

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<h3>New Ranks</h3>
<h2>High Prince / Princess</h2>
<p>In order to add a little more dimension to those born in the Court, a secondary pup rank has been added. These are pups, aged 6-7 months up to a year of age. They are transitioned into these stages approximately when they first shift in order to begin learning a little about the various tiers of the Court. All pups in these ranks are expected to spend time in the various tiers, shadowing members that are willing to take them on to learn more. When in this rank, post counts / IC activity will bolster the chances they are promoted straight to Chevalier. </p>

<p>Ceremonies have received a face lift and a slight change.</p>

<h4>♠ Cérémonie de la Pierre</h4>
<p>The Ceremony of Stone. When a pup is born into the pack, the parents are offered either a small, private ceremony or a public one if they so wish. It is suggested that the higher the rank, the more likely that the ceremony be done publicly.</p>

<p>For the ceremony itself, the parent(s) are presented with rocks that will fit in two hands that are often sea-smoothed and carved with the names of the pups born. These stones are then laid out against the wall of the meeting place so that the names of those born will be remembered. </p>

<p>One will be hosted very soon, so be on the lookout for it! It will be non-mandatory but characters are expected to have attended.</p>

<h4>♠ Cérémonie de Cuivre</h4>
<p>The Ceremony of Copper. When they turn a year, High Prince and Princesses are expected to publicly announce their future rank choice (or lack thereof) and receive a gift that is suited to their rank. Young adults that do not announce their intended ranks will get a miscellaneous gift as they have not picked a tier. Threads made during this time may count for rank promotion threads into the Noble ranks. The ceremony is concluded with either the sowing of flower seeds in the warm months or juniper berries in the winter to symbolize the vitality of the young.</p>

<h4>♠ Cérémonie de Fer</h4>
<p>The Ceremony of Iron. When a canine reaches the higher levels of the Court, entering the Royal House or the Royal Court, they are honored with the Ceremony of Iron. Akin to the old traditions of Courts, they are tapped on both shoulders with a sword of iron. They are then presented with an item of use to their station or of high value depending on the rank. The ceremony denotes both the iron sword used and the steadfast and ironclad will that these members are expected to posses.</p>

<h4>♠ Cérémonie d'Argent</h4>
<p>The Ceremony of Silver. This is the usual marriage ceremony with little variation. These are not necessarily required by the pack to declare mateships and are entirely voluntary. Silver in the form of jewelry is exchanged to denote the ceremony, though is not required if the ceremony is performed at all. Members of the pack are encouraged to attend and host the feast for the newlyweds.</p>

<h4>♠ Cérémonie d'Or</h4>
<p>The Ceremony of Gold. When members of the Court die, they are honored with the ceremony. Depending on the season, members are encouraged to leave gold-themed items with the deceased, though it is mostly symbolic in name to honor a life lived. The services will often vary depending on the member's standing in the Court at the time of death, the wishes of the deceased's family, as well as the manner of death. Traitors do not receive the Ceremony of Gold and are not honored after death.</p>

<h3 id="minicon">The Meeting Place Mini-Contest</h3>
<p>Since the destruction of the coast, the amphitheater has been lost to the sea. Alder has since found a replacement location for the Court to meet that will serve as the new meeting place. It will also be home to the stones from the Ceremony of Stone. For a little more information, see this thread and be on the lookout for the updated territory section on the website and wiki.</p>

<p>As the location is in need of a name, members are encouraged to PM the pack account in order to submit name suggestions. Members may submit up to <b>three (3)</b> names. Later this month, all the names will be put into a poll for people to vote on! For every submission, you get 10 game points. The winner gets an additional 20 game points.</p>

[b]Proposed Name:[/b]<br>[b]Name Meaning and Origin:[/b]

<h3>Other News</h3>
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<h2>Month-long Mischief</h2>
<p>As a bonus for the month of <s>Halloween</s> October, any threads where there is mischief to had, shenanigans to partake in, and tricks to play, will receive a bonus 15 game points. Additionally, anyone who submits <B>two (2)</b> threads with this theme will receive a Halloween themed doodle!</p>

<h2>Upcoming Events</h2>
<p>There will be a few more news posts later on this month, so keep an eye out for them! We have more fun things planned for everyone ;D</p>
[html]<h2 class="header-1 border">Cour des Miracles October 2016 News Addendum</h2>
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<h2>Rat (<a href="http://soulsrpg.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=1227">Abigail Sadira</a>)</h2>
<p>A big warm welcome to Rat as our new OOC Manager! Hurray! :D She will be handling our wiki and on-board maintenance needs. We're sure she'll do a bang-up job of it, too. ;)</p>
Very Late © on this event but anyone with threads from that time should submit them here or pm the pack account with your doodle requests!
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