[NC] Mid-May Newspost

POSTED: Fri May 15, 2020 1:58 pm

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We hope you’re enjoying the nice spring weather -- and staying safe! <3 We have some small updates and reminders for our mid-month newspost, but we’re also excited to share some content we’ve been working on the last several weeks! :D

Minor Updates and Reminders
  • Thanks to Mandi’s artistic talents, we have a new and accurate map of the Realm. <3 If you haven’t already, check it out!
  • We recently rewrote the descriptions for the Courts of Dusk and Dawn, clarifying their values (traditional, inward-focus vs progressive, outward-focus) and emphasizing that each court is a spectrum where anyone can find their place.
  • We are in the process of re-evaluating and updating some of the co-rank thread prompts. We hope to have a couple reworked each week, and will update you guys on Twitter when we do.
  • We added a small clarification to our co-rank policies about higher-tier prompts needing to be started after the previous tiers have been earned.
  • We have our first new guilds: Limthoron (a fishing guild) and the New Caledonia Trading Company!
  • How's that Dye Studio coming along? Do you have enough threads to earn yourself a rainbow temporary title?
Shadow Council Updates
While the cultural concept of the Shadow Council remains, we have removed the OOC elements of the temporary rank and icon. Due to the rarity of its implementation, we felt that the Shadow Council made more sense as a plot device than as another OOC feature. Any would-be criminals beware -- you never know who will be on the jury if your transgressions are discovered. ;)

Monthly Top Poster Points
We've decided to change how we award Honor for the monthly top poster. Rather than the singular top poster earning 50 Honor, we are spreading the love out a little bit -- the first place top poster receives 25 Honor, the second place 15 Honor, and the third place top poster 10 Honor. (If you received top poster in the past, you obviously get to keep the points that you earned!)

And now for the New Stuff!

Grand Quest Prizes
In our discussions, we realized that the final OOC reward for our Grand Quests was a little lacking considering the effort involved in earning the title. We brainstormed with you guys in the Discord and decided on a custom icon with the IC title as a hover-over… and settled on a magical and majestic unicorn!

(Don’t worry, it’s not going to be Phyllis. Unless you really want her.)

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The amazing and artistic Alaine designed this rainbow of equine beauties for us; their pose is a head-nod to “The Unicorn Rests in a Garden” tapestry! We have a vibrant array of colors to choose from to match your character’s aesthetic. ;) And if you want to tweak the hue a little bit, we're fine with that too! We hope that these icons will be a fun way to show off the Grand Quest titles you’ll earn!

New Pack NPCs
Warm weather brings new faces to the Realm: five new pack NPCs that all Caledonians can use and interact with in their threads! Each possesses a unique skillset that should make them entertaining, if not always useful. ;) Scroll on down to read their introductions!

As a bonus, until June 15, you can earn 15 Honor by using one of the new pNPCs in a thread! Just make sure you add the relevant thread to their wiki page (or post in Maintenance if you’re uncomfortable with updating the wiki).
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POSTED: Fri May 15, 2020 1:59 pm

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Here's an overview of the five newcomers joining our ranks! Each has a wiki page, too -- make sure you read over their information thoroughly before you include them in threads.

Rabbit • Wiki

Rabbit was born on New Caledonia's territory and raised there by absentee parents who abandoned him soon after his first shift. One day he awoke to strangers living in the lands that had been vacant for so long. After attempting to steal from the King, Rabbit was chased off by the City Watch to fend for himself -- but after surviving a lonely winter, he has decided that he would be better off in a pack. Rabbit is a good-hearted boy beneath his dour mood, if bashful about his namesake: his overly-large ears.

Rabbit has a knack for horses and contributes to the pack through various menial tasks and labor.

Ridgewell Hawkes • Wiki

Ridgewell Hawkes (who sometimes goes by Ridge) was recruited at an early age to join a group of wolfdogs as a mercenary in the wild north of Ontario. He took a keen interest in herbalism while training with them, and became the group's medic some time into his third year. Ridgewell is not squeamish and can sometimes be too blunt, though this only adds to his brutal charm. He is a bulky animal, with a smattering of scars that announce him as a soldier long before he even speaks, and a gruff brow that is often gathered into a firm frown. He is missing his right eye; the one that is left is a fiery shade of orange. Now that he is in retirement he is looking for a place to settle down that is quieter than the battlefields that he is used to -- and somewhere he can raise his six cats in peace.

Ridgewell is best known for growing and making use of herbs for healing.

The Dark Strider • Wiki

Few, if any, of Taur's clanspeople know this woman's true name; she is referred to only as the "Dark Strider." She speaks little and is neither social nor interested in the petty squabbles of the nobility and politics. A "lone wolf" by choice, she's an excellent hunter and prefers to hunt only the most dangerous game as anything less would be a waste of her skill. She's quick to take on new challenges, and because of her reputation the High Druids of Taur were known to employ her services to end any potential threats to the clan. With her standoffish disposition, it's unclear whether or not the tales of her deeds are honest or simply rumor. The Dark Strider is not outright hostile, but her presence and visage are unsettling enough to put anyone on edge.

A highly skilled hunter, the Dark Strider also knows how to butcher and tan the hides of her prey -- which were rumored to include the war's deserters. (Surely just a rumor?)

Ambrose Rose • Wiki

Hailing from England, Ambrose Rose is a well-traveled gentleman with a keen eye for women and debauchery. He sings for his supper and is often able to barter for passage using tales from his travels and the sparkle in his eyes. He was taught to play music by his father who passed away in a freak accident -- and though he says that he is traveling in search of his muse, perhaps this is a ruse? In Portland, he heard about the trials and tribulations of New Caledonia and decided to seek them out to offer his services as the Realm comes into its own.

A lute-playing, singing chronicler, Ambrose often makes up songs about the goings-on in the pack -- much to his comrades' chagrin.

Jasper • Wiki

Deep in the cavernous bowels of the Underthing lives an unlikely fellow. Undiscovered until now Jasper has lived in these caves for almost his entire life. Suffering from weak eyesight, Jasper is sensitive to bright (daylight), resigning him to the caves whenever the sun's glare is too much to take. Which is okay with Jasper! He's learned to adapt to his surroundings using his other senses and the companionship of the local bat population, even claiming a few as his personal friends.

In compensation for his poor eyesight, Jasper's sense of smell and hearing is unparalleled making him an ideal explorer. There's no better guide than this weathered creature of the night if his demeanor doesn't put you off, that is. Aloof at first and full of sass, persistent and kind-hearted folk may just earn themselves a loyal friend in Jasper, who's more than willing to throw himself into harm's way for his newfound people.

April May Fools?
That's it, no werebunnies in sight. That is unless Rabbit starts shrinking and exchanges his tail for a cotton puff. Did we fool you, or were you secretly psyched for Bunnicula 2: Electric Boogaloo?

So we're a little late on April fools, but what is time anyway? (Seriously, though, if any of you know could you tell us? Phyllis won't give us a straight answer.)
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