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We are a site based on & inspired by the concepts of Rise of the Guardians, and therefore our main emphasis is on original characters derived from fairytales, fables, mythology and folklore in combination with canons from RotG + Guardians of Childhood. This is not necessarily a rule, but it is absolutely integral to our site and if you attempt to diverge from it then you will be violating our basic genre and aim. Please note that these rules are subject to change at any time, with or without notice. If you have any concerns or suggestions about them, personal message any administrator.
registration RotB utilizes the subaccount feature. Register first with your OOC name; this will serve as your parent account. Register subsequent character accounts with the character's first + last name (or only first, or their fairytale title, if that is more appropriate) in ALL CAPS.
You MUST create a parent account and character account, both registered in all caps. No member or character will be accepted until you have done so. If you have registered incorrectly, you can change your own registered name under the User CP function. You do not require approval to rename your account - you can do it manually.
behaviour There will be no bullying, harassment, discrimination, disrespect, or hate speech directed towards any other individual. Members are expected to behave maturely, respectfully and tactfully at all times. This rule applies across the entire board and any connected media: posts, personal messages, instant messages, and the Cbox. Those found in violation of this rule will be given warnings, leading up to a formal dismissal from the site upon repeat offences.
rating We have a premium subscription and a rating of 3-3-3, which means we allow mature topics, but we tend to encourage PG-13 content. Going beyond that is perfectly fine. All explicit sexual acts, heavy violence, and gore must have an [M] in their titles. We ask that players use tact, and to avoid writing gratuitous detail when it comes to disturbing matters. High-rated content must be clearly discussed and agreed upon between their respective writers to ensure no one is made uncomfortable before or during threading. Innuendo and discreetly-elaborated mature content is encouraged as an alternative if agreements for explicit scenes cannot be made. Please keep in mind that 3-3-3 is not an invitation for excessive smut, and characters whom are fixated on overly graphic themes. Such content is not the focus of our site.
taboos Topics of a sensitive or taboo nature will be examined carefully and should be mentioned only with caution, moderation, education and respect, otherwise they may be asked to be edited or removed. All sensitive topics will require usage of the topic tag for triggers, and a note at the very top of the first post to inform the reader of its contents. These include psychological illnesses, terminal illnesses, self-harm, rape, incest, cannibalism, and all forms of abuse. It is expected that members who will include such topics in the histories of their characters or in the content of their threads will have done ample research to give such topics the gravity and respect that they deserve.
skill We expect members to write at an intermediate to advanced level. While each member has their own writing style, our writers must practice meaningful storytelling in each of their threads. All writing and communication must be comprehensible and of good quality without spelling errors or incorrect grammar.
We expect members to write at an intermediate to advanced level. While each member has their own writing style, our writers must practice meaningful storytelling in each of their threads. All writing and communication must be comprehensible and of good quality without spelling errors or incorrect grammar.
While some posts may contain snippets in various languages, the main language of the forum is English. Writers are expected to be at an native level or upper intermediate (CEFR B2 level and beyond) . The staff reserves the right to contact a user in the early stages of the app or to deny an app over concerns of English fluency. For more information please see here.
word count None. Remember to try to give the other players something to work with, and please respect your differences in this regard; some love short posts and others love long posts. Having more words in your posts does not make it more meaningful in the same way that having less words in your post does not make it less meaningful. What matters is the details you provide, and being respectful to your partner. Whatever your preferred style, go for it! However, be mindful - if a partner asks for more detail, please be courteous and edit your post.
There is no limit on the number of characters a member may play, as long as they are able to handle all of them. Be realistic; if the staff feel you are making new characters just for the sake of it, you will be contacted. Our policy is thus: You must have had at least one thread with all of your characters, either currently or in the past, before making a new one.
When apping a new character, consider the activity of your current ones; if activity with more than half of your characters is sparse, staff reserves the right to deny a new character's creation until we trust that you will be active with them. If staff does not believe your activity will improve, we may enact a full-time character cap. This is nothing personal, we simply require that if you are playing multiple characters, you be active with all of them, especially if you are playing multiple canons from multiple folklores.
Members who are under a character cap who wish to apply for a new character MUST first contact a staff member. If we believe your activity is suitable, we will remove the cap. If not, you will be notified.
Characters in general (whether original or canon) must suit the rest of our theme and rules. They cannot be excessively melodramatic or farcical. This does not mean in any way that we will be excluding villainous characters, but subtlety and skill in characterisation is highly important.
Rise of the Believers has a system which will allow members to create NPC characters which do not count towards their roster. These are characters who are significant to your plots, but don't warrant a full application of their own. Note that NPC characters are playable by anyone, not just you. Also note that NPC apps are not to be abused; if it looks like a member is using the NPC system unfairly (creating extremely overpowered NPCs, for example) they will be contacted and the NPC will be removed. An apped NPC character may only be in a total of TWO threads on their own at once (that is, you are only writing as the NPC character, and not as any of your played characters along with them), while played characters may be in an unlimited number of threads.
Major canons can be made into an NPC application. In some cases, it's necessary in order to move existing plots forward. However, if a member, new or old, comes forward with the hopes of applying for that character as one of their own, they have the right to supercede the NPC application with the one they create. However, we ask the member to be courteous and bear in mind the plots that involved the previously-NPCed character.
A member may have no more than two (2) characters from the same canon. They cannot be personally related in any way. This is to ensure no single member is "hoarding" an entire group of characters to themselves and ensures fairness across the memberbase and to new applicants.
Staff has placed a cap on Golden Age Survivors. There may be no more than 20 on the site at a given time. Currently, there are 10 slots open.
Canons adapted from other fandoms will be highly monitored and limited. As we are a largely magic and fantasy-based site that takes place in the real world, any adapted Canons must fall into the appropriate genre and world setup. Please see our Characters & Usergroups topic for more information.
Canons from either folklore or fandom adaptations are first-come, first-serve. We advise you use the reservation system we have in place on the Canon List page.
Please keep in mind: Until your character has been approved, you may not post in the Plotting forum. Applicant accounts are unable to post there; however, for members who have previously created an application and have been approved, we ask that you not use your Storyteller account to plot with a character that has yet to be given approval. We may ask you to change aspects, or flat out deny the character; as such it's improper to start plotting without proper approval.
In addition, it is expected that members who have plots together maintain good communication between each other and keep each other in the loop. Remember - things that happen to your characters can affect others. Clue in your partners and other players who play characters close to yours. Furthermore, you MUST make sure your thread partner(s) consent to the material within your threads. This is not limited to mature content in threads - you must always make sure that your partner is comfortable with a plot before progressing forward.
graphics Play-bys are not mandatory, but are encouraged for reference's sake. If used, they may be real people (known figures such as celebrities and models), animated people (i.e. from animated movies, video games, comics and anime) or art (your own work, or another's work which you have given credit somewhere, e.g. linked in your profile). Duplicate play-bys are permitted if discussed beforehand with the original play-by owner.
Large avatars must be 250 x 450px. Smaller avatars are 150 x 150px. Even if your character does not have a chosen play-by/face-claim, please give their profile an avatar of some sort anyway - for example, it could just be something that pertains to their theme or something else pretty.
Although our rating is 3-3-3, we do not allow nudity, gore, or unsettling themes in any graphical content, as there is no barrier that can be made with seeing a graphic as opposed to clicking on a thread.
activity Activity checks will be run approximately once a month, or according to the staff team's discretion. OCs and non-RotG/GoC canons only require one post per month, but anyone with a major canon will require TWO posts. They will require proof of in-character posting and/or plotting, or a valid absence note. If you are not able to be active, please do the courteous thing and let us know if you can instead of just disappearing!
Roleplay flourishes when players work seamlessly together to weave a story. When that story grinds to a halt for one or more reasons, it can hinder either a single player or an entire plotline. To prevent this from happening, it is important to note that the following attitudes towards RP will be regarded by staff and treated on a case by case basis. When deemed appropriate, a player exhibiting one of these behaviors may receive a temporary character cap. These behaviors are as listed below.
- Frequently abandoning or neglecting existing characters, in favour of new ones.
- Failure to keep partners updated with RP schedules, e.g leaving your partner in the dark and taking several months to reply to their thread.
- Disappearing from the board for extended periods and coming back to post last minute absence notices more than once in a row.
Rise of the Believers is a writing-focused site that uses minimal game mechanics in any form of combat. You are not expected to follow any set of specific combat rules unless by your own choice, except in the case of Site Events. In the case of a site-wide event, we use a basic dice system to ensure fairness, which is described on the Combat System page.
If it is brought to our attention that a member is cheating this system, staff may intervene and perform rolls in the place of the player in question. If the behaviour continues, the player may be unable to participate in combat events for a duration of time, or permanently.
Members are allowed to create large-scale plots outside of site-wide events. However, if your plot has the potential to be world-changing (such as levelling a city, starting a war, etc..) we expect that you speak with admin to receive permission first. Staff may reserve the right to either watch or assist as NPCs to ensure the plot is unbiased towards a certain outcome, but we will always aim to ensure your end plot is reached. Failure to contact staff over this matter can result in the plot being frozen or staff taking complete control.
We ask that members bear in mind IC Consequences when making large-scale plots. Any actions your character takes can come back to bite them. If characters are seen avoiding appropriate consequences, staff will contact the member in question and see this rectified.
etiquette No godmoding, powerplaying or metagaming. This means no taking control of another player's character without permission, no overpowering your character and manipulating situations so they can win all the time, and no implementation of outside knowledge to influence in-character decisions and consequences. Administrators will heavily monitor this rule to ensure that all characters are balanced in their roleplaying. If you feel a particular character is unbalanced or is being written in an unbalanced way, message staff.
In addition, we ask that you use common courtesy and ask people before incorporating their characters into your own application. Respect their decisions in regards to how extensive their character's relationship to yours will be. Also, do not force plots onto other people, whether it be in the Cbox, via PMs, or on their plot pages. In other words, be considerate of other people and their characters, especially the main canons.
If your character has special abilities that may inadvertently lead to the control of another character (i.e. telekinetically making them float in the air), please roleplay the situation out in a manner realistic to your character's capabilities. If it is brought to our attention that you have failed to obtain player permission to control another character that is not yours, your thread will be frozen until a resolution can be reached between you and the player(s) involved.
copyright Plagiarising from other sources is strictly forbidden. This includes stealing art and graphics and declaring them your own, copying someone's application from another site, and copying canon information word-for-word from Wikipedia. Consequences for breaking this rule are severe; your application will be rejected, and you will not be allowed to apply for that character again. Repeat offenses will result in a member being asked to leave or outright banned.
Original member-made content at Rise of the Believers and its precedent, Guardians Arising, belongs to its members and creators, and the original concepts and ideas are credit to William Joyce and DreamWorks Animation.