JOINING AND PLAYING A BLOODLINE
- Every player is welcome to apply to join a character of a special magical bloodline, as long as they have read and fully understand each of the lore books and agree to their terms. Open bloodlines are species that anyone may join whenever; closed bloodlines are only open to a select number of players at a time, and require an application process to join.
- Anyone interested in playing a magical character must have an active Discord account
- Closed, but not open, bloodlines may have a waitlist for players who wish to create a character of that species. You must ask the creator of a closed bloodline when applications are open; submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be able to create a character of that species right away.
- If you break any of the terms of the magical beings (e.g. roleplay a vampire during the day, not allow your character to be killed if it calls for it) you will be warned to amend the situation. If you do not, you will stripped of whatever magical characters you had and not allowed to have any further ones for 3 months. If you do it again, your character will be permanently killed and you will not be allowed to have magical characters for a full year.
- If players go on an indeterminate hiatus (meaning they want to take a break but do not know when they'll be back) OR if they become inactive/fail to respond to an activity check/don't have an active Discord presence, their characters will NOT go up for adoption;
however, in the case of missing an activity check, those characters will still need to be rejoined. Character names that are lost as a result of failing to respond to an activity check will be up for grabs.
- Players who communicate with staff and let us know that they will be inactive for a period of time may rejoin their special characters immediately (as long as they ask the creators of closed bloodlines if they can have their character again).
- Players who "ghost" the site will need to earn back their magical beings. This can be done by posting at least 5 times, at least 300 words per post, during a season. These posts should be recorded on the Activity Checks page.
- It is the player's responsibility to tie up any loose ends and communicate with their roleplay partners if they wish to suggest a specific reason for the absence of their magical character; otherwise, just as with non-magical breeds, other characters are free to speculate what happened to the magical being who disappeared.
- The exception to losing a character while in hiatus/inactivity is if the magical being in question is a vampire. Vampires must still be rolled for every season, or they will starve to death. Players have the option of appointing another player to roll for them while they are gone, or to buy a "season without feeding" prize - which can only be used once every game year (6 months IRL)
The Vault exists for players to keep their characters in a safe place while they wait to be active again (see rules on the Vault). If a player goes inactive without storing their magical beings in the Vault, they must earn back their privilege to play their magical beings. They will have the opportunity to do this once they've collected enough points for the next point collection cycle (earned enough points for 1 character slot).
- Players who quit or are banned from Blossom Forest will have all their magical beings deleted. As with all deleted characters, these will be considered dead - and can never be rejoined. Unless the player has written a death post before leaving, their deleted magical being will not get a spot on the I Ndilchuimhne board. They are responsible for communicating with their roleplay partners if they want to explain the specific details of their magical being's death. Players who do not wish their magical beings to die should not quit the site, but go on a long hiatus instead. Banned players have no say in this.
- If staff deems it appropriate, a free magical being slot may be offered to players who deserve it. This slot is not an adoption of the magical character; rather, it is an opportunity to create an entirely new character of that magical breed.
- If a player quits and returns later, their magical being slot will not be waiting for them, and they must wait for staff to decide if and when they will have the opportunity to play a magical being again. This does not apply to magical bloodlines that are open for anyone to play.
- If the deleted character is a mutant, no free slot will be available. This is because mutations are technically open for everyone.
- Active players who wish to delete their magical beings may do so at any time for any reason, with the understanding that these characters are dead and may never be rejoined. There are two options for killing off a magical being:
- If the player wishes to keep their slot, they MUST write a post killing off their magical character. A magical being can be killed during fights with another player (>300 words) or you may kill them yourself (>1000 words). Only one magical being can die per post. Admins will put up the death post link on the I Ndilchuimhne board. After killing off their character in writing, the player may join a new character of that same magical breed.
- If the player wishes to delete their magical being without writing a death post, they may do so - but they will lose their slot. This means they cannot join another character of that magical breed, and must wait until if/when slots for that magical breed become available. It is not guaranteed the new slots will go to these players. Staff may decide to allow the player to give their sacrificed slot to another player.
- No rolls for magic-associated things (Tempest x soulmate, Tempest x Arcus Irae ward, Vampire x Thofta) will be performed until the corresponding post is written and posted. All requests must be put on either 1) The magical beings board or 2) PM to a staff member on Discord with all relevant information or it will not be rolled.
For a character to be kicked out of a plot or bloodline, they have to break a rule or law. They first have to be given a warning to allow them to amend the rule breaking. If they do not amend it or if there is a second offense, they will be kicked out, the character deleted.
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SUBMITTING A BLOODLINE
- A magical being "bloodline" may be considered "open" or "closed." An open bloodline means that anyone who has read the lore book and understands that breed's rules may join a character of that magical race. A closed bloodline is one in which only selected players may apply for to join; other players will have the opportunity to have a member of a closed bloodline should any character of that breed have a litter and adopt the pups out (or, in the case of the vampires, that character is infected with vampirism). The "password" for each bloodline will change every so often. An active Discord account is required for anyone interested in playing a magical character or submitting a special bloodline.
- When a player submits a bloodline to Blossom Forest - and it is accepted - it is then considered an integral part of the site and its lore. This means that if a bloodline creator leaves the site, any current members of that bloodline WILL NOT BE erased.
- If the creator wishes their bloodline to go "extinct," this means that no new characters may be born or created from that lineage. Existing characters will not be erased, and depending on fertility rules, may still have children that do not carry any traits of their bloodline (such as a Tempest having normal, non-Tempest or Haeld pups).
- Creators may choose to make their bloodlines extinct at any time, whether or not they leave the site, go inactive, or remain active. Creators may attempt to reopen the bloodline three months after it has gone extinct; the bloodline must receive support from a minimum of three players to open again.
- If a player leaves or goes inactive without specifying what will happen to their bloodline, it will be assumed that the bloodline is permitted to continue until staff is told otherwise. A player who has left or gone inactive may contact staff at ANY POINT after they are gone to update their bloodlines status.
- Creators can decide how an extinct bloodline will return, whether that means current lineage members may start having magical pups again, if current non-magical members of the bloodline gain their birthright, if fresh new characters can be joined, etc.
- Before a bloodline - open or closed - can be added to the site, it must be approved by staff. Staff members will discuss all aspects of the bloodline with the creator. A minimum of two staff members must approve the new line - and at least ONE of those staff members must be an admin.
- Before the line becomes "official," players must show interest. Once a line has been given the "Okay" by staff, the creator must post their idea on the Plots Board. A minimum of three players must show interest in the line within 30 days of the creator putting their ad on the Plot Board. Once three players have shown support, new characters of this species must be joined on the join board within 30 days. If enough players have not shown interest or joined their characters within these probationary periods, then the bloodline will be tabled. This does NOT mean that the line is done for - rather, the creator must wait three months before submitting the bloodline again.
- Players are only allowed to submit ONE open and ONE closed bloodline per year. Open and closed bloodlines may be submitted throughout the year. Closed bloodlines must go through the same probationary periods of garnering interest and joins as open bloodlines.
- Creator Responsibility encourages new bloodlines to be active. This is similar to Alphas needing to post every so often to keep their packs. Creators must run "activity checks" for their bloodline at the end of every season; "activity" in this case means that a character has posted at least ONCE that season.
If fewer than 3 characters of that species have posted during the season, the bloodline goes extinct. The three minimum characters must belong to three separate players (as a reflection of players showing interest in the bloodline).
- Creators may choose how many "slots" each player gets of their special lineage. Slots may be limited or limitless no matter if the species is open or closed. Creators of closed bloodlines may also choose how waitlisting works for their bloodline; however, ALL players must be given the equal opportunity to apply for closed bloodlines.
- Creators may ask staff to add prizes to the prize page regarding perks for the bloodlines; they may also request their bloodline to be included in the description of a current prize.
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As the staff of this site, we may change the rules anytime with or without written notices.
Azura and Xathira as administrators have the final say on all matters on this site. We really appreciate being treated with respect and will do our best to deal with issues fairly.
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Sandra Kuo retains all rights to the name and the site Blossom Forest.