EASTERN LANDS is an 18+ mature historical fantasy site based on Tamora Pierce's Tortall works. Focused on court intrigue and consequence of action, we are not for the faint of heart. Prepare to win, or die.
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Jul 2 2017, 03:41 PM
It goes without saying that applying is the most tedious part of the game, and often involves diving headfirst into a ton of lore that can be a little overwhelming. With that knowledge in mind, the staff has tried to make this process as painless as possible for you - thus we introduce the Registration Guide, a handy-dandy reference to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. This article will cover pre-approval questions, the application process and how we do it, and what happens post-approval so you know what to expect.
PRIOR TO APPLYING
Before you begin applying for a character on Eastern Lands, we encourage you to check out our Claims Directory to ensure a number of things - available faces, fiefs, families, occupations, and so on. Our directory holds a vast amount of information for you to prepare yourself for applying.
You are also expected to have read through all of the Basic Information on our Compendium as this is essentially the required reading. It's recommended you also touch on any articles pertaining to your potential character concept to better understand how the world works around them.
Have a character concept you enjoy playing, but aren't sure how they may fit into our world? Drop a post in our Character Concepts thread with your general idea. Staff will reply to you with potential possibilities for them!
THE PROFILE APPLICATION
Once you have everything sorted out and ready to go, now is when you start your application. Rather than the traditional "post-and-wait" methods of most sites, Eastern Lands utilizes a Profile Application. This means if you access any character's main profile on site, you will see all the information pertaining to their application.
To fill this information out, click Controls above, and then follow to Edit Profile Information. As you see, there are a lot of fields to fill out - don't get overwhelmed! All of this is generally standard information.
We asks that most of the text box information - Timeline, Skills & Education, etc - be done in bullet point style. This makes it easier to read, and saves you a lot of work in the long run. Ultimately though, these sections can be done however you wish. They do accept basic HTML, though the <*br> tags are unnecessary.
Once you have completed your profile entirely, it is time to submit to the Profile Review thread, which essentially allows staff to know that your profile is complete and ready to be read over. At this time, we ask you to ensure you've completed the pre-approval checklist:
Every item in the profile is filled out to completion. Avatars are of appropriate size. Secondary image is included, also of appropriate size. All pertinent Badges have been bought and applied. Secrets & Goals have been sent in to a staff member. Family Lists have been sent in to a staff member. Claims have been fully made.
SECRETS & GOALS
As part of immersion into the political intrigue that defines Eastern Lands, an additional pre-approval requirement belongs here. Upon completion of your character's profile, we ask that you send in Secrets & Goals to one or all staff members - we ask that you send these via PM, not Discord! This is so we can preserve the information easily.
Please title the PM Secrets & Goals: Character Name. In this PM, you should include the following:
Major Secret: At least one (1) major secret, something the character does not want others to find out if at all possible. Minor Secret: At least one (1) minor secret. This can be serious, or silly. Long-term Goal: At least one (1) long-term goal the character aspires to. Short-term Goal: At least one (1) short-term goal the character aspires to.
What will staff do with this information?
Goals are straight-forward, our aim is to provide members with various plots and events that may unite characters with similar goals and aspirations, and hopefully achieve them. Secrets are a different matter. We will use these to better know the characters we are orchestrating our plots for, and if we feel a character's secret may impact a plot, we will notify you, the member, and ask if you want to take part or have the secrets revealed.
POST-APPROVALOnce your character has been approved for staff, a couple things will or may happen. First and foremost, your character will be assigned a Reputation based on a number of factors - their personality, secrets, goals, upbringing, and so on will all help us determine what sort of reputation they will begin with. Once this has been set, it is up to your character to maintain, raise, or lower their reputation as you desire.
Over the course of your time on Eastern Lands, and while your character is actively in play, you may also receive Staff Rumours placed on your character's profile. These rumours cannot be edited or removed by anyone other than staff, and are meant to reflect your character's choices and consequences as they navigate court affairs.