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This is the official guide for getting started here on forest fires! Please check out other members guides if you find this one is lacking, but also know that this guide was created by the admin and is the only official guide!
The rules can be found here ( LINK ), please look them over to gather a better understanding of this forum.
Punishments Punishments will be very rare here, please do not be afraid that if you make one wrong step you'll be banned! I try to be a normal human and not throw my weight around, so instead of punishments if you break a rule or do something wrong, I'll instead try my best to just talk to you and sort things out.
Accounts On Forest Fires, we require one OOC account for all you trackers, profiles, plotters, adoptions, applications, etc. We also require one account per character. On these accounts, you will post will your characters.
Characters Any kind of character design is welcome, characters with deviating names, appearances, sexualities, and genders are all allowed! The only limit here is that we prefer realistically designed characters, and we avoid mary sue-eqsue characters. Other than that, deviating names, sexualities, and gender are very much encouraged!
Hunting The hunting system here is basically: do whATEVER YOU WANT! Seriously. There aren't dice to roll or posts to wait for, just go for it!
Kits Kittens are super fun, and because I don't want to limit my fellow members, all litters will be designed by the parents' rpers! They don't have to be genetically accurate, and there can be as many or as little kittens as you want. They can have multiple fathers, or just one, its all up to you. When you've decided on the kittens, you can make a thread in the adoption board and give away the kittens there, unless you want to rp them yourself. Try to work together with the other parent, it's not just your choice or theirs, its a joint effort! The only exception I can think of to this is if you want to design all the kittens, and the other parent doesn't want to design any- in which case, go wild!
Butbutbut!!! I also very much love surprises, and I know others do too. Because of this, you can definitely ask me to roll some dice and make some genetically accurate kitties, and then I'll give you the reveal!
Fighting and killing When staging a fight, try to work together with your opponent. Be specific and detailed in your posts, and try not to force any injuries on other characters. If someone is forcing injuries on your character that you don't want, dm them and try to work it out. Instead of saying things like "Yellowfang slashed Brokenstar, blinding him." say this: "Yellowfang swung her paw diagonally, aiming to blind Brokenstar. Her swipe was quick, it would be a hard attack to evade." Also, try not to let your character evade every attack on him and land every attack on his opponent, try to let your character lose some and win some. This makes it more interesting, tense, and fun for all of us! When you wish to kill another character, ask the roleplayer's permission. If they say no, please respect their decision and do not kill their character. If your character is trying to kill a kitten, you don't need permission to do so, however if the parents are around during the rp, then you must ask the parents' roleplayers for permission. If they say no, then they will defend their kit and you will not be able to kill it. If the parent isn't around, kits are vulnerable and can be killed easily.
Time This site goes by fluid or liquid time. Your character can be in multiple places at once, however if you favor traditional time, you can easily avoid this by just keeping track of where your character is.
The Deceased When playing characters who live in the after life, whether DarkClan or StarClan, there's some general laws that they must follow within this universe.
One of the most important and easiest things to understand, is that DarkClan is basically the dark forest. They're known as DarkClan in this world, and are more so composed of cats who were full of hate when they died, or cats who were against the warrior code or broke it often. DarkClan can also contain 'cursed' warriors, warriors who did something to upset StarClan (or DarkClan, but this is more rare) or who disrespected a sacred figure like the owl.
Warriors in the after life can communicate with the living. DarkClan and StarClan can both heavily influence the clans and can even give lives to leaders and prophecies to medicine cats.
DarkClan cats live in the void, a place that is grey or black and is usually devoid of light, there is also a heavy silence that's only occasionally broken by the sound of clattering pebbles and the chirping of rats, but those who live here never see any signs of water or prey.
StarClan cats live in the beacon, a huge orb of yellow or white light, where the gentle sound of bubbling water or whistling birds can be continuously heard, however not seen.
These warriors can both appear is physical form, however they are VERY vulnerable and this is rather dangerous, or they can appear in dreams which is less dangerous but still leaves them weaker than if they had stayed in their beacon of void. Because of this, DarkClan cats usually choose the safer side of appearing in dreams, because they are generally not favored by the clan cats and will usually be attacked in physical form. StarClan cats on the other hand usually appear in physical form, as it leaves the surrounding cats more likely to remember and believe what they saw and heard.
Word Count There is no word count on FF. For more advanced writers, one liners are discouraged, but can be used in some cases. For beginners, it's okay to use one liners, but try to write at least a paragraph for every other post if you're frequently using one liners. Short posts are hard to respond to, so try to write more than your roleplay companion each time you post!