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 Posted: Nov 15 2016, 03:59 PM
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Rules and Vital Information

Greetings, and Welcome to “Chronicles of Sha’Lazar” !!; more affectionately noted as “CoSL”


These guidelines and the accompanying information will assist you in your discovery and edification of “CoSL” ! Should you have questions that are not answered in these guidelines or the FAQs, do not hesitate to contact me, COSLAdmin by PM, or by email: playerfiles@aol.com!


Rules

Common Sense is the Best Sense:

Before reading the etiquette below, I would like to say thank you for showing interest in UB... and I do hope you shall stay and write some of the “Chronicles” with us...

Next, I would like to share the basic principal to summarize the question of time requirements and interaction between players/group management style
:

* This is a “work-favorable group”. This entails that there will be periods of high activity and periods of low activity. Those who join with us should appreciate that fact and understand while this is our hobby, it does not sustain us. Though we do have rules to go by.

* We make our group work with emphasis on communication. There is place on the board to announce any OOC items including absences, online schedules, and collaborations... and we do use DISCORD chat rooms for both IC and OOC discussions. Please use it.

* Respect is key. We treat one another as we wish to be treated, and are all the better for it. Instances of harassment IC and OOC will not tolerated for any reason. Point blank. A Word to the Wise is Sufficient !!

1.) DISCORD Chat: Be courteous and respectful at all. Discord allows everyone to enjoy the chance to interact with story members across the net.

2.) Topics: There are many topics which can make for strong and compelling stories, each in the right manner. Please label all board posts with sensitive content, so that a reader may make an informed choice. Our boards are open for business, so be tasteful in your descriptions while exploring your work.No overly graphic material (over explicit, hard 'adult' contents. These will be deleted by the Admin!. There is nothing that can be written on that can't be done with good sense.

- A simple note on how to write: In multiple people in a thread, please use turn based (abc) order. That allows each member to know when they need to post. If for some reason, that person scheduled to post is unavailable, please use DISCORD to discuss a resolution to the thread so everyone does not wait.

Signatures and Icons:
Signatures: max 500x300,
Avatars: 200x400

2a.) Participation: In order to join “Chronicles of Sha’Lazar” as a writer you MUST be 18 years old or older. And character (or NPCs) ages lower than 15, must be approved by an Administrator, and at no time become involved in carnal knowledge or acts of a sexual nature.

3.) Partnerships: Be sure when beginning any sort of partnership or grouping of any sort, that you take time to understand one another's expectations, limitations, and needs.

4.) Moving Around the Boards and Discord chat room: First I would like to offer several different skins for you to choose from... select the one you prefer and then default that skin in your "My Controls -->> Skin and Languages" sections.

Second, please refer to the DISCORD post and see our chatroom.

And last but not least.... Please respect the work of your fellow writers. If you are curious about something? Ask them. Have a question when you are in a story with them, or a concern? Voice it. We take great pride in not only writing our work but making sure that all creations are given their due. Please use DISCORD to discuss such items.

5.) Do not:
- use someone's work without permission,
- play lone hero in a story,
- forget to share in the excitement and writing among others,
- fail to interact with people,
- cause theatrics because there is no issue here and I keep it that way with an iron hand if necessary.

6.) Please DO:
- have fun,
- write well,
- write often,
- interact with your fellow writers,
- start a story,
- ask a question to get an answer,
- laugh,
- run amuck, kick back, make a friend,
- grab your dinner and sit at the computer.


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CoSLadmin
 Posted: Nov 15 2016, 04:02 PM
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VITAL INFORMATION TO CONSIDER

Registering for our Board


• We ask that you be 18 or older in order to register.

• Please register with an OOC account before registering an account for your first character. Please, one sub-account per character!

• Please register your character account with your character’s name. Often names were simply singular first names (and last names were rare, except in certain cases of nobility). No middle names please ! One name is sufficient for a character that does not follow “typical” naming patterns. But PLEASE ensure no two characters have the same name, or the newest one will be asked to be changed, or changed for you. Oh yes, Properly capitalized of course. We will NOT accept characters who are posted with an OOC account.

Play-By (PB) are fairly open to consideration. PB's may be photographs or art, even art that is drawn by you or a friend, as long as you have their permission. But please DO NOT use celebrities or people from social media that have publicly stated that people not use their likeness in roleplays.

• We do ask that you post your application within 7 days of registering your IC account. If you are having trouble with it, please PM the admins.

• There is no limit to how many characters you may apply for. But if you have more than five sub-accounts, you must gain approval for more by an admin, then they will change the board parameters for such a request. This is not to restrict you, but to facilitate efficient forum management.

----- However, the admins reserve the right to deny your character if you are unable to remain active. Should you fail to remain active, or have an inordinate amount of time from the board, please refer to Absences and LoA paragraph below.


Exploring the Site


Before you jump right into your application, please take the opportunity to explore the entire site and see what advantages and information are afforded to you.

First, I recommend you should take a look at our PLOT to get a better idea of where and when we are and find out more about CoSL’s background and the history within. Another area of consideration is the RESOURCES folder.

Once you have read, or at least scanned over, the information there in, I would recommend that you look at the available Who’s Who – Face Claim list. The information available can assist you in making a character of your own choosing.


*Other-Than-Human* Characters


Being a fantasy RP forum, we allow *other-than-human* characters; but with some restrictions to prevent social challenges or disputes between members. Below is a list of Inhabitants of Sha'Lazar, with the exception of Deities, which contains possible characters that members, as writers, may assume.

Deities – only admin NPCs
Servants of Divinity (human)
Humans
Aquaterrans (entity)
Ocean Animals (animal)
Land Animals (animal)
Land-bound Creatures (beast)
Paranormals (entity)


Roleplaying a beast, entity, or animal is a unique challenge as the writer must understand, and seek to portray the nature of the *other-than-human* character without imposing undue, or unscheduled, challenges to other members; especially those that do not desire to write with such characters.

In allowing *other-than-human* characters, we wish to prevent the character’s persona from turning into a single-minded killing machine or an all-powerful entity, either with the *all-powerful, with no disabilities* whose only goal is to encounter as many actions as possible before getting disallowed by the Administrators. This kind of dismal scene is prevented in several ways, singularly or in conjunction with one another:
1) Strong writing skills which focuses on placing the *other-than-human* character in natural situations;
2) Enforcing the ideals that no beast, entity, or animal is omnipotent and infallible; and each has its own set of abilities, frailties, and disabilities. Also, magic even has its own restrictions and costs. Please incorporate the abilities, frailties, and disabilities into the application for the admins to consider.
3) Writers must write scenes in believable ways and not group the beast, entity, or animal for the power of their skills;
4) Beasts, Entities, or Animals should be encountered in their natural habitats (as much as possible) performing actions that are within their physical, spiritual, and/or mental capacities. This makes the world of Sha’Lazar more believable and contributes greatly to the roleplaying environment.

Writing a strong scene is just the start of roleplaying beasts, entities, or animals properly. When going through the scenario, it is imperative that participating members be given clear roleplaying instructions as to how the writer perceives the beast, entity, or animal to be portrayed and how the participating members are to write their characters association with the beast, entity, or animal.

Writers are required to write scenes which use beast, entity, or animal with stereotypical personalities to reinforce Sha’Lazar, instead of creating "original" personalities, skills, or abilities, which degrade the consistency of Sha’Lazar’s world. A writer should never write scenes which break from the designated stereotype. Of course, this may be waivered should an admin grant approval based upon the writer’s request for such deviation.

Though there is always the possibility to suggest a better pathway to success to the CoSL admins. Describe the scenario and the beast, entity, or animal’s personalities, skills, abilities, and talents to the Admin and they will evaluate the suggestion and see if it is beneficial to the overall theme of what they have envisioned for the world of Sha’Lazar.

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 Posted: Dec 19 2016, 12:21 PM
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The Application Process


With all the above information at your fingertips, I would recommend the next step to be your character APPLICATION. There you will also notice that there are two styles of applications; please select one, or use one of your own choosing as long as ALL the information required is present.

In addition to the required elements of the application, here are some considerations when developing your character.

1. What persona shall your character be? See Inhabitants of Sha'Lazar for assistance.

----- Human {all professions, to include Servants of the Divinities}
----- Aquaterran: Mermaid, Merman, Sea-People, Sirens, etc...
----- Animals in the Oceans: Shark, Whale, Fish of all species, etc...
----- Animals on the Land: Elephant, Lion, Tiger, Ant, Aardvark, Cobra, etc...
----- Land-bound Creatures: Baerin, Centaur, Cyclops, Minotaur, Karkadan, Werehyena, Sphinx, etc...
----- Paranormals: Djinn, Ghuls, Wraith, etc...
----- Dragons: Black, Blue, Purple, Red, White, etc...

2. What nationality will your character be?:
----- Arcadian
----- Acacusian
----- Hanasimian
----- Canasian
----- Hamadian
----- Other: If other, please state what nationality.

3. Where will your character reside in?:
{See the Forum for Regions, Cities, Towns, or villages in the Lands of Sha’Lazar. For example:
----- Arcadia and Ty’re in the North Provinces,
----- Utica and Kyrenaice in the Southern Provinces,
----- Ker’tume in the Solan, and
----- al Manifa on the west coast.
----- The Deserts
----- The Jungles
----- The Mountains
----- Red Hamada

What occupation will your character be?: {Specify trade, specialty, and where you plan to conduct your work}

Regarding Occupations:
- You may list your own occupation.
- all occupations will be referred to the proper IC character.
- all titled entrants (sirs/dames/nobles), be advised you may retain your title, but that title may be as weak or as strong as the country the title is in. Local recognition/titles/land tracts are earned through plot; please use common sense and fairness.

- Some suggested occupations are:

[ ] Royal Court (for Amir and his managers
[ ] - Grand Viser ([i]'Leader, Council of Ten'
)
[ ] - al-Jama'a al-'Ashara ('Council of Ten')
[ ] - Visier , (please select a District
[ ] - Chief Treasurer
[ ] - District Treasurer, (please select a District
[ ] - Treasurer
[ ] - Tax Collector - (dangerous job
[ ] - Governor - (dangerous job

[ ] Harem (for Royal and military use
[ ] - Bas Ka’dın [i]("Chief Lady”)

[ ] - Ras’oul Ka’din, (the mother of the Amir's first-born son)
[ ] - Haz Ka’dın, (four other official wives of the Amir)
[ ] - Cer’azan, the Amir’s eight favorite concubines
[ ] - Concubines
[ ] - Eunuchs

[ ] Architect
[ ] Alchemist
[ ] Acolyte
[ ] Baker
[ ] Bandit
[ ] Blacksmith
[ ] Bricklayer
[ ] Carpenter
[ ] Commander, Army or Navy
[ ] Dockworker
[ ] Falconers (for Royal and military use)
[ ] Farmer
[ ] Fisherman
[ ] Healer
[ ] Mason /stone worker :
[ ] Marshone Livery or horse-handler
[ ] Manipulator of Metals
[ ] Merchant
[ ] Messengers
[ ] Miner
[ ] Priest / Priestess
[ ] Recorder of the Divinities
[ ] Religious Officials and affiliates
[ ] Smithy: (specify arms or leather smithy for saddles, etc)
[ ] Tavern support: - owner / wench
[ ] Winemaker
[ ] Warrior:

[ ] Ship Captain: non-military
[ ] - Seaman:
[ ] - Ship’s Cook:

[ ] Sorceror – Sorceress:

[ ] Servant:
[ ] Slave:

[ ] Other : (if you choose other, please state what it is and why you chose it.)

During the Application Process, your app, regardless of status, will be placed in the Apps Work In-Progress (WIP) folder, until the admins are notified that the App is complete. If the admins find something in your app they would like you to edit, they will send you a PM, so keep a close eye on your inbox! But Beware, if an app exceeds thirty (30) days and has not been completed, unfortunately, it will be moved to the Apps Rejected folder and eventually archived.

Now that the application is complete and awaiting approval, please feel free to introduce yourself in the INTRODUCTIONS folder.

Diligent effort on the Application will be rewarded with an APPROVED rating and moved to the CHARACTER DIRECTORY folder.

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 Posted: Dec 19 2016, 12:26 PM
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After the Approval


Huzzah! Bravo! Your character has been accepted! Now go forth and claim your Human Play-By (PB) in the FACE CLAIM, or post your art for your character in a reply for historical information, AND in WHO’s WHO.

Next, formulate what you wish to play. Mull over the ideas and post it in Cooperative Efforts; an area for posting plot ideas or wants. Feel free to suggest story ideas, discuss them, and find interested members to join them; or, to offer your talent and skills to someone else’s story. You may even wish to register in SLACK. Wait, What is DISCORD?

Then head on over to DISCORD… and discuss your ideas with others in a chat room environment.

Now that you have it all together… plug in your Thread Tracker in this folder to keep track of all your threads, here, for all to witness… and even have others join in. This can be a solicitation of sorts for plotting with other characters and creating all those fantastic story lines.


Posting on the Board


• Do not post in the In-Character areas until your application has been approved by an admin. However, feel free to introduce yourself and get chatting in the DISCORD forum !

• Do NOT god-mode and/or powerplay. This includes other players’ characters, animals, and NPCs unless you’ve been given permission by the other player. Any injury or death MUST be discussed and AGREED upon with the other player.

• When writing, it is preferable to avoid posting one-liner replies. Make sure your partner has something to respond to, be it dialogue or an action!

• If you plan on your character to own or run a shop, tavern, or a similar enterprise, please first consider the time period and size village or town, you are playing in!

• Threads or posts must be MATURE; any that exceed the L3S2V3 or can earn an X rating, may not be posted on the forum board. Please ensure good judgment when posting to prevent the forum from being TOS'd. It is also encouraged to put a (M) for Mature on the title of posts that appear to be LSV graphic.

• Periodic activity checks will be held behind the scenes. Players who have not posted for 14 days and have not posted an absence (LoA) will have their characters archived. The staff will post activity checks if they feel that it is needed. There will be ample notice should this happen.


OOC and Graphics


• Please show all players and staff respect in the OOC areas of the board, including the CBox. Do not post advertisements or links to other roleplaying sites anywhere on the board except for the Advertisement forum.

• Avatar dimensions are 250x400. Dimensions for the smaller picture is 110x100, though the mini profile will resize images. Signature graphics should be no wider than 500px.

• Please keep your images PG-13! No graphic nudity or explicit gore.


Absences

If you are unable to post IC in a story thread for an extended period of time or you are away for more than a week (7 days), please post in the ABSENCE and LoA section of the Personal Affairs forum. Official Notification will be the post in the designated area or minimally, PM one of the admins. Messages in the CBox will not be counted as an official notification, and you may suffer consequences if abused. All player OOC accounts and Character accounts without an official absent notice will be archived after 30 days of total IC inactivity. IF your accounts are reinstated after a lengthy unexplained absence, it shall be allowed by agreement of the returnee, the Admin, and those you were threading with to see if they wish to continue. Regardless, you are expected to once again request all your claims and post in an IC thread within 7 days of your reactivation. If a PB was lost during the course of an unapproved absence, it shall be up to the current owner of the PB and Admin if the PB is to be awarded back to the returnee.

**Please note that the admins retain the right to deal with occurrences not referenced above as they deem necessary to maintain order and fairness to all members. Any member who repeatedly breaks the rules will be banned.
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