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Gradually, they fell from their thrones of universal dominance. In little time, their fate was inevitable and humans had gone while their cities lay desolate and eerily quiescent. For some time no animals reacted, still under the impression that humans remained within their cities, but eventually it became undeniable that they had vanished. Some corpses were found, appeared murdered out of spite, but the body count was low overall. There still remains numerous theories on the reason to their downfall, some possibilities are; overuse of technology, destroying the environment, widespread disease or a world war. Regardless of truth, the idea that humans excelled too quickly and (instead progressing with caution) ignorantly continued, learning but never truly taking in their wide knowledge, lead to their demise will forever be burned into the last traces of their existence. What actually happened is a mystery and perhaps knowledge was the death of the humans in that they were too foolish to recognize what power they held but, either way, the now titled "Ones Before" have gone and with their absence, a new species was forced to rise up and become dominant.
» It is time for wolf supremacy & Time for us to prevail «
As time crept on, predators felt rejuvenated with the human's extinction. And, as if an unearthly, ethereal authority influenced their intelligence, wolves began to have the same advantages as their predecessors. The wolf whom once saw a dull world was now drowning in a complete array of vibrant colors, concepts once unattainable began to have deeper meaning as his morals and values heightened whilst he developed different views, such as religion and opinions on numerous subjects that were once unreachable. Wolves were thinking like humans as they began to leave their previous way of family groups, creating rules and lawful guidelines amongst their kind. Different societies upheld different restrictions, as some tried to rebuild crumbling human cities (despite their lack of human motor skills), while others kept low on their knowledge intake -- fearing they would meet the same fate as the Ones Before. But wolves were not alone in their new abilities; other predators had excelled as well, to the point of uplifting anarchic shifts in their brothers' hierarchy. Even the lowliest of prey that once wallowed at the bottom of the food chain were forced to undergo intellectual advances if they wished to survive amongst the newest breed of super-killers.
» Let us either indulge or cower from the knowledge left behind «
When the wolves realized what a blessing - though, at first, a traumatic one - their sudden knowledge and abilities were, they began to ransack the leftover human collections; left behind to be perused at the wolves' greedy leisure, in hopes of having assistance with their new and very foreign ordeal. All their base progress spanned slowly over many, many decades, and knowledge is still being uncovered even today as more libraries and collections are found. What was this proclaimed progress exactly? To begin, wolves abandoned their snarls and growls as a primary way of communication when books and audio tapes [which no longer exist] came to their possession, unlocking the teaching of wondrous new skills. Numerous languages were discovered, managed, and passed along; English, French, German, limitless possibilities. And though, in the beginning, areas maintained just their original language(s), wolves gradually became translingual. Their findings were passed along through generations - some groups using their knowledge to further extents than others - by verbal communication as the years went by. It wasn't long until a century or so had gone by and wolves were, along with other predators in some regions, declared the dominant species of this rejuvenated world.
» So, stranger, you wish to join us? «
Being given the back-story, let us change the subject to our current setting; Candenta. A supreme kingdom, if you will, named by its founders, is not in fact a primeval society but is progressively earning a fearsome, respected, and renown reputation. Candenta is a gorgeous sight; the terrain breath-taking and is, overall, effected moreover by human knowledge than by their crumbling architecture (meaning Candenta has very few human buildings). Initially discovered by two friends, both possessing their own unique histories and personal experiences, the land is now (years later) dominated by a small handful of packs. If you are intrigued by these profound packs, you may find a section entirely devoted to learning about them in more detail under Packs. Though do head our precious warning when we tell you our packs are not for the faint-hearted and that our land, once known as "Russia" or "Siberia", is also not for those incapable of surviving harsh environments.
» But, before you continue... «
. . .we are inclined to give you yet another warning. This one should be taken with the utmost caution. Though Candenta flourishes, there is a place, high North from their lands and near the shop keeper's dwelling, that is entirely forbidden. Upon the polar-tundra landscape roams vicious creatures. They are, technically, wolves, just like the other inhabitants of Candenta, but their sanity, health, and very morals are not so pure. There are two classifications of the Barren Land's residents; Rogues and Exiles. Some find Rogues more challenging to keep at bay, even whilst their lives are consumed by illness, for whereas Exiles have been banished for treacherous crimes, Rogues are much less predictable. Rogues are most often mentally ill and are therefore beyond repair and extremely harmful to others. You think it cruel to banish them? Perhaps, but the healers have found no cure and one must realize few human medications for mental illnesses remain and there are little non-medication related treatments that have been proven successful. Some are downright incurable, and instead of either leaving or being killed to prevent contaminating others, the ill Rogues have to be forcefully removed due to their contagious status and insanity; in a state unable to accept their tragic fate, rendering them incapable of logic. These Rogues are far beyond help and could not, and most likely still cannot, be restrained, and therefore threaten all who may oppose or, in all its simplicity, cross paths with them. So, not having the heart, strength, or literal capability to kill them, they too were banished by those sane enough to do so.
Feel pity for them; Exiles and Rogues alike, but in the end if a wolf dare crosses these unpredictable canines, we can promise that they will show absolutely no mercy and will not retreat unless outmatched or until either they or the unlucky company is dead. So we warn you to be cautious for the Exiles can be deceiving whelps while the Rogues can do permanent damage, whether it be giving a wolf a harmful disease or simply having an uncontrollable rampage, which may result in a death sentence instead of banishment.
-We are a literate roleplaying site, and though we understand that some posts turn out to be rather scarce in length and that some of our members are not as experienced, we require that each post is at least 150 words. This is the minimum, and only the minimum, for we encourage all of our members to write more.
-Here at Incandescence, we have an age requirement of 13 years and request everything is kept PG-13 on the forum. We realize some members may be more older than others but regardless we ask each member acts maturely. Any member lying about their age will be immediately removed. There is no age limit but older members will be monitored to make sure their conduct is appropriate in public space. Please be respectful to everyone (especially staff). We will not tolerate immature, reckless, or rude members.
Extension: As mentioned above, Incandescence is (in cooperation with jcink's tos) a PG-13 site. A loose depiction of what is and not allowed could be 2/1/2 via the online rpg rating system. However, what does this mean in detail? How far can I go specifically in posts, what (besides sexual content) must be vague or go to "fade to black"?
To begin, we allow very little in the sexual content department. Of course, you can have your wolves flirt and may also use sexual innuendos and references but never - for example - should you describe mating in detail. This is absolutely not acceptable and and any "intimate" moments between wolves exceeding "passionate" cuddling should immediately go to "fade to black".
Violence is a more difficult subject and will vary per situation but, in short, you are free to fight, torture (within the rule limits) and kill IC. For fighting, as long as there are no serious injuries or lacerations, you do not need to worry about this rule. However, if your wolf goes to make a violent attack, note there are limits to how much you may describe their attack and the said wound. It is all well and good to give players a vivid description so they may "see" the scene play out, but things must stay with the PG-13 rating. For other subjects such as torture, you may not write this out in detail. You can still instill "fear" and describe the horrible situation well without taking us through the process of how to remove a leg (or something of that manner, just an example). Some examples of popular media that fits within this rating - from Jcink itself - are Batman: The Dark Knight and Criminal Minds.
Lastly, language should be a simple subject. Your character is free to curse but we shouldn't see excessive cursing every post and every damn sentence (see what we did there?). Please avoid curse words that are especially offensive (the word fuck for example should be around the peak of your "cursing limit") - no don't ask, you know what they are.
-Members are entitled to one character when they first join and another (free) character after they'd made 10 posts with their first account. Each of these characters must be on separate accounts! We do allow duplicate emails so you do not have to create a new email for each additional character. Players can have a third character when they have been active for three months. More character slots must be bought via osseins.
-Incandescence is, purely and simply, a wolf roleplaying site. No other types of animals are permitted as characters, please and thank you. Members may play NPCs accounts but they're only meant to be temporary. For your application, you'll be asked to supply keys to prove you read our Guidebook. One of those that you'll need is bunbun. There are three in total and all can be found in these rules.
-As roleplayers, specifically wolf roleplayers, we understand that some (though few) of our members prefer to use what is universally termed as 'wolf speak'; banner, auds, etc. Though these word substitutions are not banned, we do require that all who utilize them provide accurate and easily understood translations for each somewhere in the posts when mentioned. If our admins cannot understand your posts, you will be asked to revisit and redo.
-Do not begin roleplaying before you have posted your character's application in the Profile Composition thread and have been accepted by a staff member.
-God-modding (or 'powerplaying'), metagaming and ghosting are absolutely unacceptable here at Incandescence; even in the slightest offense. If you are caught doing so without an admin's or the other character's approval (and have had significant pointers before on how not to do so) you will receive one warning. Earn another offense and your account will be deleted.
-If a member is not active, meaning they haven't posted in three months, they will be warned via PM. If the member does not either 1) post in the Leave of Absence thread to provide a 'heads up' for their absence, 2) PM a staff member or 3) post before the allotted 'inactive' time is up, their wolf will be declared inactive, possibly stripped of their rank and will not be "active" in our wolves' daily life. After six months, the account itself will be deleted. We are trying to maintain an active environment but keep in mind that deleted members are always welcome to return.
-Members, remember, nothing in the forums is meant to be personal. If a wolf decides to pick a fight with you IC, they are not starting one with you OOC. Keep things respectful, keep it classy, and of course, have fun!
» Roleplay Specific
-Each member must use third person for posting. In other words, if there's an 'I' anywhere in your post, (unless it's a part of dialogue) you will be asked to revisit and redo. For example, "The wolf lunged through the underbrush, catching the hare between its jaws" is acceptable, while "I lunged through the underbrush, catching the hare between my jaws" is not.
-Unlike v1, we use "semi-non liquid" time. On Incandescence, your wolf may only be in one area at a time. Your wolf can be in multiple threads within that same area but you cannot leave until all threads are finished. This means if you are at Alvastra Gulch and your wolf is in five threads, they may not go to Busia Fjord until they've finished or exited those threads in the Gulch. We understand this system might be different but please keep an open mind, and staff are always available to help you if it becomes confusing!
In addition to the semi-non liquid time, we also have "passes" so your character doesn't get stuck in one area for too long. You can read more about passes (if you ever need to utilize the feature) here.
-With this new system, there is a higher danger level. If a wolf needs assistance, they will need to look to the wolves currently in the same area. If no one is available, your wolf may "howl" (@username tagging) to call for help and other wolves may then come to assist. Please realize with this situation, if you put your wolf willingly into a danger and no one comes to help, they may die.
-Each player is given three days (from the last post) to reply to a thread before they can be skipped. This isn't required and other members of the thread may wait longer at their own discretion. If you're in a thread with other members and it's your turn, make sure everyone else is okay with waiting for for the other person; otherwise, you are expected to reply. Please track all your threads and have a back-up for your wolf if you have to leave OOC, this way others can continue. For example, you can say if you're unable to reply that your wolf is going along with the situation, has left, etc. then return to posting when you have time.
-In note with the above, you do not have to give the other member three days before exiting a thread. You can exit a thread at any given time, so long as there is nothing physically preventing your wolf from doing so.
-We also have a complex fighting system (here) so be aware your wolf can die and if things are done fairly, this does not require player approval.
-Whenever your wolf is leaving a thread, put "exit" at the bottom of their post. This is to assure everyone that your wolf has left 'for good'. This is also to avoid situations where wolf A leaves, wolf B says (once they're gone) a rude remark and suddenly, wolf A has reappeared into the meeting with a retort. If you exit an active thread, you're free to return but they will have not witnessed everything that has happened in their absence.
-For pack threads, you do not have to reply every turn. You're free to let your turn go as if your wolf is listening and keep the thread moving. Other than intro and exit post, if your wolf has nothing to add, you do not have to post anymore. Please let the player after you know that they can post.
-The borders for packs differ to their terrain and each pack has two borders available, one on each side depending on where your wolf is coming from. If a wolf is new to Candenta and they enter from the outside, the border they will run into Sine Fine, Vardar Passage or the Threshold. If they were born in the neutral lands or weaseled into the center by entering from the north or south, they may enter from the other sides; Lesovik Wood, Taiga Forest or Maiden's Blush respectively. Confused? Please refer to our map in the Guidebook to help!
Your wolf must go to a pack's border to be accepted into that said pack. Although we prefer a topic/thread for their acceptance, we do allow automatic acceptance. Please post on the border normally and, if available, a wolf with accepting privileges will reply shortly, thus accepting your wolf immediately into the pack.
-While threads can be private (for certain people only), pack wolves are permitted to intrude private threads on their pack lands if they're currently in the area. This means, for example, you can't have your wolf trespass and put "private" on things so he or she isn't caught. It is a pack member's job to protect their territory from outsiders. Please note, anyone Tier Two or above is allowed to bypass the private tag in topics between pack members in certain circumstances.
-When posting a topic, please list it as open, private or mature with the provided post icons. Open means anyone is free to join, private is for members only permitted by you and mature is for any threads containing violent themes or strong language. You can find the icons underneath text input, it will then appear to the left of the title when the thread is posted.
-On a short note, for new members, if your wolf has been on the border for some time and no one has come to accept them, you can leave and stay a loner or move to a different pack border. So higher ranks, be sure to stay active!
-Though not necessarily a rule, we find it imperative that you realize before joining that the wolves of Candenta do not stay in dens all year round! Though winters in Candenta are extremely harsh and may require the use of dens, during the other months - even fall! - our pack wolves sleep beneath the stars. Instead of a hot cramp den, pack members will most likely sleep around the territory, most likely nearer to their camp or borders. Sleeping in neutral territories is not recommended. The only wolf to sleep in a den year-round is the pack's Alpha(s). Alphas use their dens to store their human texts; texts which, depending on the pack, have different reading restrictions, and hold within their bindings items of varying importance. Though Alphas have a permanent den, they too might sleep outside.
» Getting Started
- If you're viewing as a guest, you may realize all you can see if the Guidebook and the Advocates' Corner. While it firstly due to past incidents we've had with people stealing our content, it is also because all you need to know before joining is here! If you're interested and wish to make an account, click Register at the top left corner. Once you've registered, your account will need email validation.
- Once validated, you are now a member and can see all forums and also begin making your character. You can do so under Profile Composition. If you're confused, look at accepted bios beneath that forum. Do not copy characters to take for yourself, this is plagiarism as the characters and their contents belong to the player who first posted them. If a member is found to be using a stolen character we will contact the website it originated on, notify the character's owner, the offending member and lastly ban the account. We take this very seriously.
- Until your wolf is put into a group (pack, vagabond, etc) you will remain in the member category. After you're put into a group, your username will be colored. Thank you!
-Incandescence is a semi-realistic roleplaying site, meaning no odd fur or eye colors, markings, jewelry, and of course, magical powers (though please note that jewelry and odd colors can be purchased - refer to the Ossein system). If it is not found on a wolf, please do not use it; so no extra limbs, wings, or horns.
-When posting, you may wish to use those lovely little things called tables; bundles of html that make posts look even more fabulous. Tables are allowed but be sure your width never exceeds 580px. There is no maximum height, just be reasonable. Tables are never required, so please don't feel obligated to use one. If you don't know how to make your own, you can easily purchase one from one of our many graphics shops!
-Signatures may not exceed 585px in length nor 300px in height. Avatars are 260 x 380.
- All graphics for your wolf must resemble your wolf. For example, you cannot use photos of a black wolf for your signature and table if your wolf is white. While photo manipulation offers impressive effects, make sure your wolf is always recognizable and doesn't appear to be someone else completely.
-Lastly, always cite your resources and never ever use someone else's graphics without permission; this includes, tables, avatar, etc. Do not rip codes from others (example; take a table code from someone else, modify it for your own character and claim it is your own) and be sure you have the artist's permission before using art made for you from another website. Another key you'll need for your application is marshmallows.
» Chat Box, Misc
-No advertising whatsoever! Aside from outright sharing links, this includes indirect advertising; which means directing traffic to your site without the initial intention of gathering members. Asking members on the chat box to look at your site or to list other sites they are on is considered indirect advertising. This can be done just as easily through a private messenger. If you want to spread word of your fabulous site, do so under the appropriate sub-board found in the Advocate's Corner.
-Keep romance to a minimum. At Incandescence we see wolf couples separate from members and will not tolerate overly romantic talk from members in the chat box. This often makes others uncomfortable, especially newcomers who are not aware of any relationship members may share, and is not suitable for the chat box.
-Continuing from the rule above, please realize the chat box is not your own personal area. It is for all members of Incandescence. One-on-ones and such are not allowed. Try to include everyone in your conversation instead of speaking to one member and making others feel excluded. If you wish to have a private chat, take those nifty PMs into account and use 'em.
-Don't spam or flood! It's unbearably annoying and your fellow members won't enjoy it.
-What arguments arise with the wolfies stay with the wolfies. In other words, no bantering or blatant racist, sexist, or religious slander in the c-box! Continuing on this subject, don't discuss controversial topics. If you are clearly offending someone or starting a heated debate, immediately stop the conversation. Do not attempt to make a weak excuse and please, please, apologize for any damage done. Keep in mind the very lovely Golden Rule.
-If you have an issue in the chat box, please take it up with an admin before excelling the situation. An admin will take care of the issue and the member(s) involved will receive a firm warning; and make sure to take the time to notify admins if the problem continues. However, we will not ban members on the first warning or at the drop of a hat because our members are, like us, only human and make mistakes and it cannot be helped, though it can certainly be brought to attention. Excessive inappropriate behavior in the chat box will result in a ban.
-In dire situations, members might be banned without notice. Commonly though, you will receive a PM/Email prior to your account(s) being deleted. While we apologize for our bluntness, this is not negotiable as Incandescence is not democracy and any behavior our admins feel is inappropriate will not be tolerated. Players who need a parent-figure to teach them how to be respectable in a community won't last long on our site. Also; don't forget too add popcorn to your application with the other words.
-That being said, please be respectful. Our members' comfort, safety and personal space are our priority, and if one of these are violated there will be consequences. Enjoy yourselves, but make sure to keep it appropriate.
If you are still confused or see something not mentioned here, you can check our FAQhere.
» Our Point System
Here at Incandescence we have put
together a rewarding system for our lovely members as they daily exceed in their wolf's progress in life. The system is generally simple to understand; with each post, thread and a few other special ways, a member's account earns what is called "osseins". In roleplay, consider osseins bone tissue or compressed bone fragments. Though not mentioned in the roleplay itself, a wolf will collect these fragments and, whether in IC or OOC, will purchase things with them. The wolf can buy many items to enhance their appearance while you, OOC, can help to influence their lives.
Earning osseins is a fairly easy process and to make things easier we have created a list below to help members understand how to earn osseins.
» Earning Osseins
Joining : 50 osseins Per post : 3 osseins Per thread: 5 osseins Per hot topic (15+ replies) : 7 osseins Advertising (per ad): 3 osseins Invite (per member that refers to you as how they found Incandescence) : 100 osseins for both parties.
Osseins can also be earned by winning contests (ie; 500 os) or through your own graphic shop. Wolves too can win osseins in pack events; the amount will vary per circumstance.
As Candenta is what was once called Russia, characters may only be a species of wolf that are native to Russian lands. Below are the few species that your character may be, but keep in mind that set characteristics of each species can be altered by purchasing additions in The Shop. Please keep in mind the size and color variations for each when creating your joining profile, for you will be asked specifically which breed your character is.
You can buy extinct or foreign species and learn about them here.
Note that your wolf's size affects them greatly. A large wolf will be a force to be reckoned but they will unable to run anywhere near as fast as the smaller sizes and will tire easier. Large wolves will need more food to sustain their size; therefore, a huge loner will not fare well by himself and may find their weight slimming quickly. To contrast, smaller wolves will need less food and may be faster or have more stamina (depending on which they were built for; quick bursts of speed or lasting sprints). Wolves who are smaller can have more difficulty hunting and fighting in general with less weight behind them. Also, winter will bother them more as they have less bulk to keep warm and less fat to rely on when food is scarce. Your wolf size effects their number of dodges (in fighting) as well.
But wait, how big is the maximum size? Taking an XL Tundra for example, 40 inches is an enormous wolf. At this height, your wolf would be taller than a Maned wolf or Miniature horse. They'd even be on par with the tallest dog ever (click for ref)! A wolf this size will need an substantial amount of food and most certainly be taller than some of the prey in Candenta (musk deer, for example). Why do we allow this large of a size? This is because wolves have become larger after humans; and this does not only apply to our canine friends but other animals are at least 10% larger as well. If you have anymore questions, please don't be afraid to ask one of our staff!
Eurasian: This a common subspecies that hails from central and northern Russia and, obviously, the rest of Eurasia. These tawny wolves are relatively slender and have larger ears than their North American cousins, but are in no way small in size. Their fur is a mixed range of color from various ocherous tones, their coats hardly ever seeing solid colored individuals.
Timber: Timbers are relatively widespread, for they can be found in various Canadian provinces as well as parts of Eurasia. Their fur coats can be any color - from black to white, mixed or solid, with the exception of solid red and Eurasian-like patterns.
Tundra: This is a subspecies of grey wolf that is strictly native to northernmost Eurasia; or Russia. These wolves are usually larger in size than most grey wolves and their fur ranges in a lighter color spectrum from a diluted white to a russet grey or black. Tundras are not to be confused with their cousin, the Arctic wolf, that roams the polar regions of North America and Greenland.
*rare, out of species colors may be purchased
Eye colors do not vary per subspecies. With the humans gone and wolves now supreme, the canines have found their eyes' color range to have expanded. Acceptable eye colors for your wolf can be any shades of blue, green, yellow, orange, and pale grey. Unacceptable eye colors for your wolf are cat eyes, albino and any with swirls, stripes or other unnatural patterns. You may purchase these eye colors for your wolf; red, purple, magenta, and pure black.
Wolf fur and eye colors carry on to their children. While children have an even share for eye color from their parents', their subspecies does affect their fur shade. A Timber (or Tundra) x European pup will be more heavily affected by their European side and therefore solid colors (if the other is a solid black, for example) will drop to 25% instead of a half chance either way. Wolves from Timber x Tundra parents will take on the usual 50/50 from their parents and will be void from red or European-like colors.
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Map of Candenta
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This image is copyrighted to Claeric and is not be used or shared anywhere else. The map is for Incandescence and Incandescence only. If you steal this artwork in any way or form, your actions will not be tolerated. Thank you.