What Happens Next?
Once your character has been fully created - when you've done all the steps listed above - you'll be given access to our forums and you'll join the tribe. The Queen will send you a letter with your guide to the Member's Only area of the website, which is where we keep graphics, music, and celebrations that are for and about our tribe. In addition, she'll ask you to visit your "Welcome" thread in the forum where all the Amazons will be happily greeting you into the tribe.
Posting in the Forums
Role-playing is one half of what we do in Themiscyra. What we do is write a story together, one post to the next, and create Amazon legend. These are some guidelines for posting in the role-playing forum.
Once you're fully integrated into the tribe, your Primus Athelfi will help you join in the current story. She'll help merge your biography story with what's happening and give you all the assistance you need to join the role playing. What happens beyond that is really all up to you.
We ask that you try to read as many previous posts as possible before you make your first post. Even if your Primus Athelfi has told you what's going on, reading will give you a sense of who everyone is. It will also give you insight into who your sisters are and give you a sense about their lives. This will make it easier to interact with them.
We have a "story idea" forum called Nara'te. We try to keep a thread going that says where everyone currently is in the village. It's also there to start discussions about what is currently going on and what we'd like to see going on in the future. What we'll be doing in the future comes from these posts and if you want us to keep out of your story or if you have something specific that needs defining, we ask that you post there first to let us know.
We're all very flexible and we try to work with whatever is posted. If someone posted that my nose turned green, I try to post and work with that. If I can't, I hope someone else can and write my nose back to pink. Sometimes it can't be fixed unless it's edited out so the Queen, and only the Queen, will go in and fix it.
TIP: A great place to read about Themiscyra's past is at Ria Istoria, where we keep our archives. These have all been edited, but it's fun to read and discover our long history.
How Posting Works
There is a main subject/topic. This can be posted by anyone, so the topic will change each time. Under the main topic are the posts that continue the story. This is where you should post.
New topics are started every 18-20 posts. This keeps things flowing, but keeps them readable, too.
Confused? It's a kind of pyramid:
TOPIC - title of thread
First Post - starts the story, named the topic
Second Post - continues the story
Third Post - continues the story
Here's a little sample of what posting looks like. At the very bottom of the page there's a screen shot of some of our posts.
Click here to view some unedited sample postings from the forum.
How the Story Works
Our story is just one long adventure that doesn't end. We have plots that we follow, both personal and as a tribe. Those do end and we move on to something new, creating a rich world of past, present and future.
Your new Amazon sisters have been around for as long as ten years and as little as a month. Some know where they've been and where they're going and some don't. Some just roll with the punches going on and some are off on elaborate adventures all to themselves. Where your character goes and who she becomes is all up to you.
I have an idea!
The tribal plotlines are decided upon by the tribe itself. In "Tavita Istoria Nara'te" we post ideas, thoughts and suggestions. We discuss the ins and outs and decide if we want to move forward with the idea. While one person may have the idea and may lead the execution of the idea, no one single person is responsible for a tribal plotline. We all share it.
If you are planning a major event that will involve the entire tribe, you must have approval. (Example: A war between Rome and Themiscyra.) Please suggest your story in the Nara'te forum and explain why you are asking for the event. Be specific about what your character would learn or gain from the event, and why you think the tribe would benefit. The tribe's interest will determine if the tribe will play that event.
Personal plotlines are all about you and your character and kind of weave in and out with the tribal lines and with the lines of your sisters. You are welcome to join forces with the other Amazons and team up to create a line together. As long as your plot affects only your character there is no permission required to move forward with it.
TIP: Remember that your character does not have to be embroiled in some mystery at all times. Sometimes just going about your duties can be rewarding.
Read before you post. It's important to read everyone's posts between when you last posted and when you begin again. Reading shows respect for your sisters and will help you know what's going on and how things have changed.
Watch where you're going. If you decide your character needs to speak to Lyna Bryseis, look through the posts to find where she was last. If you do choose to move her from one place to another, have Bryseis remark about it. For example, if Bryseis was in the training ground, but you want her to be in the mess hall, have her ENTER the mess hall brushing "dust" or "grime" from her clothing to show she was working out.
Leave room for others. Don't try to resolve every mystery or issue in your post, unless it was YOUR issue or mystery. Let the next person have a chance to change it or add more clues. Try to leave an opening for more action to follow or leave at an exciting moment. Leave a little mystery behind you.
Write in time.
The movement of time in the forums can be tricky. Think of it like soap opera time - you're sure it moved, but you didn't really see the days pass. It's hard to know what time it was, what time it should be, and what time you can make it.
We do try to put time markers into our posts. We say what meals we're eating and where the sun is in the sky. Beyond that, we're kind of out on our own.
Moving time is the hardest of all because you're never really sure if you can turn day to night or night to tomorrow without messing up someone else's plans. Time information is posted in Nara'te forum and when an Amazon needs to 'hold' the darkness or the daylight, they will post and let everyone know. Once the need has been met, they will post and say so. If nobody has, you're free to move ahead.
If you needed time to hold on and you didn't ask for it, try to work forward anyhow. Post a flashback or a memory or just add a simple "Previous Day" note in what you're writing.
If you do need time to move, but there is a situation going on that isn't resolving, perhaps you need to solve it. Post in Nara'te and ask about the situation before doing anything yourself.
Above all, if you have a question - ask it. Every single member of the tribe relies on everyone else. The stupid question is the one you do NOT ask. Nobody will make fun of you for asking about what's going on.
Non-player characters, or NPC's, are the characters that don't have a real person behind them. There is an extensive list of NPC's at the Roster page. Before you create someone new try using what's already there.
Occasionally real members of Themsicyra have left the tribe without instructions on how to treat their characters. These women have also become NPC players and we move them about from time to time. Refer to the biography page to get an understanding of that character and treat them with respect. They may not be here now, but they were Amazons once.
You are allowed to create your own NPC's if you can't find one that suits your needs. If your NPC is complex, consider creating a biography for them, complete with history and avatar. This will prevent anyone from mistaking your 'bread maker' with a 'wine maker'.
We ask that you write your posts in 3rd person. "She looked over..." Instead of in 1st person. "I looked over..." We also ask that you write in past tense, "She sat down and began to speak." Not in present tense, "She sits down. She speaks."
Please check your work for spelling before you post. You are never penalized for bad spelling, it simply makes it easier to read. Please take a few minutes before you hit enter to put your post into a spell-checker.
Tip: The Google Toolbar is free and includes a spell-check feature that's very easy to use. It will spell check any text you enter in a web environment, including our forums.
Don't know how to spell it? You can also visit http://www.dictionary.com to look it up. You can also visit http://www.thesaurus.com which will offer you new and different words to replace your current choice.
We ask that you post in the RPF using only the default font type and size. No colors, pictures or fancy fonts are allowed in the RPF forums. You can post in color and size and post pictures in any other kind of forum we have, however. The exception to this rule are your avatar and a personal banner which could be part of your "tag" line.
Punctuation of dialog should be inside the quotes if you finish the sentence, and outside the quotes if you add a speech tag. (See above: The first sentence finishes after the dialog tag of "Deoris demanded." While the speech from the Queen ends inside the quotes with an exclamation point.)
Use italics to indicate a persons thoughts. You can also use italics to show a flashback or memory. We also use them to translate Amazon to English.
"Cu ena durus Tae'Nah arcis!" she yelled. To a strong Amazon nation!
In our forum, you need to use [u] before your italic text and [/u] at the end. The sentence above would look like this when you type it: "Cu ena durus Tae'Nah arcis!" she yelled. [u]To a strong Amazon nation![/u]
Read your own work. This is a very simple way to make sure your post is free from mistakes and that it makes sense. Your post should flow from one action to another and not jump around. It should be clear what your character is doing. Take just a moment before you hit enter and make sure what you wanted to say is what you actually said.
Double space between paragraphs, do not indent. Indentions can cause your post to have extra or strange characters. Double spacing (as I've done throughout this page) is a clear way to show you're moving to a new thought. You should always separate each person speaking into a new paragraph. Example:
"Jadea, just say what you mean," Deoris demanded.
"Fine," the Queen growled. "You are too easy on them. Punishment should teach, not condone!"
If you're looking for some rules about Amazon behavior, you should visit our Amazon Law page. The Codes of Honor are sacred and failure to uphold them could result in your expulsion. They are listed below, but with a more modern and forum-based interpretation. Following them will make your time in Themiscyra more pleasant and fun.
Courage - Show you can be brave by asking questions instead of listening to gossip. Do not fear the truth.
Sense of Self - Know who you are and share it with others. By the same token, learn who others are and respect your differences.
Discipline - Don't blow up at someone in the main forum until you have read, re-read, and researched the facts. Take the time you need to make a well thought-out choice.
Self-Sacrifice - Stand up for yourself and for others, but not at the expense of someone else. Don't hold someone else up if it means putting another down.
Compassion - Put yourself in the shoes of another before you judge them. What would you have done in her place?
Tradition - Show respect for each Amazon as you would your own grandmother, mother or sister. We have representatives from every age group and from a lot of nations. Learn from them.
Honesty - Step forth if you have made a mistake and own it.
If you do have an altercation with another Amazon, you conduct it in private. Fights on the forum will result in your post being pulled and you being 'silenced'. You can turn to the Queen for mediation if you are unable to find a suitable resolution to your problem.
Avoid stepping into the middle of any fight, no matter whose side you are on. This will just explode the issue and welcome others to follow your example which leads to more explosions. This is the cycle of hate. Instead, support your side of the fight privately and behind the scenes, lending your strength to someone who needs it instead of fueling the fire.
Leaving the Tribe
There are a couple of different ways to leave the tribe.
The first is the simple way, and retire your character. You will have complete control over this form of leaving. Send an email to the Queen and let her know your intention is to retire. Give her the courtesy and opportunity to dissuade you. If you can't be turned away from leaving, let her know your intention with your character and how you'd like her to be removed from role-playing. You can then post your farewell to the tribe in the forums.
If you leave without word, your character automatically becomes a non-player-character usable by anyone within the tribe. If you choose to leave, or are asked to leave, the tribe, we will do our best to follow your wishes regarding the handling of your character. If you choose to take your character with you, we will do our utmost to give you whatever exit you vision for your character. If you choose to leave your character with us, we will continue to treat your character with the respect it deserves. Any non-player-character you created will revert to the tribe as a whole.
The other way to leave the tribe is banishment. Banishment occurs when an Amazon goes against the rules of the tribe. There have been several banishments over the years and almost all of them were for lying. When a woman is banished, we do what we can to respect her wishes in regard to her character should she have any. Most have simply gone on a journey never to return.
You are creatively entitled to your character and her history, of course, no matter how you leave the tribe. Any stories you created while in Themiscyra remain will remain Themiscyran property. They were built for and with others, and are not solely your own anymore. They will be archived on our website and credit will be given to your characters name.