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Current Novus date and time is

▶ Year || 502
▶ Season || Winter
▶ Temp || -10℉ (-23℃) to 55℉ (12℃)
▶ Weather || The weather radar really does seem to be off the charts lately...
I wonder what's going on? (#15-19)

Spotlight

Character of the Season
Raymond

Member of the Season
Sid

Thread of the Season
your company's fine but i get on better with mine

Pair of the Season
Somnus and Eulalie

Quote of the Season
"She remembers too well what it means to be free, to take her own fate from the dark places between the stars." — Calliope in Thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.

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DISCORD

Rules

Warning System

While our warning system may seem strict, it helps keep things organized and stress-free on Novus. With this system in place, you can rest easy knowing that there won't be any surprise punishments for breaking any unspoken rules. We give everyone the benefit of the doubt; mistakes happen, so you've got multiple chances to fix any misdemeanors.

The warning system will have three tiers to it, outlined below. Throughout the Guidebook, everything that must be adhered to will have a number after it. All tiers, with the exception of Tier (0) Verbals, will stack against each other. Any unusual situations that aren't outlined here will be up to staff discretion.

The only people that will be made aware of these warnings are staff and other members that were directly involved.
  • Verbal (0): If this rule or guideline is broken, you will receive a verbal warning. Verbals do not stack up unless you receive 2+ verbals for the exact same offense. For example: if you receive a verbal for not following the retconning rule, and then receive a verbal for spamming the cbox, they will be two separate verbals. However, if you receive a verbal for not following the retconning rule, and proceed to ignore the retconning rule in the future, it will stack into a Tier (1) offense.

  • Tier (1): Verbal warning, similar to Verbal (0). The only difference is that a Tier (1) verbal is a mark against your record with Novus.

  • Tier (2): Verbal warning, temporary ban from Discord channel, OOC general boards, and temporary loss of the ability to earn site currency.

  • Tier (3): Permanent ban from Novus. We are also free to discuss your transgressions with other site owners if they question us about you.



General

Regardless of how mature our community may be, ground rules are still required. Hopefully the majority of them come as second-nature to you already.
  • Rating: Novus is for intermediate to advanced writers, or those who are willing to learn. We are rated 3/2/3. That means that mature language and graphic violence is permitted, while sexual content is permitted to a certain extent - we fade to black with explicit scenes. (1)

  • Age restriction: Our user-base is restricted to those eighteen years of age or older. (3)

    • Mature sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds, reach out to Kay on DeviantArt or Discord (Kfrilly#7689) to join.

  • Minimum word count: We do not have a minimum word count requirement! We prefer quality over quantity, and many of us believe in the "mirror" policy - try to match what your writing partner is putting in to their posts. (0)

  • Respecting others: Always follow the golden rule and treat others the way you'd like to be treated. We want Novus to be a close-knit community; a place to go to de-stress and write. We do not tolerate bullying or excluding others. (0-2, depending on severity)

  • Trigger warnings: If you're going to write about a possibly triggering topic (rape, drugs, mental disabilities, etc) please be considerate and consult with whoever you are writing with first. Ensure the thread is tagged with [TW] "Trigger Warning" prefix. (1)

  • No cheating: Don't intentionally cheat any of the systems on Novus, such as the milestone rewards or earning Signos. (2)

    • One way would be redeeming Signos rewards for art/coding that you've already accepted payment for.

    • Another would be attempting to fake threads/character life events in your EXP tracker, to gain more experience.

  • Universal rules: Please follow the four universal role-play rules, as seen in this handy image.

    • No powerplaying. This is when you determine another character's reaction without the player's permission. You can aim and fire, but it's up to the other player whether you successfully hit. (1)

    • No godmoding. This is when you make your character near-perfect or "godly." Your character cannot run one hundred miles without breaking a sweat, for instance. (1)

    • No metagaming. This is when you use OOC knowledge in IC roleplay. You may know that a character in a position of power was brutally murdered in their sleep, but your character lives across the map and has no way of knowing that the next morning. (0)

    • No retconning. This is when your character acts as though something didn't happen. If they were in a severe battle yesterday, they wouldn't be in pristine condition in one IC day. (0)

  • Graphic regulations: Please adhere to the various image sizes (stated in "width x height") and other restrictions below to keep Novus looking uniform and polished. If you have a question about whether or not a graphic will be allowed, message any of the staff members. (0)

    • Strictly no humans: No humans should be used to represent characters. We want to keep all images strictly equine or nature-themed.

      • This includes human imagery in the form of face claims, attribributes, and body parts (lips, arms, legs, etc).
      • This rule applies to all aspects of IC accounts: visual references, postbits, signatures, posting tables, etc.
      • You may post human imagery in character moodboards, however!
      • This rule does not apply to OOC Accounts.
      • No human roleplay in OOC boards, whether of Novus characters or off-site characters.
      • Voice claims may be utilized, although they are not exclusive to your character.

    • Avatars should be exactly 220 x 100 pixels.

    • Postbit images should be exactly 1200 x 142 pixels.

    • Signature images should be 750 x 100 pixels or smaller.

    • Posting tables can be any height, but shouldn't be wider than 750 pixels.

    • Hover Tables: Posting tables that include a "hover to view" option are not allowed on Novus.

    • Profile reference images can be any height, but should not exceed a width of 1024 pixels.

    • All other images can be any height (as long as it isn't overwhelmingly tall), but shouldn't be taller than 750 pixels.

    • CSS: Internal CSS, such as <*style> tags, overload sites very easily. Thus, they have been disabled on Novus. We do, however, allow you to reference external stylesheets (so long as they don't affect the rest of the coding on Novus)! Need help? Head to the Graphics forum!



Activity

Most of our members lead extremely busy lives - college, work, social life, families, and other hobbies are all major components that take up a lot of our time. The great thing is that we understand! Novus is meant to be a reprieve from a busy and stressful life, a second home where you can relax and have fun doing one of the things you're passionate about: writing stories. So our activity checks are few and far between, and not at all post-based!
  • Official Activity Checks will happen at the end of every Year Winter, and will run for 1 full IC Season (2 months).

    • Once it begins, it will be announced in the Discord and a PM will be sent out linking to the Official Activity Check thread.

    • There are no IC posting requirements for our activity checks - you must simply 'check in!'

    • Pending accounts are subject to deletion AT ANY POINT (official activity check or not) if they have not been logged into for 3+ months.

    • Staff will not be checking attached accounts to look for activity. We suggest you log into each of your accounts when you visit Novus.

    • If you need an exception made for you during the activity check, please contact staff and explain the situation. We understand!

  • Absences: We do not require you to let us know if you'll be gone. However, you will receive exemption from all stealth attempts and up to two weeks of battles and challenges if you post an official absence in the Current Absences thread!

    • Low Activity notices do not qualify you for stealth, battle, or challenge exemptions.

  • Character Limits: There is no limit on how many characters you may have, but there are a few restrictions before creating additional characters:

    • There must be at least two real-life weeks between creating characters.

    • All current characters must be active (at least three IC posts in the past month) before a new one can be created.

  • Sovereign Activity: The Sovereign position will not require much additional activity, but it will be easier to keep the position the more active the character is. For more information on how challenges work and what criteria the character will need to meet, see the Fighting section.

    • All Sovereigns are required to make at least one IC event every other season, to promote activity.

    • If the Sovereign makes 11 or more IC posts per month, all challenges will be screened by staff members first to ensure the person challenging has a similar activity level.

    • If the Sovereign makes 10 or less IC posts per month, they will be deemed "vulnerable." This means that it's known throughout the IC world that their position is weak; any challengers will be given bonus points in the resulting battle.



Characters

The following rules are possibly some of the most important rules on Novus to ensure that all characters mesh well with the world we've created. Please understand that we are not trying to limit you! We just want to ensure that your characters will fit well with the current inhabitants of Novus and the world that we have created. Use your best judgment, and if you're unsure about anything, just ask!
  • CONCERNING CHARACTER DESIGNS:

    • Profile appearance descriptions should be at least 200 words in length, reference image or not.

    • "Fantasy within reason" is our mantra for designs. If some aspect their design is believable, we'll most likely approve the character.

      • Allowed species includes all those that fall under the genus Equus: Przewalski's horse, Kiang, zebra, horse, onager, donkeys, mules and any variations of such. We also allow kirins, unicorns, pegasus, alicorns, etc - so long as they follow the rules below!

        • Concerning Hippocampi: Hippocampi are now allowed on Novus! Previously Novus required hippocampi characters to be joined only so long as an Active or Passive magic was purchased for them (to enable their shifting between forms). Now you may bypass that rule so long as you already have 50+ IC posts split between all of your active characters!

        • Concerning Kelpies: Kelpies will follow the same rule above as Hippocampi to be joined! With 50+ IC posts split between all active characters, you may join your creepy water horses who shift into a different form when touching water, without purchasing Active or Passive magic!

      • Unnatural/Unique design aspects are acceptable as long as they do not replace any equine characteristics (with the exception of unicorn tails up to the length of your character's body, cloven hooves, etc).

        • Examples of acceptable design aspects: Unnatural coat colors, patches of scales and/or feathers, horn protrusions across their body, gems embedded into skin, oddly placed wings.

        • Examples of unacceptable design aspects: Snake tongue or eyes, stone skin, unnaturally colored blood, missing vital organs/hollowed out body, talons in place of hooves, dragon tail instead of equine.

      • Extra Appendages/Features will be accepted as long as they are not excessive. We allow one extra pair of basic appendages - but they must be portrayed realistically. A horse with extra legs won't run fast!

        • Examples of acceptable additional features: An extra pair of legs (6 total), an extra pair of ears (4 total), an extra pair of wings (4 total), an extra pair of eyes (4 total), one extra tail (2 total) etc.

        • Examples of features that would be declined: eight legs, nine tails (see what we did there?), five+ wings, eight eyes, a twenty-foot-long mane or tail, etc.

      • Bypassing the above restrictions can technically be done as long as you are creative enough to link them to a known deformity/disease/defect, linking it to your character's active or passive magic, or purchase a Character Pass.

        • ALL afflications must be thoroughly researched, realistic, and represented respectfully!

      • Examples of acceptable designs: Torstein, as his open chest is caused by the medical condition thoracic ectopia cordis.

    • Character ages can be anywhere from 2 to 18 years old, however 2 year old characters will automatically be classified as Youths and cannot be any other rank until they turn 3. You may not create characters that are 1 or younger unless they are a result from an on-site breeding.

    • Character heights must be between 8 and 21 hands. Staff can temporarily restrict extraordinarily short or tall horses if there's too many.

    • Three free small accessories are allowed upon joining, without needing to purchase an Outfit, Armor, or Accessory item. These include hairties, vines in hair, earrings, bangles, and more. Multiples of these items will still be considered one accessory, unless they are excessive.

      • The max size of any accessory can be approximately 16 inches, or the size of a small satchel.
      • Small scarves can be joined as an accessory, but cloaks are classified as an outfit.
      • No saddles, bridles, or other functional tack.
      • Weapons must be bought separately.

  • CONCERNING CHARACER PERSONALITIES:

    • Profile personality descriptions should be at least 300 words (excluding any list of their positive/negative traits).

    • Personalities should be well-rounded and developed, and we also want them to go hand-in-hand with your character's history.

    • At least 6 positive and 4 negative traits should be easily identifiable. Many of our members will satisfy this requirement by simply listing the traits above the description of the personality itself.

  • CONCERNING CHARACTER HISTORIES:

    • Profile history descriptions should be at least 400 words.

    • Histories should also be well-rounded and developed. Tell us about their foalhood, their angsty teenage years, their travels, their experiences, and even their feelings. Histories are a mirror into your character's soul, and we want to know all about them!

    • Characters can have been a human in a past life, but must be restricted to equine form on Novus!

    • Staff will be monitoring originality in histories - specifically characters that used to be kings, queens, or gods. If there get to be too many characters with these pasts, the staff will ban them until our collective histories are more diverse again.

      • Both native and non-native characters are allowed! Your character can come from anywhere, including being born on Novus. Make sure you check out the Lore forum to see if other members have created worlds that your character can come from.

      • If you wish for your character to have been a previous Novus Sovereign in their history, confer with staff first.

    • When creating a profile for a character born from an on-site breeding, no history is needed other than who their parents and siblings (if any) are, and where they were born. You can add to their history as they age.



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