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  1.   1.  Joining Salsola
    1.   1.1  Recruiting
    2.   1.2  Sponsoring a Newcomer
  2.   2.  NPC Policies
    1.   2.1  Absentee NPC Status
    2.   2.2  Companion NPCs
    3.   2.3  Youth NPCs
    4.   2.4  Animal Companion NPCs
  3.   3.  Trespassing
  4.   4.  Visitors & Guests
  5.   5.  Residency
  6.   6.  Jobs
  7.   7.  Mandatory Pack Threads
  8.   8.  Thread Completion
  9.   9.  Discord
  10. 10.  Leaving Salsola

Policies and Procedures

These are our OOC and IC policies, relative to players and characters. Salsola's policies are specific to the pack. Remember, of course, you must additionally adhere to board-wide procedures and rules.

For some of these, further information can be found on their related pages. Their presence here is more so to have a collective point of reference to make things easier for you, our players! :)

1.  Joining Salsola

» See Salsola's Joining page for further information on joining the Thistle Kingdom!

Prospective joiners are advised to thoroughly read this page before attempting to join. Newcomers to the game and those bringing in a new character must abide by standard ‘Souls game Joining procedure.

Salsola is a moderate to high complexity pack, designed for the more experienced and confident roleplayers. We have extensive in-game lore that enriches the roleplay experience, providing a deeply immersive culture with a lot of room for individual progress. To be a successful member of this community involves a mature, responsible outlook, and an excellent understanding of board rules. Because of this, Salsola can be a difficult pack for newcomers to ‘Souls. If you are new to ‘Souls, we recommend getting a feel for the board and spending some time acquainting yourself with other players before attempting to join.

  • OOC joining is not permitted. The natural exception to this rule is for those picking up or adopting NPCs.
  • Only Sotto Cappo and Mafiosi members may accept new members into the pack.
  • Unless your character will be sponsoring a new member, we ask that only Sotto Cappo or the Mafiosi greet potential joiners.

1.1  Recruiting

Any ranked member can recruit someone – simply explain our culture ICly, along with our joining process. Recruiting is distinctly different from Sponsorship, and simply involves telling a prospective member a little about Salsola.

1.2  Sponsoring a Newcomer

New Associate-ranked members receive a Sponsor as per the Associates' Trial.

The Sponsor canine must be ranked Family or above. Sponsors are typically well-established in culture codes, beliefs, and so forth. Failures and shortcomings of a sponsored member reflects poorly on the Sponsor; one's social standing may drop. If one is interested in IC drama, one's IC rank may drop as well upon with discussion with Salsola Leadership.

Generally, Sponsorship is somewhat loose; we don't keep a "running list" of would-be Sponsors nor is there a particular training process.

2.  NPC Policies

2.1  Absentee NPC Status

» Please refer to ‘Souls’ NPC page for what constitutes as an aNPC!

If there is an occasion whereby a played Salsolan character fails the monthly board-wide activity check, they may become an Absentee Non-Player Character (aNPC).

In Salsola, aNPCs
  • …are permitted in Salsola as per the game procedures.
  • …may be demoted to make room for played characters in the ranks.
  • …may lose their Job(s) if there is another active member interested in that Job.
  • …will eventually be moved to the Salsolan Trading Outpost, Fort Preble, after a prolonged period of inactivity (2+ months), so as to make space in the ranks for active members. aNPCs that are moved to the Outpost automatically lose their Job(s).

As a courtesy, automatic NPC status is granted anytime a character falls inactive – in other words, if something happens and you can't let us know, we'll still NPC your character. If you'd prefer that we simply remove your character from the pack in case of inactivity, please let us know.

2.2  Companion NPCs

» Please refer to ‘Souls’ NPC page for what constitutes as a cNPC!

A Companion Non-Player Character (cNPC) may accompany a new recruit in their joining thread. Servants are also permitted at joining.

If you wish to bring in an NPC after you've joined, the cNPC must go through the same process as a played character, to include creating an official joining thread for the cNPC. This is so that they may be acknowledged and accepted by their own volition by the Mafiosi.

2.3  Youth NPCs

» Please refer to ‘Souls’ NPC page for what constitutes as a yNPC!

A single character may have no more than 2 Youth Non-Player Characters (yNPCs) in Salsola at any given time. yNPCs will exist only until they become 7 months old (playable age for off-board puppies, approx shifting time), after which time they will either need to be converted to a cNPC, adopted and actively played by a player, or moved off-board.

The player of the character to which a yNPC is associated must be the OOC owner of that yNPC, and therefore has full control over them regardless of whose puppy points were used in their creation. The associated character should be the primary carer, mother or father of the yNPC, although Leadership may consider alternatives if IC circumstances allow (i.e. adoption, being raised by an older sibling). They must be an active Salsolan.

2.4  Animal Companion NPCs

Companion NPCs that are not part of the Canis genus (i.e. cannot carry the Luperci gene) fall within this designation. Examples are horses, foxes, hawks, and cats, to name a few.

Please let us know of any animal companion additions for our Animals Wiki page, either by updating this yourself or posting in our Maintenance Thread. We do not regulate the amount of animal NPC companions a character may have in Salsola. However, you must abide by board NPC rules [1], and we request that any player considering adding an animal companion to their Salsolan character keep realism (in care, hours spent to train, acquisition of feed, etc.) at the forefront of their mind.

3.  Trespassing

» Please refer to ‘Souls’ Game Procedures regarding trespassing.

Salsola’s policies on trespassing individuals are as follows:
  • Private trespassing threads are not permitted unless pre-planned and approved by Leadership beforehand.
  • Trespassing characters will be discovered within close vicinity of the pack’s borders. Trespassers should not be deep within Salsolan territory, and will be asked to make adjustments by Salsola Leadership if found otherwise. Salsola’s borders are littered with traps, and evading these flawlessly (as well as patrols) is highly unlikely.
  • All Salsolan members are permitted to intercept a trespasser, and are expected to chase out or forcibly remove unwanted visitors. Reporting trespasses to the Mafiosi is highly encouraged.
    • Feel free to refer to our Pack Relations when dealing with trespassing foreign packs.

Trespassing is a great offense in Salsola, and is viewed as being highly disrespectful towards the pack. IC consequences can range anywhere from forced servitude into the Servitori ranks or an outcome as permanent as death (with player consent, of course). Even if one manages to get away and later returns to join properly, it is unlikely that a known trespasser will be allowed to join Salsola’s membership ranks.

4.  Visitors & Guests

Only the Mafiosi have the authority to permit visitation from Outsiders, be they Loners or members of other packs. This is an extremely rare occurrence. Salsolans are free to visit others away from the pack territory however, but, Outsiders are generally not permitted to visit due to Salsola’s secretive culture and disposition towards Outsiders.

If you would like to plot an Outsider visiting without leadership knowledge (secret trysts are encouraged OOCly!) make sure to PM Salsola Leadership to ask for permission first.

5.  Residency

» See Salsola's Residency page for further information!

Residency Rules:
  • All members may freely claim a home within Millstone Village or anywhere else in Salsola’s territory barring, of course, key areas of interest (ex. The Clinic) that are intended to be for public use.
  • Residences within The Ruins must be purchased via Game Points, and the member must be ranked Family or higher.
  • If your character leaves Salsola or is moved to the Outpost due to aNPC status, they will automatically lose their residence, and – even if the residence is vacant – will be required to repurchase it upon their return to Salsola Proper.
  • Residences do not transfer. You cannot purchase a residence with Wolf, and then “give” the residence to Wolf’s son, Wolfdog (who lived there too), upon Wolf leaving Salsola. Wolfdog must purchase the residence with their own Game Points upon Wolf, the original “owner,” vacating it.

6.  Jobs

» See Salsola's Jobs page for further information on our co-ranks!

Job Rules:

  • Characters may hold a maximum of three (3) Jobs.
  • Characters may usurp Jobs. Fluid Jobs, however, may not be usurped.
  • Associates, Serfs, and Bambinos may not hold Jobs.
  • Challenges:
    • You must choose must complete two (2) of the three challenges.
    • Completion of a challenge means you have written 1,200 words within the thread. It does not matter how many posts you've made.
    • If the thread dies due to inactivity, it must be the fault of your partner(s).
    • Read Only threads are allowed; use of NPCs is encouraged.
  • Ready to claim your Job? Reply to our Maintenance thread with the appropriate form filled out!

7.  Mandatory Pack Threads

Mandatory threads are infrequent, so when one occurs, all active members must contribute – even if it is with just one post. Punishments for non-attendance are IC, with a possible drop in rank and respect.

Mandatory pack threads are most often an IC update on pack proceedings, such as a Last Supper event, or a thread directly related to an important in-pack plot that is in progress. If you know that your character will be unable to attend a mandatory pack thread, make sure to get in contact with Leadership as soon as possible to let them know. IC consequences may be avoided if you have a good enough reason for unattendance.

8.  Thread Completion

In Salsola, we have a few things that require threads to meet a certain criteria before they are able to be claimed for either game points or something else pack-related. Regularly, these include: Thread Prompts, Jobs, and Rank Promotion into the Factions. Infrequently, we may run events or contests that may also require this criteria.

Thread Completion Rules:
  • Completion means you have written 1,200 words for your thread. It does not matter how many posts you've made.
  • Once a thread has met our definition of "complete" (i.e., 1,200 words) you can submit it for Thread Prompt game points or Job/Rank Promotion challenges. It needn't be actually finished and archived to count as "complete."
    • If the thread dies due to inactivity, it must be the fault of your partner(s).
  • Use of NPCs is encouraged.
  • Read-Onlys…
    • are allowed for Jobs
    • are NOT allowed for Thread Prompts or Rank Promotions, or where stated otherwise

9.  Discord

Like many packs, Salsola has its own Discord chat server to allow for Salsolan players to mingle, share Salsola-related content, and plan for plots and threads. This chat service is the best way to get involved in the pack, and is used regularly by Salsola Leadership to update members with news, plots and events, and other pack-related things. We highly encourage Salsolan players to join our Discord server! :)

Once you’re an active member of Salsola, you can request to be invited into the Salsola chat server by PMing Salsola Leadership. Otherwise, if you’re a member of the ’Soulschat, we should be able to find and reach you that way upon your joining of our pack!

You may notice that a few players have colored names! Aside from Salsola Leadership, Sotto Capo and Faction members are visibly marked, as they are typically more well-versed in all things Salsola due to rising to the IC ranks that they hold. If you’re new to the pack, or simply not super knowledgeable in how Salsola works, these individuals should be able to help you find the answer that you’re looking for, and are permitted to answer questions asked in our #questions channel.

Server Rules:
  • Only players of current or on-board NPC’d Salsolans may join the Salsola Discord Chat.
  • All Forum Rules apply, meaning be respectful to your peers, and treat them as you would want to be treated. Disrespect, harassment, and bullying will not be tolerated.
  • Use your ‘Souls OOC name as your nickname in the server (don’t leave us guessing who you are!)
  • Keep things Salsola-related. You should not be promoting adoptables or an unrelated plot for another pack, for example.
  • Try your best to keep content to the appropriate channel. Mature-content should not be in #general, just as art-content should not be in #plotting.
    • Try to keep overly silly and spammy content to #spammyspamspam; this includes: links, images, videos, etc. Many of these can eat up a lot of data, which can make uploading channel content slower for those on slower internet connections or roaming on mobile, as well, these can take away and distract from the active conversation in channels like #general. Obviously, if it’s an art image, it’s okay to post it in #talents, and, if it’s something mature-related, best to keep it in our mature-content channel.

10.  Leaving Salsola

Due to Salsola’s culture and secrecy, leaving the pack is not simple as it may be with other packs. However! We understand that, sometimes, things just don’t work out, and we are more than willing to work with you so long as you communicate with us.

We thoroughly encourage PMing Salsola Leadership if you are considering leaving Salsola so that we can discuss potential options with you that will work out for everyone!

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