Welcome to Fate! We may be small, but we love new members and are very excited that you're here.
Sometimes joining a new site can be a little overwhelming since there's a lot of information and no two sites are ever quite the same, so hopefully this guidebook will answer any questions you may have, but if you're still not sure about something, never hesitate to ask! Any of us (not just staff!) would love to help.
Let's start at the beginning - we are a one-account-per-person RP, which means that you will register with the alias you wish to go by on here, and you will not make separate accounts for each character.
That being said, you can always change your display name on your profile if you're not totally happy with it, and chances are you'll end up with a nickname anyway.
Once you've done that, feel free to start a thread on the introductions board to tell us about yourself, or come say hi in our Discord server!
People drop in over the course of the day, so it's very likely that you'll run into one of us (or, more likely, many of us) lurking among our channels.
Once you've done that, make sure you read through the 'Basics' section of this guidebook before you take any next steps.
If you need any clarification on anything, feel free to PM one of the staff members on here or on Discord.
We do have a character limit of 15, but you can purchase up to 10 additional slots from the site shop.
We also use non-playable characters (NPCs) to make Clan life a little more realistic.
After you've read the rules, it'll be helpful to familiarize yourself with the setting and the main IC events of the site, so it's strongly suggested you take a quick look at the timeline as well.
Finally, we have a masterlist of all the members and the characters they play located in the FateDex section of this guidebook.
The next question you might be asking yourself is: "Who the heck is in charge around here?" Here's a list of our current staff members and a quick introduction to each.
(she/her) - TreeClan Admin
Fawntastic here, though commonly referred to as Fawn or Fawny!
My job 'round here is to update the lists, approve bios, and generally attempt to put out any fires that crop up.
I currently play one high rank, Shadowchaser of NightClan, so you will definitely see me here and there, posting, spazzing and Fawning about.
I am usually available for questions, comments, or even just pleasant conversation, and if you shout a few times in the Discord, there's a good chance I'll show up!
If not, you can always send me a PM, whether it's an RP thread request or even just some help with your bios, my inbox is always open.
(they/them) - StoneClan & Tribe Admin
Hi, there! I’m Fabrication, but everyone here tends to call me Fab.
I have been a part of Fate for about a couple years now, so you can safely say I’m trapped here for good.
I’m in charge of looking after the Tribe and StoneClan, so if you happen to join either of these I’ll be the one to sort you out.
You should also shoot me a tag whenever you want to buy something from the shop!
A little about me - I live in Dublin, Ireland and love writing poetry, posts and reading books. If you have any to share, please do!
I absolutely love plotting, so if you have any devious cat ideas don’t hesitate to share them with me.
I’m usually around during the early hours in the morning and late at evening, so those are the best times to snag me for a question or just to have a nice chat.
I hope to see you around! Tá sé go deas bualadh leat.
(she/her) - NightClan Admin
Hey, I'm Katara, but I normally go by Kat!
If it wasn't obvious, I'm pretty into Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I joined Fate in February 2020 and have been hooked on it since.
I was invited as temporary staff in June 2020 and I stayed on as permanent staff as of August 2020!
I look after NightClan and keep them updated, and I write Cloverstar, NightClan's leader, so feel free to hit me up if you need to know what kind of leader she is/what she'd allow!
I'm always down to plot, so don't be afraid to message me with an idea.
I also do a lot of coding and graphics for the site, including the creation and maintaining of the site themes, so if you have questions about coding I can probably help.
My inbox is always open!
(she/her) - LightningClan Admin
Hello there! I’m Amber, one of the admins here at Fate.
I’ve been a part of the Fate community for an approximate total of seven-ish years.
Originally joined in 2012, stayed for a few years, took a “break” (dropped off the face of the planet, really) and rejoined in 2018 and haven’t left since.
I currently do not play any high-ranking characters, however I do have characters nearly everywhere on site.
I love to plot and write and thread whenever I can, and even though my life is a mess 90% of the time, I do still adore this site and the community even if my activity slacks.
However, even when I can’t be active on the site, I still am always lurking in the Fate Discord, always willing to chat or plot or share memes and love!
03. character creation
Now the fun part! You can find our character creation board here
and if you scroll down past the sub-boards, you'll see where you can create a new thread.
When you're making your cat, we do request that you use the character sheet
, but you can beautify your post however you want so long as the relevant information is there.
The title of your thread can be some variation of Name - Position in Clan (ex: Exampleclaw - GaleClan Warrior or Genericstar - MistClan).
Name: We're not super strict on names for Clan cats, but it has to be fairly reasonable.
If you need help coming up with a name, check out the handy-dandy name ideas thread. Also be sure to look at the list of taken names.
A given prefix cannot be used more than 5 times across all of the Clans, and there cannot be more than two cats in the same Clan with the same prefix.
You can also reserve a warrior name, if you like, by stating your cat's future name in your application somewhere!
Age: Please list your character's age in moons.
Gender: State your character's identifying gender. Please keep in mind that if your character is not cisgender, you may have to purchase an alternate identity item at our Site Shop.
Clan: We have three Clans that are descended from the original Clans, and each is described in their own tab in this guidebook!
If you're interested in a particular Clan, be sure to read up on them and any major events in their recent history to make sure your character will fit right in.
We also have a Tribe that you are free to learn about and join, if you'd like!
Rank: We do have activity requirements for the people who play high ranking characters, and they are outlined in the rules.
Generally, these are positions for which auditions are held, and in order to audition, you need to have been a member for at least a month and have made at least 30 IC posts.
If you’re trying out for a high rank, create your character application as if they were not in that position.
For example, if you’re planning on trying out for leader, write your character as if they're still a warrior.
For deciding on a rank for your character, it is also good to take into account the bans and encouragements (located in the welcome table) for each Clan.
Apprentices will be assigned a mentor by the leader of their Clan, and in order to become a warrior, they must have at least two training threads of different types.
More details on that are also outlined in the rules!
Picture: Your character must have a picture of a real cat. If you need help finding one, Flickr, DeviantArt, and Instagram are good places to look, but also reach out to some of our members!
Many of us have face claim suggestions we'd love to see someone use! Be sure, however, to credit any photos that require it.
Appearance: 100+ words. If you’re stuck on the word count, describe their body shape and how they carry themselves.
Are they lean and wiry, or stocky and muscular? Do they keep their fur well-groomed, or is it a mess? Do they strut or slink or seem to glide by?
Personality: 150+ words. We welcome all sorts of characters here, though mental disorders and an alternative sexual orientation must be purchased at the Site Shop before you can make a cat with one.
(Note: You do not have to purchase an alternate sexual orientation for a character until they are in some sort of an official relationship with a played character. That said, cats identifying as asexual or aromantic are free from having to purchase an alternate orientation.)
If you have any concerns, you can pm Fawn, and she’s open to discussing that with you.
If you’re stuck on meeting the word count, consider how your character might react in a variety of different situations – when faced with battle, among Clanmates, and among strangers.
What are their hopes and dreams and fears? Do they have any odd little quirks or habits that might set them apart from the rest?
History: For kits: 100+ words. For apprentices, warriors, elders, queens: 150+ words. For leaders, deputies, medicine cats: 200+ words.
Some aspects of a character’s background must be purchased from the site shop, including a loner-turned-Clan cat and half-Clan cats.
If you’re stuck on meeting the wordcount for a kit, you can go into a little detail about their family.
Were their parents happy? What was their life like growing up? You can also talk about how you imagine they'll behave as a kit in their Clan.
RP Sample: Only necessary if you’re planning on trying out for a high rank. If so, just write up a post as you would if that character were in the high ranking position you’re interested in.
If you’re having trouble coming up with an original character or are simply interested in having a character with some relationships in the Clan already, we always appreciate it if you check out the adoptions
There are always cats up for adoption, and plenty of our members would love to talk about them with you if you'd like to know more!
Once you’ve posted your application and your character has been accepted, there are many things you can do! None of the following is required, but if you’re interested, you can:
* Set up an adoption thread. Most people like to give others the opportunity to RP family members. You can provide as little or as much information about the cats as you want!
* Set up a plotter. Interested in plotting with others? A fair amount of it happens in our Discord, but if you want to make it easier for people to see your characters, you can start a thread with some information about them – maybe if they’re looking for any relationships in particular or if you have any cool ideas that you wouldn’t mind rping out.
* Set up a tracker. Sometimes people find it nice to keep a list of their characters and where they have been on the site and the threads they have, as well as who they may be close to and who they might despise. There are all sorts of different ways to go about this, and you can always check out other peoples’ trackers if you’re in need of inspiration.
Feel free to start a thread wherever you want, and chances are someone will jump in! Just remember that we do have a 150 wordcount minimum.
You’ll notice that when you start a new thread, there is a box that asks you to enter the date of the thread.
We have a unique time-keeping system on Fate that involves real-life dates and IC dates. Check out the Calendar & Timekeeping tab on this guidebook!
You will notice that is encompasses the entire IC season (Leaf-fall, Leafbare, Newleaf, Greenleaf), and that each season is 30 IC days long.
There is a 3-month calendar that helps show how long each IC day lasts, and hovering over each day will tell you that IC day's weather. You can also scroll down to see all the IC days listed in order! You use the calendar like this:
1. Find today’s date on the calendar (which can be found in the guidebook), and note the IC day number (for example, if August 1st says Greenleaf 20, remember that).
2. Scroll down to the full list of IC days and copy the entire weather description of the corresponding IC day.
3. When you start a new thread, paste that description into the description box where it asks you to enter the date of the thread.
It is also worth noting that at the start of every season, all the characters will age up 3 moons. Don't worry, you don't need to keep track of that, we staff use the handy FateDex to maintain all characters and NPCs on site and update their ages. There are also some large weather events that happen over the course of the season that can be incorporated into the RP.
New threads cannot be started on an IC date that has not yet occurred. If you need to make an exception, please reach out to Fawn!
We also have a currency system here on Fate. Every time you start a new thread, you earn 3 prey, and when you make an IC post, you earn 1 prey.
What you choose to do with that prey is your decision. We do have a Site Shop where you can buy everything from an unusual name to a cross-Clan relationship pass.
Just start a new thread where you specify your purchase and its price, and a staff member will take care of it right away!
Alternatively, there are also member shops
where you can buy artwork and posting templates from other people.
Some of these shops also have deals for new members.
05. ooc activities
Although we have a plethora of OOC boards, most of our OOC interaction takes place in our Discord, so we strongly recommend that every member joins it. If you don't already have a Discord account, don't worry, it is very easy to make one.
We do, however, have areas for showing off artwork
, and you can always start a shop of your own if you’re so inclined.
We also have an alternate universe board
, where you can take your existing characters and put them in different worlds.
Though events that may happen on this board do not alter site canon, they offer an interesting opportunity for you to put your characters in new situations that they will never have experienced otherwise.
Though we love it when everyone is active and has time to write, we do understand that everyone has a life off of the internet, so we're pretty relaxed and laid-back.
Although we do hold monthly activity checks for high ranks, we know that real-life problems take priority, and we'll never hold it against you.
If you know that you might be gone for a while because something has come up in real life, just make a little note in the absences board
or notify us in Discord and you’ll get a pass for the next activity check if you hold a high rank.
06. in conclusion...
We are very glad to have you here! Hopefully this guide helped clear up any questions you might have, but if there’s something you want to clarify further, don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to PM any of the staff members or hop down on our Discord and ask anyone who’s lurking around. We’re always open to helping out!