Post by De'tanxi Lefix on May 28, 2020 15:28:23 GMT -5
Challenges are a year round event of that all members of SM consider with high respect. With the event of a challenge, members of SM can effectively and efficiently tests their wills and strength in the effort of further climbing up their specific branches. Not even the royal branch is safe from being challenged. What are they? -- ► Challenges are rank related tasks that involve the upper high ranks of each branch and the royalty branch. Challenges are an all year round seasonal event for each branch within SM. They give an opportunity for lower branched members to boost themselves up to a high rank and are also a way of ensuring that each high rank of their involved branches are ICly deserving of their role. They are also briefly explained here; About the Ranks.
Are the challenges different? -- ► Yes. Each challenge varies for each branch. For example, if your character is apart of the fighter branch and you wished to challenge one of your higher ranked IC superiors, then your challenge would usually involve a task that relates to your branch. In the case of one within the fighter branch, it could be a spar or a test of strength. If it were one apart of the healer branch, it may be a test of their healing knowledge or healing an individual. The challenges themselves will be assigned OOCly by staff, depending on what the assigned task for the challenge is for the two individuals a time and date may be set and confirmed for them.
Are challenges time based? -- ► Yes. OOCly-- a time and date will be set and confirmed with the individuals participating in the given challenge for the event. Usually, we are very lenient for how long it takes when it comes to responding and finishing rp's, however-- challenges are at the very base, your character attempting to achieve a IC high rank.
► What do you mean by date and time? By date and time, it means the two parties will get a date the challenge will take place in one of our given rp channels and then a time for when the challenge will be considered over and the staff will decide the winner. For example, the parties involved may be available for their challenge event to take place on May 30th (the day staff will start their event and they may begin posting for it), and then they will be given a time when it'll end and they'll be unable to post for it any longer-- like June 5th at 5pm EST. Once the challenge has reached it's time for ending, staff will OOCly decide the winners-- if necessary a poll will be made for other SM members to vote on the consensus of the challenge.
You say they are a seasonal year round event, what does that mean? -- ► It means that while challenges may happen ICly all year round, only certain branches may be challenged for during certain seasons. To list them; During spring those apart of the hunter, healer, and spiritual branch may make attempts at challenges. During summer only certain ranks of the royalty branch are open for challenges. During fall or autumn those apart of the punisher, fighter, or guard branch may put forth challenges.
► What about heirs? Heirs are a special case as they can optionally have two ranks. Their heir rank (D'tei or Kral'i) and then a normal rank within one of the other branches to fall back on should they lose their royal title. According to what I listed above, they would normally be available for challenges during Summer-- as with the rest of the royalty branch. But, heirs can be available for challenges at any time by a De'tanxi's order.
► It said that only certain ranks of the royalty branch may be open during their challenging season, why? It depends on various circumstances that the OOC staff will consider. For example, if the heirs were just recently promoted to their rank, if their are more Le'mari's that necessarily needed, if the De'tanxi just started ruling, etc. When summer rolls around, the channel we have in the Discord server that lists the current high ranks of each branch as well as which branch is open for challenges, will show exactly which ranks within the royalty branch are open for challenges during summer when the season comes around.
If I am challenging for a high rank, when do I win the rank I am challenging for? -- ► If the rank is empty- If the rank you are challenging for is empty, you automatically win it. You will still have to make a quick rp post claiming the rank itself, but otherwise-- it is the first person who goes for the rank who gets it. If two people attempt to go for the same empty rank around the same time, then they will be put against each other in a challenge-like situation until one arises victorious. But, just because you win the rank doesn't mean you will keep it. You will need to hold onto the rank for as long as others may be allowed to challenge for it during the remainder of the rest of the season.
► In the case of the high rank you are attempting to challenge for is already taken- Depending on the branch and the high rank you are attempting to challenge an individual for, the number of challenges can range from two to up to eight. You may be asking yourself, then how do I win? The answer to that is this.
Let's say the rank you are challenging for is El'tarnu of the fighter branch (the second highest most rank)-- that rank has a requirement of 2 challenges. When it comes to challenging, you can only challenge a rank higher than your current stature-- which means a Vt'vei cannot issue a challenge to a El'tarnu, but a El'tarnu can do so to gain their rank. Let's say the current El'tarnu has never been challenged before-- you would need to challenge them twice. The first challenge's consensus won't necessarily matter, but the second challenge-- in order to take their rank, you must win. To explain it simply, it is always the last necessary challenge of a given rank that must be won to gain the rank you want. For further example, if you were challenging a Vt'vei that had been previously challenged three times, you must challenge them one more time and win to take their rank.
► How do I know how many times a certain high rank has been challenged? Because challenges are considered rank related tasks, one would need to submit a rank report in regards to them upon completion-- essentially meaning that staff will have record of how many times a certain individual has been challenged.
► If challenges are considered rank related tasks, does that mean it is possible to have more than just one for each available high rank? Yes! Let's say that both the high ranks of the fighter branch have been claimed (El'tarnu & Vt'vei)-- if the El'tarnu completes all of the other necessary rank related tasks to rank up and someone has challenged them the necessary amount of times (twice), but lost-- the El'tarnu may very well choose to rank up to Vt'vei without challenging them at all. That would leave the fighter branch with two Vt'vei's and the El'tarnu rank open for claiming once more.
► What happens when you successfully challenge someone? Using our fighter branch ranks as an example once more, if an El'tarnu challenged a Vt'vei and won their rank-- they would essentially switch ranks. The Vt'vei would become the El'tarnu and the El'tarnu would become the Vt'vei-- the same goes for one challenging the El'tarnu. The El'tarnu would be reverted back to whatever rank they had before that and the challenger would gain their rank.
► Will it count as a completed challenge task even if I lose? Just like with spars or hunts, whether it is a success or a fail-- it will have counted as you having done the given task and as such count towards completion of what you need to do to rank up.
Royalty Branch Challenges -- ► Are they the same as normal challenges? Yes! Challenges directed towards the royalty branch are generally the same as challenges for the other branches-- except they revolve more around sparring.
► Could I challenge the De'tanxi? Yes! However, your character must either be apart of the Royalty branch itself or be a high rank to issue a challenge to the De'tanxi. If the De'tanxi so wishes-- they may choose a 'champion' to deal with the challenge in their stead.
► What about challenges between the heirs and the De'tanxi? How do they work? Each De'tanxi may rule for a generalized period of four years, ICly. When it comes time for the end of that time period and summer rolls around, the De'tanxi is henceforth only available for challenges from the primary heir, aka the D'tei. Usually, challenges between that made by the D'tei towards the De'tanxi are spars-- but they may differ on rarer cases. Just the same as with regular challenges, the D'tei must ensure they win the final necessary challenge towards the De'tanxi-- the De'tanxi has a total of eight challenges, meaning the eighth is the one the D'tei must win.
► What happens when the D'tei wins the final challenge towards the De'tanxi? Going on an example of the De'tanxi being on their final challenge and the D'tei winning it, the following would happen. With the D'tei having won ICly-- the De'tanxi's position should be handed over. However, to keep things utterly fair for such a high rank-- OOCly a vote will commence. For a generalized time period of around five OOC days (so everyone gets a chance to vote) after the finished challenge, members of SM will vote on which individual they would like to see be the De'tanxi. When the votes have been officially tallied up towards the individuals, a 20-sided die for each vote towards them will be rolled; whomever has the most points come the end of that will be named the De'tanxi.
If the D'tei was the one who won the OOC vote-- the D'tei will officially be named De'tanxi ICly. From that point onward, the new De'tanxi may decide to do whatever they wish with the previous ruler. They could kill them, exile them, demote them to prisoner or a different rank of their choosing, 'promote' them to a different rank (such as Le'mari), etc. Should their have been an E'tani; they may decide to allow them to keep that role, make them a different royal branch rank, or demote them to one of the other branch roles (besides prisoner)-- but they cannot kill them or exile them.
► What if the De'tanxi wins the OOC vote but didn't win their IC final challenge? It would be considered as the members of SM having ICly risen up in a 'rebellion'-type situation against the challenging D'tei, in favor of the De'tanxi-- thus allowing the De'tanxi to run for another time period of four IC years, before they are forced to give up the role no matter what.
► What happens if the D'tei loses the final challenge against the De'tanxi? The De'tanxi will be available to continue ruling for an additional four IC years, and much like the D'tei had the option of doing whatever they wished to the other individual-- the De'tanxi has the same option. They could choose to demote, kill, exile, promote them to a different royalty branch rank, etc.
► If I become De'tanxi does that mean I decide how the pack progresses? Unless you are a OOC staff, winning the rank of De'tanxi will be an entirely IC role for those who get it. Your character can choose how they lead, what they do, and what punishments they may implement or otherwise-- however a majority of important decisions (like allies/rivals, going to war, etc) or plots will be gone through the OOC staff and founders to ensure the group doesn't become something we never had plans for.
Heir Challenges -- ► To challenge for the De'tanxi, I must be a D'tei-- how do I become that? Their are multiple ways. If there is no Kral'i, you can directly challenge the D'tei during summer or any other time period where it is known that heirs are open for challenges. If the D'tei rank hasn't even been taken-- having your character ICly rank up, interact with the De'tanxi, and otherwise may get them promoted to the rank itself. If their is a Kral'i, you must first challenge them and become Kral'i-- to henceforth challenge the D'tei.
► Does that mean I do not have to be related to the De'tanxi to become a D'tei or Kral'i? D'tei or Kral'i are usually children of the De'tanxi themselves-- as such the aptly put name of 'heir'. However, if a De'tanxi has no living children (or perhaps even if they do), they may very well choose to promote an individual they find worthy of the role to D'tei or Kral'i or simply just open up challenges for the rank to fill the roles.