Oscurare does require an application if you want to join; however, it is a simple one and can be completed within half an hour if you put your mind to it.
Found below is a handy petpage layout for you to use when submitting your application (courtosey of True), already loaded with the questions for your application and everything! Useful, no?
After filling out your application, please send the link to Sierra (Fawwn ).
What you prefer to be called:
Are you joining on a side account or your main account?
Your previous guilds:
What were your experiences in previous guilds? Why did you leave them? (Are you in any other guilds currently? Please list them)
How can Oscurare benefit you? What are some of your weak points that you are looking to improve?
What can you bring to Oscurare? What are your assets?
Provide us with a roleplay sample that is at least three paragraphs long.
Date joined: 11.25.12
Characters Played: Smoke That Reaches To The Sky, Rookpaw, Rain That Comes With Storm
Date joined: 11.26.12
Characters Played: Nightstar, Moss That Clings to Stone, Rookpaw
Date joined: 12.03.12
Characters Played: Wren Flying in a Storm (Wren); Barleystripe, Ceaderfang
Date joined: 12. 9. 12.
Characters Played: Foxface, Mudfang
Date Joined: 12. 12. 12.
Characters Played: Copperpaw
Date joined: 11.29.12
Characters Played: Owlnose, Morningpaw, Dusk Beyond The Horizon
Date joined: 12.29.12
Characters Played: Hazel that Grows on a Hillside
Date joined: 11.26.12
Upon first joining Oscurare: Outsider
50+ posts: Recognized
150+ posts: Accepted
350+ posts: Respected
Sub-Council: Hand-picked by Sierra and Raine
Council: With application
Position applying for:
How long have you been a member of Oscurare?
Why do you want to be a part of our council?
Why should we choose you for this position?
Mentor/Apprentice; If Tribe cat, substitute "apprentice" with "To-be".
Every member of Oscurare gets two "free" characters upon joining the guild. After those, you may make one cat each time you ascend a rank if you wish. For example, if I already had two cats but then I hit the 50-post mark on the guild board and became 'Recognized,' then I would be allowed one more character, and so on and so forth. Although this rule may seem frustrating, keep in mind that we have it for a reason; so that members are not constantly making new characters but never playing them.
Keep in mind that any and all characters /must/ be submitted to Raine before you may begin roleplaying them.
Warrior Names Warrior names must be no longer than four syllables, consisting of two distinct parts: a prefix and a suffix. All prefixes and suffixes must be things found in nature, such as the prefix "Shrew-", or the suffix "-Tooth". The prefix of a cat's name is chosen as soon as the cat is born, and is always related to any part of the cat's appearance except for their eye color. The reason for this is that, since a kit is born with their eyes closed, the parent cannot know the kit's eye color by the time they name the kit. Also, the prefixes "Sun", "Moon", and "Star" are not allowed, as they are disrespectful to Starclan. Suffix restrictions include: suffixes such as "-Soul" and "-Spirit", as pretty as they are, must not be allowed. How are cats supposed to know what a soul or a spirit is? Also, some may argue that the suffixes "-Soul" or "-Spirit" are disrespectful to Starclan. We do, however, allow the suffix "-Song". Some guilds may not allow "-Song", but my personal opinion happens to be that songs are found quite readily in nature; birds sing, don't they?
Tribe Names Tribe names have much less guidelines. Their overall name must say something about their appearance, and they must also be able to be found in nature. Tribe names can be multiple words long, such as "Feather Of An Eagle," or "Water Rushing In A River." Names relating to planets, stars, or spirits of any kind are not allowed in tribal names, much like warrior names.
As long as you follow these guidelines, you should have no problem with your cats being accepted! (Please remember that, to avoid confusion, prefixes will not be repeated within the clan; tribal names may not be too similar, but may repeat one or two words. Talk to Sierra if you have any confusion about this.)
0-6 moons: A kit who spends its time in the nursery or playing in the camp.
6 moons: The kit becomes an apprentice, earning the suffix "-Paw".
6-over 12 moons: The apprentice is mentored by one of the warriors of the clan, and learned in the ways of the forest.
Anywhere between 13 to 18 moons: The apprentice has worked hard and earned their right to be a warrior and be granted their warrior name. They now earn whatever suffix you would want to give them.
24 moons: The cat is now considered an adult, and may be given an apprentice, or start looking for a mate.
36 moons: The cat may have started a family.
48 moons: The cat is firmly established within the clan, and is considered one of the senior warriors.
55 moons: May have a second litter.
72 moons: Has gained seniority and may have grand-kits.
82-96 moons; The cat retires to an elder position.
100 moons; One of the oldest cats in the clan and usually will die of old age within the next few moons.
For Tribe cats, the same general ages apply, except they keep the same name throughout their whole life, and apprentices are called "to-bes".
1. Respect one another.
2. No godmodeling or power-playing.
3. Please do not pressure prospective members into applying.
If they like our guild, then all we have to do is answer questions and provide links.
Don't over-do it. (But still be friendly!!)
4.Please do not chat on the guild boards; that's what the chat/advertisement board is for!
This rule may be lifted on special occasions, and does not apply to the discussion of any and all applications.
5. Have fun and enjoy being a guild family!
The healer of the tribe is also the leader. They read signs from the Tribe of Endless Hunting and also use berries and herbs to cure wounds and sickness. When they think it is time, the Healer will choose a to-be to mentor. Unlike clan leaders the Healer does not have nine lives or have dreams that they receive from the Tribe of Endless Hunting.
In clan terminology, a To–be would be an apprentice. To–bes train to become either Prey-Hunters or Cave-Guards, and like clan cats they have mentors which teach them the skills they have to learn for their roles.
Cave-Guards are chosen for their strength and muscular build. Cave-Guards are the defenders of the Tribe; they are taught how to fight at an early age and protect the tribe from predators. Cave-Guards are also taken out on hunting trips to watch the skies for any birds of prey while the Prey-Hunters hunt for food. For our purposes, these will be called camp-guards.
Prey-Hunters are chosen for their thin build and agility. They are the quickest of the tribe's cats and are trained to hunt prey. They are able to hunt prey from hawks to rabbits so long as the tribe is fed. Prey-Hunters use stealth and camouflage to capture their prey; often covering their coats in mud to camouflage them, hide their scent, and keep the wind off their bodies.
Kit-Mothers are the equivalent to the clan's queens. They have exactly the same role as the clan's queens.
Kits are young cats who are not old enough to be made To-Bes; they have the same role as kits in the clans.
The elders of the Tribe are exactly the same as clan elders. They are given food by Prey-Hunters and are looked after by Cave-Guards.
The hunting methods used by the tribe are slightly different from those of the clan. One of the differences is that they hunt birds of prey as well when hunting a piece of small prey, such as a mouse, the cat waits for a bird of prey to swoop down on the mouse and attack it instead getting two pieces of prey for the tribe instead of one.
The tribe cats believe in the Tribe of endless Hunting while the clan cats believe in Starclan. In the books it is noted that Starclan and the Tribe of Endless Hunting are two separate groups of ancestors and have different hunting grounds, so whatever omens the Tribe of Endless Hunting may give to the Tribe cats, Starclan are unable to have any influence on it.
The tribe cats gather around the Cave of Pointed Stones every full moon for a ceremony called the Telling. Here the tribe cats contact the Tribe of Endless Hunting like the medicine cats and leaders contact Starclan from the Moonstone/Moonpool. Unlike Starclan, the Tribe of Endless Hunting does not send messages to the tribe cats through dreams, but through omens; this is how they contact the tribe in other ways.
Beetle-brain – Friendly insult (similar to Mouse-Brain).
Caught-prey – Prey the Tribe has caught like Fresh-Kill.
Time of Freed Water– Spring, clan cats call this Newleaf.
Time of Frozen Water – Winter, clan cats call this Leaf-Bare.
Tribe of Endless Hunting – Like Starclan, the Tribe of Endless Hunting are the ancestors of the Tribe.
Giving of close comfort – Grooming each other, clan cats call this Sharing-Tounges.