Aethia is an account improvement guild based on the idea of challenges. You'll be given these challenges by council, by yourself and you can even grab challenges from other members if you want to try something different ^^ Through your participation in a variety of different challenges you'll be able to earn guild avatars and trophies and of course be improving your account as you go.
When you join you tell us about what you like doing on neo, what you dislike doing and things you have no clue how to even attempt. This will help when allocating your challenges, meaning you'll be able to focus on what you love and yet have a little push to work towards things you procrastinate on.
want to apply?While Aethia is a private guild, we are focused on account improvement which means that what is important is not where you are with your account now, but where you're planning to be. With that in mind we have no specific account related requirements for joining, just a small form in which you explain some of your achievements on neo, how you achieved them and things you'd like to work towards. This should give us an idea of what you like to do on neo along with things you want to work towards, which is helpful when assigning challenges. You can also add in any extra information you like, which will all be added to your section of the Challenge Log.
Once you have filled out the form below, just mail it to usukii from your main (indicate if you are joining on a side, though). Along with the application please include a link to a petpage or pet description where you have chosen your icons to display your interests in the types of challenges you would/would not like to receive. The icons can be found here and an example of how they'll be use is here. After you send in your application, you should hear back within 24 hours. But be sure to check the status below first!
As a member you'll always have three challenges running, there's no time limit for them or any order you have to complete them in. You can complete one challenge and then complete the challenge it is replaced with before working on the other two, it's entirely up to you. Along with this there are also several other challenges that anyone can complete. The details of the different types of challenges you can achieve are outlined below.
All challenges a member is working towards (and has completed) will be listed on their page of the challenge directory. There are three directories, and which one you are on will depend on your team, you kind find them all linked below.
Leader ChallengesThese are your personal challenges based on the things you do on neo or would like to work on, these vary from person to person.
|Pink challenges are set by Claire (usukii)|
|Slorg challenges are set by Space (xapplecrumble)|
|Plushie challenges are set by Heather (painted_dreams87)|
Additional ChallengesThese are general challenges that anyone can choose to participate in and are often a good way of aiming for something you wouldn't usually try as well as a little extra competitive motivation with several others trying to complete the same challenge as well.
|Personal Each member gets to choose their own personal challenge and it is up to you how hard or easy you'd like to make it, but remember that challenges are not meant to be things you can complete in five minutes. If you'd rather not give yourself your own challenge or are lacking inspiration then you are welcome to get another member to choose one for you instead!|
|Timed These challenges appear randomly and end after three people have completed them. Time challenges will be posted either on the Challenge Directory home page or on the guild home page, and they will be removed as soon as three people have completed them (or as soon after as possible), we will have a high score chart tracking the members who have achieved the most time challenges.|
|Duel Some of us work better when there's a competitive element involved, so if you're one of those people grab a friend and decide on a challenge together. It could be earning a certain amount of np, getting a new trophy or reaching x amount of avatars. Whatever you decide between the two of you it'll be added to both of your logs and the race to see who reaches it first will be there for all to witness. Better make sure it's you ^^|
|Thief Always want what everyone else has? Well now you can! If you're struggling with your own challenges, fancy a change of pace or just want to be a little annoying you can steal a challenge from another member! If you look through the logs of other member's current challenges and see something that takes your fancy then give it a shot. If you complete it you'll get another shiny trophy. Make sure when submitting your challenge to mention the member you 'stole' the challenge from; we have highscores for the most completed stolen challenges, but also the members who have had the most challenges stolen from them.|
|Nabile challenges were set by Kitty.|
|Tangerine challenges were set by Roxie|
|Bunny challenges were set by Anna.|
Monthly ChallengesEach month there will be a new challenge listed that anyone can participate in. This is a good way of working on something new with a group of other people. As multiple people are working towards the same thing at once it's a great chance to share tips and resources for completing the challenge. The challenge will be split in to three ability tiers with gold, silver and bronze trophies so that members can choose the challenge they feel most suits them that month.
Ranking up in Aethia is based both on your post count and the amount of challenges you have completed.
Haste - Starting rank.
Spark - 3 normal challenges completed & 2 leader challenges.
Flash - 10 normal challenges completed & 8 leader challenges.
Flight - 25 normal challenges completed & 20 leader challenges.
Ascension - 50 normal challenges completed & 40 leader challenges.
Leader challenges = Slorg, Plushie, Pinkand Time. Retired challenges also count and these are Nabile, Tangerine & Bunny. Other challenges = Personal, Duel (wins only) & Thief. Monthly don't count towards rank.
TrophiesTrophies are awarded every time you complete a challenge, and the trophy you get depends on the type of challenge you've completed. They will be displayed on your Challenge log which is located on the Challenge Directory, but you're welcome to add them elsewhere if you like. For full details on all of the current trophies available, check the challenges page.
AvatarsAvatars are earned for doing a variety of different things. They can be for completing a certain number of challenges, for being on one of our challenge highscore tables and for other miscellaneous things. Below are the current available avatars and how to get them. These will be displayed with your trophies on your Challenge Log. If you believe you've earned an avatar please make sure you inform your team leader when updating challenge logs we often aren't checking if something awards an avatar, so a friednly reminder in your update would be extra helpful ^^
Challenge Completion Avatars
Team & Rank Avatars
|Be a member of Spite.||Be a member of Malice.||Be a member of Vanity.|
|Reach the rank of Haste (starting rank).||Reach the rank of Spark.||Reach the rank of Flash.|
|Reach the rank of Flight.||Reach the rank of Ascension.|
|Create an avatar (and decide how to earn it) for the guild.||Create a guild graphic or layout.||Gift something to another member (graphics & art also count)|
|Be a member for 100 days (switching accounts or rejoining resets you to 1)||Help teach a fellow member something (restocking, kadding, coding, a specific game etc.)||Point out a mistake on the website to Claire via neomail (Tangerine/Betrayal related things don't count, Claire will sort those out soonish)|
|Complete a gold challenge during the Aethia beta.||Complete a silver challenge during the Aethia beta.||Complete a bronze challenge during the Aethia beta.|
|Complete 5 Nabile challenges.||Complete 5 Bunny challenges.||Complete 5 Tangerine challenges.|
|Steal and complete a challenge from a certain person's log... I wonder who it is o.0||Steal and complete a challenge from a certain person's log... I wonder who it is o.0||Steal and complete a challenge from a certain person's log... I wonder who it is o.0|
Avatars250 Easy avs
Trophies* Easy Trophies
Getting Started with Trophies
Reset Night Scores
NQ I & II Guides
Plushie Tycoon Guide
CollectionsStamps by price
Categorised Food List
CreditPeter for the layout and many of our avatars.
Anna for some of the edits to the website and making up for my lack of organisation and coding skills.
Link BackButtons link to their creators, huge thanks to all of you ^^
Aethia was inspired by a guild I used to be a member of but sadly closed down, Purple Bug. Members would be assigned an account improvement related challenge based on their own personal interests on neo and the things they wanted to achieve, and through achieving these things you could move up ranks whilst continually improving your account. I found this a much better way of working on my account as I'm far less likely to procrastinate when I have other people setting me goals than when I just set them myself.
After Purple Bug closed down I did a lot of searching to find a guild that would motivate me towards reaching my goals as well as Purple Bug did but I couldn't find anything. So after speaking to a few people, including Purple Bug's old owner, I decided to work towards creating a guild with a similar concept and Aethia was born.
rules & req's
LogsWhen you join you will automatically get a log on one of our three team directories, either /~pyamia (run by Space), /~reginel (run by Anna) or /~amelyne (run by Heather). Depending on which log you are on, you will mail all of your log updates to the person who runs it. This will be updated regularly and contain your current challenges, past challenges, trophies and avatars. If you wish you are also more than welcome to keep a log on your own petpage, either as a separate page or as part of a larger goals/about page (I for example have one on my ponyfolio). It's entirely up to you, but if you do I'll link it from your section on this page as well.
As previously mentioned there's no need to host your own log, and if you do you can add it to an existing petpage or anywhere else you feel like. However if you want a page dedicated just to your Challenge Log, then feel free to use the below layout, coded for us by the lovely Kitty.
Whenever you complete a challenge you need to inform the account Xapplecrumble if you are on /~roiuhl, Coco_bella if you are on /~reginel or Painted_dreams87 if you are on /~amelyne and this page will be updated as soon as possible with your most recent achievements. If you notice you're missing something from your log, or your guild highscore table hasn't been updated with everything else, feel free to send a reminder.
Getting StartedAfter you have joined the guild you will shortly be added to a log and informed which one you are on, you will then receive your first leader challenge from your team leader, and then shortly after challenges from the other leaders. These are Slorg, Plushie and Bunny challenges. You will also be ready to add your first Personal challenge, along with starting any duels or thief challenges.
To help us cater to your interests more we have an icon system which show us the things you do and don't want to work on at a glance, and these can be added to your log (like mine here). To add these simply go to the icons page and choose the icon you want for each category and put them on a blank petpage or description, then mail the owner of your directory, and they'll add them up shortly ^^ You are also more than welcome to add these to your own logs/goal pages.
ChallengesAll members will have a minimum of three challenges at a time, Slorg, Pink and Plushie. It is entirely up to you in which order you do them, or how quickly. You can also complete new challenges when you like (if you complete a Plushie challenge, you can go on and complete your new Plushie challenge straight away if you don't feel like working towards your current Slorg). There is no time limit on challenges but all members are asked to try and reach the monthly requirements for activity unless there's a specific reason you can't, with this it's best to notify your team leader ASAP. If you haven't almost reached these requirements by the last week of the month you'll probably get a neomail to see if you're still interested in being an active member, due to our small member cap.
Occasionally you may get a challenge that you have no interest in completing, or one that is simply too hard for you. We ask that you do at least attempt it (assuming you didn't list it as something you don't want to do in your original guild app) but if you're finding it too hard (and have asked other members for advice) or really don't want to go for it, you can ask for a new challenge. Try not to do this too often though!
While you only have to have 3 challenges listed at once, you can have up to 6. Slorg, Pink, Plushie, Personal, Duel, Thief. This doesn't include time challenges (which are posted on the guild homepage) or monthly challenges. You can find more information about these types of challenges here.
Every time you want a new challenge, or have completed an old challenge (or both) just mail your team leader with the relevant information, and you should be updated within 48 hours.
Member RulesTo ensure that life in Aethia goes smoothly and wonderfully for all members, we have come up with the following rules. We ask that you respect our rules & guild and follow them.
Do not spam our guild boards.
We ask that you keep all posts at a 2+ line minimum, refrain from using chatspeak, and avoid double posting- if possible. Please try to make sure that your posts will further meaningful conversation, rather than spam our boards.
Be kind to your fellow members.
Nobody wants drama in their home, and we would like for that to extend to Aethia. Please refrain from starting drama- be kind to other members and respectfully handle conflicts. If need be, your Aethia leaders are always there to help mediate issues that may arise.
Enable guild mailers.
While we do not expect to send out guild mailers often, if we do, it will be with very important information. Therefore, we ask that you please enable guild members so that you will be kept up-to-date and not miss out on something that could be particularly important.
Be an active member in the guild.
Because Aethia is a small guild with emphasis on improving your account, we expect that all members will be actively working towards their goals + challenges. If you find that you are unable to meet your activity requirements, please take a hiatus from Aethia until you have more time or motivation. You are always free to re-apply once you are ready to work as an active member of Aethia again.
Activity RequirementsYou can find the monthly activity requirements for Aethia below. If you have not met your monthly activity requirements by the time recruiting has come around, you will receive a neomail from a guild leader informing you that you have until the end of the month to meet these requirements unless you can provide a reasonable explanation for your inactivity.
- Complete 2 Leader Challenges (Plushie/Bunny/Slorg)
- Complete 2 Additional Challenges (Time/Thief/Personal/Duel)
- Bronze trophy in the monthly challenge
While there is no post requirement, we do like to chat to members but it's up to you if you prefer the guild board or the chat board we keep up on Other Worlds (or the GC during times of recruitment).
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Random FAQCan I join on a side account?
Yup, side accounts are more than welcome. Your main will be added to the account HST table and you'll obviously complete your challenges over there, but you'll be a member on your side. As long as you'll still be active on your side we've got no problem with this at all =)
Can I steal a challenge if someone else has already stolen it?
Yup, there's no limit on how many times a challenge can be stolen.
Can I steal a challenge if I've already stolen it before? (e.g challenges to feed 1 kad, 3 new avs etc.)
No. You may only steal the same challenge once. But if two people happen to have the same challenge, you can steal it from one and then the other.
Can I steal a challenge if the original owner of the challenge has already completed it?
No. Challenges may only be stolen from the original owner, and only from their current challenges, not past challenges.
If my challenge has been stolen can I still complete it?
You can, we call it stealing challenges because it amuses Claire more than copying challenges. And she wanted an avatar with Kanrik on it.
Can I steal more than one challenge at once?
No, only one of each type of challenge at once.
Can I have challenges that overlap/are very similar?
This one is tricky, if it's accidental and the challenges aren't practically identical then that's ok. For example if you have a pink challenge to earn 5 new avatars, and you set yourself a personal challenge to earn a new game avatar that would be ok (though it's best to avoid overlapping challenges too often). However if you set the personal challenge to +1 avatar, then you'd be asked to change it as the point of challenges is to work on improving your account, if the challenges are the same then you're completing more challenges but not doing anything new on your account. Same with if you have a Feed 10 kads challenge, and then wanted to steal a Feed 1 kad challenge. Claire may turn a blind eye to the occasional overlapping challenge but if the majority of your challenges are overlapping so you're getting lots of trophies with less effort you'll probably be asked to choose some different ones. Or you may find your next Pink challenge is a particularly difficult one. Though that would obviously be a complete coincidence.
How do I get on the Slowpoke HST?
Time Challenges are put up on the front page of both logs, and when you've completed one you mail in that you've completed it. The challenge won't be removed until 3 people have completed it, however sometimes (most of the time) the page may not be updated straight after 3 people have completed it, so if you happen to complete it after the first 3, but before the challenge is listed as complete, you'll get on the Slowpoke HST.
July Monthly ChallengeTrophies, sorry for the delay:
August Monthly ChallengeI hope you're all ready because the team challenge is back! You've got 28 days as a team to complete as many of the categories as possible (or ideally to complete all of them and make sure you're done before the other two teams ^^) We last had this challenge in February and the current champions are Vanity, will they manage a second win this year?
The rules are simple, you can earn points in any (or all) of the categories below and simply mail your updates to your team leader who will keep track of your individual progress and add it to the team's overall progress. This allows you all to keep up to date and see areas where your team might need a little extra help. Because of this keeping your team leader updated regularly is incredibly helpful to the team, however make sure you put multiple updates in 1 neomail and no more than 1 update mail a day, we don't want your leader getting buried in her inbox o.0
There will be two sets of trophies this month, one based on individual performance, and one based on team performance. For the individual trophies:
Bronze - Submit scores in 3 categories
Silver - Submit scores in 6 categories
Gold - Submit scores in 10 categories
There will be an additional trophy with your team's name on it depending what position your team makes in the end.
The challenge runs from 1st August to 28th August and only things gained during this time count. Publications will count even if submitted before August, as long as they are published during August (obviously the submission won't count as it wasn't during August).
The Categories10 New Trophies
10 Trophy Upgrades
350 Employment Agency Jobs
25 World Challenge Pieces
10 UBs Restocked
5 UBs Sniped
10 Submissions (ag/nt/pc/rc/stc)
5 Publications (ag/nt/pc/rc/stc)
5 Beauty Contest Trophies
750 Books Read
100 Gourmet Foods Fed
250 Neodeck Cards
AvatarsIt wouldn't be a monthly challenge without avatars, so here we are ^^ The first 16 are for being the top in your team in a certain category (most kads fed etc.) and are in the same order as the above list.
You can earn 1 of the below avatars depending on how many categories you submit points to:
And for those of you who are particularly dedicated to a specific category, if you score at least half of the requried team points in 1 category you can earn the below avatar (38 kads fed, 5 UBs restocked, 5 new trophies etc.)