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Welcome

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.

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Want to apply?

If you choose not to read all of the below before sending in an application, you may not receive a response. Please take five minutes to look it over.

Aethia is a private guild and while we do not have specific requirements for joining we do look for people we believe will be able to make the activity requirements. We have a strong focus on meeting these requirements and have a sweep each month of those that don't. For more information on the activity requirements make sure you check out our FAQ. Because of the large amount of members who end up being swept we look for those with accounts that already show significant effort in account improvement. It doesn't matter if you choose not to focus on more popular account improvement aspects (avatar collecting being an obvious one) as long as there is significant effort in other areas. It is also helpful when members display progress or goals somewhere to give us a general idea of their focusses but is not necessary (and we do have active members who don't do this).

Still interested in joining? If applications are currently open just grab the form below and mail it to coco_bella 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 used is here. After you send in your application, you should hear back within 48 hours. But be sure to check the status below first!

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Upcoming Challenges
June: AC Challenge
July: Heather's choice
August: Team Challenge (??)
September: ?
October: Trick or Treat
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Getting Started

After you have joined the guild you will shortly be added to a log and informed which one you are on (we aim for within 24 hours), you will then receive your first leader challenge from your team leader, and then shortly after challenges from the other leaders. These are Bunny, Plushie and Scroll challenges. You will also be ready to add your first Personal challenge, along with starting any duels or thief challenges. You can choose these challenges as soon as you have been added to a team page or are notified of who your team leader is.

When you join you will automatically get a log on one of our three team directories, either /~naelana (run by Joy), /~jacquille (run by Ann) 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/portfolio ). It's entirely up to you however and not all members do this.

Mentors


A new addition to the guild for this year are mentors. Being a highly motivated and focussed guild we've found some new members can struggle getting used to everything and have a lot of questions. Because of this new members will now be assigned a mentor from their team who will help them out when they first join, showing them the ropes as well as providing an extra bit of support when it comes to completing those first challenges. And, hopefully, by getting to know them via neomail you'll have a new friend in the guild, and at least one person you'll recognise on our chat boards.

If you've been a member for at least 3 months and are interested in becoming a mentor then mail your team leader for more details ^^

Challenges

All members will have a minimum of three challenges at a time, Bunny, Scroll 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 Scroll). There is no time limit on challenges but all members are asked to 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 focus on being an active and motivated guild.

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 icons) 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. Scroll, Bunny, 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 when they next make an update. Leaders aim to update the pages several times a week but there are obviously times when they can't manage this. If you are waiting on an update that hasn't happened yet please wait until after Sunday before contacting them. All three of our team leaders aim to make sure everything is up to date on a Sunday.

Activity Requirements & Hiatus

There are many account improvement guilds out there with a focus on casual account improvement, Aethia is not one of those guilds. We have strict activity requirements and we expect our members to reach them each month. If you've met the requirements for the past 3+ months and need to take a hiatus for a month, and the past 6+ months for a 2 month hiatus. If you haven't been a member for long enough or you think you'll need longer than 2 months it's probably best to leave the guild over your busy period. However if you mail Claire when you're interested in rejoining, we'll let you know if we currently have space, or when we're next recruiting.

Our activity requirements are as follows:
4+ challenges completed, at least 2 of which should be leader challenges.
Minimum of bronze in the Monthly Challenge (MC does not count as one of the above challenges).

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).

FAQ

Can 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 earn the Slowpoke avatar?
Time Challenges are put up on the guild homepage, and when you've completed one you mail in that you've completed it. The challenge won't be removed until 5 people have completed it, however sometimes (most of the time) the page may not be updated straight after 5 people have completed it, so if you happen to complete it after the first 5, but before the challenge is listed as complete, you'll get the Slowpoke av.

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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.



Trophies

Trophies 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.



Avatars

Avatars 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 friendly reminder in your update would be extra helpful ^^


Thief Avatars

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
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 Awarded to those who have earned every thief avatar currently available.

Challenge Completion Avatars

Complete 5 Bunny challenges. Complete 5 Plushie challenges. Complete 5 Scroll challenges.
Complete 10 Personal challenges. Win 3 duels in a row. Get x15 for three different trophies.
Become a Slowpoke. Complete a challenge within 24 hours of it being assigned. Complete 50 member challenges (personal/thief/duel)
Complete 50 leader challenges (including retired leaders) Complete 100 challenges (any type) Complete the gold monthly challenge requirement in 15 days or under.
Complete double the requirements for a gold monthly challenge. Complete any challenge. Awarded to those who complete 5 leader challenges in one month.
Earn 3 gold monthly trophies. Complete the most challenges in a month on your team. Be the first person to complete a timed challenge.
Complete a challenge to try for an avatar a specified number of times without earning the avatar.

PostAvatars

Post 50 times on the guild board. Post 100 times on the guild board. Post 250 times on the guild board.
Post 500 times on the guild board. Post 750 times on the guild board. Post 1000 times on the guild board.

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.

Misc. Avatars

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
Earn by being a member of the guild on Aethia's birthday (January 1) Enter into a Duel with someone you've already Dueled Complete 1 of your 3 current goals (as listed on your log page)

Retired Avatars

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 Jubbie 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
Complete 5 Slorg challenges. Complete 5 Pink challenges.

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Credit

Peter for the layout coding and many of our avatars.
Heather for the background.
Claire for the layout header. Every mistake you notice on this page also belongs to Claire xD

Link Back

Buttons link to their creators, huge thanks to all of you ^^





















History


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.



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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 Challenges

These are your personal challenges based on the things you do on neo or would like to work on, these vary from person to person.

Scroll challenges are set by Ann (xiaolin10413)
Bunny challenges are set by Anna (coco_bella)
Plushie challenges are set by Heather (painted_dreams87)


Additional Challenges

These 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.


Retired Challenges

We will soon be introducing a new way of earning some of these retired trophies, so keep your eyes peeled ^^
Nabile challenges were set by Kitty.

Tangerine challenges were set by Roxie

Jubbie challenges were set by Joy.

Slorg challenges were set by Space.

Pink challenges were set by Claire, they make a comeback every June though for those participating in the AC ^^

Monthly Challenges

Each 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.




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