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DESCENDANTS OF THE DEPARTED

HISTORY

Long ago, Requiem and Vayu led the island together peacefully for years. The land was a paradise. No divine intervention, not a soul to pass. Death, in short, was non-existent. The immortals thrived for the longest time, but, eventually, tensions started to rise.

As a result, the group boiled down into two categories with Requiem and Vayu leading each. When the the leaders reached their final breaking point, they began to fight. Their battle went on for quite awhile, both tired and desperate for their troubles to end. With teeth bared, they both d dove into the center. They clashed. With heads crooked, they clamped down on each other's throats. In a last ditch effort, they both pulled away and blood began to pour from their necklines. Requiem spit out the flesh, while Vayu scarfed down their enemy's tissue. Both triumphant in their measures, they fall. In no time, they grew still. Death, for the first time, arrived upon the land.

While Requiem slowly rose  to the heavens, they created something called 'the above' for their colleagues. Meanwhile, Vayu focused their attention on creating a place called 'the below' for their subjects. Upon finishing the creation of their realms, the fight continued on the island. The volcano, on the command of Vayu flooded the island with lava flow. In response, Requiem used their sway to cause a thunderstorm and cool the land below. Very few survived the fury of their newfound deities, leaving former members behind to create the Descendants of the Departed.

Over time, due to the distance between the deities, the chaos started to fade. To keep both parts happy, the member preformed sacrifices and rituals in honor of their deities. As a result, the group began to thrive. By continuing these performances, the deities remain stagnant and content.

TERRITORY

The territory of the Descendants of the Departed is often barren and without any buildings. In fact, most of the territory is lackluster to an overlooking eye. The land consists of charcoal-colored lava rock covering the entirety of the island. There is almost vegetation to be seen across the black land. Most notably, the distant volcano stands out among the abyss of darkness. Upon looking closer, onlookers may find openings across the land leading into caves. Truly, what lies below is an enigma.

CAVE SYSTEM — The cave system is located underneath the island's surface, ranging from the shore to the volcano's side. These caves are also widely known as inactive lava tubes.
COMMUNAL AREA — While higher ranks often have their own caves for themselves and their family, regular members have the communal area. The area is in the direct middle of all the caves. Many members use the communal area to spend time with others, while others come here to rest during the night.

SHAMAN'S CAVE — Closest to the fighting pit lies the medicinal cave. Shamans live here, but also provide assistance to the wounded and those who seek guidance from their deities.

CHAPERONE POINT — On both the surface's edge, the volcano's bottom, and the cave's beginnings lies multiple chaperone points. There are large golden bells at each entrance which can be rung to gain the attention of a chaperone. This is usually done to receive guidance, whether spiritually or physically leading.   

UNDERGROUND TRADING — In a chain of openings within the lava tubes, members can set up trading posts and shops. There is no limit on what can be sold. Talk about an underground black market, huh?

FIGHTING PIT — To keep themselves strong and train apprentices, the Descendants of the Departed uses one of it's largest caves as a fighting pit. The fighting ring is surrounded by a thin river of magma that lights up the surrounding area and exhausts opponents due to it's heat. Along with this, there is an assortment of weaponry kept outside of the pit for training and the tournaments.

SACRAFICIAL LAVA POOL — In the deepest part of the cave system lies a lava pit, rumored to be the source of many of the created lava tubes or caves as all points eventually connect to it. This lava pit is used for sacrificial rituals to the below's deity. Enemies are mainly deposited here to avoid mingling them with those worthy of going to the heaven's above.

VOLCANO — The volcano is located in the north western point of the island. Some caves come out of it's bottom and side, along with active lava tube.
THE RIM — The rim is the highest part of the volcano. When a member passes away, members drag their corpse to the rim to rot. When completely decomposed or the has flesh turned into ashes due to the heat, the family members go up to the rim and take their bones to cherish.

TRADITIONS

The Descendants of the Departed  focuses on dark traditions that honor their deities. The group focuses on two deities in specific. One deity focuses on the skies above, while the other represents the hell below. To honor them, they preform rituals.

REQUIEM, DEITY OF THE ABOVE — To avoid hazardous weather changes from The Above's deity, sacrifices and rituals are preformed to satisfy Requiem. — Reference
DEATH RITUAL — When a member passes away, members drag their corpse to the rim to rot. When completely decomposed or the has flesh turned into ashes due to the heat, the family members go up to the rim and take their bones to cherish.

VAYU, DEITY OF THE BELOW — The volcano's contents and underground features of the island are controlled by Vayu, the deity of The Below. In an attempt to please them, members make sacrafices in their honor. — Reference
SACRAFICES TO THE BELOW — Enemies unworthy of being harvested are taken to the sacrificial lava pool to satisfying the deity of the below. With no goodbyes in order, the bodies are then dumped into the lava pool. The enemies are then sent to 'the below,' what many call the underworld or hell.

RIGHT OF PASSAGE — In order to go from a child to an adult, the children are required to participate in the fighting pit. Regardless of age, if they defeat an opponent in the ring, they are immediately considered a mature warrior. They are then ready to participate in raids, wars, captures, and more. While this fight is not required to be to the death, children are encouraged to aim for the kill instead of letting their opponent yield.

This tradition also goes for joiners. New members to the Descendants of the Departed do not have full member status until they complete a right of passage fight. Unlike the members born in the Descendants of the Departed, this is battle IS required to be to the death to prove their worth.

SEASONAL TOURNAMENTS — Seasonal tournaments begin sign-ups on the first day of the season and are later performed within the fighting pit. The tournament works in bracket style, pairing up members and ascending through the ranks as they win. These fights are not to the death, but are encouraged to be. If your character manages to win the tournament, they are assigned a special rank for the season and are given privileges for the duration.

BODY DISPOSAL — Deceased enemies and members are used in multiple ways. Such as:
CANNIBALISM — Cannibalism is normal within the Descendants of the Departed. Due to their lack of vegetation and animals, the group often feeds on other sentient animals.

BONES AND SKULL MASKS — Nothing goes to waste. After eating the remains of another, the bones of the dead are repurposed. Many members of the group use the bones as repurposed weaponry or armor. Meanwhile, the skulls are used as masks for wartime.

FALL HARVEST — On October 1st, the Fall Harvest begins for the Descendants of the Departed. On this day, they begin preparing for a feast that occurs on the last day of October. The feast includes indulging on rarities found on the mainland, corpses of the legendary sentient animals, and more. Depending on when autumn starts, this may also overlap with the seasonal tournament.

ECLIPSES — While it's often a once in a lifetime occurrence for many, the eclipse symbolizes perfect alignment. This is when the above and the below come to together all at once, enough for the dead to appear before their eyes. With the encouragement of the dead, the Descendants of the Departed preforms their most important rituals. Each eclipse has a different theme depending on it's name (such as a blood moon), but all eclipses include mass sacrifices.

RANKING

VIZIER — The leader of the Descendants of the Departed. Their word is law and is not to be ignored. They are in charge of declaring all out war, assigning raid targets, promoting/demoting members, leading traditions.
Valerius — roleplayed by Orion

INQUISITOR — Inquisitors are directly below the leader and are the heirs to leadership. They are in charge of hosting consistent raids, managing battles, and overseeing tasks for members. If there is no decision made before death, the inquisitors will fight for leadership.
Apocalypse — roleplayed by Dio
Meteor — roleplayed by Axiom

SHAMAN — Shamans are the religious and medical heads of the group. Mainly, they practice divination and healing. These animals oversee all rituals preformed, using their knowledge to make sure they are conducted correctly. Along with this, they heal all wounded and inform others on how to dispose of bodies properly.
CHARACTER — roleplayed by

CHAPERONE — Split into two separate ranks, one assigned to the above and the below, chaperones are the group's guide to the island and the other side. Trained directly by the leader, the chaperones get to know the caves or the island's surface front to back depending on their assignment. They are in charge of leading many members to their destinations. Chaperones are also in charge of leading others to the heavens above or underworld below by preforming their assigned rituals. They are said to have a close connection to the deities and can guide one's morality to their desired place.
Anduril of The Above— roleplayed by Teef
??? of The Below — roleplayed by ???

SEASONAL TOURNAMENT WINNER —
CHARACTER — roleplayed by

WARRIORS — Mature adults who have completed their right of passage fight are known as 'warriors.' They can conduct raids, capture enemies, and participate in traditions freely.

NEOPHYTE — These outsiders have not completed their right of passage fight. They have reduced rights within the group, such as being open to violence or abuse at any time. Raids cannot be led by these members, nor can they participate in the seasonal tournament. Often times, they'll be used as servants and are under the leader directly for everyday tasks.

ALLIANCES

The Descendants of the Departed is a group with no allies. All groups are open to be attacked. While all groups are enemies, transactional alliances or neutralities may occur temporarily to gain advantages. There are currently no temporary alliances.

LAWS OF THE LAND

— The Vizier's word is absolute. Disobeying their word is under punishment of death.
— Raids can be led by all members, minus children and neophytes.
— All acts of violence are on the table. Cannibalism, slavery, maiming, killing, and more.
— With prior grievance and mutual disrespect, members are up for slaughter. Senseless violence is unpermitted.
— All BoB rules apply OOCly and ICly.


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Announcements / Announcement Beasts of Beyond Revamp 2024
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:56:43 PM »
BoBCats,

It has almost been six years since we started on this adventure. We've encountered our fair share of highs and lows together. Truly, I am grateful for everything we have done together as a community. I hold these memories close to my heart and want to carry on making more pleasant times for everyone. Watching us grow over time has been a pleasure and I want to continue on that pathway. That said, I would like to announce Beast of Beyond's official revamp.

As many of you know, Beasts of Beyond was created back in 2018 with haste. While we have grown and adapted to make up for that rush, there were a few issues we encountered in our time that could not be remedied. After discussing these things deeply with staff and poking you guys over time on your opinions on how things are going, we feel that we have solidified a way to create a firm foundation for a new world. Along with that, a few changes to our platform, Discord, and how we run things overall. I will explain each aspect in depth below.

As always, we do value community input and want to encourage discussion. Please comment your thoughts on each topic if you have anything you'd like to contribute or ask.



Site Platform
I'd like to start with the most pressing issue... Beasts of Beyond has ran on Simple Machines Forums (SMF) 2.0 for almost six years now. Our users have gotten used to the platform and found it is comfortable. Even so, SMF has upgraded to 2.1 and is in the process of creating 3.0. The last update to 2.0 was in 2021, leaving us behind by two years, and potentially more if we do not upgrade. While I would love to stick with SMF, I have been running into issues with upgrading to 2.1.

Three of our key modifications are out of date and cannot run on 2.1 without changes. Those being post templates, BBCode template coding, and subaccounts. I have managed to get BBCode template coding working, but the ability to save post templates and switch between accounts is something I will have to commission. After consulting some coders, the estimate for work is around $850 and it would take several months to finish. This does not include the other fees I have to take to keep the site hosted.

We can try to fundraise to stick to a familiar platform and upgrade our modifications accordingly. It may take some time, but I do believe we could do it. That said, there are other options.

Another option would be switching platforms. There are multiple options, but I have greatly considered MyBB and Xenforo as possible additions. MyBB is free, while Xenforo is paid forum software and is significantly pricier than what we are dealing with now (especially if not self-hosted). To make things simpler and easier to read, I will include a table pointing out the difference between each platform below.

Our final option is to stick with 2.0 and pray that things will get updated eventually... Truthfully, I do not see this happening though. The modifications mentioned have been abandoned and not updated within years. It is highly unlikely that something will come to replace it, especially so quickly. I worry that sticking with 2.0 will cause us to lose out on modern technology and, in the end, be more trouble than it's worth. While I love SMF, I cannot help but prioritize what is best for us.

To see our options, please check out the table below.
Platform Options: ShowHide


Please discuss our options and vote for your preference within this topic.

Rule Changes

Awhile back, the community voted on whether we should raise the age limit to Beasts of Beyond. Raising the limit from 13+ to 16+ was highly favored. When we officially decide on the site's platform, we will be switching over to sixteen years or older. 

Since we are raising the age limit, we would also like to introduce a list of topics that require a trigger warning, along with banned topics. Previously, we ran under 13+ regulations, but since our new age limit is in a weird in-between spot, we'd like to flesh out specifics to make things easier for everyone. If you'd like to suggest topics to require a trigger warning or be banned completely, please contribute to this thread.

With everything below also, we will be updating our 'Guides' tab. This will happen after the platform change. We would like to hear what guides need to be updated and need to be added here.

Animal Roleplay

Beasts of Beyond would like to introduce a new world for animal roleplay. Before you worry, old characters and concepts are more than welcome to be included. A few changes include:
- A new map
- New groups to be introduced
- New fantasy-based world lore, rather than post-apocalyptic
- Clarifying the definitions of powers, bodies, and mutations as well as some new changes to the shop
- Questing / Classes / NPCs
- Currency changes

Group / Map Creation:
While there is a general idea in mind, the new groups will shape the map. Similarly to how groups were established previously, users will have a chance to introduce their own groups and ideas to be developed into official groups. While there are no set rules for creating a group, all other site rules do apply and users must acknowledge that any groups made official become property of Beasts of Beyond, subjecting them to alterations over time (especially with leadership changes).

We will also be welcoming former groups, including official groups, to be included in this. Current leaders of these groups have priority, but if they do not wish to proceed or have fallen inactive, then their revamp is up to the community.

If you want to submit a group for consideration, please post your ideas in the 'Group Proposals' board and then submit them for the future vote within this thread. There is also a thread for general brainstorming and idea dumping here.

I look forward to seeing your ideas!

Base Lore:
Our current lore is based on a post-apocalyptical situation that spans into fantasy. We have decided to switch our focus to fantasy completely.

To accommodate for many religions and backgrounds, we have decided to avoid the idea of introducing a God or multiple of them. Instead, the idea of a local deity has been proposed. Simply, this nature-based deity is the driving force behind shepherding humans away from the land. This allows human items/accessories to still get onto the land, along with animals from human-based backgrounds (such as former pets).

The nature deity has no name yet, but their design idea is currently a large owl that surveys the land and watches for any potential threats. They can be seen in quick glimpses, but do not make any sound due to their silent flight. Very rarely, they may speak, but not through their own vessel. Instead, they take control of other animals and speak through them.

This deity has a few assistants to help them. Each assistant will have a very subtle marking or mutation to dictate they are a servant to the deity. To start, there will be a representative for the land (badger), sea (otter), and sky (undecided). As Beasts of Beyond expands to use more NPCs, then there may be more added.

Within the base lore, we would also like to include the transfer of old/current characters and groups. There are multiple options to do this, such as the deity moving them to the new setting, or an unknown force teleporting them elsewhere. We are open to more suggestions from the player-base as this concerns your own characters and groups.

We would like to discuss this more in depth, including fleshing out character designs. Please contribute your thoughts here.

Questing / Classes / NPCs
With the addition of the new lore and the NPCs that come from it, Beasts of Beyond would like to reintroduce questing, along with 'classes.' These are completely optional roleplay options, as they do not influence main plots whatsoever. Instead, they are a way to gain extra currency or powers for your characters. More information will come out about this later on.

Powers / Bodies / Mutations and Currency:
Powers, bodies, and mutations have been needing to be redone for awhile now. The same goes for the currency system, as these go hand in hand. Until we know which platform we are choosing, nothing is set in stone in the long run with this. Nonetheless, changes need to happen with both systems.

At the moment, currency is hyper inflated. This may be due to post templates providing extra gems. In some cases, this hyperinflation may even provide an unfair advantage, such as one character having all the powers. We want to rework the site currency and correct the scale of pricing so that the shop is fair to everyone (gems that have been acquired through donations will not be removed), along with potentially setting a limit on how many powers are allowed per character. Not only this, but changing, adding, and editing powers so they cannot be overpowering. This is something we want to discuss as a community before proceeding, so please put your general thoughts here.

Discord Server

The Discord server(s) need a lil tune up! Mainly, channels and how the server looks in general. We also need to purge some older/inactive members to keep things fresh, but this will be very very very limited.

Ideas for this will be discussed more on Discord to centralize the discussion a bit more around those who use that platform, as not everyone does. Please check our Discord for a channel discussing this topic.



Overall, I hope everyone is open to these changes and is willing to discuss them with the community to make sure everyone is satisfied. I cannot thank everyone enough for sticking with us over the years. Hopefully, these changes are welcomed and will improve our community and our experiences.

If you have any additional comments, questions, or concerns, you are more than welcome to contact a staff member, post in the Helpful Hub, or within #questions-and-suggestions on Discord.

Thank you for reading,
Orion

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Helpful Hub / Feedback BoB Revamp: Animal RP Lore + Old Characters
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:56:09 PM »
Powers, bodies, and mutations have been needing to be redone for awhile now. The same goes for the currency system, as these go hand in hand. Until we know which platform we are choosing, nothing is set in stone in the long run with this. Nonetheless, changes need to happen with both systems.

At the moment, currency is hyper inflated. This may be due to post templates providing extra gems. In some cases, this hyperinflation may even provide an unfair advantage, such as one character having all the powers. We want to rework the site currency and correct the scale of pricing so that the shop is fair to everyone (gems that have been acquired through donations will not be removed), along with potentially setting a limit on how many powers are allowed per character. Not only this, but changing, adding, and editing powers so they cannot be overpowering. This is something we want to discuss as a community before proceeding, so please put your general thoughts here.

For example, questions that could be answered are:
a) Any power changes/limitations to be added?
b) Any new powers?
c) Any powers to be removed?
d) Mutation limitations?
e) New body types?
f) How to handle currency hyperinflation?
etc...

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Group Proposals / Have ideas or want to brainstorm? Post here!
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:52:59 PM »
Have an idea that you don't feel like executing and want to leave up for grabs or need to brainstorm ideas? Post here! All are welcome.

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Group Proposals / Official Group Proposal Sign-Up
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:52:07 PM »
While there is a general idea in mind, the new groups will shape the map. Similarly to how groups were established previously, users will have a chance to introduce their own groups and ideas to be developed into official groups. While there are no set rules for creating a group, all other site rules do apply and users must acknowledge that any groups made official become property of Beasts of Beyond, subjecting them to alterations over time (especially with leadership changes).

We will also be welcoming former groups, including official groups, to be included in this. Current leaders of these groups have priority, but if they do not wish to proceed or have fallen inactive, then their revamp is up to the community.

Currently, there is no deadline.

To apply, fill out this form:
Code: [Select]
[url=LINK TO GROUP GUIDE][b]GROUP NAME[/b][/url]
Short description of the group:
Leader:
Leader's roleplayer:

Groups So Far:
- The Covenant
- Descendants of the Departed

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Helpful Hub / Feedback BoB Revamp: Guide Updates and Additions
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:52:04 PM »
We will be updating our 'Guides' tab with the platform change. We would like to hear what guides need to be updated and need to be added. If you have specific ideas, please comment below.

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Helpful Hub / Feedback BoB Revamp: Trigger Warnings & Banned Topics
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:52:01 PM »
Since we are raising the age limit, we would also like to introduce a list of topics that require a trigger warning, along with banned topics. Previously, we ran under 13+ regulations, but since our new age limit is in a weird in-between spot, we'd like to flesh out specifics to make things easier for everyone. If you'd like to suggest topics to require a trigger warning or be banned completely, please contribute to this thread.

So far, the list is compromised of:
ALLOWED - TRIGGER WARNING REQUIRED - BANNED
- EXAMPLE
- EXAMPLE
- EXAMPLE
- EXAMPLE
- EXAMPLE


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Helpful Hub / Feedback BoB Revamp: Site Platform Changes
« on: December 31, 2023, 11:51:57 PM »
Beasts of Beyond has ran on Simple Machines Forums (SMF) 2.0 for almost six years now. Our users have gotten used to the platform and found it is comfortable. Even so, SMF has upgraded to 2.1 and is in the process of creating 3.0. The last update to 2.0 was in 2021, leaving us behind by two years, and potentially more if we do not upgrade. While I would love to stick with SMF, I have been running into issues with upgrading to 2.1.

Three of our key modifications are out of date and cannot run on 2.1 without changes. Those being post templates, BBCode template coding, and subaccounts. I have managed to get BBCode template coding working, but the ability to save post templates and switch between accounts is something I will have to commission. After consulting some coders, the estimate for work is around $850 and it would take several months to finish. This does not include the other fees I have to take to keep the site hosted.

We can try to fundraise to stick to a familiar platform and upgrade our modifications accordingly. It may take some time, but I do believe we could do it. That said, there are other options.

Another option would be switching platforms. There are multiple options, but I have greatly considered MyBB and Xenforo as possible additions. MyBB is free, while Xenforo is paid forum software and is significantly pricier than what we are dealing with now (especially if not self-hosted). To make things simpler and easier to read, I will include a table pointing out the difference between each platform below.

Our final option is to stick with 2.0 and pray that things will get updated eventually... Truthfully, I do not see this happening though. The modifications mentioned have been abandoned and not updated within years. It is highly unlikely that something will come to replace it, especially so quickly. I worry that sticking with 2.0 will cause us to lose out on modern technology and, in the end, be more trouble than it's worth. While I love SMF, I cannot help but prioritize what is best for us.

To see our options, please check out the table below.
Platform Options: ShowHide


I would like to hear your in-depth thoughts about each option, not just a vote. This is a big decision that will effect our site's future.

Personally, I am conflicted. SMF's community has always been welcoming and has gladly assisted us with our many issues, but we are being held back from upgrading (due to cost and time). If we upgrade to 2.1 without fundraising, we can always just login between accounts or use post templates to signify what character we are roleplaying... That is not my favorite idea though.

On the other hand, MyBB is a free platform that includes a lot of the features that we already have. It does lack an up-to-date shop feature and that is a big part of our site too. This platform also has slightly working modifications to have post templates work, but it's not exactly ideal. That is why it's listed as 'somewhat.'

Xenforo is a paid platform. This can be fundraised, but I can also shoulder the costs myself. We would be losing posting templates with this platform.

Overall, I want to stick with what we know, but at what cost? This is WHY I want your input.

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Announcements / Announcement BoB's 2022-2023 Choice Awards Winners!
« on: May 01, 2023, 07:11:04 PM »
BoBCats,

Another year has passed and the choice awards have finished! Here are the results... Drumroll please! This year had a few ties, and since they did involve staff members, they were unable to be split. Instead, the award will be shared between the winning members!

First up, IC (in character) votes!

Best leader: Aesior

Best couple: Rommer (Romulus x Merlin)

Best villain: Valerius

Most well-known character: Romulus

Best character: Kold

Best plot: DOTD/COTC Sacrifices

Best group: It's a tie... The Pitt and The Typhoon!

And now for our OOC votes!

Best artist: Teef

Best writer: It's a tie... Teef and Orion!

Best plot-maker: Orion

Most helpful staff member: Wifewoof

Most helpful non-staff member: Sykes

Funniest member: It's a tie... Sykes and Dio

Congratulations everyone!

Best regards,
Orion

(P.S. Thank you for voting for me and my characters! I am absolutely honored and surprised that a lot of my babies got love this year. It means a lot to me. I appreciate all of you. <333)

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Announcements / Announcement Five years of Beasts of Beyond!
« on: March 13, 2023, 12:28:45 AM »
BoBCats,

Truly, I can't believe it. We have made it to FIFTH ANNIVERARY! Time really does fly! That is a big commitment. After all, five years is half a decade and... wow... That's just astonishing. I am thankful for everything that has happened during our website's run, whether for better for worse. Overall, it has made us get to where we are today. I could not be any happier with the progression of BoB.

To all of you, thank you for being here. You are all amazing, wonderful human beings (or BoBCats, whoops). Every single one of you contributed in some way to this website for the better, whether new or old. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I love you all and I can't wait to see what the next years bring us! Maybe we'll make it to a decade... Who knows!? (That'd be so cool.)

On another note, I would like to give a shoutout to @teef for making our anniversary banner! This will apart of our website for quite awhile as a celebration of our companionship. Isn't it gorgeous? Plus check out a celebratory new theme!

Along with that, our yearly choice awards have been moved. Rather than doing them in January, staff have decided to do them around anniversary time. Since we did not do one for 2022, this year's choice awards will feature 2022-2023. So keep that in mind when voting! Go vote now! There's surely some fantastic characters and users to honor this year.

Not only this, but I would like to announce a little surprise... double gem week! For one week only (or extra if you're good ;)), users will be able to acquire double the amount of normal gems for posting AND donating!
— For each topic, rather than the normal 500 gems, you will receive 1000.
— Each new post is 200 and each word is 4 gems each.
— Every donation to BoB server fund of $1 will be 10,000 gems, rather than 5,000!

Now, get to posting! You've got some awards to win and gems to acquire, don't you? Let's celebrate. <333

Much love,
Orion

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General Discussion / Open BoB's 2022-2023 Choice Awards!
« on: March 12, 2023, 06:54:21 PM »
★ BOB'S 2021 CHOICE AWARDS ★

With the chaos of the New Year, staff have decided to do the yearly choice awards around our anniversary! This time we will be focusing on the years of 2022 and 2023, acknowledging both due to missing a previous choice awards. Truly, it's been quite the ride. I hope everyone enjoys our third (and fourth!) annual choice awards. Per usual, Make sure to read the rules and vote carefully. Winners will get a special set of badges created by @teef ! Good luck everyone!


Rules
— You may only vote for yourself once.
— Do not coerce friends to vote. You will be disqualified and so will they.
— Any cheating will be disqualified.
— Only vote on your main account, no subaccounts.
—  You do not need to vote for every category.
— Do not post an empty form with no answers. It'll prevent spam and make it easier to count votes.

IC (in character) Categories
— Best leader
— Best couple
— Best villain
— Most well-known character
— Best character
— Best plot
— Best group

OOC (out of character) Categories
— Best artist
— Best writer
— Best plot-maker
— Most helpful staff member
— Most helpful non-staff member
— Funniest member

Form
Code: [Select]
[b][u]IC:[/u][/b]
Best leader:
Best couple:
Best villain:
Most well-known character:
Best character:
Best plot:
Best group:

[b][u]OOC:[/u][/b]
Best artist:
Best writer:
Best plot-maker:
Most helpful staff member:
Most helpful non-staff member:
Funniest member:

★ VOTES DUE ON APRIL 13TH ★

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Helpful Hub / Announcement A discussion on changing BoB's age limit + poll!
« on: March 06, 2023, 01:56:37 PM »
Hello BoBCats!

We want to discuss the possibility of raising Beasts of Beyond's age limit.

After some discussion between staff, we noticed a large portion (if not all) of our userbase are over the age of eighteen. Due to this, we feel that there is a strict maturity (and age) difference between our current rules. While staff agrees that we are not an eighteen plus website, due to our rules on sexual activities, we are suited for an older audience. Hence, as a crew, we decided on sixteen as a middle ground. This would be an easy change for us, given the current audience, but we just wanted to confirm before doing so.

Does anyone have any questions? Pros/cons? Any ideas along the way? Please let us know your thoughts, along with voting in the above poll. It will help us determine whether or not we will go through with this decision.

Regards,
Orion

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DESCENDANTS OF THE DEPARTED

HISTORY

Long ago, Requiem and Vayu led the island together peacefully for years. The land was a paradise. No divine intervention, not a soul to pass. Death, in short, was non-existent. The immortals thrived for the longest time, but, eventually, tensions started to rise.

As a result, the group boiled down into two categories with Requiem and Vayu leading each. When the the leaders reached their final breaking point, they began to fight. Their battle went on for quite awhile, both tired and desperate for their troubles to end. With teeth bared, they both d dove into the center. They clashed. With heads crooked, they clamped down on each other's throats. In a last ditch effort, they both pulled away and blood began to pour from their necklines. Requiem spit out the flesh, while Vayu scarfed down their enemy's tissue. Both triumphant in their measures, they fall. In no time, they grew still. Death, for the first time, arrived upon the land.

While Requiem slowly rose  to the heavens, they created something called 'the above' for their colleagues. Meanwhile, Vayu focused their attention on creating a place called 'the below' for their subjects. Upon finishing the creation of their realms, the fight continued on the island. The volcano, on the command of Vayu flooded the island with lava flow. In response, Requiem used their sway to cause a thunderstorm and cool the land below. Very few survived the fury of their newfound deities, leaving former members behind to create the Descendants of the Departed.

Over time, due to the distance between the deities, the chaos started to fade. To keep both parts happy, the member preformed sacrifices and rituals in honor of their deities. As a result, the group began to thrive. By continuing these performances, the deities remain stagnant and content.

TERRITORY

The territory of the Descendants of the Departed is often barren and without any buildings. In fact, most of the territory is lackluster to an overlooking eye. The land consists of charcoal-colored lava rock covering the entirety of the island. There is almost vegetation to be seen across the black land. Most notably, the distant volcano stands out among the abyss of darkness. Upon looking closer, onlookers may find openings across the land leading into caves. Truly, what lies below is an enigma.

CAVE SYSTEM — The cave system is located underneath the island's surface, ranging from the shore to the volcano's side. These caves are also widely known as inactive lava tubes.
COMMUNAL AREA — While higher ranks often have their own caves for themselves and their family, regular members have the communal area. The area is in the direct middle of all the caves. Many members use the communal area to spend time with others, while others come here to rest during the night.

SHAMAN'S CAVE — Closest to the fighting pit lies the medicinal cave. Shamans live here, but also provide assistance to the wounded and those who seek guidance from their deities.

CHAPERONE POINT — On both the surface's edge, the volcano's bottom, and the cave's beginnings lies multiple chaperone points. There are large golden bells at each entrance which can be rung to gain the attention of a chaperone. This is usually done to receive guidance, whether spiritually or physically leading.   

UNDERGROUND TRADING — In a chain of openings within the lava tubes, members can set up trading posts and shops. There is no limit on what can be sold. Talk about an underground black market, huh?

FIGHTING PIT — To keep themselves strong and train apprentices, the Descendants of the Departed uses one of it's largest caves as a fighting pit. The fighting ring is surrounded by a thin river of magma that lights up the surrounding area and exhausts opponents due to it's heat. Along with this, there is an assortment of weaponry kept outside of the pit for training and the tournaments.

SACRAFICIAL LAVA POOL — In the deepest part of the cave system lies a lava pit, rumored to be the source of many of the created lava tubes or caves as all points eventually connect to it. This lava pit is used for sacrificial rituals to the below's deity. Enemies are mainly deposited here to avoid mingling them with those worthy of going to the heaven's above.

VOLCANO — The volcano is located in the north western point of the island. Some caves come out of it's bottom and side, along with active lava tube.
THE RIM — The rim is the highest part of the volcano. When a member passes away, members drag their corpse to the rim to rot. When completely decomposed or the has flesh turned into ashes due to the heat, the family members go up to the rim and take their bones to cherish.

TRADITIONS

The Descendants of the Departed  focuses on dark traditions that honor their deities. The group focuses on two deities in specific. One deity focuses on the skies above, while the other represents the hell below. To honor them, they preform rituals.

REQUIEM, DEITY OF THE ABOVE — To avoid hazardous weather changes from The Above's deity, sacrifices and rituals are preformed to satisfy Requiem. — Reference
DEATH RITUAL — When a member passes away, members drag their corpse to the rim to rot. When completely decomposed or the has flesh turned into ashes due to the heat, the family members go up to the rim and take their bones to cherish.

VAYU, DEITY OF THE BELOW — The volcano's contents and underground features of the island are controlled by Vayu, the deity of The Below. In an attempt to please them, members make sacrafices in their honor. — Reference
SACRAFICES TO THE BELOW — Enemies unworthy of being harvested are taken to the sacrificial lava pool to satisfying the deity of the below. With no goodbyes in order, the bodies are then dumped into the lava pool. The enemies are then sent to 'the below,' what many call the underworld or hell.

RIGHT OF PASSAGE — In order to go from a child to an adult, the children are required to participate in the fighting pit. Regardless of age, if they defeat an opponent in the ring, they are immediately considered a mature warrior. They are then ready to participate in raids, wars, captures, and more. While this fight is not required to be to the death, children are encouraged to aim for the kill instead of letting their opponent yield.

This tradition also goes for joiners. New members to the Descendants of the Departed do not have full member status until they complete a right of passage fight. Unlike the members born in the Descendants of the Departed, this is battle IS required to be to the death to prove their worth.

SEASONAL TOURNAMENTS — Seasonal tournaments begin sign-ups on the first day of the season and are later performed within the fighting pit. The tournament works in bracket style, pairing up members and ascending through the ranks as they win. These fights are not to the death, but are encouraged to be. If your character manages to win the tournament, they are assigned a special rank for the season and are given privileges for the duration.

BODY DISPOSAL — Deceased enemies and members are used in multiple ways. Such as:
CANNIBALISM — Cannibalism is normal within the Descendants of the Departed. Due to their lack of vegetation and animals, the group often feeds on other sentient animals.

BONES AND SKULL MASKS — Nothing goes to waste. After eating the remains of another, the bones of the dead are repurposed. Many members of the group use the bones as repurposed weaponry or armor. Meanwhile, the skulls are used as masks for wartime.

FALL HARVEST — On October 1st, the Fall Harvest begins for the Descendants of the Departed. On this day, they begin preparing for a feast that occurs on the last day of October. The feast includes indulging on rarities found on the mainland, corpses of the legendary sentient animals, and more. Depending on when autumn starts, this may also overlap with the seasonal tournament.

ECLIPSES — While it's often a once in a lifetime occurrence for many, the eclipse symbolizes perfect alignment. This is when the above and the below come to together all at once, enough for the dead to appear before their eyes. With the encouragement of the dead, the Descendants of the Departed preforms their most important rituals. Each eclipse has a different theme depending on it's name (such as a blood moon), but all eclipses include mass sacrifices.

RANKING

VIZIER — The leader of the Descendants of the Departed. Their word is law and is not to be ignored. They are in charge of declaring all out war, assigning raid targets, promoting/demoting members, leading traditions.
Valerius — roleplayed by Orion

INQUISITOR — Inquisitors are directly below the leader and are the heirs to leadership. They are in charge of hosting consistent raids, managing battles, and overseeing tasks for members. If there is no decision made before death, the inquisitors will fight for leadership.
Apocalypse — roleplayed by Dio
Meteor — roleplayed by Axiom

SHAMAN — Shamans are the religious and medical heads of the group. Mainly, they practice divination and healing. These animals oversee all rituals preformed, using their knowledge to make sure they are conducted correctly. Along with this, they heal all wounded and inform others on how to dispose of bodies properly.
CHARACTER — roleplayed by

CHAPERONE — Split into two separate ranks, one assigned to the above and the below, chaperones are the group's guide to the island and the other side. Trained directly by the leader, the chaperones get to know the caves or the island's surface front to back depending on their assignment. They are in charge of leading many members to their destinations. Chaperones are also in charge of leading others to the heavens above or underworld below by preforming their assigned rituals. They are said to have a close connection to the deities and can guide one's morality to their desired place.
Anduril of The Above— roleplayed by Teef
??? of The Below — roleplayed by ???

SEASONAL TOURNAMENT WINNER —
CHARACTER — roleplayed by

WARRIORS — Mature adults who have completed their right of passage fight are known as 'warriors.' They can conduct raids, capture enemies, and participate in traditions freely.

NEOPHYTE — These outsiders have not completed their right of passage fight. They have reduced rights within the group, such as being open to violence or abuse at any time. Raids cannot be led by these members, nor can they participate in the seasonal tournament. Often times, they'll be used as servants and are under the leader directly for everyday tasks.

ALLIANCES

The Descendants of the Departed is a group with no allies. All groups are open to be attacked. While all groups are enemies, transactional alliances or neutralities may occur temporarily to gain advantages. There are currently no temporary alliances.

LAWS OF THE LAND

— The Vizier's word is absolute. Disobeying their word is under punishment of death.
— Raids can be led by all members, minus children and neophytes.
— All acts of violence are on the table. Cannibalism, slavery, maiming, killing, and more.
— With prior grievance and mutual disrespect, members are up for slaughter. Senseless violence is unpermitted.
— All BoB rules apply OOCly and ICly.


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Plotting / Animal THE VALENTINE EMPIRE - a black market coming soon to you! apply now!
« on: December 26, 2022, 09:35:39 PM »
VALENTINE'S LOVE TO YOU

THE VALENTINE EMPIRE

Welcome to the Valentine Empire, a riveting network of the services that'll fulfill your sickeningly sweet desires. From weaponry to drugs to the darkest deeds, the empire covers a wide spectrum of needs for all dastardly needs. If you dare to proceed, so be it... but do it with caution.

HISTORY
Quiet for now...

ASSIGNMENTS

THE VALENTINE — Do not ask. Do not wonder. Do not proceed. Do not approach. The leader of all is upon you and their identity remains one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Very few are blessed with the chance to be trusted or talk to the Valentine themselves.
Pyrrhus — roleplayed by Orion

MERCANARIES — Mercenaries are in charge of executing any violent tasks given by the Valentine. Executions, maiming, headhunting, and more are dealt out to mercenaries to take care of. This includes following and updating the 'Most Wanted' list.
Waylon — roleplayed by Orion
Solsken Nightshade — roleplayed by Finnick
Aegis Ridel — roleplayed by Quietly [woof][/color]

BODYGUARDS — Bodyguards watch all ranks from afar. If something goes wrong, they are in charge of the life at stake. They will defend their target at any cost, including their life.
N/A — roleplayed by

DEALERS — The distributors of the business. They deal our weaponry, drugs, and more to needy customers.
Atticus Roux — roleplayed by Orion
Clove Nightlock — roleplayed by Finnick
Red Alimanus — roleplayed by Dio
Sariel — roleplayed by BomBom

EMISSARIES — This rank is designated to members who wish to recruit other members and communicate with the Valentine to dish out orders to body guards, dealers, mercenaries, and more.
N/A — roleplayed by

RELATIONSHIPS

ALLIES: Trusted associates of the Valentine Empire.
— Not applicable at the moment.

COMPETITORS: Other businesses in the competition to keep an eye on.
— Not applicable at the moment.

DO NOT INTERACT: Former customers or allies who have proven to be a nuisance. They will not be dealt with. If their actions interfere with business, they will be moved down to the wanted list.
— Not applicable at the moment.

MOST WANTED: Those who have done the worst to the Valentine Empire. They are to be captured, maimed, or killed on sight depending on the leader's desires.
— Not applicable at the moment.

LAWS OF THE EMPIRE
— There is no leaving the Valentine Empire. This is non-negotiable.
— Any betrayal, wrongdoing, and side-playing will result in punishment. Most likely death.
— All acts of violence are permitted for mercenaries and bodyguards to preform, especially in self-defense. Other ranks only act with permission of the Valentine.
— Silence is key. If approached about the empire, say nothing.
— These are subject to change at the Valentine's will.
— All BoB rules apply OOCly and ICly.

RECRUITMENT
If you wish to join the Valentine Empire, your character's reasoning must be solid and their choice is unable to be retracted. Any insignificant budding newcomers will be executed at the risk of exposure. If you are sure, apply below.

Here's how it works: After being watched by ranks within the empire, a written message soon appears somewhere your character frequents. Given a list of terms and duties, your character will then sign/stamp their paw to join the Valentine Empire. Afterwards, Pyrrhus or an emissary will retrieve the dead-dropped letter to confirm or deny their membership. From their, another message will be sent designating their first assignment... or we can assume your character has been apart of the Valentine Empire for awhile. Your choice!

Feel free to provide any further info, including future plots or desires for your character in the group.

Code: [Select]
[b]CHARACTER NAME:[/b]
[b]CHARACTER'S GROUP:[/b]
[b]EMPIRE RANK DESIRED:[/b]

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Guide Archives / Guide Discord Rules
« on: October 13, 2022, 07:50:39 PM »
Staff have rules for the Beasts of Beyond Discord server we expect to be respected, please give them a read!

1) Be respectful. No racism, sexism, abuse, or anything else with harmful intent. This also means keep spoilers in mind, Try not to spoil anything from recent episodes/books/movies!
2) PG-13 content only. Beasts of Beyond is a pg13 site, and so is the Discord. nsfw content is not allowed.
3) Controversial topics have no right within this server, as they can cause discourse and disagreement within the server. This includes religion, politics, and many other topics. Keep political and religious discussions light. Talking about politics and religion in a respectful manner is fine as long as you cease the conversation when someone states their discomfort at the subject. Do not post memes, harmful jokes, or anything disrespectful about either.
4) No spamming. do not excessively flood the chat with content/images irrelevant to the conversation. this also applies to pings, do not excessively @ someone.
5) Try to use the correct channel. Obviously sometimes conversations drift to other topics, and that's perfectly okay! But instead of using general to try to generate a whole bunch of plots for your character, go to plotting for example.
6) Be yourself. Do not impersonate staff or other members. Nicknames are fine, but do not pretend to be someone you're not. This also includes keeping your Discord name relatively the same as your site display name.
7) Staff have the right to delete messages and serve reminders as they see fit. if you believe you have been treated unfairly by a staff member, please privately contact @orioooon  or another staff member.
8) No advertising off-site websites and/or other forums. You may only advertise within art-requests for commissions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to message a staff member or ask in the Helpful Hub for more information.

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