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Guide: Getting Started

Mon Oct 24, 2016, 1:19 PM by Ulfrheim:iconulfrheim:


WELCOME!



"Let me tell you a tale," The grizzled old warrior growls from his perch atop a chipped stone platform. At his sides are two moss-covered stone direwolves, each with a snarl no less wicked than his own scarred face. He looks more like a weathered tree stump than a living, breathing beast. But his quiet, raspy voice commands silence even from the whiniest of puppies. Even the birds seem to stop their squawking to listen. "Of sorrow, loss, and redemption." His grey eyes scan the crowd. There are many gathered before him, familiar wolves and strangers alike. "Let me tell you the tale of the Felvarg. A tale unfinished, for you all shall have your parts writing it. But this, here is where we all began..."

Fenrir shed the teeth he had been bestowed to devour Odin, and from them grew his children; the Felvarg, massive direwolves with the tongue of man, and the ferocity of a scorned God.
Species Information: Felvargs



Lets get started shall we?




Welcome to Felvargs, a complex world where the direwolf reigns supreme and the human man is nothing more than a line in an old pup tale. A closed-species ARPG (art roleplaying game) owned by Kissing and inspired by old Norse mythology with a focus on character development, interaction, and a tangible system of rewards, Felvargs offers its players plenty of opportunity for roleplay while also encouraging real improvement in both art and literature. We invite you to join a community where you can be heard and influence the course of events; after all, the story of the Felvarg is ongoing.

Before you embark on your adventure into the Ulfrheim, we recommend that you read over the group rule book. Joining the group means agreeing to every single rule we have outlined -- these are intended not to restrict players, but to protect our group and ensure that everything remains functional and fair for all members.


Official Group Rules!

If you understand the rules and feel you are ready to get started, great! We know that ARPGs can be a bit intimidating at first, so the following guide was created to help you get off on the right foot.  Feel free to post any questions this guide does not address in the comments below the journal.

Official Player Cache

Obtaining a Felvarg

Before you dive headfirst into our game and story, you will want to familiarize yourself with the possible ways your character may look. Our Design Nook is intended to help users familiarize themselves with what we have to offer in terms of customization. If you head over to the guide, you will see that Felvargs come in four base colors (and several other variations on those bases). Each base -- Silver, Cream, Brown, and Black -- and each of their variations has a color swatch to help you see at a glance what the possible ranges may be. However, even after you have picked out a few favorite colors, keep in mind that colors aren't the only thing that can drastically affect how your Felvarg will look. There are currently five different coat types, variations on the standard Felvarg build that allow for a great deal of individuality between Felvargs. Some coats are more difficult to obtain than others, but it's certainly not impossible to find the perfect match for your Felvarg.

Once you have reviewed the base colors and coat types, take a quick look at the markings we have to offer. As with the colors and coats, the rarity of markings vary.  You may also make use of two free markings -- white and black -- in any design you end up making regardless of the Felvarg's genotype. For now, just take a quick look and get an idea of possible combinations. Because genotypes are determined by random number generation (RNG) except in the very rare case of semi-customs, you may not be able to get exactly what you want. You will, however, very likely be able to put together something you like, and eventually work toward that dream Felvarg as you participate in group activities.

So, how do you obtain your very first Felvarg?

There are multiple ways to start if you do not currently own a Felvarg or Felvarg genotype of your own. The easiest is to head over to the the official Adoption Center . If you are new to our game you will be able to request a randomly rolled common-tier Felvarg free of charge. This can be a fun technique if you are not too worried about what your Felvarg will look like specifically, and just want to get into the game as quickly as possible knowing that you will love the Felvarg regardless. Be aware that you are not allowed to sell Adoption Center Felvargs for money or points, as they were given to you for free in good faith and to sell them would be an abuse of the system. You may however sell slots for in-game currency/items.

Want something a little more specific? The advertisement journals might have what you seek. Although it's not guaranteed to fit a specific goal, this is where current members will post the uploaded Felvargs or genotypes they are looking to sell or trade. They may also advertise raffles or contests they are hosting, some of which will have Felvargs as the prize!

If you have explored both of these routes and still haven't found what you are looking for, don't despair. You can also make and post an advertisement stating what exactly you are looking for, to see if members who have not posted advertisements can help. Alternatively, if you are very willing to wait, Felvargs itself will occasionally have contests or slot sales that will give you chances at markings and traits you might not easily obtain otherwise.


Genotype or Uploaded?

After you have purchased or obtained either an uploaded Felvarg or a Felvarg genotype, you are ready for the next step. Uploaded Felvargs have already been designed and added to the game -- these will simply be transferred to your name, and you will be ready to get started right away.  

Felvarg genotypes, undesigned sets of genetic attributes that may be combined into your very own design, will need some work before you can get going with group activities. This is where the Design Nook comes in to help inform you. You MUST design your genotype according to the guide, you may also commission or find someone else to design it for you. For example, let's break down the following genotype:

1.) Female, Healthy
Ss/cr/br/bk/Tt
Silver with Tainted
Coat type: Standard

1.) Female, Healthy <-- Gender and health status.  Will state inbred if the parents were related.

Ss/cr/br/bk/Tt  <-- Genotype string.  This code is used when breeding future Felvargs.  It tells you whether your Felvarg's genes are dominant or recessive. This particular Felvarg does not have any dominant genes. cr/br/bk are the other possible coat types, but they are not present at all in this genotype. You can tell that the Felvarg is silver because Ss (the code for silver) features a capital 'S' at the beginning. A dominant silver, which would always produce silver puppies when bred, would have the symbol SS.

Silver with Tainted <-- Phenotype. This is the more straightforward translation of the genotype string. This Felvarg has a silver base coat (so select your color from the silver swatches provided in the design nook) with the legendary "tainted" marking.

Coat type: Standard <-- Coat type.  Please make sure to download the correct PSD import base template for the coat type specified on your geno.

You may either design the Felvarg yourself, or commission another member to design it for you! If you wish to do the latter, feel free to check out the advertisment journals again, or post your own stating that you are seeking a design. You may also request designs for adoption center Felvargs for free on the Adoption Center page.

Once you have your design, the steps to getting it accepted and uploaded are as follows:


1) Upload your design to your deviantart sta.sh. Be sure to include the Import Information Template/Guide! in the description. Leave the design in sta.sh until an admin states that everything has been accepted and uploaded!
2) Go to the group's front page and locate the monthly design nook approvals journal. Post a link to your sta.sh file along with proof of genotype ownership. Ownership proof is a link to the comment that transferred the genotype to you.
3) Wait for an admin to look over your design.
4) If your design followed the guide and looks good, an admin will say that it has been accepted and will add it to the queue to be uploaded.  Remember not to delete your sta.sh file until you are notified that the upload is complete!
5) If something on the design does not match up with our design nook, an admin will point out what is not quite right and will send your design over to corrections. Once you fix what has been requested (or have the person who designed your Felvarg fix it), you can post in the link provided by the approval admin and an admin will look it over again. Hopefully everything will be good to go this time and your design will be accepted and uploaded shortly.


What Next?


Activities

Guide: Activities and Requirements
THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim Once you have a Felvarg accepted and uploaded to the group, you may be wondering where to get started. Although they are by no means necessary for your participation within our game, activities are a fun and useful way to build your character's story while also netting some nice in-game rewards to apply to your Felvarg or exchange for Felcredits (the in-game currency, used to buy even more goodies from our Village Market). Normal activities have no time limit, so you can complete them at your leisure in between other work. Additional special activities feature entry windows, but don't fret if you miss out on a specific prompt -- there will always be more opportunities to enter in the future, and the prizes will vary to keep things exciting. 

Some of the activities Felvargs offers it's members are Adventuring, Fishing, Mountaineering, Excavating, Archaeology, and Tracking both large prey and small, these are only some of the exciting activities members can partake in. The group often holds seasonal events with special loot as well.

Comment in the monthly cache journal to receive your very own cache to store in-game rewards!
Member cache!
The Bartering Post -  Masterlist (Price Sheet)

Breeding

Guide: Breeding (Breakdown)
THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim Breeding is one of Felvargs most exciting activities, it allows members to pair their own Felvargs together, or pair different Felvargs together to return generated offspring. Members can breed not only their own Felvargs, but Felvargs owned by other members with that specific member's permission. Breeding will return pups based on the markings present in each parent (Sire and Dam), and with these odds are determined by an intricate genetic breeding roller created specifically for the group's use.

Felvarg's official member breeding roller!

Clans/Packs/Quest

THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim Activities and breeding are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what you can do once your Felvarg is accepted. Felvargs features an optional leveling system for members to participate in even after they have already obtained their passage of courtship and been cleared for breeding. Each level -- gained through collecting exp and building your character by depicting special hierarchy update prompts brings with it in-game perks to make it feel like your character is truly learning the ropes of being a Felvarg as you include them in future activities.

THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim To further build a story, take the time to consider whether your Felvarg would be suited for a particular Clan, how they would respond to one of the bi-weekly quest prompts. Finally, take a look at the current official packs and get yourself involved with other players to build something truly great and make your mark on the world of Ulfrheim. With so many possibilities, what are you waiting for?

Achievements

Achievement: Lovestruck by Ulfrheim Achievement: Traveler by Ulfrheim Achievement: Freyja's Gratitude by Ulfrheim Achievement: Loner by Ulfrheim Achievement: Berry Funny by Ulfrheim

Achievements
THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim Collect special in-game achievements for your Felvargs that reward extremely rare loot along side badges that will be showcased on your official import image.

Titles

Title: Saviour of Valhalla by Ulfrheim Title: The Rekindler by Ulfrheim Title: The Untamed by Ulfrheim Title: The Dweller of the Dark by Ulfrheim

Titles
THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim Collect special in-game titles for your Felvargs.

Recruiting / Feral Felvargs

Feral Recruiting
THIS ICON IS NOT FREE by Ulfrheim Try your hand at recruiting special Felvargs that are feral, these mighty direwolves roam Ulfrheim looking for someone brave and confident enough to attempt to recruit them. Should you succeed the Felvarg will be yours to keep! They often feature new and exciting markings along side a nice seasoning of items.

Feel free to use the group's front page to navigate through the different areas the group has to offer! As always if you have any questions we are here to help! With over 100+ members in our Discord chat feel free to pop in and join us, with a lovely community ready to lend a paw, we can surely help you.

Click to join Felvargs Discord chat!



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:iconhcrdhitter:
hcrdhitter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  New Deviant
hello! im designing my geno, and was wondering if there was a specific background, or if i could use any of the level one BG's for him?
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MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! Yes, any level one background within the file (mountain, river, forest) can be used!
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:iconhcrdhitter:
hcrdhitter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  New Deviant
awesome, thanks! 
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NorahChi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: how do you submit your felvarg's design to the group?
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:iconmrsevelyn:
MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the monthly journal, Design Approval (Nook)!
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:iconnorahchi:
NorahChi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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PEEP1897 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I downloaded the PSD file but I'm having trouble with the backgrounds. I don't no witch one I should have, or if it matters.
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TaiBerry Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there,

You're allowed to use any of the 'Standard Backgrounds' options. There should be three different choices. Those are all free to use. The 'Feral Backgrounds' are not free to use. 

Hope that helps and let us know if you have any other questions. :heart:
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PEEP1897 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TECHNlCOLOR-YAWN Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I might be thick, but I've searched about for around an hour and I haven't been able to spot where we submit our babes for approval?
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MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! It's right on the front page under monthly cycle journal's, Design Approval (Nook)!
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TECHNlCOLOR-YAWN Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Tysm! If it were a snake it'd bit me haha
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MyPunkNachtmare Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
Hello :wave:

I may have missed this some place, where / when do we send a join request to the group? Do we send one anytime and go from there or do we need to prove we have a design / geno type with our join request (from the group's main page)?
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MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can send one at any point!
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MyPunkNachtmare Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
Thank you :heart: :)
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Wirt-sama Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I'm curious, once you get your Felvarg what can it be? Like an OC or a character that is you, or something that you can do whatever you want with it? Or is it strictly only for this game and the group purposes
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MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The character does belong to you, yes. You can do art and writings with it that are not just for the group, but the official import is not to be uploaded anywhere on your account or on any other sites. Did you have something more specific in mind? We have a lot of people that use them as OCs, myself included.
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Wirt-sama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, so your saying that I cannot put the character anywhere else but deviantart, but I can use it as a OC or anything else? I wanted to join so that's why I asked 
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MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The design, yes, however the species of Felvargs is not an open species, meaning that the group and/or owner should get credit for them.
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Wirt-sama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
oh ok, If I ever draw a picture of my felvarg then I have to credit?
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:iconmrsevelyn:
MrsEvelyn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, or even just linking back to the group. :heart:
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Wirt-sama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
aah ok, I'll join soon lol ty!
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Wirt-sama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
oh ok, so I am currently making my character right now on a program called Krita, does it work on there because it isn't letting me paint or do anything with it
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AmandaKynes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Ah, I may have messed up. In reading this, I didn't see anywhere that I had to wait 2 weeks before adopting from the adoption center, but someone commented that.
I'm new and trying to figure out how to start.
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TaiBerry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello,

You're allowed to adopt a Felvarg puppy as long as your account is over 2 weeks old. This rule is listed on the adoption center
journal and is in place to keep people from creating new accounts and trying to adopt from the adoption center over and 
over. 

So as long as your account is over 2 weeks old, you're good to adopt a puppy! :heart:

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.
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AmandaKynes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Ah, okay. I thought it meant how long you were in Felvargs. Thanks for clearing it up! I requested one, so I'm excited to start playing ^^
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TaiBerry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, just how old your account is.

Woohoo! So glad to have you join us and definitely let us know if you have any
other questions. :heart:
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AmandaKynes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Ah, thank you so much!! My only other question would be this:

I've noticed that most players use a "standar"(I know the difference between standard and titan, I just mean they all seem to use the same lineart/base) lineart or base for their initial design. Is that included here: Felvarg Player Resources (Free) or is that found at a separate location?
ps: I'm talking about this: Gefjun 1334 , all Felvargs seem to have a basic lineart that everyone uses, and I saw it, but I lost it and can't find it again. If you could help me, I'd appreciate it.
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TaiBerry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes that's correct.

Once you receive a geno, you can design it using the lineart that corresponds to your geno. So 
if you got a geno from the adoption center, it will be a standard coat, standard build Felvarg. The
PSD and SAI files for the official lineart can be found here:

Template Download: Standard Build (GOOGLE DRIVE)

Just follow the link in the description and that will allow you to download the standard coat, standard
build lineart which you can then design your Felvarg on using the markings your geno has. 
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AmandaKynes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017
Thank you so much!
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Coonpelt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I uh
Joined this group a hella long time ago but I really dont remember what my geno was or where it is in my notifications, but is it possible to just roll for a new geno even if it's not designed? or do I need to keep looking in my notifications?
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Katakire Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there and welcome back to felvargs! We've missed you! I have your puppy here: comments.deviantart.com/1/6442…

Please let me know if there is anything else you need <3
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Coonpelt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
oh thank you!!
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Katakire Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome <3
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Ulfrheim Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
If you're looking for approvals, those are located here: June - Design Approvals

All journal links can be found at the bottom of the front page of the group in the Information Board!

- Katherine
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Animusite Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I may be reading into this too much, but I'm just slightly confused so I'm sorry-
However with getting a Felvarg; do we first join the group and then adopt the common geno from the Adoption Center; or do we adopt the common geno first, then submit the design in a join request to the group?

Once again I'm sorry if I'm reading into this too much, possibly. I'm just a tiny bit confused--
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Hibiscuses Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Hello there!
I apologize for the extremely late reply. You can join the group whenever you see fit, there is no actual restrictions on joining the group as a member! However getting an adoption center puppy your account needs to be older than 2 weeks, that is mostly the largest hurdle in that specific area, and by far the easiest. You can find more about it here though I am sure you have already gave it a glance: May-June Adoption Center / Drop Off

Once you have adopted the puppy(genotype), comes the fun part of designing the cute bugger! Head on of over to our designing related account TheNook to find out how to design your genotype to your standards as well as the groups. Finally, when that journey is over and done with fill out the form within your sta.sh and place it to be overlooked by our lovely approval admins over at this journal: June - Design Approvals.
Friendly reminder that these links change when the month turns over into a new one, so it is always best to check out the links on the Felvargs group page! Can't wait to see you around and hope you enjoy yourself here at Felvargs.

Sincerely,
 Hibiscuses
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Jinxx-Black Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nvm i figured out how to start XD ignore this
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SkylineSan Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey I'm sorry if I overread this, but I was wondering what exactly I needed to do (where to comment etc) in order to get my first freebie newbie felvarg? ;o;
(I don't have and never had one before. In case this isn't clear ;; )
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SkylineSan Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind help! ;u;
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DragonsTigerLilly Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering about something
(since I would be interested in getting one of these)

Do you need to keep Felvargs on the island, or can you use them elsewhere as well?
Like in off-island and other storylines?

If so, I had a question about the no-humans-on-the-island thingy.
Since I already figured out that they can't be pets or mounts, but can there be absolutly no contact with humans?
Not even in a way like helping eachother out in sticky situations of becoming friends or travelling partners?
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meowth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
hi there! felvargs do not exist off of Ulfrheim, and humans do not live on the island!
unfortunately at this time there is no allowance for human interraction - that being said, you are of course welcome to draw your felvarg with a human character for your own personal use, but it will not be accepted into the group and would not grant you rewards from activities.

i hope this helps!
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DragonsTigerLilly Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it helps
thanks for the information. I'll keep it in mind
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Hellekina Featured By Owner Edited Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so confused, haha. I posted my stash link somewhere and was told it was posted in the wrong place. I can't find where I posted it (to delete said post and follow a link somone provided) and I'm not sure where to go now. There's so much information and the way its structured is so hard to follow. :| I'm a dumb!

Where do I go to get my adopted Felvarg looked at and approved?
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Ulfrheim Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Hey there, no worries I am here to help.
December - Design Approvals

You will post your design for approval here and be sure to include a Import Information Template.

From there a design nook admin will assist you, be sure to take your time and breath easy. We are here to help, we know that sometimes things can seem confusing or overwhelming in this kind of environment but rest assured we can assist until you are all sorted. :heart:
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Hellekina Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Gosh you probably get so many Felvarg apps mis-posted all over! <3
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