After a long time of silence and no updates whatsoever, the time has come to formally close Tales of Tabira. In all honesty it should have been done earlier, because aside from the Magical Secrets journal, there has been no real updates to the group for a full year and a half. Our lead artists have already either left the group or stepped down for the sake of their own projects. The programmer for the Tome isn't even here anymore, and none of us know the code necessary to maintain that. Put simply, the closure of the group does have something to do with a lack of staff, but...
Many of you have noticed we are active on Discord, but not in the ToT Discord server. The truth is, this is largely because we've moved on to other things, whether it be other projects or real life factors such as work and school getting in the way to a point that we simply don't have the free time or the resources to continue working on a project as large-scale as ToT. We're now even at a point where the domain registration for the website has expired, leaving all of our journals and front page elements with broken images. Some of you have kept hope that we'll come back with a new chapter in spite of these odds.
The fact that the signs of decay have grown to become this visible has been eating away at my heart for some time. I don't want to just leave Tabira in an eternal lull while things continue to digitally rot. For that, I feel like I owe every single member of the group an apology. You guys deserve better than that.
I'm thankful some of you were hopeful to the very end, I really am. It shows me how much you guys cared about the work we did and the world we built. In an era where we felt RP groups of this style were a dying breed, we got way more attention and activity than we ever expected. We had plenty of people telling stories and even making their own tasks to keep things going in spite of lulls between chapters. Even giving the group a chance and telling your own stories alongside us is more than we could ever have asked for! We would love to keep ToT going on forever if we could, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end (even if I personally don't believe that).
So where do we go from here? Well, the characters and stories you made are yours. There's no reason you can't continue using them, creating new stories with them; or heck, even expanding the world of Tabira on your own. We made Tabira to be as open-ended as possible, so in my opinion, there's no reason to let it die along with the group.
So: for archival purposes, for people who are simply curious about how much planning went into ToT, or who want to know more things about the world that we never got to release... here is the Tales of Tabira Google Drive folder
. Inside you'll find a wealth of documents ranging from lore to journal drafts, and even concepts dating to before the name "Tales of Tabira" was even a thing. It's something from all of us, now for everyone.
If you're still interested in RP groups, our former lead artist Apple
has created their own Pokémon RP group, Stories Of Sierde
. I'm deeming it the official spiritual successor to Tales of Tabira, and I hope the best for everyone who becomes a part of it.
Again, I'm sorry it took this long to admit what we all knew was coming. I attribute even this to the minimal amount of time any of us have for the group nowadays. If anything, I hope the new decade is treating you all well and I wish you all the best in what you're doing. I know ToT may have even helped some of you get into drawing or writing; please do continue to pursue your passions!
Thank you all for everything.