What is an collaborative worldbuilding game?
You can read more about it here.
Is this a breeding game?
You can read about Transformations here.
What are esk?
You can read all about them here.
Are esk free to make?
How do I get my own esk?
- By purchasing an esk adoptable from witherlings or from permitted guest artists.
- By purchasing one, trading one, or receiving one as a gift from someone else.
- By participating in ThoseWhoWentMissing gameplay, events, contests, and raffles. You can earn MYO slots by gaining points in the game, or as rewards for contests and raffles.
What is an adoptable?
You can read our Adoptable Information and Terms of Service for more information about how you can use your adoptables and rules for buying and selling.
How can I become a guest designer and sell my own esk adoptables?
What's the next adoptable batch? When's the next batch going to be posted? How much will it cost?
Can I get a custom-made esk?
How do I buy or sell my adoptable? Can I trade adoptables? How do I give my adoptable to a friend?
Is there a masterlist for all official esk?
Can I buy a MYO slot?
Where do I get started?
We also recommend taking a look around the group — see what other players are posting, read the information guides, and visit our group chat to get a feel for things and get advice from the community.
How do I submit my profile and trackers as journal entries to the group?
Do I need to have my points checked or have staff approve when I level up?
Please send us a group note if you need help scoring your submissions.
Can I transfer AP/GP to another player or esk?
How do I join the group chat?
Click here to join the chat
Where can I post journals for requests, offers, trades, commissions, or buying/selling characters?
How do I submit artwork and writing?
Please place your submission in the appropriate folder, we have descriptions of what should go in each folder in our Newcomers Guide.
How do I figure out the scores for my artwork and writing submissions?
Can I submit commissioned artwork to the group?
If the artist is not on DeviantArt and does not allow you to upload the artwork to your DeviantArt account you will still earn points for the artwork, but please log the artwork on your profile or character tracker (in body text or in the comments) so there is a record of its score.
Please read the Points System guide for information on how to score your commissions.
Can I submit multiple pieces of artwork or writing as one batch submission instead of multiple smaller submissions?
We have a maximum batch limit of 12 submissions per upload.
Can I submit artwork featuring other ARPG creatures or characters in our esk artwork? What about memes or other non-canon artwork?
These types of submissions are just for fun will not earn any points.
Can I submit artwork featuring an esk being created via transformation or with energy exchange modifications that are pending approval?
Can I change how my esk looks?
Can someone help me design my MYO?
Can I remove an existing nature feature?You are allowed to remove part of a nature feature from the body, if you want to make it official in the masterlist you have to submit a Spirit Renewal. Just keep in mind that you can't remove all nature features and make the esk barren (this is a NPC-only trait).
There should always be at least one nature feature visible at all times within the biome. The esk can only be completely bare outside of the biome. They are subject to disappear also depending on mood or well-being. This is open to your interpretation. If it is important to you that your masterlist image reflects this state, you may update the image by removing that nature feature for free, but the nature feature will remain in their list. It is still there, even if it often does not show. If the nature feature is to be added back onto the masterlist image it must return to the original placement and not be redesigned or moved elsewhere.
Is there a size chart?
The ability to change size at will (size-shifting) is a Mutation that is only available to Abnormals.
You are allowed to create size charts or measurements for your Esk and post them in your character trackers if you find it helpful.
Can I mix nature features together that are from different Biomes?
Abnormal esk that have had their Boundary changed can have a mix of nature features from their previous biome and their new biome.
What are morphs? Are they available for MYOs?
A morph is an opportunity for your MYO to have uncommon/rare traits without having to purchase them in the Energy Exchange, the trade-off is that only certain types of morphs are available to certain types of esk.
For example: If you claim a Starter esk that has a fungi nature feature you can make your Starter a Fungi Morph which is small and stubby with sleek fur and a nub for a tail. This allows you to use the sleek (uncommon) and manx (rare) traits even though Starters are normally restricted to common traits.
Is there a guide to the common markings?
Is there a limit to the extent of my esk's nature features?
Overall the esk should not be so covered in nature features that it is no longer recognizable as an esk. Additionally, nature features should not be so small that they are not readily visible.
Is it okay if I give my esk a nature feature that has already been used in another esk's design?
Can I make my esk have flowy fur like the Pond Collection, or be short and squat like the Fall Collection?
If you want to make squat, little esk there is no rule against it, it is just a body type. The Fall Collection's appearance does not require any uncommon traits/rare traits/mutations so it does not qualify to be a morph. Similarly, the Pond Collection appearance is not a morph and that style of design is available to any type of esk. The tail is still mostly fur like all other esk, the long fur just swirls in the air as if it were underwater — this is available to all esk.
Do I have to include the entire structure of a nature feature or can I just put part of it in my design?
For example, if you want to put a tree species on your esk you do not have to put the entire tree in the design. You can use the branches or even just the leaves if that is what you prefer.
Can I add moss or lichen to my design or does that count as an additional nature feature?
Can we use nature features that are somewhat generic, such as "dead branches", "moss", or "rocks"?
For example: dead branches that cannot be identified as any specific type of tree can be labeled "dead branches," but branches that can be identified should be labeled with the species. We would also prefer that you use full species names as much as possible — if your esk has an oak feature it is more helpful to know whether it is a white oak, swamp oak, chestnut oak, etc.
Events have their own rules, requirements, and bonuses that are different each time.
Can I stack event bonuses onto Origin Prompts or Monthly Prompts?
Can I re-submit artwork or writing I made earlier for a current event if it relates to the theme or requirements?
How can I change my esk's Boundary?
Starters and MYOs cannot have their Boundaries changed.
What if my esk's Boundary physically changes?An esk's boundary is fixed at all times, they haunt a specific place. Even if this place undergoes physical changes, (e.g. a stream dries up, a development moves in, etc) it will not cause the esk to relocate. This is still their boundary where they were transformed. The only way this changes is through a secondary abnormal transformation elsewhere.
Think of biomes as an 'energy' connection an esk has to the essence of their transformation site, and the biome-connection is the esk's resonance with that same essence carried into other geographical locations. A river shrinks and grows, or even dries completely, but there is still 'energy' of that river there. If a Fresh Waters esk arrives at a dried up riverbed they may still feel the resonance with that river and feel empowered, or maybe they are more sensitive and the lack of water makes them feel less empowered. The concept of the biome-esk-connection is intended to be fluid and have blurred edges because that is how nature is. It can also be helpful to consider the role of time in relation to a supernatural/timeless being... their river dries up but their connection to their transformation travels through time, their connection to the river travels through time, they still "feel" the river there even when it is gone.
The Biomes may be experienced differently for each esk. This is something we are flexible with and really want to encourage player investigation and interpretation.
Ask yourself some of these questions when developing your esk's story: What is it like for an esk crossing from one biome to another? What is it like to be in a biome-overlapping area? What does it feel like to have your biome change and at what point does it feel necessary to be re-transformed to align with a new biome? Do esk of the same biome feel in resonance with each other? Do they give each other extra power?
A Fresh Waters esk inhabiting a dried up riverbed might always feel strong in that location and always remain a Fresh Waters esk. or maybe they lose that strength with the river being gone, maybe eventually it wears them down and they seek out a new transformation. Let your esk create a relationship with their boundary and biome, and treat the Earth itself as a character in your story.