TCA Taming Academy
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Welcome to the TCA Taming Academy! Here at the academy we pride ourselves on offering the best education for aspiring tokota tamers! With challenging classes, real world experience, and hard work, the TCA Taming Academy can teach any handler how to master tokota taming.




-Ranks-


When you start out, you start at the lowest rank. Upon completing a rank, you will have learned the necessary skills to advance to the next rank. While you complete the tasks needed to move up ranks, you will be given bonuses that can be applied to taming. These bonuses increase as you move up until you reach the highest rank.

To move up in rank, submit your required image(s), items, and tasks' proof(s) [here].

Rank 1 - Novice Tamer


Upon Completion: -10 off taming odds.
In order to receive the rank of Novice Tamer you must complete the tasks below.

  - Have tokota with excellent AoAs.
  To get started, you must have a basic skill of tokota handling.

  - Complete weekly quest.
  It's good to get out and explore your surroundings!

  - Find 3 Treats via exploration. 
  A good tamer always knows to come prepared.

  - Create a piece of art that depicts your handler meeting his/her favorite Wild Heart or Mediator traited tokota.
  Another way to come prepared is making friends with tokota's that are great help in the field.

  -Complete 1 Taming Attempt
  Now it's time to get your feet wet. Go out there and show us what you got!


Rank 2 - Apprentice Tamer


Upon Completion: -25 off taming odds.
In order to receive the rank of Apprentice you must complete the tasks below.

  - Have a tokota earn excellent AoAs with the Courage Trait.
  Focusing your training on the Courage trait will help hone your skills of being out in the wilderness.

  - Have a tokota retrieve 4 fish in a single fishing trip.
  A good fisher is a patience fisher. A skilled a handler needs patience as well as teaches it.

  - Participate in a Continuous Event. (Handler Required classes only)
  There will always be competition when it comes to taming. You must prove you can handle the pressure.

  - Create a piece of art that depicts your handler exploring of the local pack's territories.
  One of the best ways to learn about taming is to know everything about the tokota you are trying to tame, especially it's home.

  - Complete Taming Attempts.
  It's time to put your newly learned skills to work. Don't give up!


Rank 3 - Skilled Tamer


Upon Completion: -50 off taming odds.
In order to receive the rank of Skilled Tamer you must complete the tasks below.

  - Have a tokota earn excellent AoAs with the Fellowship Trait.
  Focusing your training on the Fellowship trait will help hone your skills of tracking and observing the wilds.

  - Have a tokota retrieve pelts in a single hunting trip.
  A good hunter is confident and determined. A skilled handler needs both confidence and determination.

  - Successfully Craft Home Cooked Treats or one of the the toy variants.
  A skilled tamer knows when they need to up the game of persuasion. Nothing is tastier than fresh treats. 

  - Create a piece of art that depicts your handler meeting his/her favorite tamed (previously wild) tokota.
  One of the best ways to learn about taming is to meet a tokota that has already been tamed. Maybe it's handler can give you a few tips!

  - Complete 10 Taming Attempts.
  Skill comes with practice.

Rank 4 - Expert Tamer


Upon Completion: -100 off taming odds.
In order to receive the rank of Expert Tamer you must complete the tasks below.

  - Have a tokota earn excellent AoAs with the Dignity Trait.
  Focusing your training on the Dignity trait will help hone your skills of interacting with the wilds as well as earning their respect.

  - Bring a Tokota to Dominance.
  An expert tamer is also an expert trainer. Show your expertise by bringing a tokota to dominance.

  - Find a companion via Activities (fishing, hunting, exploring, caving, diving).
  Practice your taming skills while out on expeditions. If you can gain the trust of an animal you just meet, you can gain the trust of a wild tokota.

  - Create a piece of art that depicts your dominant tokota meeting a wild tokota(s).
  Your advanced skills as a handler might come into play. Two high status tokotas meeting could cause trouble. It's up to you to handle the situation as needed. 

  - Complete 20 Taming Attempts.
  Keep your skills and expertise fresh by consistent outings.


Rank 5 - Master Handler 


Upon Completion: -100 off taming odds. Only have to complete 2 Bonding prompts to bond with their Tokotas!
In order to receive the rank of Master Handler you must complete the tasks below.


  - Place 1st in a Continuous Event. (Handler Required classes only)
  There will always be competition when it comes to taming. A master defeats the competition.

  - Bring a Tokota to Alpha.
  An expert trainer may get a tokota to dominance, but a master trainer can trait a tokota to alpha.

  - Create a piece of art that depicts your handler introducing your alpha tokota to a wild tokota(s).
  An alpha may have the status of a leader, but true training willl allow your tokota to be one. As a master handler you must prove that your trained tokotas have what it takes to be an alpha.

  - Complete 40 Taming Attempts.
  All of this experience will help you Master taming.




Rules


General

  • Entries made for the Academy may NOT be used for any other activity(taming, exploring, diving, breeding images ect.)
  • Taming attempts must follow current taming rules.
  • If an entry looks rushed, sketchy or very quickly done it may be denied. They don't have to be masterpieces, but if it looks like it took two minutes, it will not be accepted.
  • Commissioned entries are not permitted. However, you may collaborate entries.
  • An entry can only count once; and may not be reused.

Art

  • Images must be coloured and semi complex backgrounds are required (backgrounds must have some substance like trees, rocks, clouds in the sky etc.)
  • handler IS required and must be visible by 80% in all Academy art pieces.
  • Tokotas must be visible by 80% in any Academy art pieces.
  • All pieces must be completely original, no tracing or reusing of linearts or other elements.
  • You may take artistic liberties, including background, location, style, etc.
  • Images must be at least 300x300 px in size.

Literature

  • Must be at least 1200 words in length.
  • Must be entirely focused upon the task.
  • The handler and tokotas must be mentioned significantly throughout the piece.


  • You must fill out the following information in the artist's comments on any Academy art pieces:

    Link to import sheet(s):
    Handler Name:
    Nicknames used(literature only):


  • Do not link an academy tracking journal, it will be turned down. 




F.A.Q.



"If I already have all the requirements for each rank, can I just link them all at once?"
  No. Each requirement must be earned after the confirmation date of the previous rank. Rank one is the only rank where you may link to already accomplished tasks as long as they were completed after the original date this journal was posted. 1/4/17.

"Do my taming attempts from previous ranks count towards higher tier attempts (like crafting)?"
  No. Each ranks' tasks must be completed after each confirmation date. So they do not stack. 

"Can I use any of the Academy images for other activities like taming and exploration?"
  No. They can not be used for multiple activities, however, any tokotas depicted will receive a +1 HP show bonus like AoAs.

"Can I collaborate on the images?"
  Of course! However each person must follow the rules and requirements for each image/rank.

"What can I commission?"
  You may commission the AoAs, activity images, and any HP or rites you need in order for your tokota to move up. However, you may not commission CE entries, Weekly Quests, Taming Entries, or Academy Art.

"How do I show proof of my rank in taming attempts?"
  Simply link to your Tokotna Profile as proof in the "bonuses" section on the taming form.

Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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hyaenida's avatar
hyaenidaHobbyist General Artist
quick question: do the items that give the same bonus as home cooked treats (for example Leather chew toy) also count for this achievement? thank you :)

- Successfully Craft Home Cooked Treats.
  A skilled tamer knows when they need to up the game of persuasion. Nothing is tastier than fresh treats.
TokoEvents's avatar
TokoEventsHobbyist Artist
It does, I've just updated the journal to reflect that~

- Hyena
1horsegirl2003's avatar
1horsegirl2003Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Sorry to steal your guys’ time!
Just curious~
Is there a certain way to start raking up? Would one just complete the activities in order to achieve a Novice rank then work up from there?
Sorry, still pretty new around here ^^;
PaintedHyena's avatar
I'll accept it if you draw a starter, just make sure to link to the starter. :) Additionally, you can always use a handler that shape shifts if that makes it easier for you.
t-anji's avatar
t-anjiHobbyist Digital Artist
aaa, alright, i never thought of having a shapshifting handler so i might go ahead and do that, thank you for the response ! <3
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SparkyShinobiHobbyist Digital Artist
With the change to crafting being on Tokotna - how do we provide proof of crafting the home cooked treats?
MemosNiceSide's avatar
Later answer but:
When you craft something on Tokotna it will be put in a "crafting log". So you just need to link your tokotna profile and state the date when you have crafted the needed item. (best to write the date down somewhere or craft it shortly before you're turning in the new rank) Then we can check and see your crafting attempt :3
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SparkyShinobiHobbyist Digital Artist
Great! I didn't even think of that. :]
AmaranthineRain's avatar
AmaranthineRain General Artist
I have a question about the tamping attempts requirements throughout the rankings. Say we're working on completing Rank 4 with the 20 taming attempts requirement. Does that mean 20 total attempts we've ever completed, or is that 20 +10 from Rank 3 +5 from Rank 2 +1 from Rank 1 = 36 total attempts we have to have made up to that point?

Thanks for your time!
-Kiri
MemosNiceSide's avatar
Late answer but:

"Do my taming attempts from previous ranks count towards higher tier attempts (like crafting)?"
  No. Each ranks' tasks must be completed after each confirmation date. So they do not stack.

So after you achieved rank 3, you will have to do 20 new taming attempts. And keep in mind, that these taming attempts must have been done after you achieved rank 3.
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AmaranthineRain General Artist
Thanks for getting back to me! Got it, I'll update the log I keep for my TCA ranks so I remember this. 
Shangry-Ia's avatar
Is the "Transfer rank to Tokotna-bank" up already? 
TokoEvents's avatar
TokoEventsHobbyist Artist
Not as of yet. Our coders are working hard to get this up as soon as possible

~Frey
Weidenlied's avatar
WeidenliedHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Uhm, it states that treats must be found via exploration, does that mean I can't use these?

And also... if I advance in rank, can I use a toko that already has their AoAs in the Wild/Wily-class thingy
in excellent or do I have to have that completed after I advanced to rank 1?

Thank you!
TokoEvents's avatar
TokoEventsHobbyist Artist
They can be used in taming but not for the requirements for rank up

All achievements must be gained after each previous rank up

~Frey
Weidenlied's avatar
WeidenliedHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay! Thank you.
Vaemi's avatar
Vaemi Traditional Artist
"Each ranks' tasks must be completed after each confirmation date."

So, just to make absolutely sure I understand this: I've got 9 taming attempts in my gallery from taming WM103. I could use the first taming attempt for Tier 1.

But then, I would not be able to use Attempts 2-9 to count towards Tier 2, as the taming attempts must be completed after I have been confirmed for Tier 1?

TokoEvents's avatar
TokoEventsHobbyist Artist
correct! :D

~Frey
magikwolf's avatar
magikwolfProfessional Artist
does the rank bonuses stack with Tribe taming bonus (and with PL members) ?
OnyxianDrake's avatar
OnyxianDrakeHobbyist General Artist
For the taming entries, do they need to be the wilds that are posted every so often and might take multiple pictures to tame, or would a entry for a raffle wild count? And I'm assuming the Rehoming Project tokos wouldn't count for taming entries? ^^'
PaintedHyena's avatar
The entries for the raffle wild do count! 1 entry for a raffle wild counts as 5 entries when doing the academy. c: TCA Rehoming unfortunately does not count.
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OnyxianDrakeHobbyist General Artist
Oh wow :0 thank you!
EspressoShots's avatar
On rank 4 when it says:
- Create a piece of art that depicts your dominant tokota meeting a wild tokota(s).

Does the tokota I depict meeting the wild, have to be the same toko I brought to dominance in this rank too?


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