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Rite of Merit

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 23, 2014, 1:15 AM




This is the first of three rites in the Rites of Fertility, which you must pass in order to breed your Tokota. This event will be judged regularly as the moderators schedule allows. Rules and judging rubric can be found on the main Rites of Fertility page.

The Rite of Merit is an event put on by the Tokota Cultural Association to examine and test your tokota to see if they are fit to be bred. The event will start with a medical and basic conformation evaluation (though you are not required to draw this), followed by a variety of tasks specialized to fit individual talents. You will pick the one best suited to your tokota to fully showcase their abilities. It is advisable to read up on the traits and their benefits before choosing which class to participate in. Normal and dire tokotas will recieve Wild, Partnership, or Honor traits, while Wily, Tracker, and Obedient traits are available to tokis only. Akotas will recieve their own form of the three merit traits - Feral, Allied, or Stoic.

To enter this event, you will pick one of the classes below from the appropriate set of rites. You will draw an image or write a story depicting your tokota participating.



Wild / Wily / Feral

Awarded to the Tokotas who aren't afraid to walk on the wild side.
Wild applies to Normal and Dire build tokotas
Wily applies to Tokis
Feral applies to Akotas

Speed Fishing - Any Tokota


The tokota will collect as many fish as possible within the time span of an hour and a half, and deposit them, intact, into a large bucket. Eating the fish will result in an immediate fail. This event takes place on, in, or around a body of water.
  • At least one fish must be visible or thoroughly featured within literature


Hunting - Any Tokota


The tokota will go and bring down a single prey animal in the allotted time, in the wilderness of tokotna.
  • You may use any Tokotas prey, regardless of the season, including Tribe Hunting prey. For a full list, see the hunting price list or Tribe Activities
  • Prey animal must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, brought down, chased or observed from afar.


Sledding - Any Tokota


Your tokota has been tasked with delivering urgent supplies to remote communities on the outskirts of tokotna. Your tokota must arrive to the destination within an allotted amount of time to pass.
  • A sled must be visible in the image (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature


Retrieving - Normal Build ONLY


The tokota must find and bring back as many hidden prey scented items as possible. Items may vary from prey shaped decoys to tennis balls to something as simple as a rag. This task may take place in a variety of settings.
  • At least one scent item must be depicted.


Earthdog Trial - Toki Build ONLY


The toki must make their way through a series of man made tunnels by tracking a small prey animal. The prey animal will be safely enclosed and should not be harmed in the process, doing so will result in an immediate fail.
  • You may use any small Tokotas prey, regardless of the season, including Tribe Hunting prey. For a full list, see the hunting price list or Tribe Activities
  • Prey animal must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, brought down, chased or observed from afar.


Catch & Release - Dire Build ONLY


Some areas of Tokotna have become overpopulated by moose and mountain lions. Your dire has been tasked with capturing an individual of one of these species and releasing them into a more suitable environment. They must not harm the “prey” animal, but remember they’re both classified as highly dangerous so proceed with caution!
  • You may use either moose or mountain lion, regardless of the season.
  • “Prey” animal must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, captured, chased, observed from afar, or released.


Territory - Akota Build ONLY


Your akota must defend an outdoor area designated as their territory from intruders! Picture them patrolling their borders, guariding their den, warning off infiltrators, or scaring off anyone who gets too close.



Partnership / Tracker / Allied

This trait is awarded to tokotas whose bond with their handlers is unwavering.
Partnership applies to Normal and Dire build tokotas
Tracker applies to Tokis
Allied applies to Akotas

Livestock Cutting - Any Tokota


The tokota is required to herd at least one livestock animal to its pen. Animals may not be harmed in the process, doing so will result in an immediate fail.
  • At least one livestock animal must be visible (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature
  • Animals to choose from: sheep, cow, pig, chicken, penguin, horse, llama, or alpaca


Water Rescue - Any Tokota


While strolling by the coastline, your Tokota is alerted to someone or something in distress, stranded out in the ocean. Depict your tokota attempting a water-based rescue and saving all those involved.
  • Either a handler/starter/character of your choosing must be at least 50% visible (or thoroughly featured within literature) depicted being rescued


Teamwork Trial - Any Tokota


Tokota and Handler must make their way through a challenging course which includes a variety of trust and teamwork challenges - these challenges include free diving to collect artefacts at the bottom of a lake, tokota and handler pulling blockages free from their path, your tokota guiding around their blindfolded handler or your tokota using only its intuition and sense of smell to find their missing handler.
  • Handler/Starter must be at least 50% visible in the image or thoroughly featured within literature


Mounted Shooting - Normal Build ONLY


The tokota and handler must make their way through a target range, working together to allow the handler to shoot as many targets as possible with the allotted time.
  • A handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.


Search & Rescue - Toki Build ONLY


The toki is required to find their hidden handler or a starter in a vast area of arctic tundra, within the allotted time. Handlers/starters may not give hints to their tokota.
  • A starter or handler  must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.


Cross Country Endurance Race - Dire Build ONLY


The tokota must traverse a one mile track through the Tokotna wilderness as fast as they can. They will encounter natural obstacles in the path such as fallen logs, streams, small ravines, and thick undergrowth.

Guard Duty - Akota Build ONLY


Your akota has been tasked with watching over the herd. Depict them standing guard or protecting the livestock from predators. Animals may not be harmed by the akota in the process, doing so will result in an immediate fail.
  • At least one livestock animal must be visible (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature
  • Animals to choose from: sheep, cow, pig, chicken, penguin, horse, llama, or alpaca




Honor / Obedient / Stoic

Awarded to the proud and noble, and exceptional examples of the breed.
Honor applies to Normal and Dire build tokotas
Obedient applies to Tokis
Stoic applies to Akotas

Steeplechasing - Any Tokota


The tokota must race over a set of jumps around a fenced in track as quickly as possible. The tokotas success will depend upon the total time taken around the track compared to a breed standard time considered acceptable.
  • Background concept: Sand race track, white picket fence surrounding, woods surround the racetrack, hurdles are a mix of hedges and water jumps


Halter - Any Tokota


The tokota will stand to attention in the middle of the ring. Conformation and temperament are very important in this class. Depict your tokota at a standstill, walk, trot or lope with judges assessing their confirmation and breedability.
  • Background concept: Undertaken in a sandy arena surrounded with a white picket fence.


Obedience Test - Any Tokota


The tokota will have an allotted amount of time to listen to its handler’s commands and complete a set of basic obedience tasks and tricks. There will be a small period of time afterwards to complete a freestyle round where your tokota can show off its best tricks.
  • Background concept: Undertaken in a sandy arena surrounded with a white picket fence.


Obstacle Course - Normal Build ONLY


Your tokota must make their way through a series of agility obstacles as quickly and cleanly as they can.
  • Background concept: Open area surrounded by lattice fence. Various agility obstacles.


Buggy Racing - Toki Build ONLY


Your toki must make their way around a circular track as quickly as they can while pulling a miniature buggy. Up to three tokis may pull a single buggy.
  • A buggy must be visible in the image (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature
  • Inspiration: X / X / X


Carriage Driving - Dire Build ONLY


Your dire must make their way through a series of numbered gates as quickly and carefully as possible while pulling a carriage. Up to three dires may pull a single carriage
  • A carriage or cart must be visible in the image (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature


Weight Pulling - Akota Build ONLY


Your akota will show off their strength, pulling a heavy weight a short distance. The weight can be anything such as a fallen tree, pallete of bricks, or even industrial equipment.
  • Akota should be depicted wearing a harness of some kind.




FAQ


Does this count as an exploration/other activity piece?


No, it will not be rolled for items and counts for the "rite" HP bonus rather than the activity HP bonus.

I'm doing Rites for multiple tokotas of different builds, can they all do the same prompts?


Tokotas of any build can complete any prompt UNLESS the prompt you've chosen is designated for one specific build type.

Can I have tokotas in the same picture/story complete different prompts?


No, every tokota in the image or story must be doing the same prompt.

Would I be penalised for depicting my tokota making a mistake?


No!

Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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SparkyShinobi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does the mounted shooting need to be firearms, or can it be bow/arrow?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
It could be a firearm, bow and arrow, or even something like a slingshot with water balloons if you wanted. c: Any sort of projectile works.
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SparkyShinobi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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bbbzhao Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
can we do all the rites??
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
If you'd like to take inspiration from the prompts you're welcome to, but each tokota may only complete one Rite of Merit officially for their Rites of Fertility. c:
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bbbzhao Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ok!
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BoPeepxo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a toki and a tokota I wanna do the wild/wily rite for, if I choose to do the earthdog where my toki chases a rabbit through a tunnel, could my regular sized tokota be on the outside waiting for the rabbit to exit the hole and would that count for it's wild trait as hunting? Like do earthdog for the toki and hunting for the toko using the same art piece?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
All of the tokotas participating in a rite in the same picture/story must be completing the same class. You could do a rite depicting what you described but both would have to be completing the Hunting class, as normal build tokotas cannot participate in the Earthdog Trial. c:
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BoPeepxo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Alrighty, Thank you!
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DRGNFL Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Mounted Shooting - Normal Build ONLY
The tokota and handler must make their way through a target range, working together to allow the handler to shoot as many targets as possible with the allotted time.
  • A handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.

is it allowed for this task to use a bow / crossbow instead of a gun? :3
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Wolf31707 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018  Student General Artist
So how do I enter an image to be judged for this And what needs to be in the description? 
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
For a rite image you will need to first do the whole set first (RoM, RoF and RoK/RoS), as they're judged all at the same time.  

To submit most things to be judged you can find the links here, the " Cycling Journals Hub", to lead to their journals.
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In this case for AoAs you will need to go to the Rites of Fertility Submissions journal. 
There you will need to fill out a form and go to the correct comment thread to get your images judged.

In the description you don't really need to list anything, but people like to state which rite it is of the set. 
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Wolf31707 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! This clears up a lot, I've got more drawings to finish and then I'll submit them. Thank you for telling me!
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TheElvenJedi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
H'okay, so I'm gonna try and word this in a way that makes sense, here goes lol

So, I have a handler that's a "toki lady" for the most part - 80-90% of her pack are tokis XD And I had some really adorable ideas for RoF/RoS images with all of them together. But not all the tokis would enter for the same RoM traits

So, my question is, could I draw them together for the RoF, and RoS, but put them in different, separate RoM entries, or do they have to be in a group of three where they all do the same prompt, including RoM? :meow:
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Silver-Panic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
You may do that; the tokos in the three rites do not all have to be the same. 
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TheElvenJedi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thank you for such a quick reply! :)
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Wolf31707 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Student General Artist
Can you do art for all 3 categories and get the score for them, or do you have to choose only one?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You can only do one Rite of Merit and have it judged for each tokota. The other two rites need to be one of the prompts from the Rite of Fortitude and one of your choice between the Rite of Knowledge and the Rite of Strength. c:
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Aerenn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Student General Artist
We choose one of the categories based off of how we feel our toko is prepared or is it that wild is the lowest and honor is the best?
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
Nope, it's entirely up to you. Each category has bonuses attached that can be utalised in future events, like so:

- Honor trait:
    5+ point score benefit in all group-sanctioned 
    Show jumpingDressageHalter, and Liberty competitions.

- Partnership trait:
    5+ point score benefit in all group-sanctioned 
    EnduranceLivestock herding/cuttingAgility, and Mounted marksmanship competitions.

-Wild trait:
    5+ point score benefit in all group-sanctioned 
    Ice fishingIce racingSled racing, and Hunting competitions.

so it's down to personal preference :D
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Aerenn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Student General Artist
thank you! (especially for the fast answer)
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
No problem :D
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hcrdhitter Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018
i'm fairly new to the group, and trying to get more into it! how is what type of prey a tokota brings down determined? 
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
It all depends on the prey depicted/written about. If you go to the group front page, it will tell you what season it is & what prey is available. It's on the right hand side under the list of what areas of the group are opened/closed
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UkaNuka Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If there is no “correct setting/background” for a certain rite, do we automatically get the points for correct background or just get no points there?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Currently anything that fits the general idea of the rite gets the bonus points. Having a fishing RoM set where there's no water, or a hunting RoM in a fenced area wouldn't count for example, but that particular bonus is very open and easy to get right now. c: 
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UkaNuka Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotcha! Thanks!
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legendheroes Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Has this been updated because i thought it said 5 fish must be present before and i thought it was for ice fishing? I also have art done about collecting flags in a dangerous area?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
There just needs to be at least one fish. ^^ Ice Fishing was just recently renamed Speed Fishing to allow for more creative freedom.
The flag collecting prompt is for the Rite of Fortitude.
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legendheroes Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can i still submit the writing i did for ice fishing? I included 5 fish in it, with descriptions.
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course. C:
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Spirit5678 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
For literature, could we write in the viewpoint of the Toko or does it have to be 3rd person? Also, we only have to do one of the prompts in one of the classes, right? No others?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You can write from any perspective you like. c: It may help if it's listed somewhere who's perspective it's from so we can check for "I" and what not while making sure they're involved enough.
That is correct! Just one class from just one trait. With the Rite of Fortitude and Rite of Knowledge/Strength as well of course. ^^
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Spirit5678 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Alrighty, thank you! I love all these prompts! They are so much fun to think about! : D
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like them! ^^
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DethJackal Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How closely do we have to stick to the setting? Such as the description says: ' Undertaken in a sandy arena surrounded with a white picket fence'. Would we be able to use a different kind of fence, or perhaps it could be in a coliseum-like arena?
Thank you!
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! You have quite a bit of flexibility, you just wouldn't want to do things like hunts indoors for example. c:
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DethJackal Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ForsakenWolf28 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
For mounted marksmanship, are there any weapons (ranged only) that are not allowed? Ex: guns, magic, thrown spear, anything that isn’t bow+Arrows?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Any projectile type "weapon" would be acceptable. ^^ If you've got a handler that can shoot spikes from their hands or conjure up fireballs they can do that, or go with something like a slingshot and paint balls. 
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ForsakenWolf28 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks for getting back to me ^^
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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the7eventhrider Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist
I'm a little bit obsessed with the new build-specific prompts. Whoever came up with them did such a great job!! those lil ponies pulling buggies :love: !!
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad to hear that! ^^ I'm super proud of the rites team - the whole admin team really.
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maiise Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist
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ninjastarhate Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Student General Artist
Steeplechase, can we add handler?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep!
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ninjastarhate Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Sorry, I didn't explain my question well x3

Can the handler be on the toko?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Riders do participate in the sport with horses, so I'd say yes. ^^ I'll make a note to add that it is an option to the journal.
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ninjastarhate Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Oh cool, thanks!
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