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Rites of Fertility

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 19, 2014, 10:05 AM



This is a series of events that are required in order to breed your tokota. All three must be passed in order to receive an Arms of Akna award. Not only are these mandatory if you wish to breed, they will also help shape the future career of your tokota. The third rite has two options, each affiliated with a different faction. You may complete either rite, but will only receive faction points for completing the one that corresponds to your registered faction. You do not have to pick a faction in order to complete these rites!



Rules and Regulations


General


  • The maximum number of tokotas you can participate with in one rite entry is three. You may include other tokotas for HP or story purposes in the rite entry if you wish, but only up to three may be judged.
  • Tokotas must be uploaded in order to participate in rites.
  • An entry can only count once; once it is judged you cannot edit it and resubmit for another Tokota.
  • You may not use activities, quests, etc as rites entries, even for non-participating tokotas.
  • Handlers/starters are not required unless otherwise stated. They will however grant the usual HP bonus, as well as provide a bonus to your tokota's score.
  • Tack is optional unless otherwise stated.
  • 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/collaborated entries are accepted.
  • You must list all bonuses, eg items, companions, traits, and depicted bonuses for them to be counted. They will not be counted for if you do not list them.
  • You must clearly separate Tokotas and other ARPG/species forms with breakers, gaps, bolded text, group icons, etc.
  • Each rite must be submitted as a separate deviation.
  • Art and literature should be submitted to DeviantArt, either in a gallery or scraps. Sta.sh may be used as a last resort.


Art


  • The image should not be much lower quality than your usual gallery standard. We judge against your gallery.
  • Tokota(s) must be full body. (At least 75% visible).
  • At least 50% of the drawn tokota and/or prey must be on the background, not in transparent or white space.
  • If you are using an overhead view the legs must be at least somewhat visible, while angle is taken into consideration a straight up or down shot will not be acceptable.
  • You may not use silhouettes, stamps, or stick figures for your rites for tokotas, handlers, prey, fish, or other required subjects.
  • A semi-complex background is required (it doesn't have to be extremely fancy, but more than just ground shapes/blobs/gradients). You may not have large blank spaces where there is no color/shading/difference in tone. This generally means you must have 3-4 elements for your background.
  • Images must be at least 300x300 px in size.
  • Images must be relatively clean and it must be obvious which tokotas are pictured.
  • You must be able to tell rites apart from one another via the thumbnail.
  • Each tokota should look like an individual within the piece, not just a copy of another tokota. This applies within a single art piece and also to the rest of your gallery.
  • You may not use premade 3D models, presets or bases to create your rites piece.
  • Black and white images, as well as color-palette-themed images are permitted; however, they must be sufficiently detailed and the tokota's individual markings must be discernible without difficulty. Comic-style B&W images are also allowed if they use enough variation in values to illustrate each marking.
  • Any black and white images that depict tokotas must have those tokotas coats and markings tonally depicted. This also applies to backgrounds, as they should also be tonally depicted, more than just lines.
  • Crafts are allowed, however the background can not be a plain photo with no-little manipulation. There must be either a crafted element to the photo or it must be different from the original. Remember you are not allowed to use stock when using photo backgrounds.
  • Photo manipulations are allowed, but must have a certain amount of changes made to the stock in order to qualify. (I.e. for a tundra Tokota you can't just copy and paste a white wolf into a picture of mountains.) They should be edited to properly represent the species, mane type, etc.
  • Original artwork only; tracing another artist's work or using templates is not allowed.


Literature


  • Must be at least 1400 words
  • Must be entirely focused upon the task.
  • Each tokota should play a role in the story, not just be casually mentioned.
  • Prey animals, fish, handlers and any other required subjects must be thoroughly featured.




Rites


1) Rite of Merit


This test will evaluate and place your tokota into one of three "talent" sets. Choosing one or another does not decrease your chances in the other disciplines, though the trait you choose will provide benefits for the disciplines you wish to enter your tokota into. This test will also include a vet and conformation check, to make sure the animal is suitable to advance to the next two rites in the Rites of Fertility series.

2) Rite of Fortitude


This test will test survival, bravery, endurance of your tokota. Your tokota will participate in one of three tasks to prove their abilities.

3) Rite of Strength (Pack Leader Affiliation)


The event will be a test of survival skills, hunting skills and strength of your tokota. You may choose from 3 prompts to complete this rite. This rite may also be completed by those claiming neutral status rather than a faction.

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3) Rite of Knowledge (Prestige Breeder Affiliation)


The event will be a test of knowledge of the species, patience, and skill with command. You may choose from 3 prompts to complete this rite. This rite may also be completed by those claiming neutral status rather than a faction.



Judging Rubric


  • 1 - 40 RNG score
  • 1 - 40 unbiased effort score, this will be compared to your own gallery
  • Optional: +10 for accurate setting. You can read more about the various areas of Tokotna here. Backgrounds should still comply with requirements for the prompts.
  • Optional: +10 for including a handler or starter or lore figure. Does not stack ie: adding both a handler and a starter to a rite is still +10.
  • Optional: +10 for a short story of at least 500 words. For literature entries, this bonus will be awarded for at least 500 extra words in addition to the minimum required word count.
  • Many trait, companions, and items can be applied to increase the tokota's score: Other Rites of Fertility Bonuses


Scoring


  • Each of the three rites earns one of the following scores: 0 - 35 = NOVICE // 36 - 65 = AVERAGE // 66+ = EXCELLENT
  • The final score of the overall AoA is determined by the three individual scores. At least two of the rites must earn an excellent score for the overall AoA to be excellent. One of each score results in an average AoA.
  • Tokotas that have visible inbreeding in their lineage will receive an automatic novice score.
  • Dominant/alpha tokotas get an automatic excellent score.
  • Dominant and alpha tokotas may re-do their rites. They must earn the same merit trait, but any rite of merit class within that trait is allowed. More information can be found on the Rites of Fertility Submissions page.




How to Submit


When you've finished all three rites, submit them to the Rites of Fertility Submissions page with the relevant form filled out in your comment.

Skin by Horsepoint and alexpeanut, paw icon by Kawiku, images by noebelle
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MagpieBridge Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2019  Student Digital Artist
if a dominant inbred tokota completes their rites, do they get a novice or an excellent score? 
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
If the inbreeding is visible on their lineage it's a novice score, otherwise they would get excellent.
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Pineapple-Grenade Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Is this like RoD where you need a specific amount of HP to breed?
Do you have to be Dominant first?
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Furreon Featured By Owner May 19, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be able to breed a tokota must be Average, Dominant or Alpha. Submissive tokotas can't breed. AoA's can be earned at any point, but if you have a Submissive toko with AoA's it will need to get to Average before it can be bred.
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Pineapple-Grenade Featured By Owner May 19, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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Wolf31707 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2019  Student General Artist
Is it a possibility to receive both the Rite of Strength and the Rite of Knowledge?
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner May 20, 2019
No as they are specific to each Faction, however if you wish to draw both, you can, but your Tokota will only receive one
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Ninjiss Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Is there a possibility that Other Rites of Fertility Bonuses (listed in a separated google doc) may have anykind of upcoming update? c:

For example I was wondering that now training images are no longer an applicable bonus but Lunge Line is still listed as a bonus item for replacing training image? Does that mean Lunge Line is applicable, even if training images itself aren't or...? : o

Also, the bonuses seem a bit too unbalanced or is this an intention? Example, there are 6 directly Honor based bonuses (specific class or all classes), 8 directly Wild based bonuses and only 4 directly Partnership based bonuses and all four are either specific for Livestock Cutting or Water Rescue? I also found it a slightly weird that Coat Sheen applies to all Honor classes as bonus, just like Sharpened Nail Caps applies to all Wild classes, but Whistle applies only Partnership's Livestock Cutting? :')
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Some items have been updated recently for more cohesive bonuses, the doc has not yet been updated to reflect that; but you can find all applicable bonuses in the descriptions of the items in the Tokopedia. c: The lunge line in particular has been updated to provide bonus points the way training images used to, in effect replacing them without saying it's replacing them.
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Ninjiss Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay that's great! I hope the doc gets updated soon too. c: Thank you for answering! ^^
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TeachMeToLearn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Is there a maximum amount of score bonuses that can be added to AoAs like PotA, or is it as many as you want to use?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
You can use all three of the bonuses you can put in the rites themselves (handler/starter, location, +500 words) in all three rites for +30 points to each one, as well as add on any applicable traits, companions, or items that you like. ^^ So there is a theoretical limit, but not a specific one.
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sana-0095 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering if I have choosed to join the pack leaders faction, dose that mean all my tokos have to take that path (rite of strenght) or can I choose which ever path to take for every individual toko? (So for example I can choose one of my tokos to choose the prestige breeder path)
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Freyjas-Tokotas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019
You can chose either path, however, you wouldn't receive any faction point bonuses for completing the Prestige Breeder ones
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sana-0095 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha okey thanks C:
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AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2019   General Artist
Hi there! I have a question for clarification about these two general rules:
  • The maximum number of tokotas you can participate with in one rite entry is three. You may include other tokotas for HP or story purposes in the rite entry if you wish, but only up to three may be judged.
  • An entry can only count once; once it is judged you cannot edit it and resubmit for another Tokota.
What if i have two tokotas I want to illustrate together for Rite of Fortitude and Rite of Strength but they are in different Rite of Merit prompts (and in their own illustration for those)? Is it possible to have them together for the RoF & RoS parts and judged or do I need to separate them for all three if they aren't doing the same RoM prompts? It would be something like this hypothetically: 

RoM illustration 1 Tokota A (wild trait - retrieving)
RoM illustration 2 Tokota B (partnership trait - water rescue)

RoF illustration Tokota A & B (both doing prompt 2)

RoS illustration Tokota A & B (both doing prompt 1)

My apologies if that is confusing and thank you in advance for helping me understand!
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
You can absolutely have them together for one or two rites but not the third if that's how you want to do it! The same tokotas do not have to complete the full set of rites together. You could have tokota A with B and C for the RoM, E and D for the RoF, and F and G for the RoS even if you want to entirely change your line up for each rite. c:
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AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019   General Artist
Ooooh okay great!! I was a little worried by the rule that says it can only count once. One more related question: Is it okay if I do it the way described above (with multiple tokos crossed in the rites) and submit them maybe a month or two appart (like I get all of Tokota A's rites done and submitted in Jan but I don't submit tokota B or C's rites til maybe March)? Does that make sense? 
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course. ^^ Each tokota has to have their own comment posted to the journal thread when you submit them for judging, so you could post them as close or far apart as you want.
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AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2019   General Artist
Great, thank you very much!
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bbbzhao Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Um.. I haven't gotten a Totoka yet but oh I just realized Iv'e been spelling the name wrong all this time

but the app I draw with.. the closest screen I can get to 300x300 is 480x320
because my ipad I draw on is an ipad 2 and ummm It was the only app I could even download with my low ios so I can't change it........
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
300x300 is just the minimum requirement for the canvas size, 480x320 is bigger than that so you're fine. c:
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bbbzhao Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok thank you!
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bbbzhao Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
also how do we do the literature part???
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Azyhound Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are RoF entries allowed to include tack in the artwork even if you haven't purchased any?

EDIT: Ok I just looked looked at the trading post and didn't see any saddles or headstalls so assuming it's ok to draw the basics? Sorry if I sound like an idiot still new
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TimberLakeLaneEC Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
does a tokota need to be brought from submissive to average in order to do these?
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Fennarchy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018
You can for the rites when it is Submissive, you just won't be able to breed them or trade their slots. 
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TimberLakeLaneEC Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
alright, thank you!
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DethJackal Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!
I was wondering, for the accurate setting bonus in a literature piece, do we just have to describe the location, or do we have to actually mention the name of the place?
Also, do we have to have the prompt as being assigned/artificial set-up? Such as, for the Wild Hunting prompt, does it have to be that the tokota was told to go hunt for the purpose of the rite, or could the toko just randomly be hunting for it to count? Or for the Partnership SAR, would the handler/starter have to be just hiding, or could they really be lost/ in danger from the start?
Thank you!
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You can mention the name of the place or just mention some specific features the location has. If you casually mention Fenrir or the Desna pack being the area it'd be clear it's set in the Tartoks for example. You're welcome to set your stories up either way! As long as the required elements are there the tokotas don't have to be "participating in a rite" within the story. They can actually be out hunting or saving people or getting lost in the wilderness. C:
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DethJackal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Alexavier870 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question for the literature entry, does the +10 every 500 word bonus stack?
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lost-coati Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist
In a single entry, no; you can only gain the +10 bonus for literature once per prompt. You can get a total of +30 from the 500 bonus words if you include 500 extra words in each image (RoM, RoF, RoK/S), but not the same one.
The bonus also only applies to literature entries for an additional 500 words on top of the base 1400 word requirement.

It's the same with including a handler or starter; even if you included 5 starters in a single literature or art piece, you would still only get the +10 bonus points.

Does this make sense ?
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Alexavier870 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it does, thank you!
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Spirit5678 Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
I have a small question.
When you do rites for more than one toko in one literature piece do you have to submit multiple comments or do you put multiple forms in one comment, or do you just put all the toko links in one comment/form with all the pieces?

Hopefully, this makes sense
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll need a comment for each tokota; all three rites must be complete and are judged at the same time, but each tokota is evaluated individually. c:
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Spirit5678 Featured By Owner May 25, 2018
Okay cool! Thank you ^^
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EverestNight Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I might be remembering this wrong, but was there a change a while ago where you could do the ROS or ROK regardless of your faction now? Just asking because I'm doing a set for someone that's in a different faction than I am, and I'm wondering if I can still put our two tokos together for their final rite lol 
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You can do either the RoS or RoK if you're not affiliated with a specific faction. c: You're welcome to include PL tokos in RoKs and vice versa for HP, but they need to have the rite for their own faction completed.
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EverestNight Featured By Owner May 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you very much c:
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NeoWithAnOh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it apply to a female tokota as well?
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, all tokotas need to complete their rites before they can breed. c:
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NeoWithAnOh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh. Okay thanks, I just got my first tokota today. I'm pretty excited!
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Haroah Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Student Writer
Can you finish the rites for three Tokotas, and submit the rites for say two of them to be approved, while waiting for the third to reach dom before submitting for him?
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BitteRPG Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! :3
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Vaemi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, lots of new prompts added since I was last active! Good job whoever came up with them, they sound great; I'm looking forward to trying them out! It's nice to have new prompts to work with every once in a while. I have a lot of Tokos so the variety is very much appreciated :3
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words! <33 A lot of people worked very hard on these so it's very nice to hear, and we're so glad you excited about them!
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BoPeepxo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So one of the rites prompts is for a 350 mile journey, would it be acceptable to do a comic strip to depict the journey? Like each panel is a shot of them in a different setting for their adventure through the terrain, would I need to make a note of that so judges know the panels aren't for different rites (seeing as that isn't allowed)
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're totally welcome to do a comic. We look at and judge all three rites at one time so we'd know. c:
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BoPeepxo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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