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Rules and Regulations

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Published: September 20, 2018

Rules and Regulation: The Terms of HiddenLanternVillage

     Like all good things there are rules to follow during your stay in HiddenLanternVillage 
You agree to follow these rules when you apply to join the group − They are non-negotiable!
Furthermore, repeated violation of the Rules can lead to permanent removal from the Group!

     01. Be Respectful: Show respect to fellow members as well as their characters. 
          − Ask first when it comes to using other's characters and don't pressure members.
          − Don't Trace, Steal or Copy someone else's artwork! This is an instant ban!
          − Mature content is allowed, but it must be filtered − This is common sense, right?

     02. Be active and Participate! We are a rather Active and Fast paced RP Community!
We do have activity minimums to meet in order to maintain status as an "Active Member."
If you are unable to meet our Activity Requirements you will not be kicked out or punished, 
but you may be shuffled to another less active team and have lower priority in limited slots.

     − The Minimum amount of Missions to maintain Active status is 1 Mission per month.
     − Stats are bought with Ryõs which are earned from Artwork! More work = More Stats!

     03. Respect our Copyright: All Art in the group is property of HiddenLanternVillage 
You are not permitted to use our ClansResources or Characters outside of this Group.
Character created for the clans belong to that Clan, and by extension, belong to the group.
Upon Leaving the Group, that character (in it's unaltered state) will return to the Clan. 

Setting Rules: Canon Continuity and Setting of the Story:

     Tōrōgakure is set in a loosely Kamakura Era Japanese−influenced fantasy continent. 
HiddenLanternVillage has a substantial amount of Information, Lore, and World History,
and to reasonable degree you are expected to read it − Unfortunately it is only in English.

     − Non−Japanese names, clothing and modern technology do not exist in our time.
     − Your shinobi must be from Tōrōgakure − you cannot play foreigners or Missing-nin. 
     − Multi-toned hair or eye colours are not allowed − But 'fantasy' hair colours are okay.

     Tōrōgakure is a lore rich story and Canon Continuity is taken very seriously as such.
Only the DM of the Group is permitted to change or create Canonical Events and History,
and you as a member are required to adhere to this Canon − If you have questions, Ask!

     − If you don't know, simply ask! − Do not assume things or spread false information.
     − Members do not have the authority to make up World History, NPC's or Antagonists.

Character Rules: Additional and Non-Playable Characters:

     By completing Missions in the group, you may unlock additional characters to play as!
There are a couple rules though − First, you cannot make 2 characters in the same Clan.
Next, you cannot make 2 characters with the same Specialty (Class) to ensure diversity.
Here is an up−to−date list of which Clan Slots and Specialty Slots are Currently OPEN!

     − 1st Characters are unlocked upon joining the Group! − Welcome Aboard!
     − 2nd Characters require a minimum of 25 Completed missions!
     − 3rd Characters require a minimum of 50 Completed missions!
     − 4th Characters require a minimum of 75 Completed missions!
     − 5th Characters require a minimum of 100 Completed missions!
     − 6th Characters require a minimum of 150 Completed missions!
     − Any of the above Additional Slots can be purchased by spending 5 Medals.

     NPC's (Non-Playable Characters) must be submitted for Admin Approval via Note!
Most characters have parents or siblings which are admin approved during your application,
but when it goes beyond that (especially with Clansyou require Approval to create them.

     − Generally NPC Applications are not accepted without good reason, so ask beforehand.
     − All NPC's belong to the group and should benefit the group as a whole, not your OC. 
     − NPC's are not to be Roleplayed under any circumstance − Hence "NON-PLAYABLE."

Submission Rules: Quality Control and Group Expectations.

     HiddenLanternVillage is a primarily Art and Literature Submission oriented group.
You may post all completed work to the Artwork and Stories section in the Group Gallery,
and in doing so you will earn a small amount of in-game currency known as Ryõ each time.

     − 1 Full body will earn 25 Ryõ while 1 Half body or Chibi only earns 10 Ryõ 
     − Most other Submissions (within reason) will earn 10 Ryõ regardless of subject.
     − Multiple Characters can be included to a maximum of 100 Ryõ per Submission.
     − Non−Mission Art doesn't have to be totally polished but should be at least legible.
     − Literature should have a minimum of 250 words to earn 25 Ryõ and be legible.

     However, Missions and Story Arcs are completed to earn larger sums of Ryõ or Coins,
which are in turn used to Increase StatsUnlock Techniques and Purchase Equipment.
But because Missions unlock in game currency, there's Quality Rules to keep things balanced.
This ensures hard work is duly rewarded, and spamming lazy work for points is discouraged.

Artwork Mission Expectations:
     − Clean Digital Drawings or Paintings (Grayscale or Full Color) are generally preferred.
     − Sketches are acceptable, but must be noticeably cleaned up and also be in Full color.

Literature Expectations:
     − Written Missions need a minimum of 500 words, but more is strongly recommended.
     − Missions must be formatted, grammatically correct and spell checked before submission.

General things that are NOT acceptable:
     − BasesTracing or otherwise Sloppy Artwork which doesn't meet our expectations.
     − Plagiarizing or otherwise Copying and Pasting text from Story Arcs or other works.

     You are also able to Collaborate on certain Mission Types, but there are a few Rules:
The work must be evenly distributed with contributions clearly credited in the description.
Not only that but for every Collab submitted, you must complete one Regular Mission too!
Collaborated Missions also have their own set of Standards and Etiquette to Follow:

Collaborated Artwork Expectations:
     − Sketches are not acceptable, all Collaborated work must be Clean Artwork!
     − Both Characters and a Background must be fully included in the Submission.
     − For Collabs with more than 2 people, add +2 characters per participant (Max 4)

Collaborated Literature Expectations:
     − Literature require a minimum of 2000 words, and is only done with 2 people.
     − It must be rewritten in story format, copying and pasting RP's is not acceptable!


And that's all! Welcome to HiddenLanternVillage If you have questions, 
feel free to 
Contact us on Discord or Send us a Note to the Group Inbox!
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