The following guidelines are very important to us and should be followed to the best of your ability.
Please also note that we are an 18+ guild. This does not mean you are allowed to swear like a sailor at all times, but there are times when the conversation may become unsuitable for minors, both in game chat and on Discord (text and/or voice channels).
Failure to follow these guidelines is subject to membership review and potential removal from the guild after repeated corrective discussions.
For all interactions in game and out:
1. Be respectful to others. Blatent disrespect will not be tolerated.
Treat others with the same respect with which you’d like to be treated. Do not intentionally bring others down or hurt others. These are your colleagues, and thus should be treated accordingly.
Respond in chat channels. Welcome players when they arrive and say bye when they leave. When a question is asked in chat, try to answer it, even if it’s with a negative. The excuse of, “someone else will get to answering them,” is unacceptable. Afterall, wouldn’t you like your questions answered, your requests fulfilled?
2. Honor your leaders.
The leadership spends many hours of their own time, managing and maintaining the guild so that it runs smoothly and effectively for the enjoyment of everyone, often at the cost of their own enjoyment and game play. Support them and show them kindness.
3. Act with Integrity.
This goes hand in hand with Respect. Do what is right and be honest with all players, including the trolls and other less desireable characters, not just your fellow guildmates.
4. Be loyal to your family.
The guild and fellow guild mates should come before any other group or guild. Please make an effort to group and/or roleplay with your guildmates.
this does not mean that you are prohibited from interacting with or grouping with people outside the guild.
5. Embrace humility.
Stay humble. While it's cool to get loot, or be the center star of the story, keep in mind that there are other people who might want that as well. Sharing is caring!
6. In a world of cruelty and hate, be the shining light of kindness.
Be kind to all players at all times.
Do not criticize another's work unless they have asked for and even then, do so in an encouraging manner. There is constructive criticism and then there's being a jerk under the guise of being "brutally honest."
Remember what your mother used to say: "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
During Roleplay Interaction:
1. Be patient.
Don't rush your own emotes, or those of others. There's no reason to sacrifice quality in order to get things done faster. It's better to do things right, and everyone will generally be thankful for it.
2. Pay attention to the order.
Here at Penumbral, we generally use what's known as a 'Round Robin' style of Role-Play. When there is a group of members who are acting within the same location, decide upon a posting order that makes sense, and stick to it as best as possible.
If you need to write a quick reaction, or interact with someone outside of the group, then feel free to do so, but otherwise try not to make a hard to follow mess.
3. Act with fidelity.
While we are in a fantasy setting with both magic and our Diobarach (beings that are able to out-perform most, if not all, normal humans) be fair while you are playing with other members.
Simply put, don't God-Mod or Power-Play unless you have express permission to do so. It's not fun to get pushed around, unable to fight back.
4. Contain your jitters.
It's quite distracting and annoying to have someone jumping and attacking all over the space other members are role-playing in. While we can't expect non-guild members to follow suit, please try to keep relatively still if you're directly involved with an ongoing role-play, otherwise stay off to the sidelines out of respect for your other members.
5. Be spontaneous.
Anyone at any time, is actively welcome to, and encouraged to roleplay. You don't need to have a pre-planned scenario ready beforehand in order to progress your character and their story, some of the best roleplay is often spontanious!
Just call out on the guild chat, or ask someone to meet up with you and work something out, so long as it makes sense within the story and timeline that is being formed by everyone together.
Though not required, we love to see posts of what happened during your time, as everyone is able to see further into your character's story and personality.
6. Enjoy scheduled scenerios, but don't force yourself to attend.
We'll have scheduled events frequently within Penumbral, and many of them will dictate big changes within the story, or important events for specific characters or factions. For the most part, anyone is welcome to participate in these events, though please don't force your character into it if it doesn't make sense. If there is a secret ritual going on within a cavern far from civilization, it doesn't make a lot of sense for a grouping of strangers to all stumble upon it by happenstance.
If you aren't able to participate, either due to IC or OOC reasons, anyone is welcome to spectate if able, and if not then a synopsis of what happened at the event will be posted on the forums for everyone to read, and keep up to date with the story.
For all PvP Interactions:
1. We do not support the "If it's red, it's dead." mentality.
Keep in mind that Penumbral is an RP focused guild. while we do plan to participate in PvP, you will never see Penumbral guild1, Penumbral guild2, Penumbral guild3 like you see with current large scale PvP focused guilds. Furthermore, some of those players may be in the RP community and randomly killing a member of it without provocation does not foster very good guild to guild relations.
We, as an RP community, stand a better shot when we choose to band together against those not in the RP community.
Yes, we realize that not everyone in the RP community feels this way, that is their choice. It will be dealt with when and if the need arises.
2. Don't be a troll.
Running your mouth (fingers) in public channels isn't a PvP skill. If there is an issue to be settled, let it be by the sword and leave it at that.
3. You have the right to defend yourself.
Regardless of a player's status (RP-Guildmember, Non-RP Guildmember, etc), you have the right to defend yourself when attacked.
4. Obey stand down orders from the Leadership, immediately.
This is to help avoid making a potentially bad situation even worse.
5. When engaging people who are unguilded, members of unknown guilds, or members of known non-RP guilds, keep in mind these guidelines:
"They started it, we finish it." This goes along with the right to defend yourself. If they come after your first, all bets are off. You may corpse camp, invade boss fights, break up farming spots, etc. as necessary to get the job done.
Notify the rest of the guild of what is happening to avoid surprises when they come to assist.
6. When engaging people who are part of the RP-Community:
During planned events there will be no corpse camping, no OOC trolling (you may use IC insults, however), and absolutely no griefing.
If you are attacked without provocation:
kill the attacker and/or get to a safe zone.
notify the guild of the attack.
give the leadership time to assess the situation and try to resolve it. If we cannot come to a resolution, the person(s) in question will be placed on the Kill-On-Sight (KOS) list, at which point you may pick up your pitchforks and torches.
7. Kill-on-Sight List
Players/guilds on the Penumbral KoS list are known nuisances and can be killed on sight until they are removed from the list.
Are you on the Penumbral KoS list and wish to be removed? Contact an officer and explain yourself. Should adequate remorse and reparations be made, we may entertain your request.