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February 2023 Update

Posted 1 week ago :: Last edited 4 days ago by Starbask

2/4/23 Update: A small note relative to Sanctuary MYOs. Belatedly we realized Sanctuary MYO slots do not have a bank for us to log AP in, so that AP will be logged under the Sanctuary MYO slot's "Notes" tab. We've amended the Sanctuary page to mention this info to try to mitigate some confusion, opposed to removing the option altogether. This is pretty non-standard and will be just what we do for only Sanctuary MYOs. We will not be doing this for any other types of MYOs in the future since it's more tracking than expected.

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Happy New Year all! Can you believe it's already February?

Modcation has long since ended so let's dive into what's being released this month and what future things we are working on.

Bonded Kittom MYOs

For a long time now, we've wanted to have some group currency based MYO available to the group, but many things have caused this goal to repeatedly get pushed back. So we decided to step back a bit and dedicate time specifically towards the goal of having this opportunity available to group members.

Finally, we're excited to introduce bonded kittom MYOs! These will be special account-bound MYOs that can be purchased by anyone for group currency. Due to the nature of these MYOs, they will be completely non-transferrable and heavily group participation-focused. USD purchases will not be allowed for these special MYOs ever, since that would allow them to acquire a resale value, which in turn would make them transferrable. The decision to keep these MYOs non-transferrable was made with a lot of consideration and will not change now or in the future.

With that in mind, there will be some opportunities specific only to these bonded elnin. Since these account-bound elnin will only ever belong to the same user, the amount of edits that these elnin can undergo will be greater than other designs in the group. We will not be expanding the amount of edits that other elnin can undergo, as this is an opportunity specifically for bonded elnin. We understand there are some traits and mutations that cannot be acquired through normal means outside of patreon. Please be patient with us on this front. Once we know the new systems we're introducing are running smoothly and settled in a bit, we'll be looking to host raffle opportunities for bonded elnin to acquire traits normally only accessible through patreon sales.

Raffles will not be the only way to acquire traits that have previously been patreon-only, but for now this is where we're starting out for these types of MYOs.

See our "Bonded MYOs" page to learn more about bonded kittom MYOs.

The Silvergrace Sanctuary Re-opens

It's been a long time coming on this front as well, but the Silvergrace Sanctuary has officially re-opened with some adjustments.

It's worth noting, the Sanctuary in general has always been intended as a last resort for users who have tried just about everything else and still have not been able to connect with an elnin. We understand that compared to how it was historically run, the Sanctuary's guidelines may seem quite steep, but after much discussion, both Mana and the moderator team are in agreement the Sanctuary has never been intended to be the primary means of acquiring MYO slots in the group. We hope the introduction of the Bonded MYO slot system helps provide a more intentional way for users to acquire MYOs and without needing to have an elnin to relinquish to the Sanctuary in the first place.

Notable changes to the sanctuary include requirements to turn in elnin to the Sanctuary. Users must have accounts that are at least a year old and have completed at least one prompt to relinquish an elnin to the Sanctuary. Other changes include limitations on how many mutations carry over as well as limits on which kinds of mutations carry over. There is also a little more flexibility on which mutations the resulting MYO can pick up. (For example, if you turned in an elnin with featherlight hair in the past system, your new MYO would have access to only the featherlight hair mutation. With the new system, turning in an uncommon mutation like featherlight hair would result in the ability to pick any uncommon mutation that is both hereditary and has an associated region.) This news post will not encompass all the changes made and new guidelines.

If you would like to read more about the Silvergrace Sanctuary you can find more info about it on its respective page.

For those wondering what happens to elnin turned into the sanctuary, we’ve answered that in the FAQ section of the Sanctuary! Once elnin are traded in, the group reserves the right to redesign or disperse the elnin as the group sees fit. Generally, we will prioritize reintroducing elnin back into the community via group participation-based raffles. Some elnin may be redesigned prior to their reintroduction into the group to give them some fresh art or bring traits into alignment with current guidelines.

Next Steps and Goals

We have a few new items we're looking at in the month of February.

  1. Our first goal for February is to dive a little more into questing.
    • Quests we would like to create will not be focused on knights/mages/guilds/etc. That's a larger project that will take a lot longer.
    • We would like to look into making some, not all, historically less accessible mutations available through means beyond just Patreon. Specifics are yet to come.
  2. Our second goal for February is to try to get some of the sub-type trait guides filled out a bit more.
    • This goal is a little less concrete than the first since we're not sure how quickly or completely guides will come together but this is something we want to work on.

We do not have any further details at this time that are ready to be shared, but look out for news posts early next month if either of these projects sound like they interest you! There are several other ideas rolling around in the background as well, but for the sake of making some concrete ground. the two above will be what we're aiming at. Any additional work in terms of broader updates we do this month will just be a bonus on the side.

As always, thank you everyone for your continued patience. The group would not be what it is without your creativity and interest!

End of the Year Update

Posted 1 month ago :: Last edited 1 month ago by Starbask

Hi all! Here with a quick winter update!

Year's End Modcation

Moderator staff will be taking off the last week of December and the first week of January. This was mentioned in a prior news update but we wanted to toss it out there with this one as well.

The last week of December and first week of January (12/24/22-1/7/22) will be considered weeks "off" for staff.

This is so group members can expect to see limited to no responses during those weeks. Some mods will occasionally work during designated break periods, but we do not ask them to during these times. Please be patient during the weeks we've marked as off for staff and not to ask for status updates on things. Some of us are workaholics and find it difficult not to want to respond. Thank you for working with us to have a chill holiday season! Prompts will for sure be posted up January 1st, but if you're eager to try to get things approved sooner please submit them prior to the weeks of modcation.

Guidelines Updates and Inclusions

There have been a few trait and lore updates we've gotten feedback and finally moved onto the site.

Trait Updates

  • The Grafted Anima mutation has been created and has a description, examples, and a little bit of lore.
  • The Sectoral Heterochromia mutation is being renamed to Decora Anima with updates to allow for more variation in how this mutation can be displayed and now includes some examples of how it interacts with some other mutations.
    • Note: Please be patient with us as we get used to the adjustments made with this mutation. There's a lot more room for creativity with this mutation now but we still have to make sure all anima mutations an elnin might have are visible.

As always, this is an ongoing process so we'll be updating stuff as we go! Thanks everyone for the patience with us as we get through this!

Community Poll

In the past year or so we've noticed some advertisements in our group bundling elnin designs with non-elnin designs. We're curious to get WoE community members' thoughts on this topic. Is this something the community wants to continue to allow and have advertised in official group spaces? Should this be altogether not allowed within the group ToS and this type of advertising not appear in official group spaces? Maybe a mix of still an allowed practice but not allowed to be advertised in official group spaces?

We would like to know! The results of this poll will remain anonymous and do not guarantee that changes will be made. The results may inform decisions we make in the future.

Please do not discuss this topic anywhere publicly in our group discord. Any posts found publicly discussing this topic will be removed, no questions asked. You may inquire publicly if anyone would like to discuss the topic in private with you, and then take the discussion to your DMs. Harassment of users to disclose their thoughts/poll submission will not be tolerated.

We don't want to create an environment where group members may feel pressured to respond to the poll any certain way. We understand there may be varying thoughts and feelings on this topic. Ultimately the WoE staff want to know if this is something that is fine left as is or if there's a broader desire to see change in this specific area.

Community Poll Link: [RESPOND TO THE POLL HERE]

  • This poll requires you to sign into google to submit a response.
  • You can edit your response to this poll by returning to the link above while logged into the same account you submitted the form as.
  • No email or personal info will be collected/responses are anonymous, requiring you sign in just ensures you can edit your poll response.

This poll will be open until the end of January, 1/21/23 at 11:59pm PST time! So if you have thoughts or feelings about this topic please share them!

On the Horizon

The World of Eyre staff have a few major goals we want to accomplish this new year. Our aim is to have the following two things begin some time towards the beginning of next year (ideally January some time, but if any bumps in the road are hit it may take a bit longer).

  1. Our first goal for January is to create an opportunity for group members to earn a MYO using group currency.
  2. Our second goal for January is to reopen the Sanctuary.
    • We may discuss what happens to existing sanctuary designs but at this time the priority is just to get the sanctuary system reopened.

We do not have any further details at this time that are ready to be shared but look out for news posts early next year if either of these projects sound like they interest you!

November 2022 Feyhallow Raffle Winners!

Posted 2 months ago :: Last edited 2 months ago by Starbask

The MYO/Growth/Upgrade slots and Mutation raffles have been rolled and our winners are...

MYO/Growth/Upgrade Winners:

1. Noble : eelheadman
2. Adventurer: night-class
3. Adventurer: fayeskies
4. Adventurer: Snugglymoon
5. Kittom: Daffupanda
6. Kittom: jahpan
7. Kittom: Strabii
8. Kittom: Iemonesque
9. Kittom: avaliette

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Mutation Winners:

1. Miniature Wings (Bat): wriven
2. Miniature Wings (Bat): Trashiebag
3. Miniature Wings (Feathered): jahpan
4. Miniature Wings (Feathered): yumehaeya
5. Miniature Wings (Fae): Pumpkhen
6. Miniature Wings (Fae): BlackMajixCat
7. Dire: Mewwwsic
8. Dire: TragicKiwi
9. Elfin: SuperLebunee
10. Elfin: TheSmolPeep
11. Demon's Brand: Afrielzi
12. Demon's Brand: NineEye
13. Antennae: KeilinAlyr
14. Antennae: engare
15. Pixie Horns: fayeskies
16. Pixie Horns: blankshi
17. Winglets (Fae): Eeviebun
18. Winglets (Fae): Najishio
19. Cloud Breath: ShinPurple
20. Cloud Breath: Alterial
21. Fire Breath: adriananimations
22. Fire Breath: Strabi
23. Crystallization: mirrorly
24. Crystallization: night-class
25. Splintered Anima: Chickolates
26. Splintered Anima: Alibastar
27. Gloom Kissed: Forged-Artifacts
28. Gloom Kissed: CandyChameleon
29: Capricious Shadow: MewW01f
30. Capricious Shadow: ForonGur
31. Phantom Step: whimsicalblue
32: Phantom Step: number11train
33. Hydra Tail: Wila-Chan
34. Hydra Tail: osteoh
35. Oddly-Colored Pomu: NijiMarii
36. Exotic Mutation: giz-art
37. Exotic Muation: missDevichi
38. Exotic Muation: Iemonesque
39. Exotic Muation: Heelies
40. Exotic Muation: Snugglymoon
41: Exotic Muation: Exclaimed
42: Rare Mutation: Triggwolf
43. Rare Mutation: Daffupanda
44. Rare Mutation: wintry-chan
45. Rare Mutation: Nalico
46. Rare Mutation: AkaneTsukino1
47. Uncommon Mutation: MalisVitterfolk
48. Uncommon Mutation: LolitaCynder
49. Uncommon Mutation: Tara-Elani
50. Uncommon Mutation: LlewsArt
51. Uncommon Mutation: Vontier
52. Uncommon Mutation: Starbask
53. Uncommon Mutation: avaliette
54. Uncommon Mutation: LeechiPeachy
55. Uncommon Mutation: kaethus
56. Uncommon Mutation: eelheadman

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Congratulations winners and thank you everyone for participating in this past month's prompt!

DA notes have been sent out to the raffle winners for the MYO/Growth/Upgrade slots! The mutation winners will slowly see those mutations added under each specified elnin's note tab in the next 24 hours or so!

Rolling took place in our discord #games_and_raffles channel today. As always it was a great time. ^^b

November 2022 Feyhallow Raffle

Posted 3 months ago :: Last edited 2 months ago by Starbask
Event Update - 12/4/22

A small update on the event. Prizes for the Feyhallow raffles will be rolled 12/4/22, at 10:00am PST time!

For any exclusive mutation pools that end up empty before we roll them we will add an additional Hereditary Exotic Mutation roll pool later in this raffle to substitute the exclusive mutation roll that did not take place.

Any exclusive mutation pools that end up empty may appear in a later raffle as well. We will not be re-opening any forms afterward for empty pools but more or less we'll reassess how things went and you can likely expect to see the mutation pop up for a raffle later on. ovob


For the month of November, we're hosting a raffle for a variety of MYO/Growth/Upgrade and Mutation prizes. We're re-posting the information here since once the prompt closes, people may still need form access and access to the rules/guidelines for these prizes, so we've moved the information over to a news post as well!

As an aside, some of the encyclopedia entries for mutations being raffled off are more fleshed out while others are not just due to how seldom they are released. If you have any questions about traits you're considering entering for, we can't promise to have all the answers, but we'll try to answer what we can this month. Feel free to submit questions via discord or ticket on site!

Please read below for additional info on how to enter and rules. Completing October or November's monthly prompt will not automatically enter you for this raffle, you will need to submit a response to the appropriate google form so please keep this in mind!


November Feyhallow Raffle Details

Eligibility:

  • To be entered into any raffle pools below you must have completed a submission for this month's prompt ( [M-059] Feyhallow Frights) OR last month's prompt ( [M-058] Dubious Decorating).
  • This raffle will be rolled on December 4th, with an exact time pending!

Submission Process:

If your submission is soft-rejected, the mod who did so will explain the requirement you missed and you will need to fix it before re-submitting it. We will not be giving leeway for edits this month relative to the raffle. If your edits are not made and submitted before the 2nd of December, you will not be allowed to enter the raffle. The raffle form will close December 2nd at 11:59pm PST.

  • Complete your prompt piece.
  • Submit your prompt piece to this prompt.
  • Once your entry is approved by a moderator on site please fill out the form for the raffle you are eligible to join:

  • If you did the prompt and participated in the activity (mentioned here) you can additionally enter the following form for a chance at extra prizes:
    • 2022 Feyhallow Mutation Raffle Form
      (Requires your prompt submission be completed and approved for this or last month's prompt and the side activity be completed!)
      You must also own an elnin to participate in the mutation raffle as these will not be tokens this time around!

Prizes being Raffled:

Anyone who has completed a submission for this (or last) month's prompt can enter for the following prizes:

  • x1 Noble, or lower rank, MYO (or growth or upgrade to an existing elnin/kittom)
    with the following guidelines:
    • A 4MP crown style or no crown
    • A 4MP tail style or lower
    • Two Common mutations (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • Three Uncommon mutations (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • One Rare mutation (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • One Exotic mutation (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
  •  x3 Adventurer, or lower rank, MYO (or growth or upgrade to an existing elnin/kittom)
    with the following guidelines:
    • A 3MP crown style or no crown
    • A 4MP tail style or lower
    • Two Common mutations (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • Three Uncommon mutations (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • One Rare mutation (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
  • x5 Kittom MYO (or upgrade to an existing kittom)
    with the following guidelines:
    • A 1MP crown style or no crown
    • A 4MP tail style or lower
    • Two Common mutations (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • Two Uncommon mutations (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
    • One Rare mutation (must be hereditary mutations with a region listed)
  • Note: Crown and tail styles must follow standard elnin options. Hybrid traits and sub-type traits are not available options.

Anyone who has completed a submission for this (or last) month's prompt AND participates in the activity (located here) AND owns an elnin/kittom can enter for 3 of the following exclusive mutations:

  • Miniature Wings (Bat) x2
  • Miniature Wings (Feathered) x2
  • Miniature Wings (Fae) x2
  • Dire x2
  • Elfin x2
  • Demon's Brand x2
  • Antennae x2
  • Pixie Horns x2
  • Winglets (Fae) x2
  • Doe-eyes (Fae) x2
  • Cloud Breath x2
  • Fire Breath x2
  • Crystallization x2
  • Splintered Anima x2
  • Gloom Kissed x2
  • Capricious Shadow x2
  • Phantom Step x2
  • Hydra tail x2
  • Oddly-Colored Pomu x2
    • Color must show as a single color in place of the black base coat of a pomu!
  • Side Notes:
    • An example for entering this part of the mutation form would be selecting: Cloud breath, Splintered Anima, Capricious shadow.
    • To be clear, your name will be in every pool for a mutation you choose.
    • These mutations cannot be swapped for other exclusive mutations, but they can be swapped out for an Exotic or lower hereditary mutation (with an associated region) if the winner feels they cannot use the mutation on their elnin later.

Anyone who has completed a submission for this (or last) month's prompt AND participates in the activity (located here) AND owns an elnin/kittom can enter the following pools:

  • Exotic Mutation (hereditary with a region specified) x3
  • Rare Mutation (hereditary with a region specified) x5
  • Uncommon Mutation (hereditary with a region specified) x10

Restrictions/Warnings:

  • Prizes will be raffled off to entrants, but each entrant can only win a max of 1 prize from each form. If you win a prize you may not win another from the same form.
    • (For example: If you're very lucky you could win a MYO slot AND a single mutation like cloud breath. The x# refers to the number of pools for each MYO/Growth/Upgrade or mutation. A user will not receive 2 of a mutation if they are rolled for that type of pool, it just implies there will be multiple winners.)
  • These prizes are considered free gifts, so these prizes will have zero added resale value.
  • The prizes themselves can't be traded, gifted, swapped, etc. They will be added to the notes of an elnin/kittom and art must be updated for a prize to be applied to that elnin.
    • Keep in mind you absolutely may not trade this prize at all whether it's for art, under-the-table, etc. If you do not want the prize any longer, please submit a ticket on site and a masterlist moderator will remove it from your account and remove the related cooldown. (Specifics will be announced should this come up.)
    • If you are found attempting to trade a prize from this raffle prior to its application or cooldown being over, you will receive a warning and the prize will be removed from your account. If the prize is discovered to be part of any under-the-table trades after its use, both you and the other party will receive warnings. You can, of course, trade your elnin with the prize applied after art is updated and cooldowns are over, but nothing should be part of a deal made prior to the application of the prize and cooldowns running their course.
    • Any group member found soliciting winners for their prizes will also be warned for doing so. If you win a prize and are approached by another group member to trade your prize, you are welcome to submit a ticket to the moderator team on site and we will handle it. We may take more severe actions than just a warning if a user is found to be persisting to solicit the same user or soliciting other winners. Please be kind to fellow group members. No one wants to be harassed for something they won.
  • Prizes in this group are free gifts. Any profiting or attempting to profit from them by way of trade is frowned upon and grounds for a warning. As users must enter themselves manually into these raffles we will be taking this to mean you want the prize for yourself. Trading or attempting to trade implies otherwise and will not be tolerated as it is directly taking opportunities away from other community members that participated. Again, if you do not want the prize at a later time (before art is updated) you can always submit a ticket asking the prize be removed from your elnin. At that time a masterlist moderator will permanently remove the unused prize and any related trade/gift locks and associated cooldown.
  • Winning any of the above prizes will cause the new MYO or an existing elnin/kittom to be temporarily unable to be sold/gifted/traded and once art is updated with the prize a 1 month cooldown will be applied to that elnin.
    • This cooldown starts when the design update art is finished and approved by the moderator team via design updates.
  • Prompt entries must be submitted by 11/30, 11:59pm PST.
  • If your prompt entry has been soft-rejected, the fixed entry must be resubmitted by 12/2, 11:59pm PST at the latest. After your prompt is approved you may enter the form.
  • Entries that miss either of these deadlines are not eligible for the prizes. No extensions, no exceptions.
  • If you fear you may have somehow entered the raffle form twice by accident (via being signed in through another family member's account or some other means) please submit a ticket! The form will be limited to 1 response per google account so if we see names appearing twice, we will reach out via modberry prior to December 2nd PST time. If we do not get a prompt response before the time the prizes are raffled on December 4th, then any names found to have entered more than once will be entirely removed, both the initial entry and the duplicate entry.

November 2022 Activity

Posted 3 months ago :: Last edited 2 months ago by Starbask

Hi everyone! We’ll be running this activity from now until the end of November!

Overarching Rules
  • Activity answers/responses will be submitted via claim using the appropriate activity form provided alongside the activity below.
  • Claims can be submitted from now until November 30th, 11:59pm PST.
  • Activity claims submitted after 11:59pm PST on November 30th will be rejected.
  • There will be no edit period past the activity end time, so please do not submit or resubmit anything late!
  • That said, if you submit an activity claim and it gets rejected for whatever reason, you’re still free to resubmit a new claim with revisions as long as it’s before the activity end time stated above.
Activity: A Strange Dream
  • If you own an elnin:
    • Your elnin is experiencing a strange dream where they imagine they have a trait they didn't have before! Are they surprised by it? What single new feature do they discover isn't quite what it was before falling into their deep slumber. This can be anything from an existing mutation like luminous suffusion, something more odd like finding antennae atop their head, or something wholly new (like gooey slimy paw pads). It must be just a single trait though, nothing that entirely changes the whole appearance of the elnin to the point they cannot be recognized anymore!

  • If you do not own any elnin:
    • Years ago masked elnin wandered through portals into the mysterious Aegis Veil. The masks at times did strange things to those who entered with them, but what if the masks were thrown through the portals themselves? Design a mask and the creature it might transform into upon crossing through the veil.

Guidelines

  • You can earn a maximum of 2EC from doing this activity.
  • You can either write or draw submissions for this activity.
  • We reserve the right to potentially make traits or creatures depicted in entries canon if desired (though this is not guaranteed).
    • Do not use another CS or copywritten character or item as part of your submission. We're looking for ideas that are as original as possible. It doesn't have to be entirely unique but we shouldn't be seeing strong/near identical references to other works/games/CS/etc.
  • For Drawn submissions:
    • (If you own an elnin) The elnin art must be a fullbody image and have only one trait adjustment overall. The elnin should almost entirely resemble its usual appearance.
    • (If you do not own an elnin) The creature must be a fullbody drawing of a critter and a mask that shares similar motifs that the creature is based off of.
  • For written submissions:
    • Submissions must be 300-500 words total.
    • (If you own an elnin) Be sure to clearly describe what the new trait or feature they're seeing is and how it's different compared to other features/markings/traits they normally have. You can describe what the elnin normally looks like as a part of this if you wish!
    • (If you do not own an elnin) Be sure to describe what the mask looks like and what materials it is made out of. How are certain motifs the mask shows reflected in the creature that seems to come from it?
    • Stories must be written in English.
      • It doesn’t need to be perfect English as long as the theme you’re trying to get across is clear!
  • Nothing in these submissions is canonical or real. This is just for fun. We may consider some of these ideas for the group in the future but we want to be clear that by doing this activity your elnin will not acquire real traits and no one actually knows what all the Aegis Veil holds so this is all dream or speculation!

Activity Form

Please use the following forms in the "Comment" box when submitting your activity claim.

  • If you own an elnin
    • Trait Name:
    • ELN ID #
    • (If written) Word count:
    • URL Link to your art/writing: (Please use a discord image link or a sta.sh link. We want to be sure links don't expire before we get to reviewing them and other sources have at times failed on us. Written pieces can just be entered into the "comment)
  • (If you do not own an elnin)
    • Mask name:
    • (If written) Word count:
    • URL Link to your art/writing: (Please use a discord image link or a sta.sh link. We want to be sure links don't expire before we get to reviewing them and other sources have at times failed on us. Written pieces can just be entered into the "comment)

Please submit your submission as a claim under the “Current Activity Participation” category here (https://worldofeyre.com/claims/new). You can use this link for the “URL” field: https://worldofeyre.com/news/59.november-2022-activity. Remember to attach 2EC to your claim for doing the activity.

Final notables

If you:

  1. Own elnin
  2. Have done the monthly prompt ( [M-059] Feyhallow Frights)
  3. Participate in this activity

Then don't forget you can submit an entry to the 2022 Feyhallow Mutation Raffle Form. For more info read the news post here [November Feyhallow Raffle]!

This activity should be submitted via claim. This isn’t meant to be a high pressure activity, just something small and fun to earn a little extra EC.

Late Fall Update

Posted 3 months ago :: Last edited 3 months ago by Starbask

Hi everyone! How is it November already?

A Quieter Fall

Most have probably noticed we had a pretty quiet October this year in terms of events, but we haven't forgotten Feyhallow. We decided that we won't be doing a guest artist event this Feyhallow. The team was quite ambitious with our goals for Starfall Faire this year.

Currently, we want to try to focus on some other quality of life goals for the last chunk of the year here (November through December). With that in mind, we'll just be doing prompt and activity based raffles this Feyhallow. Nothing quite as grand as past years elaborate puzzles, but we hope community members will still enjoy what we have planned! More info can be found below relative to that, but we want to start by talking a bit about prompts in the group.

Prompt Updates

The moderator team has been mulling over some ideas of what we can add prompt-wise while still keeping prompt approval overhead mangable for the team. This is what we've decided on!

One new bonus has been added to the monthly prompt (M-###)!

  • Group members can now earn an additional 1EC for including their elnin's pomu alongside their elnin in that prompt. This bonus will be present moving forward unless there's a very compelling reason for the team to remove it.

Changes and additions to monthly regular prompts:

  1. "[MR-002] Gift Giver" now allows up to 2 submissions a month, where group members can earn up to 2EC per submission, for a total of 4EC per month for this prompt.
  2. We've added "[MR-003] Regional Flora" where group members can earn an additional 1AP overall for designing a new regional plant and including it among other iconic regional features in a background. (No elnin required for this one!)
  3. We've added "[MR-004] Upright Eyresian" where group members can earn up to 2EC for drawing or designing a clothed gijinka or bipedal form for an elnin. This can be for your own elnin or a gift for someone else, but be sure to get permission if you plan to do gift art. Make sure to also read other guidelines for this new prompt since we've addressed a few concerns that might arise with gijinka forms.

We're excited to broaden our monthly prompts a bit more. There's other ideas we have yet that we would like to add prompt-wise but we want to add things slowly just to make sure we're still keeping up with everything alright. If workloads are too steep for existing staff we'll reassess staffing needs but currently this is where we're at and plan to be for a while.

View our monthly prompts here!

Feyhallow Raffles And An Activity

For the month of November we'll have an activity running and a few raffles.

Some Prompt Raffles

There are two raffles being hosted this month!

  1. The Feyhallow MYO/Growth/Upgrade Slot Raffle
  2. The Feyhallow Mutation Raffle

Both raffles require group members to complete the monthly prompt to participate. The second raffle (the Feyhallow Mutation Raffle) additionally requires users to own a elnin/kittom and have also completed the November 2022 Activity mentioned further below in this news post.

Doing the monthly prompt ( [M-059] Feyhallow Frights) will allow you to enter the raffle for some MYO slots though if that interests any community members looking to get their first elnin!

More details about the prompt raffles can be found here: [November 2022 Feyhallow Raffle] further info (and the raffle details reiterated) can be found on the prompt itself ( [M-059] Feyhallow Frights).

November 2022 Activity

The activity this November is a bit of a hat tip to some past lore and events we've done around this time of the year. You can earn up to 2EC by participating in the activity! If you own an elnin and do the monthly prompt and this activity you can also enter a second mutation-based raffle.

It's worth noting if you do not own an elnin you can still participate in the activity, there is a mini-prompt for owners and a separate one for those still working on getting their first elnin.

More details about the activity available this month can be found here: [November 2022 Activity]

Feyhallow Masterlist Card Frames

Is your elnin feeling spooky? Well then they just might be looking to pick up a the masterlist card frame this month!

The Feyhallow card frame in the Card Frame Merchant's shop for the rest of November, until 11/30/22 at 11:59pm PST time! So get your frames while you can.  ^^b

Group Negativity and General Etiquette Reminder

These past few months we’ve been noticing in the Berry Bazaar discord that the general chat, and especially the patreon channel, has at times become grounds for airing negativity and grievances about the group. While we don’t expect users to always agree with how things are handled in the group, we do ask that discussions be kept constructive rather than complaining over how something has been handled.

If you have concerns over something pertaining to you, whether this is feedback given for a design approval that you don’t quite agree with, or that you feel the way that certain systems are being handled could be improved and wish for clarification, please submit these as support tickets on the WoE site, and the moderator team will work with you on this. Please note that this will take time, and does not guarantee we’ll have a solution right away or that the offered solution will be what you want, but it will be much more productive than complaining about it in public spaces, as not only does this not resolve the issue, but also makes those spaces uninviting and stressful to others who may or may not be involved.

If you wish to offer suggestions on things you would want to see in the group, whether this be more prompt options, types of events, currency distribution, etc, please use the suggestions channel for this. Please note that the suggestions channel is only for offering suggestions, and not a channel meant for lengthy discussion. If you agree or disagree with a suggestion, please indicate this using the up and down arrow emotes. Do not ping others for their opinion if the user doesn’t explicitly state that they wish to discuss their decision, as no one is required to defend their decision, whether this be positive or negative. Please be respectful to others.

Moving forward, we would like to see less public complaints and negativity, and ask that these be directed to the appropriate channels, whether this be through tickets or constructive feedback in the suggestion channel. Users are free to discuss ideas in the general chat, but please keep these discussions constructive. If we continue to see these conversations taking a negative direction, we will begin issuing warnings. Please be kind to your fellow members and moderators, and treat others how you would want to be treated.

We are regularly looking at what areas of the group can be improved, and understand that the time it takes the team to make improvements can be frustrating. We just want to be clear that the less constructive and more negative feedback is the harder it is for the team to focus on what we can do better for the group. Everyone, whether they’re a group member or moderator, has difficulties they face on a regular basis in life. As a group we want to provide a welcoming and positive space for everyone but that’s hard to accomplish if negativity is regularly being vented in these positive-oriented safe spaces. No one wants to be in, or work around, that type of environment.

MYO Slot Restrictions and Trade Cooldown Reminder

Earlier in October we were seeing more of this coming up in trade journals and our discord trading channels specifically, for context! So we just want to remind users that MYO slots themselves cannot be offered for trade until a design has been submitted and their cooldown is completed, and thus should not be advertised within group spaces.

We also want to give a reminder that elnins should not be advertised for trade or resale until their respective cooldown has been completed as well. Any MYO slots or elnins on cooldowns being offered for trades/resales will be asked to be removed until their respective cooldown has been completed. We wanted to post a general reminder about this a few weeks back but it got delayed, so we're just grouping it with this news post. This doesn't pertain to anything that's come up very recently.

 

Wrapping up August and September Ahead

Posted 5 months ago :: Last edited 5 months ago by Starbask

Hi all! We're coming in with a bit of an update to wrap up the busy month of August. ^^

Turnaround Times

It's been a bit since we've said anything about turnaround times, so we just wanted to clarify specifics a little more. There have also been some areas where turnaround times are fairly vague, like where unpaid or partially paid design approvals submissions sit.

General Clarifications

  • Turnaround times are internal goals we aim for, not hard deadlines.
    • We ask that users not ask about a submission during these turnaround time periods. Once the turnaround time period passes, users may check-in on a submission.
    • Try not to think of these turnaround times as hard deadlines, where the second they pass we'll have feedback to send. We set turnaround times to try to manage expectations a bit. They're meant to add breathing room for the team and still give users the space to request an update if something's taking a while.
    • We aim to try to keep communication open, but still recognize internally that most moderation work is occurring during limited hours outside of our day jobs and other real life obligations.
  • Submission wait times start from when something was last submitted.
    • For example, you submit a design approval the first week in a month. It could take 2 weeks for a response to come, but instead you get a response after only 1 week. At that point, the turnaround time would reset to potentially 2 weeks of waiting for feedback again.
  • We count 1 week as 7 calendar days.
    • Our team's work schedules vary, some of us do work weekends in real life, and for others on the team, weekends are free time that gets split between moderation work for this group and other tasks in life that need to happen.
    • Since it's come up as a confusion point in the past, we just wanted to clarify this so that everyone is aware; we do not consider a week 5 days, like you would think of typical "business days".
  • We generally respond to things as fast as we can. If something is taking a bit longer, it might be that we need Manaberry's input, or that some team members are busier on a given week.
    • Most approvals are a team effort. We have multiple moderators review each submission for better accuracy in our review processes. Sometimes multiple people look over an approval and we still miss things, but for the most part we run under the premise that a few eyes looking over things are better than one!

Currently these are the turnaround times our team aims for...

  • Design Approvals (paid submissions): 2 weeks + 1 week if we’re in a busy period (21 days)
  • Design Approvals (unpaid/partially paid submissions): 1 month (30+ days)
  • Resonance Quests: 1 month (30+ days)
  • Masterlist Transfers: 1-2 weeks (14 days)
  • Prompts: 1-2 weeks (14 days)
Design Feedback via Discord

The #design_feedback channel was never intended to be used for questions for a specific elnin with no design update submitted. Priority for design update submissions is still dictated largely by whether or not something is paid for or able to be paid for immediately (whether it's EC/SC/USD doesn't make a difference as much as if the currency is fully there). So coming into the #design_feedback channel without any related submission on site gives us zero context on how to prioritize feedback for these requests.

For example, if we were to get 20 questions in #design_feedback for various approvals but only 5 were fully paid for, those 5 individuals that are 100% ready would potentially be waiting for us to answer the other 15 questions, that may not be anywhere near ready to be paid for. It's also possible those 15 questions could be theoretical/tentative edits that might never come to fruition. So for us to be able to prioritize a growth/edit/etc. that is more certain vs. potentially uncertain is important.

We are still willing to review things that are unpaid. We know the ability to have those checks is valuable to the community for pacing reasons and to help guide how our group members choose to potentially use their time/prompt submissions. That said, we still want to try to respect moderators' volunteer time and the time other group members have already put in to save up currency fully. This is the reason why we require design updates to be submitted alongside elnin, so we can keep track of payment in a clear way.

Since there's been some confusion on what the #design_feedback channel is for a few times, we've updated our first pin in the #design_feedback channel of discord to clarify this a bit.

We've updated that pin to include the following:

"We will no longer review inquiries that don't use the following forms below. Design inquiries for a specific elnin/MYO slot MUST have a design approval submitted on-site first for review. If you are trying to ask a question to get a specific elnin's design art updated/checking if something is ok for a myo/art update/growth then please submit a design approval first! We check there initially, and anything submitted here that is specific to a certain elnin should be follow up on an existing submission."

There are 2 types of questions we handle in the design feedback channel:

  1. Design approvals questions for a specific elnin or MYO slot (where a design update submission on site is required.)
    • Example: Is the tail size on this growth good enough for 1MP now? (With use of the "Design Feedback Form for A Specific Elnin/MYO")
  2. General overarching questions that are in no way related to any sort of approval, but clarify some specifics relative to a trait in a broader sense.
    • Example: Can grove tail tips be styled at all? (With use of the "General Trait / Mutation Question Form")

Hopefully this clears up our process a bit. We're sorry if there's been frustration on this, just remember if you're going into the #design_feedback channel with a specific elnin in mind that you're asking the question about or for, we will expect there to be a related design update submission on site. Any questions that are broader should be asked generally about a specific trait, with the intent to clarify existing trait guidelines further.

We heavily advise users to re-submit any changes requested for design approvals on site and discuss feedback there first, as this process is generally quicker and easier to track for both parties. Discord can be helpful for design approvals where there's not many aspects of a design to check, usually follow up on art where less changes are happening.

We don't bar anyone from submitting follow-up checks via discord, however the more things there are to check the higher the chance the post will get buried while it is all being discussed. In cases where there are a lot of checks being made, we may still ask for a submission on site if we're concerned it will take longer to compile feedback. We have multiple moderators look over the art to ensure stats and mutations are represented, and multiple mods review the draft feedback before it is sent out to try to ensure it doesn't miss anything. This means that one mod can't look at a discord post and reply immediately.

Modcation Reminder

We'll be taking a slower-paced approach to September. This was mentioned in a prior news update but we wanted to toss it out there with this one as well.

The first and last weeks of September (9/5/22-9/11/22 and 9/26/22-10/2/22) will be considered weeks "off" for staff.

We're putting it out there publicly because moderators could use a well-defined break. Some mods will occasionally work during designated break periods, but we do not ask them to during these times. Please be patient during the weeks we've marked as off for staff and not to ask for status updates on things. Some of us are workaholics and find it difficult not to want to respond. /v\;; Again, we really want to continue to help the community, but it takes a lot of energy too.

Guidelines Updates and Inclusions

There have been a few trait and lore updates we've gotten feedback and finally moved onto the site.

Trait Updates

  • Overwild (Aquatic) tail style clarifications
    • Included info addressing leafy sea dragon and lobster/crayfish tails.
    • Added in examples and clarified wording for when hydra is needed in conjunction with tentacle styled Overwild (Aquatic) tails.
  • Lore additions made to Hallowed and Infernal Gaze traits.
  • Starlit Suffusion star shapes and star trail clarifications.
  • Luminous Markings and Luminous Suffusion glow coverage clarifications.
  • Inner Fire minor wording updates and clarifications
  • Crystallization mutation updates and clarifications to flesh out the description more and add examples.
  • Capricious Shadow updates and clarifications for this mutation's details.
  • The Heart of the Void mana flaw now has a description and examples.
  • The Extra Fluffy Cheeks mutation is being renamed to Facial Fluff with updates to allow for adult elnin to show beards, and mustaches.

Lore Updates

  • Regional Zevija and Bellmoril elder tree clarifications.
    • Both of these trees feature white trunks and autumnal colors to their leaves
    • Bellmoril has been clarified as being closer to a yellow maple with predominantly yellow leaves, other minimal autumnal leaf color inclusions, and a pure white trunk.
    • Zevija has more recently been clarified as resembling a large birch tree with violently red ember leaves and a trunk that is mostly white and black.
  • Regional Silveil boundary clarifications relative to surrounding regions, mentioned under "Notables:"
    • There's a ring of twilight that exists as you pass over the water surrounding Silveil into surrounding regions!
  • Updates to the general lore page in the "Technology & Magic" section FAQ to cover airship transportation

Prompts, Acts, and Regional Affinity Updates

  • Clarifications about species permission usage and copywritten characters
    • On the General Prompt Guidelines page (This note has also been included under a few other areas like the Questing and Acts pages, and "Elseworlder Orientation" and "A Peculiar Self" acts specifically.)
  • Regional Affinity lore clarifications under " Do elnin know about regional affinity?"

As always, this is an ongoing process so we'll be updating stuff as we go! Thanks everyone for the patience with us as we get through this!

Starfall Faire Wrap Up

The Annual Starfall Faire has come to a close! Raffles wrapped up smoothly this past weekend. Thanks again everyone for all the fun and participating in our event this year! ^^

We'll be keeping the Starfall Faire frame in the Card Frame Merchant's shop for one more week, until 9/12/22 at 11:59pm PST time! So get your frames while you can. >v<b

Oddly-Colored Pomu Token Raffle Winners!

Posted 5 months ago :: Last edited 5 months ago by Starbask

The Oddly-Colored Pomu Token Raffle from this August's prompt has been rolled and our winners (dA names listed) aarrrrrreeeeeee~

Oddly-Colored Pomu (Oddform / Multi-colored) Token Winners
1. Nalico
2. AliLV
3. FruitCrepe
4. Giz-Art
5. Mewwwsic
6. TragicKiwi
7. Chaemera
8. Jahpan
9. StarryDoe
10. Synicals
11. LlewsArt
12. Starbask
13. DaffuPanda
14. Kaethus
15. Whimsical-Blue

Oddly-Colored Pomu (Single-color) Token Winners:
1. Meww0lf
2. ShinPurple
3. Glassmoth
4. SuperLebunee
5. NineEye
6. MalisVitterfolk
7. LolitaCynder
8. Tara-Elani
9. CandyChameleon
10. Twistyropes
11. Forged-Artifacts
12. Blankshi
13. Kloana-chan
14. Avaliette
15. Chickolates
16. Mocha-Miel
17. LizzyJun
18. Osteoh
19. Manataneshiro
20. Wintry-chan
21. Trashiebags
22. Strabii
23. LocketShoru
24. DearRyufur
25. Engare

Congratulations winners and thank you everyone for participating in this past month's prompt!

Tokens have been sent out to the raffle winners and a 16EC grant went go out to the remaining participants that did not win a prize/are not listed above. ovob!

Rolling took place in our discord #games_and_raffles channel today. It was a fun raffle to host this year! ^^

Oddly-Colored Pomu Raffle

Posted 5 months ago :: Last edited 5 months ago by Starbask
Event Update - 9/3/22

Prizes have been expanded so we raffled off a total of 40 Oddly-Colored Pomu Tokens (15 Oddform/Multi-colored pomu and 25 Single color pomu) . Also those who did not win any token but entered the raffle have been granted a 16 EC for participation. Winners will be posted shortly!


Event Update - 9/1/22

A small update on the event. Prizes for this oddly-colored pomu raffle will be rolled 9/3/22, at 11:00am PST time!


For the month of August we're hosting a raffle for 25 Oddly-Colored Pomu Tokens (10 Oddform/Multi-colored pomu and 15 Single color pomu)! We're reposting the information here since once the prompt closes people may still need form access and access to the rules/guidelines for these tokens, so we've moved the information over to a news post as well now that the prompt has closed!

Please read below for additional info on how to enter and rules. Completing August's monthly prompt will not automatically enter you for this raffle, you will need to submit a response to a google form so please keep this in mind!


August Raffle Details

Eligibility:

  • To be entered into the 25 Oddly-Colored Pomu Token raffle pool you must have completed a submission for this month's prompt ( [M-056] Prismatic Rain).
  • This raffle will be rolled on September 3rd, with an exact time pending!

Submission Process:

If your submission is soft-rejected, the mod who did so will explain the requirement you missed and you will need to fix it before re-submitting it. We will not be giving leeway for edits this month relative to the raffle. If your edits are not made and submitted before the 2nd of September, you will not be allowed to enter the raffle. The raffle form will close September 2nd at 11:59pm PST.

  • Complete your prompt piece.
  • Submit your prompt piece to this prompt.
  • Once your entry is approved by a moderator on site please fill out the form for the raffle you are eligible to join:

Item being Raffled:

  • Oddly-Colored Pomu (Oddform / Multi-colored) Token x10
    • Multiple colors must show as gradients of color in place of the black base coat of a pomu! Nothing should appear blotchy/hard-edged or resemble any other mutations a pomu cannot have and that the elnin does not have. (ie. no iridescense, shimmering, etc.)
    • The gradient should not be expressed as a pattern (radial) but be a smooth linear transition across the body.
    • There is no limit to how many colors can be used as part of the gradient but if there are too many that they are not blended well we may request the number of colors be reduced/clearly shown as a gradient.
    • These tokens will be rolled first!
    • If you do not wish to use the oddform variant you may use this token as the single-color variant instead!
  • Oddly-Colored Pomu (Single-color) Token x15
    • Color must show as a single color in place of the black base coat of a pomu!

Restrictions/Warnings:

  • Tokens will be raffled off to entrants, but each entrant can only win a max of 1 token. If you win a token you may not win another.
  • These tokens are considered free gifts, so these tokens will have zero added resale value.
  • These tokens are not MYO slots/characters. If you do not own an elnin you may choose to hold onto the token until you have an elnin you wish to apply it to.
  • The tokens themselves can't be traded, gifted, swapped, etc. They must be used on an elnin/kittom and art must be updated for the token to be removed from your inventory. We will not be adding the mutation to an elnin's notes section, the token must be attached to the design update of the elnin it is being used on with the respective art change.
    • Keep in mind you absolutely may not trade this token at all whether it's for art, under-the-table, etc. If you do not want the token any longer, please submit a ticket on site and a moderator will remove it from your account to be re-raffled off to the community at a later time. (Specifics will be announced should this come up.)
    • If you are found attempting to trade a token from this raffle, you will receive a warning and the token will be removed from your account. If the token is discovered to be part of any under-the-table trades after its use, both you and the other party will receive warnings. You can, of course, trade your elnin with the Oddly-Colored Pomu after, but it should not have been part of a deal made prior to the application of the token.
    • Any group member found soliciting winners for their tokens will also be warned for doing so. If you win a token and are approached by another group member to trade your free gift, you are welcome to submit a ticket to the moderator team on site and we will handle it. We may take more severe actions than just a warning if a user is found to be persisting to solicit the same user or soliciting other winners. Please be kind to fellow group members. No one wants to be harassed for something they won.
  • Free gifts in this group are free gifts. Any profiting or attempting to profit from them by way of trade is frowned upon and grounds for a warning. As users must enter themselves manually into these raffles we will be taking this to mean you want the token for yourself. Trading or attempting to trade implies otherwise and will not be tolerated as it is directly taking opportunities away from other community members that participated. Again, if you do not want the token at a later time you may always give it back to the group via submitting a ticket and allowing the moderator team to re-raffle it off at a later time.
  • Use of this token on an elnin will apply a 1 month cooldown
    • This cooldown starts when the design update art is finished and approved by the moderator team via design updates.
  • Prompt entries must be submitted by 8/31, 11:59pm PST.
  • If your prompt entry has been soft-rejected, the fixed entry must be resubmitted by 9/2, 11:59pm PST at the latest. After your prompt is approved you may enter the form.
  • Entries that miss either of these deadlines are not eligible for the token prizes. No extensions, no exceptions.
  • If you fear you may have somehow entered the raffle form twice by accident (via being signed in through another family member's account or some other means) please submit a ticket! The form will be limited to 1 response per google account so if we see names appearing twice, we will reach out via modberry prior to September 2nd PST time. If we do not get a prompt response before the time the tokens are raffled on September 3rd, then any names found to have entered more than once will be entirely removed, both the initial entry and the duplicate entry.

Events and Coming Months

Posted 6 months ago :: Last edited 6 months ago by Starbask
Events

Starfall Faire is kicking off starting today!

Read more about everything happening in our group journal here!

You may have been wondering why things have been a bit slower on the moderation front this past month. As usual, we were working on event things in the background.

This year, we're trying something different for Starfall Faire. Rather than our usual 20-40ish adult elnin designs, we wanted to bring back more artists, so we leaned towards doing a kittom-based Starfall Faire this year. All designs will be kittoms and there are over 85 kittoms that will be finding homes this August/September across several sales as well as a free raffle!

A monthly prompt raffle comes with an oddly familiar prompt...

Check out this month's prompt! If you've been around the group for a while, some may recall storms brewing a few years back. This year though, things are a bit different! We've got a raffle that ties into the related happenings...so come September, just a few pomu might be experiencing some side effects of the storms!

Starfall Faire Card Frames are back in the Card Frame Shop!

So pick them up while you can! They only come around once a year. ^^b

Wrapping up...

We've been very excited preparing this event for everyone, but it's definitely slowed us down on other fronts that we didn't want to completely close, like our regular approvals and resonance quests. Which leads us to our next topic, this month and next month!

August and September Pacing

Throughout August, we'll be having a kittom flaffle every Saturday from August 6th to August 27th, followed by a free raffle on September 3rd! It's been a very busy July preparing and we expect August to still be a bit slow in areas. We'll work on catching up with approvals and questing, but given we just approved almost 90 kittoms in a month and were still carrying through with regular duties, we'll be taking a slower-paced approach to August and September.

We typically plan events/activities/sales several months in advance, so even when things are quiet on the surface, the moderator team is generally hustling. There's also been a few personal things that have cropped up here and there that haven't helped. To try to give the team a bit of a break, we're expecting the next two months to be a little slower.

The first and last weeks of September (9/5/22-9/11/22 and 9/26/22-10/2/22) will be considered weeks "off" for staff.

We're putting it out there publicly now because everyone could use a well-defined break. Those dates are still roughly a month away and there's quite a bit to be done in between! Some mods will occasionally work during designated break periods, but we do not ask them to during these times. Once the raffle is done in September, please be patient during the weeks we've marked as staff having off and not to ask for status updates on things. Some of us are workaholics and find it difficult not to want to respond. ^^;; We really want to continue to help the community, but it takes a lot of energy too!

Written Prompts and Questing Acts

Moving forward, we'll be implementing a cap of 2000 words max per prompt/questing act unless specified otherwise. This is due to staffing constraints and a goal to respect everyone's time. This will also keep approval queues moving smoothly.

Community members are still welcome to write longer stories on their own time and share them in non-official contexts, but even with the moderator additions to prompts and questing, we're still working with limited free time to volunteer. We encourage sticking close to around the required minimum word counts or a bit over if you're inspired. The group originally didn't allow any written prompts. This was something moderators advocated for given we had individuals on staff that were willing to read prompts and enjoy writing! That said, written prompts still take significantly longer to approve compared to their visual counterparts. We do enjoy learning more about everyone's characters. It can be quite fun, but there are limits to our time and energy, which is why we're implementing a word count limit now.