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Ruler & Succession Requirements
« on: Jul 20, 10, 04:51:45 PM »
Ruler Requirements & Succession

Below are the specific requirements for a Ruler to meet on both the In Character and Out of Character levels. Rulers are the backbone of the RPG and drive plots within their Territory. They are expected to be active in delivering plots and moderating the activity in their Territory while creating a fun plot environment in which to write. The position extends to more than just In Character writing as there are many Out of Character expectations that accompany it.

Keep in mind that at Blood Rites Rulers represent plot moderators. We count on the rulers to maintain the plots of their Territories and work to include everyone into the overall Territory plot.

Territories Open for Succession

The following Territories are available to rule. Any questions or plot specifications should be directed to a member of the Staff.

Open Territories:
  • Dhemlan, Terreille

In Character Requirements

To rule you must have reasonable plot in place. Queens traditionally rule followed by Warlord Princes. Be it Landen, Jeweless Blood or a Jeweled Queen, you must have a feasible ruling plot in place. For Territory Leaders, your petition will cover this. For Province and District Rulers, the Review Council Member in charge of the character review and Plot Leader will have to agree to your appointment. 

There are no Jewel restrictions on ruling, only plot restrictions, but be mindful that Blood society is matriarchal and Queens are inherently meant to rule.


Out of Character Requirements
  • 6 Months of consecutive activity
  • 10 posts minimum on each of 4 characters


Ruler Petition Process

Using the form below you will need to present a ruler petition to the staff for review. You will go through several rounds of revisions with the staff, as this is standard in all ruling petitions. The revisions will ensure that the petition is best suited to fit in with the overall theme of the board.

Responsibilities of the Petitioner:
  • Players are responsible for filling out the petition form and working with staff to ensure that it adheres to the overall board plot
  • Players are responsible to incorporate any pre-existing plot occuring in the Territory (eg. Raej's landen problems) into their petition
  • Players are responsible for polling other writers for their subplots, if they already exist, in Territories and gaining any additional information that would hamper the application process
  • Players are responsible, within a month of the petition and ruler character being accepted, to present the fleshed out threads for Territory Culture and Territory Court.
  • Documented in character aspects of the prior Territory plot should be taken into consideration, within reason, during the petition process. Subplots that have been played out by characters will need to be considered as well. Please note that plots are not identified as canon to a Territory until they are played out in character; so realized or conceptual plots (or roles in the plot) will have no required impact on the Territory succession.


The Petition Process:
    1. Player presents version 1 of their Territory plot to Staff
    2. Staff announces that the Territory is under review for petition. If anyone else is interested they have 2 weeks to get submission in.
    3. Staff works with petitioner(s) to make the plot copacetic with the board plot; Petitioner will have 2 weeks to submit a second draft.
    4. When the petition(s) are approved by the HBC, they will be posted to the community of Blood Rites is given the opportunity to vote for any or none of those presented


Ruler's Petition:

Please fill this petition out thoroughly detailing the plot points for the Territory. Make sure to relate the plot and it's impact to all characters involved and across all levels of writing.

Code: [Select]
[b] Writer's Name:[/b]
[b]Writer's Contact Information:[/b]

[b]Character's Name:[/b]
[b]Character's Caste:[/b]
[b]Character's Jewels:[/b] (note Random if not yet rolled, or note roll choice)

[b]Territory Plot:[/b]
[b]Roles of Castes specific to Territory:[/b]
[b]Succession Plan:[/b] (old ruler to new ruler)
[b]Impact on the levels of District/Province/Territory/Realm::[/b]

[b]Other points that the staff should know:[/b]

Please note the following about all Territory Petitions:

HBC will perform a thorough first review on all Petitions and present Feedback to Petitioner.
If sufficient progress is not shown in the 2nd draft of a petition or the HBC does not see improvement towards plottability then they reserve the right, under a unanimous decision, to "reject" a petition.
If a petition is rejected the petitioner cannot re-apply a petition for 3 months at Blood Rites.

Petitions are not for the faint of heart. Prepare to spend 1-2 months from the time of submission working with the HBC to tweak the petition. Expectations are high and the HBC will expect for you to create a highly dynamic plot.

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Re: Ruler & Succession Requirements
« Reply #1 on: Feb 01, 14, 08:13:32 PM »
Plot Leader Requirements

Plot leaders are expected to be active, namely within the Territory they are Plot Leader for. Sometimes muses wax and wane but should a Leader be proven unwilling or unable to commit they can lose their Territory. The only way to forfeit ruling a Territory are as follows:

1. If the Plot Leader character become inactive. This character may not be the Queen or Ruler of the Territory, HBC only cares about the Plot Leader’s primary character in the Territory.

    • No activity waivers may be bought for Plot Leader characters. Meaning you cannot buy a waiver of the Plot Leader character the HBC holds responsible for driving the plot.

    • If a Plot Leader is going on an extended LOA they may buy, in advance, activities waivers for up to two months, no longer. This should mean if a Plot Leader writes a character before going on LOA they have 6 months to return (normal 4 months and 2 months of waivers). It is expected the Plot Leader name a Proxy for his or her time away.

2. Any communication in regards to retiring from Blood Rites. This includes but is not limited to: public post, email, PM to an HBC member, or IM to an HBC member.

A Plot Leader may always voluntarily give up a Territory by contacting the HBC as is his or her prerogative.

A forfeited Territory is immediately placed under control of the Plot Council and the HBC will resolve, within a reasonable time frame, to put the Territory back up for adoption. A Plot Leader removed from their Territory can re-petition the Territory if they meet the activity requirements.
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Re: Ruler & Succession Requirements
« Reply #2 on: Nov 06, 14, 02:43:09 PM »
Plot Inheritance

For players who have gone through the Territory Petition process before, you are allowed to apply to Inherit a Territory that was once ran by a player who has retired or become inactive. This is only allowed on Territory for which a full Territory Petition was accepted, implemented and then subsequently the Ruling Character / Plot Leader left. Inheritance is a shorter form and process where a player takes over the current plot without completely changing the current running plot, merely changing the Plot Leader character with another viable ruler. The application to Inherit will request the player detail what character they will lead the Territory with and how that would come about. Normal plot restrictions apply, though in any case, a good plot for an unlikely ruler can still trump.

The Stipulations:
  • You must be an active or previous Plot Leader, or have passed through a previous Petition process to the point of community vote.
  • You can Inherit a Territory you once ran but you must wait 4 months from the date you released/lost the Territory, and meet all the standard OOC Ruler Requirements. If you do try to Inherit a Territory you once ran, you must explain why you lost the Territory in the section for other points the staff should know.
  • You are allowed to Inherit only one Territory at a time.
  • You must pass all the existing Territory Petition requirements (months of activity as well as posts)

Process: Before you complete the form and send it in, please email the with your intent to Inherit. At which point we will ask the Community if anyone desires to Petition the Territory as per normal Petitions. If a player desires to Petition a Territory that trumps Inheritance and you will be informed as to the intent of a player to petition. After which that player has one month to submit a petition or forfeit the chance, at which point you may proceed with submitting the form to the HBC for inheritance.

Detailed steps:
    1. Plot leader (previous or active) emails HBC with desire to inherit.
    2. 1 week announcement if new players wish to petition they need to email HBC with to state their desire to petition.

    If there is no interest..
    3a. Plot Leader is now asked to write their Inheritance form.
    4a. HBC Reviews Inheritance Application.

    If there is interest..
    3b. Territory is put on Reserve for a 1 month period where any eligible members can create their Petitions.
    4b. Player goes through standard Petition Process.

Once the HBC has accepted an Inheritance petition, there will be a community vote following the rules of the standard Territory Petition. If approved by the community, you will become the new Plot Leader for the Territory.

Inheritance Form:

Writer's Name:
Writer's Contact Information:

Character's Name:
Character's Caste:
Character's Jewels:

Territory Plot: (summarize the current plot and what the old ruler was able to accomplish)
Succession Plan: (old ruler to new ruler)

Other points that the staff should know:

Code: [Select]
[b]Writer's Name:[/b]
[b]Writer's Contact Information:[/b]

[b]Character's Name:[/b]
[b]Character's Caste:[/b]
[b]Character's Jewels:[/b]

[b]Territory Plot:[/b]
[b]Succession Plan:[/b]

[b]Other points that the staff should know:[/b]
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