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Before going into detail regarding our premise, I want to take a moment to introduce you to our guidebooks. What is that? Well, that’s the little thing that you’re looking at right now. Instead of having separate topics for everything, we've incorporated all of the necessary information right here! Everything here is required reading, so make sure you work through it.
Now that you’ve learned a little about our structure, let’s get back to our site details!
Here at Chaos Reigned, we do not allow characters to be related to or personally know canon characters or their families.
So, what’s the point of this if I can’t RP my favorite canon?
Good question! We want to give our members the experience that they dreamed about when they first read the books. Remember wishing that you could get a wand? Get sorted? That’s what we are going to give you. This time, though, we want you, our wonderful members, to shape the story. Let’s not follow the path of history. Let’s make it our own!
Next, you might ask: Do you have a site-wide plot, then? We do! What is it? Well, that you're going to have to find out on your own. Our site-wide plot is going to be something that starts and evolves with the help of our members and through site-wide events on board. You'll just have to join to find out!
The unsteady reparations following the Second Wizarding War ushered in an era of peace, punctuated by uncertainty. Witches and wizards had grown accustomed to conflict, after all. What would bring about the next war? What dangers continued to lurk in the shadows?
The ever-present ideals of blood purity remained in quiet pockets of the wizarding world. Those who lost the most from the war remained in their insulated family trees: hoarding wealth, hoarding power, hoarding prestige. It was the quiet arrival of a new organization, the Guardians of the Key, that sought to upset the status quo. Their best minds crafted a plan to force pureblood families to disintegrate and to end the Statute of Secrecy that had long kept the wizarding world in the shadows: A disease, created by their hands to punish those who insisted on concentrating magical blood.
The heroes from the legends of Harry Potter are long gone. Years have passed since the war. But there's always another just around the corner...
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Are you new to CR? Great! You should first start by registering an out-of-character account. How do you do that? First, what do you want to be called out-of-character? Got it? Go ahead and register your account using this alias. You will be linking any character accounts you make to this one, making it easier for you to receive notifications about any posts you make.
Here at Chaos Reigned, all of our student characters start off as they did in the books: at age 11. Before you close the tab and write us off, give me a chance to explain! I know, I know. Who wants to write a child? Trust me, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds. If you are used to jcink, invisionfree, or PB, you are probably used to sites moving in real time. That’s to say that 1 real life day is = 1 day in character. Here, we don’t do that. At Chaos Reigned, 5 weeks in real time = 1 year in character. That precious 11 year old won’t stay precious for long. You will get to build that character from the floor up and be with them every step of the way, building friendships, breaking hearts, and growing them into a well-rounded character.
So, now your worry might not just be about the age of the character, but also about the pace of the site. Yes, it’s probably different than a lot of the sites that you are used to - but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time! We do not put unrealistic expectations on our members. We know that you have real lives: some of you have jobs, some of you go to school. All of you have some sort of life away from here. That’s okay! Our minimum posting requirements are designed to ensure that we allow for everyone to succeed and have fun in the progress.
Each member will be allowed to make a total of THREE eleven year old students during our grand opening.
In order to keep things proportionate, we will allow our members to create one adult character per two students. To make this clear: If you register two student characters, you will be able to make an adult. If you register four students, you will be able to make two adults. Therefore, the maximum number of adults you can make in the first year you join is one.
That being said, we reserve the right to halt this if we see it being abused.
If you are making a student character, making an adult, and then deleting your student? That's not cool. Our focus will be on our students and their progression through Hogwarts and that should remain the focus.
As previously mentioned, 5 RL weeks = 1 year IC.
At the start of Year 1, all new members will be allowed to begin registering their characters. You can register at any point in the year. If you want to register one character to start and get a feel for things, and then slowly build to that - that's fine! If you want to start all three at once, that's fine too.
Due to the flow of our timelines, it is entirely possible that you, our dear newest member, is finding us at any point during our 5 week term. It's even possible that you find us as far as the day before we move to our next year. That's okay!
Here's how it works:
If you join in week 1, week 2, or week 3 we count you as a regular joining member. That means that we believe that you have enough time during the remaining portion of the term to meet your requirements and promote to the next level. If you, for some reason, are unable to make the required posts to promote to the next year during this time, we will make a notation on your account. If this happens twice in a row, we will move your character to "inactive" and you will lose your claims. If you do not ask for your character back during the 5 week term that you are placed on inactive, we will delete your character.
If you join in week 4 or week 5, we will count you as a late member. That means that if you fail to promote, that first failure will not go towards your two terms, if that happens.
Now, what happens to your character in-character if you don't make your required posts? You may not roleplay that they didn't meet their grades and were held back. This is not an option. Instead, you must roleplay as if they have always been in the year level that they have been in. If they had friends in a previous year, you may still play that out. However, you may not roleplay that they attended classes together, etc.
There are several rules for selecting your character face:
Each celebrity may only be used by one character, except in the case if identical twins.
All celebrities must be at least 13 years old (per Jcink rules).
Pornographic actors/actresses are prohibited.
Please refrain from using celebrities who have asked not to be used for playing purposes.
Characters may not begin with extraordinary magical abilities (such as being an animagi, werewolf, seer, etc.). These abilities will be available for purchase through our points system.
Physical, sexual and emotional abuse or injury is not allowed for incoming characters. If you have a plot that you would like to explore once your character is on board that involves any of these situations, you must first get approval from the staff. This is not to limit your creative freedom, but to make sure that the board is a safe place for everyone to RP. If you are a first-time member and really have a plot like this that you would like to play out, please reach out to a staff member for assistance before drafting up your application.
Lastly, we ask characters do not roleplay any mental or physical disabilities. These can be difficult to write without upsetting other members, and we hope to keep this site a safe place for all our members.
Before the next generation of characters (children, nieces/nephews) may attend Hogwarts, all members in the original generation may have graduated. i.e. If there is a large age gap from the oldest sibling to the youngest and the oldest has children while the younger ones are still at Hogwarts, that character's children may not attend Hogwarts until all of their aunts/uncles have graduated Hogwarts.
On-board adults may continuing birthing and adopting children up until the time that their youngest child graduates Hogwarts. Please remember that the above rules will still apply to their children and their future generations.
If an adult character marries into a family, any children are now shared between the two. Death and divorce will not break the family bonds and all of the above rules will still apply.
If you plan to handle an adult and student that will be related, there are additional rules that are located in the adult section of the board. This section is only visible to our adults. Please make sure to review those rules before making your related characters.
If you need clarity on any of the rules in relation to your character, please ask the staff. If you would like to request for an exception to the rules, you must submit a request to the staff.
In relation to adult characters: If we see you ignoring your students and failing to promote with them and only paying attention to your adult/s, that can affect your ability to create characters moving forward.
Generally speaking, we do not have a character limit. If you are remaining active on all characters, we will not limit your ability to create more.
Why? Well, we need reliable characters! If you haven't shown an ability to follow through with characters, that will make us hesitant to choose you for perks.
If you and another member share an IP address, you must immediately inform the staff so that we can get this sorted out.
If you would like to go by an ooc alias in the cbox, just simply choose which alias you feel the most comfortable with. It is not a requirement that you make all of your alternate characters public knowledge.
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Signatures are not required, but allowed. If you choose to have someone else make a graphic for you, please make sure to credit them! Failing to credit for your graphics can result in a warn.
As with the CBOX, the graphics should be safe for all to view! No NSFW content.
To spell this out completely: If you ask a staff member for help it should not be in the cbox. You can either PM one staff member or post in the ask the staff forum. Not both!
If the staff have not replied to your request within 48 hours, you can send a followup PM, ask in ask the staff, PM a different staff member or post in the cbox if the staff are online. That means you may do ONE of these things. Not two. Not all.
If you violate these rules, you will receive a warning for the first time. If you do it again after this, you will receive a notation in your warn log.
If the staff see that students are consistently breaking rules or acting out, we do reserve the right to have a NPC stock character enter the thread and put an end to it. We also have a right to lock/hide the thread for serious offenses.
Hogwarts professors and staff are NPC characters who may make appearances to offer lessons or to participate in site plots. Information about each professor can be found on their profile page and pinned in their classroom forum.
Prefects help to enforce the rules around Hogwarts and the site in general. These are students in their fifth, sixth, or seventh year of Hogwarts who have demonstrated themselves as professional, helpful students. A Head Boy and Head Girl will also be chosen from among the seventh years. These students are role models for the school and also help in enforcing rules and welcoming new students.
As we only allow students to register as first years, prefects and the Heads will be NPC students until Term 5.
Required classes for 1st and 2nd year:
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
3rd year & up are may choose to add 2-3 of the following:
Care of Magical Creatures
Ordinary Wizarding Levels (OWLs)
This test is taken in 5th year to measure the aptitude of students in their subjects. Following the results of the exam, the students must then choose their subjects to continue in 6th and 7th year.
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests (NEWTs)
This test is taken in 7th year. The results of this test will play a role in the job that the students will be able to get following their graduation from Hogwarts. For reference, canon characters largely took between three and seven NEWT courses. It would probably be difficult to take every NEWT course!
However, we ask that students refrain from visiting with life-threatening or graphic injuries. It's unlikely they'll be unsupervised around the castle long enough to lose a limb! The staff may invite you to a site plot thread with a chance for some fun treatment threads, too.
To get from the Leaky Cauldron to Diagon - 5 posts
To get from Diagon to the Hogwarts Express - 5 posts
To get from the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts - 5 posts
Once you get to Hogwarts, you will post in the Sorting Ceremony to be assigned a house.
1st year to 2nd year - 15 additional posts
2nd year to 3rd year - 15 posts
3rd year to 4th year - 15 posts
4th year to 5th year - 15 posts
5th year to 6th year - 15 posts
6th year to 7th year - 15 posts
7th year to Graduate - 15 posts
Check here for more information.
For our first term, professors will lead the club meetings until student leaders can be chosen.
Please remember that younger students will not be amazing spell casters and should not be roleplayed as such. If we see members frequently using spells outside of what is appropriate for their age level, we may start putting strict restrictions on what spells are allowed for each year level. For now, we're asking that you use you own judgement based on your knowledge of the books and movies.
Of course, the three Unforgivable Curses are not allowed to be used (by anyone) without prior approval of the staff.
First off, a big shout out to JK Rowling for creating the Harry Potter universe in which our site is set. Without her, we (and every other HP roleplay site on the web) wouldn’t exist! Next, we would like to thank Lauz at Shine for the skin and Emilie at Shine for the guidebooks (this nifty little thing you're looking at right now). We would also like to thank the harrypotter.wikia.com for the information regarding the classes, locations, and other key details surrounding the HP universe.
Finally, we would like to thank a list of amazing artists on deviantart for the numerous award images that we have: aangry, hypocriticoaf, ivy-branches, apparate, tirrih, neko--oken, riut, white-sight, zagittorch, alphafirex, cheerleaders123, renegaide, momma--g, hidesbehindthings, sararini, beccaful, missladyminx, kezzi-rose, jasetro, vampire-aki, bloodwulf90, suupaarabito, wolf-hat, bronzehalo.