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 Post subject: Welcome Applicants!
PostPosted: June 10th, 2015, 11:44 pm 
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Welcome Applicants! Past Hermertians and Newcomers alike, you have found the right place to apply for entry into the Mercurian Empire. I’m Nicholas, your Minister for Applications and Settlement.

If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend you check out our FAQ. It contains answers to a number of common questions on Hermertia’s origins, its rules, and tips for a successful application.
Hermertia is truly a unique server, with every new member bringing their own style – be it in architecture, or writing, or adventure - to our great world. With that in mind, I’ve included some tips here so as to let you know what makes a successful application:

Be sure to check this daily as replies come in at different times in the day!

1. First off, create a post here titled “NAME’s Application”, with NAME being your character's in-lore name.

2. Tell us a bit about yourself. There’s no need to go into personal specifics, but we would like to get an idea of why you want to join Hermertia. What was it about us that first interested you? Why would you like to be a part of our unique style of gameplay, and what do you hope to take out of it? Where did you hear about us? This helps to give us a bit of background on you, and to let us see if you’ve found what you’re looking for in Hermertia.

3. Tell us a bit about your goals in Hermertia. Once you are accepted into Hermertia, what is your plan? Would you want to work under a liege, or set off on your own? Would you be interested in pursuing work as a trader, or an explorer, or a historian? The options in our world our vast; tell us which ones you would like to take advantage of.

4. Tell us about any skills or talents that you would like to employ in Hermertia. Are you skilled in redstone engineering? Do you like to farm? Do you have an eye for building? Let us know about anything you want to mention but haven’t yet; it will help us – and especially prospective lieges - learn more about you. Including any past pictures of builds here is helpful too.

5. Tell us your thoughts on some early lore. Your lore is, in effect, your backstory: when your character arrives in Hermertia, he or she will need a past. This doesn't need to be perfect or complete by any means, but sharing with us the beginnings of some lore that is both interesting and compatible with our own lore is a sure way to round out an impressive application.

Not sure where to start with crafting some lore? Try using these questions as jumping-off points:

Where are you from? How did you find yourself at the gates of Hermertia?
What is your race?
How old are you? Do you have a family?
Do you have a profession?
What is you and/or your peoples’ culture?
Are you religious?
And many more.

Things to avoid in creating your lore:

Don’t copy or slightly alter the plot from a well-known movie, TV show, videogame, etc. These are predictable and repetitive, and are less interesting by far than an original lore you create.

Don’t create a race, a character, or a history that is incompatible with or actively contradicts our lore. These are disruptive and just don’t mesh with the history of the word and the lore we have created; past examples have included immortal characters, god-like races, talking animals, and living trees. If you’re not sure about whether something is compatible with our lore or not, write it down anyway; as your application progresses, the community works together to ‘massage’ every applicant’s lore into our pre-existing history.

Now, you may be wondering what the process will be from here. After you create your first post, community members will reply and probably ask you some questions. As this process continues, the community is given the chance to learn more about you and what you would like to accomplish in Hermertia; around this time we may learn more about your lore too. This “community massaging” continues until you receive the required votes to be accepted into Hermertia: either through 60% Active King votes or 50% Active King votes and a bill passed from the House of Dukes (60% of Active Dukes vote in favour).

Once you have achieved the required votes, your last step is in choosing a liege to start out under. As per tradition, all new serfs begin under a liege to have the opportunity to create a first county and prove their commitment to the values of Hermertia. Once you have achieved the required votes, prospective lieges can make offers. You are encouraged not to take the first one that comes, but to consider each and choose the one you think may best benefit you.

And that’s it! In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look around the forums and get a glimpse at the many facets of Hermertia. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to either pm me or one of the members of the community, or post a question here. Good luck!

Wysterian Labourer's Council
Currently Holding Stewardship of Wysteria

Minister for Applications and Settlement
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