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Welcome to Shaoilin Woods.

Here you will find stories of the animals and humans from the desolated land of Telk and the new world of Tolas. Shaoilin Woods is one of Gaia's longest running breedables shops, dating back to the early days of B/C itself. Although RP is not required, we strive to offer a detailed world in which to create complex plots and character interaction. We have shop-wide metaplots, regular events, and a friendly atmosphere where newbies and oldbies alike can chat and RP.

Animals currently available are wolves, bears, lynxes, deer, crows, foxes, and squirrels.


The Guild Owner's List Dropoffs
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September 2nd:

We are now on our second day of opening!

- At this point, all packs that have been submitted have been reviewed. If packs claimed territory, their bubble has been added to the quadrants on the map, and a hard refresh can be used to see their location. The new pack bubbles are 80% of the size of founding bubbles to easily distinguish them at a glance.

- The permanent recolor thread has been released. You may post for edited wolves, but please read the edit guide before doing so.

- The lineart edit guide has also been released. All edits on new wolves must comply with this guide.

- The event winner from the poll is a flaffle and will be hosted tomorrow (the 3rd) at 5PM PST (6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST and 1AM GMT on the 4th). Previews can be seen here.

- The seer/shaman domain raffle is ongoing and will continue until tonight @ midnight EST.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, but please understand that staff may not be able to answer right away.


September 1st:

Okay, guys! There are still a few things to be done in terms of guides (mostly limited to finishing up the legend/myth thread and updating the pack directory) and we are still working on the female puppy lines / all of the other animal lines (with the exception of adult bear and adult crow, which are finished). Aside from that, everything should be in order. All threads should be unlocked; if you see one that isn't (unless it's in archives), please quote the mule so we can unlock it.

As a reminder, our September schedule is here. So if you don't see something below, chances are it's on there.

- Roleplay is now open!

- Pack submissions are now open!

- Seer/shaman gifted rolling is now open!

- The shaman domain raffle is here! Due to the holiday weekend (something we somehow forgot about, derp), it will be open longer than originally planned and will instead close on Wednesday.

- Basically any thread that involves filling out a form should be open.

- The Spiritwalker winner is Shia bean. Congratulations!

- The thread poll winner is flaffle, so that's what we'll be hosting in a few day. Keep your eyes peeled!

If your head starts to spin, the quick links post on the front page should help guide you to what you're looking for. If you still have any other questions, feel free to ask, but understand that staff may not be around to answer right away.


We are open!


August, 2014 Announcements

27/8/2014: There are new pack updates / information on the Spiritwalker contest here. Congratulations to Jet and She-ra!

22/8/2014: Do you like urban legends and myths? Do you like Shaoilin Woods? Do you want to make up an urban legend or myth for Shaoilin Woods? Then click here! Prizes include recolors, semi-customs, and getting your legend or myth recognized IC. Oooh. ~ Ahhh. ~

This will run until the 29th of August.

21/8/2014: Please welcome Shia bean and Alyosha as colorists! We also have new information available and a change to the breeding form. Read about it here.

20/8/2014: The schedule for reopening has been posted. You can find it here.

18/8/2014: We have updates about changes in shop information and rules. You can read them here.

9/8/2014: We are set to officially reopen September 1st! In the mean time, players should familiarize themselves with the new world, lore, and rules. This is also the time to ask questions in the thread, but please keep it civil. If for any reason you need to e-rage, please PM the mule or JadeEye!

While we await the reopening, we have several ongoing events!


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Hundreds of forsaken wolves sat misfiled and unclaimed, haunting the sleep of the brave certist until she could stand it no more!

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So she colored some wolves, and she made a raffle. Please head over and help Bomba find where the lost wolves go.


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We are soon to test a new system that gets players more involved with each other / helps newbies get the foot in their door of the shop. This will consist of mini-ORPs that are set up with a specific scenario. These will range from starting metaplots to just fun little extras to help promote interaction and relationships amongst characters. PM the mule if you would like to be added to the list, as these RPs will be invite only. This is 100% optional! You can see an example of what we mean here.

Those without any SW may still sign up and will be provided one to RP! Additionally, special characters will occasionally be given out through these events.

Sign-ups are open to oldbies and newbies alike!


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This is one of two contests (the other due to be held at a later date) that offers the opportunity for players to own one of the five original / native Tolas packs, and the only one that allows them to be almost completely customized. Click the picture to go! This event will run throughout August.


There is also a poll about shaman domains for opening day. You can find that here.

8/3/2014: The shop's front page has been updated, guild threads are in the process of being transferred, and the opening event is ongoing! You can read more about it here!
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The humans and animals of Shaoilin Woods once called Telk home. A volcanic eruption and the resulting backlash have made their beloved land uninhabitable. The rivers are clogged with ash. What prey has not been decimated is panicked, fleeing. Mud courses off what is left of the mountain in droves, and the once-white cap is dirtied and brown.

Man and beast alike were left with only one choice.


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Those lost in the aftermath of the eruption are countless, not only through death, but due to the chaos that followed. The living scattered, fleeing in any direction that seemed safer than the desolated landscape of Telk.

In doing so, many have found Tolas.

Tolas, like Telk, is home to numerous plant and animal species, as well as the peculiar two-leggers who make their settlements here. The natives are for the most part surprised to see these newcomers arriving in droves, and said newcomers are meant with mixed reactions ranging from curiosity and hospitality to hostility and even violence.

Tolas is a vast land, reaching from the arid desert to the shore of the sea. The societies formed within these borders are as varied as the terrain itself, yet most if not all of them seem to share a greater knowledge in regards to the mystical trees that empower seers and shamans.

The stories of Shaoilin Woods are now shared between those of Telk and those of Tolas — whether they like it or not.


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The New World - This thread provides detailed information on the astronomy of planet Avela and Tolas map geography, including elevation levels, ecosystems, and notable landmarks.

The Old World - This thread provides detailed information on the volcanic eruption that left Telk uninhabitable.

Languages of the New World - Wolves in Telk spoke exclusively Telkish. In Tolas, Telkish is known as Common, and the animals speak several languages depending on their region. This thread details those languages and the inspiration for them, and also includes details on naming New World wolves.

Seers, Shaman, and Trees - This thread details the only supernatural wolves in Shaoilin, the seers and the shamans, including how to obtain one.

Seasons of the New World - In Tolas, seasons somewhat correlate with our real world months, ensuring a dynamic environment for RP. For more information on this, please visit this thread.

Pack Information - Here you'll find detailed information on packs and other animal groups in Shaoilin Woods, including how to create your own.
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Wolves in Shaoilin have three stages: puppy, adolescent, and adult. On average, each stage lasts a period of four (4) months, but pets may grow faster at the discretion of the colorist. You can plan for your pet taking no longer than a maximum of five (5) months to grow.

The majority of wolves will be represented on gamma lines (pictured above) at adulthood; however, they are able to grow to alpha, beta, gamma, shaman, seer, vagabond, omega, or lone wolf lines provided they meet the proper IC and OOC requirements to do so.

Each of these lines (as well as the adolescent and puppy lines) come with your choice of four mood variations which help display the specific personality of your wolf. These are neutral (default), happy, timid, and angry.

For more information and to see all the ranks, moods, and stages, please see this thread.
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[BEAR] [CROW] [FOX] [DEER] [LYNX] [SQUIRREL]


Tolas is full of many animals aside from wolves, some of which have lines and are also playable.

Like wolves, these animals have the option of having a neutral, happy, timid, or angry variation to better reflect their personality. They have only two stages, baby (appropriately named based on species) and adult.

These templates are currently being redone.
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Pets are obtained through auctions, flatsales, raffles, quests, giveaways, and RP events. These will be held in the thread or the events subforum. Additional rules will be announced at the time of the event in question, but here you will find a general idea of how each will function.

Flatsales:

• Flatsales are 50K, to be paid within 24 hours of winning.
• Flatsales may or may not have hidden messages required to be posted with your entries, so be sure to read the rules each time.
• Flatsales occur sporadically, but will usually be announced a week in advance, give or take a few days.
• The most common types of flatsales are speed, flaffle, and RP flatsales.
- Speed: The host of the flatsale will generally post a 'GO!' post at a time announced in advance, after which customers post which wolf they'd like. First person to post wins.
- Flaffle: People will post for a ticket within a span of time announced in advanced. Tickets are free, and only the winners must pay the 50K fee.
- RP Flatsales: RP flatsales are more or less RP contests with a shorter duration. Entry is free; only the winners must pay the 50K fee.

Raffles
• Raffle tickets are 1K a piece to be paid at the time of ordering.
• The number of tickets is usually unlimited, and additional wolves or familiars are often added after reaching a certain amount.

Auctions:
• Due to the current state of the economy, auction rules will vary, especially in regards to how to value items. Please be sure to read the rules at the time of said auction.
• Starting bids are 50K
• Auctions will never be for characters that are unobtainable through any other means, though occasionally may be held for characters that are rare.

Customs
• Customs will vary depending on the colorist. Please see this thread for detailed information.

Breedings
• Breedings are usually held once a month. Detailed breeding information can be found in this thread.

RP Contests
• RP Contests are writing contests hosted by players or staff. Players do not need permission to host contests provided the wolves they're rehoming belong to them or are pups from their own breeding.
• The nature and rules of RP contests will vary case-by-case, so be sure to read them carefully before participating.

Giveaways
• Occasionally staff will provide random giveaways to thread-goers. These may include games (quote to win, image searches, etc.) or simply rewarding activity.
• Giveaways will occasionally be picked or raffled from quest threads. For more information, see this thread.
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.:OOC Rules:.

Read first, then ask.
Staff is very accommodating in answering your questions, but please make sure what you're looking for isn't already located somewhere on the front page. If you still can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask in the main thread or here.

No begging or guilt trips.
Perseverance will more than likely pay off in obtaining a pet here. Manners go a long way.

Wolves exhibiting product logos, human-like clothing markings, detailed faces (whether human or animal) or text (unless highly stylized; ask if unsure) are no longer allowed.
If you own a wolf with the above markings, the wolf is still playable and can act as any other wolf in-game. They are 'grandfathered in' and will not be limited in any way, other than any offspring from them will not show markings like the above. You may request these wolves to be recolored.

Maintain a friendly thread.
Please try to keep the friendly and upbeat. Having a bad day or two is one thing, but constant negativity makes other players uncomfortable. Sensitive topics such as religion, politics, etc. are not banned for the time being, but if things get heated, change the subject. Also, be nice to newbies!

Do your best to avoid needless drama.
Please try to PM any problems with another player to staff via the Shaoilin mule. We will try to work with both parties to reach an agreement that everyone is happy with, when possible.

Remember both staff and customers are human.
If at any point a player feels targeted by staff, they are free to PM the mule in a constructive, polite manner. Likewise, please remember staff are people, and as such they have real lives and RPs of their own.

Remember the needs of the many.
Shaoilin Woods is a shop that tries to foster a community atmosphere by giving players a say in events, metas, and changes to the shop itself when possible. Keep in mind it is impossible for us to make everyone happy 100% of the time. Be courteous even if you don't always get your way.

Obey the ToS.
Thems the rules.

Please don't direct link.
Please save any and all certs and uncerts to your own server.

We reserve the right to add or edit rules at any time and for any reason.



.:IC and RP Rules:.

Do not godmode.
Do not godmode or take control of another person's character unless given permission by their player.

The animals of Shaoilin Woods do not have any supernatural powers unless they're a seer or a shaman.
For more information, please see this thread.

RPs containing violence, romance, etc. are allowed as long it doesn't violate the ToS (nothing NC-17, obviously).
If things start to toe the line, fade to black, yo.

If something in an RP is offensive to you but not violating the rules or ToS, simply don't read it.
For example, we will not ban homosexuality or homophobic characters because someone complains.

Puppies can only have childish crushes and adolescents cannot breed.
At most, pups should be like fangirling 6-year-olds over One Direction. Adolescents literally cannot breed, so don't plan for this or include it in any backstories.

Keep OOC and IC separate.
Always assume IC intent over OOC intent, and when in doubt, ask politely. Remember just because someone's character is mean, racist, sexist, etc. does not mean they are.

RP may take place in either the thread or the guild.
Thread RP may be genuine or OOC in nature (example: Fluffy: *grins at Bob*).

Wolves and familiars can understand each other.
They cannot understand humans, though may learn to recognize particular words same as, say, a pet dog.



.:Naming:.

Names should be sensible and preferably fit the setting.
Use common sense. Don't name your wolves things like Cancer, Rape, Sociopath, and so forth. Names meant to provoke arguments such as Barack Obama, George Bush, Jesus, Buddha, etc. are also not permitted.

Names should ideally fit into the new world setting, which covers multiple languages. For name ideas and inspiration, see this thread.



.:Greylist:.
The following individuals are on probation, and may not obtain new pets for a specified amount of time. Reasons include (but are not limited to) consistent godmoding, disobeying rules, begging, etc.

None.


.:Blacklist:.
The following individuals are not permitted to obtain any pets and are not welcomed in the thread. Reasons include (but are not limited to) causing drama, slander, etc.

Thalion
Depawsit
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OOC INFORMATION
such as the owner list, customs, breedings, and more!

Suggestions and Questions Thread
You'll find:
- A place to ask questions not found in the guides or on the front page
- A place for suggesting improvements to the shop

Owner's List
You'll find:
- A comprehensive list of pets from the shop and their owners

The Archives
You'll find:
- A collection of former events, RP events, OOC threads, etc.

The Dream of Dreams
You'll find:
- Questing information
- Monthly/bi-monthly giveaway information

Custom Information
- Information on customs and how to obtain them
- Custom pricing

Edits and Items Guide - Coming soon!
- What kind of items are permissible in Tolas
- What kind of edits are permissible in Tolas

Customs
You'll find:
- The permanent custom submission thread (do not post unless the title says "open" )

Breeding Information
- Information on breedings in Tolas
- How to obtain breedings and rules

Breedings
You'll find:
- The permanent breeding submission thread (do not post unless the title says "open" )

Permanent Recolor Request Thread - Coming soon!
You'll find:
- Information on getting your old pets colored on new lines
- Rules about transfers
- A place to post your pets to be recolored

Growth, Rank, and Mood Change Requests
You'll find:
- Information on changing your pet's rank lines
- Information on changing your pet's mood lines
- Information on requesting your baby stages grow to certain mood / rank lines
- A place to submit forms for all of the above

Growing Schedules
You'll find:
- Scheduling information
- Information on when your baby / teen staged pet will grow to their stage

Cert Requests
You'll find:
- A place to submit cert requests for your pet

Cert and Pet Drop Offs
You'll find:
- Threads for cert drop offs
- Threads for colorists' individual uncerted drop offs

Catch Up Thread
You'll find:
- A place to post for pets that were not grown during / before the shop hiatus

Stages, Moods, and Ranks
You'll find:
- A list of species and their lines
- A list of rank variations and their lines
- A list of mood variations and their lines
- IC information (see "Roleplaying" )


ROLEPLAYING AND IC
such as world information, seasons, languages, and more!


Mini-ORP / Meta Sign Ups
You'll find:
- Information on closed group RPs / meta events that provide special RP opportunities and the occasional giveaway
- A sign up list / form

The World of Tolas
You'll find:
- Astronomy information
- A full map broken down into quadrants
- Eco-systems
- How many days it takes to travel from one place to another
- Landmarks
- Pack/Group/Human Settlemen locations
- Available prey / water sources in each location

NPCs
You'll find:
- A list of noteworthy NPCs you will see around Tolas
- Information on what being an NPC in Tolas entails

Seasons of Tolas
- Information on the changing IC seasons of Tolas
- Weather updates and environment changes

Languages and Names of the New World
- Languages spoken in Tolas and their inspiration
- Naming information and suggestions
- Common slang / idioms heard across Tolas

The Old World of Telk
You'll find:
- Information on the Old World of Telk (where shop RP once took place)
- Information on the volcanic eruption and aftermath that drove Telk's residents elsewhere

Myths and Urban Legends
You'll find:
- A list of common myths spread around Tolas
- A list of legends known around Tolas

Stages, Moods, and Ranks
You'll find:
- A list of lined species available and the lore information about each animal
- RP required ranks and how to obtain them.


SEER AND SHAMAN INFORMATION
including how to obtain one, what they can do IC, and more!


Seers, Shamans, and Trees of Power
- A list of Trees of Power and what they are
- What seers and shaman are and what they can do
- Shaman domain lists, information, limitations, and information on overlapping domains
- The difference between Disciplined and Gifted seer / shaman
- How to obtain a seer or shaman OOC
- A place to submit and finish quests
- The seer/shaman FAQ

The Rolling Thread
You'll find:
- Information on rolling for Gifted seer/shaman
- The place you submit your character for seer/shaman rolls


PACK / GROUP INFORMATION
including rules for creation, landmark claiming, and more!


Pack / Group / Settlement Directory
- A list of Tolas' original groups and packs
- A list of newly formed groups and packs
- Human settlement information

Pack/Group Information and Creation
- Information on various groups of animals and what to call them
- Canon information on how groups form and function
- Territory information
- Old World and New World information
- OOC rules for forming a pack or other group
- The form to submit your pack / group for approval

OOC Pack/Group Updates and Announcements
You'll find:
- Announcements regarding shenanigans any given group is up to that might somehow draw attention to themselves from their neighbors or loners.
- Current issues plaguing specifics packs (flea infestations, drought, etc.).
- Noting changes in landscape (aftermath of fires, etc.) so we can update the world map.
- Disbanded announcements.
- Updates on changing or expanding territory.
- Changing leaders.
- Things of this nature.

Landmarks
You'll find:
- Information on landmarks
- The current list of claimed landmarks
- The immunity and expiration lists
- The place for posting claims or challenges to landmarks
- The landmark FAQ
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[Insert thing] is different! Why is [insert thing] different from the before?
Some rules have changed to adapt to the new world's more realistic setting and return to Shaoilin's founding roots back in the first half dozen generations or so. Many things have not changed so much as changed back. There are still some liberties taken with realism (generally where breeding is concerned), but for the most part the setting is once again more concrete in what items, edits, etc. are permissible.

Do I get every mood variation of an adult pet?
Afraid not. Pets will only grow to one set of lines, so choose wisely!

Does my character on timid lines have to be timid? Does my angry-lined wolf have to be angry? etc.
Yes and no. Characters should more or less fit the line set you've chosen for them. Meaning, a character who is vicious, entitled, and pushy 8 out of 10 times other characters encounter them is better suited to angry lines than happy lines. A character's "mood lines" can also reflect their circumstance. For example, Fluffy is not actually a cowardly wolf at heart, but he has been enslaved by the most dastardly pack he's ever met for the last year. Fluffy might be on timid lines to showcase his current emotional state rather than his personality.

We realize, however, that personalities are more complex than "Tarzan a*****e. Tarzan on angry lines!" and circumstances can always have mixed emotions. Just use your judgement and try to not negate the point of the edits (which is reflecting the character's truest self) and you're good to go!

IC, do all the animals come in different colors like the wolves?

Yep! In Avela canon, all animals have variations, even flies. A bright blue bear is no more peculiar than a bright blue wolf, and a bright blue wolf is no peculiar at all. The only world the animals of Avela have ever known has included many colors and markings on the animals that live there.

I have another question!
First, check the quick links above to make sure there isn't a specific FAQ to the subject your question pertains to. If there isn't, feel free to ask in the thread or post in this thread.
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The Staff

JadeEye - Shop Owner and Colorist
Kaelyndra - Management and Colorist
Hopefolly - Management and Colorist
Dovaxy - Colorist
Bombazine - Certist
Alyosha - Colorist
Shia bean - Colorist


Credits

Original lineart (wolf and adult familiars) © to Reivan.
Updated templates (and mood edits) © to Kaelyndra.
Youth familiar lineart © hanyousblood and Shinzick of Teh.
Concept © JadeEye.
Banners © F a y t h - x
All wolf fanart is copyright to its creator; all characters are copyright to their creator.

Special Thanks

JadeEye - For being super awesome and dedicated to the shop for a bajillion years.
Dovaxy - Helping to catch up with recolors.
Bombazine - For being our certist, a task that rarely gets the praise it deserves.
Hopefolly - Tons of work in the guides / text portion of the shop.
Kaelyndra - For redoing all the lines 4 times each.
Shia bean - Proofreading and other drudge work when Hope's brain was melted.

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