In order to help people to plan out their RPs and locations more clearly, we have finally -- with extensive work from Amorpheous -- created a map that represents the world as Kin see and know it!
Areas of the World -- nearly all RP should currently be taking place in the swamp, the large green-brown section in the southeast, opening to the ocean. Aside from those in Longstride's company, all kin who have entered the swamp are seized with the Ache, which makes it painful and eventually impossible to travel into other areas of the world. The small green area in the middle of the swamp is Ghost Thistle's mound. Not far away, marked by a small diamond, is the first Obelisk.
However, the rest of the world continues to exist. The pale yellow-green area in the midwest is the plains, home of the Kiokote. The red-orange area to the far west is the desert, home of the Acha, which continues to the horizon, too large to ever explore fully. The grey-blue sprawling area to the north is the mountains, where the Totoma originate. Beneath this area is the home of the Zikwa, a network of caves that open out at the boundary of the mountains, into both the plains and the swamp. These colors all correspond with their kin's certs.
Beyond that is unexplored territory; areas that no kin can reach, because the Ache seizes them before they could ever reach them.
Scale -- for scale, the swamp is roughly the size of Tennessee. On the enlarged map, a kin might be one or two pixels large; it is expansive, and would take several days to walk its length. The other areas are correspondingly sized, although the desert extends an unknowable distance to the west.
Land "Ownership" -- consistent with the world of Matope which does not have concepts of land ownership, tribe territories are not considered the property of the tribe. The Swamp is a place that the MotherFather created for all kin to share. All kin are the children of Matope so they are a collective family occupying the Swamp, each equal in the eyes of the MotherFather and the Swamp. While a tribe may claim a plot of land as territory, they have no more right than a kin from outside of the tribe to live off of the land and its creatures. While a tribe member could prevent non-member from using the land by fighting them off, it does not put the defending kin the right and the non-member in the wrong since there is neither legal right or divine or natural providence that confers absolute and exclusive jurisdiction of a piece of land and the resources that exist within or on it.
Claiming Territory -- to clarify lands and to make tribe RP simpler, we're going to be allowing tribes to claim territory in the swamp, to mark out their homes on the map. In order to qualify this, you must meet several requirements:
- You must have a tribe thread set up, with a description of the tribe and a mission statement.
You must have at least 10 members in your tribe.
Once you have fulfilled these, grab the map above and draw a loose circle on it in any program you like to indicate the area you'd like to claim. Submit it to this thread using the code below. Staff will then make sure to give you a fair claim of land, marking it out ourselves, giving you as close to the space you want as we can manage.
The image above will be updated as tribe territories are added.
Please note that should land become scarce at a later date, we may increase the requirements to hold onto your territory by adding further requirements or instituting some kind of battle system -- in other words, you may lose your territory at a later date. There will be a shop wide announcement before this happens if ever, though!
[b]Desired Area:[/b] [url=linktomap]Map[/url]
[b]Reasoning for placement:[/b] Why do you want this particular area?