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The Far Shore Mods ([personal profile] godsoffortune) wrote2016-01-13 07:25 pm

FAQ

 
General | The World | Gods | Shinki | Prayers | BBS | Activity

General

Do I have to have read/watched Noragami to really enjoy this game?
    No way! Our goal is to make this game fun for everyone who joins, no matter if you know Noragami or not. We'll try our best to explain everything that you'll need to know in order to enjoy this game to the fullest.
What if I want to app in a character that is dead in their canon?
    That's totally acceptable! Seeing as shinki and gods are residents of the world of the dead anyway, it's perfectly normal for them to have been dead to begin with. Your character will have still died in their canon and will just find that they are suddenly 'alive' again and existing in a completely different way than they remember.
Does my character lose their powers?
    Absolutely not. The Far Shore is more than happy to have your character keep their powers, aside from world-breaking ones that will simply have to be toned down to fit the setting. If you would prefer for your character to lose their powers, that is perfectly acceptable too. You will just have to detail that in your application.
My character has a pet. Can I bring them along?
    Unfortunately, no. Your poor pet is being left behind back at home. You are more than welcome to adopt new pets in the game, though!
Are there item regains in this game?
    There certainly are, and they are not limited to the items your character had on their person at the time of apping. Your followers/exp can be used in order to obtain regains.
Can I app someone in as a human, not as a god or shinki?
    At this time we are not allowing any human characters or ayakashi/half-ayakashi like the ones that exist in Noragami. This might change in the future, depending on the turns the game takes, but as of right now, that is the ruling. You are more than welcome to comment on your character's interactions with humans, though!
Can I app any canon characters from Noragami?
    Noragami characters get a special sort of treatment here at The Far Shore. They are perfectly appable characters and you are more than welcome to apply for them! But even when they do not have someone playing them, they will be seen as still existing and functioning behind the scenes. Essentially, the Noragami characters are appable NPCs, so if you want to app a Noragami character and someone has previously held that character, you will certainly have to get in touch with the mods to find out what has happened with that character during the course of the game.
How many OOC days pass in an IC day?
    The Far Shore works on a 3:1 day ratio. What that means is that each IC day lasts three OOC days, so you have plenty of time to react to each day in the IC world. For a visual representation of how this works, see our calendar.
Are AU characters allowed? What about CRAUs?
    Any canon AU character is allowed. For example, vampire Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be considered an appable character, but a zombie AU character that you found in a fanfic would not be. CRAUs are allowed, though! You simply need to add an account of what happened in their previous game to the history section of your application.
How many characters can I app in per round?
    Only one! The setting is small enough that apping in more than one character at a time would make things awkward.
What does my character have with them when they show up here?
    They will have whatever is directly on their person - so they would have their clothes and anything in their pockets/attached to their person, like cell phones or jewelry.

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The World

There are so many weird words here! Could you explain what everything means to me?
    Sure thing! Here are some links to help you understand what we're actually talking about:
      Gods are "immortal" beings born from the wishes of humans and made to serve those wishes.
      Shinki are the divine weapons of the gods. All shinki are humans that have died, their souls being given a name and purpose by the god that named them.
      • A Hafuri Vessel is a shinki that is willing to risk their name (essentially their life) to protect and further the cause of their god.
      Ayakashi are negative energy, thoughts, and spirits that have grouped together to bring disaster down on the residents of the Near Shore.
      • The Near Shore is the land of the living, where humans and other living creatures dwell. • The Far Shore is the land of the non-living, specifically gods, shinki, and ayakashi.
      Blight is a sort of disease that plagues someone of the Far Shore when they come in direct contact with an ayakashi. It is a sort of impurity.
      Purification is a ritual that any impure shinki must undergo in order to confess their sins and free their god from the blight.
      • A Nora is a shinki who has been named by more than one god. They are typically shunned and seen as outcasts.
There is a network community. How does the network function here?
    Simply put, the network is just the Internet! Gods and shinki are welcome to use Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, any social media you can think of. There is also a special BBS that is set up strictly for use by Far Shore residents, so you are welcome to note that any general network post you make is going up on the BBS. See below for more info about the BBS!
Can I talk with mortals on the Near Shore?
    You can, but it is highly frowned upon. On top of that, you will have to work pretty hard to get their attention. Naturally, the residents of the Near Shore do not realize that people of the Far Shore are even around, looking over them like they are just part of the scenery. So if you're willing to blow your invisible cover, then go for it!
How can my character travel between the Near and Far Shores?
    Travel between the world of the living and Takamagahara, the world of the gods, is done by the use of a shrine. All gods will have at least one shrine that exists in their honor. To go between the worlds, you simply need to be at the shrine and will yourself to travel to the other shore. It is best to use the shrine that belongs to you, but any shrine can be used with the consent of the god or a shinki that belongs to that shrine.
I'm pretty familiar with the Noragami canon. So a person who has committed suicide can't become a shinki, right?
    Wrong! The shinki here are all just excess souls from the Heavens attempting to bring over souls to fill the god rolls, so any and all types of death are accepted and simply shoved into the role of being a shinki.
What about the Gods Greatest Secret? Can my god character talk to their shinki about their life together before The Far Shore?
    The short answer is "no". The longer answer is that all gods will have an innate sense telling them that talking to their shinki about their time in the living or their death is something that will completely ruin everything. Likewise, shinki will have the innate sense that says thinking or asking about their past will only harm them. Your character cannot fight this inkling.
What exactly is blight?
    Blight can occur in a few different ways. The easiest way for blight to happen is if a character comes into direct contact with an ayakashi - which is an impure soul. This blight would manifest as a dark purplish coloring of the skin, like a disgusting bruise, that aches and spreads and eventually corrupts a person if left unattended. Another way to be blighted is to come into contact with someone else who is already blighted, resulting in the same sort of symptoms. This kind of blighting can be washed away with holy water and is very easy to treat.

    The other kind of blighting is when a shinki stings their god. Stinging occurs when a shinki does something that they feel some sort of guilt about, whether small or large. The larger the guilt, the more painful the sting. As the guilt grows, the stinging turns into outright blighting on the god and manifests as ayakashi-like tendencies on the shinki (ie eyeballs popping up on their body, sprouting wings, etc.). The only way to cure a sting is for the shinki to apologize for their misbehavior. However, if the blighting goes as far as manifesting ayakashi-like on the shinki, an ablution might be necessary in order to force the shinki to apologize properly. And even that does not always work.

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Gods
Please read through the God 101 for a thorough description of How Gods Work.

My character is now a god. How does that work?
    Congratulations, your character can now do no wrong, because a god is always just. That being said, your character will likely undergo a lot of scrutiny from the Heavens, so they might want to stay on the down-low for a while.

    Your god character will wake up in a room of their home in Takamagahara - the Far Shore - and meet with a messenger of the Heavens who will explain that they are now a god. They will also explain how their new powers work and what is expected of them as the god of whatever it is they are the god of. So any questions your character might have right off the bat will be answered readily, except for the most pressing one: how they can get home. Because this is your new home, after all. They will also be passed a sealed note from Amaterasu herself with the simple message "Please do not talk to your shinki about their life or death. It will result in their soul being lost to despair and impurity." The shinki who passed you the message will leave before you read it, insisting that they must.
How do I choose what god my character is?
    It's pretty simple, actually!

    First, you will pick out three (3) gods that you think fit your character. Wikipedia has a pretty solid list of both major and minor gods, but there is also a small list of open gods available on the gods page as well. You are free to choose whatever gods you would like to since the mods will be making the final decision. We may ask you to pick a couple more if you accidentally pick too many that are already represented in canon, though. Here is a list of the gods seen in the Noragami series as of right now.

    Please note that all gods reincarnated by the Heavens will have the same starting number of followers and shinki, so that everyone is starting on even footing.

    Second, the mods will choose which god your character will be the reincarnation of and let you know in your approval message. It's as simple as that!
Do I get to choose my shinki?
    From an in character perspective, no, your god will not get to choose what shinki they have. The shinki are being assigned by the Heavens directly. However, if you have an out of character preference for a type of weapon or castmates/certain characters, you are more than welcome to detail that in your application or speak directly to the mods. We will accommodate you as much as we can.
My friend wants to app in as a shinki. Can that shinki belong to my god?
    Of course! You and your friend simply both need to list in your application that you would like to be paired with each other.
What powers can I have as a god?
    Aside from whatever powers your character already has, they will gain basic god powers. For example, gods can teleport from place to place at will, taking other members of the Far Shore along with them if they wish to (and sometimes even when they don't wish to). They will not gain the ability to name lost souls, but they will have the power to revoke their vessel names, in a situation where they feel a shinki should not be in their service anymore.

    In addition to that, you will gain a power that is unique to you as a god. The god page lists some examples and any powers that are currently in use by other gods. No two gods are allowed to have the same unique power, but otherwise you are free to be as creative with this as you would like.
Does my god have to lose their memories?
    Nope! If you would like for some memories to become hazy or strange for your god character, that is perfectly alright, but they are not required to lose their memory in any way.
Can I name my shinki?
    The shinki given to the current incarnations of the gods will already have names from their own worlds, but you are more than welcome to work with your shinki to come up with their vessel name if you would like to.
How friendly do I have to be with my shinki?
    You don't have to treat your shinki in any way that you don't feel comfortable with. However, keep in mind that all gods feel what their shinki feel and that a shinki that does something they consider morally wrong will sting their master and end up blighting them. Also, gods know more about their shinki than the shinki know about themselves.
So what exactly do I know about my shinki?
    Specifically, every god sees the death that their shinki had to suffer through upon naming them. So you, as a god, will immediately see your shinki's death the moment that you meet them. All shinki are required to write out an explanation of their death and post it on their blog, so it will be easy to find the information that you need to know about your shinki.
Can I talk to my shinki about their past?
    Absolutely not. Gods have an innate, gut-wrenching sense to not talk to their shinki about their past, even if they knew them in life. They instinctively know that something awful will happen if they bring up their shinki's life or death and their body will physically react to any thoughts or attempts to go against this instinct.

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Shinki
Please read through the Shinki 101 for a thorough description of How Shinki Work.

My character is now a shinki. How does that work?
    Depending on your luck, congratulations are in order! Working for some gods is like living the high life. Unfortunately, working for others is like living with the scum of the earth. And there is rarely any room in between. Let's hope you're with the former rather than the latter.

    As a newly-awakened shinki, you will have no idea where you are, why you are here, or how you even came to this point in your life. The only thing you will remember is your name and that you are no longer in the world of the living, because you have died. It will be up to whatever god you work for to explain to you what exactly is going on, so hopefully they'll be able to make it semi-coherent for you.

    Shinki first arrive on the Far Shore just outside of the Meeting Hall in the Heavens, though depending on the intro log, they may be immediately moved to someplace else by the gods in charge.
Do I get to choose my god? How are shinki matched up with gods?
    If you have a god in mind that you'd like to work with, you are more than welcome to request them in your application. Otherwise, shinki are randomly shuffled to a god by the mod team.
My friend wants to app in as a god. Can my shinki belong to that god?
    Of course! You and your friend simply both need to list in your application that you would like to be paired with each other.
Is my character dead now?
    Technically, yes, they are! But they don't remember anything about their death. All that they remember is that they are now dead.
What powers can I have as a shinki?
    The main power that all shinki have is the ability to draw a boundary - or a line that protects them and whoever they choose from the ayakashi. The stronger the will of the shinki, the stronger the border will be. Shinki also have the ability to learn how to use others' names against them. By knowing the name of a person/shinki, they are able to bind them, put them to sleep, or other such things simply by invoking it. Of course, they have to be the superior one in the battle for it to work.

    On top of the basic shinki powers, each shinki will also have a special power that fits their weapon choice or personality. You can see the shinki page for ideas and to see what other shinki have chosen for their power. Feel free to get creative or just stick to basic things like power buffing or automatic shielding!

    Shinki specific abilities will only be able to be used when the shinki is in vessel form.
Does my shinki have to lose their memories?
    Unfortunately, yes, they do. They will still remain the person they are, but they won't remember how they came to be that person. Memories can be regained slowly throughout the game, so don't worry too much about it.
As a shinki, do I have to change my character's name?
    Your character's name will stay the same, but they will also have to be given a vessel name. This is something that you can come up with yourself or ask your god to come up with for you.
How do I come up with a vessel name for my shinki character?
    Here is a list of basic Japanese words and here is a long list of kanji. All you need to do is pick one that you like and add a 'ki' to the end. For example the word butterfly is 'chou', so the vessel name would be 'Chouki'. Also, all shinki will have the kanji from their vessel name 'tattoo'd' somewhere on their body. It is up to you where that is.
Wait, my shinki has a tattoo??
    It's not technically a tattoo, but it is a sort of 'brand' of their name emblazoned on their body. It is a symbol of the fact that they are named by a god and it helps other shinki to know each other by sight, if their name is visible.
How friendly do I have to be with my god?
    As friendly as you want to be! However, keep in mind that shinki walk the fine line between human and ayakashi. If a shinki does something morally wrong, they will sting and blight their master. If they continue to sting their god, they will slowly become an ayakashi themselves unless they are purified and confess all of their sins, at which point their god might just cast them out.
What if my character has high/low moral standards?
    The stinging of a god by their shinki depends entirely on what the shinki thinks is right and wrong. Shinki were created as a baseline for what is good and bad so that gods know how humans view different actions. If your shinki character would feel guilty about telling a small white lie, that will sting their master. However, if your shinki thinks killing a person who threatens others is completely in the right and for the betterment of all, their master will not be stung. It depends entirely on your character and how they view the world.
Can I become a Nora?
    Sure, why the heck not! That is, if you can convince another god to give you a vessel name and you're okay with being seen as the scum of the earth by the other gods/shinkis. Have fun with that.

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Prayers

What exactly are "prayers"?
    To put it simply, prayers are missions that gods can go on with the aid of their shinki. A prayer can range from help with a crush in school all the way to defeating giant ayakashi that are terrorizing hundreds of people. Answering prayers allows a gods favor with the people of the Near Shore to increase, earning them more worshippers, and allows a shinki to gain experience points of a sort that can go towards learning more spells or, in extreme cases, becoming a Hafuri Vessel.
How do I go about answering prayers?
    Each month, new prayers will be added to the prayers post to be answered. Different prayers will have different requirements to be met in order to qualify for them and complete them. Some will require threading out, others can be considered automatically done if you desire. Signing up to answer prayers will also happen on the prayers post.

    Prayer logs can be played out in one of three ways:
      1) A god and shinki pair/group (or multiple god/shinki pairs/groups) going back and forth or posting an open log to detail what happens as they perform the required task.
      2) A god with a soulless shinki threading with a mod playing the NPC shinki.
      3) A god with a soulless shinki writing out a 500 word report of how their mission went and emailing it to the mods.
    How many prayers can I take on at once?
      Each character can be taking on only two prayers at a time. Once you have completed one of those prayers, you may take on another one.
    Why should a god want to gain more followers? And why does a shinki want more experience?
      For a god, more followers means that they grow more powerful. They will become stronger than other gods with fewer followers and if they gather enough followers, they will be allowed to possess more shinki at any given time.

      As for shinki, gaining more experience will also make them more powerful and make it easier for them to overpower ayakashi and other shinki if the need arises. Also, building up enough 'points' from answering prayers will allow you to put in to have a plotline where your shinki can become a Hafuri Vessel - essentially elevating them to the highest standings and allowing their weapon form to evolve and granting them an extra power to boot.

      Additionally, followers and exp can be used in the process of obtaining regains.
    How can I find out how many followers/how many points I have?
      All that information will be kept on the gods and shinki pages for you to check whenever you would like!

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    BBS

    What exactly is the BBS?
      It is a bulletin board system put into place by the Heavens. It is a fairly new feature, but it is well maintained by a handful of computer-savvy shinki and their gods. It features the ability to make top level posts on the network and respond to your own and others' posts.
    What special features does the BBS have?
      Posts can be text, audio, or video. Images are able to be embedded and font styles and colors can be altered to your liking. Additionally, anonymous responses are enabled on all BBS posts, so if you don't want to reveal who you are, you don't have to!
    How do I access the BBS?
      Any Far Shore resident on a computer or smartphone can access the BBS by going to the url bbs.hvn. Brand new, state of the art smartphones are issued to every god and shinki in the Far Shore, so that you may talk, text, and video all you want to.
    Can I hack the BBS?
      Sure you can, if your character is talented enough to! It is a basic enough system with nearly-amateurs in charge of it and fairly lax security in place. Though that may not stay that way for long if you hack it too much!
    Do I have a display name on the BBS?
      Yep! The names displayed for gods are their god name, whereas the names displayed for shinki are their full human names. There are no usernames, just simply names to identify who is talking.
    Can I post privately to another user on the BBS?
      You sure can, it would just have to be marked as private. In character, this may cause problems, as your character would have to actively select that other person to private message them. Have fun!
    Can my character's comments be deleted?
      You bet! If your character looks back and realizes they need to get rid of the evidence, they can delete their post.

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    Activity

    How does AC even work here?
      AC happens on a monthly basis. You can check out the guidelines for more details about how AC will work every month.
    Do I really have to participate in the bi-monthly HMDs?
      You definitely do. Any refusal to participate will end with your character being swept from the game. Sorry, but that's the deal here.
    Is the HMD anon-enabled? What if I get bullied?
      It is anon-enabled, but we the moderators keep a close eye on the activity that goes on there, and IP logging is on for the HMD as well. We will not tolerate bullying of any kind and will actively seek out anyone who does bully any of our players.

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[personal profile] savemeomi 2016-10-04 04:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey there~! I wanted to clarify the setting for myself. Is the Far Shore really just kind of a bunch of temples and a forested area, but not so much a city? And the Near Shore is the real world, which gods and shinki can walk around in like normal, and they can interact with regular humans, but can't really do or say anything that'd be too memorable/out of the ordinary? (And can they recognize other gods/shinki or sense them being nearby?)

Hopefully that made sense /)_(\