I write this because I want you all to understand how hard it is to be GM of a military-style guild. To be in charge, but to not be a dictator or tyrant. To recognize that RP needs to be fun for all and not a chore. But the reality is we want to look like we've 'got our act together.'
Because of this we need to have a unified vision, and as Sentinels that should be pretty clear. The way we 'get our act together' is to be organised, structured. We are the military arm of the Sisters of Elune, we need to behave like the military. As the military not only do we need to be organised, we need appear to be organised. And so, below I set out some instructions that might help this come to fruition.
Commander: Guild Leader and Commander of this unit of Sentinels. The 'captain of the ship'.
Huntress: Our Senior fighters (veteran guild officers). Once a member reaches the rank of Huntress they are responsible for assisting the Commander with the day-to-day operations of the guild. IE, recruitment, hosting events, and generally keeping things running and orderly.
Guardian: Our Senior healers. This rank is for (veteran officer) Priests and Druids. Equivalent in rank and duties to the one above.
Lieutenant: Our base officer rank. This position is responsible for making sure the guild is running smoothly when the Guild Leader or senior officers are not present.
Sentinel: The middle (veteran) rank for warriors, rogues, monks, and hunters. Once you have shown your dedication to the Sentinels by active participation, proving yourself worthy RP-wise and having installed all required add-ons, you will be promoted and have the honor of receiving your Mandalas (optional).
Keeper: A designation assigned to our middle rank (veteran) priests and druids. This rank is the equivalent of the one above.
Outrunner: This rank is achieved once a recruit has decided to stay for thirty days. This also requires signing up to the forum (Noticeboard), achieving level 20, owning a striped nightsaber, and signing the 'guild charter'.
Recruit: This rank is for newly joined members to get to know us a bit better, and for us to get to know you. You will receive a tabard at the Induction Ceremony.
MIA - Missing in Action: Members who haven't logged in for an extended period of time will be demoted to this rank.
A full explanation of rank responsibilities can be found here.
Guild chat is considered PG13.
This guild has a larger than average percentage of women, of global and ESL (English as a second language) speakers. Please keep this in mind when you converse in guild chat.
Topics that will not be tolerated in any sort of condescending or insulting manner include, but are not limited to:
Gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, rape, suicide, self-harm, drug use/abuse, threats, insults, or any other discussion that an officer deems inappropriate for a PG13 guild.
Although mostly frequented by (near)-adults, this guild is meant to be a pleasant, comfortable place for people to spend their playtime. Any discussion within guild chat that doesn't conform to such requirements will NOT be tolerated.
Offenders will be spoken to in private by an officer to discuss the situation. Reprimands or possible dismissal may result from continued offenses.
A full explanation of our guild chat policy can be found here.
Treat others as you would like to be treated; it's that simple. Trolling, harassment, or discrimination or any kind will be dealt with quickly and harshly. We not only want to set a good example as fine roleplayers, but as well-behaved and mature players as well.
A full explanation of our etiquette guidelines can be found here.
Please be mindful of the <guild tag> you wear above your head. This is not to say that you need to be a stalwart warrior at all times, but do keep it in mind. <Moonglaive Sentinels> is a heavy RP guild, and your actions in /say and /emote are considered IC and reflect the guild as a whole.
Recognize that romantic relationships in guild will be frowned upon ICly as they might affect your performance on the battlefield. If this does occur, keep your heads down and hope to hell that your superiors don't find out about it. This is of course a completely IC restriction, just RP it that way.
The same goes for drinking.
When we are together as a group we need to behave and look like a team. Uniform is guild tabard, supplied drill uniform, and striped nightsaber mount. Druids are expected to be in Night Elf form. Stand still! Stand in line! Act when you are told to. Listen to your superior officers, don't talk back, show respect. Also show respect for members "time in grade" - that is, once you are an Outrunner for example, you are to continue to show respect to those who have been in that rank longer than you.
Using Total RP 3, all members should prefix their names with their current rank in the guild. For example, "Outrunner Deanna." Likewise, we expect members of the guild to address each other in-character as "Sister," or by their guild rank and surname, eg, “Sentinel Moonwhisper."
Guild Chat is considered in-character and is based on a communicator. When you are inducted as a Sentinel you will have your hearthstone set to the Sentinel frequency allowing you to communicate with all Sentinels no matter where they are across Azeroth or beyond. Touching the hearthstone once allows for voice communication, and three times teleports you to your home location. Please remember this is a voice only communication device, and any emotes should be used only to indicate voice inflection or any background noise.
At all induction ceremonies or drill exercises, you are expected to uniformly and in uniform – that is guild tabard, drill uniform (supplied) and Striped Nightsaber. While 'on duty,' your character is expected to wear her duty uniform.
A full explanation of the guild ceremonial uniform can be found here.
A guide to the various duty uniform options can be found here.
Behave in a manner fitting of an army recruit: Keep still and stand in line; don’t drink or be drunk; act when you are told to act; respect your senior ranks and don’t talk back.
While standing in formation or in uniform, please refrain from using vanity pets or toys (such as the S.E.L.F.I.E. camera) as these can be intrusive and disruptive.
Please do NOT think you can become a Sentinel with the twin ponytail "anime" style haircuts for Night Elves. These are NOT appropriate for Sentinels. The obnoxious anime hairstyles continue to make the Night Elf female characters look more and more like the cheerleaders Blizzard seem to be intent on depicting us as. Not the serious, savage defenders of Kalimdor we are.
It is expected that druids roleplay in Night Elf form and not in cat, bear, moonkin or flight form. First and foremost you are Night Elves. We expect you to look like it. Druids DO use their form in some RP aspects (when necessary to complete a mission, for example). But when we are standing in line being addressed by an officer, it is expected the druid be their in Night Elf form and not sitting on the ledge enjoying the sunshine as a cat.
You will soon find Adellwyna and the Senior Officers less lenient ICly and more likely to tell you to “drop and give me 50” if there’s any back-chat or lack of respect. Individual personalities make for flavorsome RP; we don't want you to be a 'bunch of robots'. But I do want you to conform within a guild setting to a military style RP.
In time, if it's decided your character is 'too young' or behaving in such a way that does not befit the guild direction, you will be asked to leave or forcibly removed.
A helpful guide to roleplaying a soldier can be found here.
Not only will these requirements help with yours and everyone else’s immersion, but when we are ‘on display’ as we are in a world/guild/allied RP, it will look like we ‘have our shit together’, are disciplined and proud of our guild, and that’s when people want to join us. Ask yourself “what’s the hallmark of a good guild, one I want to be a part of?” I bet a big part of the answer is ‘organisation’.
If you are going away for extended periods, say so in the Leave of Absence thread.
Occasionally we do a "dead wood" clear out of members who have been absent for a long time. This is nothing personal, and if you find this happens to you, you are are more than welcome to request a re-invite.
Please pay attention to the calendar in-game and on the website. There's absolutely no reason any members shouldn't know what is happening in the guild. It's very disappointing to have people log in and ask us what we were doing, with clearly no knowledge of an event that has been advertised in advance. If this lack of interest in RP events continues, you may be asked to reconsider your place within <Moonglaive Sentinels> as we are a heavy RP guild and expect involvement on this level.
While you are not expected to contribute extensively to the forums (not everyone has the time to do so), but you expected to visit it at least once per week (to keep an eye on the calendar and any announcements).