Reading this page is not required but it is highly recommended! Topics covered in this page are: General Twilight Empire Expectations, Disciplinary Procedures, How do I get promoted? What happens if I leave TE? What is the Empire's relationship with the Horde?
General Twilight Empire Expectations
The Twilight Empire is a growing community and with growth comes the increased chance for people to take things the wrong way or for drama to develop. We’ve put together some guidelines that everyone should follow to help keep OOC drama to an absolute minimum.
Help us create a drama-free, fun, inviting, and amazing environment for RPers on Ravenholdt-TwistingNether!
- Address problems with the person with whom you have a problem. If you have an issue with a person, the way they said something, some they did, etc., then you need to address the problem with that person. Please do not go around complaining about that person to others, or let the negative feelings fester. It's our experience that oftentimes these things are simply misunderstandings and can be quickly solved by sitting down and discussing it.
Remember to keep these discussions CIVIL. If you feel that you or the other person might not be able to be civil with one another, please call in an Officer. Everyone can group up and work out a solution. That's what the Councilors and Path Leaders are here for. Please let us help.
- Remain civil. While some might think this is common sense, it's still something that must be stated. A situation is NEVER helped by using cusswords, insults, sarcastic or caustic remarks, etc. In order to solve things, please keep your anger in check. It's when people start trading insults that things quickly deteriorate into a drama show. That’s not something your guildmates want to hear.
- Put the best construction on everything. Did your guildmate really just say that? Stop. What else could that statement have meant? Were they just joking? Remember that it's very difficult to understand someone’s tone of voice through text. If there's a statement that can be taken different ways, take it the best way. Remember that in a group our size, everyone has different tolerance levels towards different things. Be respectful of that and try to take other comments in a good way.
- Whispering is your friend. If you have a problem with something someone said, remember that whispering them might be able to quickly and quietly solve the problem. When you call someone out in a public channel, it automatically puts them in a defensive position and can cause the conversation to deteriorate into an argument. If you have a problem with something someone said, evaluate whether it would be better to alert the entire OOC/guild channel or just whisper them. If whispering doesn't work, then WHISPER an officer. Oftentimes officers can intervene and help to solve problems. The essential idea behind this rule is to KEEP DRAMA OUT OF PUBLIC CHANNELS. There are very few times where the whole guild needs to be involved in a situation.
- Officers are officers for a reason. If there is something going on and an officer makes a statement, please listen to their words. They do what they do because they believe that it will be best for the guild. So please, if an officer asks you to stop talking about something, to take it to whispers, etc., listen to them.
- Be respectful. We're all friends and we like to joke around and have fun. But remember that people have different tolerance levels for different things. If someone finds something offensive, please don't talk about it in the public channels.
- You represent your guild. As someone wearing the guild tag, remember that you are ALWAYS representing us. When you troll trade, people see your guild tag. When you cuss in General chat, people see your guild tag. So please...don't. If you were killed in PvP, talk to us in our OOC channel. Don't complain in General chat. Don't antagonize people. Don't post on the Realm forums unless you have something constructive/nice to say. And don't respond maliciously to people who might say something negative about the guild. Walk that high road.
With this statement comes something else. When you are running instances with other people, you are representing your guild. The officers get letters if someone complains about your behavior. We also get letters if someone really appreciated your help. We would much rather get the latter kind! So please, when running instances, play your class like you're supposed to. If you're a rogue, don't tank more than the tank does. If you're frustrated, don't cuss out your group. We want letters telling us how great the people in our guild are!
Please note that if we do receive a letter about your behavior, we will talk to you about it. We don't do this maliciously, but just to help out the situation. It's meant to be constructive.
- Be mature. This is pretty self-explanatory. While we don't not have an age requirement for the guild, we do expect a certain level of maturity. Be open to criticism and don't respond defensively. Nobody is intentionally being malicious. Be calm and take things the right way. This will go a long ways towards reducing potential for drama.
As always, TE Officers are available to address any concerns or issues. Please do not hesitate to whisper them in-game, or PM them on the TE Site.
While it's not something that we ever want to deal with, it's necessary to have defined disciplinary procedures in a guild. This ensures that members and officers alike will have an idea of how the Empire’s disciplinary process functions. The general structure for dealing with any problems is as follows (though is subject to change depending on the specifics involved):
If two members have a conflict: The conflict should be brought to the attention of a Councilor. The conflict should NOT be aired out in guildchat or in our OOC channel. In order to minimize any drama, the discussion will be taken to a private channel (e.g. group chat). The Councilor will listen to both sides and help to mediate the problem.
If two officers have a conflict: The conflict should be brought before the Council as a whole.
Some punishments that may be ordered (in increasing order of severity) include:
Note: Not all steps are necessary, and the officers are not required to implement progressive discipline. Specific disciplinary measures will be decided based on the details and severity of the situation. If you are caught ERPing (thus there is evidence of your guilt), you will be kicked from the guild. That is not the image that the Empire wishes to portray to the realm.
Please remember that Twilight Empire is a large guild and we continue to grow. Conflict is inevitable but if we all take the time to talk through things and not make rash and emotional decisions we'll better be able to remain unified. A little time spent discussing the situation rationally will often prevent a potential disaster.
How do I get promoted?
This is a commonly asked question in the Empire, and rightfully so. Promotions within the Empire are not easily achieved, nor are they quickly accomplished. Guild ranks are mostly separate from IC ranks in that characters can receive IC promotions within their chosen path without moving up in guild rank. Each guild rank has a set of goals and objectives associated with it that must be completed ICly (and sometimes OOCly) before a character is eligible for promotion. The player and an officer work together to determine the parameters of each objective for a specific character and will continue to work together to keep track of a character’s IC progress and development. These goals are meant to encourage a character’s IC development, and we hope they serve as a prompt for questions such as “where do I take my character next?” This collaboration is also a way of encouraging RP between members and the community at large. Please note that rank objectives are not a “checklist” towards a promotion; they are simply the minimum requirements. Promotion to a higher guild rank ultimately lies at the discretion of the officers. A complete explanation of guild ranks and their associated requirements can be found in the guild-only forums.
What happens if I leave the Twilight Empire?
The Twilight Empire is an in-game community composed of a diverse player population. As such, we expect the Empire to host various ideas, perceptions, tolerances, beliefs, and personalities. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to conflict or tension, which in turn can cause someone to depart from the guild. Given that leaving can cause instability and hardships for the guild, we place a strong emphasis upon working out any conflicts or disagreements. The officers are able and willing to assist in this process. However, should you decide to leave and then wish to rejoin, the following guidelines will be followed by the Officers of the guild.
If you leave Twilight Empire:
- You will be asked to wait a period of 2 weeks before rejoining. This time period provides you time to think about Twilight Empire, why you left, and if it is truly the guild for you. It helps to ensure that you remain committed to the guild upon your return.
- You will rejoin the Empire as a Wanderer and be required to wait an additional 2 weeks before choosing a branch to join.
- The implemented application process will still apply.
- You may be asked to speak with an officer about the reasons for your departure and your future role within the guild.
Please note that should you leave Twilight Empire and proceed to slander or tarnish the guild's reputation or act in any other way that is deemed inappropriate, the Officers have no obligation to allow you to rejoin the guild.
What is the Empire's relationship with the Horde?
Though victory was theirs, the mortal races found themselves in a world shattered by war. The Scourge and the Burning Legion had all but destroyed the civilizations of Lordaeron, and had almost finished the job in Kalimdor. There were forests to heal, grudges to bury, and homelands to settle. The war had wounded each race deeply, but they had selflessly banded together to attempt a new beginning, starting with the uneasy truce between the Alliance and Horde.
-Taken from the History of Warcraft
While hostility rages across Azeroth, the Twilight Empire holds true to the unstable truce forged between the Alliance and the Horde. It is for this reason that those who stand under the banner of Twilight are not to attack the Horde wantonly or without cause. Each individual must be judged by their own merits, not by vague generalizations ascribed to their race, over which they have no control. All members of the Empire are to behave in accordance with this truce and thus leave peaceful Horde alone in the interest of diplomacy.
However, it is a sad fact in the world that not all recognize or follow the truce, and we will not have the Empire be defenseless against those Horde who disrespect life and who seek to destroy all we hold dear. Thus, we urge all of Twilight to be cautious and wary around the Horde. If hostility is shown, we will not hesitate to defend ourselves. Those who disrespect life do not deserve it and the Empire stands ready to ardently defend any who seek to harm the peaceful Alliance.
It is a difficult tenet to grasp for some, but it comes down to this: We seek peace and yet gird ourselves for war. It is all a balance. Essentially if a member of the Horde faction acts with hostility towards you or your allies, you are free to defend yourself with vigor. This includes anything from being marked with a Hunter's Mark, seeing a Horde attack an Alliance city, or seeing a Horde attack one of your friends. Additionally, if a particular member of the Horde is well known for violence towards the Alliance, it's reasonable to expect your character to know such things and therefore take measures to ensure you are not caught off-guard (i.e. if you've been killed/ganked/camped by a particular person before, the Horde has obviously shown hostility and therefore is not protected under our vision for peace). The same would be said for any Horde character that the Twilight Empire is opposed to for RP purposes. There have been RP wars that the Empire has engaged in and the players from these guilds are considered hostile. It should be noted that whenever PvP happens, a member of the Empire should not engage in disrespectful behavior such a rude emote spams, planting a banner, etc. As noted in the "Required" section of our policies, your actions will reflect on the guild.