Absences and Scarcity
Absences vs. Scarcity
If you know you’re going to be gone or too busy to post for any period of time, we encourage you to let fellow players know by either posting on the Absence board, or proclaiming yourself Scarce.
Going on Absence
If you’re going to be gone for 7 days or longer, and if you do not plan to post during that time, put yourself on absence. This allows other players to know you should be skipped in group threads so that things are not held up.
To go on absence, post in the Absences Board in OOC.
Please note that being on absence won’t protect your characters from going Inactive during an activity check and being removed from the valley, or suffering other consequences of inactivity.. For more information on the consequences of falling inactive, please see the activity check guidelines!
If you know you’re going to be busy and unlikely to post, but if you still plan to post occasionally, consider scarcity— this just lets people know that you might be slow to respond.
Scarce players shouldn’t be skipped outside of the constrains of the Three-Day Skip rule (see below) without their written permission. To give permission for others to skip you (esp. useful in group threads!), you can either post one sentence in that thread, post an OOC notice in the thread, or give consent over PM. If you are scarce, please be aware that your threadmates may ask for your permission to be skipped!
To become scarce, check the “Scarce?” box in your profile. If you want to give permission for others to skip you without having to ask, check the “Skippable?” box.
Three-Day Skip Rule
In group threads, any player who takes longer than three days to post may be skipped by the next player in the established posting order. This is called the Three-Day Skip rule. After being skipped, the player may continue to be skipped and may rejoin the thread at any point if they return. This establishes a new posting order.
Note: If you are not next in line for posting order but wish to have the Three-Day Skip rule utilized, reach out to the player who would be next in line and/or any other players in the thread to decide how to proceed. Communication is key!
The player who started the thread may also specify that there’s no posting order or ‘one post per round’ as necessary in group threads so they do not drag out unnecessarily.
If a character is skipped or goes inactive during the course of a group thread, the remaining players are free to come up with a vague powerplayed explanation for why that character dropped out (e.g. they are left behind, are just standing by, have gone quiet, etc.)
Judgments, internal commentary, or other assumptions made about the skipped wolf are strictly prohibited to avoid driving that character’s story or falsely portray/powerplay their behavior. The remaining players may only acknowledge the character’s presence.
When your character’s account falls inactive, that character must be considered absent IC from the valley, with only the exception of pups under six months (see below) and no others. This may result in IC consequences if your character has certain responsibilities or is in a pack.
When a pack wolf falls Inactive, his account loses its rank and position. This may not mean he is forbidden from reentering the pack, but like everything else, all consequences for disappearance are determined In Character. Other characters may have reactions to your wolf’s absence or return.
Inactive Wolves Who’ve Not Yet Failed An Activity Check
We strongly encourage communication if you know you’re going to be inactive, so reach out to any players who might be affected. Communication is key! Since so much of what is done on Horizon has to be developed on screen, one needs to realize that low activity with a wolf will probably come with consequences or lost opportunities.
If you want someone to assume your wolf is around (with nonspecific interaction), it is recommended to address the players of the other wolves so that they can be aware and play accordingly. To players who are dealing with an inactive counterpart, assuming that wolf is never around, within reason, is within your rights. As a courtesy, do try to reach out to that player and ask what they’d like to be assumed while they’re away!
In the Case of Pups
Pups under 6 months who fail an activity check automatically revert to the custody of the parents and may be readopted out within a maximum of 2 weeks. Active parent players will be notified by Staff when their pup fails an activity check. If they are not readopted within the 2 weeks, they will be automatically considered dead.
Note that the parent players have the ability to put the pup up for re-adoption without consulting the inactive player. If the previous player chooses to submit an application to play the pup again, among other possible adopters, they are entirely welcome to.
If a pup is 6 months or older and fails an activity check, the parent players can either assume they’ve disappeared or put it up for re-adoption on the adoption page if permission is granted by the previous puppy player.
Adoptables become the property of the new player unless they fail to post for 28 days with less than 10 posts, at which point the original creator can reclaim it automatically. If it is the case of an adopted wolf who has been played by more than one person, only posts by the current player counts towards this threshold..