INTRODUCTION The path system is designed to provide an extra layer of immersion and extra role-play opportunities for members who wish to get their characters more involved in the role-play community. The paths are fluid and flexible, and tasks for each path can be molded by the player to suit an individual character. Progress in a chosen path is purely based on individual achievement and character development, and plays no part in a member's rank in the guild (note: this is not the case with leaders of the path, as leaders of paths are still required to complete the path prior to leading it).
Below are some answers to commonly asked questions about the Silver Circle path system, to help clarify confusion and get you started.
What do I do when I'm ready to choose a path?
When you've decided upon the path that best suits your character, you can contact either the Keeper or an Elder or Warden. They will update your information on the in-game roster.
How do I begin path progression for my character?
New members may choose and begin their Path progression at any time, after making their in-character pledge to the Silver Circle, or while OOC Aspirants are still waiting to make their pledge to become IC Aspirants. For in-character context, it may be assumed that following their pledge, new members can locate the details of the various paths in the Silver Circle archives.
Do I have to choose a path to be in the guild?
No. The path system is an optional feature in the Silver Circle, and while members are encouraged to participate to their fullest capacity in the guild, progressing in a path is not mandatory.
My character relates to more than one path, what do I do?
Members can follow more than one path. Though, a character's primary path (what is seen on the in-game guild roster, under notes) will be based on what you choose.
What do I need to do to complete a task?
Each path contains an interactive Flash player called a "Path Tree". Each path tree contains 14 icons, 13 of which you can interact with by hovering over them with your cursor. The scroll that pops up on the right side of the path tree will contain all the information you need to know, including the requirements that must be met to earn credit. The minimal requirements for full credit are listed at the bottom of every task.
What do you mean by "Spontaneous RP" for the minimal requirements on some tasks?
Spontaneous role-play (RP) denotes the task can be used for grab and go events, meaning you can make a call for role-play and lead an event without having to post it up on the calendar. Who attends is simply based on who is available and in the mood for role-play. Unlike scheduled events, spontaneous role-play events typically make for a more casual and immersive role-play experience. You can use our D20 system or freestyle in your spontaneous role-play if you choose, but leading a spontaneous event still makes you the storyteller.
I'm having trouble coming up with ideas for my tasks, what can I do?
You can use our Events and Storylines forum to ask for help from fellow guild members, or to brainstorm ideas. Additionally, you can reach out to the leader of your path. In the absence of a path leader, you can ask the Keeper.
I'm anxious about getting started, everyone else already seems so far ahead. What can I do?
Take a deep breath. Remember that the paths are about individual character progression and not about where your character stands in the guild. The path system is typically used to progress a character's story, so take your time coming up with what you want to do. There is no rush.
I'm nervous about hosting events and being a storyteller. Is there an alternative way for me to complete event related tasks?
Yes. If you are uncomfortable hosting events you may opt to write a story in our Moonlit Terrace forum for tasks that require events. The theme of the task should still be pertinent to the story.