The following list contains the policies of the MUD that are enforced by the immortals. You are responsible, as a guest of our game, to educate yourself regarding these policies.
Ignorance is not accepted as an excuse for violation of any of these policies.
The immortals on this mud have worked very hard to create a world that you can play in and enjoy.
Disobeying, hassling, or being otherwise disrespectful to the gods is not acceptable in OOC. (In an in-character sense, it's absolutely foolish).
In a roleplaying sense, if you disrespect certain gods, they have every right to either kill you outright or use their powers against you. This is a case-by-case situation, depending on the god, their temper and alignment, and also depending on your character.
Note: This should only happen in an RP sense - and killing mortals should not happen often. Lesser ways of dealing with mortals, by that god, toward a disrespecting person, may be approved - as long as it is RP.
Non-roleplaying is not tolerated. We have set this MUD up, from the world files to the classes, races, spells and skills, to accommodate roleplay. This is a role-playing MUD with some standard MUD elements mixed in for variety. Understand that if you do not like to roleplay, then this MUD is simply not for you.
Exploitation of bugs will not be tolerated, and is grounds for deletion and site ban for 1 week at the first offense. If you are unsure if a "feature" you are using is a bug or not, ASK before using it. Repeat offenses of this nature may result in a permanent ban.
"Multi-playing" mortals is not acceptable on this MUD. Multi-playing is the act of playing two characters at the same time. This includes link-dead characters. If you disconnect with one, then return to the MUD with a second, you have violated this policy. This does not mean you can only play one character, it simply means that you can only play one at a time. Fully rent or quit with one character before logging in with another.
Killing a person with an out-of-character motive will be dealt with severely. To make an attack
on someone, your motive needs to be extremely solid. Plan to have at least a paragraph prepared
for immortals regarding exactly why your character decided to make the attack. If we find
insubstantial reasoning in your explanation, the kill will be deemed out of character, and a
violation of this policy.
Think about these things before deciding to PK: Is there an RP reason for the attack/PK? Would my character, depending on their alignment/class/race, attack or kill the other character? Any attempt or successful PK may be looked into by an immortal, so be prepared to defend your actions if you are questioned.
Also note that not all OOC pkillings will be solely the fault of the attacker. There may be circumstances where the person attacked was seen to be causing trouble OOC, spamming a character, or generally harassing another player. Realize that in these types of cases, both people will be warned and punished - one for the actual attack in OOC, and the other for provoking it.
Stealing from players is allowed, but note that you do so at your own risk. Beware of the in-
character law enforcement rules. Note that you can't steal from anyone in the board rooms
or the inn rooms.
Addendum: Stealing from new characters is prohibited. What qualifies as a new character? If you find yourself wondering, then chances are that you should not be stealing from them.
Power-leveling another character (grouping with a player of much lower level for the purpose of helping him or her gain experience) is illegal and will result in the loss of all levels gained through the power-leveling session, but the same amount of levels to be taken from you, as well. Repeated offenses will have double the consequences. If the characters are more than 10 levels apart it is considered power-leveling.
Using scripts to kill mobs and gain experience is prohibited. Use of scripts will result in a loss of experience and level, to be determined by the acting immortal(s).
Giving equipment or money from one of your characters to the other is not allowed. "Giving" can mean indirectly giving as well; such as dropping one character's equipment in a secret place, then returning to the same place with the second character to pick it up, or giving a piece of equipment to a friend, and having the friend give the equipment to the other character. If you are involved in such an exchange or transaction, you will be purged, losing ALL equipment and money on hand just as if you had died and had your corpse looted.
Giving a piece of equipment to a character that he or she would not normally be able to obtain
without extreme difficulties (such as a piece of equipment from a mob 5 or more levels above
the character) is not allowed.
As in policy # 9, all characters involved will be purged, losing all equipment and money on hand. This also applies to coinage. If you give a character 100 platinum coins, and under normal circumstances the person would not be able to obtain this money him or herself, your gold on hand and bank funds may be dropped, or you may be purged, depending on the severity of the situation.
If you play two characters, they are "separate people" and DO NOT know the same characters,
information, etc., as each other. If you hear a rumor as one character, the other character
knows nothing about it. Failure to separate two characters is considered very poor roleplaying
and will result in an XP penalty on every mob you kill, just as any other disregard for
Repeated violations of this policy will result in first a warning from the immortals, and then deletion of the highest level character if you refuse to regard the two characters as separate people.
It is illegal for you to purposely avoid the death of your character. Avoiding death by
quitting out, either from a mob attacking you, or from a player attacking you, fits under this
situation, as well as cutting link to avoid being attacked by a mob or player. Each situation
will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. This goes the same for people who have either
attempted to steal, or pkill and cannot rent - cutting link to avoid being attacked while you
are still affected by the killer or thief flag is illegal and will be dealt with.
This policy does NOT mean it is illegal to flee or retreat from a battle - only if you lose link or quit out.
It is not technically illegal to auto-rent in certain situations, but if it is
found you have been auto-renting a lot, consequences will happen. (Note: Auto-renting is
defined as cutting your link and letting your character idle until he/she rents automatically,
without you going to an inn and actually renting) Some of these situations are as follows: Too
frequently cutting link to let your character auto-rent, cutting link and auto-renting to avoid
being attacked by either mob or player, cutting link and auto-renting to get out of a hard
area, or dead-end area in which you could not have actually walked your character out of, and
cutting link and auto-renting to avoid walking back from a far area.
Not all of the situations have been covered, but these are a few of them, and should be noted. Please rent at all times, to avoid a penalty of breaking this policy.
Also note: If you do not have enough money to rent with normally, you will still lose the equipment you have if you try to auto-rent. Also realize, that auto-renting is not a sure thing: if your character is not saved (as it does automatically when you rent), and the game crashes, you may still lose what you had.
Discussing other muds is forbidden on Age of Legends: Tales of the Lance. People are here to role-play, not discuss which MUD is better than what.
It is illegal to share your character with ANYONE. If you do, and you lose items, they won't be replaced. Also, if you are caught sharing, that character will be frozen. There will be no pity or leniency on this issue.
No "badmouthing" other players in OOC is allowed at all. There is to be no gossip or spreading
malicious rumors about another player, and there is to be no smear campaigns directed at
ruining a player's reputation. A good rule of thumb is to remember that the other person
involved is a person too, and to put yourself into their shoes and imagine how your actions
would make you feel.
If what you are saying or doing to them would make you feel bad, then DON'T DO IT! This applies to many situations, and is something that in real life most people know implicitly. In particular, any sort of OOC discussion that is threatening, harassing, or in some other way SERIOUSLY harmful is frowned upon, and if it is serious enough, will be punished in the standard ways.
Role-playing considered in bad taste, and not allowed on this mud, includes matters of rape. To
play this is in extremely bad taste. It is nothing short of a form of exhibitionism, and makes
people uncomfortable. With a thousand stories to role-play, there is no need to touch this one
with a ten-foot pole. At no time is any character to act out any sort of nonconsensual sexual
act on another, or to engage in this activity. Neither is it to be done in such a way that one
person accuses another. To put it simply: this is not allowed and will not be tolerated.
Additionally, this mud is an escape for people who may have had instances in real life that relate to this topic. The last thing we want to do is to bring it back up for them, or to make this mud a place they don't want to be.
This is the normal order of punishment for violations of a policy, if it is not given in the
2. Rp Penalty
3. Ban of 1 to 5 days
4. Ban of 1 to 3 weeks
5. Character deletion; ban of 1 to 3 weeks
6. All characters deleted; permanent ban