WELCOME TO ELSWOOD ACADEMY, an institution devoted to helping you realize the full potential of your unique superhuman abilities. Do not fear our school, new student. We are here to help you. Do not try to escape us, new student. We promise THERE IS NO WAY OUT. You don’t know what you are, but you know you were born different than the others. The signs had always been there, whether early on – lightning ripping through the sky as you cried in your mothers arms – or later, waking up on your fifteenth birthday to find yourself floating three feet off the bed. You put your ability on display for the whole world to see or you concealed it, far too afraid of what the world might do to you if they knew. Unfortunately, hiding from those with eyes everywhere is a futile effort. Regardless of whether you’ve tried to fight the truth, you are one of us, one of the elite. Making up a mere 0.00015 percent of the population, we are the statistical anomalies. There’s no official name for what we are. Out there, we would’ve been labeled FREAKS. In here, we’re the GIFTED; regardless of what our abilities have done or what they have the potential to do, they are gifts – special skills that to be honed, mastered. That’s where ELSWOOD comes in. Getting into ELSWOOD is the easy part: the majority of students don’t have a choice. Some families have a knack for churning out gifted children; they’re the lucky ones who attend of their own accord. The rest of us aren’t given that opportunity. We fall asleep in our own beds only to wake up somewhere else completely. There are no goodbyes, no last words. We’re welcomed with lethargy, four white walls, and the unsettling chill of an empty room. We’re told to proceed to the orientation room. We’re not sure how long we’re really in there, but we leave the room feeling dizzy. We can ask around but no one really knows where ELSWOOD is or how they got there. Some remember falling asleep in their own beds while others were taken using more aggressive methods. Some students don’t say anything at all, walking around in a daze. You could search for clues as to where we are but, from what we’ve heard, the stars can’t be mapped. They say there’s NO WAY OUT. Many have tried to leave on more than one occasion but the land that envelopes the school is seemingly endless. The forest extends for miles but no matter which direction you venture, you will always end up back where you began, trapped in a cycle that only ends if you turn back around and accept your fate. WELCOME TO ELSWOOD, NEW STUDENT. There are whispers in the halls, rumors of resistance, but those could just be rumors. After all, there’s nothing to fear, right? Nothing to resist. You’re safe here. YOU’RE HOME. ELSWOOD ACADEMY is a roleplay centered on the stories of individuals plucked from their everyday lives and unceremoniously dropped into a mysterious school that’s shut off from the outside world. For some, the academy is a haven, an opportunity to escape demons beyond the walls. For others, ELSWOOD might as well be hell on earth. On which side do you stand? We all hate reading the rules for a role-play but please take some time to read them and peruse the pages in the “About Elswood” and “Applying” sections of our navigation before applying. ACTIVITY AND ACCEPTANCE ACTIVITY Every Friday we will have an ACTIVITY CHECK. If you haven’t been active for five or more days since then, you will be given an activity warning. If you have not contacted us by the following Monday, you shall be banished to the depths of nothingness (Kickity - kick). If you abuse this system because you can only be active every three days or so, consider putting your character on either a semi or a full hiatus until you can be active. FORMATTING Paras, gifs and icons are the preferred format for interaction at Elswood. One liner paras aren’t allowed and action paras in asterisks, brackets, or anything of the sort aren’t encouraged. Students are given cellular devices (Don’t get any ideas. They only work within the school) so interaction can happen through them, but it shouldn’t be your character’s PRIMARY method of communication INTERACTING WITH EVERYONE It’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. Getting along with certain people is great, but everyone deserves to feel included. Even if you don’t feel your character will get along with another, that just makes for more excitement. We love excitement. MAJOR PLOTS All must major plots must be approved by admins before carried through. Some examples of major plots would include injuries, pregnancies & death. Or other things that could be offensive if handled irresponsibly (ex. mental illnesses & disabilities). If you aren’t sure if your plot idea is considered major, message us and we’ll clarify. TRIGGERING CONTENT Text Spoilers are necessary for all mature content and lengthy self paras. In addition all triggering content must be tagged. If you are unfamiliar with triggers, there is a list below this text. No matter how trivial it may seem to you, please respect other roleplayers’ wishes to have something tagged if it is triggering to them. Everyone deserves to feel safe here. Please be courteous to your fellow members and remember to tag the following triggers if you use them in any gif chats, paras, or other posts. Ableism Animal Abuse Asylums/Abuse of Mental Health Patients Bad Mothering Blood Cannibalism Cissexism Death Domestic Violence Eating Disorders Emotional Abuse Eye Horror Eye-Involving Gore Gore Guns Incest Murder Needles Parent Suicide Parent Depression Pedophilia Racism Rape Sexual Abuse Suicide Sexual Assault Snakes Spiders OOC INTERACTION GODMODDING Because this is a roleplay where characters have abilities such as overriding the willpower of others and reading minds, please be mindful of what can and cannot be done. If a roleplayer hasn’t given you clear permission to use their ability on your character, this is godmodding. OOC DRAMA Out of character drama is not tolerated. We operate on a three strikes system but if your infraction is major and we feel you’re deliberately disregarding or bending the rules before your third strike, we will not hesitate to remove you from the roleplay. IMPORTANT If you have a problem with anyone or anything in the roleplay, even if it involves one of the admins and a decision we’ve made, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ve been in roleplays where coming forward with issues meant those issues were hushed and swept under a rug. We don’t want anyone to be silenced or feel like the villain for speaking up. We want this to be a safe place where people can openly express what they feel without fear. If something offends you or causes you any discomfort, we will hear you out and we will try our best to remedy the situation. FOR EXISTING MEMBERS MULTIPLE CHARACTERS We allow each roleplayer to have three characters maximum at Elswood. Of those characters, only two can be of the same gender or race FOR EXAMPLE: You cannot play all four remaining members of One Direction (Too soon?) here but you could play Harry Styles, Sang Woo Kim and Frieda Pinto. In this example, two are POC and they could all be different genders depending on how you chose to have them identify. THE RULES ABOVE They may seem unreasonable but it keeps members from doing things like playing seven different average looking white men or hoarding all the members of a boy band or a girl group simply because they like their faces. Exploring different genders and ethnicities is an important part of the role-playing experience. LEAVING THE ROLEPLAY? We’re sad to see you go but please give us prior notice (Preferably 48 hours before you will leave). Send us a message and wait for us to reply before going inactive. We may be able to integrate your characters' departure into happenings around the school in a very mysterious, very Elswood way. Now we’ll be cliche and say: above all, have fun! If you have any questions or concerns, message the main and one of the admins will try to help you as best we can. Q & A GENERAL WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STUDENTS GRADUATE ELSWOOD? WHEN WILL ELSWOOD'S REBELLION HAPPEN? A big part of Elswood is the mystery surrounding events like graduation, revolution and what happens once you’re on the outside. Try and accept that mystery. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR CO-ADMINS We're not looking for co-admins at the moment. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EDITS AND STOCK PHOTOS FOR ELSWOOD?That'd be Admin Darling! WILL YOU HAVE A CUTOFF FOR THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS? Yes, when we feel that Elswood has gotten too crowded, we will hold off on accepting applications. HOW ACTIVE ARE YOU? Horrible question to ask. Next question, please. UNIFORMS DO THE PHONES HAVE CASES? It’s plausible that phone cases could be sold in the Points store to keep them from getting damaged and needing to be replaced. Keep in mind though that the cases would probably have to be black and white or use division colors. CAN THE STUDENTS WEAR THE UNIFORMS FROM ANOTHER DIVISION OUT OF CLASS? (FOR EXAMPLE, I'M A TERRA, AND I WEAR TERRA CLOTHING, BUT DURING SOCIAL EVENTS, OR OUT OF CLASSROOM, CAN I WEAR SOME OTHER DIVISION'S UNIFORM? E.G; AQUA, ETC. All students can only wear (and purchase) clothing in their own colors. CAN MALE STUDENTS WEAR MAKE-UP? They sure can! Students of all genders can chose to express themselves in whatever way they please. CAN YOU ELABORATE MORE ON CLOTHING, PLEASE? They dress the same way a private school would save a few things They’re more lenient when it comes to “modesty” meaning there won’t be any teachers going around measuring skirt lengths and telling girls to cover up their shoulders. The clothes have no gender. Regardless of what you identify as, every student gets the blouses, button downs, skirts and dress pants in the starter pack so those who want to experiment can. Outside of school, students can wear what’s in the gym/leisure pack The blazers aren’t mandatory. Because of what’s listed above, saying they dress the same wouldn’t be 100% accurate. There’s a lot of freedom and mix and match opportunity. There are no other articles of clothing at the moment but if all student stayed inside of their division colors, moved outside of traditional gender roles and behaved well enough to earn points, they’d have a mountain of clothing to choose from. The devices are definitely unhackable, and many students have tried and failed. As for possessions, the students are stripped of all their things, including clothing; so the given uniforms are technically all they have to wear.