Paragon's Rules

Paragon

Paragon WoW Rules (v8.0)
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The rules are divided up into a multitude of categories. Because this is a roleplaying server, one will find rules explaining our expectations of how you roleplay in the IC section, and rules about how you conduct yourself in the community in the OOC section.

Common sense is a godsend to have.

The server exists to have fun.

If you compromise other people’s fun, you are more than likely violating the rules.

Please be considerate of everyone in the community.

By connecting to Paragon, Paragon’s forums, or its Discord, you are agreeing to this set of rules and acknowledging you have read them.


---- Out Of Character ----

Welcome to Paragon! Though we understand that jokes and memes occur here and there, we do not tolerate harassing and insulting others. Simply put, respect people, and remember it’s okay to disagree. 

Impersonating another community member is forbidden, and if any malicious intent is interpreted, can be grounds for punishment.

You are subject to an immediate blacklist for any criminal breach of any international or western-based laws, such as the United States, United Kingdoms, Canada, or Australia (“Western Laws”), that are found to be violated through Paragon (in-game, forums, Discord, etc).

We are a community. At the end of the day, legal burdens of proof do not apply when deciding blacklists. Grey-areas of any criminal act will be grounds for immediate blacklisting as well.
 
The rules listed below are limited in the fact that they cannot possibly address every situation that could possibly come up. Staff members will consult with one another to determine how to best proceed with these rules when dealing with content that falls outside their purview, and the arbitration of those situations may result in new rules being written. New rules will, however, always be announced beforehand.


Account
 You are agreeing that you are willing to use common sense, or lacking that, refer to Moderators when uncertain of your own actions.

Your forum account is isolated from your server account. The latter is accessible by the website portal (not the forums) where you register your account or the server itself. You may have multiple in-game accounts.

 Multi-boxing is permitted, however utilizing two or more accounts for your advantage in this way will be punished.

Paragon does not permit the usage of Proxy IPs in-game or on the forums.  IPs are checked for this every so often and will be permanently suspended if deemed Proxy IPs. If there are any sort of specific reasons as to why you’re forced to use one,  please use the ‘Contact Moderator’ subsection of the forum.

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Communications
You may not post any content that is or contains, terrorism,  explicit pornography, or anything that violates Western Laws. Hateful rhetoric and derogatory statements are not tolerated.

You may not post content that targets, victimizes, or assaults a specific individual or a group of individuals with the intention to humiliate, orchestrate a witch-hunt (an accusation that everyone leaps onto in a hostile manner), or similar. There are no exceptions or justifications to breaking this rule.

Content that is designed to bait someone into responding in a negative matter will be treated as instigating. In doing so, expect equal punishment as the person you were dragging the reaction out of.

Discussions involving religion, politics, or other very emotional or personal topics are acceptable, but if a moderator believes it’s taking a turn for the worst they’ll ask you to drop it.


Harassment, (meaning deliberately and continuously contacting a particular party with the sole intent of communicating unwanted,  upsetting, or inappropriate content), is not allowed. If someone is harassing you, inform them that you’d like them to stop. If they do not stop, if it is possible, block them, and report them. This goes on both the forums and in-game.

Spamming of any form, including through addons or macros, is highly frowned upon and will in many cases trip a spam filter. If not, there will be a manual mute that will last no shorter than 24 hours from the time of the mute being imposed.

 You are not prohibited from discussing other servers, but coercing others to leave the server or blatant advertising is not allowed  Running people off the server will not be tolerated in any form.

Encompassing all the above: If you are posting/copying something that you didn’t write, but goes against one of the rules above, you will be punished as if it were your own words.


Channels
Content posted in the say, emote or yell channels are strictly In-Character unless enclosed in distinct punctuation markers, (( for )) and [[ example ]], or are in a designated OOC zone such as The Mall. All other actions are to be taken as ICly and will be reacted to as such by Dungeon Masters and Moderators.

Content posted in the public say, emote or yell channels must not be erotic in any shape or form. All erotic content that qualifies as “second base” and beyond must be in whispers, party, or raid chat.

Content contained in TotalRP3 or any other similar addons that allows player profiles and custom items or effects to be made available amongst players for roleplaying purposes must also follow these rules. Images that are NSFW and not illegal may be linked but they must be clearly marked as such. 


World Chat
World Chat is a privilege, not a right. It is a public messaging system that can be seen by anyone and everyone on the server who does not opt-out. Those who cannot be found to use the medium appropriately will be restricted from using it.

You are prohibited from starting, posting, or discussing topics pertaining to another person’s punishments including bans, mutes, forum posting-right revokes, character revokes, retcons, or character locks. You may discuss these things in other locations, but World Chat is not the appropriate place to air any grievances you may have with the Moderator’s decisions.

Forums
Posts that violate the communication rules are marked as hidden, archived, edited, or completely deleted. 

Posts that are made in the Roleplay categories are to be at least partially IC.

Posts that are made in the Application categories are open for constructive criticism but must be relevant to the applicant and their character.

Whilst Paragon does not prohibit nudity in character reference art, it must both be distinctly marked as NSFW, accessible only by hyperlink (the image is not directly embedded in the post), and not illegal. Art that is clearly erotica will be removed and the poster punished.


Discord
In order to obtain access to the Paragon Discord channel,  follow the instructions as set out in the Purgatory Channel.

Paragon and its Moderators have complete jurisdiction over the content posted on the Paragon Discord and can delete anything that you post.

The content rules for Discord are identical to the ones for the Forums and in-game. Links or embeds of images that are NSFW are strictly prohibited on the Paragon Discord.


Other Media
While Paragon has no jurisdiction over 3rd Party Communication platforms,  any content that violates these rules and leaks onto the server from an external source will be dealt with as if it had been done on Paragon itself.

If you post something that violates Paragon's rules on these external media, and that later finds its way onto the server, you may be dealt with as if it had been posted on the server, to begin with, even if you were not the one who posted the content. This often depends on the severity and seriousness of the topic.

Paragon will not deal with issues of harassment or other communication violations that occur on mediums other than Paragon, its official forums, and other officially related mediums. If someone refuses to leave you alone through 3rd party communication methods, block them.

Lore Sources
Paragon depends largely on the most recent source of lore as long as it is a viable, canon, and realistic source.

The lore found in the most recent novels (within three years) or World of Warcraft: Chronicle is considered valid above all sources.

Messages from the developers, such as in Ask CDevs, or responses to tweets are found to be more viable of a source than the content found in-game unless it can be disputed from more recent or valid sources. As above, more recent material trumps these statements, as well.

Information found in World of Warcraft from quests, books, or dialogue is considered extremely valid and useful for almost all situations. Quest text, while not infallible, can be a very useful tool in understanding a point of view or a concept. Quest-givers can, rarely, be seen as unreliable narrators, as they are not beyond lying. It is important to note, however, that some aspects of World of Warcraft exist purely as mechanical elements to the game, and may be discredited as lore source at the discretion of the Moderation team.

Lore found in the older novels is only valid if there is nothing in the sources from above that overrules it. More recent material, such as the Manga or the Comic Books will take precedence over these novels.


Stories and Lore found in the Warcraft R.T.S. games (and expansions) are valid if nothing above overrules or puts into question the lore found within.

Flavour text in World of Warcraft (that is, a description of a mount, pet, or toy found in the Collections tab) are not sources of lore that can be disregarded entirely, but sometimes contain scenarios yet to be found in any other source of lore, such as Grunty and talking Cloud Serpents. While these snippets can be useful, much of it is either a joke or an easter egg and will be regarded as such.

Spell effects from World of Warcraft that have very limited showing, such as the Good and Evil Twin wormhole or the Neuralyzer effect in Area 52 are decided on a per-basis. Anyone wishing to play an ‘evil twin’ character is subject to the same restrictions as anyone playing any other character. (If you’re playing the Evil Twin of a character that requires an application, your character will require an application.)

Flavour text from Hearthstone serves as a very last source of WoW information, helpful in connecting the dots, but unlikely to be valid in all other regards.

 The World of Warcraft Trading Card game  is not considered a viable source of lore

The WoWRPG is not considered a valid source of lore on Paragon. Adaptations from it have been created under ‘Class Guide’ in the ‘Character Applications’ of the forums.

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Command Use
As a player, you are not allowed to summon people without permission.  commands are not to be used on another person unless requested or required. Repeated misuse of this may restrict your ability to use commands on other people.

An exception to the above is if you are attempting to limit someone's interference with roleplay. For instance, if someone walked around in Dalaran as Ragnaros whilst you were roleplaying, you would be permitted to demorph or downscale that character after asking them to stop.

The use of .mod scale should be kept within reasonable limits. Do not scale above 1.2 for normal races unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you are using an excessive scale beyond 1.2,  moderators are allowed to scale you down. If you’re unsure if you can, or should, go higher than 1.2 for your character ask other players or Moderators if the scale fits the race.

You are able to use your commands on NPCs, including .npc say and .npc yell, but are asked not to misuse them or use the NPCs as a conduit to your anonymity. You are able to scale and morph NPCs, however, avoid doing so in all but the most necessary circumstances such as fixing a mistake with targeting the wrong unit or making the NPC invisible by scaling it down. These permissions can and will be removed if you are found to abuse them regularly.

Unless actively performing their role The Creative and Moderation Team must adhere to the above rules as well.

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The Mall
The OOC Hub of Paragon also known as "The Mall" is where newly created characters spawn. It's also where players can go when they're not busy with any roleplay and try to get people together to make some.

Spells are not to be spammed in the Mall. Doing so is grounds for having them removed by a Moderator.  If you want to play with spells ".t spelltest" exist for this. This does not apply to minor combat spells such as HAMMER! Or Speed Slash. Intentional abuse of (crash) spells will result in punishment.

Morphs and Scaling your character is limited in the Mall. Keep your character small and at a reasonable scale whether it's in the circle with everyone or not. Any morphs that make the ground shake aren't allowed in the mall.

Unless given Moderation Team permission, no NPCs or Objects may be permanently spawned in the Mall. An NPC may be spawned temporarily(under 10 minutes), but must be despawned afterward. Only the Moderation Team may authorize permanent changes to the Mall.

 Spells
It is possible for players to be given spells by a Moderator. You will be expected to provide spell links or a list of Spell IDs as acquired from WoWhead. A Moderator reserves the right to not give you any given spell.

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Applications 
 Posts in Applications must be constructive criticism and not derogatory or accusatory in a negative manner. “Secret” applications are allowed if you are applying for a character that implicitly requires secrecyThese must be posted into the Contact Moderator part of the forums“OOC Backlash” or “Fear of Metagaming” is not a valid reason.

Character Applications
You cannot play restricted race or class unless you have an approved application. This is accomplished through Character Application’ on the forums. Character applications require a certain amount of moderator reviews before approval. The restricted application can be found in the  ‘Details - Format and Lists’ thread under ‘Character Applications’.

In the case of a race or class with an asterisk * marked against it, a majority of Moderators are required to vote on it. For a race or class requiring majority Moderator votes, you must remain net +2 or more to pass.

Races and classes that have a [Limited] marked against it mean that only a certain amount of them may be active at any given time on the server. The amount is stipulated in the Limited Classes/Races List thread. Characters in this list undergo activity checks and if the characters are found to not have been roleplaying for three months, they will be revoked and the limited slot freed up.

 Character Applicationjudge the following four factors: Reasonable Description, Reasonable History, Sufficient Understanding, and Adequate RP Quality; providing feedback with each of the four categories.

An application will not be considered if it is posted while another one of your applications in the same category is still being reviewed or if a character application of yours was denied up to 3 days ago or approved up to 7 days ago. Applications that are posted during this cooldown will be moved to ‘The Workshop’ and you will be responsible to notify The Moderation Team when the cooldown period has finished.


Promotions
 A promotion application can be made if you are applying for a higher rank in an organization where you don’t necessarily have a commanding role. You cannot apply for your ‘first’ rank with the Promotions Application system. That must be done with a Character Application.

Commissioned Officer ranks are outlined in the ‘Updated Military Expansion for Many Races’ and ‘Faction megathread’ under the ‘Lore Clarifications’ in the forums.  

After a successful or failed promotion application, you may not make a new application for one month for the same character, or one week for a different character’s promotion. You may not have two separate Promotion applications up at the same time or at the same time as a Forces application.

Promotion applications require a minimum of two moderator approval.


Forces
Without an application or a contact moderator approval, your character is allowed no more than five non-player companions, such as bodyguards, soldiers, students, or assistants. These may not be any races or classes from the Restricted list, such as Blademaster, Nathrezim, etc.

Upon applying for further forces, you are required to justify the number of forces you have, as well as how (if applicable) you provide their upkeep.

The maximum number of forces that can be actively used on the battlefield is 100 NPCs (exceptions are applicable for base of operations, etc.. after Contact Moderator approval) and may be revoked if you are not reasonable and responsible in the use of them. 

After a successful or failed forces application you may not make a new application for one month for the same character, or one week for a different character’s forces. You may not have two separate Forces applications up at the same time or at the same time as a Promotion application.

Forces applications require a minimum of two moderator approvals.


Interior
An interior may only be built if it has an approved application.

You may not roleplay in a custom-made interior or claim to own any interior if it is not yours or it has not been applied for. Roleplaying in another player’s interior is forbidden unless you have obtained consent from them. The main phase and public interiors are exempt from this rule.

Tents and campsites are not considered interiors and thus do not require an application but are to consist of no more than 2 tents, their contents, and a campfire, and are routinely scoured from the landscapecampfire without Moderator Approval. Any exception requires Manager approval.

Interiors must not be in the main phase, Phase 0 unless they are a public thing (such as a shop, or a recruiting station).  Non-public interiors may be phased out of the main phase if they prove to be disused, consistently, for more than a month. If you find any Interior like this please contact the Manager.

Interior applications will require that you include an IC location as well as an OOC one.

The Managers reserve the right to use their judgment to decline your application. Interiors are expected to be reasonably sized.

If making small changes to your approved interior, you do not need an application but simply the Manager’s approval.

Interior applications only require a minimum of 1 approval  (Administration or Managers). 


Resurrection
Your character is unable to cast a resurrection spell unless they have an approved Resurrector application ) in the Resurrection Applications forum and the specific resurrection (called a resurrection application) has been approved in advance.  A Resurrector Application must be approved by at least 2 Moderators, but a Resurrection only requires one Approval.

Note that there are certain races that can skip the initial resurrector application. These are the Val’kyr, Liches, and some Dragons.

After a resurrector application has been approved, you are required to make an additional post prior to you resurrecting someone for approval by the Moderation team. 

After a successful or failed resurrector application, you may not make a new application for one week for the same character.

Your resurrection spell will ultimately fail if your resurrection post is denied. Your resurrection spell may also fail at your own discretion, despite the approval. An approved application does not guarantee a successful resurrection,  outside parties can always attempt to intervene ICly.

You may not make a new Resurrection Application within one week of your last, even if it was declined.

You may not resurrect someone who:

Has been dead for longer than a year in real-time.

Has died due to natural causes (old age, natural disease).

Has died ceremonially, such as being burnt at the pyre.

In the event that you are being risen from the grave as an undead ghoul, you need to use ‘Contact Moderator’ on the forums.When being resurrected as an Undead, you must explicitly state who is reanimating you and it has to be a player with the ability to do so.

 If you are a demon, you do not need an approved resurrector post. Demons who are defeated will recover in one month.

If you have prepared for your death through a soulstone or other artefact, you do not need an approved resurrector post and only need to make a Contact Moderator post. Moderators must be informed of the soulstone use before the event of your death. If it is in an event, the DM must also be informed. If approved, the item is consumed and you are brought back to life.



Clarifications
Clarifications are designed to fix, through agreement of the community, inconsistencies that may preside in World of Warcraft through any of its mediums.

Additionally, Clarification can be used to give more basis to a vaguely described class or regime, which again, requires the community agreement in order to be considered authentic and Paragon Lore.
 
Subject to the Additions, you may not make a clarification for anything that has no basis in the World of Warcraft lore - you can only add in details of something that has already been described to exist inside the World of Warcraft universe custom races are prohibited. Lore Additions are approved only if they are aligned with the logic and the environment found in the Warcraft universe. 

 

Additions
Additions are designed to include new concepts of lore that are consistent with the general World of Warcraft lore landscape. Additions may be concepts drawn from the WoW RPG but are not exclusive to the same. 

 Creative Team
Applications to join the Creative Team on Paragon will be approved or denied by the Manager, however, player input is allowed. There is no set time when your application may be reviewed.

You are entirely here under the Manager’s discretion and can be removed if approved by Manager and Admin decision, as well as unwarranted inactivity.


Moderators
There are two ways to become a Moderator. Either you make an Application where the community votes you in or the Admin brings you in without the need for an Application.

Your topic is open to everyone to comment on, which may include some players providing approval or disapproval. 
 
Upon the defined application time, the Admins will allow the community to vote on candidates to promote to a trial moderator. This is done by an anonymous vote on the forums.

Trial Moderators will be allowed to act as expected of their role immediately after the Admin changed their forum rank but must note that they may not ban people without peer approval from a standard Moderator.
 
After the trial period has ended, the applicant is either approved and promoted to a full moderator or denied and removed of their rank. It is entirely possible to be denied sooner if the moderator has made 
severe mistakes and may receive a punishment for it. 

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Moderator Discussion
The Moderator Discussion is a public category on the forums where the moderators will discuss decisions that affect ParagonIt does not entail discussing player reports or the application of bans in the interests of privacy.

Decisions made by the Moderators regarding a retcon or a judgment regarding a topic that affects multiple people must be properly announced in the Shoutbox and a brief thread under Moderator Discussion explaining why and who or what it may affect.


Topics
A Moderator Discussion thread is made by the moderator with a poll outlining all the options, a post that starts with a URL to the comments thread for public use, and a breakdown of the discussion.

The Moderators are said to have come to a verdict when one option has more votes than the other options, sufficient that even if moderators that have not voted do so, the overall consensus will not change. Polls last for a maximum of 14 days.

 If two options bear similar results and are the majority of a poll’s results, a following poll to clarify the preferred option amongst the community must be made.


A thread must remain public for two weeks before a verdict can be reached and must remain viewable until it has progressed past that stage. Once the thread has been active for two weeks, the original poster must draw a conclusion from the poll’s results and state them in a new post. At that point, the Poll will be closed.

A Moderator Discussion thread cannot be archived until it has been resolved and the consensus has been implemented.


Comments
Upon a Moderator Discussion thread being made, the creator of the thread will also create a post under the Comments section that will allow the public to weigh in their opinions and perspectives.

It is at the discretion of the creator of the thread to duplicate the poll in the Moderator Discussion thread so to gauge the public about this.  

Removal of Moderators
Removal of Moderators can be initiated by any member of the community. Players must approach the Admin when attempting to create these threads. There must be a justification and it must be valid per the Admin, otherwise, the Removal may not be initiated.

Players are not allowed to create a petition for any Moderator that is currently on absence unless they believe the absence has been unjustified and lasting  too long ( over a month )
A Removal Thread will have a poll with two simple options: 'Remove' and 'Do not remove'.

The results of the poll will determine the Moderator’s continued presence on the Moderation Team. A Moderator is put up for removal if more than  60% of the votes call for their removal. A poll that receives more than or equal to 40% in favor of removal will result in an in-depth investigation wherein it is still possible to remove them through a moderator vote which will be called after the investigation is concluded. 

 If a Moderator is held under investigation they will be suspended from the team until a final decision can be made.

A removal vote must be anonymous and must be viewable for no less than 10 days for it to be considered valid. These votes also need to have received no less than 80% of the active population voting to be considered diverse enough to pass. 

Inactive players who are no longer part of Paragonmay not vote on these threads. If a vote is seen from them it will be removed.

If a member of the community is found to try and cheat the votes by making Multiple accounts to vote their vote(s) will be removed and they will receive a punishment for it.
 
The findings of any investigations will be made public after the vote and the proceedings have finished. The Administrator collects information from people who have posted in the thread their opinion which involves evidence as to why they have chosen their answer. Collectively with the Moderation team, the Admins decide what should be done, which may include (but is not limited to) “do nothing”, “give a last chance” or “demote”. 

It is also possible for the Admin to remove a Moderator without the need for a Removal Thread if enough complaints have been given and the Moderator has done little to nothing to rectify their behavior.


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Contact Moderation Forum
The Contact Moderation forum is designed for the player to communicate directly to the Moderators. Only the Moderators and the thread creator will be able to see their thread.

You are also able to directly point out an issue solely to the moderators, such as a potential cause of the crash, a vague ruling or to reopen discussions about a lore change with the unveiling of new information.


Player Reports
Player Reports are a direct method to report a player breaking the rules directly to a moderator. Please note, the topic name can be viewable by all, so please keep it anonymized as best as possible.

The contents of the thread need to outline evidence supporting your accusations of someone breaking the rules.

In some cases, the person accused will be made aware of information against them, and they will be expected to justify.

Falsifying or making ‘Targeted Reports’ is grounds for punishment. Please include all information even if you personally do not think it relevant. Others may be punished if during the scope of the investigation more rule violations were found.


Appeals
Appeals may be posted for any length of ban which resulted from a punishment. In the case of a permanent ban, this appeal may only be posted sixty days after the initial ban has been set.

 The Moderation Team may override the admin decision on bans if there is a unified, vast majority vote to keep someone banned or unban someone.


In the case of blacklisted bans,  the  Admin reserves all authority to keep someone on the blacklist or take them off the blacklist. It is entirely within the Admin's right to ignore a blacklisted player.

Unrevoke Applications
In the event that your character is revoked through the IC Punishment protocol, you must create an unrevoke application to indicate to the moderators that you have amended your behavior or understanding of the character, race or class.

You must acknowledge the reason why your character was revoked and why it was valid, as well as how you have/intend to correct the issue.


Unrevoke applications require half the moderator approvals.


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Punishments
Upon breaking any of the rules listed above, punishment will be applied based on severity.

On the forums, moderators will edit a post such as fixing the thread title, changing the post contents to meet the required standard, or removing content that violates the rules.

On Discord, the Forums, and in-game, the Moderation Team reserves the right to mute based on various justified violations of the rules.
 
Circumventing punishments is not tolerated. In the case that you individually circumvent your punishment,  a more severe punishment will be instated upon you.

In the case that you allow another person to circumvent their punishment by using your account, an identical punishment to the one the person is undergoing, if not more severe punishment, will be imposed upon you.


IC
#1; Warning -  You'll be informed your behavior is unsatisfactory and need to change.

#2; Three Day Character Lock - The Character will be locked and unable to be played for three days

#3; Seven Day Character Lock  

#4; Character Revoke - You will no longer be allowed to play your character.  to be given a chance to play the character again, you must submit a successful unrevoke application.

#5; Race and/or Class Revoke - You will no longer be allowed to play a character with the Race and/or Class of the character that was revoked. To be given a second you must submit a successful unrevoke application.


#6; Race and/or Class Revoke and OOC Punishment - You will no longer be allowed to play any character of the Race and/or Class of the character that was revoked. . This will normally start at Severity Level 2 but may escalate to a higher level under repeated or extreme offenses.


OOC
#1; Warning -  you'll be informed your behavior is unsatisfactory and need to change.


#2; One Day Ban


#3; Three Day Ban


#4; Two Week (Fourteen Days) Ban


#5; Indefinite Ban - This ban will not be set to expire until you make a successful ban appeal.


#6; Blacklist - An extreme punishment for actions deemed reprehensible. This ban is permanent and cannot be appealed except in extraordinary circumstances. This category of punishment is reserved for those who commit direct offenses against the server itself or have acted in a way that violates the law.

Mutes
#1; Warning - you'll be informed your behavior is unsatisfactory and need to change.


#2; Three Day Mute


#3; Seven Day Mute


#4; Three Week Mute


#5; Indefinite Mute and OOC Punishment - An indefinite duration mute will be imposed and will not be set to expire until you make a successful ban appeal.  This will normally start at Severity Level 3 but may escalate to a higher level under repeated or extreme offenses.


#6; Forum, Discord, and In-Game Muted - A severe punishment for players deemed toxic. This ban is permanent and cannot be appealed except in extraordinary circumstances where the player may still be able to Roleplay if their Punishments allow them to be in-game, but they won't be able to communicate on the Forums, Discord, the Mall or World chat anymore.

Bans
Bans are applied to the server, discord, and forums.
 
Bans last for a specified amount of time but can also be set to last indefinitely. In the case of an indefinite ban, it is required that the banned person writes a ban appeal in order to possibly get it removed.
 
A ban cannot be imposed until the moderator has informed you of the reason and the duration of the ban, including if it is indefinite. 

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---- In Character ----
Try not to get too connected to your character and avoid making a Mary or Gary Sue character to limit that level of connection.

Adhere to the Blizzard lore as best as you can.

Roleplay
If you are new to roleplay or you have some experience but wish to improve then the community of Paragon will help to the best of its ability so long as you’re willing to learn.

Lol-RP - Roleplay which is distinctly non-serious - is not permitted. This isn't to say that non-serious or comedic characters are disallowed, but the general tone of the WoW setting should be respected in all avenues of your roleplay on Paragon.

God-Modding is not tolerated. On Paragon, every single emote is, by default, an attempt. It is preferable that you make that apparent through appropriate language.

Meta-Gaming is not tolerated.
 
Power-Gaming is not tolerated.

You may not use your own characters to benefit other characters that you own. Your characters may in no way benefit, profit, or otherwise see to gain something from the actions of another of your characters.  This includes using multiple characters to work together for someone else. The only exception for this is if your character is a non-combatant receiving aid in combat from a single person, or if you wish to RP your own minions/underlings.

We request that you keep all interactions with people on an OOC basis out of roleplay, and vice versa. In the situation that you no longer want to roleplay with someone for an OOC reason, you are perfectly entitled to do so, as the rule below states.

You can decline to roleplay with someone, and people are allowed to decline to roleplay with you. In the situation where a debate would form between who would be allowed to roleplay with the group, it is up to the group (excluding the two people involved) itself to decide. 

The only time you are not allowed to decline roleplay is if it involves avoiding in-character consequences. If you believe the person, or people, won’t roleplay fairly in this situation you can ask for a moderator to be present.

You may attempt to capture, restrain, and incarcerate other player characters. Said imprisoned player characters can request an escape attempt at any time. Any relevant parties, including the person responsible for their imprisonment, should be present. If the person responsible for the imprisonment cannot attend within two weeks of the prisoner's request, someone of similar authority may take their place.


Character
You are expected to be able to portray your character in a reasonable manner.

Naming
 You may be asked to change your name or be flagged for a rename if your character’s name is inappropriate. You will not be punished for having the same first name as a popular video game character, but avoid making carbon copy characters.

Story
Your character’s backstory must be rooted in the Warcraft universe. You cannot be an invader from another universe who somehow ended up in the Warcraft setting. While you may be involved in the Lore of the setting, you must not directly relate yourself to Lore characters.

If your character is determined to be a direct copy of a Pop Culture character, including their mannerisms, history, companions or simply being an out-of-universe rip-off, you must change them. If you do not abide by the request to change, your case will transfer into the punishment system for OOC & IC violations and will result in a character revoke and further punishment.

Your character may not be composed of more than three classes. By multiclassing you acknowledge your character is probably not as proficient as a specialized character would be.


The use of plague concoctions is highly limited. Any plague concoction that turns the living into undead with ease or can kill victims with small levels of exposure over any period is forbidden.

It is not possible to fabricate coins or money by transmutation.

You cannot be immune to any school or type of damage except physical hits if you are incorporeal.  However, you can be immune to the negative effects of poisons. This applies to magical items, they can not nullify and completely block magical and/or physical effects.


Pocket dimensions bigger than storage go through an interior application require a permanent entrance and exit that is made next to the caster upon the creation of the dimension. This entrance can be used by anyone permitting standard interior access rules and cannot be moved or destroyed unless the pocket dimension itself is destroyed.

Wearing Saronite has a very high likelihood of turning your character insane. While it is highly resistant to holy, nature, and physical attacks it is not resistant to arcane magic.

Teleporting in single actions is prohibited if you are in a combat scenario. You require two turns to establish a teleport.


Equipment
Due to the sandbox setup of Paragon, you can wear any item without class or armor type restriction.

Wealth
 You must be realistic and responsible with your wealth otherwise the Moderators may intervene and punish you on grounds of Powergaming. Beyond that, we use some simple classifications to unify the value of currency:

If you roleplay a character involved in merchant/economic practices (nobles, merchants, entrepreneurs, etc.) you are expected to justify (mathematically or not) how you make a profit if you are inquired about it by a member of the Moderation Team and/or in Application processes.  

Regarding Passive Income, where your business generates money in the background without the need to roleplay transactions, it is forbidden to make an expressive profit through the background just by saying you have a shop.   The money generated by passive income is the money necessary to keep your business functioning properly -- whereas the money you earn from Roleplay is the surplus you get to do whatever you intend to in the conformity of logic. 


Interiors
Attacking, invading, or attempting to destroy an interior requires the interior’s owner to at least be present to observe OOCly, in case any defenses are in place to defend the home or business.
 
Upon making your interior you are required to put any inherent defenses belonging to that interior in the application or failing that, make a contact moderator thread if you wish to avoid possible metagaming.

 

Death
The actions your character will take may lead to negative consequences.

 Your character is only able to be killed if you have put them in a compromising situation (such as entered a hostile region or ventured into a dangerous location).  Some exceptions exist.

Furthermore, your character is, for the most part, immune to instant kills unless they are completely incapacitated which is only possible through combat or traps.

In events, your character is unable to be killed by a  random cause unless your character can avoid taking the chance. This also applies to incapacitation (in which death will follow).


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Lore
Paragon follows Blizzard lore. All major events that happen on the retail must also happen on Paragon including which lore characters live and die when, and who occupies what locations when.

Outside of this, however, Paragon permits custom lore. This custom lore is freely permitted if the custom lore is feasible and makes logical sense. This ensures that lore characters cannot die prematurely and that we do not deviate from Blizzard lore in an irrecoverable manner.

In the situation that some lore is vague and an answer from Blizzard isn’t available, a Lore Clarification.  Clarifications may become redundant if new information is revealed.


Locations
Paragon allows players to influence the world around them and affect certain areas / take over areas.  However, once we reach a certain point at Blizzard lore these zones, if at all changed on retail, should revert to the retail state for us to match Blizzard lore. If a player wishes to change/take over an area but is unsure about it they should submit a Contact Moderator thread.
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Scale
Azeroth is much smaller than it should be. You must take into account in their roleplay that you cannot walk across any particular zone in a few minutes. It may be done ICly but one must consider Time Scaling as described below.

Consequently, zones, cities, and towns are far more abundant in population (which includes NPCs) and this must be respected.


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Guilds
Guilds are held to a similar standard of naming as characters are.

Guilds that are made to represent a faction are instead considered components of them. The guild leader is not considered a high-ranking member of that faction but a high enough rank to command guild members. 
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Guild Bases
Faction-based guilds can use the faction base as their headquarters but will have little to no access to the NPCs or the resources of the respective faction.


A guild does not own an area outside of these conditions unless they have gone through a Guild HQ interior application. Faction guilds wanting their headquarters to be improved also need to apply.

 A guild base may not be roleplayed until the application has been approved. This is especially the case for custom-built guild bases but not so for faction bases.

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Events
Events may not have a situation in which someone will die solely by chance.  Events must give them an opportunity to utilize the second chance.

If an event is being run with the sole purpose of grievously injuring or murdering a character, that specific scene will be retconned, additionally, an event is being run with the sole purpose of gaining progression, doing simple events with a closed group to justify giving them gear and the Dungeon Master removed of all responsibilities.

If a DM is seen showing blatant bias for/against a certain member of the event or group of players, the DM in question must be reported with screenshots for evidence and the DM will be at risk of having their powers and responsibilities removed.

In the case of the above happening and the DM being found guilty of bias. A sitdown will be arranged with all available that was part of the event to come towards a decision in regards to if changes need to be made. Retcons will be the last resort.