ong has it been that the wood-elves battled against ever-spreading darkness. From the early years of the Third Age, a plaguing evil stole through countless forces of Elven-kind, claiming life, land, and ultimately, the Greatness of the Greenwood. 1050 T.A., Sauron's gloom falls upon the Southern groves of the forest that would now forever be known as Mirkwood, marking a battle that would not end until either the former glory of the glade be bestowed once more, or shadow engulf the land.
militia of those who wished to protect their homes and loved ones alongside the army of the Elvenking, Cherth-e-Eryn arose in the year of 2049 T.A., aiding in the first destruction of Dol Guldur led by the White Council. As The Watchful Peace settled in, whispers and rumors of wrights, Ularie (Nazgul), and Cargûl in other elven lands reached our ears. Some still had fire in their hearts, for they could not forget the damage that was done to their homes; others had vowed to never allow evil destroy any more than what it already had, and in a search for answers, a need for vengeance and more, we set out to the Western lands to aid our brethren, and continue to do so until the safety of our lands are ensured.
A kinship with the goal of establishing a fun, comfortable, and respectful roleplay environment that wholly understands and recognizes the value of community, teamwork, and most of all, RL obligations. Cherth-e-Eryn leans toward the medium RP-side of the RP spectrum, focusing on a militia-esque theme for Elven fighters and healers alike, banding together to fulfill their duties as protectors of the lands, and searching for the light that will banish evil once and for all.
An array of roleplay types and scenarios can be expected, although there will be an emphasis on serious/adventurous roleplay (for example; roleplaying various missions, fighting, travelling, [hopefully] allying with others to take on bigger tasks at hand, etc.)
In hopes of trying to keep the kinship as flexible as possible while attempting to function within lore-friendly boundaries, we have done our best to issue as few requirements/rules as possible.
Regarding One's Character:
The character you are applying with must be an Elf! Their ethnicity/origins does not matter, as non-Silvan/Mirkwood elves are more than welcome to join!
Having a fully written background is optional, but we ask that you have some basic knowledge of your Elf's history. In respect for the lore and other roleplayers, we ask that you do not apply with a character who has any sort of relation to canon characters (else we might have just about 8324085023980 Elf-maidens married to Legolas) nor are heirs to the throne, or Half-Elves (there is too much dispute around this and for the sake of roleplaying in peace, it is better to avoid the conflict surrounding Half-Elves.) If you are unsure of whether your character is lore-breaking or not, feel free to message anyone in the kinship or post on our forums for help! Lore bending is allowed when needed, remember that! So don't be shy!
Please apply with a character with a lore-friendly name. It does not have to be in actual Sindarin/Quenya (i.e. holding real meaning); as long as it sounds Elvish and nothing like "KinSlayer209801924" or "ThranduilsHomegurl5evr" or even "Jon Snow" (might work for the Race of Men, but not Elves!), you're good.
When applying, be sure to notify the officer you are contacting whether you would like your Elf to be part of Cherth-e-Eryn before they ventured Westwards or not (that's right! You can be a part of the original militia!.) Characters that are not originally from Mirkwood may be a part of the original number, though you must come up with a plausible reason for their being in Mirkwood and fighting with the militia. We may turn down your request regarding this and ask for your member to be ICly a new recruit if our numbers of non-Eryn Galen elves are too high within the initial few. (Officers need to know this so those who were ICly leading Cherth-e-Eryn (such as your Tur) may recognize your character, if they choose to.)
Respect. Respect, respect, respect. R e s p e c t. It cannot be stressed enough how seriously we take respect towards all kinmembers. Harassment, ridiculing (with intent to cause harm/resulting in hurt feelings), etc. will not be tolerated. Racism and hate speech of any kind is strictly, STRICTLY prohibited.
All that nasty, mean stuff aside, all we expect from our kinnies is to be kind, friendly, and considerate to one another. Abide by proper RP etiquette, etiquette for asking of a kinsmen/women's crafting services, etc. c:
It is absolutely not required for one to be super knowledgeable of Tolkien lore. We consider ourselves a learning kinship, not Tolkien elitists, so those who aren't too familiar with Tolkien's books will not be shunned or mocked in any way. We encourage you to ask questions if you are unsure of something!
Never RP'd before? Great! Been RPing for forever? Awesome! It is, in no way, a requirement for any player who wishes to join the Cherth, to have extensive roleplaying experience. We are welcoming to roleplayers of all levels and types, and we ask to keep in mind that all roleplayers are different in terms of style.
You are not required to be online all day, everyday, or even every week; the same goes for roleplaying. We completely understand RL expectations and obligations and will never force you to give up anything that will affect you IRL for the sake of the kinship. It would be preferable if you could let the kinship know when/how long you will be gone, if you are to be away for an event, or even if you just need some space, just so we know we'll be seeing you again at some point!
While there is no age requirement, we expect members act maturely and treat all members with respect.
I would just like to mention that the kinship is still very, very new and we are focused on building our numbers at the moment. A few pre-kin events have been discussed and will take place as soon as we figure out an appropriate date.
That being said, if you are interested in joining/have any questions about Cherth-e-Eryn, reply here, send an IG letter (make it IC if ya want!) or /tell to Velsirien or Lastiel, OR drop a message on our kinsite!