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Hierarchy System - Rites of Dominance

Rules | Judging | Soul Animals | Prompt Sets | Benefits | How to Submit | FAQ


The Rites of Dominance are the gateway to leadership and wisdom for a Tokota, and are not undertaken to all. You will choose three prompts from a list of many depending on the animal that best represents your Tokota's soul, and write or draw them. When submitted, you will receive a pass/fail response based on the judging below.
Rules

General


  • Only one Tokota is allowed to enter per prompt (meaning you can depict other Tokotas, but no simultaneous entries for Rites of Dominance), unless you are collaborating with another member. In this case, up to two Tokotas are allowed to enter at the same time, but they must be doing the same prompts.
  • Your Tokota(s) must have enough HP for dominance and have this confirmed by an administrator in order to submit these tasks.
  • If an entry looks rushed, sketchy, or very quickly done it may be denied. They don't have to be masterpieces, but they should be detailed, with equal or greater skill than existing pieces of the same medium posted in your gallery. If it looks like it took two minutes, it will not be accepted.
  • All pieces must be original, with no templates used or copied elements (background, etc.) from other art or literature pieces.
  • Commissioned/collaborated entries are accepted, however, in the case of collaborated entries, please be aware that only two Tokotas may be judged per set.
  • The Rites of Dominance do count for the show/competition HP bonus, however only the Tokota(s) participating gains the bonus.

Art


  • The tokota(s) must be depicted full body (75%+ visible). Angles and perspective will be taken into consideration.
  • Full background is required to the best of your abilities (like all tokota events, art effort is compared to your own gallery, not other artists).
  • Images must be colored, but detailed grayscale is allowed, as long as the tokota's defining markings are very clearly depicted with shading, etc.
  • Images must be at least 300x300 px.
  • A handler, if included, should be at least 50% visible.
  • Prey animals, fish, handlers and any other required subjects must have some detail to them, silhouettes are not allowed.

Literature


  • At least 1400 words.
  • Must be entirely focused upon the task.
  • The tokota(s) should play a main role in the story, not just be casually mentioned.
  • A handler, if included, should be mentioned significantly throughout the story and play a prominent role.

Judging

Judging will follow a similar rubric to the Rites of Fertility, but you will be graded with a pass/fail.

Judged overall (the completed set of all 3 prompts):
  • 1-60 RNG score
Judged per prompt:
  • 1-30 unbiased effort score, this will be compared to your own gallery
  • Optional: +10 for somehow including a depiction of your Tokota's soul animal, full body (50%) or worked into the scenery/theme.
  • Optional: +10 for accurate setting. You can read more about the various areas of Tokotna here.
  • Optional: +10 for including a handler, starter or lore figure.
  • Optional: +10 for a short story of at least 500 words. For literature entries, this bonus will be awarded for at least 500 extra words.
Any score below 50 will fail. If you fail the Rites of Dominance, you can re-enter with new images/stories, without having to recalculate or collect more HP.

Soul Animals

The Tokota's soul/totem animal best represents them at heart, and determines what prompt set they do for their Rites of Dominance. It is said that after obtaining dominance, a companion of your Tokota's totem animal will appear to accompany them home. You may choose the color variant of your companion specifically, or request in your RoD submission form to have it rolled randomly by admins.

Wolf


Loyalty and courage.
Hunting bonus: Chance to roll up to four prey pelts on any hunting trip.

Bear


Strength and ferocity.
Hunting bonus: Inability to fail a hunt.

Deer


Wisdom and gentleness.
Exploration bonus: Chance to roll up to four items on an expedition.

Raven


Cleverness and manipulation.
Exploration bonus: Inability to find trash items while exploring.

Eagle


Freedom and intellect.
Fishing bonus: Chance to earn up to five fish on any fishing trip.

Kingfisher


Patience and focus.
Fishing bonus: Inability to find trash items while fishing.
Prompt Sets

Wolf


Loyalty and courage.

  • 1. The wolf will never reveal itself to your Tokota if they have not overcome their fear. Demonstrate your Tokota’s courage by depicting them facing their greatest fear, and overcoming it to prove their mettle.
  • 2. Your Tokota’s loved one is in danger. In a show of loyalty, they must come to the rescue.
  • 3. Being a courageous leader should also include being humble. Depict your Tokota in an act of humility, whether it be claiming responsibility for past mistakes, helping the ill/disabled or performing a task of lesser importance.
  • 4. Your Tokota must find their way through a treacherous mountain pass filled with many dangerous obstacles. Depict them facing and conquering these threats, included but not limited to predators, other Tokotas, natural disasters or human interference.
  • 5. Your Tokota must brave an incredible storm that is passing through the area. They must swiftly seek shelter, and help others find their way to safety.
  • 6. Occasionally a leader must take a stand against those they love and trust. Your Tokota must make a decision and stand by it, even if it seems like everyone else is against them.
  • 7. A band of wild Tokotas are stirring up trouble near a local village. Your Tokota must find them and deal with them before any locals or their Tokotas are hurt, whether that means fighting them, chasing them off, or simply warning them away.
  • 8. An irritable spirit is terrorizing the land and your Tokota must spearhead an initiative to either pacify or destroy the creature. Their courage as a leader will be put to the test as they face this ethereal menace.
  • 9. Your Tokota is nearing the end of their quest to dominance and they make a final stop to visit an elder shaman or elder Tokota (any of the starters). They are instructed to make a journey to the cave where the spiritual waters of the Soul Pool can be found, where Aippaq is said to have taken its first breath. Drinking from the waters will reveal the animal most closely to their soul, the wolf.
  • 10. Your Tokota has their first brush with their animal companion. The experience is unforgettable, but the way your Tokota interprets this new-found connection is up to you.
  • 11. Your Tokota is on a hunt that is going very badly. Just as they are about to give up, they sight Nagruk in the trees ahead. Do they find the courage to continue their hunt, or does the sight of the forest spirit drive them away? (You may depict Nagruk in any of his forms – Tokota, child, or caribou.)
  • 12. A fire has broken out in the forest. Depict your Tokota courageously attempting to fight the flames alongside the spirit of the forest, Aga.
  • 13. An evil spirit has decided your Tokota is it’s prey. To get your Tokota’s attention it has taken one of their loved ones. Your Tokota must prove their loyalty by showing courage and fighting off the spirit that has taken its family.
  • 14. Your Tokota has been sent on a quest and stumbles upon a village ravaged by Meelanik. Your Tokota must face the massive beast and find a way to either bargain or force him into leaving the village alone.
  • 15. Your Tokota has fallen into a trap set by the spirit of fear, Sivoganik. He has trapped them in a waking nightmare consumed with a vision of losing their closest companions. How will your Tokota escape? Confront Sivoganik, or find the courage to stand against the paralyzing sights before them?

Bear


Strength and ferocity.

  • 1. An aggressive, lone Tokota has been running rampant near human settlements (or pack territory), threatening the inhabitants and overhunting excessive amounts of prey. A strong and determined Tokota is needed in order to stop them.
  • 2. A hunt goes very poorly and your Tokota is in danger. Show your Tokota either fending off the foe, protecting someone dear, or fighting through it despite injury.
  • 3. An angered spirit has inhabited the mind of a loved one; they have become irritable and violent. Your Tokota must remain strong and keep the afflicted individual at bay, while searching for a method of dispelling the corruption.
  • 4. A landslide has blocked off a popular route used by traders and several packs during the winter. Your Tokota has stepped forward to help move it. They must find a method of clearing the debris, whether it be with their own perseverance and brute strength, or by recruiting the assistance of others.
  • 5. Strength is not always physical; your Tokota must also be strong in their heart. In a time of chaos and devastation, they must raise their head and overcome the odds. Depict your Tokota coping with something heartbreaking, or rising from a near-death experience with only the strength of their will to continue keeping them afloat.
  • 6. Compassion is another valuable strength. Depict your Tokota offering their support to others, whether it be physically or emotionally.
  • 7. Sometimes in order to be an effective leader, one must show their physical capabilities in a display of brute force. A challenger has appeared; depict your Tokota asserting themselves as the most capable authority.
  • 8. A pack of Tokotas is having a dispute over the division of their meager rations and their infighting has begun to affect the locals and/or neighboring packs. Your Tokota has undertaken the task to stop their squabbling and find a solution to the poor hunting situation. They must be fierce and earn the respect of the starving Tokotas, so that they can convince them to cope with the shortage and seek alternative hunting methods in their own territory.
  • 9. Your Tokota is nearing the end of their quest to dominance and they make a final stop to visit an elder shaman or elder Tokota (any of the starters). They are instructed to make a journey to the cave where the spiritual waters of the Soul Pool can be found, where Aippaq is said to have taken its first breath. Drinking from the waters will reveal the animal most closely to their soul, the bear.
  • 10. Your Tokota has their first brush with their animal companion. The experience is unforgettable, but the way your Tokota interprets this new-found connection is up to you.
  • 11. Dark spirits have been seen roaming the lands and causing strife for the living. Depict your Tokota, strong and unintimidated, teaming up with Sikrinerk to chase them away.
  • 12. Nagruk has appeared before your Tokota with a challenge; successfully hunt and bring down the largest prey animal in the forest in his presence, to earn his approval and gain his blessing.
  • 13. A small village is being attacked by evil spirits with no reprieve. Your Tokota must find a way to protect the village with its strength and save those living there.
  • 14. Your Tokota is on their way to dominance when a massive snow storm starts to creep in. They can feel themselves freezing and know it's the work of Borga. They must find the strength to confront him or find a way to chase him away with a weakness that can be exploited.
  • 15. Your Tokota was ambushed by Meelanik while traveling, and the beast has gotten his fangs into their fur. They become locked in a battle of souls; how do they pull themselves free of the danger? Do they turn to physically fight the monster with claws, or defeat him with just the strength of their spirit?

Deer


Wisdom and gentleness.

  • 1. One of the puppies in your Tokota’s pack (or tribe) has lost its parents, and no one seems prepared to step in and care for it during the harsh winter months when food is already so scarce. Until the puppy is old enough to care for itself, your Tokota must nurture it and answer its needs.
  • 2. The weather is warm, and for the time being, life is peaceful. Your Tokota must be depicted embracing life and stopping to ‘smell the roses,’ so to speak; an exercise in being aware of what is around them, whether it be something as simple as enjoying the scenery or watching a bird’s egg hatch. They do not need only to be wise and gentle, but grateful and respectful of the natural world.
  • 3. Wisdom often comes from deep spiritual involvement. Depict your Tokota meditating by the soul pool, or one of the other ‘sacred’ areas in Tokotna, such as one of the ancient inukshuk statues scattered across the Tartok Mountains or another superstitious or ancient location of your invention.
  • 4. Your Tokota’s gentle nature is so well known that they can walk among herds of prey without frightening them. Depict your Tokota running peacefully alongside a herd of deer, a stampede of bison, relaxing with a warren of rabbits, etc.
  • 5. A pack of wild Tokotas has been displaced by humans, and your Tokota must lead them through a cavern passage to reach unclaimed territory suitable for their needs. With their calm leadership, they must bring the group through safely despite narrow paths and sheer drops. The spirits have lent their light to illuminate the path ahead, bathing the cavern in an eerie blue glow.
  • 6. Your Tokota’s greatest enemy’s life is in danger, and they are the only one who can save them. The deer embraces gentleness, and your Tokota must forgive their adversary long enough to rescue them from the danger they are facing.
  • 7. Sometimes even a deer must use his antlers. In defense of their pack or loved one, your Tokota must face down a powerful foe in the form of a spirit, predator or human.
  • 8. With wisdom comes the knowledge of the cycle of life and the ability to know when it is time to let go. Depict your Tokota soothing someone or something in their last moments, gentling the journey into the void.
  • 9. Your Tokota is nearing the end of their quest to dominance and they make a final stop to visit an elder shaman or elder Tokota (any of the starters). They are instructed to make a journey to the cave where the spiritual waters of the Soul Pool can be found, where Aippaq is said to have taken its first breath. Drinking from the waters will reveal the animal most closely to their soul, the deer.
  • 10. Your Tokota has their first brush with their animal companion. The experience is unforgettable, but the way your Tokota interprets this new-found connection is up to you.
  • 11. It is dusk in the forest, and your Tokota is headed home from a long day of exploration. Just as the fireflies begin to wink in the air, the great forest spirit Aga. appears to your Tokota. Depict your Tokota peacefully walking alongside Aga in the forest.
  • 12. Carnivores are also capable of gentleness; Tokotas who aspire to the ways of the deer must treat their prey with utmost respect. Depict your Tokota treating their prey with great care, ending their suffering quickly and giving thanks to Nagruk for its life.
  • 13. A spirit is causing havoc, and most seem to have decided that it is an evil spirit deserving punishment. Your Tokota must find the culprit and decide if the spirit is truly evil or if kindness can cure what ails it.
  • 14. Sivoganik has captured your Tokota and friend into his mind. He's issued them a challenge to find their way out using only wisdom and their friendship. If they don't get out in time, Sivoganik will take a precious memory from them, one that they will greatly miss.
  • 15. Meelanik has descended on a peaceful forest looking for his next soul. Your Tokota must protect the serenity of the trees and the creatures living in them. Do they attempt to drive him out, convince him to leave, or help the animals hide from this evil spirit?

Raven


Cleverness and manipulation.
  • 1. On an expedition, your Tokota and their packmates enter an area with scarce natural resources and cannot locate any prey to hunt. Depict how they manage to survive by using their wit to gain access to needed provisions.
  • 2. Your Tokota needs to use their conversational skills to form a diplomatic alliance or work their way out of a perilous situation. Depict how they use their cunning to turn a bad situation in their favor without causing an altercation.
  • 3. Learning to utilize one’s surroundings a valuable skill. Your Tokota finds themselves trapped by poachers, wranglers or some kind of natural obstacle, such as a cave-in or a flood. Depict how they manage to escape by the skin of their teeth, using quick thinking to find a solution.
  • 4. Your Tokota is out in the deep wilderness and comes across some sort of machine, mechanism or ominous man-made structure. What it is and how it works is a mystery that your Tokota must puzzle out.
  • 5. Someone has stolen a very important keepsake from one of the elders of a nearby village. Not only is it physically valuable, but it also holds great sentimental value. Depict your Tokota finding this treasure and finding a way to retrieve it from the thief in order to return it its rightful owner.
  • 6. A mischievous spirit has created a maze out of thorns, blocking a popular route to the wintering grounds of many packs. In order to remove it, one intrepid individual must find their way to the end through a variety of twists, turns, and dead ends.
  • 7. A large white raven has challenged your Tokota to a game, and is very insistent, pursuing them until they accept. Correctly answer three riddles, and your Tokota will receive a valuable and ancient heirloom from the raven’s collection. Fail, and one of the Tokota’s own assets will be taken; a loved one, item or sense such as sight or hearing.
  • 8. In legends, the raven is sometimes rumored to have oracular sight. Depict your Tokota in the midst of a vision, and/or seeing it unfold at a later time.
  • 9. Your Tokota is nearing the end of their quest to dominance and they make a final stop to visit an elder shaman or elder Tokota (any of the starters). They are instructed to make a journey to the cave where the spiritual waters of the Soul Pool can be found, where Aippaq is said to have taken its first breath. Drinking from the waters will reveal the animal most closely to their soul, the raven.
  • 10. Your Tokota has their first brush with their animal companion. The experience is unforgettable, but the way your Tokota interprets this new-found connection is up to you.
  • 11. While sleeping one night, a vision of Sikrinerk comes to your Tokota in their dreams. A dark, cunning spirit has disrupted the sleep of a child in a nearby village, and she asks for your Tokota’s help to drive it away. Depict your Tokota using their cleverness to aid Sikrinerk in dispelling the nightmare.
  • 12. A child has appeared and challenges your Tokota to a series of tests, judging their intelligence and proficiency through various hunting assessments. If your Tokota is successful, the child will reveal themselves to be Nagruk and bestow a blessing upon them.
  • 13. Evil spirits are on the loose in one of the sacred areas of Tokotna. Your Tokota must find a way to lure them to Sikrinerk, be it by their wit or tricks.
  • 14. Your Tokota is in the presence of dark spirits; they want something and your Tokota knows it's not good. Your Tokota must find a way to chase or lure them to the Ridge of Elders where Aippaq is waiting to devour the spirits and free them from their suffering.
  • 15. Your Tokota finds themselves face to face with the great and powerful Borga. He's sworn to freeze them to the bone unless they can entertain him. How does your Tokota handle the situation? Do they attempt to trick Borga and escape or treat him with stories and jokes?

Eagle


Freedom and intellect.

  • 1. A serious injury has left your Tokota unable to move and/or speak for several days/weeks. Depict them regaining their faculties, recovering strength and gaining greater appreciation for the physical freedoms so often taken for granted.
  • 2. Your Tokota’s companion or packmate has fallen prey to illness that requires certain rare herbs and items from neighboring lands. Depict your Tokota caring for them or finding the necessary items to heal them.
  • 3. A great eagle has coaxed your Tokota to the top of a mountain, insistently urging them to follow. At the top of a bluff, there is a sheer drop in between them and another plateau; the eagle appears to be challenging them to leap. Will your Tokota back down, or take the challenge and feel what it’s like to soar?
  • 4. Word reaches your Tokota’s ears about a group of poachers setting up camp in the mountains. They are said to have many animals with them, chained and in cages. Your Tokota must use their intellect to find a way to free all of the animals without any falling in harm’s way, and drive off the poachers.
  • 5. Freedom is never absolute. There always responsibilities, either to yourself or to others who are relying on you. Depict your Tokota struggling with this limited freedom, and making the choice between freedom and responsibility. Either choice is valid, but they must choose.
  • 6. For those who are tied to the eagle, freedom is a treasure hard won and often fleeting. Depict your Tokota trapped, their freedom curtailed, and how they maintain their composure (or not) until an escape can be made.
  • 7. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Depict your Tokota taking council from an elder Tokota (one of the original starters,) and learning new skills to assist them in their quest for intellectual expansion.
  • 8. Knowledge grows even more powerful when shared often. Depict your Tokota teaching the next generation important life skills, so that they might use their learning to better themselves.
  • 9. Your Tokota is nearing the end of their quest to dominance and they make a final stop to visit an elder shaman or elder Tokota (any of the starters). They are instructed to make a journey to the cave where the spiritual waters of the Soul Pool can be found, where Aippaq is said to have taken its first breath. Drinking from the waters will reveal the animal most closely to their soul, the eagle.
  • 10. Your Tokota has their first brush with their animal companion. The experience is unforgettable, but the way your Tokota interprets this new-found connection is up to you.
  • 11. While exploring one evening at sundown, your Tokota comes across Sikrinerk as she chases a dark spirit across the forest. Barking playfully, she invites you to join her in you chase. Does your Tokota join her?
  • 12. It is important for a leader to pass knowledge to and oversee the spiritual growth of the next generation. Depict your Tokota introducing a pup or younger Tokota to one of the spirits.
  • 13. Your Tokota has been trapped by evil spirits; they can hear them whispering ill-will on all sides. Your Tokota must find a way to freedom using only their wits and what is on hand to sneak away from the beings that have cornered it.
  • 14. Sivoganik has trapped your Tokota in a dreamlike world very similar to Tokotna. In one of the sacred places he has changed something. Your Tokota must find what does not belong in the landscape that Sivoganik has put there. Be it something alive, or something as normal as a rock. Your Tokota must find a way to figure out what is wrong before Sivoganik drives your Tokota mad.
  • 15. Borga has turned the landscape into a labyrinth of ice and terror. Your Tokota was unfortunate enough to be trapped in the frozen maze with no clear direction to freedom. Do they try to free themselves, or confront the evil spirit in hopes of releasing everyone from the trap?

Kingfisher


Patience and focus.

  • 1. A calm mind is able to stay better focused and in the present. Depict your Tokota meditating at a shrine, waterfall, or any of the spiritual places in Tokotna.
  • 2. A local river has become polluted with trash, threatening the health of the fish and other local wildlife. In an effort to help protect the river, your Tokota offers their support in the clean-up efforts.
  • 3. Sometimes the shortest route to solve a problem isn’t always the best route. Depict your Tokota taking their time to work their way through a particularly challenging problem - without taking the easy way out!
  • 4. A scientist studying a new species of insect has asked for your Tokota’s help in collecting live specimens for their research. How does your Tokota maintain enough patience to capture the flying, crawling, or jumping insects without accidentally crushing them?
  • 5. Your Tokota has been selected as a subject for a research study on Tokota intelligence. They are given several puzzle toys containing a food reward and must use their ingenuity and patience to solve them in the fastest time possible.
  • 6. A TCA ranger has asked for your Tokota’s help to track down a notorious poacher who has managed to evade arrest at every turn. Depict your Tokota using their tracking skills to help locate and/or set up an ambush for the poacher.
  • 7. Your Tokota has been tasked with taking several young Tokotas out for their first hunting or fishing trip. How does your Tokota teach the young, rambunctious pups the patience required to make a successful catch?
  • 8. The winds have shifted unexpectedly and a blazing forest fire is now headed straight for your pack territory. The rest of the pack is panicked and scrambling to decide where to escape to. Show how your Tokota keeps their wits about them in the face of the disaster and safely evacuates themselves and/or their pack members.
  • 9. Spending time in nature calms and refreshes both the body and mind. Depict your Tokota enjoying a relaxing outdoor activity, such as a night camping under the stars, birdwatching, or a day spent by their favorite fishing hole.
  • 10. Freediving for treasure or pearls deep in the ocean requires intense concentration and skill. Depict your Tokota taking part in the exciting and dangerous task of retrieving something valuable from the ocean floor.
  • 11. A clean and tranquil environment can be an essential part of maintaining a relaxed and focused mind. Depict your Tokota sprucing up their den or other living space to make it a more comfortable space to spend time in.
  • 12. Your Tokota is nearing the end of their quest to dominance and they make a final stop to visit an elder shaman or elder Tokota (any of the starters). They are instructed to make a journey to the cave where the spiritual waters of the Soul Pool can be found, where Aippaq is said to have taken its first breath. Drinking from the waters will reveal the animal most closely to their soul, the kingfisher.
  • 13. Your Tokota has their first brush with their animal companion. The experience is unforgettable, but the way your Tokota interprets this new-found connection is up to you.
  • 14. Two spirits appear to your Tokota , promising them rewards for completing a task. Your Tokota can only help one spirit - how do they determine which one to help?
  • 15. Losing track of your prey while hunting can try the patience of even the most level-headed Tokotas. Nagruk appears to your Tokota when their hunt seems to be failing miserably - does your Tokota feel shame in the presence of the spirit or do they take it as a sign to bolster themselves to persevere in the face of failure?
  • 16. The lake in Anirniit Valley has been overtaken by angry spirits, who have blackened the water and caused the plants nearby to wither with corruption. Sikrinerk, impressed with your Tokota’s presence of mind, has summoned your Tokota and their companion to help her cleanse the body of water of evil spirits.
  • 17. Borga has completely frozen over a body of water that your Tokota has come to depend on. How does your Tokota deal with this challenge?
  • 18. A recent wind storm has devastated the area, destroying trees and the nests of a rare species of bird, driving them out of the area. Aga has requested your Tokota’s help to rebuild the nests in hopes that the birds will return.

Benefits of Dominance

Once your Tokota has been officially moved onto a Dominant import sheet or given a Dominant Symbol, updated and given a companion these benefits will automatically become active.

All Dominant Tokotas


  • +10 score in any group Event/Competition.
  • Admission into Dominant-only Continuous Events.
  • Always collect at least one item from Exploration.
  • Guaranteed 2 pup minimum in any breeding. Does not apply to Akotas.
  • Maximum number of traits is increased from 7 to 10.
  • Additional breeding slots will be unlocked. See Breeding - Slots for more details.
  • Ability to receive Soul Pool blessings in the form of Elemental traits, trait upgrades, special companions and extra companion & trait slots.
  • For female Tokotas, maximum litter sizes will increase. See Breeding - Slots for more details.
  • Choice of companion animal via Rites of Dominance.

How to Submit

Please include the following information in your image descriptions:

Import link and name (including ID) of Tokota:
Chosen soul animal:
Prompt (copy-pasted from this journal):
Link to HP confirmation:
Previous tasks:

When you are finished you will submit a comment on the relevant thread in Hierarchy Updates with links to each completed image/literature piece.

You may submit images to the "Rites of Dominance" folder of the group gallery, but it is not required.

FAQ

Do I have to do all of the prompts under my chosen soul animal?


No, as stated you should do three of the prompts under your chosen soul animal - which combination you do is up to you!

My Tokota's import information on Totemspirit says "0/5" for Rites of Dominance!


That's okay - that's from an old rule and only Tokotna import information is looked at. There are so many Tokotas out there it would simply be impractical to update them all. You still only need to do three!