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Rites of Fertility - Rite of Merit

Courage | Fellowship | Dignity | FAQ

This is the first of three rites in the Rites of Fertility, which your tokota must pass in order to be eligible for breeding. This event will be judged regularly as the moderators' schedule allows. The rules and judging rubric can be found on the main Rites of Fertility page.

The Rite of Merit is an event put on by the Tokota Cultural Association to examine and test your tokota to see if they are fit to be bred. The event will start with a medical and basic conformation evaluation (though you are not required to draw this), followed by a variety of tasks specialized to fit individual talents. You will pick the one best suited to your tokota to fully showcase their abilities. It is advisable to read up on the merit traits and their benefits before choosing which class to participate in.

To enter this event, you will pick one of the classes below and draw or write about your tokota participating.

Courage

Awarded to the Tokotas who aren't afraid to walk on the wild side.

Speed Fishing - Any Tokota
The tokota will collect as many fish as possible within the time span of an hour and a half, and deposit them, intact, into a large bucket. Eating the fish will result in an immediate fail. This event takes place on, in, or around a body of water.

Requirements:

  • At least one fish must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, brought down, chased or observed from afar.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Thick Coat I/II, Waterproof I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Harbor Seal, Coyote
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Warm Blanket, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: n/a

Hunting - Any Tokota
The tokota will go and bring down a single prey animal in the allotted time, in the wilderness of Tokotna.

Requirements:

  • You may use any Tokotas prey, regardless of the season, including Tribe Hunting prey. For a full list, see the hunting price list.
  • Prey animal must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, brought down, chased or observed from afar.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Camouflage I/II, Thick Coat I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Snow Leopard, Coyote
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Warm Blanket, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Marksmanship

Sledding - Any Tokota
Your tokota has been tasked with delivering urgent supplies to remote communities on the outskirts of Tokotna. Your tokota must arrive to the destination within an allotted amount of time to pass.

Requirements:

  • A sled must be visible in the image (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Swift Feet I/II, Thick Coat I/II
  • Companions: Snow Leopard, Miniature Horse
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Warm Blanket, Overnight Rations I/II/III
  • Tribe: Sledding

Dock Diving - Any Tokota
It never hurts to have a bit of fun while showing off your skills! With a running start your tokota must leap as far as they can into a pool. Some might like to dive right in, but a tossed chewy is available for those who need a little extra motivation.

Requirements:

  • Background concept: A dock or platform leading out to a pool or other body of water.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Thick Coat I/II, Waterproof I/II
  • Companions: Harbor Seal
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Warm Blanket
  • Tribe: Agility

Lure Coursing - Any Tokota
Some tokotas excel at chasing down prey, whether or not they catch it. Taking off down the track trailing after a decoy animal will test their chasing skills, with an added level of competition - will they be able to catch it before their opponents?

Requirements:

  • Artificial "prey animal" must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature.
  • "Prey Animal" should be clearly identifiable as artificial vs living prey
  • Inspiration: X | X
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Swift Feet I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Coyote
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Overnight Rations I/II/III
  • Tribe: Endurance

Retrieving - Normal Build ONLY
The tokota must find and bring back as many hidden prey scented items as possible. Items may vary from prey shaped decoys to tennis balls to something as simple as a rag. This task may take place in a variety of settings.

Requirements:

  • At least one scent item must be depicted.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Coyote
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Marksmanship

Earthdog Trial - Toki Build ONLY
The toki must make their way through a series of man made tunnels by tracking a small prey animal. The prey animal will be safely enclosed and should not be harmed in the process; doing so will result in an immediate fail.

Requirements:

  • You may use any small Tokotas prey, regardless of the season, including Tribe Hunting prey. For a full list, see the hunting price list.
  • Prey animal must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, brought down, chased or observed from afar.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Swift Feet I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Coyote
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: n/a

Catch & Release - Dire Build ONLY
Some areas of Tokotna have become overpopulated by moose and mountain lions. Your dire has been tasked with capturing an individual of one of these species and releasing them into a more suitable environment. They must not harm the "prey" animal, but remember they're both classified as highly dangerous so proceed with caution!

Requirements:

  • You may use either moose or mountain lion, regardless of the season.
  • Prey animal must be visible somewhere in the picture (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature being stalked, captured, chased, observed from afar, or released.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Camouflage I/II, Thick Coat I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Snow Leopard, Coyote
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: n/a

Territory - Akota Build ONLY
Your akota must defend an outdoor area designated as their territory from intruders! Picture them patrolling their borders, guarding their den, warning off infiltrators, or scaring off anyone who gets too close.

Requirements:

  • Must be outdoors.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Camouflage I/II, Thick Coat I/II,
  • Companions: n/a
  • Items: Sharpened Nail Caps, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Overnight Rations I/II/III
  • Tribe: Endurance


Fellowship

This trait is awarded to tokotas whose bond with their handlers is unwavering.

Livestock Cutting - Any Tokota
The tokota is required to herd at least one livestock animal to its pen. Animals may not be harmed in the process; doing so will result in an immediate fail.

Requirements:

  • At least one livestock animal must be visible (at least 25%) or thoroughly featured within literature.
  • Animals to choose from: sheep, cow, pig, chicken, penguin, horse, llama, or alpaca
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Swift Feet I/II
  • Companions: Australian Shepherd
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall
  • Tribe: Endurance

Water Rescue - Any Tokota
While strolling by the coastline, your Tokota is alerted to someone or something in distress, stranded out in the ocean. Depict your tokota attempting a water-based rescue and saving all those involved.

Requirements:

  • Either a handler/starter/character of your choosing who is NOT participating in the rite must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature depicted being rescued.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Waterproof I/II, Thick Coat I/II, Impeccable Stamina I/II
  • Companions: Harbor Seal
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall
  • Tribe: Endurance

Teamwork Trial - Any Tokota
Tokota and Handler must make their way through a challenging course which includes a variety of trust and teamwork challenges. These challenges include free diving to collect artefacts at the bottom of a lake, tokota and handler pulling blockages free from their path, your tokota guiding around their blindfolded handler or your tokota using only its intuition and sense of smell to find their missing handler.

Requirements:

  • Handler/Starter must be at least 50% visible in the image or thoroughly featured within literature.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Flexibility I/II, Impeccable Stamina I/II
  • Companions: n/a
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Overnight Rations I/II/III
  • Tribe: Endurance

Skijoring - Any Tokota
Attaching a handler on a pair of skis can't go wrong, right? In an ultimate test of partnership and trust, your tokota must haul their handler over a snowy course in the allotted time. Maybe they'll come in first while they're at it!

Requirements:

  • A handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.
  • Required equipment: Harness, it does not have to be on the tokota.
  • Inspiration: X | X | X
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Swift Feet I/II, Thick Coat I/II
  • Companions: Miniature Horse
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Overnight Rations I/II/III, Warm Blanket
  • Tribe: Endurance

Frisbee - Any Tokota
Your tokota must use all their speed and skill to catch the elusive frisbee! Working together with their handler they'll preform tricks and long distance catches in an effort to get the best score.

Requirements:

  • A handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.
  • Required Equipment: Fishbee or disc
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Flexibility I/II
  • Companions: n/a
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Agility

Mounted Shooting - Normal Build ONLY
The tokota and handler must make their way through a target range, working together to allow the handler to shoot as many targets as possible with the allotted time.

Requirements:

  • A handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Flexibility I/II
  • Companions: n/a
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Competition Saddle, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Marksmanship

Search & Rescue - Toki Build ONLY
The toki is required to find their hidden handler or a starter in a vast area of arctic tundra within the allotted time. Handlers/starters may not give hints to their tokota.

Requirements:

  • A starter or handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Keen Senses I/II
  • Companions: Coyote
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Endurance

Cross Country Endurance Race - Dire Build ONLY
The tokota must traverse a one mile track through the Tokotna wilderness as fast as they can. They will encounter natural obstacles in the path such as fallen logs, streams, small ravines, and thick undergrowth.

Requirements:

  • Must include some kind of obstacle.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II, Swift Feet I/II
  • Companions: n/a
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Overnight Rations I/II/III
  • Tribe: Endurance

Guard Duty - Akota Build ONLY
Your akota has been tasked with watching over the herd. Depict them standing guard or protecting the livestock from predators. Animals may not be harmed by the akota in the process; doing so will result in an immediate fail.

Requirements:

  • At least one livestock animal must be visible (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature.
  • Animals to choose from: sheep, cow, pig, chicken, penguin, horse, llama, or alpaca
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Impeccable Stamina I/II
  • Companions: Australian Shepherd
  • Items: Whistle, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Overnight Rations I/II/III
  • Tribe: Endurance


Dignity

Awarded to the proud and noble, and exceptional examples of the breed.

Steeplechasing - Any Tokota
The tokota must race over a set of jumps around a fenced in track as quickly as possible. The tokota's success will depend upon the total time taken around the track compared to a breed standard time considered acceptable.

Requirements:

  • Background concept: Sand race track, white picket fence surrounding, woods surround the racetrack, hurdles are a mix of hedges and water jumps.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II, Swift Feet I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Dressage

Halter - Any Tokota
The tokota will stand to attention in the middle of the ring. Conformation and temperament are very important in this class. Depict your tokota at a standstill, walk, trot or lope with judges assessing their confirmation and breedability.

Requirements:

  • Background concept: Undertaken in a sandy arena surrounded with a fence.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Competition Halter
  • Tribe: Dressage

Obedience Test - Any Tokota
The tokota will have an allotted amount of time to listen to its handler's commands and complete a set of basic obedience tasks and tricks. There will be a small period of time afterwards to complete a freestyle round where your tokota can show off its best tricks.

Requirements:

  • Background concept: Undertaken in a sandy arena surrounded with a fence.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Competition Halter
  • Tribe: Dressage

Heelwork to Music - Any Tokota
Every tokota deserves their chance to perform! Your tokota and their handler, or a starter if they can be convinced to join in, must perform a routine set to music. No points will be deducted for having two left feet.

Requirements:

  • A starter or handler must be at least 50% visible or thoroughly featured within literature.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Competition Halter
  • Tribe: Dressage

Flyball - Any Tokota
Your tokota must clear four hurdles, release the ball from the box and return over the hurdles without dropping the ball in the fastest time.

Requirements:

  • Background Concept: Should feature hurdles or jumping obstacles of some kind.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II, Swift Feet I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Competition Halter, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Dressage

Obstacle Course - Normal Build ONLY
Your tokota must make their way through a series of agility obstacles as quickly and cleanly as they can.

Requirements:

  • Background concept: Open area surrounded by lattice fence. Various agility obstacles.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall, Premium/Exceptional/Meat Jerky
  • Tribe: Dressage

Buggy Racing - Toki Build ONLY
Your toki must make their way around a circular track as quickly as they can while pulling a miniature buggy. Up to three tokis may pull a single buggy.

Requirements:

  • A buggy must be visible in the image (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature.
  • Inspiration: X | X
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II, Swift Feet I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl, Miniature Horse
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall
  • Tribe: Dressage

Carriage Driving - Dire Build ONLY
Your dire must make their way through a series of numbered gates as quickly and carefully as possible while pulling a carriage. Up to three dires may pull a single carriage.

Requirements:

  • A carriage or cart must be visible in the image (at least 50%) or thoroughly featured within literature.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II, Swift Feet I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl, Miniature Horse
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall
  • Tribe: Dressage

Weight Pulling - Akota Build ONLY
Your akota will show off their strength by pulling a heavy weight a short distance. The weight can be anything such as a fallen tree, pallet of bricks, or even industrial equipment.

Requirements:

  • Akota should be depicted wearing a harness of some kind.
Applicable Bonuses:
  • Traits: Temperament, Excellent Conformation I/II, Flexibility I/II, Impeccable Stamina I/II
  • Companions: Peafowl, Miniature Horse
  • Items: Coat Sheen, Fish Cake Casserole/Sushi Roll, Competition Headstall
  • Tribe: Dressage


FAQ

  • Does this count as an exploration/other activity piece?
    • No, it will not be rolled for items and counts for the "rite" HP bonus rather than the activity HP bonus.
  • I'm doing Rites for multiple tokotas of different builds, can they all do the same prompts?
    • Tokotas of any build can complete any prompt UNLESS the prompt you've chosen is designated for one specific build type.
  • Can I have tokotas in the same picture/story complete different prompts?
    • No, every tokota in the image or story must be doing the same prompt.
  • Would I be penalised for depicting my tokota making a mistake?
    • No!