Becoming an Immortal - specifically, a Celani - Midkemia Online Online Help

18.8 Becoming an Immortal - specifically, a Celani

So you're thinking about applying to be a Celani? Well, before you do, you
probably want to know what you're getting yourself into!


BECOMING A CELANI
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Here's what's involved, if you wish to follow this path:

1 - There will be an announcement. We'll let you know when we're looking!

2 - Respond by giving your reasons in writing why you want to be a
    Celani, what it means to you, your characters' histories, etc.

3 - We'll read the applications/stories and consider. We will consider
    lots of other things too, like how long you've been around, your
    characters' reputations, positions of leadership and responsibility,
    etc. We'll also look for writing - as an immortal, you really must be
    able to write! Spelling, punctuation, usage, grammar, it's all
    important to some degree.

4 - We'll look deeper into certain candidates, likely with further
    talks, interviews, etc. There are ALWAYS more candidates than there
    are openings, so don't feel bad if you aren't asked for a further
    interview. We'll want to know if you understand exactly what you're
    getting into. We'll want to know if you are able to commit the time
    consistently to keep things going. We'll want to know if we can trust
    you.

5 - We'll invite a few to become Celani, if they are still interested.

Applicants who are not invited will not otherwise be notified, but are free to
apply another time. Many successful Gods applied several times before they were accepted, and there is no stigma associated with not being selected on your first application.


A BIT OF BACKGROUND
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We have two ranks of immortality before you become a full-fledged God: Celani and Demigod. These have limited powers and creative input to Midkemia.

Celani: In role, Celani are "servants to the Gods" and, out of role, they are pretty much the same. As a Celani, you will have to sever ties with your mortal friends because you are learning the ropes of being an Immortal. You assist the rest of the Immortal staff with building projects, roleplaying and issues that they are dealing with. You do your best to learn what there is to learn and how we do things (and believe it or not, it's not just as simple as coding up something cool).

If Midkemia Online were a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, the Gods would be something like the Gamemaster/Dungeonmaster in such a game. They think up new and interesting (and often diabolical) ways for players to have fun. Being a God is more than just running adventures, of course, but that's a key component. A Celani (and to some extent a Demigod), in this analogy, would be like an assistant to the Gamemaster. You'd be filling out a dungeon, researching some historical reference, learning the house rules, etc.

Celanihood can be a challenging and rather humbling experience. Not being able to fraternize with mortals and not having much creative input can be a draining experience. It's definitely not the same as playing Midkemia as a mortal. The reward comes mainly when you become a full God, two promotions later. Those promotions only come after you've learned the ropes and you've proven that you've got what it takes to be a member of the team. From then, once you are a full God, is when you get to dream up new and cool things for players to experience as well as other in-role things such as having an Order.

Being a Celani and Demigod can be tough and it's not for everyone, but if you've got the right type of personality, you can really enjoy it (especially if you stick it out and become a full God).


WHAT HAPPENS RIGHT AWAY
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When you are invited to enter the Celestial City as a Celani, and you accept, your mortal character or characters become unavailable to you. You may not play a mortal character while you are an Immortal.

   Many Celani who, for one reason or another, decide that immortalhood
   is not for them, have decided to give up the opportunity and return
   to their mortal existence. This is possible, but is handled strictly
   on a case-by-case basis. After being promoted out of Celanihood, it
   becomes impossible to return to your previous mortal(s).

You will begin to learn the ways of the Celani, with new commands and activities and a new way of approaching life in Midkemia, both as to HOW Celani do things (and, by extension, how things are done in the Celestial City), and WHAT it is that Celani (and others in the City) do!

  HOW Celani (and immortals in general) do things:
  - operate as a team with other immortals
  - have nothing to do with old friends and mortal connections
  - remain invisible to mortals nearly 100% of the time
  - maintain a mature, positive attitude
  
  WHAT Celani (and immortals in general) do:
  - create and run RP events and plots
  - build new areas / denizens / items
  - write progs (programs for denizens and items)
  - assist with handling issues
  - assist with handling bugs


MOVING ON UP FROM CELANIHOOD
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If you like the work, and you wish to move up to higher levels of power and attainment, then here are the things you can do to achieve that:


Promotions For Celani and Demigods
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1) Celani Promotions.

   - Complete a building project, or, if you're just not a builder, perform
     an equivalent amount of work in another area. An example of a building 
     project would be a village, like Hawk's Hollow or Mac Mordain Cadal.

   - Consistently demonstrate maturity, reasonable conformance to the
     practices of the Celestial City, and generally have a good attitude.

   - Provide regular assistance to the rest of the team, as requested.

   - Be actively present as a bare minimum of 200 hours as a Celani.

   - Be able to commit 10 hours per week to volunteering. We've
     never seen a Celani or God succeed and be effective while playing
     less than that. We're mindful and respectful of real-life
     obligations, vacations, and so on that can affect your playing time,
     but you should be able to maintain that average.

   - Gain certification in handling issues, and handling them regularly.

   - If this is what you want, and you focus, it might take as little
     as a month to reach this goal. Fastest ever was about three weeks.
     

2) Demigod Promotions (From Demigod to God)

   - Same attainments as Celani: Issues, regular help, complete another
     small building project (or the equivalent), mature, responsible,
     upbeat behavior, etc.

   - Cumulative 400 hours online as an Immortal, at the very least.

   - If you're committed, and you want this, and you're getting things
     done, then this is probably going to work for you.

   - This could be accomplished in as little as two to three months.