So I'm here to talk about one of the most interesting and loved features of Achaea: Orders. Personally I love everything about the concept of orders, from shrine defense to essence hunting and the Nishnatoba crusades. I love the rp of pre-orders and learning to rise from the bottom to become higher ranking order members
However there's one thing that has kind of stopped that in its track. Wicella is a member of Lady Artemis' pre-order, where she quickly finished her requirements and was ready for advancement to order status. All she had to do was wait for the denizen to approve her request and give her her final test. Unfortunately, that denizen is controlled by the player for Artemis that isn't currently around.
So for years Wicella has been rp'd as fully ready to be in the order, but just doesn't have Lady Artemis' blessing. She's a member of the leading council of Eleusis, AR5, and many other things, but is stuck in that in between role. This means missing out on knowing when shrines are being attacked, re-raising, starting crusades, and actually tracking her own essence.
*A note: Some divine allow their order heads to induct new members. Artemis didn't do this, but I could also see this being a problem if the order head goes dormant.*
1.) We allow current order members to induct pre-order members after approval.
2.) We allow pre-order members to "petition for admission" by issuing themselves. The admin then induct them into the order under the guise of the dormant divine, without ever playing/interfering with the player as that divine.
3.) We give orders/pre-orders something to work towards that keeps people interested in being a part of this major aspect of Achaea. Lady Artemis' order had the example of an effigy that they had to complete by hunting certain denizens and performing rituals. It could only be done once a month and required a crap ton of denizens, so this kept people happy and busy for months!
What do you guys think? How can we prevent orders from being stagnant and encourage both young and old to be a part of this important part of our lore?
tl;dr: Orders with dormant divine can't induct new members, new players and old alike are frustrated. How to fix.