DragonRealms Official Player-Run Organizations
More Information About Official Orders
Orders In Elanthia
An Official Order is a player-run organization that comes together
for a given purpose in the game. Orders specifically exist to provide
a role-playing vehicle to the players, to enhance the quality of
the game and to provide assistance to other players both members
of the Order and non-members alike.
DragonRealms Orders are an active part of Elanthian society and
participate in many cultural events as well as social gatherings.
However, Orders are much more than a group of people gathering in
one certain area to have "fun" together.
Official Orders Versus Unofficial Orders
An official Order is sanctioned (see The
Provincial Requirements for Order Sanctioning) by one of the
provinces within Elanthia to perform a specific task or return a
specific benefit back to the community. An official Order must follow
certain guidelines in its creation and must follow certain regulations
in order to maintain its official status.
An unofficial Organization may be a group of individuals gathered
for the same causes, however they have either chosen not to seek
sponsorship for reasons of their own, or some part of their design
does not meet the criteria necessary for sanctioning.
Starting an Official Order
An official order starts, typically, with a small group of individuals
that have a common goal or role-playing cause. This cause must be
geared toward assisting Elanthia or must provide some benefit to
the community: charity work, teaching history, promoting unity among
the races -- any of the above are acceptable ideals as are many
others. Once these folks unite themselves in their cause often they
would like some sort of official backing for their purpose and at
that point many choose to seek Official Sanctioning.
Official Sanctioning is a review process conducted by the DragonRealms
staff members, during which the Order's purpose is carefully analyzed
for adherance to policy, genre, in-character nature, and that it
provides a unique and clear-cut purpose for the specific province
they are located in. During this process it is quite feasible that
the Order may have to regroup, restructure and reformat their design
several times. However, as the saying goes, the strong survive,
and in return the DragonRealms staff does their best to ensure the
Order is supported provincially and often works with the Order in
publicizing and assisting with their gatherings and events.
Official Order Requirements
Each Official Order must choose a province that is their home base,
and select at least one purpose that specifically benefits that
province or the members thereof. Their community events should reflect
that purpose and they are required to set forth goals stating how
they intend to maintain that purpose. To oversee the Order's functioning,
each Order establishes a Speaker, a Vice-Speaker, a Treasurer and
a standing council of 10. These positions are selected by the founding
members and are maintained through voting processes of the continual
members. The Order must also maintain a standing membership of at
least twenty-five members.
After an Order is considered Official, the work does not end. While
fun begins, it is still a constant process of ensuring that the
Order performs up to the standards deemed necessary and should they
fall behind, they must appropriately remedy the situation.
Official Order Perks and Benefits
In exchange for the Order's hard work and dedication the DragonRealms
staff provides various benefits for the Official Orders.
Benefits of Official Orders
- Order Homes
- Event Assistance
- Unique, specially-created Membership Badges
- Order Shops and Merchants
However, it should never be assumed that these benefits are without
cost, for each Order must collect a monthly membership due that
is paid to their sanctioning government. Should the Order fail to
maintain its dues and regulations it will lose its Official Status,
These players often examplify role-playing and strive hard to maintain
the role-playing environment as well as endeavoring to provide assistance
to new players and introduce new players to some of the more select
benefits for consistant policy adherance and role-playing culture.
So while it is enjoyable for players involved, it should never
be considered frivolous and easy. Those who do achieve sanctioning
have walked a long road, often full of ruts and gullys, and have
finally found smooth paving on which to travel.