Path to Power Player's Guide

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Getting started

The First Step - Creating a Character

In order to begin participating in Path to Power, enter a name in the Enter Name field of the Characters Desc, which you can find under Discussion & Action on the site, then hit Submit. This will register your character's name in the system and flag her/him as an active character, which enables the ranked members to hire you. You can leave the appearance details and reference image for later.

The artist uses your description and/or image to draw your character should you appear in the comic. Note that the description field only refers to a physical description of the character, as backgrounds have no effect on the game. Please refer to Character creation, part II for more information you should consider before deciding on an appearance.

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For additional information about character creation, see Character creation, part II.

A Note About Character Appearances

One of the major draws to Path to Power has been for the ability for a character to appear in the comics. While it is easy to believe that such is a feature of the game, the only player characters with any right to appear by virtue of their subscription are the Ranked Members. However, the artist has graciously extended this as a special fringe benefit to the Basic Members, whose 5USD monthly subscription generally provides only archive access and voting rights. As such, is affected by special restrictions and requires some special attention.

The Path to Power artist currently keeps track of over 100 different character designs which appear randomly from one comic to the next. If your character happens to appear, the artist will look at the character description and draw the design based on his interpretation of the text. Once drawn in comic, this design interpretation is final and unable to be changed.

Because of this, it is in your best interests to take special care in the description, and to provide a visual reference to ensure you have the greatest chance for your character to appear as you envision them. Because having an artist draw your character can be difficult, there are several free avatar generators that can provide a reference which have produced good results in the past.

It is important to keep in mind that no armor and weapons should be depicted, as no starting character has them; all designs are created by the clan and acquired that way.

List of Free Avatar Makers

Please note that neither of the following sites are affiliated with Drowtales in any way. TekTek Gaia Online Avatar Creator
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Taking an active role

The second step - Contribute

Joining the workforce

The most important thing you can do for your clan from day one, is becoming an assistant for a ranked member. Each of the ranked members has assistants, with some ranks needing more assistants on a daily basis than others. As soon as you have registered a character name in the system, you can approach any of the ranked members, on the shoutbox or, preferably, on the forum, and apply for a job. Some are always hiring, some open up new positions only rarely. You can also switch from one assistant job to another without any penalty, so if you’re waiting for a specific position to open up, you can still work at another assistant job in the meantime.

Applying for an assistant job is easy;

You say in the shoutbox, or in the ranked person's thread, "I - [character name] - would like to work for you, [Ranked person]."

As long as that particular ranked has room for more assistants, the job is yours! Do note that the shoutbox can be busy, and your request to join a job might get lost if there's a lot of activity. If your request to join an assistant job doesn't get through the first time, just try again. Or join the forum, where your request will not be lost.

You don't need to be active on the forums to be an assistant - in fact, you could sign up for an assistant job and just leave it at that, there are no activity requirements for assistants.

Path to Power is a macro game where personal abilities of characters are not taken into consideration. Each assistant has the basic abilities and skills required by their work, while the ranked members have more developed skills for the more difficult tasks the rank requires. These skills are added automatically to the character as the character takes on an assistant job or a rank, regardless of the character’s previous history. You can still create a character with previous experience or ability in the particular job you want to join, but it is not required.

For additional information on the forum, and forum use, please see Forum participation.

Becoming a ranked member

If you are dedicated, and are available when a rank opens up, you could also step up to a position of responsibility, and end up with your own team of assistants working under you. But being a ranked member also means showing commitment and dedication to the clan over time. You get to be a part of choosing the development of the clan, but you’ll also be answering to the Ill’haress for your failures.

There are a limited number of ranks, and new ranks do not open up very often. The decision of who gets the rank can be solved through a competition, through popular vote, or even on a first come, first serve basis. It is advised not to apply for a rank unless you are certain you have the time and interest a rank requires. Ranked members are expected to coordinate with each other, and need to be active on the forum, as well as recruiting assistants and submitting an action to the Event archive each week. A ranked member who doesn't perform adequately may lose the position.

Game notes

The difference between Basic and Ranked subscriptions is that the Ranked members get to submit actions to the Event archive, which are part of the macro-style management of the entire clan. This is an option not available to Basic members. Both subscriptions give access to voting in the Advise Leader section, including the ability to give advice.

In order to be able to sign up for an assistant position or a rank, all you need is to have your character’s name registered in the system, as described above. Having a reference image or description is recommended, but not necessary.

Advising the Leader - a quick guide

Have a look at the vote options for the Leader archive before you decide whether or not to insert your own advice. If two vote options are very similar to each other they will only split the votes, risking that both options get too few votes and neither one comes to pass. Also, having a lot of vote options makes the clan seem less like a cohesive unit and more like a group of people who can’t agree on even the simplest things.

In addition to looking at the already existing vote options, have a look at what the Ranked members are doing in the Event archive vote box. By clicking on the information symbol File:Ptp guide panel 2 i-ring.jpg next to the action title, you can read the whole action. A Leader archive vote option that encroaches on a ranked member’s area of responsibility will be unsuccessful.



You enter a vote option by typing in the box next to the Advise Leader button, then click the button to submit your advice. After this, please avoid reloading the page, as this will create multiples of your vote option. Instead, check the newest leader archive page and return to the main Path to Power page from there.
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Notes on leader advice

Even though the button says "Advise Leader" the advice does not always go straight to the Ill'haress, and it is not possible to predict the result of any one advice.

It is also unknown how many votes an advice needs in order to be enacted upon by the Ill'haress.

Your character is the one who gives the advice

Since the system now allows tracking of who enters a leader advice, your character is considered to be the one who submits the advice.

Assistance through leader advice

The ranked can ask for faceless assistance through a leader advice, the number of votes for that advice equaling the number of faceless coming to help.

Do note, however, that it must be the ranked themselves, or their nominated second in command, who ask for this assistance, as unrequested assistance can lead to errors. You can check who entered a leader advice by clicking on the information symbol File:Ptp guide panel 2 i-ring.jpg next to the advice.

Make your voice heard - Forum participation

The best place for discussing with your fellow clan members, is in the Path to Power dedicated forum. Here everyone gets to say their piece in the discussions, and it’s also the best place to get to know people, and to sign up for an assistant job.

The forum is more than discussions though, there is a roleplay section, and several clan members have contributed to the community with their writing or drawings. The forum is where clan traditions (like Tir'ay) are made, and it’s where the ranked members plan their actions together.

Forum participation is key to including yourself in the major discussions of the clan. It’s also the place where you can get help with your questions about the worldsetting or the game, and you can interact with the other clan members in the roleplay section. Do note, however, that the roleplay on the forum has no bearing on what happens in the game itself.

Character creation, part II

If you need help with character creation, come to the forums. Also you don’t need to make up a background unless you intend to join the roleplay. Path to Power is a macro game, so the background has no bearing on what happens in the two archives. It is only in the roleplay section of the forums that backgrounds and personal abilities have anything to say.

There are a few guidelines which define the boundaries for a Tei'kaliath member.

Age: Between 30 and 125.
Race: Drowolath. (Unless your character joins the clan during special events noted in the manga.)
Eye color: Any color except red. There are no tainted Tei'kaliath.
Hair: Usually pale colors (natural), but can be any color (dyed) and style. No facial hair, though.
Equipment: No weapons or any valuables, but you do have the clothes on your back, the essentials that you couldn’t part with, and maybe a memento of past times.

Backstory:
Hailing from an isolated city far out on the outskirts of the underground Drow nation, your group are the surviving members of an attack which wiped out the ruling clan (and sole clan of the city) and threw the population into chaos. The nature of the attack is unknown, and details are fuzzy - it is not known whether the attackers came from within or without the city, nor what their goals were.

Led by the youngest daughter of the former Ill'haress, you fled the lands seeking refuge and a new start. In a journey which took many weeks, several refugees died of hunger or injury and almost everything of value was sold to pay for food.

You have now reached an area where the light of Chel'el'Sussoloth is visible, although this place is unfamiliar to you. None of the refugees have ever heard of the great pillar of light, the Great Clans, drowussu. For you, this new land will be full of wonders and fraught with peril, and you must band together with your fellow clan members in order to survive this dangerous new territory.

Information:
There was only one clan, the ruling clan. Tei'kaliath's leader, An'jhali, is the sole surviving Val of that clan. The old clan's name was not Tei'kaliath, nor is the old clan resurrected in any way. Tei'kaliath is its own clan, not a return to what was. The Tei'kaliath have rallied around An'jhali because she took charge of the exodus, and became an icon which gave her people hope.

In place of minor clans there were Houses,from a small family unit, to a large, multigenerational family, held together by some common purpose. The Houses made up a large middle class, from just below the ruling clan in status, to just above the commoners.

Unlike in Chel'el'Sussoloth, there was never a great battle between the generations, and although the dark elven numbers dwindled slowly but surely, they were still respected members of society. All the remaining dark elves died in the chaotic battle of the city's last days, however, and may have been targets of whatever force launched the attack.

Most Tei'kaliath either knew a dark elf or knew someone who did, and most were fairly closely related to one. This influence has caused the Tei'kaliath drowolath to have a somewhat lighter skin tone than their Chel'el'Sussoloth counterparts, and some have a hint of natural color in their hair. The Tei'kaliath are also taller on average than Chel'el'Sussoloth citizens.

The city did not have access to the surface, nor any contact with any other drow cities. It is believed there was no contact with other species either. The city was completely self-sufficient.

The city was a hub of sorts, the culmination of a thousand years of failing settlements. As the outlying villages failed, the survivors gravitated towards the city, the only remaining light of civilization in that area.

The ruling clan maintained two martial forces, the Defense Force, and the Expeditionary Force. The Expeditionary Force's main task was to recover items from the failed settlements that surrounded the city.

When making a character, remember that the Ill’haress is the one who is special, everyone else are support characters to her lead role.

If you have more questions, see FAQs:Path to Power, but please note that the FAQ has not been updated in some time and is due for renovation.

Accessing the Forum

Make sure you're logged in to Path to Power

You need to be logged in to Path to Power in order to access the Path to Power forums, as the forum checks for a cookie your Path to Power login leaves on your computer.

If you're having problems, first try to log out of the forums, and log out of Path to Power.

After you've logged out of both, log in to Path to Power first, and then log on to the forums. As long as you have cookies enabled this should work.

If all else fails

If the above doesn't help, you can PM Thalar on the forums, please include "Access to Path to Power forums" in the subject header, and include your Path to Power username (the one you use to log in to Path to Power) in the PM.

Important notice

The Drowtales studio members will not answer game-related PMs. The only exception is for technical issues. If you have a question about the game, ask your fellow clan members, or ask in-game (via Leader Advice or the Events Archive).


Last updated 15 March 2009.