USING THE WEBSITE
Creating an Account
When the site is in beta, invite codes are given out to new members who are selected for the beta!
You will get a verification email sent to your email. This email will 100% most likely appear in your SPAM folder!
Once you've made your account, you will need to verify your dA account through your profile. Make sure you use your active ARPG account, you cannot link two accounts, and you cannot change the link without a request to staff first! You may not make two accounts on the site for both your accounts!
Now you're all verified, and your dragons are in your ownership automatically! If you have two usernames listed for ownership of a dragon they may not appear, if they do not, follow these steps:
- Click on "Submit" Next to your name.
- Click on "Submit Claim"
- Fill out the description with links to all of your dragons that are not appearing in your ownership due to having two owners listed.
A staff member will fix the issue as soon as possible!
Accessing Website Features
Profile and Submit Features:
- To access your profile: Go to the right hand side of the navigation bar, click on your name, click "Profile" in the drop down.
- Notifcations: The same as profile, but click on "Notifcations" ." Notifcations update and show a notification icon whenever something is done to your profile/dragons.
- Settings: Same as profile, but click on "Settings"
- To Log out: Same as profile, but click on "Logout"
- Bookmarks: Same as profile, but click on "Bookmarks"
- Bookmarks let you keep track of characters that you don't own, without notifying the owner. This can be useful if you owe payments for someone by tracking the dragon somewhere safe for your viewing!
- To Submit a Prompt: Click on "Submit" on the right hand side of the navigation bar. Click on "Submit Prompt" and fill out the information.
- Submit Claim:Same as Prompt, but click "Submit Claim"
- Design Review: There is a handy link found in the same place as claim and prompt submission. However it can be accessed from your profile too.
Go to Settings, here you can change your profile text which supports HTML. Remember to not have any offensive or adult rated content here. It is grounds for warnings/bans.
Please do not try to put the entirety of the bee movie in this dialogue box.
You can change your email and password here as well.
All character functions are completed in the Character's profile page. Click on the dragon you wish to edit.
- Below the image is a box with information about your dragon. You can click on the "Edit profile" box on the right of the first box, next to "View image on DeviantArt." Here you can fill out the personality and include links to any references for the character you've made/had done of them. You can also access the profile using the left hand navigation tool or going to settings at the bottom of the tool and clicking "Edit profile".
- All dragons are marked as giftable/tradable/sellable unless they are not allowed to be (i.e. non ancient dragons from the adoption center). The resell price is set to "0" simply because it is up to the owner to decide the cost they wish to sell the dragon at.
- Dragons have an inventory and a bank.
- To transfer a dragon, click on "transfer" under settings on the left hand side navigation tool. Reciepants must confirm they wish to have the transfer, but you can cancel before the transfer goes through. You cannot retrieve the character, and a staff member has to approve the transfer. There may be a delay before the recopient recieves the character.
- To update a design for design modifcations, click on "update design" on the left hand sidebar under settings and submit a request. It takes you to a similar page like that of the design review page and follows the same methods of submission.
Registering/Submitting a character for Design Review
Please see the following documentation:
Buying items from the Shops
- Click on Game and Guides and Selects "Shops"
- Select the shop you'd like to buy from
- Click on the item you'd like to purchase, a dialogue box appears. Click on Purchase at the bottom of the box.
- Your currency is automatically removed, and the item is automatically added to your hoard!
Selling to Shops
You cannot currently sell to shops. We are working on this function!
NEW TO ARPGS?
There are a few terms that you should make yourself familiar with before proceeding in this guide, or in the game. Some pertain to ARPGs as a whole, others are specific to Souls-Between !
- ARPG / CRPG - Art Role Playing Game / Creative Role Playing Game. These terms are interchangeable and mean the same thing. They are titles for the genre of art-based gaming, primarily done on DeviantArt. While every ARPG does things differently, one main objective remains: create artwork and literature in a community focused on a central idea. For Souls-Between this is the game's dragon species and the world they live in.
- "Souls" - Lovingly exchanged for Souls-Between so that I do not have to keep typing the whole name throughout this guide. You are free to use it as well. Souls does not refer to the species.
- Dragon / Draconis - A term used to describe the species in souls as a collective. Draconis is the genus.
- Wyvern, Dragon, Psuedo, Drake, Emperor, Basileous - Species classifications of dragons in souls
- Genotype/Geno - The string of letters that is used by admins to roll breedings involving your dragons. Please note, it does not follow biological logic.
- Phenotye/Pheno - A string of words that explains what markings and bases you have on your dragon. Comes from the geno.
- Mutations - Irregularities in your dragon that may give them benefits or drawbacks. Inbreeding mutations generally give drawbacks, most other mutations are just genetic/aesthetic.
- Skills - Certain skills your dragon may be born with or obtain that help them in areas of the game.
- Breath Element - Not all dragons are born with this! It can be obtained or bred.
- Traits - Traits correspond to Eye pupil shape and Horn type in Dragons. Ravagers are the only species with added Tail and Ear traits.
- AR - Means Activity Roll. This is when you draw an image or write a literature for an activity such as hunting.
- PP and MP - Primal Points and Mastery Points. Primal Points are the experience needed to level up your dragon. Master Points are the points needed to level you up.
- Aether - The name of Magic found in this universe.
- The Aether / The Below - A world beneath the world we live on. The origin of Aether, and sometimes rumored, the origin of the dragons.
- Empyrean - The name of the world above where we live on.
- Soul Linking - a process of bonding to a single dragon for benefits.
- Flights - a Guild system
- RNG - the process of randomly generating results, in souls it is often "weighted" rng based on rarity.
- Slot/slots - a term used to describe a nesting slot.
- Craft Mats - Crafting Materials
TOTALLY BRAND NEW TO ARPGS?
This section is for you!
Some players might only sell for their currency [USD, Euros, etc], while others might ask you to do a set number of Primal Points or Activity rolls. Activity rolls means you are drawing a image with their dragon it, that can be submitted to an activity like hunting, fishing, questing, etc! Usually a player will let you know which ones they want. It is important to realize that one image can count for up to 3 dragons for the activity. Meaning if they give you one dragon per image and ask for 2 activity rolls, you will do 2 images, but if they give you 2 dragons and wants 2 rolls, it is just one image! You do gain Mastery Points for these images, so make sure you read over that guide to find out how many you get! This same thing occurs in slots.
Sales in the group are a great way to get your dragon. Either you can purchase a "slot" to a dragon [which is your permission to breed them to another dragon, this can also be bought or earned from other players!], an egg which will hatch a geno just for you, or a custom. Customs give a wider variety of options based on the limitations of the sale and what you have purchased. The game often doesn't sell very rare things like rare/very rare markings, rarer body builds, or rare/very rare traits. We do this so that the market can flourish and players can have a stable economy where these genes and traits remain rare. Sometimes you'll see someone get a rather rare looking dragon, and it isn't from a sale. These are often given for work on item art or assets for the game, or may have been gifted or traded to them by the founders. Founders still reserve the right to hand out customs to others, and you should always respect the privacy of dragon owners and how they obtained their dragons.
We also have a discord, where you can talk with players, mods and the founders!
GENOS - OBTAINING AND READING
- Purchasing from another player. See the Advertisements folder of the group's gallery.
- Adoption from the adoption center. See the cycling adoption journal found on The-Below [and soon on the front page nav menu]
- Breeding [See breeding section]
- Purchasing a custom from the group [usually limited]
Where do genos come from?
Genos are essentially dragons that have been "born" into the game. You can breed to parent dragons to produce new baby dragon genos, the size of the clutchs dependant on the dragon species involved! Many players may sell genos for money or for art, however if you wish you can adopt from the Adoption Center for free.
I need help designing my geno!
We do not offer a design service, however you may submit a journal to the group looking for designers! Some designers may even have journals with what they offer!
Reading a geno
Genos that are obtained from other players or in breeding will always look similiar to this:
In the case of Ravagers:
1. Sex Tempermant Species | Health
T: Body, eyes, horns, ears, tails | mutation
◆ Eyes, horns, ears, and tails refer to the trait that corresponds. It will read something like "Slit Eyes, Unicorn Horn" so you always know. Ears and Tails are only on Ravagers.
◆ The G line means Genotype. It reads base+markings. An example would be Uu/oo/vv+nSo. The base will always uu/oo/vv with one of these "active." If the Uu is active [Uu/UU] it means it is Umber coat. If the Oo is active [Oo/OO] Ivory is the base coat. If Vv is active [Vv/VV] the base coat is vanta. If Uu and Oo are active the base is golden. If Vv is active with any base [but not obviously itself], the base is Melanistic. Melanistic sliders are found on the bottom of each slider and appear significantly darker. If a base read with two capital letters it is dominant if one letter is capital, it is recessive if no letters are capital is "inactive" and cannot be passed down.
Genos have a specific ordering:
- The base is always first and will always appear as uu/oo/vv+
- Markings appear according to rarity and alphabetic order. For example:
- If a marking in the guide is Rare or Very rare it will appear before the base coat in alphabetical order unless it is a color modifier marking [such as Lilac].
- Color modifiers will always appear right before the base. So a geno with Crimson on a Vanta base will read "Crimson Vanta"
- Melanistic will appear before the base, and before the color modifier gene. "Melanistic Crimson Umber"
- Markings that end in "ed" will appear before the base.
- All other markings appear after the base.
- Genotype: Uu/oo/Vv+nPa/nSo/nMa/nLi
- Phenotype: Masked Melanistic Lilac with Pangare and Scorching
Dragons must always be designed based on the genotype.
If a marking in your geno starts with n it means it is recessive.
If a marking in your geno has no n, it is dominant.
Recessive Blanket: nBl
Dominant Blanket: BlBl
You do not have to cover the dominant range in a dominant marking, but you must always cover the minimum range.
LEVELING UP, TAMING AND SOUL LINKING
There are two important systems of leveling up that every player undergoes. These systems have experience points called Primal Points and Mastery Points.
◆ Mastery Points [MP] are points you acquire when you participate in activities in the group. As you level up, you gain more benefits such as higher pass rates in activities.
◆ Taming is the process of training your dragon. Souls allow for Domestic and Wild dragons, however, taming is used for. Taming a wild dragon does not make it domesticated and there are prompts specific for both options. Domestic and wild dragons both get a separate benefit from their taming. Even if you tame a dragon with the wild option for the wild benefits, you can still call them domestic. Taming a dragon unlocks the ability for the arena, and is needed if you wish to soul link to a dragon.
BREEDING RITES AND HOW BREEDING WORKS
Breeding is the main method of growing the community, as new players will be actively seeking genos and they can gain them from the community.
◆ Breeding rites are the very first step. If your dragon has not completed their breeding rites, they cannot breed. Dragons earn the Ouroboros emblem once they have passed. You cannot fail breeding rites unless you do not meet the requirements. If your dragon is at the very first rank, they will unlock their first 5 breeding slots.
- As you level your dragon you get additional slots that add on top of the 5 original. So at your dragon's next rank, it is 15 slots [not 10] total.
- You may choose to never do your breeding rites! This is perfectly ok!
- Intersex dragons cannot breed or complete breeding rites.
- You are allowed 3 posts per month unless you achieve Dragon Master rank [player level]. Then you unlock a fourth breeding slot for the month,
- 2 of these slots may be splits, but if you post them they will count as a full slot for you and a split.
- If you do not have your own dragon, you can get slots from other players. Usually by trading art, genos, or money. The owner will write you a slot permission, which you can then use as proof of you being allowed to breed that dragon.
- Slots sometimes come with rules! Here are a few rules about what isn't allowed to be written down, or unspokenly written. If you are asked to do these things, please report it to the group!
- "If the clutch rolls this specific thing, It goes to me" this is not a full slot, it is a split. If this is written as a full, it is against the rules.
- "You cannot use supplements" this is against the rules. You cannot restrict others from using supplements.
- "You have to release all genos you don't want/sell them to me" Any kind of rule over a full slot that requires you doing something the owner wants to the genos, is against the rule.
- These rules are allowed:
- "Tag me in the breeding!" Please remember to tag others! It is a small thing, but it can mean a lot!
- "Do not breed to x" X meaning any kind of factor such as dragons with a similar dominant marking/etc.
- "Do not sell/trade/gift slot" Generally if you want to sell, trade, or gift a slot, you should ask first!
Once you've gotten a breeding rolled those genos are yours! They exist and can be designed, or sold/traded/gifted!
If you have a dragon without their breeding rites done, you cannot give slots away in any way, unless you have made a deal with someone to complete their rites. Same with slots. If you have used all your slots for a dragon's rank, you cannot sell more unless the deal will push the dragon to its next rank.
DESIGNING, APPLYING COMPANIONS, AND THE WRITTEN IMPORT INFO
◆ Designing your dragons can be an incredibly rewarding and fun experience! It's the first step to getting your dragon in the game! However, there are few rules that should be followed.
- Always follow the guides in Genetics. Please be aware that while an example is posted in the guide, it should not be copied.
- The blurring of imports excessively is not allowed. If it strains eyes, it doesn't pass.
- Soft halos [either dark or light] are allowed but should be a neutral color [whites, greys, and black].
- Lines are allowed to be colored, but should shades darker than what they sit on. For example, don't use dark purple lines over a blue base. Use dark blue.
- shading of the teeth, gums, eyes, claws, and paw pads is allowed.
- Albino and tobiano dragons can have soft pink patches along spots where it is flesh. Keep in mind the imperial dragons cannot have this due to their fluffy exterior.
- Dragons with the following genes will need multiple images submitted with them to import approval
- Tobiano and inkwell [one of each side if wished, one without tobiano turned on so that the under markings are visible]
- Chimeric [one of each side with chimeric [required], versions without chimeric "turned on" to show the genes for both side]
- Adding extras to imports during import approval or do-overs/touch-ups is not allowed. To apply any items you need the design approved and uploaded first. This includes:
- Small and large item kits
- Dye kits
- nail polish
- Do-over and touch-up kits are one use.
- Do over kit = a full redesign of the design, or drastic changes such as major color changes or major coverage changes
- Touch up kit = minor tweaks to the current design such as border changes to markings, slight changes to color [a few shades up or down], minor coverage changes.
- Stacking companions with similar boosts are not allowed. So if a companion gives +2 PP for dragons in an image, you can't stack one that does PP boost with it, to get more PP.
- Removal of common and uncommon companions will destroy them. Rare, Very rare, or Exclusive companions will not be destroyed.
- You can move a companion from one dragon to another without destroying them.
- Selling a dragon transfers any items or companions with them.
- Names, Nicknames, Personality = Should all be PG-13. The name is required, but the others are not.
- ID, Owner, Group = ID will always be filled out by the admins. You may request your dragon be uploaded at a certain spot to get the ID you want, or before/after another dragon. Admins will do their best to fulfill the request! Group will always be labeled Souls-Between .
- Sex, Health, Species, and Temperament = All of these are found in your geno. Please do not add extras to health. If you want to add something like "A little thing" put it in the personality. Species is always modeled as "Body Species Dragon Type." For example "Common Stalker Wyvern"
- Geno, Pheno, Traits, Skill, and Breath = All of these are found in your geno. If you have a custom, refer to your customs allowances, and the geno/pheno section of the guide.
- Abilities and items = Do not remove this. If you have no abilities/items you can leave it blank or fill in //
- Lineage Generation = Generations refer to the dragon's lineage.
- No parents = first generation or "Generation 1" "Gen1"
- Two parents or one parent / one grandparent = Second generation, "Generation 2" or "Gen2"
- three or more = Third generation, "Generation 3" or "Gen3"
- Lineage = The lineage is who your parents are, followed by the parents parents, and then the parents parents parents. Or parent -> Grandparents -> Great grandparents. These should be direct links to the parents with their ID numbers.
- Designed by = Always fill this out. Even if you designed it. This way if you trade or sell the design, you still have credit for designing it.
FLIGHTS AND MARKETS
◆ There are two markets in the game. Markets are used to purchase items in the game.
- The Market = the in-game market that allows you to buy items with Crystals.
- The Dragon's Emporium = the in-game market that allows you to buy items with Coins
◆Coins are the least abundant and are earned by purchasing them, or in some events and activities such as mystery loot and monthly challenges. Coins have a few rules that are found in their item art:
- May not be sold for USD
- Can be traded for other in-game items
- Can be gifted
SELLING, BUYING, AND WORLD LORE
- Trading slots, genos, imports, or items for other goods
- Purchasing slots, genos, imports, or items for real money or crystals/coins
- Purchasing slots, genos, imports, or items for Art
Never take on more than you can do. This goes for Art and real-world currency. If you don't have the time, don't offer to do the work.
◆ The group will never accept any journals that undervalue artwork. For example:
- Selling Activity rolls for $1!
- Selling Illustrations for $5!
◆ While we do not have a strict world lore that must be adhered to, Souls does have lore and it is important to follow it in events or your entries for these events may be disqualified.
- Empyrean has a steampunk style world. There is no electricity and everything is steam powered. While the imagery of Empyrean is not steampunk, it can be depicted with many different interpretations of the style.
- Empyrean is not found in the known universe. While some terms such as the Ouroboros emblem are from our world, we do not allow for the use of other cultural themes in events. You are free to use them in your own depictions of your characters outside of world events.
- The use of other ARPG creatures will always be allowed; however the depiction of killing other ARPG or CS creatures is strictly prohibited.