PK (player killing) encompasses any player vs player (PvP) scenario, not only those that lead to a death. Read the below carefully before engaging in PK.
Refer to <post PK rules> for how to proceed after a PK and check out our handy list of pk commands.
Rule 1: Engaging in PK is optional
New characters have a NOPK flag that protects them from aggressive characters. To opt into PK, turn the flag off with the <set> command.
See <NOPK> for rules on how to roleplay with a nopk flag.
Rule 2: Keep it IC
Do your best to keep PK in character (IC) and off the channels and resolve any IC conflict in an IC manner.
Rule 3: Show OOC consideration
Everyone is here to have fun. Show OOC consideration towards your fellow players and do your best to make it memorable for everyone involved.
Rule 4: Stay online and active.
Do not quit, go inactive, or idle out without permission from the participating players. You are expected to stay online for 30 minutes after the last attack happened. In case of emergencies, state your emergency on the OOC line.
Rule 5: Torture is allowed, but:
Sundering Shadows allows torture, dismemberment, and other forms of punishment/abuse, but nobody should ever be forced or coerced into playing out a scene of this nature. Therefore any player may, at any time:
If someone fails to respect a fade to black or withdrawal of consent, we ask that you log or screenshot the exchange and contact staff immediately. If no staff is available, log off and use the <lawmail> command to let us know.
Rule 6: No repeat killings or harassment
Repeatedly assaulting or killing the same character is considered harassment and will not be tolerated. Likewise, killing a person because they killed you (aka revenge killing), either personally or by proxy, is not allowed.
Note that characters who repeatedly engage in robberies and/or murder, or target lower-level characters, will find the world reacting accordingly: IC actions have IC consequences.
Rule 7: Always PK-mail
You are required to write a <pkmail> in the following circumstances:
This applies even if you have a NOPK flag or choose to invoke the <fade away> rule.
The PK mail should include:
Rule 8: Death in PK
After a PK has been resolved, please refer to <post pk> for rules on how to proceed.
Below is the short version:
If you are killed in a PK, you will lose some experience and gain a NOPK flag. The NOPK period following a death will last for 14 days, but you may choose to take a voluntary absence of 7 days instead. During the NOPK period, you may not contact, scry or otherwise attempt to learn anything about your killers. You must avoid them, as well as anyone attempting to avenge your death and any popular public places. At the killer's request, you may be temporarily removed from plots or positions.
If you kill someone in a PK, you must notify staff of any plots you wish the victim temporarily removed from. During the victim's NOPK period, you may not contact, scry or otherwise attempt to learn anything about them. You are, however, allowed to seek out any witnesses or other involved parties.
If you witness or learn of a death, that character is dead until they choose to contact you. If you were directly involved in their death, you should avoid the victim while you are pursuing, or being pursued by, their killer(s).
Failure to comply with the rules will result in punishment and repeat offenders may be banned and/or rid. If these rules are unclear, contact our staff for clarification.