...a strong desire to roleplay,
...a proper Elven name,
...an understanding of Tolkien Elves and Middle-Earth lore,
...availability to attend kin events.
All of these things are equally important; However, even if you meet all of the above, personality and compatibility matter both in and out of character. Find us, RP, and get to know us, so that we get to know you.
To determine if you are a good candidate you must...
...be an Elf that is preferably Teleri/Sindar/Falathrim origin,
...have a laurelinarchives.org profile,
...attend our gatherings regularly,
...demonstrate through your RP that we may be a good fit for each other.
This means that membership is not given instantly to anyone who asks. We are selective and you must display patience. Membership is earned gradually through thoughtful action on your part and consistent RP with us. After a period of time of RPing with you at our gatherings, if you seem like a good candidate, you will be invited to fill out our application.
If your application is approved, you will qualify for trial membership. To become a full member you must complete the trial membership period within 2 months or you will be dropped from the roster.
Our prime hours of activity will be roughly between ~1:00PM and ~6:00PM Servertime. Servertime is USA Eastern. Presently, our kin nights start at 3:00PM Servertime. You can use /servertime to see what time it is in game. While you may find our members playing at times outside of these hours, (in fact all hours are possible as we have some NA members,) most of our members are in the EU and these are our prime hours of activity, give or take an hour or two beginning to end. As long as you can be present during these hours on a regular basis and attend kin nights, it will work out well. We are an EU kin, with prime hours suited to EU players.
This period of time may be extended with approval from leadership if there is reasonable cause. This is to allow for some flexibility but also we don't want to see someone forever sitting as a recruit on the roster.
At the end of trial membership, officers will review the recruit and collectively decide if they meet our minimum requirements. If so, then the recruit will attend a membership ceremony. All recruits become part of the civilian population upon successful completion of their trial period. In roleplaying terms this means your character is a Gwaith-i-Lonnath, an elf of the Havens, a resident of Duillond (or nearby area) within our herth.
What to do when you meet us...
One can know every bit of lore and still have no feel for playing an elf.
One can have a great feel for playing an elf, never having read a single book.
We don't recruit based solely on how many books you've read, or how many lore based stories you can tell. It's a great advantage to have this knowledge certainly and most of our membership have read the core books, "The Hobbit", "Lord of the Rings", "The Silmarillion" and "Unfinished Tale". It's in your favour if you have too. Those who haven't, likely won't make it as an elf with us, unless you have an amazing feel for playing an elf instinctually. It's rare, but possible.
Assuming you've read most of the above mentioned books, let your knowledge come through in how you RP, not what you say in RP. Most people seem to feel like they need to start demonstrating their knowledge right away by reciting lore at our gatherings. While that might tell us you've read the books, it doesn't really speak to how you RP an elf. Ask yourself how would you behave at a gathering in RL? Are you going to prove how human you are by reciting fragments of European history to strangers? Likely not. People know you're human, the rest is how you communicate, behave and interact. Apply this philosophy when RPing. At an elven gathering like ours, assume we know you're an elf, then communicate, behave and interact like one.
Recruitment into LiL is about how well you can embody a Teleri elf based on Tolkien's lore, not how much lore you can recite. Really hear that. RPing an elf for us is more about behaviour, you character's appearance (how your character acts and dresses), how your character presents itself, how they communicate, their temperament, and yes, do they have an appropriate name too. We can read your character profile on laurelinarchives.org to see if your character background is based on lore. We don't need to hear your life story at the first opportunity unless someone asks. When we meet you, we ask ourselves, "Will you and your character integrate well within the kinship?"
If you're still wondering what to do when you meet us, ask yourself what a real elf would do when meeting up with fellow kindred on a bright starry evening. Ponder it like you're really there, then do whatever you're imaging when you meet us.
The above is a short guide to give you a brief idea of what we're about. If you think we might be the kinship you're looking for, please read our Detailed Membership Guide and Roleplaying Guide before filling out the application.
(last updated Oct 2019)