Out of Character

Those in Chimeron play and hold events by the rules and standing policies of the Realms.

At Chimeron events, the Omnibus Code of Conduct will be expanded to include the following rules. References to a "Code of Conduct" both here and in the Omnibus include both the Omnibus Code of Conduct and this expanded text.

  1. Actions violating this Code of Conduct at other events and in the Realms community, whether the violator is an attendee, NPC, marshal, or EH, may result in preemptive action, such as instituting a “one strike” policy for the individual in question, or an outright ban from our events.
  2. “Harassment” is further defined:
    1. It can be actions, names, images, or verbal or written comments, online or offline, written or spoken.
    2. It may be a single action, or a pattern of repeated behavior.
    3. It includes unwanted references to out-of-game age, country or state of origin, and physical appearance (height, weight, hair, etc).
    4. It includes making demands on a person based on perceived attributes, such as “You’re too old to wear that,” attempting to enforce which bathroom a person uses, or disallowing a person with one arm from crossing a bridge “for their own safety” (safety concerns should be reported to a marshal, as per Rule #4 of The Rules We Play By.)
    5. It also includes intentional use of incorrect pronouns for a player, or otherwise misgendering them.
    6. It includes misrepresenting someone to authorities, Realms staff or otherwise.
  3. Publicizing a person's private, identifying information (such as their physical address) without their consent ("doxxing") is grounds for punitive action.
  4. Attempts to circumvent or abuse this Code of Conduct, including testing the boundaries of a rule despite warnings, is a violation of this Code of Conduct.
  5. Other rules still apply. For example, it would be harassment to tell someone they cannot use a given bathroom because of something perceived about their body. However, if they proceed to harass people in the bathroom, that is still disallowed, regardless of the genders of all involved.

The Omnibus

For convenience, here is the Code of Conduct in the Omnibus, accurate as of the 2023 Event Holders Council. Please see the Realms Code of Conduct for the most up-to-date Code of Conduct.

Anyone can report harassment or abuse. If someone’s behavior towards you has violated your rights as a participant, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, immediately report the incident to the EH.

If you have reason to believe rules regarding the Code of Conduct may be violated at an event, you should notify the Event Holder prior to the event occurring.

The following list is not meant to be exhaustive, and any non-consensual violations of a participant’s rights should be considered a violation of the rules.

Any of the following constitute grounds for punitive action:

  • Violating any federal, state, or local laws, facility rules, or event policies;
  • Failure to comply with the instructions of the Event Holder or designated marshal;
  • Using anything in an out-of-character threatening or destructive manner against person or property;
  • Endangering the safety of oneself or others;
  • Stealing (People’s tents, bags, packs, pouches, and possessions are completely off-limits and out-of-play. There are no exceptions, even if officially in-play items are concealed therein);
  • Drinking alcohol under the age of 21, or providing alcohol to those under age 21;
  • Physical or verbal intimidation or abuse;
  • Stalking;
  • Inappropriate physical contact or proximity. Any form of unwanted physical contact is strictly forbidden;
  • Non-consensual sexual acts (a person under the age of consent cannot consent to sexual acts);
  • Inappropriate sexual attention, whether verbal or physical, or continued attention after being asked to stop (sexual attention towards those legally or physically unable to consent is always inappropriate, this includes people under the age of consent);
  • Harassment for any reason, including out-of-game attributes such as race, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability.

Role-play can never be used as an excuse for any of these behaviors. If you are informed that your role-playing is OOC unsafe, threatening, or is not consented to by other participants you should stop immediately and find another way to play out the scene.