Rules of Engagement are one of the 5 golden rules of Arelith servers. The following are few explanations and clarifications for it.
There are two applications of this rule, both related to player versus player conflict. The first is about killing and the second is for theft. Rules and tips about events before PvP are described in article Player versus player rule.
Death from PvP Edit
If you engage in a player versus player conflict with someone and either of you dies, then do not interact with the other character for 24 Real life hours. You may run into each other by accident, but in that case, it's the responsibility of each player to quickly and quietly take their character somewhere else. This helps with the RP that someone did, in fact, die, and takes them out of the conflict for a while, without forcing anything as drastic as a permadeath on any player. It also gives everyone a chance to cool off a little, and avoid the nasty little scenario where the dead person immediately comes back for revenge, someone dies, they come back, wash, rinse, repeat. We highly encourage you to resist the desire to rush right back in to "finish business." Each player will be held accountable for their own actions in such matters.
The 24-hour rule applies to group conflicts as well. Regardless of who struck the blows, if the PvP event involved groups and/or sides, then any and all individuals involved in the incident must abide by the no-interaction-for-24-hours rule.
It is against rules to raise corpse of "enemy" character for future interaction after PvP without prior agreement.
- "Is it against rules to be raised without prior agreement?
- It is not against the rule, if you do not interact in any way with that PC again. You may always say: Yes, but the raise is an interaction in itself, and, yes, in some situations, it can be, in others not. So again: Case to case situation.
- If you wish to continue to interact with the killed PC, you must agree on it. If you raise someone, without the other part explicitly agrees to it, it's against the rule. Note the word explicitly. That means, that 'silence means yes', is not valid here.
- As PvP almost always get some player upset, it's very important that both parts try to calm down. (Hence the 24 hours). From experience I can tell, that players acting whilst still upset, create loads of screenies and PMs to the DMs.
- An advice for you (by all means, nothing you need to follow): If you feel angry, and feel that you are unable to calm down, log off, take a walk, do something else. Don't start sending angry tells to the other player. If you think there was a rule's break, screenie, and contact the DMs. If you feel that you hurt the other player, and believe yourself calm, try to apologize to the other player."
As a guideline, if you are killed and your corpse is captured by an opposing side, please consider that you were taken prisoner, and do not log out or respawn in order to avoid the consequences. If you were taken prisoner while you were in an area controlled by a faction that is hostile toward you (or in other words, enemy territory), then please refrain from playing any escape or rescue attempts for 12 Real Life hours afterward, unless you have the consent of your captors. Please note, you are under no obligation to take part in prisoner RP. Players who receive tells requesting that their character not be taken prisoner should abide by the request in a fashion that is both polite OOC and valid IC.
If in doubt, see the "Be Nice" rule.
Theft and PvP Edit
The rules indicates that no character can successfully steal from the same player twice in one 24-hour period. This includes, but is not limited to, stealing gold from a dead corpse (whether you caused the death or not), disarming a weapon, and of course, pickpocketing.