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Today, I would like to take you on an excellent adventure.
Meet Bill. Bill is a new newbie in Gaudiguch who has just joined the new guild Testguild. Just coming out of the Portal of Fate, he is curious about who his guildmates are, and what his guild is about.
Bill finds this interesting. What are these strange positions and this 'path' thing? It is quickly explained to Bill that the positions are similar to what secretary and security used to be, except their powers are entirely customizable and imbuable by the guild so they can fullfil either specific or general purposes as the guild prefers. It is also explained that paths are alternate sets of rank names guilds can customise and set up, up to five, for their members. Bill finds this interesting, and decides to check what the guild ranks are as they correspond to paths, and what paths there are, by using HELP GUILDRANKS.
Well, this is certainly interesting, but Bill has high aspirations and wishes to be the guild's leader. Sadly, he cannot contest until his third guild rank, so he has to get there somehow. After doing some probably (but hopefully not) inane tasks set up by the leaders of Testguild, Bill, is promoted to the second rank by Ianir with GUILD PROMOTE BILL. Promotions are, unlike guildfavours of the past, an instant and guaranteed promotion to the next rank, but you are limited in how often a single person can be promoted. However, as Ianir is an Anomaly and the rules of reality do not apply to him, we'll just give Bill another promotion.
Excellent, now Bill has received his requisite guildrank. However, because you can't contest until you've played 150 hours and elections are boring anyway, let's skip that whole charade and just assign Bill as the new guild leader.
Wait, what's that? Bill is the leader, but only rank three? Well, yes. Guild leader is no longer an escalator straight to the top like guildmaster used to be. Instead, while you have the privileges to do whatever you want, you can no longer be promoted and instead will automatically receive a promotion every span of time. Bill thinks this is probably fair.
Oh, what's that? Oh hey, we have a new member who just came out of the Portal of Fate named Ted. Hi Ted!
Ted rises quickly into his next promotion, and selects a guild path since his guild lets him do that because hopes and dreams matter, so Bill (or anybody who can do it really) moves him over to a new path along with his promotion. He is also given the position of... something, it doesn't really matter, but this position gives him a -lot- of privileges. He can now edit his GHELPs, speak on GTS, work with the guild ledger, and even inguild and decide who can harvest flesh or crystals if his guild is in a city which allows this. The privileges, he learned, have been assigned to this position in the same way they can be assigned to specific rank levels, and he's just getting a few exclusive ones and some of the others early. Ted is happy with this because he can be helpful.
That's all for now with Bill and Ted, though. Join us next time as we learn about the new Patron Request system, and in future episodes where we learn about changes to the city ministries (including the new Ministry of Education and Ministry of Security), and the new Envoy system!