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Helping Hub / statistics
« on: April 28, 2019, 01:29:09 AM »
okay so, on the statistics area of your profile, there's a little part that says most popular boards by activity and i was looking at it and uh
i'm not? great at math? but i'm pretty sure those don't add up?
does anyone know what's up?

Site Guides / information about pregnancy & babies
« on: April 25, 2019, 07:35:15 PM »

hi! hello! what's up! (that's a rhetorical question, i'm not expecting anyone to respond with the sky or something)

so tnw has been having a lot of babies and pregnant women lately, and i thought writing up a little thread with details about pregnancy, labor, and child development. i'm by no means a professional; i'm eighteen years old and have never been pregnant or had a baby. i haven't even been around an insane amount of pregnant women. but i've been writing human pregnancy and motherhood with my characters for the last year or so, i've visited a lot of mommy forums, and when i first knocked one of my characters up, i was sort of working from scratch. so after many long nights of googling things, going undercover on forums, and interrogating pregnant cousins, i present my collection of... knowledge and stuff.

also, from here on, i'd like to toss out a content warning for the things you'd expect to read with pregnancy. mentions of blood, bodily fluids, discussions of miscarriage, infant death, labor, pain, and all that fun stuff.

for starters, there are the trimesters. your first trimester starts at conception, and ends at twelve weeks; your second trimester begins at thirteen weeks, and ends at twenty-six weeks; your third trimester starts at twenty-seven weeks and ends when the baby is born, typically approximated at forty weeks.
a baby is considered to be premature if born before thirty-seven weeks of pregnancy; this term is extended to extremely premature when the baby is delivered between twenty-three and twenty-eight weeks, and moderately premature when born between twenty-nine and thirty-six weeks.

the earliest sign of pregnancy is typically a missed period. however, this can be caused by a number of issues, from malnutrition to stress, and in a setting like the new world, it usually wouldn't be a strong indicator until one or two was missed. morning sickness typically begins around six weeks of pregnancy, and lasts until the fourteenth week, however, it's case by case. some women don't experience morning sickness at all, for some women it begins around the third week of pregnancy, and for some women, it can last until the twentieth week, or for the entirety of the pregnancy. a fetus can typically be detected on an ultrasound at around five weeks, though finding a still in tact ultrasound, with all of it's supplies, and proper power may prove difficult depending on the group.

a typical woman will begin to "show" in her pregnancy between twelve and sixteen weeks, but there are various factors affecting this, including, but not limited to: if you've been pregnant before, how many babies you're carrying, your height, your pre-pregnancy weight, the shape of your body, and the positioning of the baby.
women who have had previous pregnancies tend to show earlier, as this bodily change is something your abdominal muscles and uterus have experienced before, and some women have reported showing as early as six weeks. women who were thinner pre-pregnancy tend to show more and sooner, while women who were overweight typically take longer, not showing even until the third trimester. taller women tend to show later, while shorter women tend to show sooner.
women typically feel the need to change into larger, looser clothes around their fourth or fifth month of pregnancy, finding their old clothes don't fit them anymore. just as bumps grow, breasts typically do the same, beginning from six weeks of pregnancy, and most women go up a cup size or two.

pregnancy-specific medical issues
hyperemesis gravidarum (hg) which, while considered rare (occurring in about 1% of all reported pregnancies), can cause persistent vomiting lasting the entirety of the pregnancy, as well as frequently feeling faint, and normally dehydration from being unable to keep fluids down. while there are plenty of treatments in our world, they're limited in the new world, largely left to eating small, frequent meals to help nausea, and foods high in vitamin b6 (pork, poultry, fish, eggs, whole grains, etc).
if a woman experiences hg in one pregnancy, it's very likely she'll continue to experience it in all of her pregnancies. however, it typically peaks at the end of the first trimester, and mostly subsides near the middle of the second trimester, save for severe cases that may last the entirely of the pregnancy.

pre-eclampsia or toxemia is a potentially life threatening complication that occurs in 5-8% of pregnancies, and it has a maternal mortality rate of 6-14% among those who suffer from it. it arises typically after the twentieth week of pregnancy, and is typically characterized by high blood pressure and high protein levels in the urine, though testing the protein levels is largely impossible in tnw. headaches, nausea, swelling in the legs, and fatigue are often common, but they're largely indistinguishable from a normal pregnancy.
the largest damage this condition does to the baby is by limiting blood flow to the fetus, causing babies to be born smaller and often premature. if toxemia presents itself after thirty weeks, the mother is 13% more likely to experience it in her next pregnancies; if it presents before thirty weeks, the likelihood rises to 40% or higher.

miscarriages are an unfortunate, but painfully common complication in pregnancy that takes place in about a quarter of all pregnancies, and that's only numbers of known miscarriages, as some women never even know they're pregnant or miscarrying in the first place. a majority of miscarriages occur in the first trimester, and this is largely why many women in the modern day don't announce it until they've reached the second trimester. about half of all miscarriages are caused by a chromosome abnormality, where either the sperm or the egg contributed one extra or one less chromosome, and the fetus was unable to develop further. this is something that largely cannot be prevented, and most people have a number of eggs or sperm in this state. other causes can range from issues with maternal health, the egg not properly implanting into the uterus, lifestyle (smoking, drinking, etc), maternal trauma, or various other causes. in the modern world, sometimes the exact cause is difficult to determine, and in the new world, it would be close to impossible. however, things like intercourse or moderate exercise are proven to have no effect of the likelihood of a woman miscarrying.

infant development
it normally takes babies a few months to learn to do things, to do them well, and do it for a long period of time. when a baby begins to hold it's head up, they might only be able to do it for a minute or two at first, and they'll get better with time. premature babies tend to go about things a little later, and if you want to know what a baby is capable of, you should measure from their due date.
for example, if a baby is born january first, and their due date was february first, then by june first, they would be five months old. however, they would only be doing the things you'd expect of a four month old.

cooing: 1 to 3 months
smiling: this typically begins at shortly after birth, but they're not real smiles; rather, they're called reflex smiles, often caused by gas. real smiles normally start between 1 1/2 to 3 months old.
laughing: babies typically give off early laughter between 2 to 3 months old, however these laughs are caused by physical things, like raspberries and tickling. responding to funny faces and gestures doesn't begin until closer to 4 to 6 months.
holding their own head up: 3 to 6 months
sitting up independently: 4 to 7 months
crawling: 6 to 10 months
pulling themselves up: 9 to 12 months
cruising (walking while holding on to things): usually 3 to 4 weeks after pulling themselves up
walking: 14 to 17 months
talking: this is where it gets more complicated. if you say "mama" to her over and over again, eventually she'll say "mama" back at 6-10 months, but she won't understand what she's saying, she's just mimicking. understanding the meaning of words ("mama" means their mother, "no" means no, "naughty" means bad) those words back and form them in the mouth starts around 10-14  months. however, most babies by this age only really know 1-3 words apart from mama and dada, and understand nodding and pointing.
at 15 months, they should know 14 words, and from here learning picks up exponentially; at 16 months, that expands to 40 words; at 18 months, about 70. between 18-24 months, they should be able to form short, 2-4 word sentences "want some milk"/"mama pick up please"/"lizzie is mean".
learning their name: babies will realize that, when hearing their name out loud it means them around 5-7 months old. (hope knows "hope" is her, lizzie knows "lizzie" is her, etc.)

i'll be updating this as time goes on, to add on things like fetal development in utero, more child development, labor, breastfeeding, and things like that. if there's anything you want me to research or to add on here, just lmk? all this stuff is extremely fascinating to me, and since there are six children among my characters currently, it couldn't hurt to learn more.

Welcome Board / siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick
« on: April 23, 2019, 05:56:41 AM »
okay so i decided to yote this here b/c i lead springfield and flintlock but
yesterday i woke up with a sore throat
and today i've woken up feeling on the brink of death
my soul aches and holding my head up is work and i'm Hot Hot Hot with a Fever Fever Fever
and i'm willing to bet this is only the start of this cold smh

so long story short i'm? probably not gonna be posting for the next 2-4 days while i wait for this cold to pass b/c i feel like death rn. i might yote someone into some thread or post on a private thread, but i'm putting up a couple days activity notice because there won't be consistent or wide spread activity with my characters until this cold passes, i'm probably just going to respond to things i have enough muse for.
it's only gonna be a couple of days, so assume my characters are around, they're just finna show up late to any necessary threads.

hi hi hello welcome back to my shit show kids sit down, buckle up, and get ready for some random ass bullshit because that's what my life is y'know

Character Creation /  you should see me in a crown \\ finley 
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:44:50 PM »

finley juniper everett finn, finny, everett, catherine born 08.12.2012 physically twenty-six soldier of the insurrection not currently dating, frequently engaging in flings last surviving member of her family [/b] played by sophie turner identifies as bisexual stands at five feet & nine inches

Character Creation /  xanny \\ anton 
« on: April 13, 2019, 08:57:01 PM »

anton ian carmichael doctor carmichael, ant, uncle anton, mister dude sir born 07.02.2004 physically thirty-four, spiritually late forties leader of springfield, licensed &practicing surgeon ( general with some neo training ) not currently dating uncle & unofficial adoptive father of fletcher christina maria carmichael played by chris hemsworth identifies as heterosexual stands at six feet & five inches

General OOC / how do you like your orange juice pulp
« on: April 13, 2019, 12:12:42 AM »
i need to know

OOC Discussion /  official \\ chatting & plotting
« on: April 07, 2019, 03:11:41 PM »
yo yo yo my dudes get to the chattinging and the plottinging
also the discord is over here

Helping Hub / hospital group?
« on: April 06, 2019, 04:15:21 PM »

i've talked about it more today and it's like a chill group in a hospital and they don't really make allies or enemies? they're nice to everyone and they're a group for mainly healer-y people, or people who just want to help others in this big bad world. they abstain from all conflict and regardless of who's right or wrong in the situation, they go by the hippocratic oath and help anyone who needs it without making judgements. they're located in one of the places that last had power, and the group kind of formed of the townspeople when the power went out, so the hospital and the area around it has been maintained really well instead of getting looted and falling into disarray. they've managed to fend off raiders and they still have a lot of their supplies. obviously expired medications were thrown out and everything, but they have supplies like gauze and needles and things like that.

regular members would receive like cpr training regularly, and they'd have a massive library so that, in theory, anyone who'd want to learn to become a doctor or a nurse could spend a few years working under one and receive medical training and education. obviously it wouldn't be perfect, but it would be better than anyone teaching themselves.

General OOC / should i clean my room
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:43:08 PM »
i need to know

Helping Hub / choice awards?
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:44:16 PM »
okay so idk if bb has ever done a sitewide choice awards? but it could fun? there could be like ooc parts for roleplayers, ic parts for current characters, spots for past/retired/deceased characters and hps and stuff? idkidk it just popped into my head, and i know people overall seem to be interested in choice awards for the groups and stuff?

Helping Hub / solar panels and the electricity plot?
« on: February 10, 2019, 12:32:01 PM »
so, i know large/extra large solar panels were removed from the shop for the electricity plot, but it doesn't seem like the plot is actually going anywhere, and hasn't even really been touched since leader tryouts ended. does staff intend to get it going soon? if not, will the solar panels be returning to the shop?

Northstar District / The City 「 no caressing 」 — open, introduction & birthday
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:51:56 PM »
tw for mentions of abuse, violence, scars, and emotional trauma

it had been quiet here.

some time ago, she'd shown up to northstar, and as people milled about, she'd stayed quiet, kept to herself. there wasn't much in the way of a governing body, no real rules, and people seemed to keep to themselves - or at least, keep away from her. b didn't mind though, she liked the peace, the solidarity. at haven, the hellish prisonscape she'd been raised in, she'd spent so long in solitary. they'd kept her alone until they'd broken her, and now, six months since her liberation, she still bore the emotional scars of the years of torture. there were physical scars as well, far too many, lines from knives and whips, circles from shivs and bullets, but northstar had known jane. once upon a time, jane, the teenager with a body and mind nearly as scarred as b's own, had led the group, and now, months later, b had found her way back to it. they're kind people there, jane had told her, you'll be safe there.

and, for the most part, jane had been right. the people were polite enough, albeit sparse. and she was, indeed, safe. no one hurt her, no one attacked her. b lived her day to day in solidarity, in peace, tending to the little farm she'd started up at the edge of town. plans grew in the soil, and she went about tending to them and harvesting them in silence. it was an unfamiliar silence, one without the tension that had filled her solitary cell once upon a time, one without the screams of agony in the distance.

but this day, b found herself positioned near the center of the town, sitting on the ground against a building. she was bundled up in a sweater and a warm pair of denim pants, dirtied boots on her feet, dark eyes shifting about the town with a silent curiosity. the sixteen year old didn't call out for anyone, didn't attract attention to herself. she only kept her lips pressed together tightly and sat, hugging her knees to her chest, in silence. today was a special day for b, after all; she'd only just turned sixteen this morning, and though she didn't call attention to it, she did reward herself with the vague presence of others, sitting in the town. there was a wary look in her dark, round eyes, a look of unsureness and unease. prominent scars covered her body, though it remained well covered, and the only really prominent scar wasn't a scar at all, but a birthmark. redness, a dark redness, was dappled across the left side of her face. a port wine scar, it was called. a firemark, she'd been told it was growing up. a mark of a fire within her spirit, one that had needed putting out. so, out it went.

b sat silently there, entirely alone, timidly watching the occasional person mosey about before vanishing in the distance, and it said far too much about her life thus far that this was a celebration.

General OOC / another great big bearbones poll
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:13:55 AM »
please settle a debate as to whether or not the majority of roleplayers are blind probably from staring at computer screens all day?

« on: January 19, 2019, 11:10:12 PM »
welcome to the flintlock lodge's ambassador program! this program is designed to make the communication between the lodge and their allies more efficient by having designated ambassadors who serve as middle men between the groups. the duties of an ambassador consist of bringing gifts, invitations, messages, and leading introductions on diplomatic endeavors. while ambassadors are solely residents of the lodge, their jobs are to familiarize themselves with the high positions of the group they're assigned to, and to communicate between the groups, however they do not reside in these groups in any form.

the only requirement for ambassadors is that they post one thread each calendar month visiting their chosen group, bringing a gift of some sort and checking up on the political climate of the group.

current ambassadors
the isle of silver sands none

would you like to sign up as an ambassador? apply below!
Code: [Select]
character name:
character age:
brief personality:
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