Terms of Service

Here are the terms of service / rules for Edeia.

These terms are subject to change at any time; any significant changes will be announced in the Discord server.

Service

Terms

  • Any usage of "I" or other personal pronouns refers to me, Auspice.

  • Any usage of "you" or related pronouns refers to you as the commissioner/client.

  • The "work" refers to the artwork, design, adopt, etc. purchased from me.

  • The "order" or "request" refers to your instructions/your request for the work.

General

  • I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. I may or may not provide and explanation and you can request one if you wish, but I am not obligated to give it.

  • You must have permission to use a character you commission me to draw, i.e. you must own the character, have permission from the owner, etc. You are accountable for having the permissions to use the character and how the character is portrayed.

  • You pay me for the time spent and the service rendered, including the time spent discussing details and ironing out the details of your request.

    • The more concise your request, the better. Note that this does not mean precise or detailed; I am happy to take a significant amount of artistic freedom with general but succinct requests.

  • If there is a significant delay between correspondences without warning, I may finish the work myself and post.

    • Typically, my patience grows thin at five days. I will give a warning about a day before I finish it on my own.

    • Once I finish the work, there are no alterations allowed to the final work. Any other alterations must be requested and paid for separately.

Permissions

You are allowed to use Edeia-related work for personal use only. In all cases, you are not allowed to use my work for NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

The permissions outlined below may not cover all situations, but the intention is to give a broad outline of what is allowed.

I may individually give specific permissions for certain works beyond what would typically be allowed for personal use. You may also request certain permissions.

Personal Use

Generally, "personal use" is the use of the work for personal enjoyment and not for profit, and sharing the work with credit. Under personal use, you may:

  • Post the commissioned work to reference websites such as Toyhou.se, and use the work as reference material (i.e. character reference provided to other artists and such)

  • Using the work as profile pictures, banners, character profile artwork, etc.

  • Share the work privately, such as to friends or in Discord servers

  • Reblog/retweet my original posts of your commission on social media websites that I am active on (DeviantArt, Tumblr, and Twitter).

    • Do not repost without permission, but you can request to do so on websites where I am not active, so long as there is no paywall.

    • You may "repost" with credit for things such as raffles, request threads, that sort of thing where someone asks for references. Still, reblogging/retweeting when possible would be appreciated.

    • If you do repost, please credit with a link to this website or credit one of my social media handles.

You may not use the work for monetary gain, including any of the commercial uses outlined below.

Commercial Use

Generally, "commercial use" is the use of the work for profit, including sales, marketing, branding, merchandise, etc. This includes:

  • Use the work for merchandise (prints, using a character design for a figurine/plushie intended for public sales, etc.)

  • Use the work for branding and advertisement (such as using a logo for a profitable entity, using a character design as the mascot of a commercial/profitable entity including companies and closed species, using artwork for packaging merchandise and such, using the artwork to advertise or present something intended for profit, etc.)

  • Limit access to the work behind a paywall / require payment to access the work.

Ideas

Currently, one Edeia is allowed to exist for a single Idea. This may change in the future if it becomes too limiting. Note, however, that slightly different phrasing and interpretations of a concept would count as different Ideas. For instance, "Faith" and "Leap of Faith" are considered different Ideas. (Lore-wise, all Ideas are unique due to how each one is uniquely interpreted by the Edeia; Ideas are named by the Edeia themselves, and names are only a label to the concept. I simply wish create unique Edeia.)

Synonyms are also allowed, with some caveats. If you want to use a synonym of an Edeia owned by someone active in the Edeia community, I may notify/ask the owner if they are comfortable with it. I am more willing to allow it if you specify how your Idea differs in interpretation, if you will likely be active in the community, and if the existing owner of the synonym Idea is not active in the community. I will note that I feel like this is some amount of freedom for Edeia with the "same" Idea, since lore-wise it is possible, and me not wanting duplicates is more in a logistical sense.

Non-Actualized Characters

You may create non-Actualized characters with Idea magic - for instance, if you want to use such characters for backstories and such for your Edeia. They can be any species, though note that only humans and Earth-like animals are native to the world of Ideation, and other entities with Ideas must come from another dimension. They must also either come to the Ideation dimension or be exposed to a fragment of Ideation.

The Ideas of these characters may be any Idea that does not currently exist on the masterlist, or Ideas of Edeia that you own. For Ideas of other Edeia on the masterlist, please check the "Non-Actualized Characters" column to determine permissions for creating characters of the owners' Ideas.

You have no claim to the Idea unless you have the Idea on hold, and that is only temporary. If another Edeia has that Idea, that character would not be allowed to be made into an Edeia - though you can "shift" the Idea to another if you wish to do so. Additionally, an Edeia may be created by me or commissioned as a custom without regard to any non-Actualized characters with that Idea.

Generally - that is, if you are using Ideas not on the masterlist or Ideas of Edeia you own - you do not need to check in with me or anyone prior to creating the character.

Non-Actualized Character Permissions

To change the permissions for your Edeia's Idea, you may contact me on Discord or any other convenient platform. There are three options, which will be indicated in the "Non-Actualized Characters" column of the masterlist:

  • Allowed: Default. Anyone can create non-Actualized characters using the Idea.

  • Prohibited: No one except you, the owner of the Edeia, can create non-Actualized characters using the Idea.

  • Ask: Others must ask you to use the Idea of their Edeia for a non-Actualized character. You must provide a preferred contact method for this that will be linked or otherwise indicated in the cell.

Soultwined Edeia

Since Ideas may be considered differently in the context of another Idea, I am allowing some flexibility of repeated ideas in Soultwined Edeia. If someone owns an Edeia with a particular Idea, that individual can set permissions for use of that Idea in a Soultwined set or a single Edeia (if the Idea exists only in their Soultwined).

At the moment, I have a soft limit of one repeat; that is, an Idea can exist once as a single Edeia and once in a Soultwined set. To keep things simple, the first owner of the Idea retains power over the permissions of the Idea if there are further inquiries. If the Edeia is transferred to a new owner, the continuing oldest owner of the Idea gains power over the permissions.

Soultwined Idea Permissions

To change the permissions for your Edeia's Idea, you may contact me on Discord or any other convenient platform. There are three options, which will be indicated in the "Soultwined Permissions" column of the masterlist:

  • Allowed: Anyone can create a Soultwined/Edeia with the Idea(s) of your Edeia.

  • Prohibited: No one except you, the owner of the Edeia, can create a Soultwined/Edeia with the Idea(s) of your Edeia.

  • Ask: Default. Others must ask you to use the Idea(s) of your Edeia. I recommend providing a preferred contact method for this that will be linked or otherwise indicated in the cell. If someone asks you for permission, you can make it conditional, i.e. ask to be involved in the character development and such. You may not request any payment, whether in the form of money, commissions, designs, etc.

Edeia Usage

You can use an Edeia for RPs, art, stories, etc. However, you must credit me as the creator of the species. They can interact with non-Edeia characters, as they are capable of crossing dimensions.

Edeia adopts come with a name, Idea, and sometimes a gender and pronouns. The name and pronouns can be changed if you like, but please let me know if you do so I can keep records up to date. The Idea can be slightly modified (like how Song's "silence" became "the songs in silence"), and it is up to you to interpret what powers the Idea manifests as (though you can ask me for suggestions). You may ask me if you wish to change an Edeia's Idea entirely.

You can slightly change their designs or create alternate forms. You may come up with your own design for their human / previous form, or commission me.

Alternate Universes

There is some flexibility permitted for alternate universes (AUs) of Edeia.

  • Edeia can be used as AUs of other existing OCs (and other OCs can be used as AUs for them). They cannot be a shapeshift of an existing OC or such, as that would muddle the lore.

  • You can have multiple independent stories for the Edeia that still follow the Edeia lore.

    • I encourage you to label one as "canon" for the character and the rest as AU; this may make character interactions with other users easier. (For one, I would generally keep my character interactions in one "canon" verse.)

  • The Edeia can be put into an AU setting where they are not Edeia, but this must clearly be labeled as AU.

Unofficial Edeia

Unofficial Edeia refers to Edeia that are not on the masterlist and do not exist through official means. There is a possibility for first time owners (FTOs) to use unofficial Edeia for a prompt; info is here.

Otherwise, you are not permitted to design and use an unofficial Edeia.

You are permitted to mention them in a backstory, though they should not be so complex of an entity that they are a character in all but an official capacity. It should be a fairly brief mention without too many details. I recommend not explicitly stating the Idea to avoid stepping on toes, though you might vaguely reference the concept of their Idea if necessary.

Understand that Edeia are not actually very common in the world compared to the population of organic/mortal entities, and I encourage you to use official Edeia (yours or others') for character interactions as opposed to mentioning a slew of unofficial Edeia.

Character Theft

Only the current owner of the Edeia is allowed to use their Edeia character for anything without permission from the owner.

This includes alters who happen to form as someone else's character outside of your control - you cannot use someone else's character unless you have their explicit permission to do so; the alter must represent themself some other way, or you must get the owner's permission.

Personal use of an Edeia that does not belong to you will be seen as character theft. There may be opportunities to remedy the situation, but if it is not resolved, you may be blacklisted.

Instances of Edeia character theft should be reported to me, Auspice. Depending on the situation, I may also contact the owners to notify them.

While this is just Edeia policy, this sort of thing is also good to keep in mind for all characters belonging to others. If it comes to my attention that an individual regularly commits character theft, even outside of the Edeia species, I may still take measures.

Creating Art

You can make art in any form - digital, traditional, 2D, 3D, writing... cosplay, if you had the willpower.

You may not sell physical Edeia merchandise without express permission from me. Any one-off physical goods for yourself are fine - if you are getting a print or merch that uses art not made by you, make sure to get the permission of the creator first.

You can do commissions of others' Edeia or commission others for art of your Edeia.

If there is a fusion between your Edeia and others' Edeia, then the exact terms should be discussed between the owners - for things such as RP, character stories, commissioning art, etc. In general, I expect that it would be alright for an owner of any component to make art of the fusion.

Fusions

In general, if I see a fusion, I will enter it into the Fusion Masterlist and ask for any further necessary information. Fusions do not need to be approved for personal use (drawing, using in backstories, etc.), but they must be approved (in the ML) in order to be used in official events such as prompts and to be transferred. If they are not submitted upon transfer, they will be invalid and in a "voided" sort of state (see Voiding Fusions section).

For a proper submission to the Fusion ML, please send the following information to me or in the #fusion-submissions channel of the Discord:

Fusion Name:
Components:
(You can make a note of owners here as well. For example: Resolve (Auspice) and Choice (Stel))
Pronouns:
TH Tab/Profile:
(Optional. I generally make a split tab for the fusion on one of the component Edeia, but it is up to you how you want to organize.)

Reference: (I request that it be fully colored and clean. It can be shaded or not, and you can have some plain background or leave it transparent.)

Reselling, Trading, and Gifting

In general, you may transfer an Edeia so long as the giver and/or the receiver contacts me so I can update relevant information. Trades between Edeia and other designs/species are allowed; you may also get an Edeia for someone else.

You may resell your Edeia for no more than the original price it was bought for + commission work. If an Edeia was created from a free event, you may only sell it for the value of commission work.

  • If you "paid" for the Edeia or reduced the price using your own artwork or other trades to me, you can resell for the listed price, but I would only take returns for the monetary amount. For instance, if the list price was 100 USD and you reduced the price to 50 USD through art or such, you can resell for 100 USD but only return to me for 50 USD.

If an Edeia has been transferred, please contact me (via Discord or another platform) with proof of purchase/transfer. If the Edeia has been transferred to someone without a Toyhouse, please transfer them back to me; if you do not have a Toyhouse and am transferring the Edeia to someone who does, let me know and I will make the transfer.

All fusions in the ML must be declared to the new owner as part of the transfer process. Unapproved fusions must be submitted/entered into the ML to be valid for transfer; undeclared fusions will be rendered invalid.

An Edeia has a cooldown of two weeks for general transfers. This means that regardless of how you acquire an Edeia, you must own it for at least two weeks prior to reselling, trading, gifting, returning, etc. This does not apply to Edeia that were purchased as a gift for another from the start - you do not need to wait prior to gifting.

Returns

An Edeia can be returned to me, Auspice, for the full price it was purchased from me after one month has passed after the initial sell of the Edeia. Any additional increase in price with commission work would be up to negotiation; I am generally fine with some amount of commission work, but not hundreds' worth of commissions.

An Edeia that is returned to me may be:

  • re-auctioned or resold for a new price

  • raffled or otherwise given away for free

  • redesigned, renamed, and/or have other elements changed

  • kept for myself

Some of these terms may be negotiable. I reserve the right to refuse a return for any reason.

Returns for Free Edeia

You may request a return for a "free" Edeia, including those acquired from DTA (draw-to-adopt), raffles, conceptualization events, etc. In exchange, I can offer artwork similar to reward paintings in any of my rough painting styles.

  • The subject of the painting would preferably be an Edeia, in which case it would be fullbody (or almost, allowing for artistic cropping). This is negotiable, but if it is for non-Edeia characters, I may only do a headshot or something otherwise simple.

  • The subject does not have to be your own Edeia, but be sure the owner would be alright with their character being the subject.

  • You may take your pick of any of my rough painting styles, or you can leave the style entirely to my choice - which could be any style that my whim prefers.

  • You may make some specifications for the mood, pose, lighting, and background, though note that the background will be fairly simple.

  • You may claim the art for the return at a later date, though it is up to you to remind me. Please retain proof of the return if you wish to do so.

  • I reserve the right to refuse these "free" returns as well.

Dissociation [WIP]

If you no longer wish to use an Edeia and do not wish for anyone else to use the Edeia (i.e. do not want to pay the fee to void or return to me for reselling), a possibility is dissociation - a sort of "deletion" or "overwriting" of an Edeia. You return the Edeia but I will redesign them entirely before setting them off into the world once more. In some sense, you are only returning the Idea.

If an Edeia is dissociated:

  • You no longer own the design. No one else is able to use the design. Existing references and artwork of them posted publicly are recommended to be taken down or replaced, but it is not absolutely required.

  • You must transfer the TH profile back to me.

  • I will redesign the Edeia entirely, including a new look, name, and blank slate of history.

Since you are not returning the design per se, the return from dissociation will not be the original full price of the Edeia. It will be discussed individually, but some possibilities are as follows:

  • Partial refund (up to 30 USD)

  • Artwork from me (Edeia-related or not)

  • Figments (perhaps 3 or so)

Edeia Acquisition

As Edeia are a closed species, you cannot design your own. You may acquire one through a purchase, trade, gift, DTA, or free event. For full details, see the Acquisition page.

In order to own an Edeia, at least one of the following must be true of you:

  • You have a Deviantart account.

  • You have a Toyhou.se account. (I can acquire invitations if desired.)

  • You have joined the Edeia Discord server.

Alterations

You are free to change your Edeia's name, gender, and pronouns as you please; if you would like me to update the masterlist info, just let me know.

You may request to make alterations to an Edeia's original design or Idea, with some caveats.

Alterations to the Edeia's masterlist image may be subject to a small fee depending on the change, though better (and free) options may be to:

  • design an alternate form with the desired changes

  • make the changes temporary effects of minor shapeshifting

  • make the changed form a temporary shapeshifted form (no limit to these)

For a complete redesign, the cost will be comparable to the normal Edeia acquisition method - custom, MYO, or notion. Please note that if you redesign an Edeia to a significant extent, fusions should be redesigned as well. I will notify you of this if it is necessary and relevant.

As for altering an Idea:

  • Generally, I ask that you change the Idea to a linked concept rather than something entirely different, such as Silence to Songs in Silence or Repression to Release of Repression.

    • Lore-wise, note that Edeia name their Ideas themselves, and how it manifests is a matter of interpretation.

  • You can make the new Idea the Edeia's canonical original Idea, or you can work the shift of their Idea into their character development.

    • You also have freedom in saying what your Edeia's original Idea might've been, but the only Idea you have "claim" to is their present one, the one on the masterlist.

  • There is no fee for changing the Idea, but I ask that you try to limit it, and try not to change the same Edeia's Idea more than once.

You may also request to add special traits to your Edeia.

  • If you would like to add a fission trait, you are required to submit a conceptualization that illustrates how the fission trait developed and how it works for your Edeia, which I will then review and discuss any necessary changes. Additionally, you will be subject to a 30 USD fee.

Past Forms

A "past form" of an Edeia is an unofficial Edeia design of what an Edeia looked like in the past, particularly if they had a different Idea and at some point had a shift an identity strong enough to change their essence of self. It is rare that this occurs, as the journey to Actualization typically strongly solidifies the identity they want to have, but it is not impossible - an Edeia is never "stuck" as who they were when they Actualized.

If the past Idea is only mentioned in text without a design, just in the character's backstory without involved interactions with others, there is no need for further action. It would be nice to at least let me know, however.

In the case that you want to design a past form of your Edeia, where they have a different appearance, Idea, and likely personality:

  • You must submit a Conceptualization for your official Edeia that includes details of how your Edeia's Idea and identity transitioned to their present state. You should also mention what their personality was and how it changed. Other things to include might be their different name/gender/pronouns, when they shifted, whether it was a gradual or sudden thing, etc.

  • If you want to use an Idea of an Edeia that exists, you must ask the existing owner. If a new Edeia is made with that Idea, though, the new owner cannot ask you to no longer use it. It is a first come first serve sort of thing.

If I accept it, I will make a note in the ML of their past Idea - note that you have no claim to the Idea, and another individual can still use that Idea to make an official Edeia. You can then design the past form, which must be approved by me.

  • You can post the design publicly and use it publicly. In a posted reference it must be stated clearly that it is a past form of an Edeia and not an official design. In other cases, it is preferred to mention but not required.

  • You can use them as part of your Edeia's backstory, including involvement of your other characters.

  • You are free to draw this design, use it in backstories, past stories of your Edeia (such as comics or writing of your Edeia), relationship blurb history, etc.

  • I discourage "active" usage of this past form such as for RP, in-character conversations, etc. Involvement with the characters of other individuals is allowed, though preferably not in these "active" uses. Character relationship blurbs/synopses are perfectly acceptable, long prose and comics with others' characters are a bit more iffy - please run them by me first if you would like me to consider it.

  • You can use them in prompts, but you must ask me each time. I generally prefer official Edeia to be used, but if you have a fun idea that has sparked, I will allow it. When submitting, please label clearly that it is an Edeia's past form.

You may also wish to keep a previous design as a past form when redesigning your Edeia, if an Idea change is involved as well. In this case, the same terms apply; you simply must acquire the new design through official means.

Voiding

"Voiding" in this context refers to removing an Edeia from the Ideation world and Edeia lore so that they can be used freely in any other context as non-Edeia characters. (Note that Edeia are able to travel to different dimensions/worlds already, and there is some flexibility allowed for AUs.)

To void an Edeia:

  • You must have owned the Edeia for at least six months.

  • You must pay a one-time fee of 35 USD to me.

If an Edeia is voided:

  • The masterlist entry will be replaced by an indication of a voided design. The former entry will be put on a separate spreadsheet of voided designs.

  • You no longer have any claim on the Idea of your Edeia, and a new Edeia can be made from that Idea.

  • You are subject to the following terms and conditions:

    • My general adoptable terms and conditions (barring conflicting rules; the ones here take precedence).

    • The design becomes locked to you - unable to be traded, gifted, sold, or otherwise transferred.

    • You cannot use the Edeia lore for them, and try not to plagiarize the lore. For instance, "spirit of a concept" would be highly suspect.

      • Since this is more subjective, violation of this may result in graylisting instead of blacklisting.

    • You may not create a new species that you intend to create additional designs/adopts from using that character. You may not import them into other closed species, though you can import them into personal species (i.e. species created for yourself and not intended for adopts, profit, etc.) and general species (common nonspecific species such as spirits, dragons, angels, demons, etc.)

    • You may use the design as a shapeshifted/AU/other form of another OC.

  • Failure to comply with the terms may result in public blacklisting.

For the fusions made with that Edeia:

  • For Edeia fusions you share with others, you have the choice of A) voiding all those shared fusions or B) having those fusions become fusions between an Edeia and non-Edeia, and stay on the ML.

    • If you void an Edeia fusion where you own less than half the stake, the other owners can replace that fusion with just your component missing, or one with a different component to replace the voided Edeia. The ML entry will be voided, but the number/entry can be reclaimed.

  • If you void all Edeia of a fusion owned solely by you, then the fusion is voided from the ML but you can keep it and use it as you wish.

  • If all Edeia of a fusion are voided, whether owned by the same person or not, the fusion will be removed from the ML and what happens with the fusion design is up to the owner(s).

Voiding Fusions

You may void any Edeia fusion you own or co-own with no fee. Note that due to the nature of fusions, voiding the design is usually more of a "deletion" and the design cannot be used elsewhere, though there are exceptions with regards to Edeia voiding, as noted above.

If you are the sole owner of the fusion, you may simply contact me to void the fusion.

If you co-own the fusion:

  • If you are the owner of half or more of the fusion (i.e. 1/2 or 2/3) then you do not need permission from the other owner(s). However, they must be notified either by yourself or someone else and the proof of acknowledgement or at least making a reasonable effort to notify (allowing for the possibility of "ghosting," or the other ignoring the messages) must be shown to me.

  • If you own less than half of the fusion, then you must have the other owner(s) agree to voiding the design. Essentially, 50% or more of the ownership must be in agreement to void the fusion.

If a fusion is voided:

  • The masterlist entry will be removed. The former entry will be put on a separate spreadsheet of voided designs.

  • The design and fusion can no longer be used in any way. Any galleries, artwork, and information should either be hidden from the public or deleted. In many ways, it is as if the fusion never existed.

  • A new fusion can be created between Edeia who once had a voided fusion. If the current owners are the same, then the old design can be used again, but if there are any new owners, it must be a new design.

    • Note that you are definitely allowed to redesign fusions, and if that is all you want to do, there is no need to go through the trouble of voiding.

    • The old fusion masterlist entry can be reclaimed if desired, using the same Edeia they were previously. I and/or you may not remember or know, in which case it is fine to get a new entry.

Blacklisting/Graylisting

Being blacklisted is a consequence for gross disregard and/or significant violation and disrespect for Edeia rules. I may also use my own judgement if a member of the community is causing significant harm or disrespect of others. Someone who is blacklisted is unlikely to return to a clean slate.

This blacklist will generally apply to all of my content, including other species and adopts.

If an individual is blacklisted:

  • They will be put on a public blacklist here, stating the reason behind the blacklisting, such as "character theft" or "repeated violation of reselling rules."

  • They will generally be banned from my Discord servers and blocked on all my accounts.

  • They are not allowed to acquire any more of my designs or characters of my species. If another individual is found to have given another of my designs to them, they will be graylisted.

  • They are allowed to transfer characters of my design or species to others, with the usual terms for reselling/trading/gifting.

  • They may appeal their blacklist through a non-blacklisted, non-graylisted representative from the Edeia community that can vouch for their improved behavior.

    • If that representative is found to be dishonest, deceptive, and/or manipulative in the appeal, they may be graylisted or blacklisted.

Graylisting is for minor offences that have room for improvement in my eyes. It could also be considered "probation" or "punishment" for a violation.

If an individual is graylisted:

  • They will be put on a public graylist here, stating the reason behind the graylisting.

    • If the reason is resolved (for example: re-acquiring a design transferred to a blacklisted individual) then they can be removed from the graylist.

    • If the reason cannot be resolved or I feel the offense deserves longer punishment, then the graylist will expire after some time I decide. A repeat offense may lead to blacklisting.

  • They are not allowed to acquire any more of my designs or characters of my species. If another individual is found to have given another of my designs to them, they will be graylisted.

  • They are allowed to transfer characters of my design or species to others, with the usual terms for reselling/trading/gifting.

Blacklist

None.

Graylist

None.