Welcome to Minas Tirith

Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea!
West Wind blew there; the light upon the Silver Tree
Fell like bright rain in gardens of the Kings of old.
O proud walls! White towers! O winged crown and throne of gold!
O Gondor, Gondor! Shall Men behold the Silver Tree,
Or West Wind blow again between the Mountains and the Sea?

King Elessar

Greetings, friend, welcome to Minas Tirith, the white city. I am King Elessar, lord of Gondor and king of Men. Many visitors come through our gates: Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and stranger creatures still from all about Middle Earth. All who are friendly are welcome. Minas Tirith is a bustling city of commerce and trade. It is a city of diplomacy and new friendships; any topic is open for discussion, within reason.

Minas Tirith at dawn

Every member of Outpost 10F has a clearance level. If you decide to register you'll be assigned a clearance level of two (CL2). You'll have the same clearance level no matter which affiliation you choose. (You can participate in the chatroom without registering, but you won't have access to all of its special features.) As you become more involved in Outpost 10F's departments, activities and events, you'll have the opportunity to gain higher clearance levels.

The highest a member may be promoted to is clearance level ten (CL10). In order to become promoted you must exhibit good behavior, follow our Prime Directives (listed below), and be respectful of fellow members. As you work your way up the rank ladder you'll earn various privileges. These include general armory usage at clearance level four (CL4), HTML abilities at clearance level six (CL6), and special login features at clearance level seven (CL7).

Barliman Butterbur, the bartender

Our local tavern is quite popular. The proprietor is a man by the name of Barliman Butterbur. He comes from the Northern city of Bree, where he also owns a bar and inn called the Prancing Pony. You will find him to be a warm and friendly host. A variety of drinks and dishes are available. Don't worry about the payment, if you're a registered member it will all simply be put on your tab!

Members with a clearance level of four (CL4) and above have access to our armory, which contains various weapons. Some are used purely for practice whilst others are used to remove any unwanted guests.

There are a few simple rules we follow at Outpost 10F, which we call our Prime Directives. We're a family-friendly and global community, so these Directives are for the protection of all our members. Please do your best to follow them, and feel free to ask another member if there is something you don't understand.

Prime Directives

  1. The Outpost is an assembly of a diverse variety of individuals, with a large variance in cultures and lifestyles. However, everyone has in common his/her humanity.
    Practice the 3 R's :
    • Respect for others;
    • Respect for self;
    • Take Responsibility for your own actions.
  2. No excessive swearing is permitted.
  3. No sharing of command/clearance codes.
  4. No discrimination of any kind is allowed.
  5. No sexually suggestive material is permitted in any way, shape or form in the Outpost.
  6. No harassment of fellow officers of any kind is permitted.
  7. All work for and by OTF members is the property of Outpost 10F and cannot be used on any other site without the explicit written permission of the creator and Outpost 10F.
  8. No flooding of the chatboards, i.e. no repetitive posting of messages.
  9. No impersonating a fellow officer, either by misusing his/her handle, title or a combination thereof.
  10. Outpost 10F recognizes and guarantees the right of free speech to all it's chatroom visitors as long as their comments and statements abide by all the Prime Directives stated here.

A more detailed version of these directives can be found here.

The Seal of GondorI'd like to introduce you to some of my friends that will assist you in getting acquainted with Minas Tirith and Outpost10F. The Sector Commander and Deputy Sector Commander are both here to oversee chat operations, coordinate promotions, assist with special projects, and be available to the members to address their concerns. Please feel free to contact them at any time with chatroom issues.

The Intelligence and Security Agency (ISA) is a group that helps in the chatroom in many ways. They keep us informed about the latest viruses and remind members of the Prime Directives when necessary. While these members are well-armedand are able to remove troublemakers in the chatroom, their main goal is to keep our chatrooms safe and family-friendly.

Another team of people who are here to assist you are the members of the Welcome Committee. You will hear from one of them when you register, and their job in the chatrooms is to be available to assist you as you get used to our protocols and functions.

Finally, I suggest you check out the following links. These pages contain information that will help you understand our systems and structure.

The documentation site contains detailed information regarding various aspects of Outpost 10F. Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, our tutorial fish, has some information about using the chat interface. You can also read detailed information about the role of promotions at Outpost 10F and use the Profile Management System to manage your member data and view your access rights.

Thank you for your patronage, and welcome to Minas Tirith! May the light of the white tree shine upon your fortunes.