Frequently Asked Questions

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✦ ARPG Submission Questions

Yes, but not the other way around; you cannot submit non-gift-art for Gifting Tokens.

Lythbound is a PG13 (not officially rated) ARPG, so all content you share must be suitable for ages 13 and up. Mild or suggested NSFW is allowed to a certain extent but must always be tagged with the proper warnings. In addition, visual artwork should be censored and literature can be spoilered.

If your Lythian's design itself features nonexplicit but potentially-triggering content — eg, body horror, candy gore, or spiderlike features — that would have to appear on its character index entry, please use our tagging system to mark them as such. To do this, go to your character's profile, click the Edit Profile button — for companions, it's the Edit Companion Name/Info button — and there will be a section labeled "Tags."

You may create explicit content for personal use, though it should not be shared directly on the site or in our Discord server.

All guidelines can be found under the Art Submission Guidelines page.

A sketch that's been cleaned should exhibit little to no construction lines, should have minimal fraying, and the lines should be connected in places where it looks like they should touch. Ultimately, they're judged on a case-by-case basis. If you submit a piece with that claim marked and we believe it does not meet the requirement, we will adjust your currency total manually.

You may use a photograph in a submission — or anywhere else on our site — if:
- you took the photograph yourself
- or the photo has a Creative Commons license.

So before using an image that's not your own, please check to see if it's licensed under Creative Commons and what permissions it comes with. Usually, when a photographer posts a piece of work, they will add a bit of text stating something like, "© 2022. This work is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license." If you see "CC" and a number, that means you have permission to use it with credit.

You must include a link to the original to confirm that we have permission to host it on our site, otherwise, we could get in trouble!

Only one collaborator needs to submit the claim. In the notes section, just state who did what and how you’d like the rewards distributed, otherwise, we will split it as evenly as possible among all parties. The others do not need to submit the collaboration, as we will send them their part of the claim automatically, so please come to an agreement beforehand.
You can submit it all at once but remember that for Free Play, there’s a limit of 150 Loonoles that you can earn per week.
If each chapter is for a different prompt, you can submit the same link multiple times with a specifying note (like “[chapter] is for [prompt]”) per submission or split it so there are unique links for each chapter.
They do not! In fact, we encourage the usage of Google Docs, Toyhou.se, or our on-site blog system, as the readability on these sites is better than Eclipse.
You may! Additional information on how to claim rewards on a commissioned piece can be found in Content Requirements under Commissioned Art.

Yes, as long as one or both parties drew Lythians!

If you are trading with someone who’s also an on-site member, all you have to do is submit the half that you drew for “Free Play.” After you input the calculations, add a note saying it’s for an art trade with [member]; your trade partner will have to individually submit their half to claim.

If you’re trading with someone outside the game and drew a non-Lyth character of theirs, you’d submit the half they drew — presumably one of your Lythians. Do the calculations and make a note saying this is [member]’s part because you drew a non-Lyth character.

They are! However, if the meme is traced over, it would not receive the Headshot, Half Body, or Full Body claim, only the other parts. If the art is completely redrawn and just references the meme — in a way that we can tell it's not traced — then it can receive the full rewards.

As a general note, however, we'd highly recommend against going the trace route if the meme is someone's art (versus a photo), just out of respect for the original artist, and due to the fact that we don't allow tracing in any other instance outside of memes.

The short answer is no, you may not — at least not on its own.

However, if a specific event or prompt calls for it, then yes, of course! Or, if it's just for Free Play, you can submit it alongside your Lythian's official design but it would be counted as part of the background and not receive the standard character rewards.

You may! Though if you claimed rewards for it previously, we’ve already transferred your rewards over when we linked your accounts, so please don’t claim rewards for it again. You can submit it to the correct prompt for 0 currency just to have it in our on-site galleries.

✦ Art & Design Questions

Here on Lythbound we don’t use a trait system! Instead, you are allowed to use any design elements you see fit for your character, as long as it isn’t explicitly stated as not allowed in the species’ guidelines, and doesn’t closely resemble another body type, subspecies, or species (unless you have the appropriate items or slots)!

An example of this would be a Kella Ser's tail. A Kella Ser is not allowed to completely lack a tail, and must have at least one visible tail that's serpent-like. However, there's no explicit rule against how many tails a Kella Ser may have, so you're free to give them two, four, or even more! There's also no specific rules against what kind of serpentine appearance it could have. Meaning you're free to add things like horns, hoods, multiple eyes, and other elements. This also means changing things like its size, length, or width freely. Similarly, Kella Ser don't have any mention of wings in their design guidelines; this means you can freely add wings as desired in any shape, amount, or design.

You can also always check the official Lythian index to get a feel for customization of your desired species!

The following parts of a design may be freely changed without the use of items or an art update:
- clothing, worn accessories, etc.
- hair, hairstyle, haircut
- small amounts of makeup or face paint

Yes, members — who are not guests artists — are allowed to raffle off free designs; just note that you won't be able to use the Adoptables Marketplace if the design isn't official yet, so it won't have a character index entry. Instead, consider using the Freebies forum section or the #lyth-marketplace channel in our Discord server to advertise.

And yes, members are also allowed to sell designs and offer custom-designing services! It just needs to be made clear — in both cases — to the client that they need to obtain an MYO slot (and any other required items) to make it official and be able to use it in-game.

This is slightly different from guest artists, who can raffle or sell you a design that is already official and on the character index.

Minor alterations to the character are always allowed. You can update a Lythian’s design/artwork by going to their profile and clicking the “Update Lythian Art/Design” button. Significant design or color changes — as well as additional forms and adaptations — require the use of redesign items.

Paint of Color Change is needed when:
- a completely different color or hue is used
- the saturation is on the opposite end of the spectrum
- the lightness or darkness is on the opposite end of the spectrum
- and/or there are changes to the patterning beyond a slight simplification or complication.

Paint of Color Change is not needed when the shift in hue, saturation, lightness, or darkness is slight and generally stays in the same area of the color wheel.

You can take inspiration from anywhere, but your designs cannot be a blatant copy of an already-existing character, copyrighted or not. There are a few big details that define a design for copyright purposes:
- the shapes
- the colors
- the patterns
- the accessories
Exactly copying most of the above is not allowed. Generally, the fewer similarities there are, the "safer" the design will be, approval-wise

The only exception to this is if you own the character and would like to transfer their design onto a Lythian. However, if you are not the original creator, please make sure you have permission to do so.

You can create alternate forms for your Lythian by obtaining and using a FORMula Plus. The item can be used multiple times on the same character for different forms and will add a new, toggle-able button each time.

Without the use of any other items, the new form can be their baby form, a different species, a non-asterisked subspecies, or a non-asterisked body type. However, in conjunction with other items, it can be used to give your character any form. If you use a Paint of Color Change, you can even have a tab for an alternate color palette or markings!

In lieu of a list of traits that any species can have, most Lythian species and some companion species have something unique to each of them called subspecies, which are generally modified variants of the regular subspecies. They are typically less common than the basic individual and have their own lore under the "Subspecies" button on their species pages. They also tend to have slightly different appearances but are still recognizable as that species. For example, if you go to the Symphony page, you will find that the average Symphony is called a Natural, but there are a couple of subspecies available to them.

Some subspecies can be created with just an MYO ticket, while others require an additional subspecies item. If you visit the Axomaur page, you can see that they come in two subspecies, Aquatic and Terrestrial. Then, under the "Design Guidelines" button, there are bullet points for general guidelines that all Axomaurs have, as well as points for each subspecies. If the subspecies are marked with an asterisk (*), it means they require subspecies items to make (see Symphonies > Design Guidelines); if they are not marked, you can make it with just an MYO ticket (see Axomaurs > Design Guidelines).

The subspecies item required to obtain said subspecies is unique to each, as are the ways to obtain them. Some of them can be found in a shop after you've unlocked the realm that it's located in. Others may be seasonal and only return during certain events. You can also always check user shops to see if anyone has any for sale!

After you obtain a subspecies item, you can apply it onto a new MYO Lythian when you submit them for approval. Or, you can use it on an already-existing Lythian to transform them and update their design.

Yes! Because most baby Lythians are simplified or smaller versions of species, you can expand upon, add, remove, or change design aspects when they grow up, without using additional items.
Yes, all pets can be customized to your liking, as long as they’re still recognizable! Things like color, patterns, size, etc. are open to interpretation. We just won’t update their official site artwork to reflect your personal changes, though you can portray them however you’d like in your artwork.

You may, but please be aware that we may have plans for similar pets and reserve the right to move forward on releasing those even if they are similar to a custom pet.

For example, there is currently a few different Caotie designs and we might be planning on releasing a Siamese Caotie that's yellow. If a custom, yellow Caotie is made by a user, we would still move forward with releasing the official Siamese Caotie, despite similarities to the custom one.

If you are referring to an already-existing custom pet that was created by another member, that is something you would have to discuss with that user.

✦ Gameplay Questions

Skills are abilities that Lythians can learn in order to help you progress in the game. Any Lythian can learn any skill except for babies. You can find out more on the Skills Information page.

You can obtain your first Lythian by completing the New User Tutorial.

Pre-designed Lythians from the Adoptables Marketplace, where official designers and other players can sell characters.

You can also get MYO Tickets to create more of your own Lythians from the Gem Shop, events, and sometimes in limited numbers from Truffle's Treasure Trove.

You do need a character to play most of the game (though some quests may be doable with NPCs)!

If your reasoning is that you do not want to spend real-life currency on the ARPG, no worries, there are many free options available to you! For starters, all our new on-site members are rewarded a goodie bag containing an MYO ticket upon completing the tutorial. If you assign the Befriending skill to your new Lythian, you can then use them to obtain additional characters.

Baby characters currently cannot breed and cannot learn skills. They may also be subject to future activity limitations where it would make sense that a baby probably shouldn't participate (eg, combat).

The world of Lyth consists of a multitude realms, which can be accessed via inter-realm travel. All Lythians have the innate ability to do this, but must first unlock the realm by obtaining said realm's key. You can view the requirements by visiting to our World Map and clicking "What is this?"
Seeing this message means that the user has either chosen to hide portions of their profile from other users, that you have blocked this user, or that they have blocked you.

Items in the "Special Items" category have additional notes attached to them. This is most commonly seen with MYO tickets. If you purchased an MYO ticket with Gems — our paid currency — they will be a regular item. If the ticket was earned using in-game methods — bought with Loonoles, earned via event, won in a raffle, etc. — they will show up as a special item with a note that states they cannot be sold.

Nope! Though we do encourage you to join our Discord as that’s where much of the community hangs out.

✦ Character Index ("Masterlist") Questions

If you go to the Lythian’s profile, there should be a button that reads "More Options," which expands to give you the "List Lythian for Sale/Trade" or "Transfer Lythian" options.

You’ll need to create an on-site account with us first. After you’ve done that, link your DeviantArt account and your items (if you had any) and characters will be automatically added! (Some may still be under an old DA username of yours, so please contact us if you have old usernames, too.) This is the only time that a DeviantArt account (or proof of previously having that account) is required, as these games previously operated there and have characters tied to DeviantArt usernames.

If you notice any missing or listed under the wrong owner, please provide us proof of ownership; this can be in the form of screenshots or Toyhou.se ownership logs.

We no longer allow off-site transfers. In order to obtain a Lythian, you must have an account with us. If the person you’re trading with absolutely does not want to join, your only workaround is by voiding the character first (you may send this to us via DeviantArt note or contact us):

VOID FORM
ML Entry [this should be a lythbound.com link]
“I would like to void this Lythian. I understand that this removes them from the character index/masterlist and game, and they are no longer considered part of the species from which they came. This cannot be undone.”
The character will no longer be associated with our ARPG or species, so you may freely transfer them without alerting us in the future.

Theoretically, yes, a Lythian can be un-voided. However, we'd judge it on a case-by-case basis, preferably via a Support Ticket.

No, your Lythian or Companion can still be listed in the Adoptables Marketplace, regardless of how they were obtained. This indicator is just a means to prevent scamming, ie, someone trying to sell their "Unpaid" Lythian with no additional artwork or progress for money would be suspicious.

Go to your Lythian’s profile page and you should see a button that reads “Change/Update Frame,” which is best viewed in PC layout.
You’ll automatically have the Basic one, though more frames can be purchased at the One Stop Frame Shop or obtained via events.
Pets are allowed, but Companions that are the Lythian's "pet" may not be included.

✦ World Lore Questions

Lythians can communicate, create languages, build societies, and more; think of them as the “humans” of Lyth. From the ARPG aspect, they are able to do everything: participate in events, unlock abilities, tame companions, etc.

Companions, on the other hand, are more like very intelligent beasts that are trainable to be working-class animals. In our world, they would be the equivalent of guide dogs, therapy animals, draft horses, etc. In-game, they can only perform certain activities and cannot complete event-related prompts on their own.

Pets are not-as-smart creatures, maybe like your average goldfish. They are only for completing your bestiary and other cosmetic purposes.

However, these are just general guidelines! If you have a headcanon that your Lythian’s pet Bunblebee is quite smart and collects jars of honey for them, we’re not going to stop you.

The appearances of most deities change based on the perception of the one looking at them. So it is unique to the character, and may even differ per individual if two Lythians are looking at the deity at the same time. Generally, deities appear as someone in the character's life who meets a set of guidelines, i.e., someone who the Lythian feels at peace around.

Ultimately, however, their portrayal is up to you and how you think your character would perceive them!

They may! Most species have the ability to perform magic, though some may have a greater affinity than others.
They have their own versions of these technologies, yes. The fantastical world of Lyth is not exactly like ours, but they probably have many parallels in terms of technological — and magical — advancements. You are free to come up with your own ideas!

✦ Species Questions

✦ GENERAL

You may! Everyone — even non-members — are allowed to create Lythian designs. You can even use it for personal art, put it on Toyhou.se, roleplay with it, and more. At Lythbound, we do not hunt down, file reports against, or block people who own unofficial Lythians or have them uploaded anywhere off-site.

Think of it like fandom designs: anyone can design and own a personal character from their favorite series but they are not officially recognized as canon or in-game. The same goes for Lythbound: we will not upload unofficial Lythians to the character index, allow them to complete quests, or accept artwork that only features them*.

However, you can make your design official by going through the MYO (Make Your Own) process! We have many in-game mechanics and opportunities to earn MYO slots that can be used to create designs. One of the easiest ways to get an MYO Lythian Species Ticket is by making an account with us and completing the new user tutorial!

*If you submit artwork of your official Lythian that also has an unofficial character in it, the unofficial character would count as part of the background and therefore, not receive the standard character rewards.

Not in the sense that humans do. Please refer to the Crossbreed species guide for crossbreed-specific lore, guidelines, and questions!

If you are planning on making it into said subspecies when it grows up then yes, it can — as long as the traits still follow the baby species' design guidelines. Just remember that most subspecies require a subspecies item, which you will need to attach when updating their character index image to their adult stage.

You can view a comprehensive chart of Lythian sizes via this page: Lythian Size Comparison

You can find more information regarding size on the Species Guide page of the individual species. However, all of these are just general guidelines and we will still allow designs outside the provided sizing parameters. We just ask that they be within reason! (So no four-inch Chuikha, for example.)


✦ COMPANIONS

Fuwa Bozu are an affiliated species, meaning not every design is created with the intention of it being used in Lythbound. However, you may add them into the ARPG by following the instructions in this DeviantArt journal.

At the moment, no, they cannot, at least not in any officially-documented manner.

✦ Miscellaneous Questions

Please credit Jackalune as the creator for all species except Fuwa Bozu, which are created by Raishiteru!

Designer credits should go to whoever made the design, which should be visible on the Lythian’s character index entry.

You’ll need to be subscribed to the Lythbound Patreon, of course, and there should be a “Connect to Discord” button on the membership page.

If you’ve already connected before, you may have to disconnect via the settings before reconnecting. Unfortunately, we cannot manually give you the role due to the way integration works.

We are open to discussing the acquisition of existing species and merging them into Lythbound! Please contact Jackalune directly with these inquiries, via Discord (Jackalune#6753) or email lythbound@gmail.com — thank you!