The Harpercraft search policy is not particularly restrictive. All who may legitimately apply may apply, but only two may be searched for each clutch. There is no limitation to how many can be searched for "Stand Only", however. Any Harper must get permission from the craft to apply for Search. This is easily done — just @send to *harpersteff or ask a Staff member. You can check hwho to see who is online. Permission is usually granted. However, only two Harpers may actually be Searched out of all those who apply. You must be in the craft 3 RL months before applying for search, however, you may apply as a Stand Only at any time.
Who can and can’t apply?
Apprentices: Apprentices are allowed and encouraged to try for search. If an apprentice is up for search and fails to impress, they may return to the craft and continue where they left off. Please ask for permission from a staff member before submitting your search application.
Senior Apprentice: Senior Apprentices may apply for search, but they are generally committed to the craft at this point. If a senior apprentice is up for search and fails to impress, they may return to the craft and continue where they left off.
Junior Journeymen: Junior Journeymen are allowed to apply for search, but this practice is frowned upon, as promotion to Journeyman implies a strong commitment to the craft. If a character impresses they must sever their ties with their original craft, and they consequently lose their rank. It is also unfair to the Staff and other wannabe Journeymen for you to apply for search, as they have all put considerable time into making your character what it is. If a junior journeyman is up for search and fails to impress, they may return to the craft and continue where they left off. In the case of a Junior Journeyman, please ask for permission from the Harper Staff before submitting your search application.
Senior Journeymen: Senior Journeymen are not allowed to apply for search. By the rank of Sr. Journeyman, both the player and the character have expressed an ongoing commitment to the craft. In addition, it is highly unlikely that a Sr. Journeyman could be within the bounds of the searchable age.
Masters: As should be fairly obvious, Masters are not permitted to apply for search. This is a no-brainer.
Students: Permission is granted by your -other- area leader, and it's that area's Search policy that applies - you won't count towards the HarperCraft's 'All can apply, only 2 get searched' rule. All we ask is that a student, after receiving the go-ahead to apply, drops us a line letting us know.