A Statement on Current Events in 2020
Since our early days as “The Slytherin Dorms,” Vault 713 has always had a core set of rules that has governed our community, including the guideline that political discussion would not be permitted to help everyone feel like they were a part of a safe space. While we still feel that this is a very important core principle for us to maintain, there are certain things in the state of the world in 2020 that we do not feel are political and we cannot in good conscience remain silent.
Here at Vault 713, we believe that Black Lives Matter. We believe that a person’s chosen gender identity should be respected, and that no player should be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. These are not political concepts, they are concepts of basic human decency, and we will wear our respect proudly. In spite of J.K. Rowling’s personal feelings, we at the Vault plan on embracing the spirit of the Harry Potter series for as long as we can in a way that reinforces that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home no matter who you are, no matter what your identity, no matter the color of your skin.
For players wishing to play a character who is different from themselves, we wholeheartedly encourage you to do some research into the culture and society you will be playing in, and perhaps even consider what real world struggles your character might face if they lived in 2020. While the Vault is a place for escaping the struggles of real life, we cannot erase the real prejudices of the real world, and part of moving forward as a global society is understanding what others go through.
For players who may feel uncomfortable based on the way others are portraying their characters, comments that are made in the Discord server or in discussions, if you feel as if you are being harassed via private message, we hope you will consider reaching out to the Vault 713 staff team so we can attempt to address the issue and make things right. Our ability to enforce things via Discord outside of our owned server is limited, but we will try our best to make everyone feel welcome and make sure that our community continues to be the safe space that we have aimed to create since our earliest days.