I'm going to quickly go over the process for adding rumours and replying to them, and what makes a constructive rumour vs. a rumour that shuts down RP.
Adding a rumour:
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Rumor : Mika's been asking around about her sticker collection, apparently it went missing and she thinks someone stole it.
Subject : Mika
Circles : Immortals
Source : The grizzly bear that lives in Mika's warehouse
Rumor: Straightforward, the body of the rumour. It doesn't need to be your PC saying it, and it will be emitted at random by 'gossip' vnpcs in rooms.
Subject: The subject of the rumour - it can be people or guilds. The more the merrier, in my opinion, that way people can tell at a glance if they're interested in purchasing the rumour.
Circles: What circles the rumours are running in. Is it a scandal amongst the nobility? Is it grumpy Vavardi freemen complaining because Class Relations are so low?
Source: Who started this rumour?
- While you can use an NPC as a source, NPC-source rumours should be factual rather than opinion (the grizzly bear witnessed that Mika had been looking for her sticker collection, vs. something like "I'm a bear and I really hate Mika's anarchist politics.") A cnote and log are required where you're framing someone or starting a scandal about someone else as a vNPC.
Replying to a rumour:
It can be hard to know whether or not to use a quash or a promote, but generally, if you're adding to the rumour you will always use a promote. Quashes are generally not speculation, or opinions - even disagreeing ones, and especially not if your reply is offended or scandalized! They are your PC using their influence to get people to stop talking about a rumour.
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rumor promote 12 I thought I saw Elzenn running around with it.
This is a straightforward promote because it adds more information to the rumour.
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rumor promote 12 Mika's always losing things! It's probably lost in that dumb bear suit of hers.
rumor quash 12 What? I saw Mika with her sticker collection yesterday.
The first is a promote because the gossiper's intent is to keep the discussion going about what an airhead I am, while the second is a quash; the disagreement implies the rumour is baseless.
Some other tips:
Don't forget that rumours can be investigated! We can see who is posting rumours, and it is acceptable to RPA an investigation into a rumour's source. For example, an inquisitor may call Order RPA to investigate into rumours of a mage acting out in public.
A good rumour promote/quash will always seek to better the RP around it. "This is boring," or "nobody cares," are poor rumour replies. Again, rumours can just be current events, as day-to-day as a new menu at a tavern. Rumours need to be IC and thematic as they'd be given by the PCs and NPCs of the world - no player opinions, nothing overly modern.
Remember to check which "circles" a rumour is running in before replying! If a rumour is running in the Thieves, replies should not be about how awful thieves are and how they should just turn themselves into the Reeves, for example. Similarly, a rumour running in the Charali circles should not be about what savages they are, even if this is a perfectly thematic thing to talk about.
It's also good to double-check your rumour is relevant to the original topic and its replies - if something unrelated is important enough to go in a rumour reply, it could certainly be its own rumour. This also ensures when people overhear snippets in taverns and purchase the rumours, they're actually getting the information they paid for.