All administration is conducted by Staff. Staff can be composed of Clarion employees, but more often they are composed of community volunteers who have retired from playing the game (to keep opinions unbiased). You cannot become a moderator while maintaining a game account with active characters, because there is too much possibility for corruption. If you need a break from the game for several months, but still want to be part of the community, consider applying for a moderator position. Otherwise, there are other staff positions which may be available that do not require quitting the game. Nyx is the Game Master, Designer, and Programmer.