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    Hear ye! Hear ye! Biographers, Historians, Diplomats, Journalists, Story Writers, Quest Designers, Videographers and Musicians! RPOTA is in dire need of your amazing talents! Role-Players of the Avatar is hosting a monthly contest to award those most famous with their quill, camera, piano or lute!

    Journey to the RPOTA website, and share in the grand adventure!

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    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!
    (Using one of these themes makes your entries eligible for the Grand Prize!!!)

    Another Hunter of the Same Quarry
    Hunting Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    With bow in hand, sling readied or spells at the edge of your tongue, finally, the moment has come. Parting the branches quietly before you reveals your quarry, at last, drinking from a river's edge in the clearing just beyond your place of concealment. You've been tracking this elusive curiosity for weeks, and alas, it is here! Before you! Yours to... wait. No. Oh no...

    Another hunter, you see them on the other side of the river, having just spotted them as well! The other hunter, however, does not appear to have the same intentions as you.

    What do you do? Were you here to help the quarry? To slay it? To capture it? One thing for certain is the other hunter has spotted you and is rushing in to ruin your plans. You'd better take action now, oh Avatar, or your weeks of work might have been in vain. And always remember... the Oracle is watching.


    Who'd Rather Help a Bandit?
    Encounter Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Whilst not so soundly asleep in your rather lumpy, rather smelly, rather damp, rather itchy bed in a rather unkempt tavern, you were awoken by a muffled yelp not too far from the window of your rather dirty room. Feeling rather annoyed, weighing whether to return to your rather restless slumber, you decided rather to investigate. Opening the rather stubborn window, revealed was a rather spectacular view of the city wall, not three feet away, hardly visible, as it was rather late.

    Tired from a days long journey, you almost decided to return to bed rather than continuing your search, but the yelp returned, this time accompanied by a discernible voice, "You! There... I... I know you'd rather be sleeping, but perhaps, for some coin, I could interest ye in offering me some aid? I... seem to be rather stuck." Your gaze follows the rather desperate voice upward along the wall and landed upon a bandit, dangling by his rather strong leather belt. "It's me belt. It snagged on this rather pointy spike atop the wall. I can't seem to get free. Might ye aid this rather poor hermit, who be rather... no... quite a bit in distress?"

    What say ye, Avatar? Might this be a moment to aid one who'd likely never aid another? Could this be no truer a test of your Virtue than any you've encountered? Or perhaps it is a ruse? Would you rather call the town guard and return to your rest upon your rather lumpy, rather smelly, rather damp, rather itchy bed? Whatever you do, dazzle us with your choice, oh Avatar, for we'd rather be entertained!


    Recommitment Day
    Holiday: Month 08 (Augus) Theme by Erik O'Connor

    They say young love blossoms in the Spring, and passions follow the heat of Summer. As Summer wanes, lovers wish to reassure each other that their love is not ephemeral and passing. Couples took to gathering poppies and other Augus-blooming flowers and offering them to their partners with new found oaths of recommitment.

    Feudal lords and fiefdoms sometimes took umbrage that their servants praised their lovers too much, putting them on pedestals so high it might present a conflict of interest in serving their Lords and Ladies. The custom them became for those in service to also renew their oaths of service as vassals to their Lords and Ladies as well. And so it spread to any type of oath or vow, that people would renew it on Recommitment Day throughout the land.

    In the Hidden Vale this holiday takes on a completely different meaning. They celebrate their freedom from any sort of feudal ties. People take time off their jobs but there is no parade or organized festivities. People revel in leisure because there is no Lord or Lady that can force them to work.

    Citizens of the Vale who put in honest work through the rest of the year are encouraged to be selfish and lazy for a day or weekend unabashedly. If there is any vow of recommitment in their observation of this holiday, it is in self-renewal.



    A WORD FROM ELGARION:
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    Be sure to check out the new "Contest Module!" This is a great way to get caught up on all the contest content at RPOTA and see some fantastic work by the authors, art by @Indi2 Martin and get a great spread of statistics for the contest!



    PREVIOUS CONTESTS:
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    Julius 2017 Contest Winners...

    • Julius winners will be announced early to mid August--good luck to the creators and thank you for the entries!

    Juno 2017 Contest Winners...

    Maia 2017 Contest...

    Apru 2017 Contest...

    Marse 2017 Contest...


    Februa 2017 Contest...

    Janus 2017 Contest...

    Decembre 2016 Contest...

    Novembre 2016 Contest...


    Octobre 2016 Contest...

    Septembre 2016 Contest...
    • 1st Place Prize ($50 Add-on Credit) is awarded to @Womby (and @Vyrin ) -- their amusing and whimsical storyline, "The Unreliable Travel Guide, R29 Edition!"
    • 2nd Place Prize ($25 Add-on Credit) is awarded to @enderandrew for the storyline , "The Four Eras!"
    • 3rd Place Prize ($10 Add-on Credit) is awarded to @royalsexy for a fantastic Journal Entry titled, "The Bravery of Bearbane!"
    • Grand Prize (Art Commission from Tortoise & Hare Creations, $70 Value) is awarded to... me! Hahaha. Alas, with the new format for the Grand Prize using 3 specific RPOTA story/RP themes, there were no entries that matched these specific themes. SO, I'll still be making certain that Indi Martin receives a monthly art commission from RPOTA, but it'll instead be used to enhance the website (perhaps a new logo?) instead of being awarded to a writer. So be sure to keep an eye on what the themes are each month and create something that fits ;)

    Augus 2016 Contest...

    Julius 2016 Contest...
    • 1st Place Prize ($50 Add-on Credit) is awarded to Womby for his amazing story video, "Incident at Skrekk!"
    • 2nd Place Prize ($25 Add-on Credit) is awarded to The High Priestess for the intriguing first chapter of the storyline, "Welcome to the Hanged Man!"
    • 3rd Place Prize ($10 Add-on Credit) is awarded to Erik O'Connor/Ender Andrew for the wonderful 2 chapter tale, "The Mug of Baldrick!"
    • Grand Prize (Art Commission from Tortoise & Hare Creations, $70 Value) is awarded to Erik O'Connor/Ender Andrew! His work, "The Mug of Baldrick" fit the monthly creation theme for Julius very well -- Honoring Benevolent Lords, Deposing of Tyrants!

    Juno 2016 Contest...

    Maia 2016 Contest...

    Apru 2016 Contest...

    Marse 2016 Contest...

    Februa 2016 Contest...

    Janus 2016 Contest...

    Decembre 2015 Contest...

    Novembre 2015 Contest...

    Octobre 2015 Contest...
     
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    Hey folks -- I added the contest advertisement for the August (Augus) contest :) I'll be reading up on the submissions in the coming days and will have the Julius winner announcements completed sometime between now and the evening of the 7th of August! Also, for those who've posted content recently to RPOTA, I apologize that I've yet to comment upon your entries. I've been wrapped up with a work trip (lost 2 weekends to driving) and SotAHelp progress. I'll be getting more RPOTA time soon and I very much hope to start writing again!

    Thanks guys, and Long Live Shroud of the Avatar!
     
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    Congratulations to the Julius Creation Contest Winners! They've been posted in the main thread above. I hope your work comes to inspire others to take up their quill and ink!

    Good luck to the contributors for the month of August!
     
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    Congrats winners! Love this event, well done to all involved.
     
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    So! You might notice I'm quite a bit behind on judging the August contest plus posting September's contest ad. I just got back from DragonCon last night so the new info is coming soon! Just give me some time to get settled and back in action. I hope to have the new ad and contest results done by the end of the weekend.

    Thanks guys for all your support thus far! :)
     
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    Augus Contest... the winners have been posted in the main post above -- congratulations! This was a very special month for me because I got to read a new storyline chapters added to previous winners and an entire 5 chapter storyline that I had somehow missed!

    Good luck to the contributors for the month of Septembre! I've posted the new advertisement -- and @Berek , if you're up for some reading, the Augus entries were phenomenal -- check'em out!
     
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    I'll get the contest processed and new ad posted by the end of Sunday, 9 October! Expect some dark and mysterious Halloween themes coming our way!!! (Of note, if anyone submits some Halloween / Horror Role-Playing Themes, I'll very likely make those the contest themes for October! Great way to stack the contest in your favor by creating the actual bonus credit items! :p

    http://www.rpota.com/#role-playingthemes
    http://www.rpota.com/#addedittheme
     
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    Another contest month is upon us, comes another RPOTA Creation Contest!
    Head on over to RPOTA.COM to participate!

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    Winners from the Septembre Creation Contest will be announced shortly!

    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!
    (Using these themes garners extra credit for the contest!!!)


    Featured Short Adventure:
    The Satyr, to Fray or Not to Fray?
    Obsidian Empire Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli
    The evening in the tavern has grown long and stale. Even the barkeep seems no longer interested in coin, and hopes the festivities will soon come to a close. All seem tired from a night of revelry, and the barmaids work diligently to clean before retiring. Only the most dedicated of rebel rousers remain, but even they slur and stagger in their attempts to rekindle the night's former humor and excitement.

    With a deep sigh of annoyance, the barkeep turns his head towards the door whilst drying a somewhat clean mug with a filthy rag. Someone has opened it, allowing a chilled night wind to flutter into the tavern, several candles extinguish, and the fire flickers low. A shadowed figure steps inside, unrecognizable at first which initially prompts the proprietor to extend a formulaic greeting, "Welcome to the Inn of..." but the barkeep quickly chokes on his words as the entity comes into full view.

    "I seek lodging." The Satyr bellows in a guttural and deep tenor. "Do you accept my kind here, humans?" The goat man's speech was as surprising as his visage. Educated, eloquent even. Several of the patrons draw their weapons. Another, very drunk and likely not understanding what he sees, begins to laugh hysterically until his companion elbows him in the kidney, stirring him to awkward action as well. The innkeeper simply stares, mouth agape, mug in mid clean and slightly shaking with unsure hands. The Satyr speaks with chilling enunciations, "Ahhh. I see that is not the case. I shall depart then. Please forgive me for the disturbance."

    Your party is not unlike any other in the tavern. Tired from a night of celebration, some of you already feel the ebbing pain and regret which will be tenfold in the morn. With blurred vision, slow minds and unsure bellies, you all deeply ponder the possibilities. Do you try to stop the Satyr from departing, offer apologies on behalf of the other patrons, and provide him your room for the evening? Do you invite him to drink and recant stories of old? Or do you also grab your weapons in hopes to rid this world of yet another abomination from the Obsidian Era? So many choices flitter through your drunken mind, oh wobbly one -- what choice will you make? Will the Oracle be pleased? For surely, her Watchers are watching!



    Featured Lengthy Adventure:

    The Artifacts of Avatars
    Avatar Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli
    So many years have come and gone since the great Fall which wiped away thousands of years of history from New Britannia. Remnants remain. Ruins. Within those ruins, even to this day, those most industrious have engaged in painstaking excavations of the once great temples, castles, and cities of yesteryear. And sometimes, one such excavation reaps something wondrous--an artifact of power, once belonging to an Avatar of old.

    During your recent travels, and in the light of the moon, you and your party have stumbled across such a work site. Deep within the woods, the clamor of hammer upon chisel pinches your ears, nearly causing you to wince with each strike as you grow nearer. Upon the clearing of the woods, a somewhat meager looking band of kobolds work diligently at a dig site, barely paying you any mind as you peer towards them. One, bearing spectacles upon the bridge of his rather short, draconic snout, holds plans in his hands, repeatedly studies them, then barks orders to his laboring minions, "Deeg fasterz! The alignment nearz! Hurriez!"

    What do you do, oh brave one? Do you dare approach and question their progress on the dig? Certainly they've found something by now for they work so fervently in a state of excitement. Do you offer your aid? Or perhaps you wish to steal from these hard working souls. But whatever you decide, my friend. Let this be known. Something is there. You are not sure how. You are not sure why, but you can sense it! And the sensation grows as the stars drift into new patterns above you.



    Featured Holiday:

    The Spirit Festival
    Holiday: Month 10 (Octobre) Theme by @Bowen Bloodgood
    The Spirit Festival varies from province to province. Citizens living near rivers commonly set floating lanterns adrift in the river to guide spirits to the ‘next life’. A variation of this practice occurs in windy towns by using paper balloon type lanterns that float into the sky. Sometimes, the lanterns might be aided in their flight by an air mage's spell.

    The spirit festival honors those who have past on. Particular reverence is given to one’s ancestors. Every region has their own traditions but often families will come together to remember the recently deceased with stories and merriment. Families often erect shrines to their ancestors or visit their graves to leave offerings of food and flowers.

    Other aspects of the Spirit Festival includes following a general ‘spirit’ theme but otherwise engaging light hearted fun. Magic shows, cotton candy--you name it, all with a theme of ghosts, specters, spirits and phantasms...

    Amongst the more devout of citizens, common practices include attention to self-improvement and meditation. Traditional foods for this festivity have only become common in recent years, such as indulging in sweet foods like candied apples and confections which have become common at food stands during the festival.
     
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    Septembre Contest... congratulations! The winners have been postedin the main posting at the top of this thread. For Septembre, new additions were a little slow, but no worries, I easily found wonderful works of art from previous monthly submissions -- remember, ALL content is eligible at RPOTA.COM that was posted in time for the contest!

    Thanks so much for all the interest in RPOTA folks! Be sure to check it out -- once Octobre hit, tons of new entries have rolled in from talented writers such as @Olthadir , @Cassyr Dubois and Lilian Federkiel! Their entries will be hot during Octobre's contest :)
     
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    Be sure to get those submissions in ;), the Octobre contest ends end of day on the 31st! Remember, to be eligible for the Grand Prize, I'll be looking for entries matching at least one of the three monthly role-playing / writing themes ;)

    http://www.rpota.com/#role-playingthemes
     
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    Another contest month is upon us, comes another RPOTA Creation Contest!
    Head on over to RPOTA.COM to participate!

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    Winners from the Octobre Creation Contest will be announced shortly!

    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!
    (Using these themes makes your entries eligible for the Grand Prize!!!)


    Featured Short Adventure:
    The Wondrous Sightings of Lord British
    Character: Portalarium Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli
    Heralding a new dawn upon New Britannia, the virtuous Lord British has stepped through the Rift once again and become known to the world. Countless Avatars have encountered our lord and benefactor, yet so few have accounted for these meetings in story, song or play. Take to quill and ink, my friends, and share with all your wondrous (or perhaps fearful) experiences within the presence of his greatness. Surely there be tales to tell of epic proportion, or perhaps they just be tall tales, rumor or speculation? Even a jester's comical recollections or a playwright's manuscript would be suitable to our audience's ears. Or by chance there is a song in your heart which could best display your affections for this memory?



    Featured Lengthy Adventure:

    The Path of the Alchemist
    Crafting: Alchemy Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli
    An alchemist's life is one of intense study, relentless material acquisition and endless experimentation. Deep within caverns, castles, basements or catacombs, usually hidden well from view oft for the safety of others should various mixings go awry, laboratories oftentimes go unnoticed by the passerby. The trade of the apothecary is not glamorous. There is no fame to be had except for those most flamboyant in their practice. There is no fortune to be had but for a very select few--those most talented in their craft. But what should one do to succeed? So many claim to know the ways of chemicals and minerals. Surely there is a way one could set themselves apart from the flock.

    Could advertising be required to ensure your mixes go more noticed than those of your peers? Perhaps sabotaging the work of another could elevate your status within this competitive field? Or does your product speak for itself and need merely a single beneficiary, for surely word would then spread of their miraculous recovery? Maybe the sale of your wares is of little concern, and you merely cherish the discovery of a new formula? And surely there are those with discoveries to steal, if ye be so bold and lacking of virtue. What path shall you choose, oh clever concoctor of concoctions? Do you choose truth or deceit? Courage or Cowardice? Sacrifice or Shame? The Watchers are watching.



    Featured Holiday:

    Harvest Festival
    Holiday: Month 11 (Novembre) Theme by Erik O'Connor ( @enderandrew )
    The long work of Octobre's harvest behind them, Novembre is spent milling flour, fermenting wine, brewing beer and preparing for a great feast in Novembre. You'll find cornucopias on display to show off the harvest. Families gather for a traditional turkey dinner. If turkey is not available then duck, chicken or roast pork may be substituted. But the feast always features a variety of hearty dishes and fresh autumn vegetables.

    It is said that everyone chips in and works extra hard during the harvest. These large meals shared with family and friends carry on the community focus that made the harvest possible. In some circles it is customary to express gratitude for the contributions made by your fellow community members you are sharing a meal with.

    But for many the true highlight of the Harvest Festival is a brewing competition where the year's best beer is selected (both locally and across all of Novia). The winner takes home a golden stein trophy, which is passed onto the new winner each year. The stein is said to bring good luck (and bragging rights) and thirsty citizens have been known to travel to visit whatever tavern serves the award winning beer that year (as if they needed an excuse). Some say this tradition started with the fabled Mug of Balldrick in ages past, but who knows for sure?
     
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    Octobre Contest... congratulations to the winners! The winners are displayed in the main post at the top of this thread. So the month of Octobre brought a nice batch of new entries from new members to the site, and their work was so wonderful, all 3 winners for Octobre are first-time winners! I graded the entries and awarded the prizes a week ago, and I'm very very late in making the announcement. But here it is! Please take the time to congratulate our winners -- they did a wonderful job and their talent is worthy of MUCH praise! And if you didn't win the Octobre contest, no worries -- all content at RPOTA which has not won yet is eligible to win, so keep those entries edited, refined, reworked and perfected so each month their chances to compete increased against the ever increasing array of talented creators!

    Thanks so much for all the interest in RPOTA folks! And coming up next month? So many other new entries to consider -- look at the RPOTA.COM Activity Feed to see that there are SO many other works yet to be praised for their hard work and talent :)

    ( @Berek )
     
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    Another contest month is upon us, comes another RPOTA Creation Contest!
    Head on over to RPOTA.COM to participate!

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    Winners from the Novembre Creation Contest will be announced shortly!

    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!

    (Using one of these themes makes your entries eligible for the Grand Prize!!!)

    Featured Short Adventure:
    An Audience With The Oracle
    Oracle Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Ever since the dawn of the Age of the Oracular Enlightenment, New Britannians and Avatars alike have flocked to The Oracle's presence, in hopes of a deeper insight into their lives or the unpredictable world about them. Far into your psyche The Oracle reaches and her knowledge is vast, for her Watchers are everywhere, scanning unsuspecting passerby's during their daily activities. Some show signs of the returning Virtues; others yet cling to humanity's darker tendencies. Tell your tale, oh Avatar! Speak to us of your last encounter with The Oracle and let it be known to the world how she has helped or hindered your journies. Does she bring you revelations of Virtuous deeds or does she scorn you for your shortcomings. Or perhaps... there are other thoughts or reasons your visits to The Oracle bring entirely different outcomes? Stoke the fire, order the ale, and let your tales take us through this chilled and gloomy night.



    Featured Lengthy Adventure:

    The Grand Tourney
    Competition Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    'Here ye! Here ye! Your lord and benefactor has an announcement to the peoples of New Britannia! A Grand Tourney is scheduled to take place in this region's capital city! Bring your best and test your skills versus other combatants for surely you desire the prize, fame and fortune that will come to the victors!' the town crier barks proudly. 'And for the onlookers, much food, ale and revelry will liven the evening -- come one, come all, for this is the event of the century!"The eloquent advertisement rings softly in your ears like a distant echo even minutes after the town crier's departure. Your mind is tickled at the possibilities abounding. Could you compete in such a tourney? Surely as an Avatar, there are abilities you posses which could sway the outcome of the event. Or perhaps you merely look forward to the festivities and desire the ale and the candied apples and the roast mutton and leg of turkey. The ladies and gentlemen, all dressed pridefully in regal gowns of all color and cloth shall be in attendance, and you could rub elbows with such royalty if you so desire. Or dare I suggest there be pockets to pick? Could there be opportunity here, oh Avatar? Something beyond what one would expect? For surely, in a crowd of this size, there are countless outcomes which could unfold before the eyes of The Watchers.



    Featured Holiday:

    Day of Compassion
    Holiday: Month 12 (Decembre) Theme by @Bowen Bloodgood

    The Festival of Compassion is just as its name implies, a month long celebration of compassion and neighborly love. Fund raisers for charities are very common during this holiday, especially for the poor and sick. One might see charity collectors, dressed up in finery, upon many street corners, collecting coins for the poor.Also, certain merchants may have a sales on basic goods, such as food and cloths. A great time to purchase such items as gifts for the poor. It is also a wonderful time to host dinners for the poor or bring food and medicine to the sick if they cannot attend the feasts.There are also some cultures who take this time at years end, this time of compassion, to forgive offenses or even debts.
     
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    Novembre Contest... Congratulations to the Novembre Contest Winners! The main post at the top of this thread features all the details about the winners of Novembre's contest. Novembre was an exciting month for me. Not only was I awarded an ONBE which I shall truly treasure for many years to come and most certainly could not have earned it without the community's continued support during the past 2 years, but I completely fell in love with new content at RPOTA.COM. I hope each of you takes the time to peruse the site to see what's new. You might notice as you click between pages, that items load much faster. There are 3, maybe 4 pages out of the many that still haven't been integrated into this site map, but soon! And don't forget, the new Rumors Module will be coming to an RPOTA near you!

    Thanks so much for all the interest in RPOTA folks! And coming up next month? So many other new entries to consider -- look at the RPOTA.COM Activity Feed to see that there are SO many other works yet to be praised for their hard work and talent :)
     
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    With another contest month is upon us, comes another RPOTA Creation Contest!
    Head on over to RPOTA.COM to participate!


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    Winners from the Decembre Creation Contest will be announced shortly!


    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!
    (Using one of these themes makes your entries eligible for the Grand Prize!!!)
    Featured Short Adventure:
    You've Been Ambushed!
    Ambush Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Whilst traveling abroad, your party has been ambushed! Roll for initiative, my friends! Wait, might there be a chance for parlay? To run? A bribe perhaps? Is fighting your only option? Perhaps these ambushers were driven to desperate measures, or perhaps they are as foul as they seem... If this is to persist over a long duration, then treat it as if there has been an increase of roadside robberies of late. Seek out these ambushers, to learn more of what they do and why! Do you stop them? Or perhaps you might profit from their ventures in some way?

    Featured Lengthy Adventure:
    The Surprise Birthday Party
    Anniversary Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Whether it be short notice or a prolonged planning event, plan and hold of a fully immersive birthday party where all invited members portray their well-wishes to the birthday boy or girl. Of course, a birthday party isn't complete without some sort of adventurous fun for the guests! Perhaps a play is in order? Or a treasure or scavenger hunt? Games or challenges? Remember, a party is the perfect time to spin some tales or delve deep into the lore of New Britannia!

    Featured Holiday:
    Daedalus Day
    Holiday: Month 01 (Janus) Theme by @enderandrew

    The second day celebrates resilience and new beginnings. Having survived The Fall, citizens of New Britannia start this new day with a huge breakfast to celebrate the new world. Daedalus-shaped pancakes and pastries are a common dish. Together they hike back to their villages and towns with a new appreciation for what they have post-cataclysm. Then they throw a big feast at night in thanks and celebration. Everyone toasts to the youngest of the group as they look to the future.
     
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    Decembre Contest... I just posted the Decembre winners above in the first posting to this thread (a little late, so so sorry, BUT they were awarded their prizes on time, thankfully ;) ), and Man oh man, what a fantastic month of reading I had! I really hope you folks are enjoying the creativity of this community as much as I am. Shroud of the Avatar is home to the best gaming community I've ever experienced, and I'm utterly proud to be a part of it. Please take the time to read the fine work of our winners this month, they truly truly deserve a huge pat on the back for their accomplishments and talent! And don't forget, the new Rumors Module will be coming to an RPOTA near you! I put this new module a bit on hold to give the Locations Module some MAJOR love. Last weekend, I added 31 locations (with MANY more to come) and I'm slowly integrating in the skull ratings for adventure scenes as well.

    Thanks so much for all the interest in RPOTA folks! Be sure to keep the RPOTA.COM Activity Feed bookmarked to keep abreast of all the new content filtering in through the Rift -- there are SO many other works yet to be praised for their hard work and talent :)
     
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    Hear ye! Hear ye! Biographers, Historians, Diplomats, Journalists, Story Writers, Quest Designers, Videographers and Musicians! RPOTA is in dire need of your amazing talents! Role-Players of the Avatar is hosting a monthly contest to award those most famous with their quill, camera, piano or lute!

    Journey to the RPOTA website, and share in the grand adventure!

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    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!

    (Using one of these themes makes your entries eligible for the Grand Prize!!!)

    Featured Short Adventure:
    True Love, True Hatred
    Wedding Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Bells ring loudly! Friends and family cheer, overjoyed from the spectacle. A union between two so deeply in love that they're blind to all else upon their wedding day. All they see are each other's eyes. Each other's smiles. Their laughs. Each is captivated by every nuance, every idiosyncrasy of the other. They are the epitome of love. Sequanna looks upon them both and smiles. Content that Virtue has returned to New Britannia. But things were not always as such. What adventures led up to this very moment which brought these two soulmates together? Surely they have a story to tell? Or perhaps there is another, distraught by hatred or betrayal, who looks upon these proceedings with venom in their eyes. Surely there be a tale there as well...

    Featured Lengthy Adventure:
    The Shard Falls of Novia
    Shard Fall Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    When the two moons collided, the rage of the gods above exploded in fury. To those of no faith, there were others surely blamed. The Avatars. The Titans. Meddling wizards. But regardless of what hand sculpted the apocalypse, enormous fragments plummeted unforgiving, destroying all, tearing the land asunder and rendering extinct entire civilizations without prejudice.A testament to the horrors of The Fall still remain to this day. The Shard Falls. Clusters of massive obsidian stones, imbued with forgotten magics of the old world. The dark stones hover stoic, monuments to an ancient past, refusing to touch the scarred earth beneath a chiseled crystalline base. Each vibrates, emitting a maddening near imperceptible hum, invading the ears of those nearby. Twisted reflections cast back onto the beholder, suggestive, teasing, mocking, enraging. Dare ye venture forth into a Shard Fall, oh Avatar? Share tragic tales of the your madness which ensued within. The confusion... the mesmerization... the delicious desire to destroy. How did ye resist the enraging enchantments of the Shards? Or did ye give in to temptation and ravage all before you?

    Featured Holiday:
    Confession Day
    Holiday: Month 02 (Februa) Theme by @Bowen Bloodgood

    A common tradition of love throughout many lands in New Britannia is Confession Day. It is the first of a two day holiday, the second being Response Day, in which unmarried women give a gift to the men they admire and love in their townships, in hopes to inspire a response from the man during the next day. It is also common for weddings to occur on this day, especially for those who mutually gave and received their romantic interests.
     
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    Janus Contest... I just posted the Janus winners above in the first posting to this thread -- January was a fantastic month folks, keep up the great work, the creativity and passion for Shroud of the Avatar!
     
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    Hear ye! Hear ye! Biographers, Historians, Diplomats, Journalists, Story Writers, Quest Designers, Videographers and Musicians! RPOTA is in dire need of your amazing talents! Role-Players of the Avatar is hosting a monthly contest to award those most famous with their quill, camera, piano or lute!

    Journey to the RPOTA website, and share in the grand adventure!

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    And here are the Featured Writing / RP Themes for this Month!

    (Using one of these themes makes your entries eligible for the Grand Prize!!!)

    Featured Short Adventure:
    The Encoded Note
    Auspicious Event Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    You and your party have decided to do a bit of research at a local library of sorts. A friend has offered use of their library for your fact finding mission, which has offered you and your party several days of relaxation mixed with occasional naps as you peruse the dusty tomes. But at last, within a tome which seems related to the topic for which you were searching, a folded parchment falls out and too the floor.

    You immediately gather up the oddly placed document and unfold it for viewing. The parchment is aged, but not terribly so and remains well intact as you handle it. Upon it are runes, of a script ancient and uncommon. Could this page hold answers you seek? It was in fact within a tome which held many clues to your educational endeavor, but could the note itself be the elusive key to learning all in regards to this most puzzling of quandaries? Perhaps there is someone you know who might be able to translate this encoded message...


    Featured Lengthy Adventure:
    To Bring Law & Order
    Laws of the Land Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    As virtue slowly returns to these forsaken lands, anarchy ebbs towards Order. Each city state adopts differing values and laws, of which offer a wide variety of considerations, both ethical and tyrannical. Oh Avatars, what laws shall ye bring to these disparate peoples? Can ye unite the masses under one rule? Speak now the words of Order. With these edicts and treatises, perhaps thy governing tones shall set the stage for a defining law throughout all of the lands.


    Featured Holiday:
    Noroc Day
    Holiday: Month 03 (Marse) Theme by @enderandrew

    The sailors that brave the treacherous waves in the Bay of Storms are as salty as the seas and as hard headed as the barnacles below their ships. They believe in little, but what they do believe in, they believe mighty hard. They believe in themselves and their skill. They believe in their ships. They believe in the stars that they sail by and perhaps most of all, they believe in luck.

    In the stars, they follow Noroc; the three legged rabbit. Sailing towards any of the three legs is good luck. Sailing in the direction of the missing leg is never done for that would bring about terrible luck.

    Upon shore, the sailors set a day aside for Noroc. The day comes in early Marse which marks the five month rainy season which makes the Bay of Storms even worse to travel through. The festivals are found in port villages around the Bay and feature barrel upon barrel of rum. Oddly enough, the sailors also exchange gifts. Symbols of luck are very powerful and one or three should always be on one's person. A horseshoe, an acorn, a bronze coin (minted on only one side), a red feather, a vial of salt and a Cat's Eye stone are popular amongst the sailors. Gifts of a black feather, a fang of a snake or coal are considered "bad luck." People that give gifts like these often find themselves at the bottom of the Bay of Storms.

    The holiday is celebrated inland and in other regions of Novia as well, but without the sailing. Sometimes it is merely hunting expeditions or town dances.
     
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    Februa 2017 Contest... I got the winners for Februa posted above -- sorry about the delayed notifications! Also, be sure to check out the new Contest Module at RPOTA -- a great way to see all the contest results in the past with a new super creamy interface!
     
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