Monthly RPOTA.COM Writing Contest: $155 in Prizes Every Month!

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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:
    Stepping Through the Rift
    Rift Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Avatars of New Britannia almost always share one common experience-their journey to our world of adventure and hardship. The Rift uprooted these Outlanders from lives foreign and far, across the nether of space and sometimes time itself. What occurred during this journey? Just before the portal took them, what was their last actions before leaving their home? Was this voyage by chance or by intent? Did they have an adventurous heart, curious to what lay beyond, or did the hole in space take them unwilling and afraid? Perhaps they were fleeing from dangers perhaps graver than what they suspected lie beyond the portal? And once arriving, what or who did they initially encounter? Do they now seek a way home, or did these Outlanders embrace this new world--have they only now found their home?

    Featured Lengthy Adventure:
    Twisting of Magic
    The Fall: Miscellaneous Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    As the two moons collided, wreaking havoc upon the tendrils and fabric of magic throughout the realm of New Britannia, much changed within the mystical world. Surely, the shower of Shards were devastating physically, but alas, even the most powerful of wizards were helpless to defend themselves and their peoples as the onslaught of debris rained down with unforgiving fury. This cataclysmic event reshaped sorcery itself--words once powerful were now essentially gibberish. Everything must be learned anew. What difficulties did this present the mages of old? How did they overcome this magical tragedy? Were there others which could exploit the absence of these enchantments and spell singers? Were those adept in Moon Magic more greatly affected? Were those adept in the other schools less affected? Who suffered greatest from this loss? Avatars, we await your tales with bated breath and intrigued minds.

    Featured Holiday:
    Festival of Sacrifice
    Holiday: Month 04 (Apru) Theme by @Bowen Bloodgood

    The Festival of Sacrifice is characterized by "giving things up" or "doing without." It is a common practice to choose several items that one voluntarily sacrifices for the duration of the month; and furthermore, any time one would normally indulge in those things, one instead either gives that item (in the case of physical things like food) or performs some equivalent service to those in need. It is not uncommon for those who are successful but devout or superstitious to embark upon a pilgrimage of sorts to poor communities; there, they will try to live as simply as they are able, and attempt to gain understanding or remembrance of what life is like for the underprivileged.
     
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    Marse 2017 Contest...
    I posted the winners above for the Marse contest! Apru's contest is almost at an end -- get your entries in ;)
     
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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!

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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:
    A Fish Story
    Gathering: Fishing Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    This started as a simple enough day; the sun was shining and warm, the breeze was cooling and gentle, and the murmur of the river flowing past you was as calming as it was picturesque. Pleasurable hours of casting, reeling, conversing and baiting of your hooks make the day nearly one of perfection. But alas, nothing is biting... until now! Your rod bends quickly and hard towards the water, catching you completely by surprise. Your companion looks to you in excitement as you begin your struggle. What could it be, at your line's end? And what fish story might ensue? Perhaps you had dozed off, and it is all a dream, but likely, you have a fisherman's tale to spin, and we await your unexaggerated recollections.

    Featured Lengthy Adventure:
    Abounding Abundis
    Location: River Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Determined yet travel worn, your party treks westward through North Paladis, longing for the journey's final respite at Harvest, along the coast of the Naryad Channel. Having just departed Yew only a day before, and the Hallowed Plains two days prior, grumblings about sore feet and growling bellies already cause concerns over the rationing food for the remainder of the voyage.

    Alas, one party member proposes something most interesting. A possibility which could cut days if not an entire week off of your journey. "I was figuring, we could stop in one of towns to the west, along the Abundis River. Perhaps there, we can charter a river boat for the remainder?"

    As the party's leader, you mull this over for a moment. Could a river craft on the Abundis be worth the risk? Perhaps staying on foot and following the river's edge is the safest option. Or dare ye look to magic to speed your course. Whatever you choose, oh adventurer, choose wisely, for your companions are looking to you for wise leadership.

    Featured Holiday:
    Jaana's Ford
    Holiday: Month 05 (Maia) Theme by Erik O'Connor

    In the lands of South Paladis, you will find the Jaana river leading down into the village of Jaanaford. While they say history easily gave way to myths and hearsay in the chaotic days that followed the Fall, there is a tale that persists of the river and town's namesake. Whether or not it is true, bards enjoy recounting the tale.

    In the early days after the Fall, the few survivors that remained scattered amongst the ruins of Novia, looking for a means to sustain life. A group had settled near the then unnamed Jaana river where it poured into the Bay of Storms. Both fresh and saltwater fish could be caught. There was clean drinking water from the river, and easy irrigation for crops. People planted what they could, and brought in docile animals they found on the plains to raise as livestock. Men of the village would often go out and work in the fields, while woman stayed behind and watched over the animals and young. Wolves no longer found easy prey on the plains as so many animals had been brought into the village as livestock, so eventually they decided to move towards the prey. A hungry and desperate pack of wolves approached the village when Jaana was the only adult around, watching over both a flock of sheep and young children.

    She had no weapon to fight back the wolves to defend the sheep and children, let alone herself. But she did have a torch in case the sun set low and it got dark while they were still out. She lit the torch and tried scaring off the wolves with flame, until one circled behind her and bit her leg, forcing her to drop the torch. It was the hottest part of May, and the crops were dry. They quickly caught fire. As the fire spread, the wolves did flee, but the terrified children and sheep still needed to get to safety. She could not carry them all, especially with an injured leg. The fire circled around them, and the only safe passage was towards the river.

    The river was not exceptionally deep, but it was deep enough to prevent the sheep and children from crossing. She stood in the deepest part, barely able to stand with her head above water on a bleeding leg and helped the sheep and children to safety ford across the river. But as the last one safely crossed, they could see the last bit of life slip away from her eyes. She had lost too much blood and collapsed in the river. The men saw the flames and rushed back. The flames had prevented anyone else from getting close enough to help in time. They were grateful the animals and children were safe, and they never forgot the sacrifice of Jaana's ford.

    Even for those who don't live anywhere near South Paladis, people still celebrate sacrifice in mid-Maia. Some forgo their dinners for an evening and offer up the meals to soldiers and guards instead. Others pay tribute to the sacrifice their parents made in raising them.
     
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    Apru 2017 Contest...
    I posted the winners above for the Apru contest in the first post in this thread! Congrats to the winners, and good luck to those placing entries for the Maia Creation Contest!
     
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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 Curse of the Fearless
    Curse Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Fight or flight? What does one choose? Each and every moment of adventure most assuredly prompts such decisions, some conscience, knowing the Oracle's Watchers gaze upon you as the ramifications of choice dance in your mind. To worry too greatly of a wrongful turn, is that cowardice? Or merely caution? To take the more dangerous route, the one most direct, does that exemplify Courage or merely impatience and recklessness?

    But what if one was cursed? Cursed with the inability to exhibit fear. Flight is no longer an option. What horrific artifact might imbue the wearer with such a seemingly beneficial blessing? To not know fear is to be unaware of your limitations. With bandits abounding, why run? "To run is cowardice. They pose no threat to you! Stand -- fight!" the artifact whispers softly in your subconscious mind.

    What would the Watchers see? What would they show The Oracle if your only option was ever to stay the course? If Virtue is the only possible path, what becomes of one's destiny? If one is never tested by choice, can one truly be the Avatar foretold?


    Featured Lengthy Adventure...
    The Inheritance
    Birthday Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    The day has come. Again, the anniversary of your birth. Friends and colleagues gather in a local tavern for the celebration of your life and offer recollections of your trials and tribulations, some of which are flattering, but most are embarrassing to remember. All in jest, however, and the night's revelries ensue with much merriment and laughter. But, upon the midnight hour, and as energies wane, many have departed, surely to regret their heavy inebriations the following morn.

    You remain, also quite stupified, but you could not leave in good conscience as the barkeep cleans up the inordinate mess. As you assist, working around sleeping friends and patrons, you notice that amongst the gifts, all are opened except one, one which you do not remember seeing before. Perhaps a late arrival snuck onto the stack, unbeknownst to you?

    Grinning, you set aside the damp rag and tray of dishes for a moment, and sit upon a bench to examine the ornate coffer. Most assuredly, the container in and of itself is gift enough, for it is encrusted with rare gemstones, set within an intricate silver casing. After taking in the vessel's beauty brought to life by the flickering hearth nearby, you open it slowly, perhaps to deepen the suspense. A soft glow casts upon your face as you look within.

    Awaiting your gaze, within the container, an object of such peculiar origins rests, with a note placed at its side. Scrawled upon the parchment are these words, "Your time has come. On this festive anniversary, I bequeath this to you. I take much comfort in knowing that you are truly worthy of such responsibility. May Grannus grant you Courage." And the adventure begins.


    Featured Holiday...
    Granus Day
    Holiday: Month 10 (Octobre) Theme by Erik O'Connor (@enderandrew)

    As Octobre wanes, King Granus claims a holiday like the other Titans. As expected, courage is the theme. In many towns across Novia you might find the mayor of the town dressed up in a monster costume while the children and townsfolk chase away the "monster". The specific monster depends on the region and whatever boogeyman they wish to rid themselves of through this holiday ritual.

    People look forward to and speculate on what creature costume will be unveiled for that town each year. Though in Norgard, the boogeyman is always a Kobold and is rarely a person in a costume. Instead it is usually an effigy and everyone gets one smack at the effigy with a stick. With actual war constantly present, they do not need to prove their courage by slaying a fake troll. Instead they revel in taking their frustrations out against a representation of their very real enemy.

    Adults may also take part in tournaments such archery, fencing or boxing to demonstrate their martial prowess with prizes for the victors. Again, as with Sequanna and Boreus day, some put out and decorate statues of the Titan, whereas that particular tradition is rarely observed in the Vale.
     
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    Maia 2017 Contest...

    The winners have been posted in the main thread above - thanks for all who took the time to create and to enjoy the creation of others! I so wish I had more time to comment upon the creations here and at RPOTA.COM. Work is kickin my arse! It's like... using combos and stuff. And stealth with sneaky backstabs. Really tough stuff. In any case, as always, I'll try my best to keep RPOTA a going and the contests a flowing. Take care folks! Hope to see you in-game!
     
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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!

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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...
    Recollection of the past...
    Birthday Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    The night draws to an exhausting, yet comforting end. Around you? Your friends, both new and old. Most, inebriated beyond comprehension, at least comprehension of anything other than a hearty response to a raised mug of ale. Some of your dearest friends are gathered in a circle at the far end of the tavern. With a full ale, you walk towards them with a devilish grin upon your face, having a story in mind to entertain them. Seeing your coming brings smiles to theirs, and once you sit upon the the open stool amongst them, they all turn to you in anticipation. You have the floor, oh Avatar. Please your friends with a tale from your past, one which will inspire, frighten or enthrall. One in which they'll carry with them always. For the night is almost to a close. Such a pleasant eve should end with a pleasant weave of tale and myth.


    Featured Lengthy Adventure...
    Isn't It Ironic?
    Consequences Theme by Elgarion De'Kahli

    Oh jesters, minstrels, scriveners and playwrights... dearest lyricists, poets, and historians, we implore! Bring us a bit of lore, but with a twist! Not just having a fork instead of a knife. Bring us a tale of intriguing irony, one which makes our eyes water or mouths curl to a smile. Whether it be a story of giants or worms, mighty ocean vessels or turbulent storms, brave warriors or bright yellow yarn, bring us something unexpected, full of sorrow, wit, or charm.


    Featured Holiday...
    King's Day
    Holiday: Month 07 (Julius) Theme by Bowen Bloodgood

    Lord British ruled for several centuries ushering in not only the virtues but many innovations as well as sponsoring cultural projects. He was by all accounts (save from those some Serpent Isle) a much loved ruler. It is only natural that some kind of birthday tradition emerge over the many long centuries of his reign. Even though many now may no longer remember why. Lord's Festival is in celebration of benevolent rule and rulers.

    Lord's Festival traditions may include feasts and tournaments often sponsored by the local lord for the people (or visa versa?). The events of this particular day should reflect the relationship between a particular town or city state and their respective leaders. Traditional foods for this day of honor often includes mutton and venison as the main course at banquets or other large gatherings as well as red wine.

    As such, traditions may (and probably should) vary. Resolute would certainly have a tournament for example while Britanny may have a more low key tradition of staging a particular play every year. Today, tournaments are often held where contestants will act as champions to fight for the honor of others such as group, their home town, a cause or perhaps a loved one. These Tournaments of Honor rarely result in fatalities which occasionally must occur but rather only until there is a clear victor. Other popular traditions include story telling, plays, stag hunts (which is considered by some to be a sport for nobles and usually preceding a feast or banquet) and feasts where toasts are often offered to honor those to whom someone is thankful. It is not uncommon to also find valorous individuals at the local tavern sharing embellished stories of valor and glory over copious amounts of ale and spirits. Since the establishment of the city states, each region has developed their own traditions.

    This time of frequent tournaments is about victory and pure martial ability. Gambling is also particularly prevalent, although frowned upon by the more devout. Chess and other non-physical games based on strategy and tactics are common. County fairs with competitions of every sort are frequent, and often the victors are sent to the capital to compete in countrywide competitions, or presented as gifts to the Lords (depending on what sort of victory is in question).

    Some traditions regarding Honor may include recommitment ceremonies, particularly a knight’s oath to their lord. Married couples may have some kind of recommitment traditions such as a family dinner with a special speech or toast. Visiting the place of their marriage or annual honeymoon etc.

    The origin of the Day of Honor has been a subject of some debate among historians. We know that it predates the Fall but there is little else we can be certain of except from what we see today. The Day of Honor and The Lord’s Festival are just a few names given to this holiday whose meaning and means of celebrating varies from town to town. Common themes include celebrating honor, leadership and nobility. One popular theory on how this holiday came about is that there was once a king who was so loved by the people that they spontaneously began to honor his birthday. Another is that it began when lords took an interest in martial sports and hosted many tournaments where knights would fight to entertain the lords and their guests.
     
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    Juno 2017 Contest...

    The winners have been posted in the main thread above - it was a quiet month for new submissions but I was happy to award prizes to content submitted in previous months! My work hours are still in the high range, usually above 60 hours per week, but once that relaxes a bit, I hope to get to work on the art and rumors module for RPOTA.COM. I was a bit late in awarding these prizes but alas, better late than never! Already, there are a few great submissions for Julius in honor of recent King's Day celebrations. Be sure to get to your quill and ink, friends! Prizes await!

    Also, be sure to check out the contest page at RPOTA.COM for a full description of the contest plus Indi Martin's latest grand prize art (Maia's Contest) for Dr. Zazeriz rendered a beautiful yet mysterious feline humanoid! I wonder what Dr. Zaz has in store for lore coming our way?!

    @Indi2
    @Andartianna
    @Bodhbh Dearg
    @Cianna

    Congrats to the winners!
     
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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!

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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.
     
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