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! 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.