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| Scribe's Contest VIII
Posted by: Admiral - 06-27-2016 03:10 PM
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Chaos Dwarfs Online Presents: The 8th Scribe's Contest writing competition on Chaos Dwarfs Online!
This Scribe's Contest has been sponsored by Admiral. There will be one prize of an unpainted kit of War Booty of Ancient Times miniatures for the Gold winner:
"The Dawi Zharr are infamous torturers and destroyers and slavers, and their dark deeds and megalomaniac wonders and dire secrets are the stuff of legend and horror half the world over, barely believed and more often than not thought to be lies and fantasies. Despite their mysterious reputation, the Chaos Dwarfs are a race of mere flesh and blood, alive until death claims them, and how could other mere mortals be so very different from ourselves? Yet to hear a Dawi Zharr tell of what is good in life, is to gain a raw glimpse into the cruel and enigmatic minds of the Chaos Dwarfs. It is to view naked their fiery hatreds, their contempt and slavish obedience, their fanaticism and their dark genius. It is to grasp the bottomless hunger for power, the will to trample underfoot and the ruthless greed driving the ambitions of these black-hearted creatures. Yet their thoughts on life may pale in comparison to what comes after death.
To hear a Dawi Zharr tell of the afterlife, is to be thrown into a well of madness, for oft-times their beliefs are closely connected to the surging Realm of Chaos, and many sects claim that the Father of Darkness dwells within it, with a dark and fiery court. Many sects claim that cages and flames and slavery and darkest torment awaits most souls upon death, yet others speak of blissful promises and seductive rewards for a life well lived in servitude to Temple and Hashut. For these are beliefs bred in insanity and birthed by Dark Gods of lying tongue. For these are beliefs nurtured by madmen and raised in hell, and woe betide the sinner or wrongdoer or heretic or slave. In life, they lord it over a dark empire of mass slavery, oppression and heinous sacrifice, where cruelty is law and life is dirt. In death, the Blacksmiths of Chaos face a stark finality which more than a few among them secretly longs to escape with concealed inner panic.
These are the words of the Doomed Ones."
Subject Matter: Beyond the Grave - Chaos Dwarfs and Afterlife
The theme for this writing competition is Chaos Dwarfs and afterlife, in which you're free to explore some of their convoluted and mysterious beliefs on what happens after death. Contradictions are welcome, these are fanatic devotees of mysticism and prophecies born out of madness and the Realm of Chaos after all!
This is an open format theme, meaning that almost any type of background text and fiction about Chaos Dwarfs and Hobgoblins from the perspectives of outsiders will be accepted, within the rules detailed below.
You could e.g. write your entry as an ancient myth, or a prophecy (mayhap uttered by your army general?), or the raving mad ramblings of a possessed, ecstatic or insane Chaos Dwarf, Daemon oracle, captured mystic or likewise. You could write it as a discussion, a tortuous interrogation or as an elder or hag telling the beardlings about it. You could write your entry as a vision, akin to those of the dying Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh, or as a journey into the afterlife awaiting the Chaos Dwarfs, a bit like Dante's Divine Comedy. You could borrow heavily from the Liber Chaotica. You could write about dead Chaos Dwarfs denied their promised afterlife by meeting undeath to haunt the mortal world as shambling corpses or vengeful revenants. Or something else entirely!
You could write about what kind of afterlife awaits people depending on their conduct or status in life or burial rites. What happens to wretched slaves and lesser races after life? To fruitful mothers? To sinful doubters? To sorcerers blessed with petrification? To Bull Centaurs and other holy creatures? To misers? To shamed Infernal Guards? To pious sacrificers? To warriors dying with axe in hand? To adherents of rival sects and heretical cults? Is it all darkness and fire and shackles and chains and torment and horror eternal awaiting a Chaos Dwarf, come death, or is there something more?
All this and more is up to you explore in this contest. Tell us your vision of the Dawi Zharr afterlife!
The word limit for each entry is 50-800 words in total. Inventive ways to write entries are encouraged. You may write your entry as it would have sounded if told by a Chaos Dwarf elder; or as an inscription or actual text on some scroll or tablet. You may write it as a collection of broken passages from a shattered monument, or as an insane vision of some mystic or another. You may even write a foreign myth or legend concerning the afterlife of Chaos Dwarfs. Likewise, you may write your entry as a descriptive overview of a myth or legend, with as little or as many details as you like to include. Your entry need not be a complete tale from start to finish; fractions of a full tale is sufficient. Age of Sigmar entries are of course welcome.
All entries are to be written "in-universe", meaning no lines about D6s or green stuff are allowed. See the General Rules.
You are encouraged to ask Admiral about whether your entry meet the requirements or not, should you be unsure.
Please spellcheck your entry before submission. Even so, to help even the field for the non-native English speakers, Admiral may correct grammar and spelling mistakes within the limits of his grasp of the English language.
Anything can be your inspiration, including your latest tabletop game. See the Guidelines, and Chaos Dwarf Stories & Background Section. (You are not allowed to copy someone else's work!)
Please read the full rules and guidelines that apply to the Scribe's Contest competition before submitting your entry!
Deadline: 11:59 PM July 11th 2016 EST (Eastern Standard Timezone)
Submit your entry by PM to the Scribe account before the deadline. Entries will not be accepted after that date and time regardless of how cool your submission is. (You have about 3 weeks to complete your entry.)
If for some reason you are having trouble with your submission, contact one of the Staff before the deadline. In order to avoid problems, we strongly advise entrants not to wait until the very last minute to submit their entries... As things can and do go wrong at the last minute. Please do not send entries to individual Admin or Staff members to submit on your behalf as they may not check their PMs!
How to Enter
Write one or more pieces of Chaos Dwarf mythology or tales of legend, invented by you, and send a PM to Scribe (a special user that all Staff have access to) containing the entry. The moderator organizing the contest will then check the inbox one or a few days before deadline and verify to each entrant that their submission was received.
If you win
- Take your place in the upcoming Scribe's Contest Hall of Fame (to be created), where your glory will be remembered for years to come.
- Receive the Scribe's Contest medal for your online persona:
- Everyone who enters gets a number of slaves equal to the number of entries. If 40 people enter we award 40 slaves to each person who entered.
- If you win Gold, you'll win a model prize, courtesy of Admiral.
Entries will count towards a participation medal, which is the simpler Scribe's Contest equivalent of Artisan's Contest and Golden Hat veteran medals.
As usual once all entries are received a voting thread will be created. If there are any questions please PM me, another Staff member or post them here.
Subject Matter: Beyond the Grave - Chaos Dwarfs and Afterlife.
Deadline: 11:59 PM 11th of July 2016 EST (Eastern Standard Timezone)
If any forum members would like to aid Scribe's Contest by donating models or other materials as prizes for future competitions, feel free to contact myself or one of the Staff to help sort out details.
Now, carve your tablet. Sharpen your pen and dip it in fresh slave blood, for Hashut demands words!
| Artisan's Contest XIX - Winners!
Posted by: Admiral - 06-24-2016 02:44 AM
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Artisan's Contest XIX: Flora and Fauna of the Dark Lands
"Aaaargh! It's got my leg!"
We had a slew of clever entries this time around, spanning natural and unnatural ambush creatures to mutant monsters and horrific bugs. The creativity and quality on show in this round of contest is evident. Well done, everyone!
And the winners are...
1st Place: Entry #4 - Abecedar!
2nd Place: Entry #2 - Fuggit Khan!
3rd Place (Tie): Entry #1 - Enjoysrandom!
3rd Place (Tie): Entry #5 - Jackswift!
The entry key!
You can share your love for each entry by donating slaves to the owners of the entries!
01 - Enjoysrandom
02 - Fuggit Khan
03 - Admiral
04 - Abecedar
05 - Jackswift
And congratulations to Fuggit Khan, who has earned a silver Veteran's Medal by entering 10 Artisan's Contests and Golden Hat competitions!
Slaves and medals are coming! Should you have earned a new Veteran's Medal (gained at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 main contests entered), please contact us and link us all your entries in all previous Golden Hat and Artisan's Contest competitions (note: Scribe's Contest does not count towards this purpose, but have its own Veteran Scribe's Medal).
And now for the gold prize! Abecedar will be contacted by Bloodbeard in the coming days to receive this grim character:
A big "thanks" to everyone who participated and voted, as well as a big thanks to Grimstonefire for his prize donation!
And that's it for this round of Artisan's Contest, folks. Now let's see the participants' entries in the blogs.
Next up, Scribe's Contest!
| Artisan's Contest XIX
Posted by: Admiral - 05-06-2016 08:17 AM
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"Beyond lofty mountains in far-away parts lie the hazardous and infamous Dark Lands, like flayed flesh amid the wrinkled skin of the world. The world's hard crust is thin here, and amid all the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions it does not take much for the earth's surging guts to burst through it in showers of ash, flame and molten rock. Such a volcanic environment rich in minerals embedded in the ground would at first seem the ideal place for life to thrive, as are so many other volcanic landscapes around the world where sentient dwellers eat the rich fruits beneath the fiery mountains in-between divine outbursts of elemental destruction.
Yet the Dark Lands are anything but an idyll. Some say the very air is poisoned, others blame the water for shunning its wastelands out of fear. Others still claim the Dark Lands to be heinously cursed, for what else could leave it such a raw realm of leagues upon leagues of dreadful devastation? What else but an unholy curse could account for the ashen landscapes and foul storms which seek to strangle every ounce of life out of the ravaged Dark Lands? It is a nightmare location wracked by ash and flames, poisoned by sulphur and tar, and choked by black smoke beneath stormy skies. Truly, it has become hell on earth wherever the only imperial power to stand the test of time has put its mark upon the Dark Lands, for the mortal slavers and torturers known as the Chaos Dwarfs will gouge out the landscape in their greed, and leave nought behind but utter devastation.
Even so, life finds a way, even here, where sun and moons but rarely will shine through the polluted clouds. The Dark Lands are harsh, and so are all its lifeforms. Hardy without exception, bristling with thorns and poisons where plant life and fungi are concerned, and little else but ravenous killers in case of the beasts which roam these hostile landscapes. While sinewy herbivores such as goats and aurochs claw a living out of the defiant growth of the land, even they will turn into carrion-eaters and cannibals when necessary. No carcass is left untouched for long in the Dark Lands. Here, many creatures feed off each other, or hunt stragglers from the nomadic Greenskin tribes in the dark of night. They hunt alone, or they hunt in packs, such as the Giant Wolves are wont to do. Some are freaks of nature, others twisted into abominations by millenia of industrial pollution, alchemical filth and sorcerous residue spewed out from Mingol Zharr-Naggrund the Great and all her holdings. Others still are monsters, hulking and savage, clawed and fanged, ever searching for blood and flesh, and who will balk at nothing to sate their ravenous hunger amid the ash and the fire and the desolation.
Such is the nature of plants and wildlife in the Dark Lands.
These are some of its denizens."
Chaos Dwarfs Online Presents: Artisan's Contest XIX!
Flora and Fauna of the Dark Lands
The goal here is to make some plants and animals of the Dark Lands, in the wild! People can enter with any number of models or terrain pieces. As long as they contain animals (some might be monsters) and plant life/fungi.
There are to be no living humanoid creatures (such things as killed Greenskins, torn apart in feeding frenzy, are however allowed), no armoured or armed creatures and no ridden monsters. This is to be the wild stuff, before being captured or enslaved.
There may be ruins in the entry, but these should be shown in a state where some crazy plants have taken over the place completely.
For this contest, entrants are allowed to play around with the entries. As such, you may use sand, earth, terrarium backgrounds and the like. Don't hesitate to put the creepy, crawly monsters on a real display! The landscape setting could be the gross, polluted mud by the river banks; tar pits; the dry ashen wastes; aside bubbling magma pits; the subtropical marshes down south; or even up in the cold, hard peaks of the mountains surrounding the Dark Lands.
Go wild! Your entry could contain anything from big ash scorpions; vultures; Orc-eating, half-starved lions; magmatubers; venomshrooms; or bloodsucking thornbushes.
Grimstonefire has been kind enough to donate this unpainted evil dwarf hero with a great axe as a prize for the gold winner!
Should you wish to donate a prize to the contest, please PM Admiral or Bloodbeard and they will sort it out with you and the Staff.
The deadline for the submission of entries is June 16th 2016 at 11:59pm EST.
Rules of the Competition
Each member may only enter once.
Model and paint creatures and plantlife which you think are appropriate to the Dark Lands, complete with background displays should you wish it.
Bases or no bases are up to you.
Submissions should include four pictures. No overlaid words of explanation or photoshop effects in your submitted photos please.
You may not submit pictures of a model that have been entered into other online competitions or posted in a finished state before.
Don't post your entries in the forum before the contest is over.
See also the General Rules & Guidelines.
How to Enter?
Submit your entry by sending a PM to Staff (a special user that all Staff have access to) with four photos of your entry. Please do not send an e-mail to any of the admin or staff accounts as this is a sure fire way to have your entry missed.
Please note that your entry will benefit if the photos are all clearly composed, since voters will base their judgement upon what they can see in the pictures on their computer screens.
How will this be judged?
Sometime after June 16th we will post all entries to a new thread and voting can commence!
Good luck everyone!
| Scribe's Contest VII - Winners!
Posted by: Admiral - 05-01-2016 04:13 AM
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Winners of Scribe's Contest VII: Fouls and Fumbles - Sports Edition!
Akin to other rounds, we had quality entries across the board not lacking variety, all together describing the maniac Blood Bowl game in gutsy depth from a wealth of odd perspectives. The seventh Scribe's Contest brought a lot to the table, from retired sportsmen's rants to player history and visceral on-pitch engagements. It's always good to see such professional work! No doubt the texts were all written in player's brains upon deflated spiky balls, or carved into referee heads.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the winners!
Entry #3: Ikkred Pyrhelm (1st)
Players of Renown
Race: Chaos Dwarf
Team(s): Gundrok’s Stinkers (2500-2504), The Mad Hatters (2504), Hashut’s Fists (2505- )
Igniz Stone-Cursed was a renowned sorcerer who turned to the noble sport of Bloodbowl in 2500, becoming a formidable blitzer for Gundrok’s Stinkers for four seasons. He was instrumental in the Stinkers’ victory against the Moot Shields, notably his brutal dismemberment of Halfling captain Fil Little; earning Igniz the 2503 award for Hashut TV’s Best Kill of the Year. He later joined the Mad Hatters until a majority of the team were wiped out by the great mercury sabotage of 2504. Finally he joined the infamous Hashut’s Fists as a star player. During this time he won the Beard Lovers award for Best Beard on Pitch from 2505 to 2509, accrued a new record kill count for the Fists, and played an important part in the team’s victory in the Magma Cup in 2506. Unfortunately, the stone curse that had long dogged Igniz finally caught up in 2508, turning him fully to stone. However, he remains an active part of the team, often used as a battering ram and continues to add to his number of fatalities.
Uzkul Cup Best Newcomer: 2500
Splat Magazine’s Top Twenty Best Noses: (17) 2501, (14) 2502, (15) 2503, (10) 2504-2506, (11) 2507-2508
Hashut TV Best Kill of the Year: 2503
Beard Lovers Best Beard on Pitch: 2505-2509
Magma Cup Most Valuable Player: 2506, 2508
Hashut TV Most Stoic Player: 2509
Entry #2: Bitterman (2nd)
Estelle Silverleaf laughed in delight as she pirouetted past her marker. He swung a clumsy fist at her face. The punch carried power, but to Estelle it seemed as slow as tree growth. She turned her head slightly, allowing the fist to glide past her cheek rather than flatten her nose; it felt anything but pleasant, but she imagined the impotent fury of the creature that had swung for her, and laughed aloud again.
Her marker - a stunted, twisted thing; brutish and repulsive, with tusks protruding from its bearded face - hurried and hobbled as he tried to keep up. She was too swift for him. Before her, the pitch - black granite, the lines marked by lava - opened up.
Estelle glanced up and back; there, just as she knew it would, the ball flew on a perfect trajectory. Her teammate, Jaden Eagle-eye, never missed. All she had to do was reach out; the ball landed gently in her hands, and she ran. Five paces, ten, and she was in the End Zone. Touchdown!
The crowd roared, and Estelle rejoiced in their adulation. Then she looked back.
Jaden’s broken body was a red smear on the granite. He was not the only one. Everywhere Estelle looked, her teammates - all but a lucky few - were down.
Her eyes locked with the marker she had escaped with such apparent ease. The glint of evil in his glare was unmistakable. With a sudden chill, Estelle realised that the game was not won yet.
Entry #4: Abecedar (3rd)
In the Stadium Box overlooking the team’s field.
“Hey coach. What’s that green stuff they’z playing on down there? And those prissy white lines around da edges?”
“That son is what they play on these days. They calls it ‘Turf’. It’s soft and smooth they say.”
“Ahh sheet. Back in my day we all’uz played on flagstones with only the try-lines. They wuz just the blood of a goblin we’d dragged across the field.”
“Son, you know, when I started it was on lava fields we played and the markings was just a line of rocks on the ground.”
“I remember coach. You alluz took me there an’ trained me on ‘dem old grounds. I can still find the scars.”
“Son. I done teach you all I know’d about playing back in the day. I raised you from a snot-nosed blocker up to the champeen blitzer you become. But this ‘ere game they play now, it be all about looking purty an’ money an’ stuff. Not the thrill of the game.”
The Beardling servant left the two old Dawi Zharrs in the secluded stadium box. He didn’t know who they thought they were, criticizing the great game every time they came here. But his orders were to give them anything they wanted.
Above him, the old portraits above the bar could hardly be seen, shrouded all in gloom and lamp smoke as they were. Behind him, watching the game in sad silence sat Coach Boot-Face and the Star Player Four-Ears.
1st Place - Gold Scribe Winner: Entry #3 - Ikkred Pyrhelm
2nd Place - Silver Scribe Winner: Entry #2 - Bitterman
3rd Place - Bronze Scribe Winner: Entry #4 - Abecedar
And an honourable mention to Entry #1 - Jackswift! (Who trailed Bronze by one vote.)
The Entry Key!
You can share your love for each entry (found here) by donating slaves to the owners of the entries!
01 - Jackswift
02 - Bitterman
03 - Ikkred Pyrhelm
04 - Abecedar
05 - Admiral
Slaves and medals are incoming!
And now for the prizes! The Gold winner receives one unpainted Bezhukk the Immortal donated by Ravenswood:
The Silver winner receives this original drawing of Balhutti-Zhurekar the Decrepit as he emerges from the Bubbling Pits wreathed in flame donated by Hunter:
The winners will be contacted shortly via PM or E-mail.
A big "thanks" to everyone who participated and voted!
Let's see the entries in the blogs of everyone who entered. Also, please post them as new threads in the Stories and Background section of the CDO Forums.
That concludes the seventh instalment of Scribe's Contest. It is an important addition to the growing mass of Chaos Dwarf and Hobgoblin culture texts accumulated on CDO - and likewise to Blood Bowl writings. Well done, everyone!
Stay tuned for Artisan's Contest!
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