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Winners of Scribe's Contest VII: Fouls and Fumbles - Sports Edition!

"Score!"



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. Takes Hat off

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the winners!




Entry #3: Ikkred Pyrhelm (1st)

Players of Renown

Igniz Stone-Cursed

Race: Chaos Dwarf
Position(s): Blitzer
Team(s): Gundrok’s Stinkers (2500-2504), The Mad Hatters (2504), Hashut’s Fists (2505- )
Status: Active

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.

Awards:
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. Wink

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!

The Staff
Congrats to the winners.
... Shock

Well, I lost that bet.

Was once again painful to vote. The calibre of those entries was superb and probably the best theme i've seen in a story compy!Takes Hat off

Cheers to the entrants and contest runners! Cheers!
Congratulations to all the winners. It's always great to see more Blood Bowl content. I really enjoyed reading all the entries.
Thanks for another fun contest.
And congrats to Ikred and Bitterman.
Congrats to Ikkred, Bitterman and Abecedar!  Well earned.  Another fun competition to compete in.  

Ikkred, your's had my vote.  The final line "Hashut TV Most Stoic Player: 2509" was brilliant given the timeline provided.  Had me chuckling for a few minutes after I read it.  Well done!

Jackswift Wrote:
Ikkred, your's had my vote.  The final line "Hashut TV Most Stoic Player: 2509" was brilliant given the timeline provided.  Had me chuckling for a few minutes after I read it.  Well done!

Thank ye! Happy

I may have giggled a bit too much myself when I first wrote it. That and the stone-ism of SPLAT! magazine (which I may have miswrote in the piece), or how even petrified he had the best beard on pitch. Big Grin

There were several throughout.   I suspect a sequal forthcoming focused on the "great mercury sabotage".  Takes Hat off

Jackswift Wrote:
There were several throughout.   I suspect a sequal forthcoming focused on the "great mercury sabotage".  Takes Hat off

Aye, I apologise to any of the anti-hat dawi here but I had to put in a few hat jokes/puns.

I had planned on writing a few players of renown like a star player who sold out or a Hobgoblin linesman who was known for backstabbing other players (often on his own team.) Maybe even a few random adverts squeezed in. But by the time I finished Igniz's player card, I barely had any words left. Tongue

So, I may be adding those to Igniz's thread sometime.

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