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Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Admiral 10-25-2016


Winners of Scribe's Contest IX: Farflung Strongholds - Distance in the Chaos Dwarf Empire

"Too far away."



Just like all the other rounds, we had a splendid turn-out of entries, with submissions spanning from ambushes to mythical punishments. The ninth Scribe's Contest had a lot to bring to the table, from exhausted slaves to lonesome monster killers and wasteland trickery. The voting was even with votes received by all entries, and the slimmest of margins deciding the winners. It was great to see such tales written upon dry parchment! No doubt the texts were all written in spilt blood with trembling hands, or carved into the skulls of foes. Takes Hat off

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the winners!





Entry #6: Abecedar (1st)

Treacherous Road


A summons from Zharr-Naggrund had come, the tight restrictions on troop numbers and its lateness had complicated matters, but the orders were simply to be obeyed. Things like it were an absolute; all knew the price of disobedience or failure.

The caravan was moving more rapidly along the rugged road than it normally would. Other smaller much quicker tracks ran out from these mountains but they were definitely not suitable for the necessary wagons. Time was the greatest issue as the summons had arrived late and their journey was far longer for them than for some of the others. To arrive late would involve a distinct loss of face. Possibly made worse when they considered the rumored identity of some of the other attending clans.

The escorting Blacksouls jogged along tirelessly. As stipulated in the summons only a single cohort accompanied the caravan and had been spread thinly to cover the six wagons, the overlarge enclosed tribute wagons clattering along between them, led by a lone Ironcaster and the Blacksouls Overmaster.

A shallow shoulder by the road spread out before them within the nearing valley. Easy room to stop and rest before continuing on their hurried journey. A waterhole near the edge of the clearing conferred upon the place a temptation too convenient for them not to avail themselves of it.


This was going to be so easy, thought Hragnax, his prey had stopped exactly where he'd predicted they would. The enticing location helped of course, as did the artful arranging for the delay in the carefully doctored peremptory summons. None would suspect it hadn't arrived directly from the High Lord Sorcerer. To destroy those before him and take the tribute would physically and financially weaken these upstart highlanders and was well worth the effort. But to cause them the loss of considerable prestige in the ruling lord's eyes for their failure to obey, now that would be truly pleasurable. Two strikes against them at once, a simple, effective plan.

The caravans escorting troops had all meandered in close under the edges of the wagons. Stupidly disarraying themselves, their shields and weapons lain down. They could be seen clumsily unlimbering stuff. No guards watching outwards at all.
Disgraceful, Hragnax thought. They deserved their impending doom for their slackness.

So be it. He bellowed the order, "No mercy!" and stepped out of the enshrouding rocks, and all about him, his troops followed to surround the caravan.

Suddenly the sides of all the wagons fell outwards, revealing rank upon rank of Decimators and Dragon Fire Teams arrayed in tiers, inside the wagons and all behind solid armour plating. And the lowered sides were now effectively providing barricades for the escorting troops underneath. As he watched firing holes opened up with more barrels emerging from them. He heard a commotion behind him and was dismayed to see more Blacksouls and Decimators and even several troops of Half-breeds emerging from the same tracks he'd used, and were even now spreading out all around him.

"Aye," an unfamiliar voice came from the lead wagon.  "No mercy it shall be."






Entry #1: Slavemaster Hod (2nd)

The Ambush


The wind tore through the tight valley, whipping needles of ice against Heinrich’s exposed skin. His bare-feet burned in the frigid snow, and the blackness seeping across them filled his mind with dread. It’d been eight days since they left the Ogre camp, and eight more until they reached their destination, a hellish outpost called the Keep of the Three Kin. Heinrich didn’t speak the guttural tongue of the foul Dwarfs that had dragged him halfway across the world, but when he’d been sold in the flesh markets of the Black Fortress, his new owners had used Reikspiel to tell him this name.

Heinrich had been a merchant before - a life which was never safe, but to fall into the hands of the dreaded worshippers of Hashut, was the worst of all fates. ‘Luckily’ for Heinrich, his skill in Engineering had saved him from the fire pits of their ziggurats - but not from slavery.

He had hoped to die on the journey. Even now, he could just lie down and submit to the snow’s icy embrace. He would have done so days ago, had it not been for the fair Lady Maribel. The Bretonnina noblewoman was cursed to the same horrible existence as he, and without Heinrich, would die in the arms of the giant Kurgan shackled with them.

Heinrich glanced at the barbarian, pulling some joy from this blasted land at the sight of his broken nose - a gift from Heinrich the first time he’d tried to have his way with Lady Maribel in the dead of the night, when their masters were asleep and wouldn’t hear her cries.

In front of the Kurgan, Lady Maribel’s long blond hair cascaded down a pale back covered in goosebumps. He wished he could wrap his arms around her and offer her some warmth, but even that had been sucked from him by these frozen peaks.

Heinrich’s mind was as numb as his body and he didn’t hear the howling at first, but quickly it grew until it filled his ears with a demonic chorus. He’d never heard the feral call in person, but its high-pitch wail had been repeated by many travelers warning of the perils of the Mountains of Mourn. Of all the things to fear while traversing this frozen wasteland, the war-cry of the Yhetee was to be feared the most.

The four Ogres the Chaos Dwarfs had hired to protect the caravan were already forming a perimeter, their giant heads lulling back and forth, scanning the snowy hills with rusty blades. The Chaos Dwarf holding the chains that shackled the slaves, threw them to the ground and drew his blunderbuss. He ran the stout barrel along the drifts beside the path, the moon glistening off his long black beard woven into tight greasy ringlets. The dwarf was half Heinrich’s size, but wore a heavy hat that almost doubled his height. Down the length of the mighty crown were skulls - some decorative, other in various states of decay.

The howls stopped, leaving only the wind and the beating of Heinrich’s heart to gauge the passage of time, then the Yhetees attacked. They burst from the snow like Daemons of frost and ice. Claws slashed out and carved grooves across the Ogres' blades. There were three Yhetee and four Ogres, but instantly Heinrich knew it wasn’t enough. The first Ogre went down in a burst of blood, his head flopping backwards. A second Ogre cried out before vanishing into a swirl of snow.

The Chaos Dwarf’s blunderbuss fired and its muzzle exploded in a rain of gunpowder. There was a cry and a Yhetee collapsed. The Chaos Dwarf sped to reload, but not before another beast emerged from the snow behind him. In its giant claw it held an ax of pure ice, and with a quick swipe, it separated the Chaos Dwarf’s gigantic hat from his shoulders.







Entry #3: Forgefire (3rd)

The Cattlewagon


A slight breeze rustled the sparse grass across the great plain. The heavy steamwagon trundled slowly along the road pulling a large cattle or slave wagon behind it. A short stocky driver with a tall helm at the front steamwagon and two Hobgoblins armed with bows on the roof seemed to be the only guards.

Scaldr smiled to himself and climbed down the cliff he had been watching the caravan from. His band of raiders were already mounted and armed, their round hide-covered shields painted with the ruinous symbol of the Dark Gods. With scalps and leering skulls dangling from their saddles they looked fearsome and eager for blood and loot.

The Chaos Dwarfs were dangerous prey Scaldr knew, notoriously well armed and stubborn creatures. But this lone wagon would be no match for his warband of fifteen battle hardened raiders. Mounting his hardy Norscan steed, he drew his blackened steel blade, its edges sharp and deadly as always. Ironically those stunted and twisted Dwarfs had crafted it for his tribe generations ago at the steep price of a dozen healthy slaves. Spurring their mounts the raiders raced down the cliffside down to the plains and the hapless caravan.

The caravan driver glanced west seeing a cloud of dust coming from the cliffside and started in his seat, his smoking pipe dropping from his tusked mouth. Scaldr laughed as the driver turned the steampropelled caravan wagon slowly, facing it away from the approaching warband. The very thought of escape was ludicrous, the wagon moved barely as fast a walking man!

Hooting and bellowing battlecries the raiders drew ever closer. A lucky shot from a Hobgoblin sent one of his men crashing to the ground, a black-shafted arrow jutting from his throat. Cursing the cowardly swine Scaldr spurred his mount forward even harder, riding up alongside the caravan. Scaldr suddenly saw the caravan driver up close as he peered back at the raiders from the steamwagon in the front. His warcry stopped short when he saw the driver's evil grin.

Why was he smiling?

The Chaos Dwarf gave him a little wave and pulled a lever next to his seat.The door-ramp of the cattlewagon at the back slammed down. He heard his men shouting warnings as six roaring and heavily armored Bull Centaurs charged out from the wagon. Their greataxes cut through the raiders and horses alike as a scythe cuts through wheat. Such brute strength!

Roaring in frustration, Scaldr turned his attention towards the driver, shield raised and sword ready to carve. A deafening blast blinded him and almost threw him from the saddle. The driver smiled smugly at him holding a smoking blunderbuss. Scaldr looked down. The blast had wrecked his shield, pellets and shrapnel shredding his shield arm and torso. Stunned, he coughed blood and slumped from his mount.

Karrzul Varr, caravan driver, bent down and retrieved his still smouldering pipe next to his seat.
Such fools, these damn Manlings, he thought to himself as he heard the last of them being slaughtered. Did they really think they could raid Dawi Zharr lands so close to mighty Uzkulak without consequenses? He chuckled to himself and pulled the steamwagon to a halt. Time to see if there were any usable slaves or sacrifices still alive.






1st Place - Gold Scribe Winner: Entry #6 - Abecedar
2nd Place - Silver Scribe Winner: Entry #1 - Slavemaster Hod
3rd Place - Bronze Scribe Winner: Entry #3 - Forgefire



The Entry Key!
You can share your love for each entry (found here) by donating slaves to the owners of the entries!

01 - Slavemaster Hod
02 - Carcearion
03 - Forgefire
04 - Admiral
05 - Will Liam
06 - Abecedar
07 - Helblindi
08 - Ikkred Pyrhelm

Slaves and medals are incoming! If you wonder how many votes your entry received, PM me.

And now for the Gold prize, donated by Zealot Miniatures and Admiral. The Gold winner receives one unpainted kit of Dungeon Oddities - Dungeon Clutter:


The winner 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 ninth instalment of Scribe's Contest. It is a most valuable addition to the growing mass of Chaos Dwarf and Hobgoblin culture texts accumulated on CDO. Well done, everyone!

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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Forgefire 10-25-2016

Yay i got a medal! Thanks all for your votes! And congrats to the winners! Was entertaining to write again after so many years Happy

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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Fuggit Khan 10-25-2016

Congratulations to all the winners...I thought for sure entry #1 was from Abecedar (I remember his previous great story about "Heinrich's Lament").
And only one of my votes made it, no doubt tough competition from such a great variety of entries.
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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Ikkred Pyrhelm 10-25-2016

Many congrats to the winners and all the other writers for some fantastic pieces! Takes Hat off

I can almost hear the sighs of relief that the "totally not a Skaven honest" didn't pinch another plaque! Tongue

Seriously, stellar work chaps! Happy


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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Slavemaster Hod 10-25-2016

My first medal. Thanks guys for voting. I feel honored. They were all great stories. Can't wait for the next competition.


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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Abecedar 10-25-2016

Thanks for the votes.  I certainly liked all the stories  in one way or another.


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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Helblindi 10-26-2016

Hadn't even had time to read them all yet, alas! In any case, congrats to the winners, and also to all contestants!


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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Will Liam 10-26-2016

Well done to the winners – I really did enjoy reading all of the other 7 entries.

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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Admiral 10-26-2016

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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Slavemaster Hod 10-27-2016

I put my entry in the stories section, and also included a picture for visual reference of a yhetee bearing down on a CD.

http://chaos-dwarfs.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=16783


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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Abecedar 10-27-2016

Great drawing. I'm still pretty sure the BC's would be upset at being put into a cattletruck


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RE: Scribe's Contest IX - Winners!Jackswift 11-02-2016

Been away and mostly out of reception for most of October so I completely missed this contest.  Congrats to the winners,Takes Hat off some great stories that make me wanting more.  Well Done!Cheers!

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