[Archive] Scribe's Contest V

Admiral:

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Chaos Dwarfs Online Presents: The 5th Scribe’s Contest writing competition on Chaos Dwarfs Online!

We are pleased to announce that this Scribe’s Contest has been sponsored by Titan Wargames! There will be one prize of this unpainted Grulka Blackhand miniature for the Gold winner:

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"The true horror of the fell deeds and demented constructs of the enigmatic rulers and forgemen of the Dark Lands may be glimpsed through their reputation, whether earned in battle, captivity or trade, or spread far and wide as exaggerated stories told by crazed explorers, lying Daemons or runaway slaves. Those are glimpses of a realm of brutality, terror and slavish worship, of insane inventions, mysterious crafts and above all a ravenous and utterly ruthless hunger for power. They hint of a world of red-hot blades, of barbed whips, hammers and blood-soaked altars, of a world where ambition is pursued over the corpses of trampled slaves and fallen enemies beyond counting. They are witnesses of a merciless tribe utterly devoted to conquer and crush all other races underfoot in order to grind them down through relentless slave labour to grease the wheels of industry and fuel the flames of sacrifice.

These are the words of the Survivors."


Subject Matter: Blackest Infamy - Chaos Dwarfs in the Eyes of Others
The theme for this writing competition is Chaos Dwarfs according to others. 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.

Your entry could consist of a veteran State Trooper showing old war trophies in a tavern while reminiscing fearfully over past encounters with the Dawi Zharr; a story about slaves making an escape attempt or meeting a grisly end; a Daemon trapped and reforged by a Daemonsmith; a “facts-book” description of relations between Chaos Dwarfs and the Human Marauder tribes of the north; a collection of quotes, proverbs or fables from foreign cultures, revolving around Chaos Dwarfs; a dribbling madman in the Old World ranting on about the forges of hell beyond the World’s Edge mountains; a glimpse of a Chaos Dwarf battleline through the eyes of their foes; or something else entirely.

This is not to be confused with writing texts about Chaos Dwarfs’ views on outsiders and slaves.

Writing Rules
The word limit for each entry is 10-300 words in total. Since this is an open format theme, you may write your entry as one or more quotes, proverbs, tales, songs, stories etc. Descriptive background texts about foreigners’ encounters with Chaos Dwarfs (of the kind you may find in any Warhammer army book) and fiction from the perspective of one or more characters (of the kind you may find in any Black Library novel) are allowed. 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.

Spellcheck
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.

Inspiration Sources
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 Oct 17th 2015 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 around 2 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 fiction or background about Chaos Dwarfs as seen through the eyes of others, 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 Titan Wargames.

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.

Summary
Subject Matter: Blackest Infamy - Chaos Dwarfs in the Eyes of Others.
Deadline: 11:59 PM 17th of October 2015 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!

The Staff

Fuggit Khan:

An interesting theme…and being an open format will give rise to quite a varied amount of stories, to be sure.

A few odd idea’s have already come to mind…need to sort them out and give it some more thought.

Abecedar:

I will see what I can do.  a tale is bubbling away in my mind as I type

Admiral:

@Fuggit Khan: Keeping to an open format has worked so well in the previous contests that I’ve become a bit reluctant to pick a restricted theme, such as songs, fables or monument inscriptions. Maybe next time. Looking forward to what you will come up with!

@Abecedar: Nice! Looking forward to it. :slight_smile:

Admiral:

Bump. Don’t miss this if you like to write and would like to win a dwarf lady. :slight_smile:

Admiral:

For your attention in case you’ve missed it. All comers welcome, and good job all who’ve entered so far! :slight_smile:

Abecedar:

I had better hurry up. All I have so far is pieces of ideas that I have managed to remember from the good ideas that I thought I had rattling around in my head

Abecedar:

Since yesterday, … Major panic. I’d lost all my notes, searched everywhere but no luck. I found that I had thrown my note pad with all my hand written notes into a large recycling skip bin at the local rubbish tip (waste disposal place) whilst getting rid of a heap of mixed plastics and cardboard recycling. In desperation I went back there six hours later and found in just sitting there within reach on top of all the stuff I’d thrown in.

Admiral:

The travails of your notes is turning into a saga in itself, Abececar. Looking forward to see what story emerges alive out of all those perils! :wink:

Abecedar:

Stressful,  I know.  I’d written heaps of disjointed bits yesterday afternoon whilst sitting in a lovely tulip garden listening to a Johny Cash / Elvis performer. The things you do for your wife.  Since then I spent the next (full) day almost dying from a massive hayfever overload. I’m not over it yet.  That’s my excuse for throwing the note-book into the re-cycling

I’m just glad that Hashut approved of my diligence in searching for it and let me find it.

Fuggit Khan:

Holy Hashut! That is some serious dedication Abecedar! :hashut

I’m still toying around with an idea in my head…but I’m having trouble translating the story to be told “about” Chaos Dwarfs from the viewpoint of others.

That probably does not make much sense…but I need to come up with a way to change the perspective of the story.

Jackswift:

Amazing that you were able to find and reclaim your notes!

Looking forward to this one. This is the first time I have entered. I found the word count limitation to be the hardest part. With this idea, I could have easily fleshed it out and written 2 or 3 times as much… and was forced to pare, edit, and re-word to make it work. The end result is better for it though… I think… Cheers!

Abecedar:

So, so lucky, I know.

My first count for this one was 700 or so, now it is over 800 words. I tend to write the story as I imagined it and

then trim it down. Once the contest is over I’ll post the whole thing

Axtklinge:

That’s a great theme.

Can’t wait to see what all you guys end up writing on the subject!

By the way, that lady dwarf is a very nice sculpt.

Living proof they aren’t bearded nor ugly!

:cheers

Abecedar:

I’ll be the first to admit that I have entered.

Admiral:

@Axtklinge: Haha, no bearded ladies as far as the eye can see. :slight_smile:

@Abecedar: Welcome aboard! We sneaky Chaos Dwarfs seem to keep quiet about such things, so you’re indeed the first to admit it. Of course, in Zharr-Naggrund, everything you say may be turned against you… :wink:

Tomorrow will be last day to enter, folks!

A family member of mine is apparently turning 50 this weekend. Travelling away and partying will mean that the voting thread will be up first by sunday evening or even monday. I hope this won’t be a problem. The voting will start as quickly as I can get it up and running once back.

Fuggit Khan:

Just sent in my entry…I really hard a hard time with this one, and honestly I considered dropping out quite a few times. I knew what idea I wanted to write, but I just could not find the proper perspective of the story.

But I’m glad I stuck with it…I managed to come up with something after all :hat off

Plus it’s the fifth contest…a hallmark!  :hashut

Abecedar:

I had one perspective only but when I’d typed up what I’d scrawled in my note book and finished turning it into something that made sense it was 1000+ words.

So it is either give up or trim it harshly while still making sense.

Dînadan:

Damn, thought the deadline was the 18th for some reason >_<

Ah well, didn’t have any inspiration for this theme anyway lol

Abecedar:

That’s the Welsh for you. A day behind because it takes so long to say things