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Old Nov 4th, 2023, 02:36 PM
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Round 3 -- Room 2 (Games 5-8)

Round 3


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The great plane spins as you now have probably learned to expect it to. The Invigilator stands above, watching your reaction and nodding in your direction as both of you wait for the plane to settle into a new position.

High above, the spectators remain. You see them holding conversations among themselves and munching on snacks. Who would have thought to bring snacks to a battle? Whoever did is a genius.

There is a faint sound of wind. The last echo of The Chairman? A seagull? Or memory?

The Invigilator who seems to be waiting for a voice, remains frozen in position or a good 10 seconds, before speaking.

"Well, then. We are halfway through our four games. You have played admirably, rising to each challenge and showing your skills. There is, yes, a progression to this contest--but the essence of it is here and now. It is what we make of it with each shift of the plane and with each new fellow player who sits in the room with us."

The Invigilator directs you and your opponent to your table. There is a glass pitcher of water and some freshly sliced carrots beside each game table.

The Invigilator gives an almost apologetic shrug. "I asked for game-snacks, but ... the kitchen is staffed by harengons, so perhaps I should have been a bit more precise in my request. Next round, I promise."

He picks up one of the carrots, a purple one, and begins biting into it. Whether he is feigning pleasure or not is hard to tell, but the Invigilator is certainly giving the impression that this is a carrot worthy of champion GMs.

"Del ..." crunch, crunch "... icious!" he remarks. His mouth full, he points to a signboard which has magically appeared behind him.

 


Gesturing to the tables with his staff as each pair of challengers faces off, one against the other according to the Great Pairings Wall set by the Chairman, The Invigilator is finally able to proclaim: "You know the routine by now ... as it has happened many times before, and must happen again, you will now face off against each other! I set before you these four ingredients to mix into your creation ... let's see what you do with these," he says, handing you a box containing four scrolls, each with a line of writing on them.


a big shot
a strange sea
a ring of lost purpose
a sometimes shining star



"Of course, those are only words ... once you read them and give your breath to their life, they will appear as you imagine them to be ... for the purposes you intend."

He then steps back, fading from sight as he does ...

"Oh wait!" he remarks, the words causing him to fully materialize again. "I almost forgot!"

A harengon approaches, replenishes the tray of carrots, and hands over two more scrolls.

"The bonus elements!" The Invigilator explains. "Adroit use of these can give you an edge in your match, though awkwardly including them into your creation might only harm your efforts. The decision is yours to use them or not."


the peril which cannot be overcome
OR
the pearl which must be by a lover won


He looks down at the tray of carrots, eyebrows raised, as he takes one and begins to fade: "A blue one? Well fancy that ..."


There is no voice calling out over the skies, just a silence broken by the faint sound of crunching.

The harengon looks around and then whispers timidly, since somerabbit has got to do it: "Ok, so is everyone clear on everything? Blue carrots are the bomb, and y'all got to write a 1,000 word submission of a scene that takes place in a hostile environment, using the four ingredients. You also have the option of including one of the bonus ingredients."

The harengon checks your expression, and realizes that at least some of you are hearing this for the first time. Geez, you telling me nobody told you that before they went off with my carrot? Well, now I'm telling you. So ... umm, now you know. So ... you get to your writing thing, and I'll get back to chopping carrots. OK? What? Why are you all just sitting around? Oh, right ... how's it go? Like this, right? ... Let the Game Mastering ... BEGIN!!"

Rules
  • You are to write a key adventure scene that takes place in a hostile environment; you must use all 4 items; you have the option to include 1 of the additional bonus items--including a bonus item could tilt the judgment in your favor if the judges feel the bonus item contributes significantly or interestingly to the story. But if the judges decide that the bonus item adds little or detracts from the story, then including the item could harm your prospects of winning. All rules found here are to be followed.
  • The guidelines for the Judges' scoring can be found here. A "key adventure scene" can be one or a few encounters, but the concept of "a hostile environment" should be at the center or throughout all aspects of the submission.
  • The entry is to be no longer than 1,000 words, which includes *everything* you put into the post. Judges are instructed to stop reading at that time, or to deduct points if you go over. The use of a spell check and word counter is highly recommended.
  • Please make a simple post in this thread when you first read it, to let the judges know have seen it, and that you are on board. It doesn't have to be anything more than "read!" or something like that, though roleplaying it is also perfectly acceptable! Do not edit this post after making it; when it comes time to post your entry, do that in a second, separate post.
  • You have a limited time from the time this post is made to complete and submit your entry (in a new post; so don't edit your first post!). It is not expected that you use all this time - the extra time has been given to ensure that, no matter what your timezone, your schedule, your sleep habits, your work or student life, or emergencies that could crop up, you should have ample time to complete your entry. Posting when you are done, and not waiting until the end, is also recommended.
  • You should post your entry into this thread within the generous time frame, and ensure it is secreted (to the above judges) and spoilerbuttoned. If your post is not made within the time limit, you will be automatically disqualified for this round. If you have issues, be sure to PM Savoylen *before* your round is closed.
  • Editing is allowed after posting; but all posts will be closed at deadline and edits are not allowed at that point.


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I'm hereWhen the room finally stops spinning the challenger stumbles to his chair. He puts his head on the table and listens vaguely to the discussion of carrots. He's too bruised and dizzy to think about food. He looks up and slowly realizes that his opponent is sitting across from him. He Good luck, Boss Nadar!smiles weakly. A tooth is missing. How did that happen?
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Azathool Declines
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Azathool bows to the Invigilator, his opponent, RoBi, and the judges.
"I left my work and retired to the country to enjoy life, wife and hobbies, eat raw carrots I have grown in my garden and drink fresh water from my own well. Your snacks reminded me of what is important.

When hobbies become work, it is time to realize I am better off keeping my hobbies as hobbies."
He then bows again and leaves the stage.

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Thanks all, I find I just like playing more than writing, was interesting & fun but the effort for me was monumental to write like that, within the time and words, and the next round is...

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