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It has been requested that I start saving past writing raffle information/winners, so if you want to reference what prompt people's stories are coming off of, or using any of the old prompts to jumpstart yourself, I'll be posting them in this thread. I don't have as much information from the earlier ones, but the later ones will get their own posts.

 

June, 2018 (winner, Qabian)
WINNER: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23848-ww-june2018-symposium/

July, 2018 (winner: Brinnea): Everyone has their own 'voice' when writing and a good idea of their character's headspace, but what would it look like if someone else tried to write one of your characters? Do you think you could write someone else's character? For this month, you have two weeks (until the 15th) to submit one of your characters for this exercise, at which point everyone will be randomly assigned a character that is not their own. Everyone will then have to write a short (non-canon) story through the perspective of that character.
WINNER: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23866-a-chance-for-peace/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23867-wr-minor-justice/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23859-they-were-in-the-trees/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23871-wr-july-constructs/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23873-july-contest-dead-heroes/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23868-last-call/

August, 2018 (winner: Tahzani): This month, Battle for Azeroth is being released. For this month's raffle, please tell us a story about your character's journey/first experiences in one of the new zones.
WINNER: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23888-wr-august-its-a-small-world/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23884-wr-august-foreboding/

 

July 2020: The armistice has been signed, the war between the Horde and the Alliance is over--for now. Show us a scene of one of your characters reacting to the news; whether they have a party to celebrate, double down on their quest for vengeance against their enemies, or just breathe a sigh of relief!

Congratulations to Amalyn for winning the July Writing Raffle with their story A Bygone Lullaby! It's a beautiful, moody, introspective piece that really shows you where their Priestess Amalyn's head is at. Head over to the website to read it for yourself! And also congratulations to Anterius for getting character of the month for Mardalius Anterius, Battlemage Extrodinaire! I found out Mardalius's favorite colors are purple and silver! 
WINNER: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24646-wr-july-a-bygone-lullaby/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24661-tides-before-the-storm/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24648-a-lesser-chieftain/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24649-in-service-of-the-horde/

 

August 2020: Often times characters are formed in tragedy, and we focus on those events which bend or break characters in new ways; but this month, I want to do something a little different. Give us a story from your character's backstory/history that was something positive that shaped them. A kindness they were paid, an opportunity they found, a friend they made as a few examples (it can be sad, or bittersweet, or any emotion).

Congratulations to Draquesha for winning the August Writing Raffle with her adorable baby troll story A Dino-Mite Birthday! Head on over to the website and check it out! Also congratulations to Myaka who has this month's character of the month for Myaka Winterborne! I found out a lot about Myaka's history, and the fact that she's allergic to coconuts!
WINNER: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24710-wr-august-a-dino-mite-birthday/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24711-wr-august-responsibility/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24670-wr-aug-the-cleverest-thieves-in-gilneas/

 

September 2020: We all love getting into the headspace of our beloved characters, but what do they look like from an outside view? Write a story where your character is a side or supporting character. This can be a theoretical story, in the far flung future, where they are a mentor or an opposition to the next generation of hero (a boruto story to your naruto, if you will), or a story of them now told from an npc/side character's perspective!

Congratulations to Banjin for winning the September Writing Raffle with his exciting and mysterious The Guardsmen! Be sure to check it out along with our Character of the Month, Renka Glittersnap! Renka is a very cool goblin with a great piece of art on her character bio that's just amazing.
WINNER: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24760-wr-september-the-guardsmen/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24765-wr-september-nobility-for-dummies-a-crash-course-in-manners/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24758-wr-september-the-elder/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24752-wr-september-the-unanticipated-adventure/
https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24749-wr-september-rescuers/

 

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MONTHLY ROUNDUP - Oct. 2020

MONTHLY WRITING RAFFLE

Once a month we host a small writing raffle, just to keep the creative juices flowing! One lucky person each month who submitted a story will be randomly selected to win 5000 gold ingame and be featured here on the front page! To participate, read the prompt below, head over to the Nether Legends part of the forum and start a new topic with ((WR-Month)) before your title and get writing! Please make sure to include at the bottom of your entry the full name (including server!) of the character you would like to have the gold sent to, as well as which faction they belong to. Entries must follow the prompt in some way, be longer than five sentences and follow all the usual rules of the forums.

 

PROMPT FOR OCTOBER 2020: This month, things got a little wonky with the pre-patch for Shadowlands coming out. The original prompt was written with the assumption that the pre-patch content would be sooner, so people would have time to play through it and then react. Since it didn't come out when we thought, we're adding a second prompt for this month, and the prompts will continue into next month, but you will only be eligible for the prize this month if you respond this month!

Original prompt: Write a story showing your character's reaction to the news or directly to the events that happen in the pre-patch! (In the interest of people avoiding spoilers, I will not be listing what those events are)

New Prompt: For this spoooky month, write a nightmare your character has! Is it a reflection of a memory? Forget their pants on the first day of school? A deep seeded fear? 

Head over here to get started: https://wow-tng.org/forums/forum/7-nether-legends/

 

WINNER! SEPT. 2020: The Guardsman by Chestius!

Chestius won this month's raffle with an exciting tale of mystery, intrigue and action as a number of slavers meet an untimely end upon a vessel docked in the Stormwind harbor!

A few excerpts I enjoyed:

""Well what was it?! Captain, this dastard's not making any sense! I say we throw um into the stockades and properly interro--" the Lieutenant began before he found himself grappled and thrown into the bulkhead, held tightly by the throat. The Captain's eyes glared into his, silence overtaking the moment before he spoke.

"Stand. Down. Lieutenant. One more outburst, and the only one getting softened up in the stockades will be you... Understand?" The Captain growled. A subtle nod was all he received as confirmation, but it was enough to release the foolish guard, who quickly fell back into ranks."

""His fear. It's unnatural. We need someone capable of detecting magic, and I'll bet fifty gold we're dealing with one type in particular.." the Captain answered. The years in service granted him no glorious exploits, or powers to behold, however it did grant knowledge of what magic was often used for. Each element had their signs. The elements were the most obvious, however some were more subtle... And atop the list of magics he disliked dealing with sat Shadow. Fear, doubt, confusion, it all fit. The man had been cursed with panic, but not killed outright..."

"Fel magic... That one was second on the list of awful magic to deal with.. the guard Captain's strength was sapped, and he was unable to even raise a hand against the revealed crook before him. All he could do was shoot an aged glare. The remaining guards hesitated, however released their weapons and backed away. The room was cleared for now... Aside from the cowering brewer, hostage guard Captain, and the Tracker, who by this time was also down to a knee."

Check out The Guardsmen here: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24760-wr-september-the-guardsmen/

 

CHARACTER OF THE MONTH

Once a month, a character is randomly selected from the Character Bios section of the forums, and featured here. Characters that have not been updated in a very long time will not be included, so be sure to edit and update your characters every once in awhile!

SEPT. 2020: RENKA GLITTERSNAP

Some fun bits about Renka:

"Age: 26
Race: Goblin
Gender: Female"

"Place of residence: Travels a lot for business, recently acquired a beachfront property in Gadgetzan.
Place of Birth: Booty Bay
Known Relatives: Sold by bio-parents to her "Auntie" around age 5. Parents identities unknown."

"
Likes: Travelling, gold, bling, acquiring assets, making new business partners
Dislikes: Losing, Manual labour, indecisiveness, fake jewellery/furs/luxuries
Favourite Foods: Rare steak (any), never turns down a good barbecue
Favourite Drinks:  Darkmoon Special Reserve, Steamwheedle Fizzy Spirits, Anything Elven"

Check out more about Renka here: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23940-renka-glittersnap/

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MONTHLY ROUNDUP - Nov. 2020

MONTHLY WRITING RAFFLE

Once a month we host a small writing raffle, just to keep the creative juices flowing! One lucky person each month who submitted a story will be randomly selected to win 5000 gold ingame and be featured here on the front page! To participate, read the prompt below, head over to the Nether Legends part of the forum and start a new topic with ((WR-Month)) before your title and get writing! Please make sure to include at the bottom of your entry the full name (including server!) of the character you would like to have the gold sent to, as well as which faction they belong to. Entries must follow the prompt in some way, be longer than five sentences and follow all the usual rules of the forums.

 

PROMPT FOR OCTOBER 2020: Due to the prepatch events coming out halfway through the month, we are offering TWO possible prompts to respond to. Even if you submit two stories however, you will only be eligible once.

First prompt: Write a story showing your character's reaction to the news or directly to the events that happen in the pre-patch! (In the interest of people avoiding spoilers, I will not be listing what those events are)

Second Prompt: Often this time of year means family events. Write a story from the perspective of one of your character's relatives!

Head over here to get started: https://wow-tng.org/forums/forum/7-nether-legends/

 

WINNER! Oct. 2020: When The Lights Go Out by Draquesha!

Draq won this month's writing raffle with a piece that really made me feel like I was in a nightmare, with it's uncanny anxiety--mixing the familiar and the strange. It really sucks you in on what should be a simple, ordinary day and fills you with dread and sadness. 

A few excerpts I enjoyed:

" The shadows grow longer, the city lights slowly (dimly) coming to life. Soleil feels her breath grow shorter as she waited… and waited… and waited a little bit more. Eventually, none are left but Soleil, the moon, and the many stars watching over her in the darkened courtyard (as they always had since she was young). Soleil’s glowing green eyes nervously scan the empty courtyard, her armor providing most of the little light visible. She holds her hands together, trying to pretend she was still confident as she steeples her fingers, but it’s clear that her hands are shaking. Whatever confidence she hoped to show was easily seen as the ruse it was."

"After what felt like an eternity of shuffling along the road, Soleil finds a branching in the road. Left to Mrs. Starstrider’s, right to her father’s home. She doesn’t hesitate and quickly turns to the right with a sudden burst of energy. Relief. Home, warmth, light. Safety."

"As she rounds the corner, she feels her stomach drop like she was falling out of the air, like it was about to spill out onto the ground in front of her. Cold and imposing, she walked towards her family’s darkened home. She takes a few shaky breaths. She taps her fingers her fingers against her temples. She taps against her cheeks. She taps against her shoulders. Calm. She was calm."

"Plated fingers turn over the dirt, uprooting flowers and herbs, until finally she finds the key in question. Good, not everything had changed. It was merely an oversight! They’d forgotten to tell her that they were getting new keys. The key fits into the lock, of course, granting her access. Everything seems normal. Everything seems fine. Everything is… no, everything is not fine. Everything is not normal."

Check out When The Lights Go Out here: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/24802-wr-october-when-the-lights-go-out/

 

CHARACTER OF THE MONTH

Once a month, a character is randomly selected from the Character Bios section of the forums, and featured here. Characters that have not been updated in a very long time will not be included, so be sure to edit and update your characters every once in awhile!

Oct. 2020: SOREL CRESCENTSONG

Some fun bits about Sorel:

"Race: Night Elf
Gender: Male
Hair: Dark Blue
Skin color: Light blue"

"Positive Personality Traits: Determined, always honest.
Negative Personality Traits: Reckless, racist,  emotionally stunted
Hobbies: Studying new fighting styles, practicing rune calligraphy
Weapon of Choice: Pandaren-forged pair of two-handed katanas he dual wields."

"When the final Legion invasion began, Sorel joined an order of Lordaeronian survivors with his long-time human friend, Margoz Anterius. Their eviction galvanized him to reject all forms of extremist thinking, and form a new order that would protect the Alliance, take in all its races, and weed out the extremist elements: The Night Vanguard."

Check out more about Sorel here: https://wow-tng.org/forums/topic/23815-sorel-crescentsong-a/

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