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Elftown Creature Marathon



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Greetings, and welcome to the main wiki of Elftown's first official contest marathon!
This is a series of competitions that aims to create the best possible informative wiki-pages on creature_list about different creatures.
These are the general rules for the image and text-producing contests, but the some contests might have special rules.


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Current Session Open:

Nothing right now! Stay tuned!



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The Image Rules:


1. NO STEALING ART!
The image must be yours to give to Elftown. It means that either you draw it or everyone that has made any part of the image agrees to submit it to the competition. Remember that there are 10,000 art-lovers here and we will always find out if you have edited someone else's image, instead of creating your own. Then we will be very, very angry.

Copied art is NOT permissible in Elftown's Official Contests. Please see: Copying vs Fanart & Referencing.

2. QUALITY-ISSUES
The goal of the competition is to get the best possible quality presentation of the creature in question. You're very welcome to try to enter, but if you're hoping that a funny, unique or personal image will give you the victory, then you are in the wrong competition. Here we just want the best and most typical image. (But the writers will be happy to link to your puking dragon kids-page if it's good!)

Drawings can be either new or previously made, but they have to fit the creature exactly. But, if you have a drawing that doesn't exactly fit (like a female orc, when the contest is about "orc"), it might still be greatly appreciated and needed as an illustration for the text.

Any entry that does not follow the above will be removed.

The title of the art is generally expected to be quite "boring" (Like "Dragon" or "Dragon on a cliff"). Again: If you want to draw something like a dragon dreaming about kissing a knight, then these competitions are the wrong place.


3. EACH MEMBER MAY SUBMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER CREATURE PER ART OR PHOTO CATEGORY.
Exceptions might be offered if there is a valid reason for it. But if you do submit more than one image, you will greatly lower your chance of winning, as the votes for your style will be spread out on two entries.


4. ALL IMAGES MUST BE UPLOADED TO ELFTOWN!
To upload your image full-size you can use the feature 'Upload a folder of images' that is shown on your house.
This feature allows you to upload one, multiple images or zip-files in their original size to a wikipage.
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Once you click this link you can follow the instructions. See also uploading images.


5. SUBJECT MATTER:
Since the winners will be featured on wikis, images that depict graphic violence, pornography or other disturbing actions will not be accepted. Only images that fit the theme will be allowed.

All mediums are be accepted, but no kids dressed as dragons or annoying GIF-animations! Make it a serious and informative image!

6. Permission
You don't lose the right to your art, but by submitting it in these competitions, you allow Elftown to use the art in its wikis.


PLEASE NOTE ABOUT PHOTO ENTRIES:
Upload a great looking photograph of the typical creature being featured or a realistically looking photo-manipulation or a dressed up human in case you can't find the real creature being featured.

In regards to 'stock photos':

The stock image has to be that of an Elftown member and for a photo entry, there has to be a substantial amount added/done with it to enter it. - The Council.

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Good writers needed! Please review:

The Writing Rules

Interested? Please contact: [nehirwen], [Alexi Ice] or [Chimes].</center>

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The Writing Rules:


This competition is open for: individuals and group work (collaborations).

Goal of the competition: To create a set of wiki-pages for the contest creature being featured, as informative, good and creative as possible, by any means that are not illegal.

Competition winner: The one that has contributed the most.


1. NO STEALING WRITINGS!
Any submitted work MUST be written by you or be texts that are free to use and rewrite. Wikipedia-texts for example are such texts. Do give credit to the original writer though! Don't pretend that you wrote the text if you didn't! Use links if it's better than copying the text. Linking to other submitters' work is encouraged.
If anyone is found to be stealing someone else's work, they will be disqualified from this and all future official writing contests.

2. QUALITY ISSUES:
The end result should be written in perfect English. If you have difficulty with correct spelling, grammar, and other usage of English, make sure that some proof readers edit your written piece correctly for you. (If you can't find any, try Editing Assistance - Elftown.)

3. ABOUT YOUR WORK:
To get started, you can write your own description from scratch. For the finishing touch, we additionally want to see images and links added. Include the texts others have written, too, if possible.

4. SUBJECT MATTER:
The description must be about the creature being featured.
No pornography or excessive violence please. Use your common sense as to what would be acceptable and what would not be; but the judges (the Competition Crew & Council) will make the final decision. 

5. LENGTH:
The description consists of two parts:
- An introduction/summary: It must be no less than 50 words and no more than 300.
- An in-depth description: Here you can add the links of other web-pages, images, sub-wiki-pages, related info, and of course, a more in-depth description of the creature. It should be as short as possible, but still contain as much information as possible, and it must be divided in a constructive way.

6. AMOUNT:
The amount of work submitted by an individual is not set in stone. You may submit an intro paragraph, a part of the description, or even an aspect of the creature will do. We do not expect you to come up with an entire info page with sub-pages, but if you do that would be awesome!

As for group partners, a little more work than that of an individual is expected. A fair distribution of the workload with each member is the best way to get it done properly.

7. SHORT STORIES:
If you're submitting a short story, the story must be no less than 500 words and no more than 5000 words.

Judging:

If there is group work submitted, the group will vote on who did the most work within their group.
The Contest Crew and Council will vote on who did the most work in the final result.


Writing participants in this marathon will receive a bookworm badge, and winners will receive a coloured version of the same (or a green/coloured Masters of Building, if they are committed writing donors).

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How the competitions are run:


We will try to start up 1-3 competitions per month and they will run in parallel. We'll start up slow though.

The procedure is as follows:

1) An entrywiki will be opened, that focuses on a specific creature, for example, ECM pegasus.

2) The image-competition starts to accept submissions on, for example, ECM pegasus image.

3) The writers and anyone else that want to help start working on descriptions of the creature, generally collect information, links, and argue about how the final page should look like. They might use images from the image-contest, but the main image can't be finally decided until that competition is finished. They will put the page that later on will be put on pegasus on ECM pegasus text, but all the subpages like, for example, pegasus scifi can have the final name right from the start.

4) A contest will be open for entries until the deadline is reached (about 1-3 months) or the writers feel that their work is done for now. The deadlines might be extended, if needed to get a good winner.

Graphic participants to this marathon will receive a squirrel badge, and winners will receive a coloured version of the same (or a green/coloured Masters of Building if they are committed art donors) and they will be credited on the final version of the wiki-page. In rare cases, multiple winners might be selected.

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Instructions for non-crew helpers:


The marathon invites non-crew members to help maintaining the entry wikis and lead the writing-work. What we really want are people who say that they have prepared the wiki-pages and that the competitions are ready to start... But we also need people that have proven that they know how the competitions work and generally can help out. No "What can I do?"-people, please!

If you are helping in some way, write a comment on this page! (Like: "I created ECM foo monster, is it OK?" or "I think the rules suck, so I've written better rules")

Dedicated helpers will become Masters of Building
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Entrywikis: Elftown Creature Marathon Contest List


ECM Photo Sessions:


ECM Troll photo
ECM Fantasy warrior photo
ECM Fantasy dwarf photo
ECM Orc photo

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The Elftown Creature Marathon Creature Pages
are always open for improvement!

For submissions of art, photos, poetry, and text that may be useful to improve the ECM pages of creatures already featured, go to:

ECM Closed Sessions' Submissions.



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2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Well, D&D is a venerable game system, but basically none of it is based on fact or real cultural legends and myth. Its a little like taking World of Warcraft as the basis for information about World War Two.

2007-10-28 [SilverFire]: You mean people didn't ride gryphons to bomb behind enemy lines in WWII?? Drat. I've been deceived. ._.

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: well, heres the thing as I see it. This is suppose to be, from what I have been reading, about "real" dragons, mages, elves, fairies, etc, etc, etc. I wonder how many folk realize just how little of what is out there in fantasy art has any relation to the "real" thing. Vampires for instance. Not real at all except for the vampire bat. Not even legendary. Probably the nearest thing to a vampire are the fox women of oriental legend. And they do not drink blood. The whole concept of immortality through blood is one, a pure invention by a writer, two, expounded and developed upon by other writers, and three... based on a christian theme, which is in reality, a very small percentage of the actual religions out there.

2007-10-28 [SilverFire]: Which means that 'vampire' falls under the category of 'modern myth'. But I don't see how that makes it any less a myth, or gives it a lower status than long established myths.

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Because its not myth. Its a fantasy story by a fantasy author, not from the fabric, history and tales of a culture, which is what a legend or myth is. If you accept that as the basis of myth, then Yoda is a mythic figure. Its not about status, its about traditions. And legends and myths have established traditions for generation upon generations. Accept vampires if you wish, but in doing so what you are really doing is saying that a few authors fantasy, which they themselves say is fantasy, are the truth of your past. Legends and Myth are not fantasy, they are taken, and told, and taught, as the reality of a culture. Tales to keep them alive, or to teach moral lessons, or to learn important truths about surviving in a given society. It just really depends on what these references are to be. Are they about the truth of legendary and mythic creatures, or are they just references to fantasy literature and art? Or some where in between? There is a huge amount of material out there about vampires, and its all "fanfic" or direct fantasy stories by fantasy authors who make it quite clear they are authors, not legendary historians. Shrug.

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Actually I only spoke up using vampires as an easy example. The exact same thing applies to modern books on fairie, or dragons, or elves, or what have you. What I really was after was to start a discussion on just what this reference was going to be about. :)

2007-10-28 [nehirwen]: I wasn't thinking at all about D&D when I made the ECM Nymph... I just thought they're the spirits of nature etc, according to the Greek mythology. I would love to see [Skydancer] to dig up some information out of his books and references to share with us :) I will go to the library as well ^^ *loves to see there are more people around interested in Nymphs*

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: I will do that, I was just researching oriental foxes and norse elves. Which actually are pretty much what people think of as fairies today. Little people under the hills, live in underground halls, under trees, etc, the elves that is.

2007-10-28 [nehirwen]: I appreciate that ^^ I'm really curious in what you will come up with :)

2007-10-28 [SilverFire]: So to be a myth, it has to have been aroud for X amount of time? And Who decides who old it has to be before it suddenly counts as a myth? The reason most myths didn't start as stories written down was because when they were made, there was no writing. So they became part of an oral tradition instead. If there had been writing, they would have been part of a literary tradition - as happened with older myths as soon as writing was developed. The vampiric myth has evolved in much the same way as ancient myths. Stories get retold, retold and retold, and as that happens, they evolve. That's why there are so many versions of some of the ancient myths. Just because a story doesn't come from the period that one traditionally expects of myth, doesn't mean it isn't myth. Myth is not history, it is fantasy. And you seem to be suggesting that all people like Bram Stoker wanted to do was tell a pretty fantasy story, as if there's no moral aspect to his work.

Every myth has a beginning. There was a point for every myth where it wasn't part of a culture, or a history, it became so because people repeated it. If people talked of Yoda in the same way they talked of vampires, they yes, actually, I would happily accept Yoda as a mythic figure. As is, they don't. But they do talk about vampires in the same way they talk about Gorgons and chimeras. It has become myth, just like the plight of Achilles became myth.

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Like I have said, if you choose to incorporate the vampire concept into your life that up to you. But I do not believe you have the right to simply rewrite the flow of human history for everyone else. Do you? I know I don't. Historical truth is the basis for all humankind. Not a fantasy book. Not for me.

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Tell you what, thinking about it. Lets examine another group that revolve around a fanasy book, perhaps one that is not such a trigger for you. How about GOR? There are quite a few people out there that have adopted it into their lives, live a "gorean" lifestyle and do a great deal on the web, in rp and have written up quite lot of material to support their concept. Is that a valid myth then? Now remember, GOR is another planet, a "counter earth" on the opposite side of the sun. So all this totally ignores our probes, our mapping of the solar system, etc. Yet they are quite convinced that its perfectly ok to follow a code that enslaves, dominates, binds and exalts strength over any other virtue. GOR is one hundred percent fiction. Thousands of people however follow that artificial lifestyle. Which by the way in its extreme form supports kidnapping, rape, training by force to personal service, etc. At what point do we as a community or even as individual souls, support the harming of other beings? Including people? To make a fictional character part of the basis of your life, or worse, to attempt to force it onto others as a reality is not, in my mind, a good thing. Shrugs. Just my opinion of course. But I am a fantasy artist, I don't live in my paintings, they are just an interpretation of things I see around me in my own chosen way of expression. At no point would I ever expect anyone to believe any of it is real. In fact, I would be a bit horrified if they did.

2007-10-28 [Sunrose]: This marathon is supposed to be about creatures, to make the best informational page about them as can be found online. Whether they are truth, legend, myth, fabrications, etc: all approaches should be given attention.

I think we're losing sight of this intention when we start to combat each other what is truth and what is not: Even historical truth can be debated and no one here can force another to take on a belief/opinion/etc.
So let's not get lost in that issue and respect everyone for whatever they do or do not believe in :)

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Sounds good to me, as the entire reason I brought things up was the further definition of the purpose of these references as stated :)

2007-10-28 [Sunrose]: As for the question whether or not to place nymphs among the fea, wikipedia separates them. If I do a Google search for images they get very distinctive results.
So I think it's OK for us to separate them as well :)

2007-10-28 [SilverFire]: I don't believe I said anything about re-writing the flow of human history for everyone else. And re-reading my comment, I'm not really sure where you got that impression from, and it certainly wasn't the impression I intended to give. Nor did I say that I incorporate the vampire concept into my life. Personally, I don't care about vampires, I'm just interested in what counts as myth or not, and why. So no, vampires aren't a particular "trigger" for me, and I don't really know where you got the idea that they were from. My previous comments stand for whatever example you give.

Old mythos incorporates into it's beliefs a geocentric model of the universe and many other "facts" which modern science disproves, if your point against gorean "myth" is that it goes against modern scientific evidence, then that is a point against all myth. Leaning on extremism is also an invalid form of argument. Everything in it's extreme will allow concepts that "normal" people find horrifying. As for making fictional characters part of your life - this is exactly how myth started out. At some point people actually believed the stories of Achilles.

But this discussion has gone off-topic and is just cluttering the page now. If you really want to continue this discussion, we should take it off this page. :)

2007-10-28 [Skydancer]: Nope, I got the clarification I wanted, thanks :) I think I will suggest though that sources be quoted and a bit of good information on just where the offered material comes from would be a great idea. For the sake of accuracy.

2007-10-28 [Sunrose]: Aye, so far I think sources have been quoted (as in linking to the original articles). Artsie probably knows more about this though :)

2007-10-29 [Sunrose]: So what do we need to discuss then? :P

2007-10-29 [Sunrose]: Hmm, I don't want to tread on your enthusiasm, but I don't agree with this idea.
The goal is to collect information, not to discuss the information. And we want/need people to collect it, not to discuss, fight or only talk about it: work needs to be done.
The marathon shouldn't be made complicated. If there is a question about a creature, it would be better asked at the creature page.
If there is something that needs to be discussed, it would only be the procedure and similar issues. For this we already have the crew-page...

2007-10-29 [Sunrose]: If you think discussions will get more people to create the work,  then you should pursue that :)
I'd just like to keep the rest of the pages more on topic, that's the main issue for me.. :)

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