Gryffin Warrior of DF & RP
Welcome and congratulations to all who participated in the 2021 Elemental Championships! Welcome to the Grand Arena!
A huge round of applause to all of our entrants this year - we had some truly spectacular shows of both writing and collaboration! Fights were both dazzling and deadly, and hopefully fun as well! Thank you to everyone who participated. Now, without further ado, I am proud to present to you:
The 2021 EC Paragons! Jacklin Elizabeth Smoke
, created by Chewy905
, as the Paragon of Fire! Albus Gwenyth Servo
, created by Dragonknight315
, as the Paragon of Light! Levanna, Mother of the Thunderstruck Plains
, created by draketh99
, as the Paragon of Energy! Pietersite, the Shimmering Breeze
, created by Roseleaf320
, as the Paragon of Wind! Cassius Pallu
, created by Synthe_
, as the Paragon of Ice! Milo
, created by Sylphe
, as the Paragon of Darkness! Crail
, created by Apocalypse
, as the Paragon of Water (and the Wild Card this year)! Krehgor
, created by Necro-Knight
, as the Paragon of Earth!
All chosen paragons, PLEASE READ THE REST OF THIS POST IN ITS ENTIRETY. Anyone else, feel free to skip to the final paragraphs after the line break, with info as to where you can go from here! You are also welcome to continue fighting in your Paragon Arena, or write an exit post.
All of the same rules from the initial OOC thread apply. For anyone who used extensions, those are reset for this round so that everyone has either two 12 hour extensions, or one 24 hour extension. I will do my best to continue to give people 24 hour idle-out warnings, but this is the Finals. You are ultimately responsible for posting on time, so plan your posting schedule accordingly.
Once your character enters the Finals Arena, you start with a clean state. Writings from the Paragon Phase will be evaluated again only if a tie-breaker is absolutely necessary. Here is where you truly need to focus. Communicate and collaborate with each other, ask questions when needed, proofread your posts, and have a blast showing off your writing skills and abilities.
Finals are structured differently than the preliminary round. Everyone is given time to make their introduction post and preferably their second (often more action-oriented) post. At that point, the Director will make a Cut - selecting one of the Paragons to remove from the competition. Paragons will continue to be Cut every 4 days until only the final three are left - at which point a Champion will be crowned, and a boon granted. In the case a contestant idles out in that four day period, their removal will take the place of that Cut.
When a Paragon is Cut, they will have some sense or awareness that the grace of their Elemental Lord has been withdrawn, and the gate behind their Pillar will open. Once Cut, a competitor has three choices. They can Submit, recognize the will of the Arena and exit through their gate. They can Surrender, and allow an opponent to slay their character through a collaborative effort. Or they can retaliate with Spite, and make one single, final attack in the arena. If you choose this last option, your character will then be left to the mercy of those left in the arena, with no further outlet for collaboration. As such, to any competitor targeted by a Spite attack, please treat it with the appropriate severity.
The Arena will open at 11:59 pm EDT on Sunday, August 15th. The first Cut will be made just over 7 days later, at 11:59 am EDT on Monday, August 23rd. Note this is different than prior years that had cut timers occur at midnight server time. While the announcements for Cuts may not be made exactly at noon, any posts after the deadline will not be included in my decision. I STRONGLY recommend having at least two posts up by the time of the first Cut.
As with the Arena OOC threads, I will be editing in any questions about the Grand Arena here! Starting with:
What are the dimensions of the Grand Arena?
The Grand Arena is slightly larger than the Paragon arenas. From the geographic center, it is 80 feet (or 24.38 meters) to the boundary wall. The Pillars are all 60 feet (18.2 meters) away from the center, and placed at equidistant points forming a circle. Fire is at Cardinal North, and the order in which the Chosen are listed here is the order in which their respective elements are, moving clockwise around the arena.
How do our characters get transported to the Grand Arena?
Once a Combatant is removed from the Paragon Arena, you are free to perceive the transition from that point in whichever way best fits your narrative. You may have arena officials guide you to the foyers before the gates behind your respective pillar and use those to enter, or have your Elemental Patron transport you in some way, depositing you in front of your gate or next to their pillar. The Finale starts at noon, roughly half an hour after the Paragon fights end (to give spectators time to relocate). While not required, each combatant has the option of a partial or full heal/restore (as well as the restoration of any ammo/armor/weapons that were damaged in the Paragon phase), enacted however they wish to in the transition.
Can we interact with the Pillars?
The Pillars take the form of various Champions of their element from years past (with the exception of Energy, who is alternating between two recent final-three Paragons). They are solid, like the gemstone pedestals they are placed on, and currently stationary. They are unbreakable, appearing and acting as normal statues during the combat, with the exception that they will injure those who are not their Paragon who come into direct contact with them (fire would burn, energy might shock, etc.).
Once again, thank you to everyone for participating in the Elemental Championships! Even if you did not make it through to the Finals, stick around to watch and cheer on your favorites either here or in the Discord server! Additionally, you can move your characters to the Spectators Thread - where anyone can enter the stands and witness the Finals while in-character! As stated prior, Spectators is treated similar to the Yulgar’s Inn Roleplay, where characters do not need extensive (or any) bios, you can include as many people as you’d like in your conversation or simply just observe, and no fighting is allowed. It is entirely for fun (or for practice), and anyone can join in whether or not you participated in this year's ECs. Keep in mind: Any conversations or activities here DO NOT IMPACT those fighting in the final arena. It is for the spectators' enjoyment only.
In addition, I would love to hear feedback on how YOU, the players, felt this year's ECs were run! I strive to improve with each year I run these, and I need your thoughts on how best to do so. The feedback form may be filled out anonymously, and can be found here!
For anyone who would like to continue improving their own role-playing skills, I encourage you to check out either the Role Playing Academy or the Combat Training forums. Additionally, keep an eye on the Role Playing General Discussion for any future, member-led RP’s, or feel free to look into creating your own!
Lastly, I am happy to give feedback on individual performances in the Elemental Championships. People are welcome to PM me to ask for said feedback, but please be patient if it takes a while for me to respond as I will be slightly busy judging the Finals Phase.
I hope to see all of you return for our other annual RP competition, Where Powers Collide, in January, or to the Elemental Championships of 2022!
Best of luck to all of our Paragons!
< Message edited by Starflame13 -- 8/18/2021 11:19:33 >