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EVENT The Halloween Haunted House Decoration Contest - Oct 11th to Nov 1st, 2021

Secretman

Journeyman
Staff Member


Get into the Halloween spirit with this autumn's House Decoration Contest! Design the most Haunted looking house to win special prizes! If you would like to enter, please read the information below:

Summary:
  • Submissions due by Monday Nov 1st.
  • Winners will be announced by Friday Nov 5th.
  • Players may only submit one (1) House or Inn room design!
  • Judging will be done by the Curator of the Royal Cambrian Museum. The Royal Architect of Prevalia is unavailable after being struck by a mysterious illness whilst digging around in the great Library of Prevalia - some say he looks very pale as of late.
  • Any complaints of the outcome of the contest will have to be addressed personally to the King of Prevalia and shall most likely result in a public flogging!

Entering the Contest:
  • Post your character name
  • Screenshot(s) of the house / inn room!
  • Coordinates of the house / inn room!
  • No altered screenshots (from other shards, old houses, etc)
Prizes:
  • Portrait of the Shadowlords for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position to the winning Houses or Inn rooms!
  • As is tradition, a toy small house model shall be given to the overall winner of the contest!
  • A small token of terror for every entry into the contest!
  • The Curator of the Royal Cambrian Museum reserve the right to exclude entries that are deemed too terrible or too low effort to even be considered, and may even go as far as sending the Kings' Guards to arrest the scoundrel who dares to shame the contest by submitting such an entry!
 

Campa

Neophyte
The ruined house in the woods
(location: 4047, 792)
Character Name: Shade.

Background Story:

On an evening like so many others, in a forest not far from you, dearest Reader... a man is enjoying his evening stroll...

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After hours of wandering... darkness creeps into the deep woods... much sooner than our friend anticipated....

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Suddenly... in a little clearing... the man spots a little girl, standing quietly... staring... why could such a young child possibly be out here alone?

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After a few seconds, the girl suddenly turns and runs away from the man... he can hear her laughter through the darkness...

At last he catches up with her and finds her standing in front of an old, ruined and forsaken house. Worried, he approaches her.

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But yet again she laughs, turns around, opens the creaking door to the decrepit house and runs inside!

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The man follows her only to find himself engulfed in thick darkness... he can barely see anything but as he takes his first steps into the house....

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The horror! A mutilated corpse lies in front of him on the floor, its head and arms missing. The floor is soaked in blood!

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Then the smell hits him... something foul... something evil took place here!

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A sudden noise startles the man. He can see something move in the corner of his eyes! Was it the little girl?

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He has to help her. Why oh why did she run into this house, she must be so scared!

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Suddenly a shape forms beside him! An apparition... a ghost? He screams... but the ghost does not move... only his "lips" seem to move... it makes no sound.

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The girl! Where is the girl? He has to save her from this nightmare! As he makes his way upstairs he makes another frightening discovery.
A pentagram drawn with blood... two bloody hand prints next to it... and two, bloody arms lieing on the stairs....

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He races up the stairs, his heart is pounding... the girl... where is the girl!? As he reaches the top of the stairs he notices a menacing black figure - sitting on a throne made of flesh and bones.

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Are those skulls... human? A cauldron is placed in the middle of the upstairs room... thick red liquid bubbles inside of it...
Then, the creature speaks... and a chill runs down the man's spine as the voice cuts through the night.

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This cannot be happening - the man is panicking now. His eyes dart around the room... no sign of the girl. This is impossible!
A chest made entirely of human bones is placed near the bloody cauldron... and he could swear he saw something floating in the thick, red liquid....

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Then, the creature speaks again.... the chill in its voice paralyzes the man... he wants to run but as if struck by the hand of fear... he cannot move.
The creature stands up, it is much taller than it looked... so much taller. The last thing his mortal self hears is the muttering of an evil incantation.
Then the darkness takes him.

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He opens his eyes... he recognises this place... somehow... from somewhere... from somewhen? The world looks different to him now.
A misty grey fog is all around him, blurring his vision... he looks down his hands but sees right through them... a familiar looking man approaches him...

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THE END


I hope you enjoyed this little story - it is the first time I participated in this contest or any contest like this! :)

"Behind the scenes look" of the House and its decoration:

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Secretman

Journeyman
Staff Member
A report has been filed to the Prevalian Guard Authority about multiple cases of brutal murders in the poverty stricken South Prevalia. Each murder has happened by night, and has followed a similar pattern of gruesome mutilation with eyes, ears and the rest of the face missing, not to mention that the entire victims have been cut in half in ways that defy any known ways of sorcery or medieval science. Citizens of or visitors to South Prevalia are encouraged to stay inside during nighttime, and to avoid traveling alone.


A request for assistance in this investigation has been sent to Cambria, as Zahazar the Curator of the Royal Cambrian Museum is known to possess extensive knowledge about the world of mysterious events. The aid has been delayed so far, due to the Curator being occupied with another interior decoration assignment and has spent alot of time looking for her long time friend, Buckminster of Prevalia, who vanished after falling ill.
 
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