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Here is the link to the drawn application
Edited 6/9/2014: Here is the link to the writing application
If unable to use Google Docs, the writing app may also be found here: fav.me/d7ll73d

Please stick all completed applications in this folder
Please stick all drawn entries in this folder
Please stick collab or cameo requests for this prompt here.




Line up and pay attention, nimrods! You are standing here because we have ever so graciously chosen to allow you to assist our Chefs for the annual Gauntlet Run. This is a nationally recognized holiday event, and it has a reputation for being nothing but sublime. You will make sure that it continues deserving its reputation!

Your Hunt & Harvest permits shall be issued now. They are valid only during the run, and only to assist your Gauntlet Chefs.

You will go immediately to your Chef, and you will listen to their instructions. You will obey those instructions as if your life and livelihood depend on it. You will be responsible for each and every ingredient your Chef asks for.

If at any time during the duration of the Gauntlet Run your Chef deems you unfit for the task, your permit will immediately be revoked and you will be barred from participating in any Citrico event for two years.

Do not screw up. Do not make your Chef regret selecting you.

Assistants to the top ranked Chefs at the end of the Gauntlet Run will be richly rewarded, both by Citrico and the Chef’s respective city.

Everyone else will receive the knowledge that they were not good enough to come in on top this year.

Now go, and good luck. Don’t mess it up.

Gourmet Gauntlet Run

A Chef or Chef team has chosen you and a few other individuals to assist them during this year’s Gourmet Gauntlet Run! What does this mean, exactly?

Well…

Per Gourmet Gauntlet Run tradition, the Chefs themselves cannot obtain ingredients. They have to select assistants to harvest ingredients for them!

When the Gauntlet Run begins, you will be dropped off at any location of your choosing within the Gauntlet zone. After this, you may travel to any island in the Citrico Archipelago using any method available to you, as long as you remain within the Gauntlet zone.

You will be on your own in the wilderness for thirty days.

Your first priority during this time will be to secure ingredients for your Chef. However you want to do it, however you can do it. Want to go it alone? That’s fine. Want to team up with other assistants working under your Chef? That’s fine, too. Just make it happen!

Your second priority will be to survive. You’re headed into a large, uncharted wilderness, filled with danger. You may encounter aggressive plants and animals, and you may have to defend yourself from them. The only help you’ll have is your own.

Now, let me explain a few rules for the new folks!

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Rule 1: Non-lethal interfering of assistants is permitted.

You are allowed to interact with assistants in any manner you decide. Theft, deceit, assault… it’s all part of the competition! But killing is not. This is not a deathmatch, so do not act as if it were.

Rule 2: Leaving the Gauntlet zone is not permitted.

When the Gauntlet Run begins, you must stay within the Gauntlet zone. Leaving it for any reason will disqualify you. Be prepared! There are no cities or towns within the Gauntlet zone! If you or another assistant need immediate medical attention, use your Auto-Flare™ device to request an evacuation.

Rule 3: Ingredients will be accepted only during the 28th, 29th, and 30th day.

What are you going to do if, on the 28th day, you find yourself on one of the far ends of the Gauntlet zone? You might spend three days or more just getting back to the starting point, and if you’re late, too bad!
Also, some ingredients spoil more quickly than others. What use is picking a rare plant during the first few days if it’s going to go rotten in a week? Use your head and figure out a good strategy for the final three days!

Rule 4: Ruining ingredients is not permitted.

This one should be a no-brainer. Whatever your plans for coming out on top are, ruining ingredients should not be any part of them. This competition is all about the ingredients, and utmost respect should be paid to them at all times.

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Hopefully this clears up any questions, and gives you a good idea of what you’ll be doing for the next thirty days on the islands!

1. Meet up with Chef, listen to instructions and obtain list of preferences
2. Gear up and pack enough supplies for the expedition
3. Secure as many listed ingredients as possible within the time limit
4. Deliver all ingredients to Chefs during the final three (3) days, to Citrico on the island of Citrico

Disqualifications:

1. Intentionally kill another assistant
2. Leave the Gauntlet zone
3. Ruining ingredients
4. Attempt to deliver ingredients before the final three (3) days


Examples of animals:

Stemm's animals
Cherran's animals
Musapeel's animals
Citrico's animals
Polaris's animals
Assorted animals

Island references:
Citrico Archipelago map
Stemm, Cherran, and Musapeel
Citrico and Polaris

There are animals outside of these; feel free to bring ingredients to the chefs outside of these animals… I'm sure they'll be delighted for the new finds! As long as the animals fit their requirements, that is.

The chefs' requirements are listed below.
Ergrez and Errgriz by glitchedpuppet


Armando and Sibyl by glitchedpuppet



Vera and Msrah by glitchedpuppet



The Gourmet Gauntlet's entries will stop being considered for affecting canon by September at which point a new prompt will be given. You can submit entries to the Gourmet Gauntlet folder at any time, regardless.

Working in collaborations is encouraged!

The library-- or this small portion of it, anyway-- is remarkably dim, the tall wooden bookshelves casting down a path of darkness between them no matter which you choose to walk amongst. What little ambient lighting exists there seems to originate in the book-sized, impeccably cut crystals that line the carved panels of the walls at regular intervals, swathing the immediate area in a low, soft blue light. One would think a library of all places would have enough light to read the books it contains, but perhaps it was simply not built with the convenience of the general audience in mind.

The entire room is a testament to order and organization, the spines of every book beautifully aligned, the labels on the shelves neatly applied-- it’s nearly frightening, as though one misstep might send the whole tidy masterpiece tumbling apart. In fact, as you approach the back of the room, a sudden anomaly emerges in the lighting, and as you draw closer it appears that precisely such a misstep has occurred.

A section of the wall has been breached, the stone bricks crumbled and strewn all about as bits and chunks and thin gray dust on the floor. Two or three of the large glowing gems lay shattered amongst the stone pieces, their inner light no longer focused into orderly rays, but dancing off their chaotic environment with flickers and flashes as you move amongst the carnage. The hole in the wall has been patched with layers of burlap that block out any light, but the soft rippling of its surface betrays the breeze outside. A pair of the imposing bookshelves lay battered, felled like trees, with their contents spilled out into piles of bent covers and torn pages.



Atop one of these piles is one of the most forlorn rock candies you've ever seen.

Her pouch is stuffed full of wrinkled pages, and a damaged book is held loosely in her limp paws. It takes a moment for her to notice you; when she does, it is with a startled squeak, and she hastily snaps her book shut as if it will do anything to hide its current state. Her intricate, iridescent tail of nested bismuth crystal shimmers in the light as she stands to greet you with bristled fur.

“Hey-- hey! I told them I had this under control-- I told them this section was closed! I don’t need any help, I told them! This is… this situation is completely... under… control…” Even as she speaks, her whole posture droops again; it takes less than a moment’s glance to see that things are very much not under control. She looks up again mournfully.

“It’s… it’s awful, isn’t it? One of the largest collections of natural history documents on the continent, and all it takes to destroy it are a few idiots trying to cut down a tree that had no business being cut down at all-- especially not with whatever asinine magic they must have used to launch it so thoroughly through our stone walls. I’m all for developing the residential blocks, you know, don’t get me wrong, but these foreigners they’ve hired… they just don’t understand how things work here yet. Look at this! If I wasn’t here to stop it, they would have taken out every shelf in here. I had everything so… neat, and orderly, and now…”

Her paws grip the battered book tightly as her cross-shaped pupils dart anxiously over the mess. Considering the situation, the disaster seems fairly well-consolidated, but such thoughts seem to be of little consolation for the tiny librarian.

“They could have ruined any wall, and they ruin mine. Why not the cookbook section, huh? Or the erotic literature? At least people are willing to write more of those. Enthusiastically, even! You ask people to neatly and thoroughly catalogue species information, and suddenly there’s all this bureaucracy-- all this paperwork, and peer review, blah blah blah. No wonder some of this is so outdated, no one’s…”

She trails off, as does her agitated expression, softening into one of contemplation. It seems she may again be lost to whatever inner thoughts held her when you first met, but just as suddenly as she fades, she shakes herself back to the moment, fixing you with an intent look.



“Would you like to neatly and thoroughly catalogue species information?”

She doesn’t wait for answer before hopping down from the pile of ruined books, shuffling hastily through the pages crammed into her pouch.

“The best way to build is from the ground up, isn’t it? I can-- we can make this collection even better. New illustrations. New writing. New organization. All I need is help-- help sorting through these bits and pieces, help going out and gathering new information… don’t worry yourself with all that mess of paperwork, I’ll take care of that once I’ve compiled this all to my liking.”

She finally assembles a messy pile of torn and wrinkled pages and presents you with them. A new fire has been set alight in her eyes-- she’s on a mission now.

“These two bookshelves were almost exclusively about the insectoid species of the world. They are many and diverse, and it would be a terrible loss to not rebuild the collection. Here are some pages-- just some scraps I’ve gathered so far. See what else you can find; go out and search beyond these walls, if you’d like! Ah, this has needed updating for so long, to tell the truth. I will be doing to final compilations, of course, but your contributions will not go uncredited! You’re helping the whole academic community, you are!”

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Contest: Design an Insectoid Species for Flora!

The Mew York City library is re-compiling their literature on insects and insectoid species in the world, and they are looking for outside help! Whether your talent lies more in diligent writing or detailed illustrations-- or anything in between-- your contributions to the body of Owel scientific and cultural knowledge are welcomed! The species can be either fully insect in nature, or heavily inspired by insects; either way, they must be distinctly bug-like in inspiration.

Some things to keep in mind are thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and creativity. Be thoughtful about how your species will fit into the world, be thorough in describing what you feel is most important, and be creative in what you come up with! Have fun with your ideas and designs; feel free to look at the existing species sheets for an idea of how to organize information, but don’t feel restricted in its format. A well-written encyclopedia entry or journal from an exciting expedition can be just as valid as a collection of illustrations in presenting information about a species!

Prompt above written by Reimenta

Ziram - Mew York Librarian, Species Section by glitchedpuppet

Entries to be submitted by April 30th!
There will be between one to three winners, to be picked within a month after submissions are closed. Every entry will be considered, and the cream of the crop will make their way into canonized species. Do your best! Oh, and probably a subscription to dA will be gifted to any winners. Maybe some other perks if I can think of some. Whatever!
Have fun!

Entries to be submitted in this folder!!!: floraverse.deviantart.com/gall…
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