[Event] 🔥Wisps and Whispers

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🔥Wisps and Whispers🔥

October-November 2023


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On Skire exists a land often referred to as the Everdark Desert; where the sands are black and glitter like stars both upon the ground one walks, and floating peacefully above like an artificial night sky. 

At a certain time of year, the vast night-like clouds that encompass the desert begin to spread across a great majority of the Skire continent. No violent storm, no winds and rains, no thunder or lightning to follow the haze. It is but a gentle advance; the explanation for which is unknown. All Skire’s inhabitants can do is let themselves be tucked in for a long, long night.

It is not uncommon to view this phenomena as a remnant of a Creator’s wish or the work of some looming titan spirit casting its shadow. Whether it’s believed to be protecting the land or attempting far more sinister things is debatable. However, one strange occurrence is always foreseen and prepped for: The mysterious, wisp-like entities that appear to others only during this time…

Many call this occurrence the Long Night, and preparation for it is something everyone tends to do differently! One thing that is always the same: Costumes, Candles, and Creativity!

As the sky fades into its ominous glittering black, lighting becomes a necessary decoration, but it serves multiple purposes The lights are created and known by all denizens of Skire, offering guidance, communication, and illumination for Skireans and the little fire-like entities alike. Many Skireans use the differently colored flames of candles to indicate their intent or desires quickly through the darkness. The ghostly figures and wisps that show up are often devoid of color so not only do the colored candles provide festivity in the night, but are also easily differentiated from the wisps themselves.

Lantern Color Meanings

Blue - Come get food
Green - Come find Shelter/Safety
Orange - Mischief and fun is abound (Party or some form of games)
Purple - Celebration, come on in
Pink - Private / no one home or nothing happening here
Red - Looking for help

 

Lanterns and Candles

The tradition of using candles, lanterns, and colored flames originates from the Whicks who for ages have aimed to collect and assist the wisp-like entities. They are the most frequently seen species out-and-about during the Long Night, given the high volume of wisps that present themselves while the sky is dark.

It is said by the Whicks that these wisps populate the land constantly, but only become visible to others when the sands have cast their looming shadow. These wisps, while usually taking harmless shape, are known to have remnants of tangible magic that occasionally allow them to take larger, more ghostly humanoid and beastly forms. 

Whicks claim the wisps are remnants of collected magic that either formed together, or failed to detach from an enchanted item (or person). It is also theorized they can form from failed attempts at magical spells, or by force of will by a living person. All these methods of creation have caused some to compare them to “ghosts” despite wisps never having living souls to begin with. 

Whicks say that these wisps don’t have thoughts or goals, instead wandering with a leftover emotion or function from the magic cast. Rarely, they cause harm or take tangible form, so Whicks make an effort to understand and use the wisps in new ways to safely disperse the magic once more. Usually this is done through glasswork or metalwork, using these wisps as an energy source to craft unique magical items.

The collection of wisps within lanterns originates from Whicks who use lanterns as a symbol of home or body. It is popular to see Whicks with metal, stone, glass, or wooden gargoyles decorating their abodes; often adorned with empty lanterns hanging in their mouths or limbs. They believe a lantern is a home for a soul, and they wish for no soul to be without a safe place to call home. Protection is said to be provided by the gargoyles that watch over these lanterns, and often the tools used by Whicks will reflect the symbolism. Staff-toppers for practiced magic users will often be crafted by Whicks who excel in creating flourishing details and aesthetics that resemble these gargoyles.


Prompt Story


Part 1 - Prepare for the long night

Set up decoration for the Long Night!

Your goal is to decorate! You’ll want to set up your home to be the absolute best place to party the night away! The Long Night can be scary for those who dislike the darkness, and many believe that decorating with shining lights helps to ease those fears. Some though may relish in this darkness, electing to embrace it in their décor and celebrations or avoid such festivities completely.

  • Decorations often involve candles in some way as they serve to provide quick and simple communication, but traditional string lights, pumpkins and other items with candles in them are just as common. Plenty of other goofy and scary decorations also line homes and abodes, and during this period of darkness Skireans also create plenty of games to partake in! People will often set up decorations and lights along paths in towns or cities to aid travelers, and these decorations don’t always need to be indoors or on homes.

Part 2 - Unexpected Visitors

Obtain your lantern! Craft, purchase, or discover what lantern you plan to use to help Suteo the Whick!

Suteo, a very exhausted and stressed Whick has appeared! She mentions to those around that she’s enlisting help in collecting some of the wisps that seem to be spawning in the area more than usual. She offers to help teach, create, sell, or find a lantern that matches your desires.

  • The lanterns must be clearly lanterns, but can be stylized or decorated in ways that are unique and match your character(s)!

Prompt 3 - Search and Gather

Help gather some stray wisps using a Whick’s lantern!

With a lantern now in hand, get out there and try and gather up as many wisps as you can! Sure it can be scary - but it can also be a lot of fun! Maybe you can challenge Suteo to see who can collect the most wisps…

  • Wisps are colorless and white! You’ll want to draw your lantern in some manner here as well. Collecting just needs to be shown tracking a wisp or guiding/capturing a wisp into a lantern in some manner.

Prompt 4- Relax and Celebrate

Job well done! Celebrate the Long Night after having spent so much time hunting down those wisps!

Things seem back to normal - so let’s get to the celebration already! Even Suteo seems more relaxed after everything and is willing to join you in some of the celebrations before returning to her mentor if you wanted to have her around for a bit longer. Otherwise, it's time for the REAL Long Night celebrations to unfold!

  • Celebration can be a number of things such as enjoying a feast, watching movies, playing games, partaking in antics while costumed, or just enjoying the comfortable events of the Long Night in a quiet place.
After completing all four prompts:
You have the choice of a completion prize detailed below

Never-Ending Treat


Applies the following trait to one design. 


Stinger Sourpop


Applies one of the following trait to one design. 


🎃Side Prompt - Costume Celebration🎃

Costumes were introduced into the mix of tradition when many would find wisps attracted to the life of others. It was believed costumes would help deter any wisps from gathering or “targeting” any sole individual and following them. While not really the case, many still believe this and thus use costumes to traverse the dark in peace and pretend to be someone they aren't, setting up candles and many other decorations to help. Sometimes these are used to play pranks or scare others, as many find it an enjoyable time to pretend!
 

Draw or write about an Official Skire Character (Yours, someone else's) dressing up for the Long Night! NPCs are not available for this prompt.

  • Does your character create their own costume?
  • Do they believe in the superstition around wisps and costumes?
  • Does your character play tricks and celebrate, or prefer the more practical use of costumes?

Prompt Outlines


Prepare for the long night

Prompt 1

This prompt must be completed FIRST

There are many ways that Skireans prepare for the Long Night. For some, they decorate with lights and candles, inviting fun and celebration, while others lay low. Despite these differences, one will most certainly see lights scattered about displaying color-coded messages.

Draw or write about an Official Skire Character (Yours, someone else's, or an NPC) preparing themselves for the Long Night.

  • Does your character enjoy the decorating, or do they prefer to remain low-key? 
  • What color lights might they display, if any?
  • Does your character have experience with the Long Night, or is it new to them?

Unexpected Visitor

Prompt 2

This prompt must be completed SECOND

A frantic Whick calling herself Suteo has stumbled into town, desperately in search of aid in collecting the wisps that have appeared all around Skire. She offers lanterns of many kinds to help catch and contain them safely.

Draw or write about an Official Skire Character (Yours, someone else's, or an NPC) purchasing, crafting, or finding a lantern.

  • Does your character buy their lantern or create it?
  • What does their lantern reflect about their personality?
  • How do they interact with Suteo?


Search and Gather

Prompt 3

This prompt must be completed THIRD

Catch wisps! Suteo needs help gathering as many as possible. 

Draw or write about an Official Skire Character (Yours, someone else's, or an NPC) doing catching and gathering wisps.

  • Is your character patient and methodical, or do they prefer a more headstrong wisp-catching technique?
  • Do they make a competition or game of gathering wisps?
  • Does your character enjoy wisp gathering or do they view the wisps as a nuisance?

RElax and celebrate

Prompt 4

This prompt must be completed FOURTH

The wisps have been safely gathered and its time to enjoy the lights, décor, and festivities!

Draw or write about an Official Skire Character (Yours, someone else's, or an NPC) celebrating their success.

  • Does your character partake in dancing, eating, shopping, or something else?
  • Do they prefer to celebrate with others, or do they prefer to celebrate alone?
  • What do they do to relax?

THIS PROMPT ALLOWS YOUR CHOICE OF PRIZE! You may only choose one prize, and it may only be completed once. Whichever outcome you choose, please make sure you add this item to your prompt submission under rewards. 

Never-Ending Treat


Applies the following trait to one design. 


Stinger Sourpop


Applies one of the following trait to one design. 

If you're lucky the wisps may leave you something... unexpected...

Submission Requirements

Art Requirements
  • The image should include your Skire character, an NPC, or other Skire character that you have permission to use for your focus character.
  • You may include non-Skire characters as long as there is still an official Skire character included that follows prompt requirements.
  • ½ body minimum showing of the primary character

  • Fully colored (Shading is not required, but is allowed).
  • A legible background is required. Any of the following are examples of acceptable backgrounds. (Can be simplified or stylized, but needs to be detailed enough to be a tangible space occupied by the character.)

  • Art must be done by you. You may not commission others to make your entry for you, nor can you use bases or artwork done by others to create your entry.
  • Collaboration pieces will not earn either person an entry but can still be done for fun.
  • AI Generated images are not permitted for any event entries.
  • Photography used as backgrounds are not allowed, even if it is your photo.
  • Photography is allowed if you are submitting a craft entry, such as sculpted or paper CCCats interacting with the world around them.
  • Entries can be digital or traditional.
  • NAUTIPODS have a separate art rule: If you are using the pod form, it MUST be drawn full body and shaded! It does not have to be painted, but it must have shaded tones. The full humanoid form follows the regular requirements!
Writing Requirements
  • The writing should include your Skire character, an NPC, or other Skire character that you have permission to use for your focus character.
  • Minimum of 600 words per entry.
  • Titles and words that are not part of the main narrative do not count towards word count total.
  • You may include non-Skire characters as long as there is still an official Skire character included prominently in the story
  • You must create the story/literature yourself. You may not commission someone else to write it for you. Plagiarism will be checked.
  • AI Generated writing is not permitted for any event entries.

General rules


  • Your art or writing must be related to the theme of the prompt.
  • No NSFW or sexual material is permitted. Themes MUST be PG-13 to exist onsite. Nudity of any kind is not allowed.
  • No AI is allowed in the creation of event entries.
  • If you are drawing someone else’s character please make sure you have their permission to do so. Please check below for characters available for gift art!
  • AI Generated writing is not permitted for any event entries.
  • Prizes from this event are subject to normal Skire group rules.
  • Make sure you have a Skire.Club account, as one is needed if you end up winning a prize!
  • Do not guilt trip or harass members for entering or winning a prize. Doing so may ban you from entering future events.
  • Do not enter the event if you are blacklisted or greylisted. (We have informed you if you are).
  • Please respond to the Google Form in the submission section with your entry to be counted! If you do not, your entry may be missed and not counted for the event.
  • Submissions must be provided in a viewable form, meaning admin must be able to access them properly.

NPCs and volunteers


Please check if the character is AVAILABLE or ASK FIRST. Please always make sure to ask if it is not clear!

Event NPCS

These NPCs are specifically available for this event, or debuted in this event.

Suteo


Skipper



Prizes

All prizes will be rolled in order listed below, and from higher to lower rarity.


PREMADE

Click each prize to see its masterlist image!

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Custom by Sweet-n-treat

Click the prize to view Sweet's design examples!
This design will come with 1 Myth, 2 Rare, 2 Uncommons

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MYO Slots


  • 1 Myth Event MYO (1 Myth, 1 Rare, 2 Uncommon)
  • 5 Standard Event MYOs (1 Rare, 3 Uncommon)
If the Free-For-All Pool reaches 30 entries, we will increase the prizes to 6 FFA MYO slots. If it reaches 50, another Myth MYO will be added

  • 1 Myth Event MYO (1 Myth, 1 Rare, 2 Uncommon)
  • 3 Standard Event MYOs (1 Rare, 3 Uncommon)
If the Non-Owner Pool reaches 10 entries, we will increase the prizes to 4 N/O MYO slots. If it reaches 20, another Myth MYO will be added.

Following the original pool goals, every additional 30 entries will add another MYO slot to its corresponding pool.

Trait Tickets

Enter for a Trait Ticket that can be applied to any official Skire design in your possession. This pool will begin with 3 Uncommon 2 Rare and 1 Myth trait tickets. For each 30 Entries, another x1 of each type will be added to the pool

Uncommon Trait Ticket


Rare Trait Ticket

Myth Trait Ticket



Raffle Tickets

For completing each entry, you will receive tickets to the mainstay raffle prizes, AND a Wisp Lantern, which will grant a randomized number of wisps to be used in the Wisp Collection Raffles.

Wisp Lanterns


Lanterns drop 1-7 wisps at equal drop rates, 10 if you're lucky! These wisps can be used for entries into the different pools detailed below. To use a lantern, open it in your inventory! Your Inventory will then be granted a number of wisps.
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Trait items

For completing the first prompt, you will be granted a Lumpy Pumpkin!

Lumpy Pumpkin



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For completing all four prompts in order, you will receive ONE of the two options of your choice depending on that choice.

Never-Ending Treat


Applies the following trait to one design.


Stinger Sourpop


Applies one of the following trait to one design.

You will also receive a completion badge!


Submissions


You can submit to the google form at most three times for filling out each of the separate prompts. 

  • Prompt 1 - Prepare for the Long Night - Submittable once for 1 entry to your chosen pool (+1 entry for Non-Owners)
  • Prompt 2 - Unexpected Visitors - Submittable once for 1 entry to your chosen pool (+1 entry for Non-Owners)
  • Prompt 3 - Search and Gather - Submittable once for 1 entry to your chosen pool (+1 entry for Non-Owners)
  • Prompt 4 - Relax and Celebrate - Submittable once for 1 entry into your chosen pool (+1 entry for Non-Owners)
    • Prize 1 - Never-Ending Treat (Grants Pattern Shifting Eye (1-5) to any species)
    • Prize 2 - Stinger Sourpop (Grants the Arthropod Host Trait for CCCats/Crooks, Arthropod Influence for Gravents, and Arthropod Shell/Tentacles for Nautipods)
    • This prompt cannot be submitted more than once!
    • Once completed, you will gain a completion badge, and if you’re lucky... You'll find yourself feeling a little ghostly…
  • Bonus Prompt - Costume Contest - Submittable for 1 Wisp Lantern Weekly

Please note that this event will be the first one submittable directly onsite! Please use the following form to assure your submission is able to be processed quickly!

  • Prompt Number: (1/2/3/4)
  • Ownership Status: (Non Owner/Owner)
  • Prize Pool Choice: (Premade/MYOs/Trait Tickets)
  • Prompt Prize: (List your choice of prize for your final prompt)

[[PROMPT SUBMISSION GUIDE]]


FAQ

FAQ

Q: Can we ask for an extension on the prompt?
A: No, it is two months long and extending it could delay other prompts.

Q: If I win, can I give my prize away?
A: For fairness, if you win the prize, you may not gift the prize away. You may return your prize to the admin to re-roll the raffle.

Q: Can I enter to try and help someone else win?
A: No, it is not fair for multiple people to enter on behalf of one person. You will not be able to surrender your prize to a specific person.

Q: When will the event end specifically?
A: This prompt's end date is displayed on the prompt itself! Please refer to this section and the website's clock for this time!

Q: When will prizes be raffled off?
A: Anywhere from the next day to a few days after the event ends. Rolls are automatic onsite but we will still be announcing them in the Discord!

Q: My entry was denied because it didn’t meet the requirements. Can I fix it and resubmit to try and enter?
A: Yes, as long as this is done so before the event ends. We will not count anything submitted after the event has ended.

Q: Are admin allowed to enter the event and win prizes?
A: Yes, admins are allowed to enter events! However if an admin is rolled for winning a prize, they don’t occupy a member’s chance to win! Another roll will be done so that a member can still win a prize.

Q: I became a non-owner/owner over the course of the event! Can I change my entries? 
A: Yes, please contact a mod! If you become an owner over the event, we ask that you inform us that you are no longer a non-owner out of fairness! If you become a non-owner, please inform us as well as we may grant non-owner tickets. If we notice this system is being used to fodder non-owner MYO slots, we will no longer grant ticket changes from owner to non-owner for the event period, but you may be eligible again if you are still a non-owner during the next event.





Running consequtively, we have a Wisp Collection Event! Wisps can be gathered in many ways, and each one will grant you a raffle ticket entry into one of the following pools! Click on the buttons below for more information, and the Wisp gathering overview button for all prizes and information!

What are wisps and lanterns?

Wisp Lanterns


Lanterns drop 1-7 wisps at equal drop rates, 10 if you're lucky! These wisps can be used for entries into the different pools detailed below. To use a lantern, open it in your inventory! Your Inventory will then be granted a number of wisps. 
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Wisps


To use the wisps, open them in your inventory and select which raffle you would like to enter. You may open them one at a time to enter multiple different raffles! It will automatically grant you a ticket. To view your entry, check the item itself!


The costume prompt can be entered once weekly for the entire event duration in order to earn extra raffle tickets!

Costume Prompt

Credits

Thank you for your hard work and contributions!

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MayhemInTheDark Avatar

nvm

2023-11-03 02:13:54 (Edited 2023-11-03 02:14:41)

Frog Avatar
Frog Staff Member

c

2023-10-09 19:13:58 (Edited 2023-10-10 16:51:41)

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