To celebrate Games Workshop releasing a new Eldar codex, why don't we stretch our creative muscles and take up the slack for things that GW didn't put into the Dex. Namely countless (we'll count them eventually don't worry) new Eldar Aspect Warrior temples.
What better way to do this than in some sort of talent contest? I can't think of one and with the endless excitement that such shows garner on television it is clearly the best way forward. Let it not be said that Schafe is more than a couple of decades behind popular culture trends.
So here is how it'll work. There will be a variety of tasks for producing fiction around your idea of a new Eldar Aspect Warrior type. Competitors should aim to complete at least three of them as scores will be averaged across all pieces submitted. I've yet to decide if all tasks should be open at once or stagger them to keep interest going as this will take a few months, to garner all the entries I imagine. Please give your thoughts concerning that (and anything else). Anyway without further ado, the tasks all of them have no bottom limit for words but lets say 2000(ish) for the other pieces which aren't the showcase. To keep the reading and writing to manageable levels for producing work and judging it.
A piece detailing what the Imperials call the aspect warriors, think of them and what not. Either an in universe piece of tactical data, or a story that some how gets details across (featuring a briefing maybe? I don't know do what you want).
2)Aspect of Khaine
All Warrior temples derive their imagery and style from an aspect of warfare or of Khaine the god of war's rich storied past (remember that time Khaine decided to retire from war and become a dentist only to be dragged back into the killing?). This piece should detail that. Maybe it is just the piece of Eldar Mythology they draw upon or some piece about taking instruction in the temple or maybe you can think of a better idea. Do it, it'll be fun.
3)The First Exarch.
This is called the Exarch factor mostly to riff off the X Factor brand but someone had to have founded the temple, is it just an unspecified old temple and thus has an all new Phoenix Lord at it's head? Or is it a minor temple. Either way there is a story there, and if not of the founding itself whoever did go on to found a whole new Aspect Warrior temple would generate stories after that deed.
Can your aspect warriors perform in a 850 to 1150 word short story with the theme "Destroyer"?
Can your aspect warriors perform in a 850 to 1150 word short story with the theme "Heroics"?
Can your Aspect Warriors perform in a 850 and 1150 word short story with the theme "Sacrifice"?
Big finish, double points for this one. Between 3500-7000 words (give or take we won't be too strict). Do a short story featuring these folks heavily to showcase them and what they can do in fiction if given the chance.
How judging works:
Pieces 1, 2, 3 will be judged on both execution and concept, out of ten for each. So the quality of the prose, story whatever is being judged separately from however cool and fun and exciting we find the ideas behind your new aspect warriors. So if the story has faults but your aspect warriors seem really good you can still salvage points.
4,5 and 6 will only be judged on execution of story (though judges are free to let the ideas put forward colour their marking) also out of 10.
7 will be marks out of 20 for both categories. Final totals will be worked out for each category as an average of points scored over tasks completed. So we may have differences in best writing and best ideas at the end. Judging won't start until I say it does. Thank you for your interest.