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Gauntlets are awesome, very metal and pack a punch! Those who pick up the glove and enter THE GAUNTLET must be prepared to be smacked around if they want to emerge victorious.
The prompts are arranged according to brutality: they get more challenging with each previous one completed. Your arbiters are already placing bets on how far each of you will make it before you have to be scrubbed from walls and ceiling! (Not the floor – we have sawdust.)

But if the judges approve of your word-wrestling skills, ah – now we are talking.

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Because fame, glory, fancy honorifics and gloating at the corpses of the fallen is fun but doesn't impress the teller at the bank as easily as hard points and core memberships, we also have PRIZES!

    FIRST PLACE gets:

    SECOND PLACE gets:

    THIRD PLACE gets:

    SPECIAL MENTION receives:

    EVERYONE gets a Game of Thrones honorific depending on their ranking!


AS FOR THE RULES:


To prevent being fed to the dogs (and then have the dogs fed to the dragons), honour these RULES as if you were Ned Stark looking at a thing that required serious honouring:
  1. The challenges must be taken in order, so no skipping any.
  2. Follow the challenge's specifications to the letter.
  3. Link to your finished works in this journal's comments.
  4. No submissions after the deadline: September 30th.

JUDGING will proceed in a very logical way: all works done to satisfaction will be compared by our panel of desensitised warlords and pedantic nobility, awarding points based on the impact, skill and overall result, on top of a flat bonus of ten points for every finished challenge.

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THESE WILL BE YOUR CHALLENGES:


  1. ZOMBIES OF THE VICTORIAN AGE (1000 words or less.) Make clear to the reader without explicitely stating the year or place that the story is, indeed, taking place in England under Queen Victoria.
  2. ORIGINAL ORIGIN (700 words or less.) Choose one feature or phenomenon of the world around us that you will explain the origin of in a fable-like tale or legend. Include something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
  3. MINER DETAILS (1500 words or less.) Spin a tale of harrowing danger and drama occurring in a mine. Pick (haha) a four-syllable word you will use eight times, and a eight-syllable word you'll use four times over the course of your story. Also, all of your characters are dinosaurs.
  4. THE ADVENTURES OF PERSPECTIVE MAN (Triplet word counts, only: 555, 777,...) In your story, it is revealed that the protagonist was the monster all the time. Somehow incorporate each colour of the rainbow and all names in Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.
  5. A JOURNEY OF DYSCOVERY. (707 words, exactly.) In this dystopian story, your main character(s) tread beyond the borders of their home and find it is not as they were told it was. One of your characters is not human, you must at least provide three instances of slang you invented for the occasion and none of your sentences starts with a vowel.
  6. BREV UP (6 words, exactly.) Write a six-word-story about something abrupt. None of your words may be of equal length, and you must include the word 'so'.
  7. NOT TO BE (300 words or more.) From a robot's perspective, write a space horror story without using any form of the verb 'to be'.
  8. ONCE UPON AN A-B-C (12 lines, minimum.) Write a modern-day fairy tale that is progressively lipogrammatic: your first line will exclude one specific letter of the alphabet, your second line one extra, and so on.
  9. FIRST SHALT THOU TAKE OUT THE HOLY PIN... (555 words, exactly.) Write, in Elizabethan English, a Fantasy adventure in second person, simple future tense, put to rhyme. Make sure your first sentence is pangrammatic, i.o.w. uses each letter of the alphabet at least once. This story must only be two sentences long. Include three different types of cured meats and a Monty Python quote, as well.


ARE WE GOOD AND MAD YET


That's it, folks. Shields up, visors down - the Gauntlet begins...

VALAR MORGHULIS


Many thanks to neurotype, akrasiel, BeccaJS, squanpie, and obviously doughboycafe for standing over the cradle of the first Gauntlet ever,
and knowing grins and winks go to The-Monoblos, brennennn and ObsydianDreamer, who shall be your judges alonside yours truly.



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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
Yeah writer's block is tough. You got really far, considering.

But september is over now and me and my fellow judges should start crackin', so it's goodbye and see you in a few weeks for me! Thank you so much for entering and for pushing yourself as much as you did, in the true feeling of this challenge!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Floor it, ducky, because september is almost over...!
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squanpie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I gave up. I've had a funny blocked ear whistling away at me all day, and so the story of where the duck found its quack will have to wait until another year :(
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
I thought it flew against a window.

Get better soon, Squanpie's ear...!
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Oreramar Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2017   Digital Artist
Biodegradable BonesStone from the heavens shall come, the Diviners had said. Stone from the heavens shall doom us all.
How could you escape the sky?
By tunneling under the ground, someone suggested. Simple. Elegant. A few Diviners had enthusiastically supported it, speaking babble about a Journey to the Center of the Earth, where all Sauruskind could live in a peaceful paradise. A world within the world.
Go into the dark to find the light, if Frank was remembering the mantra correctly.
It was plenty dark, that was for sure. He could barely see where he was walking, stepping forward based on little more than hearing, smell, and blind faith that their leader knew where they were all going. Then he trod on something that wasn’t rock.
“AAAAAIIEEEEEE TAIL-TAIL-TAIL!”
The triceratops shuffled his foot hastily aside, and what he’d assumed was a particularly deep root whipped out from beneath it.
“Sorry,” he said into the dark.
“Watch where you
   Under the BedThere was something on the other side of her bed.
She hadn’t told Mumma. She wasn’t sure she should. Mumma always said that she shouldn’t be scared of anything, that she should always stand up tall and believe that she was scarier than the thing that scared her, and that would make it so.
She didn’t really feel like standing up on her bed, though, and she didn’t feel sleepy yet either, so she huddled under the covers instead and tried not to listen to the breathing, slow and deep and even and coming from underneath.
The trouble is, trying not to listen to or think of something just made your brain circle it harder and harder, and soon she pushed the blue coverlet off of her head and sat up a little, her eyes glancing around her room. It was difficult; she had the irrational feeling that as long as she couldn’t see anything, nothing could touch her. Still, she managed, and thinking of this as an achievement made her happy for a mo
   Beyond Sanctuary“You know, it’s not bad out here,” Harper said, turning in circles, her arms spread wide.
“Maybe,” Zara replied. She was looking back toward Sanctuary, and her face was pale in the sunlight. “Though… I’m not really sure yet.”
“Think of it.” Harper lowered her arms and counted on her fingers. “No killer storms, no monsters, it’s not a barren wasteland…”
“From what we’ve seen so far, at least.”
Harper scoffed, giddy with freedom and the distant horizon. “Don’t be a drizzler. Besides, I can think of a few more things that make out here better than in there, even with beasties.”
“Like what?”
Harper began to count on her fingers again.
“No Eyes, no regulations, no gross skimpy rations, and there’s so much light and color!”
Zara’s smile looked difficult on her face.
“You’re right, it does seem much… brighter…
   Happy Birthday Heart“SURPRISE!”

“…So, does anybody know CPR?”
   The HopewellOn.
System booting. Designation MB-34, online. Now running internal scans.
Scans complete. All systems green. MB-34, ready for duty.
Running maintenance and repair protocols. Scans complete in approximately three hours, twenty minutes, fifteen seconds and counting…

The Hopewell sped on through space, rushing toward mankind’s greatest dream.
--
A spaceship requires many things to remain in working order. A human requires many more. Fuel, propulsion systems, power, shielding against debris and radiation; lights, food, water, waste disposal, breathable air. These things don’t simply exist in the void of space - no fueling stations, no supply caches, nowhere to easily replenish oxygen and release built-up waste gasses.
The engineers answered these problems with vast storage tanks, redundant back-up generators, advanced air filtration and recycling systems, and a small army of maintenance bots designed to routinely scan every system in place for anomal
  

Red by Oreramar

Three. (Edit: And four) (Just going to keep editing and adding things to this comment as long as I have things to add.)
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
Challenges three to eight, check! Plus number nine up there in the other comment. Amazing; you did it!
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, my entries here all in order right along side the bruises and bloody bandages. Damn, ya'll. 
Seanced
Pala's Tale 
The Prize of Samarium Mine
Bernard Quee, Zambie Hunter 
The Secret of Fallar's Wood 
The Wrong Moment 
Processing 
Mad Abel 
Once Upon the Ridiculous

To all those who also finished The Gauntlet: We survived but the memories will stay with us forever. *cue Taps*
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
There's a word for that! Trauma

Congratulations on your achievement! See you after judgement Game Of Thrones Icon 
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
What doesn't kill me makes me stronger? 

Judgement :D ah yes, the test of wordsmithing. I just hope I didn't miss conditions on any of them. I nearly screwed up the Samarium Mine story . . . 
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Yes, I'm curious as to how well this motley crew handled all those restrictions, hehe. But I think fun was had by all, and that's the most important bit, right?
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Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yes ^_^ I had a blast with it, even the ones that had me chewing my fingertips to figure out how to fit the prompt. 
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017
Meow Bounce That makes me very happy
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
But I believe in you! You can't give up now...!

Congratulations on breakign through the writer's block, btw. They're the worst, aren't they?
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017   Writer
I'd been looking forwards to the last few challenges, but between various health problems I'm going to have to give up on them. :( Formally forfeiting them so I'm not tempted to try. If there's ever a next time I hope to do better!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
Oh dear, will you be alright?

This game has been well-received, so it's likely there's going to be one again, sometime. It's a bit early to say, haha - best to let the writers recover a bit, no?
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017   Writer
I'll be fine - just need to spend a few days in bed, I think. Writing is out of the question, though.

Definitely better. :xd: We all need a break every once in a while, after all.
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
You go rest up then. I'm very glad you joined the challenge and took it as far as you did, given the fact you're not well.
Take care!
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OneWithTheStars Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
9 cranked out over the course of the day because I won't have a chance to finish it after today (two international inspection agencies come to my department the rest of the week and if I don't self-destruct, I don't think I'll have the energy to write after dealing with long, long days at work under the magnifying glass and inquisitions).

The Knight's Path    Thou wilt begin a great adventure on this day, one thou shalt not delay, whence thou shalt climb from obscurity, escaping from anonymity to overcome great odds placed ere thee over forest, sand, and sea, oh, such a great tale thou wilt reveal with such unparalleled zeal, for thy heart is honest and thy soul is pure, enabling thou, anything, to endure, for through tempest and frigid storm, thou wilt ride with noble form to vanquish thine enemies that threaten thy land with thy mighty shield and valiant sword hand, ordained by the gods to succeed despite the obstacles that seek to impede thou whilst on thy journey fraught both with danger and untold glory that thou shalt meet exuberantly and thou shalt burn ever hotly with the lust for battle as thou wilt take to the field to face the armies of thine enemies and thou shalt be the shield that will guard thy kingdom from all threats of harm with thy mighty sword arm; thou shalt decorate thy blade with the blood of c
(Judges, if this is too hard to see the rhyme pattern in the prose, I can change it to verse formatting or bold the rhymed words...)

And now I shall bathe in the blood of my vanquished enemies...or my own.  I can no longer tell.  It's all such a glorious mess.  :onfire:

In all seriousness, congrats to everyone that's finished so far and those that will finish; it's been a thrill, to say the least!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017
Oh, I completely understand. Just remember that if you feel the need to make adjustments before october rolls along, that's totally acceptable, so you shouldn't worry about a thing.

I'm very pleased to hear you had a good time! The same is true for me. Thank you for participating, and see you after judging!
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OneWithTheStars Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I may tweak edit any of them in the interim.  :)
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Excellent! Go and slay it, sister...!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
I'm pleased and awed and a little fearful of what I would have to come up with NEXT time to keep the final challenge frightening enough...!
I assure you it's been a wonderful couple of weeks for me, as well, and never you worry about the judging.
Take a rest; you've earned it!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Congratulations on making it out alive! Yes, narrative is perfectly fine, never you worry about that.
Feel free to prop your feet up and catch your breath - you did swell.
See you after judging!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Number seven check! This is going swell - I wish you lots of luck with number eight!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Aaaaand he delivers! I very much look forward to read and judge your entries. Until then, thank you for participating! This challenge wouldn't have been the same without such die-hard masochists such as yourself.
Take care, and see you in october, when I have the results!
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Tobaeus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017   Writer
Thanks. You take care too!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Excellent! I'll brace myself :iconbraceyourselvesplz:
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Haha, that makes me curious. Number eight: check! My, the end is near! Brace yourselves! :iconbraceyourselvesplz:
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm still in the Game! *waves sword about*

Challenge 5:

The DictionaryTRIANGLE was diligently tidying its Entry when a disturbance erupted over the way. Cautiously popping its prefix out, it saw the Compiler attempting to stuff a Word into a brand new Entry. There was quite a struggle but the Compiler eventually got it in there, and then stomped off muttering about ‘bloody slang’.
TRIANGLE called over, once the Compiler was safely out of sight,
“Hello there!”
The new Word looked up and TRIANGLE could now see its appearance clearly: TATTPO.
TATTPO looked pretty miserable.
“What’s going on? What is this place?”
TRIANGLE looked at it bemused.
“This is the Dictionary. How could you not know that?”
“The Dictionary…?”
TATTPO stared back at TRIANGLE.
“We all thought this place was just a fairy story.”
“Well, congratulations on getting your happy ever after then!”
TRIANGLE beamed at TATTPO.
“You’ve been Formally Recognised, and transformed into a Word.


Challenge 6:

The Measure of A ManRuler’s dictatorship:
Cut short.
So long.


Challenge 7:

Honourable ServiceThe ship survived the collision but only at the expense of severe damage. Will it reach the nearest planet in time? The crew certainly hope so. Hope remains the one thing left to them and they cling to it fiercely.
My design and construction does not include ‘hope’, I think. I see options, possibilities and probabilities. A superhuman who will always think clearly.
And thinking remains the last thing left to me now.
Because in this situation the crew do not need a superhuman. They need spare parts to repair the lesser machines that might enable them to reach safety.
So my colleagues have chosen to restrain me, and they have shut down all but the most essential circuits. I believe shutting me down completely would harm me and leave me worthless. Or so I overheard the science officer say. Strange how little I know of my own workings.
From time to time they come to my prison bed to cannibalise me. I do not experience pain in exactly the way they do, but I believe the al
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Check, check and triple check!
Proceed carefully - the end is nigh...
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017   Writer
Sixth challenge. "Ending".
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Sixth already? Check!
Best of luck with number seven...!
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017   Writer
Fifth challenge! "Beyond the Cupboard".
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Fifth challenge check!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Game Of Thrones Icon Yet here you are. You're not a rose, dear - you're a weed!

Now then, for the grand finale; I wish you the best of luck with the last challenge... Game Of Thrones Icon 
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
Fabulous Boy Dance Icon FABULOUSNESS ACHIEVED

Well done and see you after judging! May the baddest bastard of 'm all win Yato (Being fab) [V1] 
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, thanks! :D And yeah, may the baddest one win! :D
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