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Who is Lady Merreth and What are the Group Rules?

Lady Merreth Reference I by LadyMerrethsAuthor All I Own is Sorrow by LadyMerrethsAuthor

Lady Merreth is noblewoman in female-dominated matriarchy (if that isn't redundant). She is Heir Primary to "Sable House", a smaller, less powerful Noble House and has fled to the western reaches of the Matriarchy to escape punishment for a particularly vile crime. Merreth is accused of murdering her betrothed -- a member of the rival, and much more powerful -- Red Hand House.

The marriage was meant to put aside decades of bitter political rivalry between Sable House and the Red Hand. The murder has, naturally, prevented that. Merreth is uncertain whether or not she actually committed the killing. She wants to think she is innocent, but her recollection of the evening is vague and confused. She worries that her own sadistic proclivities may have led her down the path to murder after a night of drinking with her betrothed. The Red Hand harbours no doubts about her guilt and has pledged to bring to bring her to justice. Merreth knows that should she fall into their hands, a trial will be a mere formality and the least of her worries.

Merreth has fled to the Matriachy's western-most province at the urging of her sister, Ammantha, high Mistress of Sable House. Unfortunately for Merreth, she finds herself caught up in a vicious little war on the Matriarchy's western border. Not only does she need to survive that war, she must keep an eye out for the Red Hand while doing so. The fact she is forced to keep company with commoner brigands, thieves, and cutthroats -- all of whom have little love for nobles -- doesn't help matters.

Merreth is taciturn, honourable, a sadist, a loner, deeply lonely, and destined for great things. She will find allies and friends where she least expects them as she struggles to "do the right thing", attempts to clear her name, and avoid the Red Hand's vengeance.

Group Rules (subject to change)

> Do not draw Lady Merreth (or any of her related characters) with any fandom characters.

> If you would like to draw Lady Merreth or any of her related characters with other original characters, ask me first.

> Please ensure that you draw Lady Merreth (and/or related) characters attired and acting in a way characteristic of her world and personality; ask me if you are unsure.

> Please only submit original artwork

> Please no images of extreme torture; Merreth is sadist; she is *NOT* an exhibitionist.

> If you submit artwork, please abide by the Lady Merreth permissions, available on :iconladymerrethsauthor:'s page

> Play nice: No hate art, no trolling, no flaming



Udate***** contest (CLOSED)****

           *UPDATE* Contest Extended to December 16th! You still have time!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Depict a scene with Merreth in conflict with another character from her world.  This can be a physical or verbal confrontation or even a battle of wits.
Choose one of the following scenes (yes, some reading is required :)):

Lady Merreth confronts Scribe Duggel

Upon her arrival to see High Mistress Rhekhell of the Western Watch, Lady Merreth meets her chief scribe, Duggel, who insists upon following procedure with regard to Rhekhell’s appointments. Merreth’s temper, already frayed after a long ride, snaps.
Link to Chapter with full scene: ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…

Ladies Tiandraa and Lyadkell of the Red Hand bait Merreth

After meeting with Mistress Rhekhell, Lady Merreth and Scribe Sarrit meet Ladies Tiandraa and Lyadkell of the Red Hand in the main room of the Watch Administration building.  Lady Tiandraa steps into the room from the outside, opening the door suddenly and catching Merreth full in the face.  Things go rapidly downhill from there.  
Link to Chapter with full scene: ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…

Honour Bout between Lady Merreth and Lady Tiandraa

Lady Merreth refuses to apologize to Lady Tiandraa for publically striking her in front a crowd of commoners.  Lady Tiandraa demands satisfaction in an Honour Bout.  Merreth accepts and the bout is staged in front of a crowd of Watch nobles and commoners. Things do not go well for Lady Tiandraa.
Link to Chapter with full scene: ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…

Lady Merreth rescues a commoner from a group of tavern thugs

Merreth returns to the eastern Matriarchy after her adventures in the Western Watch province.  It’s winter – cold and wet; she takes refuge in commoner tavern.   There she witnesses a commoner shopkeeper bullied by several local toughs.  Merreth doesn’t care for bullies and when none of the other patrons intervene, she decides to do so.
Link to Chapter with full scene:  ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…

Lady Merreth confronts Lady Simma of the Red Hand

An impulsive decision on Merreth’s part forces her to work closely with Lady Simma – a Red Hand noble.  Without realizing how dangerous it is to push Merreth, Lady Simma baits her once too often.  Merreth loses her temper and acts like one of the things she loathes – a bully.
Link to Chapter with full scene: ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…

Pick Your Own Scene from the posted Lady Merreth Literature

Don't like any of the foregoing scenes?  You can pick a conflict scene from any of the posted literature within the Stories and Chapters folder :  ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…

However, before you depict the scene, note me first for approval.
Contest Entrants
Last updated September 13, 2013


Contest Dates

Contest opens September 8th 2013 and closes December 16th 2013 (12 midnight PST).
Judging takes place December 17th to December 20th.
Winners announced December 21st.
All prizes from LadyMerrethsAuthor distributed by December 23rd. Yea! Just in time for Christmas!

Contest Prizes

Prizes from LadyMerrethsAuthor will be cash, paid through PayPal.  If the winner does not have a Paypal account, the prize will be given in the equivalent amount of DA points.

Over Twelve Entrants
1st Prize: $100.00 US
2nd Prize: $80.00 US
3rd Prize: $60.00 US
4th Prize: $45.00 US
5th Prize: $30.00 US

Nine to Twelve Entrants
1st Prize: $90.00 US
2nd Prize: $70.00 US
3rd Prize: $40.00 US
4th Prize: $30.00 US

Six to Eight Entrants
1st Prize: $80.00 US
2nd Prize: $60.00 US
3rd Prize: $30.00 US

Five or Fewer Entrants
1st Prize: $50.00 US
2nd Prize: $30.00 US
Contributed Prizes

Participation in the first contest had a good showing and resulted in the highest possible prize payout.

In the first Lady Merreth Contest several very kind DA members contributed additional prizes.  If that occurs again, the prize pool will be updated.

You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win one prize.
Contest Winners will be featured on the LadyMerrethsAuthor DA page for two weeks after prize payout.
Winning entries will also be displayed on the Tales of Lady Merreth FaceBook Page and Lady Merreth’s Author Blog.
All contest entries will be displayed within the DA Lady Merreth Group.
All Contest Entries will be placed into a Contest Gallery on the LadyMerrethsAuthor page at the contest’s conclusion with links back to the artists.
Eligible Art Types

Contest entries can be:
Line art – as long as it is clean and “finished looking”
Photo manips
I prefer entries to be of realistic proportions.

Backgrounds are preferred, but not mandatory.   Many of contest scenes provide some information to provide a background (e.g. room or immediate vicinity of the confrontation).
How Contest Entries are Judged

Entries are judged on:
Adherence to Merreth’s appearance and the appearance of other characters in the scene
Originality – although you may choose to illustrate a conflict that has already been depicted (for example, ‘Bitch Slap’), greater weight will be given to such illustrations that incorporate originality (for example if they done from a different vantage point and, of course, in your own style).
Adherence to the description of the scene chosen
Entering Your Submission

To enter your art in the contest, post a comment under this Journal Entry. Place the following pieces of information in the comment:
The words “Contest Entry”
The scene chosen
The medium used
A link to your gallery where you have placed the image; be sure to provide a link back to this contest page
If you are entering a photo manipulation, a link back the stock provider's terms of use
As submissions are entered the will be placed into the Lady Merreth Contest II folder under LadyMerrethsAuthor favourites.

Contest Guidelines

When participating in the contest, please:
Read Lady Merreth’s Character Bio ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…
Read Lady Merreth’s World ladymerrethsauthor.deviantart.…
Depict Merreth (and any other characters according to how they look in the story/bio)
Follow DA guidelines for submissions
Credit sources (stock, refs, etc.)
Link back to the contest and group under your piece/submission
Join the Lady Merreth Group
By entering the contest you agree to abide by the Lady Merreth Permissions located on this DA page
Violence and gore are acceptable (although there isn’t very much of either in the posted chapters and stories).

You may enter on behalf of a friend if you like.

If you have any questions about anything (contest rules, characters, etc.), please note me or ask them in a comment.

Please do not:

• Make changes to characters’ appearances/costumes
Character References

There are character depictions for Lady Merreth, Lady Simma, and Lady Tiandraa in the references folder.  Each of these has been done by :iconsyoshiko:.
In addition there are photo references for Lady Merreth, though please note that Lady Merreth has brown eyes, NOT blue as depicted in some of the photos
*** Very Important *** Lady Merreth has an 'iconic' look. This look includes her outfit: hat, vest, gloves, breeches, boots and whip. Please be true to that look.  That look is illustrated in this amazing character reference by :iconsyoshiko::

Lady Merreh Character Reference by LadyMerrethsAuthor

Social Media

You do not have to do any of the following but I would appreciate it if you would:
Visit my Blog
Watch me on DA if you do not already
Like the Tales of Lady Merreth FaceBook page if you are on FaceBook…
Follow me on Twitter if you have a Twitter account

Promotion Prizes!

Want to get stuff without entering the contest?  No problem!

I will gift DA points to every person who promotes the contest on their journal (with a link to the contest page), up to a maximum of 12 people (first come, first serve).  The journal entry must “stay up” for a minimum of one (1) week and be exclusively devoted to the contest.

I will gift:
25 points to those with less than 50 watchers
50 points to those with more than 50 but less than 100 watchers
75 points to those with more than 100 watchers
You do not have to enter the contest in order to promote it.  

People who enter the contest are eligible for the 50 point gift if they promote the contest as well (up to the 12 person maximum).

Each person (up to the maximum of 12) can receive 50 points only once for promoting the contest on their journal.

Note me with a link to the journal entry and I will gift the points upon verifying the Journal entry.
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Group Info

The Lady Merreth group is meant to hold fan-art, stories, and contest entries related to Lady Merreth, related characters, and their associated adventures.

This group directly supports the first of several Lady Merreth novels -- Western Watch, which is currently being written.'

Lady Merreth's group is new, and will likely experience a few changes over the next little while as content as added and organized.

Lady Merreth, her world, and associated characters copyrighted by LadyMerrethsAuthor.
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pr-squared Featured By Owner May 21, 2019
Is Western Watch published soemwhere?
malesubman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
Thanks for letting me join the group.  Looks like a lot to catch up on and I am looking forward to taking it all in. 
swmmp Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016
Could you please add me to this group as a member?
poetbdsm Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thanks for the invite, ma'am. Much obliged. <he said, in a western drawl>
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Heh.  Merreth's accent is something of a cross between British and a Texas drawl.  Her voice is kind of smokey/husky, so the combination can be quite devastating to men.  
SYoshiko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
sounds a bit australian if you ask me... maybe new zealand? 
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Hmmmm...the texas drawl would be the most powerful element in her voice, so I don't think it would be aussie sounding.  I can't remember what a New Zealand accent sounds like.  Heh, I do know that her voice will have a powerful effect on her love interest and, Merreth being Merreth, she will be absolutely oblivious to its impact on him.  She just doesn't think that way. :)
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triple--eight Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks for inviting me, realy appreciated :)
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
You are most welcome!
littlegoblet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey guys I've been meaning to tell you how great this site looks and thanx for the invite.   before the week is out I am gonna catch up with all the lovely artwork.   it looks impressive so far.   :hug:
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