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Summer Eskpedition


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What do migratory birds, the ocean, and rocks have in common?  All three are recognized in little-known summer holidays that we are going to celebrate in a month-long activity!  As flowery spring turns to sweltering summer we thought we would give some love to the environment and our feathered friends who live there.  This activity involves three prompts that are inspired by these summer holidays and those who complete all three will receive an Energy Exchange voucher for one free enchanted familiar that is native to one of the biomes depicted in your prompts.
This is intended to be a fun, low-pressure activity.  We will have another large event in the fall, so stay tuned!

Birds, water, and rocks, oh my!

What are the holidays that we're celebrating, anyway?
May 11th is International Migratory Bird Day!  This day was founded in an effort to raise awareness of the interlinked nature of the world's biomes and is celebrated by birdwatching, studying birds, adopting birds, and educating current and future bird owners about their proper care.  May 11th may have passed, but it's never too late to get outside and listen to some birdsong!
June 8th is World Oceans Day!  This day marks the launch of many new ocean-related campaigns, initiatives, and events at aquariums and is celebrated by coastal explorations; aquatic and beach cleanups; educational and conservation program; and drives for sustainable seafood.  Even if there is no ocean nearby, we can still celebrate the world's water and its necessity for life!
July 13th is International Rock Day!  They make up the earth's outer layer, have been essential to human civilization, and some are super shiny!  Rock day isn't really celebrated... but now it will be!  Because rocks rock!


Leaf Gem  Activity Information

Prompt Requirements

• Art entries must have flat coloring, a full body esk, and a vignette background at a minimum.
• Written entries must be 500 words long at a minimum.
• At least one stone must be visibly featured in the prompt number three: create environmental art featuring an esk.
• You can complete the prompts multiple times and in any order, but the EE voucher can only be earned once per player.
• You do not have to use your own esk.
• If you need help scoring a craft, please note the group.
• Collaborations and commissions are not allowed for this activity.
• All prompts can be done in any medium. 

Leaf Gem Prompts

Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U!  Depict an esk with a migratory bird

The weather is getting warm and there are thousands of avian species flying to their lush nesting grounds to lay, hatch, and care for their chicks. Migration carries high risks from predators, hunger, and dangerous unknown terrain as they fly several thousand miles to reach their goal.
Has your esk had to travel to see these passing birds, or do they fly over their boundary each year? Do they stop nearby to rest and say hello? Would your esk give a bird a helping hand?

Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U!  Show an esk with a deep body of water

Your esk doesn't need to be from the marine biome to celebrate World Oceans Day--whether they're in a tiny ornamental pond in a city garden, a vast still lake covered with thick ice, or the mysterious black depths of the ocean, water is essential for every biome's ecosystems.
Has your esk ever swum in the open ocean? Have they ever let themself drift down a calm stream? Would they pick out litter from where its caught in the current? Or is your esk afraid of water?  What treasures have they found beneath the surface?

Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U!  Create environmental art featuring an esk, or depict an esk creating environmental art

Take yourself or your esk on a walk out into the world, be it open plains, thick forest, or downtown, and find some rocks to make art with! Maybe you could find the perfect stone to paint an esk on; arrange pebbles with leaves and twigs to create the image of an esk on a forest floor; or show your esk creating a self portrait rock sculpture using river stones! 
Please note: When creating real environmental art, please be considerate of nature and be careful to not harm plants or disturb animals

Please submit your prompt entries to our Events folder! 


Leaf Gem  Treasures and Badge

Collect these treasures by completing the corresponding prompts!


    Vibrant feathers by Esk-Masterlist

Vibrant Feathers

It seems they were left behind just for you.
Complete the Migratory Bird Day prompt.

  Shell Bottle by Esk-Masterlist

Bottle of Shells

They're all different shapes and colors, a perfect collection
Complete the World Oceans Day prompt.

Painted Stones by Esk-Masterlist

Painted Pebbles

These chalk patterns will never smudge
Complete the Rock Day prompt.



Eskursion Achievement by Esk-Masterlist
complete any of the above prompts to obtain this badge



Leaf Gem  Prizes

Players who complete all three prompts will receive an EE voucher for one free enchanted familiar.

Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U! Only one EE voucher can be claimed, regardless of the amount of times that the prompts are completed.
Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U! The enchanted familiar must be native to one of the biomes depicted in your three prompts.  If your Migratory Birds prompt is in the Fresh Water biome, your World Oceans Day prompt is in the Mountain biome, and your Rock Day prompt is in the Forest biome, then you can select any one familiar from the Fresh Water, Mountain, or Forest biome.
Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U! The biome of the familiar does not have to match the biome of the esk it belongs to.
Dot Bullet (Light Blue) - F2U! The voucher can be redeemed for any esk that you own, at any time in the future.

Click here  for the comment thread where you can claim your prize!



EVENT IS OPEN FROM JUNE 3 - JUNE 30

All linked entries should be submitted by 11PM EST on June 30



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:iconnunilwen:
nunilwen Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry wrong post!
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EliotTheCat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My gosh! I thought I'll miss this! Once I claim my first esk I'll be sure to join, thanks!
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Rh-enn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you guys so much for extending this!
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:iconkaymentrae:
KayMentrae Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Ah thank you guys so much for extending I was so sad I was going to miss this adorable event p.q
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Cascade--Studios Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I linked them all together in one image. The biomes from top to bottom are Arctic, Ocean, and Forest.


Eskpedition June Prompts by Cascade--Studios
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Jade-the-Kitsune Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quick question: Is it still acceptable to earn the enchanted familiar reward if I post my artwork prompt a bit after the last day of June? (I already completed all the prompt, but haven't had the chance to post it)
Thank you.

EDIT: Thank you for extending the event! :)
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:iconiggos:
iggos Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I updated my image that had problems, but it doesn't update in the claim-thread. 
Should I make a new comment?
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
it's alright like this, since clicking on it will show the right version c:
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:iconweidenlied:
Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I also have a little question regarding the "natue art" prompt: does the art have to be of the esk, or could it be, say, an esk creating a little zen-stone-tower? or really any other art with stones, that isn't an esk?
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
if the esk is featured as a craft it doesnt need to be drawn in to the piece any other way! c:
and yes, you can also draw an esk creating a little zen stone tower~

just drawing stones that arent an esk/resembling on so essentially just drawing a background scene wouldnt count thoug.

I hope this answered your questions!
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, yes, so this here counts?
Look what I built! by Weidenlied
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
yep that works perfectly c:

though just as a little headsup, photo backgrounds only receive the abstract background bonus and only if you draw an esk into it, so in this case only full body, personal art and the craft points would be counted.
The simple background requirement only applies to drawn art c:
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks! I've edited it all^^
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sooooo... I haven't unlocked the Energy Exchange on my Player Level yet - would I still be able to use the voucher?
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KaijuRomance Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you are still able to use the vouchers. They are special rewards, not dependent on your player level.
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice, thank you!
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hitodama89 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2019
I was considering doing some environmental art for the third prompt, but now I'm a bit confused about the background requirements. This event journal states that the background must be at least simple/vignette, but all photograph backgrounds are scored as abstract/minimal. So how would you actually be able to submit any sort of photo of your creation for this prompt, then? =0

Also is there event AP/GP to be earned from these prompts?
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
hey hey, 

super sorry for the late reply!
The simple bg requirement is only for art entries like Sneyll said, photos of stone sculptures and such would receive a crafting score though c:
If you do draw your esk into the photo, the esk will receive Shaded/Flat Color and Full body bonus~

Hope this helped!
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hitodama89 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2019
Okey dokey! How about if I drew/painted (with traditional materials, not digitally) an Esk on a stone? Would that be scored as a craft?
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
hmm I think that could be scored as a normal illustration!
just make sure that it has some sort of background that could reach the simple background requirements, but some grass blades or clouds should do!
If you're still unsure, just shoot us a group note and we decide on a case by case basis c:
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Sneyll Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! The vignette background is only for art entries this does not apply to real life crafts. So you should be fine! ^^
The journal doesn't say anything about bonus AP/GP, so I'd assume there's no bonus for this mini event.
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hitodama89 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2019
Hmm yeah. I was thinking of drawing an Esk on paper, cutting it out and inserting it to real-life environment, but I'm not sure if that would be considered craft or art.
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M-adKing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2019
would a well count for the deep water prompt?
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
heya~

Yeah! That's an acceptable alternative for the developed biome c:
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M-adKing Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019
sweet! thank you!
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Nyrathis Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
What are the treasures? Are they just something fun to add on our player profiles or do they have some significance?
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
They're just fun little things to show off if you like c:
Like getting achievements in video games~
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Amnael-Z-Jackwell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019
Okay this might be a pretty stupid question but here I go-
What is an EE voucher ?
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:iconnybird:
nybird Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
An EE voucher is something you can do to redeem a specific trait in our Energy Exchange! The Energy Exchange is a place where players can use the GP that their esk has earned to "purchase" new traits and things for their esk. Usually this requires a specific amount of GP and for you to be at the required Player Level, however earning a voucher means you can have whatever trait it is for for free (in this case an enchanted familiar!) and you also do not need to worry about the level requirement.
I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions :>
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Amnael-Z-Jackwell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019
Oh okay thank you !! :heart:
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RavenPride222 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can the familiar voucher be used right away once we get it? Or do we have to wait until we have enough GP to unlock familiars in the EE?

Because the event sounds like fun, and I would enjoy a familiar for my esk, but I'm nowhere near Blossom Level right now ._.
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nybird Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
You can redeem the voucher at any time!
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RavenPride222 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's amazing! :D
Thank you :)
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Green-Dragon-Art Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Can someone tell  me what is Esk? English is not my native language and translators don't know what Esk is!

EDIT: Ok i see what you did there!...
Facepalm 
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:iconlittlejuine:
LittleJuine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do all three have to be done with the same Esk? (:
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
not at all! you can use different esk for each prompt c:
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:iconlittlejuine:
LittleJuine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, perfect! Thank you!
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Traue-Niemand Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2019  Professional Writer
What a beautyful idea! I have some questions tough.

1. • Art entries must have flat coloring, a full body esk, and a vignette background at a minimum.
whats a vignette background?

2. • At least one stone must be visibly featured in the prompt number three: create environmental art featuring an esk.
does that mean it needs to include a REAL stone or can it be drawn ones only?

I think thats it. Thanks for explaining ^.^
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Heya~

A vignette background is usually a small background that doesn't fill the whole image but only a part of it. An esk standing on an object, like a flower pot with flowers can for example be seen as a vignette background c:
In TWWM terms however, a vignette, or simple background simply means that the background should show at least show some sort of detai that gives the viewer an idea of where the esk might be~
I hope that helps!

The stone can also be drawn! The image just needs to clearly feature at least one stone in any medium in order to count c:
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Traue-Niemand Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Professional Writer
Danke fürs aufklären. *x*
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:iconcaliki:
Caliki Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Gerne c:
Wenn du alles digital machst, oder auf dem Stein ein Bild malst, brauchst du mindestens den Vignette BG, aber wenn du aus Steinen eine kleine Figur baust und ein Foto davon machst, dann nicht c:
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scooby-wont Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. a vignette background example can be found in the point system journal:
Points System [roleplay scoring]

2. it can be real or drawn, any media is accepted!
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Traue-Niemand Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2019  Professional Writer
Thanks ^.^
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Evrende Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2019   Digital Artist
I appreciate that TWWM is willing to make adjustments for barriers to participation. I think TWWM always tries to have the best intentions and I'm grateful that TWWM is willing to have a respectful dialogue when presented with problems. I really like that the prompts are trying to encourage people to explore and do something different and I hope that TWWM will continue to promote fun and creative activities with more consideration to alternative lifestyles to help minimise issues of accessibility from this point forward.

I'm sorry for the disruption I've caused to the atmosphere of the community. I will try to be more thoughtful and considerate with my observations in the future.

Thank you. ♥
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1ore Featured By Owner Edited Jun 3, 2019
I really appreciate the update to the "environmental art" prompt!

I want to put a small suggestion here because it may not be common knowledge: Take care when creating rock art out in the world, especially on wild lands! rocks create vital microclimates for all sorts of lichen, moss, fungi, insects, and so forth, and removing them can damage those habitats. It may seem like something small, but these damages can quickly become cumulative, especially in well-trafficked areas. If you want to read a little more about this, there is an article here regarding the creation of cairns on public lands.

Edit because I feel like I dropped this in here without saying so (how rude of me!): I love these awareness events!! The eskplorer event last year was my first TWWM event, and it was a great excuse to get out and about. I hope I can find some time to do some migratory bird treaty act awareness art or some such :^9 if this theme turns out to be a yearly thing, early summer might be my fav time of year in TWWM hahaha.
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Kiire Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really insightful and not something I had even ever considered! I've never done rock-stacking or anything of that sort of 'nature-themed' art so this was not even on my radar. ;o; 

With our third prompt, we want to be very clear to make sure to bring no harm and leave no trace to the wilderness/nature in general -- so this was a very important point that's important for consideration for all of us! Thank you so much for bringing this up (and linking the article, too!) :heart: 
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1ore Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2019
AH no it's all good! I certainly hadn't thought of it until it was pointed out to me. I feel like I jumped the gun a little bit there and my wording may have sounded more forceful than I intended, so I just want to say I love these awareness events. TWWM's focus on natural history is my favourite thing about the group <3
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Evrende Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you for spreading awareness of the consequences of deliberate rock stacking and encouraging people to be mindful of the impact we can make in our ecosystem.
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1ore Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2019
Ah thank you for saying so, and likewise on your comment!! Environmental art is really cool but can (ironically) be tricky from an environmental perspective. I really appreciate TWWM's focus on accessibility because these issues often go hand in hand.
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