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SASO Referees ([personal profile] referees) wrote in [community profile] sportsanime2016-07-21 08:53 pm
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Bonus Round 5: Myth & Lore

Bonus Round 5: Myth & Lore


Summer's a time for swapping stories around the campfire. With that in mind, this round draws inspiration from the stories humanity have told each other over the centuries.

This round is CLOSED as of 7PM on August 4 EDT. Late fills may be posted, but they will not receive points.


RULES
  • This round does not have prompts. Instead, we ask you to draw inspiration from the wide pool of mythology, fantasy, folklore, and fable. An urban fantasy or supernatural AU? A re-imagining of your favorite folk tale? Characters swapping ghost stories or playing D&D? As long as your fill in some way incorporates the fantastical and/or supernatural, it's welcome here.
  • Your fill still has to be about a ship from one of our nominated fandoms. What ships you create work for is up to you, though.
  • To submit your fill, simply leave it as a comment as a reply to this post.
  • Remember to follow the general bonus round rules, outlined here.


FORMAT
Bonus round shenanigans all happen in the comments below. Brand-new works only, please.

Required Work Minimums:
  • 400 words (prose)
  • 400px by 400px (art)
  • 14 lines (poetry)
There is no max work cap.

Remember, this is a NO-PROMPT round. Format your fill comment in one of the following ways:

If FILLING:If FILLING as a TEAM GRANDSTAND participant:
FILL: TEAM [YOUR SHIP], [RATING]
  • Replace [YOUR SHIP] with the name of the team you belong to
  • Replace RATING with the rating of your fill (G - E)
  • Place applicable major content tags and word count before your fill (when applicable)
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  • NSFW FILLS: Please cross-link these fills and use clear tags in your comment. Written/text fills should be hosted at AO3 ONLY as a new, unchaptered work. Art/visual fills can be hosted anywhere. You may include a small safe-for-work preview of the fill in your comment.
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FILL: TEAM GRANDSTAND, [RATING]
  • Replace RATING with the rating of your fill, G - E, as explained in the rules
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  • If no major content tags are applicable, make sure to state this-- even if including other additional tags
  • NSFW FILLS: Please cross-link these fills and use clear tags in your comment. Written/text fills should be hosted at AO3 ONLY as a new, unchaptered work. Art/visual fills can be hosted anywhere. You may include a small safe-for-work preview of your work in your comment.
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Posts not using this format will be understood to be unofficial discussion posts, regardless of what they contain. They, like all comments in this community, are subject to the code of conduct.



SCORING
These numbers apply to your team as a whole, not each individual teammate. Make as many fills as you want!

For fills:

First 3 fills by any member of your team: 20 points each
Fills 4-10: 10 points each
Fills 11-20: 5 points each
Fills 21+: 2 points each

All scored content must be created new for this round.


Etc.
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mother_herbivore: (Default)

FILL: TEAM GRANDSTAND, G

[personal profile] mother_herbivore 2016-08-04 07:07 am (UTC)(link)
tags: supernatural elements
724 words
Hakogaku, yowapeda

based on the events of Midsummer Eve in the first fablehaven book



“Jinpachi, look.” Shinkai held up his pumpkin and spun it around to show the snaggle-toothed scowl he had carved into it. “What do you think?”

“I think you’re wasting time,” Toudou said shortly, as he took another gutted pumpkin from Izumida. His patience was hanging by a thread, and that thread was fraying quickly as the sun sank lower in the sky.

“It looks cool,” Manami piped up. Shinkai beamed at them.

“It doesn’t matter what it fucking looks like,” said Arakita, “it matters how many we have.”

“Thank you, Arakita.” Toudou stabbed his carving knife into the pumpkin and started sawing, adding, “For once, we agree on something.” Shinkai shrugged, and pulled another uncarved pumpkin towards him.

“Aren’t these enough?” Manami asked. They looked at the twenty or so jack-o-lanterns that had already been carved so far and were waiting to be lit.

“The more, the better,” said Toudou.

“They’re ugly.”

“Quantity over quality, Sangaku,” said Shinkai. “I think another dozen should do it, right, Jinpachi?”

“It will be acceptable, only because we’ll run out of time,” Toudou said grudgingly. “But Izumida’s herbs will help make up for it, and the fairies’ lights. Speaking of fairies—” He put down his knife and went to the open window. Fukutomi was in the garden outside, where the fairies were supposed to show up for their lantern assignments, but the sun was almost touching the horizon and Toudou only counted a dozen fairies.

Fukutomi looked up at him, his face grim. “I think this is everyone.”

Toudou sighed. “Alright. Manami,” he said over his shoulder, “go help Fuku set up the lanterns.”

“Okay,” said Manami, and gathered up as many pumpkins as they could carry.

On the porch, Fukutomi coaxed the fairies into the lanterns, and Manami stuck candles in the others. They worked quickly and methodically, as the sun lowered and shadows grew longer.

“What kind of stuff will be out here tonight?” Manami asked after a little while. Fukutomi gently ushered the last fairy into her lantern and closed it before he replied.

“It’s better that you don’t know.”

“Aw, come on. Not even a hint?”

“This is not a game. There are going to be evil things outside our windows tonight,” said Fukutomi. He took the top off a lantern and lit the candle inside, then looked Manami in the eye. “We are taking a great risk by including a novice like you, Manami. Do not let us down.”

Manami’s heart fluttered.

By the time they finished lighting the lanterns and placing them outside windows and doorways, they had mere minutes left before night fell. Toudou nearly dragged them back inside, locking the door behind them.

“I shouldn’t have to tell you again,” he said to Manami and Izumida, “but I will. I don’t expect you to sleep tonight. I don’t think you would be able to, anyway. You’ll hear some strange things outside, but don’t look. You’re better off not knowing what’s out there.”

“That’s what Fukutomi-san said,” said Manami.

“So, you better remember it,” Arakita told them.

Toudou told them they could go about their business as usual, at least to the best of their abilities, but they had to stay away from the windows.

Naturally, Manami could not seem to focus on anything else once night fell.

They roamed around the house, not content to sit still, and listened. Creatures howled in the yard, not wolves but unearthly creatures that Manami had never heard before. Some of them laughed, some shouted in unfamiliar languages. The wind pressed against the house, and claws tap-tap-tapped across the roof. At one point, Manami thought they heard a baby crying.

“It’s just an illusion,” said Shinkai, when he saw Manami pause and look towards the window. “They want us to come out and see what’s going on.”

“Why?” asked Manami.

Shinkai shrugged. “To kill us, probably.”

Manami moved on.

They passed Fukutomi and Toudou, sitting in the kitchen, and found Arakita standing in the living room. He barely glanced at Manami.

“It’s hard, huh?” he said. “Not looking.”

Something screamed outside, chillingly close to the house. Fingernails scratched at the windows. The wind howled and somewhere, the baby began to cry again. Manami couldn’t imagine the horrors that were gathering.

“Yeah,” they said, with a half-smile, “I bet it’s beautiful out there.”
Edited 2016-08-04 07:10 (UTC)
yrindor: Head shot of Ulquiorra Cifer on a black background (Default)

Re: FILL: TEAM GRANDSTAND, G

[personal profile] yrindor 2016-08-04 11:25 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, a Fablehaven AU. I like it!