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    Exclamation The SIRies Award Show Thread

    The SIRies
    Recognizing The RP Community Authors

    Some of you may have noticed that the SIRies Award Show is no longer on the Event Schedule. This was an award show meant to be a sort of Academy Awards for the Thelanis Anthology - a collection of the writers stories from the resident RP community. There are a few things standing in the way of us having the in-game award show:

    • Our sponsor, Robi3.0, has had to leave the game for RL reasons
    • I unfortunately will not be able to host this in game event due to RL time constraints (It's all I can do to get in game at all lately feels like)
    • At least two of the people, with nominations in several catagories, are no longer in DDO (an only recent occurance, also RL reasons)
    • The server merger will more than likely interrupt our evening
    • Too few of you have submitted your ballots. I know the deadline was Aug 2nd, but today is Aug 1st, and the ballots that Robi had been kind enough to pass to me, in the hopes of continuing the event, were less than we had hoped. The anthology is a loooong read, we know, but those who haven't even started reading had a lot ahead of them if they intended on turning in a ballot. The capasity to catch up at this late stage of things is unlikely.


    If there is a way to have this event, that would be wonderful... but more and more it is looking like this will not be possible. Those of you who turned in your ballots, I thank you very much! You are still welcome to participate in this activity...
    So here is what I'm going to do:

    In this thread, feel free to simply cast your ballot - those of you who had been holding off, or maybe were only halfway done - and this thread will serve as the home of the award show. Use this as a way to give a nod to those writers who you think deserve recognition, based on the following catagories (I've added a couple as well, an explaination will be provided momentarily):

    Series of the year:
    Favorite Character (male):
    Favorite Character (female):
    Best fight/Battle:
    Best love story:
    Best bad guy:
    Best supporting character (male):
    Best supporting character (female):
    Achievement in Character development:
    Most notable quote:
    Best character chemistry/interaction:
    Best use of setting:
    Best monologue:
    Honorable mention:

    Copy/paste the above catagories, and reply to this thread with your nominations. Those who voted before, you're welcome to simply reprise your vote. (If you forgot or lost what you turned into Robi3.0, let me know and I can send you a copy of it).

    Additionally, all content within the anthology is now eligible, not merely those that came in before Robi's original deadline.

    You have until August 8th to get your responses in


    August 9th, thursday, I will look over all the submissions, and do something special for the authors. I won't tell you what that something special is though.

    Good luck!
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    Explanation of Ballot Catagories:

    Here is the format for your ballots. The list below tells you what exactly the catagory means, and the format you should use to do your nominations. For the sake of example, we've used some real world authors as examples so you know what we were going for in terms of format of your nomination. For the most part you will be using: specific thing; series; author unless otherwise specified... mostly the idea is we need to be able to easily figure out WHERE the thing your referencing in the anthology can be found in terms of the chapter/series it appears in, such as specific characters or quotes.

    Series of the year:
    The overall body of work you think stands above the rest.
    example - The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Favorite Character (male):
    Your favorite main character from any of the stories in the anthology. Think of this like the lead actor of the stories.
    example - Richard, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Favorite Character (female):
    Your favorite main female character from any of the stories in the anthology. Think of this like the lead actress of the stories.
    example - Kahlan, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best fight/Battle:
    Your favorite scene from any of the series that involves physical confrontation between characters or entities. Can be as large scale as a war, or as small as a barfight.
    Format: description of scene (can be done as "this vs this"), Chapter or volumn it appears in, Series, Author
    example - scene when Richard fights a Quad, Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    or
    Richard vs Quad, Wizards First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best love story:
    Your favorite part related to relationships and the characters. You can even throw in something as simple as 'best kiss' for this one.
    Format: the couple involved/scene, series, author. chapter is optional here if you're sighting a specific moment in the story between the characters.
    example - Richard & Kahlan at the spirit house, Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best bad guy:
    What villain stands out in your mind from the stories? Can be male or female. Can also be characters with questionable alliances - but think 'conflict' here when you nominate your bad guy.
    example - Darken Rahl, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best supporting character (male):
    Your favorite non-main character that is male. Sometimes the supporting character can even be a villain. On the whole, the story is not considered to be specifically about them, and they are 2nd fiddle to another main character.
    example - Zed, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best supporting character (female):
    Your favorite non-main character that is female. Sometimes the supporting character can even be a villain. On the whole, the story is not considered to be specifically about them, and they are 2nd fiddle to another main character.
    example - Shota, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Achievement in Character development:
    This is to recognize the author you feel has done the most in terms of giving 'life' to the characters of their story, and helping you connect with those characters. Helping you feel like their characters could exist.
    example - Terry Goodkind

    Most notable quote:
    Something a character said that stands out in your mind. List the quote specifically, what character said it, and which story/author it goes with.
    example - "You are a very attractive woman" spoken to Addie by Zed, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best character chemistry/interaction:
    Think of this like the best cast... nominate for this catagory the series that you feel has characters that play off of one another well in the story in terms of dialogue and interacting in the scenes on the whole.
    example - The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best use of setting:
    Spotlight the series that you feel seems to really go the extra mile to encorporate aspects of the Eberron, or DDO specific, setting. This can be anything from how well they bring aspects of Eberron into the story, to how they explain some of the conventions we deal with playing an mmo.
    example - The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind

    Best monologue:
    Your favorite section of speech done by a character. Sometimes these can be an actual speech given before a group of people, or maybe it's just a moment when a character talks at length about something. Basically it is a point at which a character talks for a while without interruption. If you can, highlight the actual monologue when you do your nomination. If you can't find it, just at least say what the circumstances of that monologue were.
    example - Zed's speech to Rahl, Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind (I wont list the speech so as not to include a spoiler for anyone reading this book )

    Honorable mention:
    Just anything at all that doesn't fit one of the above catagories, that you feel deserves making mention of. Can be personal word to a certain author, or maybe your runners up for one of the other catagories.
    example - I love the part where Addie and Zed first see each other. The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind.
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    (Post Script: this will give you something to read while you wait for the servers to come back up at least)
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    I really like your example Merlask, but I disagree with some of your choices...so I will chime in with my fake votes as an example as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlask View Post
    Best fight/Battle:
    Your favorite scene from any of the series that involves physical confrontation between characters or entities. Can be as large scale as a war, or as small as a barfight.
    Format: description of scene (can be done as "this vs this"), Chapter or volumn it appears in, Series, Author
    example - scene when Richard fights a Quad, Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    or
    Richard vs Quad, Wizards First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    Gotta be the fight with between Richard and Nicholas the Slide in Naked Empire

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlask View Post
    Best love story:
    Your favorite part related to relationships and the characters. You can even throw in something as simple as 'best kiss' for this one.
    Format: the couple involved/scene, series, author. chapter is optional here if you're sighting a specific moment in the story between the characters.
    example - Richard & Kahlan at the spirit house, Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    Richard & Kahlan in a weird sort of limbo (where they can finally be alone) in Temple of the Winds

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlask View Post
    Best bad guy:
    What villain stands out in your mind from the stories? Can be male or female. Can also be characters with questionable alliances - but think 'conflict' here when you nominate your bad guy.
    example - Darken Rahl, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    It's gotta be Emperor Jagang

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlask View Post
    Best supporting character (female):
    Your favorite non-main character that is female. Sometimes the supporting character can even be a villain. On the whole, the story is not considered to be specifically about them, and they are 2nd fiddle to another main character.
    example - Shota, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    This would be a toss up between Nicci and Cara for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlask View Post
    Most notable quote:
    Something a character said that stands out in your mind. List the quote specifically, what character said it, and which story/author it goes with.
    example - "You are a very attractive woman" spoken to Addie by Zed, The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
    "Dance with me death, for I am ready." -Richard


    As for the rest I can pretty much agree with you. This is truly one of the best fantasy series out there.
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    Bluntzen Herk Kalashtar Jamira Kaminagi Linwei Minimurg Murgatroyd Sesshomaru
    He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future. --George Orwell

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    (lol silly i was just picking a random series out for people >< hahaha was not a commentary on what I REALLY think is the best in literature

    Remember this is for our local community RPers stories, not true works of fiction lol)
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    I knew that

    So yeah...read the anthologies (or what's left of them) and vote on that!!
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    He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future. --George Orwell

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    (Actually, the anthologies were completely unscathed in the Week of Mourning... thank god for ye old sticky apparently)
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    (few days left. Those of you who had voted already, just copy/paste your original submission you sent to Robi3.0 ... and if you've forgotten - or you want it to be more anonymous - ill post for ya, just lemme know)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murgatroyd View Post
    Richard & Kahlan in a weird sort of limbo (where they can finally be alone) in Temple of the Winds.
    Actually this is the end of The Stone of Tears. They get married at the end of Temple of the Winds. And he didn't fight Nicholas, he just cut him in half when he wasn't paying attention.

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    Still time to get votes in for the catagories. I'll also be listing the nominations (not by who sent them) for the catagories
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    Default Repost of my votes

    Reposting mine:

    Series of the year: The Ambassadors, Merlask

    Favorite Character (male): Gauche, Rain, Trekna Qu'dane

    Favorite Character (female): Uxor, The Ambassadors, Merlask

    Best fight/Battle: Sho's Fate, The one between Aemilius and Sho/Deriaz, Captain Watcher

    Best love story: Uxor and Varro (Of course. ), The Ambassadors, Merlask

    Best bad guy: Aemilius, Sho's Fate, Captain Watcher

    Best supporting character (male): +Sir's many names, The Name Project, Merlask + Everyone who took part.

    Best supporting character (female): Axalise, Sho's Fate, Captain Watcher

    Achievement in Character development: Merlask (Who didn't see that one coming, hm? )

    Best comedic one liner: Drenor, "BLASTED WARFORGED!”, Trekna Qu'dane

    Most notable Quote: Jaggie, “You’re the only. . . Human Forged I know.”, Deriaz


    (I did not have a vote for these, but I don't have time to reread all the stories, soooo. . . Kind of a quick vote here.)

    Best character chemistry/interaction: The Ambassadors, Merlask

    Best use of setting: The Halfling War Council In Stormreach, Lessah

    Best monologue: Dunno if it qualifies, but. . .
    The actual timeline of Sho, The Lavenders, Timeline of Sho Drizzin the Lavender, Captain Watcher

    Honorable mention: It came close for a few catagories, but I like The Saga of Killbot, by Music Man. I was tempted to put it in as my nomination for a few categories. Still a fun story to read, though.

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    Default Nominations

    Now, what I will be doing is something special for the writers who got nominations. Anyone who still planned on turning one in can go ahead and so, even if it means you just want to vote for like one catagory instead of having an opinion on all of them.

    Here are the nominations that were sent in from the original ballots:

    Series of the year:
    • The Ambassadors, Merlask
    • The Brothers Forged, Deriaz



    Favorite Character (male):

    • Gauche, Rain, Trekna Qu'dane
    • Varro, The Ambassadors, Merlask
    • Deriaz, Brothers Forged, Deriaz



    Favorite Character (female):

    • Uxor, The Ambassadors, Merlask
    • Lessah, Halfling War Council, Lessah


    Best fight/Battle:
    • Sho's Fate, The one between Aemilius and Sho/Deriaz, Captain Watcher
    • Clan Scorpion Imperial: Chapter 9, Sho Deriaz and Ragyr fight Aemilius and Axalise in the final direct battle, Captian Watcher
    • New work same old problems, Robi3.0
    • The Ambassadors, "Change of Cloths" volumn, Uxor vs Mekari at the Inn, Merlask


    Best love story:
    • Uxor and Varro, The Ambassadors, Merlask


    Best bad guy:
    • Aemilius, Sho's Fate, Captain Watcher
    • Mekari, The Ambassadors, Merlask
    • Ragyr, Brothers Forged, Deriaz


    Best supporting character (male):
    • +Sir's many names, The Name Project, Merlask & Everyone who took part.
    • Deriaz, Clan Scorpion Imperial, Captain Watcher
    • Aemilius, Sho's Fate, Captain Watcher


    Best supporting character (female):
    • Axalise, Sho's Fate, Captain Watcher
    • Jaggie, The Merry Pranksters, The Saga of Killbot, Music Man
    • Mekari, The Ambassadors, Merlask


    Achievement in Character development:
    • Merlask
    • Deriaz
    • Lessah


    Best quote(s):
    • Drenor, "BLASTED WARFORGED!”, Trekna Qu'dane
    • Jinna, “Can I poke her face, Points?”, Jinna (The Name Project)
    • Grimlore, “You know what I find strange. You seem to have no problem with cold blooded killing when we’re getting paid.”, Robi3.0
    • Jaggie, “You’re the only. . . Human Forged I know.”, Deriaz
    • Septarian, 'It's people like YOU that ruin my chance at getting served in places like this!', The Ambassadors, Merlask
    • Ulf, "Problem be map broke.", Robi3.0
    • Azrahorus, "A prince should be more prideful, even if he stands little chance of taking a throne.”, Sigtrent


    Best character chemistry/interaction:
    • The Ambassadors, Merlask
    • The Brothers Forged, Deriaz


    Best use of setting:
    • The Halfling War Council In Stormreach, Lessah
    • The Brothers Forged, Deriaz


    Best monologue:
    • The actual timeline of Sho, The Lavenders, Timeline of Sho Drizzin the Lavender, Captain Watcher


    Honorable mention:
    • "It came close for a few catagories, but I like The Saga of Killbot, by Music Man. I was tempted to put it in as my nomination for a few categories. Still a fun story to read, though." - Deriaz
    • "When it comes to The Name Project, the manner that all the writers can tell the story of the same event, in such a DRASTICALLY different way, is fascinating." - Merlask
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    First off, I'm thrilled to have been mentioned for my contribution to the Name Project. One minor correction to that... "Can I poke her face, Points? Huh, can I?" was actually said by Liyra, but it's very easy to miss that as I never mention her by name in the story.
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    Thanks!

    It is very nice to know people read your stuff. I did not submit a ballot becasue I only read Sho's Fate/ Ambassadors/ & The Brothers Forged (I liked all three), I wanted to read them all before making a vote!

    I have beened PM'd on 3 diff occasions by people who read my story and liked it. ((Two were not even from Thelanis.))

    Question: Who is oraganizing the links for new stories? Robi is gone is he not?

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    Here are some votes, a bit late but hopefully still meaningful as compliments to the authors, at the very least.

    Series of the year:
    The Ambassadors, Merlask
    (Reading these was why I came to Thelanis, so I couldn't pick anything else here.)

    Favorite Character (male):
    Deriaz, The Brothers Forged, Deriaz

    Favorite Character (female):
    Lessah, The Halfling War Council, Lessah

    Best love story:
    Varro & Uxor, The Ambassadors, Merlask

    Best bad guy:
    Mekari, The Ambassadors, Merlask

    Best supporting character (male):
    Ragyr, The Brothers Forged, Deriaz

    Achievement in Character development:
    Merlask

    Best use of setting:
    The Halfling War Council, Lessah

    Honorable mention:
    I thought the opening of "Storms of Xen'drik" provided a very interesting portrait of Gauche. Also, X'en Umbra Stories included some really lovely prose. I'd love to see more of where that was going.

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    As I said, I will be doing something for the linking ... including an updated index page

    There was one issue is that yes, Robi is no longer with us. I thought about reposting the anthology / index but then THAT would mean ppl had to repost all their stories too and I didnt wanna do that. So what I'll do is just include the updated index amid the posts. I already have it in the works :X and I say from time to time what we'll do is now and again, another index post will be made to include the most recent chapters into the mix.
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    hey... someone like Guache...
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    Updated Thelanis Anthology Index!

    Congratz to all the authors who got nominations for their works! As Robi will no longer be available to keep the index updated, I have made a more recent index of the anthology, that now includes a listing of SIRies awards. Additionally, if we have this activity in the future, we can add reupdated indexes to the anthology

    Initially I was going to recreate the anthology thread, since Robi wont be here to update the first page index, but then I realized that would require me (or you all) to report all of your stories, and I didn't want to do that to anyone... there's a LOT of writing that's gone on!

    Also, rather than having 'one' winner per catagory, since the votes were a small turn out this first time, anyone who received a nomination in a catagory was given that award and to me, that's more appropriate anyway... so much great writing takes place that I definately believe in giving credit to the authors for the strengths of their writings.

    Thank you all once again for your participation, and for reading/participating in the anthology!!
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