Dovahzul StorybookMay 1, 2015
Stormcloaks gather around their campfire and whisper stories of Ysgramor and his Five Hundred Companions. Dunmer spread tales of living-gods and treasure beneath timeless ruins. A Redguard sings a song of golden lands now lost to the sea.
The Elder Scrolls series is rich with mythology and legendary tales. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be crafting a myth of our own through poetry, short fiction, and art featuring the dragon language.
Our story will follow the life and deeds of Lindla Frost-Born, a shield maiden of old Atmora. The myth is outlined in broad strokes below, but the details, are up to you! For this contest, your task is to illustrate one piece of the myth through writing or art. Writing may include a poem or short story. Art may include a sketch, illustration, painting, photograph, or screenshot.
You are encouraged to collaborate with other members for your submission. Help make an illustration for someone’s writing, or tie both of your parts of the tale together. Not every entry must fit together, either. The magic of a myth is that there are many ways to tell it. Experiment with different points of view for your submission. Perhaps yours paints Lindla as bloodthirsty rather than heroic, or perhaps someone in 4th-Era Tamriel is examining this myth for historical accuracy.
In the end, all winning entries will be compiled into a single storybook that will tell Lindla’s tale in full. You don’t have to be a member of Thuum.org to submit, but winning members will receive 60 gold. If you submit winning art and writing, you will receive 90 gold.
Below are the main story points of the myth to follow for your submission, with potential questions or variations to play with. See also this fanmade map of Atmora for reference and inspiration.
Lindla is born in the ancient hold of Haafsrik to the Snow-Stone Clan, in a time of turmoil.
Lindla and the Pine-Ghost
As a child, Lindla becomes a skilled hunter and pursues a mythical creature known by her folk as the Pine-Ghost. She hunts it through Forelgrim Forest and slays it, but with its dying breath, the Pine-Ghost sets upon her a curse.
The Fall of Haafsrik
Haafsrik comes under attack from a neighboring clan, led by the Raven King of Einmor. Haafsrik falls after a fierce battle. Her family slain, Lindla escapes to the woods and swears vengeance.
Lindla Among the Wolves
In Forelgrim Forest, Lindla joins a band of outlaws called the Wolves. There she comes to learn the sword and shield and the secrets of the wild. She eventually becomes the leader of the Wolves, and with them, endeavours to take back Haafsrik.
Lindla and Tahagrel
Lindla climbs a nearby peak and encounters the dragon Tahagrel. She does speaks with the wyrm and wins him to her cause.
With all her strength gathered, Lindla descends on Haafsrik and the Raven King. With the aid of the Wolves and Tahagrel, she slays many foes and kills the Raven King himself. but her wrath is too great, and Haafsrik is reduced to rubble.
Her home destroyed, Lindla fades into the woods. What becomes of her?
Contest Entry Guidelines
Select one event in the myth above and tell it through a poem, Word Wall, short story, or art. Below are the guidelines for each category:
You can send your entry in a private message to paarthurnax or send it in the body of an email to [email protected] with the subject line: Dovahzul Storybook. In this message/email, please provide:
This contest will be open for entries until Friday, May 29th. Pruzah pel! Be sure to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
April 21, 2015
Each month, we're shining the spotlight on a special member of the community. This month's Featured Member is Liis, Liis has been a member since last July, and is the author of 150+ words.
Check out the interview below!
Drem Yol Lok! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Nicki. My community persona is a Khajiit Dragon Priest. Despite being an American, I use the UK version of the spelling of the English language. I lean strongly on SPD (Schizoid Personality Disorder), which my girlfriend helps me with.
How did you first become interested in The Elder Scrolls?
I was introduced to The Elder Scrolls with Skyrim. Being that I played ample amounts of Runescape, The Elder Scrolls series was a warm welcome. I quickly adjusted to the lore as the game grew on me exponentially.
Are there any other languages that you speak?
I own a conlang named Siji. It is a fully fledged and functional conlang that is 11 years old. I still speak it very fluently, yet I am letting it die. The language grieves me for reasons I'd rather keep to myself.
Warrior, thief, or mage?
Actually, both Warrior and Mage. I'm an Auxiliary Spellsword. Meaning that I use a sword and bow with the help of any school of magic besides the school of Destruction in my offhand.
Favorite Dragon Shout?
My favourite Shout is Slow Time. Being a Khajiit in-game also, I find it only natural to be very dextrous. Slow Time allows me to deal with or dispatch several targets at once with reflexes of a seasoned combatant.
Thanks for the interview!
April 4, 2015
The Jarl's Bounty is a wordsmithing event where the community helps create words for the dictionary. Below is a list of words that do not yet have translations. Share your idea for a word in the comments, and we'll discuss them throughout the day. At the end, the Jarl himself will review your suggestions and them to his list. Everyone who participates in the event will receive 60 gold!
The words for this Jarl's Bounty are:
Comment below with your word ideas and example sentences of how they may be used. Pruzah tinvaak!
Vir losei?March 31, 2015
A few updates have been made to the Community Wall, including audio notification for new messages and a new set of guidelines. These guidelines will be enforced to help keep the Community Wall an open and welcoming place for discussion. Take a look and let us know any feedback you may have!
Dovahzul Riddle Contest WinnersMarch 23, 2015
The Dovahzul Riddle Contest is over! Winning entries were chosen based on cleverness, originality, and good use of the dragon language itself. Give your congratulations to the following winners:
Take a look at the winning entries and see if you can solve them!