Here's another challenge to those of you who're creative. Fuse Santa with another (in)famous character! (of some antiquity - say, Robin Hood or Emperor Nero)
Shortly describe the new persona (or draw it), also detailing what he/she does and add one or two stories involving the character (100-200 words for the stories).
Last day of submission: 24th Dec. Post your character here, because prizes will be awarded based on forum reputation only. UP votes will count more than DOWN votes.
(will update the thread with prizes)
I'm not at the age where I can receive gifts from Santa anymore (although I write him yearly, asking for a winning lottery ticket), so I've forgotten all about it. I suppose once you don't get your free gifts anymore, you don't care. This year I asked myself - who is that guy? One answer is 'the reason why shopping malls and stores are filled with moronic items and fake discounts to create mass consumer hysteria, akin to black Friday where servers shutdown from overload (NOT, just a marketing strategy) and old women trample each other to death for a 20% off to pans'. Another is 'the hostage to Coca-Cola ads, who managed to create such a brand that inmates condemned to lethal injection (this includes murderers of the worst type) ask for a coke before death'. Yet another is less practical and involves me knowing that Asians also have their guy, called Budai or Hotei, who's basically a chubby man with a sack full of goodies and sweets, who pays excessive attention to children. It would be easy to say that Budai is a 'type' of Buddha, but what if the myriad types of Buddha simply overlapped existing gods? What if there was a fat god who loved children and carried a sack with goodies? What if Santa Claus is universal and it's based on an archetype of a cheerful man who loves children, not because he's a deviant, but because he couldn't have any, and so is kinder than parents normally are? Not sure, just speculating.
But if that were true, then the holiday of Santa Claus would be a holiday dedicated to children everywhere, and, if you're an adult and receive a gift (lucky!), you can accept it with no worries (basically, a holy day where debts are not created as per usual). For most people, though, this holiness would soon be turned into a mass hysteria about getting the right present, hating the present you received, fighting other people over the 'last item my child wants so much' etc. Nothing can do about it, it's human nature to forget the meaning of things. Those who don't forget, can enjoy it, I believe.
Wall of text aside, this topic has a role - I'm going to link here this year's Xmas quests, to keep things organized.
I will run this on the 24th or 25th, depending on your preference.
It will be a forum race in finding the original scene among scenes that have additions.
More specifically, for set 1of images (name_1) you have to find the scene that was modified; for set 2 (name_2) you have to find the scene that wasn't modified whatsoever and for the third set you have to find the scene that was modified.
rewards be here
I don't know how crazy Santa is about photographs, but I'm sure he doesn't mind an album to reminisce the good ol' days.
So let's do that - the task is to create such an album (6 images minimum) with Santa Claus visiting MD scenes (ex. making a victory sign in the Drachorn Cave, unloading gifts at GoE etc). What he does in those scenes is up to you (just...keep it decent).
Submissions will be posted in this thread, and votes (up or down, love or...well, we don't have hate) will count.
Last day for submission is 25th Dec.
post will be updated with rewards
here be answers to (your) questions regarding this quest
We have, more or less, an idea about Santa's residence in the outside realm, but what about MD? Where does Santa live all year round, to conveniently appear _only_ at Christmas? What does he do all year, how does he prepare for Xmas, does he live alone or in company, how does he keep himself hidden?
Write a short essay (350 words minimum) in which you answer these questions, adding whatever you feel necessary to describe MD's Santa Claus.
The last day for submission (by forum PM to yours truly) is 24th Dec.
here be rewards
here be added answers to whatever questions you have about the quest