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  • cerian_cantwr
    Mid-Realm Bardic Madness VIII – The Song of the Sea Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs,
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 1, 2006
      Mid-Realm Bardic Madness VIII – The Song of the Sea

      Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres,
      Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets,
      Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of
      these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players
      as well.

      This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 11th, 2006.
      Our hosts will be the Barony of Brendoken (the event takes place near
      Wooster, OH). Many thanks go to all of them for their hospitality in
      helping the bardic community out this year. Our theme will be the sea
      and all that lies within it.

      The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants'
      creativity and artistic growth. They are not meant to be
      competitions - everyone who takes part can consider themselves a
      winner.

      Your response to the various challenges may be in many different
      forms. Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling,
      magic, instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a
      tale. All of these could be used to answer a given challenge (though
      perhaps not all at the same time :-) . Our desire here is to be
      inclusive rather than exclusive. If you have something to share that
      doesn't quite fit or that stretches the definitions a little, then
      fire away.

      It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place
      where you may feel free to experiment and try new things. If you've
      never performed before, now's your chance. You'll be hard pressed to
      find a friendlier and more supportive audience. We would be
      delighted to see lots of first time performers.

      Please remember, in order to make sure as many gentles get a chance
      to perform as possible, we ask that you limit your performances so
      that they run less than five minutes.

      For more event information, see the website at
      http://tilted-windmill.com/bms8/ Additional information will be
      posted there as it becomes available.

      For questions about the days bardic activities (challenges, teaching
      a class, participating in the concert, or serving as a patron),
      please contact the provost:
      Cerian Cantwr
      630-272-8514
      cerian@...

      For questions about the site and logistics, please contact the
      autocrat:
      Sofia Tyzes
      216-548-4747
      karoline@...



      The Challenges

      Fyt the First:

      Pass the Tale:
      All those who wish to participate get up together, and tell a tale
      from beginning to end. The challenge's patron will 'conduct' by
      pointing to the person whose turn it is to continue the tale, and
      deciding when it is time to end.

      Here There Be Dragons:
      Sailing off into the unknown was a chancy business. No one knew what
      waited in the blank corners of the map. Tell us of such a journey,
      real or metaphorical, and what was found along the way.

      Death, Doom, and Gloom:
      This song isn't from Calontir. A surprisingly large percentage of
      sea songs end badly for their participants. Cheer us all, well… down
      with a song or tale of something soggy and grim.


      2nd fyt:

      Stir Fry:
      Given a list of words, do something artistic with them.

      Why Wait for Willy:
      Many women waited for years at a time while their lover (usually
      named Willy) went to sea. It seldom worked out well. Let us know
      about one of these difficult relationships. How did it work out, why
      was the lady willing to wait so long, or how come the guy is always
      named Willy anyway?

      Arrrrrrrr:
      By the bleary bloodshot eye o' Bluebeard! What be a day 'bout the
      sea without mention o' them merry buccaneers o' the deep – the
      pirates? Stand to, and give o'er wi' pirate song or story, lest ye
      be made ter walk the plank!


      3rd fyt:

      A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words:
      Members of the populace will draw pictures for this challenge based
      on the theme: things found in the sea (feel free to define this
      broadly). Participants will pull both a drawing and a song out of a
      hat just before the challenge starts. Write two verses and a chorus
      about the picture using the tune.

      It Came from the Deep:
      The sea is said to be the home of many monstrous creatures: sirens,
      sea serpents, and krakens among them. Tell us of one of these
      legendary creatures or an encounter with one.


      Period Piece:
      Perform a documentably period piece of music, story, or song (poetry,
      prose, and so forth are good too). Dig out those reference books,
      blow off the dust (try not to sneeze), and see what wonderful and
      magical treasures you can find in them. There is a staggering amount
      of fantastic material out there. Find something, be it silly or
      sublime, and amaze us with it.


      4th fyt:

      Scrimshaw Carving:
      Given a piece of material (perhaps from the great white whale, Moby
      Dial), some tools, and a subject; carve an image and compose a text
      based on it. This may be done individually or as a team.

      Rondeau Roundabout:
      The rondeau is a French poetic form dating back to the thirteenth
      century. It consists of thirteen eight syllable lines and two
      repeated four syllable refrains. These fifteen lines contain are
      broken into three stanzas and contain only three rhymes. The rhyme
      scheme is as follows:

      Stanza 1: A A B B A (5 lines of eight syllables)
      Stanza 2: A A B C (3 lines of eight syllables,
      plus the 4 syllable refrain)
      Stanza 3: A A B B A C (5 lines of eight syllables,
      plus the 4 syllable refrain)

      So, how does this all work in practice? Something like this:

      A Attend and I will tell to you,
      A Of how to write a rondeau true.
      B Use thirteen lines that hold eight feet -
      B Plus two of four, that do repeat.
      A Where, but three rhymes make their debut.

      A Split into stanzas, that are few,
      A Five lines in one and four in two -
      B Plus six in three. It's now complete.
      C Our Rondeau's done.

      A The `A' rhyme you will eight times view.
      A The `B', but five times will accrue.
      B The `C' you will but two times meet,
      B Identical in ev'ry beat.
      A Our poem is done and so we're through,
      C Our Rondeau's done.

      Additional examples can be seen at
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rondeau_(poetry) and
      http://www.forwardpress.co.uk/04_workshop/workshop_02.htm. As
      always, for all the gory details, look at The Princeton Encyclopedia
      of Poetry and Poetics.



      Land Ho:
      Sea voyages were dangerous. Many ships sailed out only to disapear
      without a trace. Because of this, the first glimpse of journey's end
      was always a welcome sight. Sing a song of celebration that tells of
      arriving at a destination, reaching agoal, or coming home.

      Challenge General Rules

      Challenges are not contests. You win by entering and striving to do
      the best you can.

      Challenges are designed to encourage you to try your hand at
      something new, to stretch yourself, to enjoy, and to celebrate the
      creative spirit.

      Read the guidelines for the challenges carefully, like most
      exercises, they are designed to help you develop in specific areas.
      Try to follow them as closely as you can, but stretching them in
      unexpected directions is good too.

      Individuals are welcome and encouraged to give recognition to those
      performers whom they especially enjoy.

      In order to allow the largest number of people to participate,
      challenge entries shall be limited to five minutes or less. Each
      person may enter a maximum of one piece in each challenge and a
      maximum of eight challenges.
    • cerian_cantwr
      Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XI *** REMINDER *** The hotel block expires this Friday, October 30th. People should request the group rate under: Barony of the
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 29, 2009
        Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XI

        *** REMINDER *** The hotel block expires this Friday, October 30th.
        People should request the group rate under: Barony of the Cleftlands
        SCA.

        Hilton Garden Inn, Mayfield Village, 700 Beta Dr., Cleveland, OH, 44143
        440-646-1777


        Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres,
        Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets,
        Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of
        these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players
        as well.

        This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 21st, 2009 (weekend before Thanksgiving). Our hosts will be the Barony of Cleftlands (Cleveland, OH). Many thanks go to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic community out this year.

        The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants'
        creativity and artistic growth. They are not meant to be
        competitions - everyone who takes part can consider themselves a
        winner.

        Your response to the various challenges may be in many different
        forms. Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling,
        magic, instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a
        tale. All of these could be used to answer a given challenge (though
        perhaps not all at the same time :-) . Our desire here is to be
        inclusive rather than exclusive. If you have something to share that
        doesn't quite fit or that stretches the definitions a little, then
        fire away.

        It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place
        where you may feel free to experiment and try new things. If you've
        never performed before, now's your chance. You'll be hard pressed to
        find a friendlier and more supportive audience. We would be
        delighted to see lots of first time performers.

        Please remember, in order to make sure as many gentles get a chance
        to perform as possible, we ask that you limit your performances so
        that they run less than five minutes.

        For more event information, see the website at
        http://tilted-windmill.com/bms11/ Additional information will be
        posted there as it becomes available.

        For questions about the days challenges or participating in the concert
        please contact the provost:
        Lucia Elena Braganza
        kcoutinho@...

        For questions about the site and logistics, please contact the
        autocrat:
        Tyzes Sofia
        216-548-4747
        karoline@...



        The Challenges

        Fyt the First:

        Pass the Tale:
        All those who wish to participate get up together, and tell a tale
        from beginning to end. The challenge's patron will 'conduct' by
        pointing to the person whose turn it is to continue the tale, and
        deciding when it is time to end.

        Hail to the Chief:
        A queen is often held as the inspiraton of all that we do. Regale us
        with a piece about (or for) your faviroite monarch.

        Don't Piss Off the Goddess:
        Pick a pantheon - Greek, Norse, Roman, Celtic, or something else. Run
        ins with goddesses rarely go as expected. Tell us of an... incident.


        2nd fyt:

        Stir Fry:
        Given a list of words, do something artistic with them.

        Battle of the Sexes:
        Often it boils down t this - the guys vs the gals. Choose your side and
        make your case.

        Period Piece:
        Perform a documentably period piece of music, story, or song (poetry,
        prose, and so forth are good too). Dig out those reference books, blow
        off the dust (try not to sneeze), and see what wonderful and magical
        treasures you can find in them. There is a staggering amount of
        fantastic material out there. Find something, be it silly or sublime,
        and amaze us with it.


        3rd fyt:

        A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words:
        Members of the populace will draw pictures for this challenge based on
        the theme: a great journey (feel free to define this broadly).
        Participants will pull both a drawing and a song out of a hat just
        before the challenge starts. Write two verses and a chorus about the
        picture using the tune.

        Form Challenge - Rime Royal:
        The rhyme royal stanza consists of seven lines, usually in iambic
        pentameter, set a-b-a-b-b-c-c. Geoffrey Chaucer used it often,
        including for four of the Canterbury tales, and James I of Scotland used
        it, perhaps inspiring the designation "royal" rhyme. It remained very
        influential among English and Scottish poets after Chaucer's death,
        finally falling out of fashion during the reign of Elizabeth I.

        The rime royal and royal rhyme's the same
        Good Chaucer liked it, as did James the First
        An a-b-a-b tercet starts the game
        Followed by b-c-c couplet versed.
        If different parsing is to be coerced,
        A terza rima with two couplets endowed.
        But we'll say both are fair and both allowed

        Warrior Women:
        Joan of Arc led the French army, Penthesilea ruled the Amazons, and the
        Farmer's Wife defeated the Three Blind Mice. Tell us of a woman who
        bravely battled her foe, regardless of the size.


        4th fyt:

        Bard Scribe Illuminator:
        Given a subject in the morning, compose, calligraph, and illuminate a
        text on that subject. This may be done individually or as a team.

        Toasting:
        Feast time is traditionally when we raise our glasses on high to honor
        the crown and other deserving individuals. Given a topic or person at
        random, create an appropriate toast for them.

        Love & Madness:
        Each course of tonight's feast has a dish to inflict madness and another
        to relieve it. Little in life inflicts as much madness as love. Give us
        a piece about one, the other, or both.



        Challenge General Rules

        Challenges are not contests. You win by entering and striving to do
        the best you can.

        Challenges are designed to encourage you to try your hand at
        something new, to stretch yourself, to enjoy, and to celebrate the
        creative spirit.

        Read the guidelines for the challenges carefully, like most
        exercises, they are designed to help you develop in specific areas.
        Try to follow them as closely as you can, but stretching them in
        unexpected directions is good too.

        Individuals are welcome and encouraged to give recognition to those
        performers whom they especially enjoy.

        In order to allow the largest number of people to participate,
        challenge entries shall be limited to five minutes or less. Each
        person may enter a maximum of one piece in each challenge and a
        maximum of eight challenges.
      • cerian_cantwr
        Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XII Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers,
        Message 3 of 4 , Oct 6, 2010
          Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XII

          Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres,
          Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets,
          Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of
          these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players
          as well.

          This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 13th, 2010. Our
          hosts will be the Shire of Narrental (Twelve Mile, IN). Many thanks go
          to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic community
          out this year.

          The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants'
          creativity and artistic growth. They are not meant to be
          competitions - everyone who takes part can consider themselves a
          winner.

          Your response to the various challenges may be in many different
          forms. Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling,
          magic, instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a
          tale. All of these could be used to answer a given challenge (though
          perhaps not all at the same time :-) . Our desire here is to be
          inclusive rather than exclusive. If you have something to share that
          doesn't quite fit or that stretches the definitions a little, then
          fire away.

          It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place
          where you may feel free to experiment and try new things. If you've
          never performed before, now's your chance. You'll be hard pressed to
          find a friendlier and more supportive audience. We would be
          delighted to see lots of first time performers.

          Please remember, in order to make sure as many gentles get a chance
          to perform as possible, we ask that you limit your performances so
          that they run less than five minutes.

          For more event information, see the website at
          http://tilted-windmill.com/bms12 Additional information will be
          posted there as it becomes available.

          For questions about the days challenges or participating in the concert
          please contact the provost:
          Lucia Elena Braganza
          kcoutinho@...

          For questions about the site and logistics, please contact the
          autocrat:
          Loptr Orlygsson
          (Landon Montgomery)
          1500 Miles Street
          Logansport, IN 46947
          574-870-9886
          arakinas@...


          The Challenges

          Fyt the First:

          Pass the Tale:
          All those who wish to participate get up together, and tell a tale
          from beginning to end. The challenge's patron will 'conduct' by
          pointing to the person whose turn it is to continue the tale, and
          deciding when it is time to end.


          Fortune's Fool:
          Many tales revolve around a prophecy, divination or lucky charm. Tell us of one such adventure.


          Deja Vu:
          What if "It's Been A Hard Day's Night" had been written by O'Carolan
          instead of the Beatles? If John Henry was a blacksmith instead of a
          steel drivin' man? Mighty Casey at Crown List? Take a modern piece, but
          crank the dial on the way-back machine to make it SCA compatible. For
          example:

          Now, gentles, sit! And yes shall hear a tale,
          The story of a voyage marr'd by fate,
          Commencing from a port of tropic clime
          Aboard a vessel minuscule, the mate
          A sailor full of puissance, yet not more
          Than was his captain. That idyllic shore
          Sent forth five passengers upon a tour
          Of but three hours' time; the weather played
          The strumpet with the ship, her serenade
          Turned hurricano, and not small at all,
          Her crew's exertions nurs'd her to the lee
          Of a long-forgotten atoll. There lamed,
          Brave Gilligan and his captain dwell beside
          A merchant rich as Croesus and his bride,
          A wanton actress, a most learned man,
          And Mary Ann,
          Upon the isle for which our play is named!
          -- (unattributed, found at http://www.thalia.org/medieval.html)


          2nd fyt:

          Sibyl Says:
          The sibyls were female prophets of Greek and Roman mythology. Their
          prophecies, which emerged as riddles to be interpreted by priests, were
          inspired by Apollo or other dieties. (mythencyclopedia.com). Tell us a
          riddle, prophetic or not!


          Mourning Becomes Cassandra:
          Cassandra was a prophetess cursed by Apollo to always foretell true,
          but never to be believed. She witnessed many tragedies and died in the
          fall of Troy. Pull out the hankies and give us a good lament.


          Period Piece:
          Perform a documentably period piece of music, story, or song (poetry,
          prose, and so forth are good too). Dig out those reference books, blow
          off the dust (try not to sneeze), and see what wonderful and magical
          treasures you can find in them. There is a staggering amount of
          fantastic material out there. Find something, be it silly or sublime,
          and amaze us with it.


          3rd fyt:

          Fortune Cookie:
          We're leaving this one up to the fates and sugar. Grab a fortune cookie
          or the Italian analog, Baci (provided by the Provost), and write two
          verses and a chorus inspired by the wisdom within.


          Anglo Saxon Verse:
          My magic 8 ball predicts there will be a mighty event in the East,
          where the lines of Beowulf will once again echo in the hall
          (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BeowulfEvent). Start warming up now with
          a piece in Anglo Saxon verse. The rules for constructing it are as
          follows:

          1. Each line is made up of two half lines or distiches.
          2. When spoken aloud, there will be a natural pause between them.
          This is the caesura.
          3. Each half line consists of two strongly stressed syllables and an
          indefinite number of weaker ones.
          4. Stressed syllables rhyme with each other by alliteration.
          5. The first stress of the second half line will rhyme with either
          of the stresses in the first half line.
          6. The second stress of the second half line does not usually rhyme
          with either of the stresses in the first half line.

          Here is an example:

          Harken and hear heed my example.
          Verse form I give you view it and learn.
          Two are the stresses told in each half-line,
          Varied the unstressed uttered as well.
          The first or the second fit with the third beat;
          The fourth, at the end, follows no rule.
          When spoken aloud, ears spot the caesura -
          The silence between both halves of the line.

          Further information on the basic rules for Anglo-Saxon alliterative verse can be found at
          http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~iabrams/OE_Rap_port/oepoetryworksheet.htm.
          For all the gory details, take a look at The Princeton Encyclopedia of
          Poetry and Poetics.


          Beware the Ides of March:
          Ceasar might've lived longer if he'd paid attention! Give us your own
          ominous foretelling.


          4th fyt:

          Bard Scribe Illuminator:
          Given a subject in the morning, compose, calligraph, and illuminate a
          text on that subject. This may be done individually or as a team.

          Toasting:
          Feast time is traditionally when we raise our glasses on high to honor
          the crown and other deserving individuals. Given a topic or person at
          random, create an appropriate toast for them.

          Tastier than Tea Leaves:
          Food is often involved in divination, from reading of tea leaves or
          entrails to tossing apple peelings. But we've got much better things to
          do with food - a glorious feast! Give us a piece about food or
          feasting; bonus points if you can work in praise for our cooks.




          Challenge General Rules

          Challenges are not contests. You win by entering and striving to do
          the best you can.

          Challenges are designed to encourage you to try your hand at
          something new, to stretch yourself, to enjoy, and to celebrate the
          creative spirit.

          Read the guidelines for the challenges carefully, like most
          exercises, they are designed to help you develop in specific areas.
          Try to follow them as closely as you can, but stretching them in
          unexpected directions is good too.

          Individuals are welcome and encouraged to give recognition to those
          performers whom they especially enjoy.

          In order to allow the largest number of people to participate,
          challenge entries shall be limited to five minutes or less. Each
          person may enter a maximum of one piece in each challenge and a
          maximum of four challenges.
        • cerian_cantwr
          Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XIII - The Beast One Yet Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs,
          Message 4 of 4 , Sep 28, 2011
            Mid-Realm Bardic Madness XIII - The Beast One Yet

            Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres,
            Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets,
            Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of
            these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players
            as well.

            This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 19th, 2011.
            Our hosts will be the Marche of Alderford (Canton, OH). Many thanks
            go to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic
            community out this year.

            The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants'
            creativity and artistic growth. They are not meant to be
            competitions - everyone who takes part can consider themselves a
            winner.

            Your response to the various challenges may be in many different
            forms. Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling,
            magic, instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a
            tale. All of these could be used to answer a given challenge (though
            perhaps not all at the same time :-) . Our desire here is to be
            inclusive rather than exclusive. If you have something to share that
            doesn't quite fit or that stretches the definitions a little, then
            fire away.

            It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place
            where you may feel free to experiment and try new things. If you've
            never performed before, now's your chance. You'll be hard pressed to
            find a friendlier and more supportive audience. We would be
            delighted to see lots of first time performers.

            Please remember, in order to make sure as many gentles get a chance
            to perform as possible, we ask that you limit your performances
            (including introductions) so that they run less than five minutes.

            For more event information, see the website at
            http://tilted-windmill.com/bms13 Additional information will be
            posted there as it becomes available.

            For questions about the days challenges, classes, patrons, or
            participating in the concert please contact the provosts:
            Cerian Cantwr Llywelyn Glyndwr
            cerian@... cipram@...

            For questions about the site and logistics, please contact the
            steward:
            Ursula the Widow
            (Michelle Hartz)
            458 North Broadway
            New Philadelphia, OH, 44663
            ursula@...


            The Challenges

            Fyt the First:

            Pass the Tale:
            All those who wish to participate get up together, and tell a tale
            from beginning to end. The challenge's patron will 'conduct' by
            pointing to the person whose turn it is to continue the tale, and
            deciding when it is time to end.

            Mistaken Identity:
            Bestiaries often confused similar critters. For instance identifying
            the unicorn and the rhinoceros as the same animal because they share
            the same single horn; or giving the tiger spots instead of stripes.
            Tell us about a case of mistaken identity.

            Beast from the East:
            The Tyger and the Dragon have an annual "rivalry". Imagine how this
            rivalry MIGHT have started, or how it could be resolved (or not ...)


            2nd fyt:

            Mazacroca:
            Given several texts to choose from in foreign languages, "translate"
            one of them and explain what it "really" means.

            Triolets Are Blue:
            The triolet is a period French verse form dating back to the
            thirteenth century. It consists of an eight line stanza with two
            repeated lines (the rhyme scheme is shown below), and can be used
            singly or as part of a cycle. Try your hand at writing one.
            Additional examples may be found on-line at
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triolet

            a - line 1
            b - line 2
            a - rhymes with line 1
            A - identical to line 1
            a - rhymes with line 1
            b - rhymes with line 2
            A - identical to line 1
            B - identical to line 2

            For example:
            For long the cruel wish I knew
            That your free heart should ache for me
            While mine should bear no ache for you;
            For, long-the cruel wish!-I knew
            How men can feel, and craved to view
            My triumph-fated not to be
            For long! . . . The cruel wish I knew
            That your free heart should ache for me!

            Thomas Hardy


            A Monster in Any Medium:
            Create for us a creature. Use whatever tools and materials you wish -
            C&I, fiber arts, clay, a subtlety, drinking straws. Let your
            imagination run wild with this one. Once you have built your beastie,
            bring it in and tell us about it. Both creature and piece may be
            created before the event.



            3rd fyt:

            A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words:
            Members of the populace will draw pictures for this challenge based
            on the theme: bestiary creatures (feel free to define this broadly -
            in period it could be real creatures, mythical ones, and sometimes
            rocks). Participants will pull both a drawing and a song out of a hat
            just before the challenge starts. Write two verses and a chorus about
            the picture using the tune.

            The Beast's Lair:
            Beasts arise in all sorts of locations - jungles, desserts, steppes,
            many of which were just as unfamiliar to the folk of Europe as the
            animals themselves. Take us to one of these exotic, imaginary or
            fabled lands.

            Period Piece:
            Perform a documentably period piece of music, story, or song (poetry,
            prose, and so forth are good too). Dig out those reference books, blow
            off the dust (try not to sneeze), and see what wonderful and magical
            treasures you can find in them. There is a staggering amount of
            fantastic material out there. Find something, be it silly or sublime,
            and amaze us with it.


            4th fyt:

            Toasting:
            Feast time is traditionally when we raise our glasses on high to
            honor the crown and other deserving individuals. Given a topic or
            person at random, create an appropriate toast for them.

            Show your Breeding:
            We all know where unicorns, mermaids, cyclopeans, and the like
            originated - or do we? Pick a fabulous creature and tell us where it
            MIGHT have come from.

            Things That Go Bump in the Night:
            The darkness can be filled with all sorts of fantastical things. Why
            do they go *bump* anyway? Are they menacing? Are they percussionists?
            Maybe they're just near-sighted. You tell us.



            Challenge General Rules

            Challenges are not contests. You win by entering and striving to do
            the best you can.

            Challenges are designed to encourage you to try your hand at
            something new, to stretch yourself, to enjoy, and to celebrate the
            creative spirit.

            Read the guidelines for the challenges carefully, like most
            exercises, they are designed to help you develop in specific areas.
            Try to follow them as closely as you can, but stretching them in
            unexpected directions is good too.

            Individuals are welcome and encouraged to give recognition to those
            performers whom they especially enjoy.

            In order to allow the largest number of people to participate,
            challenge entries shall be limited to five minutes or less (that
            includes the introduction). Each person may enter a maximum of one
            piece in each challenge and a maximum of four challenges.
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