CONTEST: Golden Summer, Koi Festival[link]
*NEW*GOLDEN HUND INFO:
The Newest coloration available for the Helhunds is EXCLUSIVE and cannot be added to any hund all willy nilly, the same way that the blue is. The Golden Color is not a secret however. There is a clan of Helhund that dwell beside the Great Lake, and who pay homage to the Great Koi Deity that inhabit its icy waters. Each year the clan that lives there collects all of the golden scales that wash upon the shore, and gather them to create the illustrious gold sheen that exemplifies their clan from the others of the vale. With strict laws even within their own clan, not all who are even born into the rots there will attain the honors of the gold patterns, as they will have been found heretic or not dedicated enough in their respects and maintainance of the lake gods satisfactions. The reason's for this mentality is due to the fact that the Koi deities have strong control over the weather of the valley, and are known to create devastating storms, to very clear skies and pleasant breezes, when they choose. The Golden hunds do all they can to maintain healthy population within the lake, and around it, as well as ensuring the safety of prey creatures when seeking the lake for water.
The marking is made by the process of grinding up the gathered scales, and treated like eggshell would be for pigment, applied to the icy mixtures of clay from around the lake bed, the Clan Leaders form a sticky dark paste that is like tar applied to the fur. The paste is left on for several days until it flakes off naturally, leaving a vibrant gold stain that can last for up to five years without reapplication.
(at this time, the only way to obtain this color will to recieve an adopt from ~marsu203
same person, or from me when i hold a contest such as this. The only way to obtain a clan member will be from marsu, as she will be leading the genealogy of that clan, whereas i will control the 'festival markings. Clan members can have much gold on them, whereas the festival markings will be decidedly small, since you are being awarded it from one of the clan leaders for a small dedication.)
*timeframe* about 1 1/2 years after the most recent smilodon plot, not quite hallows eve yet since its summer, thus the 1/2....*
The contest will be of the journey of your submitted helhund to reach this years summer festival. However, the catch is that this year the Koi Deity are already super pissed because of something, and have set a devastating Storm upon the whole valley, even those not attending the festival are left to experience the terrors of the freezing winds, and rest less nights of attempting to stay wamr, or unsumbersed in the snows. Draw your Hund either arriving the valley after surviving the storm, or their perils during it, or even if you are not wanting your hund gold marked, wherever they are and how their tale was during the storm anyhow.
*Must submit a Full Ref upon Entry, (can be old, as long as you have one to link)
*One Entry Contest, Not tiered, So make your entry Worthwhile, and well thought out.
*Depict your hund baring the storm, or reaching the lake for the festival.
*THE CREATIVE PART : you must somehow show how it is your hund understands the penitence and respect that is needed to be awarded such a mark from this clan, IE. the importance of the gods, the humility of the hunds, etc. Be creative, just be sure you manage to give your hund something to be considering during the storm, and be innovative in expressing this abstract thought.
*HAVE FUN, Existing hunds, and new hunds are allowed to enter, (as always, only if they adhere to the species requirements and laws)
JUDGING: (what im looking for)
There will be five winners, each to receive a gold marking from the leaders of the clan. All else will be judged harshly by the clan leaders, and will be told that they were not quite understanding the importance of true penitence to the deities. It is a heavy responsibility for them, and a very high honor to even lady hel.
Judging shall be based on helhund mythos, the creativity of your work, and the heart of your hund ;3
1. drawring of their Helhund with new marking / Gold Marking
2. drawring of their Helhund with new marking / Gold Marking
3. drawring of their Helhund with new marking / Gold Marking
4. drawring of their Helhund with new marking / Gold Marking
5. drawring of their Helhund with new marking / Gold Marking
(all entrants are automatically entered into Contest Canon, and will be included in the comics.)
DEADLINE: Starts JUNE 15- ENDS JULY 15