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This is a DESIGN CONTEST for the fantasy world Tam’nýer-a’. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
We are hosted on the wonderful RPR, and usually our contests are for members only, so this is a bit different from our usual fair and we cannot wait to share it with you!

Tam’nýer-a’ is a pretty vast homebrew fantasy world, primarily developed by yours truly with help from multiple people, whether by someone making a flora or fauna and submitting it, or by merely asking a question and prompting inspiration. This contest follows that same theme as this contest is for you to design either a plant, be it a fruiting tree or flower, or a creature, either land or sea dwelling - or heck - both! The design is totally 100% up to you.

iQpHGPE.pngHere’s a more in depth breakdown of what we are looking for in your entry:

  • Fauna or Flora, it must be ‘touched’ somehow; e.g., bioluminescent, minor magical effect
  • Whatever you choose to do, it has to be 100% original designed by you
  • Art & a write-up to explain your design are required

Whatever you design can have multiple uses, in fact, I encourage it. That being said, if you want to design something that is considered sacred, please explain its link to a God or Goddess of Tam’nýer-a’. If this idea tickles you fancy, you can check out the deities of Tam’nýer-a’ here and you can pick whichever one catches your eye the most.

Guidelines
  • Art can be whatever medium, so long as the background of the image can be made transparent in order to add it to the group lore
  • You can submit multiple entries if you so choose, but not win multiple prizes so as to ensure that multiple people can win
  • Prizes will only be given out, and entries applied if we have a minimum of 6 participants
  • Because this includes art, I am asking that commercial rights be given as I am planning to do a lore book in the future

Now that we’re through with that part - what’s in it for you?!

Here’s a list of prizes - wait, prizeS? Yup! There will be one grand prize winner, but if there’s enough entries and we like your idea enough to add it to the lore, we will have two runner ups!

Here’s the breakdown:

Grand Prize
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  • One Hourglass of Epicness
    1 year of epicness for the RPR
  • 4 Enchanted Cloaks
    4 character slots


Runner-ups
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  • 2 Enchanted Cloaks
    2 character slots for each runner up


WRITE-UP EXAMPLE

If I have your attention and you're interested, here's an example of a basic fauna in Tam'nýer-a' (don't worry you don't need a youtube link, this is just ripped from the group lore):

Wôrdiţ (w-uh-a-r-dee-tz)

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3IjTw5Y.png Used for Trading, Farming & Transportation. Teeth are also used for dentures.
xnOQjc8.png Used for food in different ways, depending on where you are

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The Wôrdiţ is a deer-like species sporting reddish brown hides and four spindly legs that are good for galloping at fast speeds. Unlike most species on Earth, both the Males and Females of the Wôrdiţ grow horns. An example of this can be seen below.

They can measure anywhere from 4.5 - 7.75 feet in length and weigh 243 - 677 lbs.

The species prefer to eat reeds as they provide a high protein count and therefore must eat less in a shorter amount of time to become full. This also makes them grazers as they must feed throughout the day in order to stay healthy. When it comes to hydration, however, the Wôrdiţ are exceptionally equipped to handle droughts as their throats are lined with glands which naturally absorb some of the water that they drink to save it for later. Due to this, a Wôrdiţ can last 4-6 days without water intake.

Males become sexually mature anywhere during the period of being 3 to 4 years of age, while the Females of the species can become pregnant any time after their first year. There is no specific breeding season for the Wôrdiţ, however, with a recent study it has been found that they are more likely to copulate during the ever changing raining seasons. We can only assume that this is due to the prosperity of lush grasslands supplying an ample amount of food for them. Unfortunately, while potentially being coerced by nature's rain to breed, the gestation period is 6 months, when the rains may have stopped entirely.

This precarious risk is exploited by the Humans as they can keep track of multiple families and when the creature is in need with a new calf, they can take them in and begin the domestication process. It is true that over a third of the creature population is domesticated and used for trading, farming, and transportation, but without these animals, civilization would be tested.

It should be noted however that the Wôrdiţ, while used as working animals by most of civilization, the Ãoni feel an affinity for the Wôrdiţ, treating them as though they were pets as well as a working part of the family. Though with the Ãoni living cliff side, they will have a small herd of Wôrdiţ per colony, permitting them the reign of the land to graze as they please, whilst keeping them in a pen during the night under supervision to keep them safe.

A Wôrdiţ in the wild, their life expectancy is up to 10 years, while life in captivity is roughly 14.


Please submit your entries here as a part of this thread, and if you'd like to as well, you are free to PM your entry as well. This goes for questions too! :D

This contest is open until February 25th, (which is a Tuesday) at noon Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks everyone & good luck!
Replying to this for more awareness! Holy crap! I'm so excited for this contest! I want my friends list to see this one. :)
I will definitely be making something for this contest! :D May I ask if it needs to be a specific medium? (Traditional art or digital art)
Crystaldragon126 wrote:
I will definitely be making something for this contest! :D May I ask if it needs to be a specific medium? (Traditional art or digital art)

You may totally ask!

The medium is whatever you are comfortable with, as long as it can be cleaned up and the background made transparent to be added to the group. ♡

So happy to hear that you'll be participating!
I finished a creature! :D

Leóhtfruma

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Leóhtfruma:
Lifespan: 60-80 Tam'nýer—a''n years
Height: 6.5-10ft tall
Weight: 500lbs-1200lbs
Colors(body): Black, dark green, dark blue
Colors(feathers): Green, blue, purple
Colors(markings): Green, blue, purple, indigo

-Used in transportation, trade, and battle; Bones are highly desired for carvings and feathers used in natural crafts.

-Can be eaten if cooked properly on a fire; eyes are poisonous even if cooked

= Poison
= Used in Trades



The Leóhtfruma is a rare species that is said to resemble the earth planet’s horses. With large feathers across their heads, spines, tails, and shoulders, their appearance is easily recognizable by their eight, hooved legs. They are an omnivorous species but prefer fruits and red meats. They are normally found within The Mountains of T-'a'Ţăs'múr, or the hands continent.

While the females grow to about 6 ½ feet to 8 feet tall, the males grow to be up to 10 feet in height, or a little over 3 meters. When born however, they only stand at about 1 foot tall, and they are featherless and without markings. They are born live, and the gestation period is about 5 months. By the age of 2, their feathers will start to grow, and their markings will start to appear at the age of 10. The Leóhtfruma is considered an adult when it reaches the age of 12, and all it’s feathers and markings will have grown in.

The males are favored for combat purposes, but because of their rarity only a select few can ride such beasts. Male Leóhtfruma are not only fast, but highly versatile in combat. They are able to act as both weapons and steeds. Their kicks are considered lethal, and a swipe of their tail can send a soldier flying. With sharp canine teeth, even their bite can be disabling if they hit the right spot. The only downside to a Leóhtfruma in combat however, is that they are hard to control, especially if you are not bonded with the creature. If they feel threatened you may find yourself at battle with your own steed.

Female Leóhtfruma are considered best for trading purposes and transportation. During spring, the females will battle for mates, and often lose some of their feathers in the process. The feathers are considered useful in trade for penmanship, decorative headdresses, and much more. When the Leóhtfruma die, their bones are harvested and are highly sought out for carvings because of their high durability and rarity. When not looking for mates, or when they are tamed, they can be used to pull carts or just as regular steeds. While it is rare to tame a Leóhtfruma, they are able to go long distances without needing to rest, making them worthy travel companions for those needing to travel mountains or continents.

In superstition, it is often said that the Leóhtfruma chooses its master, and not the other way around. This is often true, as those looking to do so must approach with caution and show the creature respect. Most fail at taming one, and many end up injured or worse in the process. If the Leóhtfruma’s feathery mane stands up on end, fluffing out, it means it believes there is danger and will attack. If the feathers stay the same, they are neutral, and may be curious. However, if the Leóhtfruma bows its head to the person, and it’s feathers are flattening, it is allowing the person to come closer, and showing it’s respect back.

They do this to other Leóhtfruma as well during mating and choosing a partner, as they mate for life. The female must win the male’s respect by not only competing with other females, but also with a display of affection. Normally this is what is called ‘chorgléo’, in which the female does what resembles a dance and display of her feathers for the chosen partner. If the male wants to mate with that female, he will bow his head before flattening his feathers, or he may even join within the chorgléo.
Crystaldragon126 wrote:
I finished a creature! :D

Leóhtfruma

gy8qhs0.jpg


Leóhtfruma:
Lifespan: 60-80 Tam'nýer—a''n years
Height: 6.5-10ft tall
Weight: 500lbs-1200lbs
Colors(body): Black, dark green, dark blue
Colors(feathers): Green, blue, purple
Colors(markings): Green, blue, purple, indigo

-Used in transportation, trade, and battle; Bones are highly desired for carvings and feathers used in natural crafts.

-Can be eaten if cooked properly on a fire; eyes are poisonous even if cooked

= Poison
= Used in Trades



The Leóhtfruma is a rare species that is said to resemble the earth planet’s horses. With large feathers across their heads, spines, tails, and shoulders, their appearance is easily recognizable by their eight, hooved legs. They are an omnivorous species but prefer fruits and red meats. They are normally found within The Mountains of T-'a'Ţăs'múr, or the hands continent.

While the females grow to about 6 ½ feet to 8 feet tall, the males grow to be up to 10 feet in height, or a little over 3 meters. When born however, they only stand at about 1 foot tall, and they are featherless and without markings. They are born live, and the gestation period is about 5 months. By the age of 2, their feathers will start to grow, and their markings will start to appear at the age of 10. The Leóhtfruma is considered an adult when it reaches the age of 12, and all it’s feathers and markings will have grown in.

The males are favored for combat purposes, but because of their rarity only a select few can ride such beasts. Male Leóhtfruma are not only fast, but highly versatile in combat. They are able to act as both weapons and steeds. Their kicks are considered lethal, and a swipe of their tail can send a soldier flying. With sharp canine teeth, even their bite can be disabling if they hit the right spot. The only downside to a Leóhtfruma in combat however, is that they are hard to control, especially if you are not bonded with the creature. If they feel threatened you may find yourself at battle with your own steed.

Female Leóhtfruma are considered best for trading purposes and transportation. During spring, the females will battle for mates, and often lose some of their feathers in the process. The feathers are considered useful in trade for penmanship, decorative headdresses, and much more. When the Leóhtfruma die, their bones are harvested and are highly sought out for carvings because of their high durability and rarity. When not looking for mates, or when they are tamed, they can be used to pull carts or just as regular steeds. While it is rare to tame a Leóhtfruma, they are able to go long distances without needing to rest, making them worthy travel companions for those needing to travel mountains or continents.

In superstition, it is often said that the Leóhtfruma chooses its master, and not the other way around. This is often true, as those looking to do so must approach with caution and show the creature respect. Most fail at taming one, and many end up injured or worse in the process. If the Leóhtfruma’s feathery mane stands up on end, fluffing out, it means it believes there is danger and will attack. If the feathers stay the same, they are neutral, and may be curious. However, if the Leóhtfruma bows its head to the person, and it’s feathers are flattening, it is allowing the person to come closer, and showing it’s respect back.

They do this to other Leóhtfruma as well during mating and choosing a partner, as they mate for life. The female must win the male’s respect by not only competing with other females, but also with a display of affection. Normally this is what is called ‘chorgléo’, in which the female does what resembles a dance and display of her feathers for the chosen partner. If the male wants to mate with that female, he will bow his head before flattening his feathers, or he may even join within the chorgléo.

Holy smokes!! This entry is amazing! It's clear that you read some of the lore too. I daresay you went above and beyond. I adore all the little tidbits such as the mating ritual and the lifespan makes it sound mythical. This is amazing. I'm floored. Thank you so much for your entry, Crystal Dragon <3
The picture is not very good but I tried my best at hand drawing it.

Kanviçléx


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Name: Kanviçléx

Appearance: Bright Yellow. Appears fuzzy to the touch

Size: Nearly six inches across in diameter. Over the course of it's lifetime it can grow anywhere between 80 and 240 feet.

Habitat: Freshwater. Grows well deep underwater but can also be frequently found closer to the surface. Can grow anywhere as long as the water does not contain any salt.

Traits: Stays constantly warm to the touch while it is alive. This plant can only live when fully submerged in freshwater. Outside of freshwater this plant grows cold to the touch and hardens within a candlemark.

Fast growing: can grow upwards of one foot in a single Day. This plant grows close together with other similar plants. When a large amount of this plant is gathered together, especially near the surface, it looks like the sea is a yellow color instead of blue.

Uses in cooking: Contains a few valuable nutrients that people need. Can be used to make a thick soup or broth. This ingredient can also be used to soften tougher foods when soaked together in a broth and eating this ingredient is quite filling. This plant can only stay preserved for a full Day in freshwater when cut and taken from it's original growth spot.

Uses in medicine: This plant works wonders to relieve tense muscles and aches. The warmth this plant generates is enough to sooth muscle pain considerably while the plant remains alive. This plant is also good for making the outside casing for casts (similar to paper mache) for broken bones when it hardens after death.
Krispythekritter wrote:
The picture is not very good but I tried my best at hand drawing it.

Kanviçléx


6ZdUqN2.jpg

Name: Kanviçléx

Appearance: Bright Yellow. Appears fuzzy to the touch

Size: Nearly six inches across in diameter. Over the course of it's lifetime it can grow anywhere between 80 and 240 feet.

Habitat: Freshwater. Grows well deep underwater but can also be frequently found closer to the surface. Can grow anywhere as long as the water does not contain any salt.

Traits: Stays constantly warm to the touch while it is alive. This plant can only live when fully submerged in freshwater. Outside of freshwater this plant grows cold to the touch and hardens within a candlemark.

Fast growing: can grow upwards of one foot in a single Day. This plant grows close together with other similar plants. When a large amount of this plant is gathered together, especially near the surface, it looks like the sea is a yellow color instead of blue.

Uses in cooking: Contains a few valuable nutrients that people need. Can be used to make a thick soup or broth. This ingredient can also be used to soften tougher foods when soaked together in a broth and eating this ingredient is quite filling. This plant can only stay preserved for a full Day in freshwater when cut and taken from it's original growth spot.

Uses in medicine: This plant works wonders to relieve tense muscles and aches. The warmth this plant generates is enough to sooth muscle pain considerably while the plant remains alive. This plant is also good for making the outside casing for casts (similar to paper mache) for broken bones when it hardens after death.

Krispy - damn. This thing is so useful. It adds to the saying that the "waters are rich". Awesome job! <3

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