In a distant and secondhand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling starmists waver and part . . .
See . . .
Great A’Tuin . . . who bears the Weight of
Berilia, Tubal, Great T’Phon and Jerakeen, the four giant elephants upon whose broad and star-tanned shoulders the Disc of the world rests, garland by the long waterfall at its vast circumference and domed by the baby-blue vault of Heaven.
Here upon the Discworld resides a plethora of denizens and citizens all striving to make it through another day.
Join us for the Pratchett Trials
, Level 25 Pet Competition, on the evening of March 22nd** at 7:00pm and do battle with some iconic images from the Discworld.
With all the vim and vigor of the Silver Horde invading Dunmanifestin, prepare to go up against other pet loving (hopefully, Discworld loving) guildies for the glory! And the treasure of course.***
Prepare to bring your favorite of the following to the field of honor.****
--That most villainous of felines: Greebo
--Granny Weatherwax’s Broomstick
) ((Don’t forget to run it up and down
before the battle))
--The Most Dangerous of Travel Accessories, The Luggage
or any of her children (any Turtle),
--Your most powerful Swamp Dragon
(Azure, Crimson, Dark, Emerald, Infinite, Nether, Nexus,
Onyxian, or Scourged Whelpling, Lil’ T and Lil’ D or either Proto-Drake Whelp)
and Lucky Quillen Pup
--The Great and Ponderous Berilia, Tubal, Great T’Phon and Jerakeen
--That little scamp The Death of Rats
(As played by the Fossilized Hatchling
) ((Just imagine the
hood and the scythe))
--Granny Weatherwax’s unexpected pet, You
--The Very Wise and a Little Creepy Octavo
--The Dice Cup of the Gods
--The God of Evolution’s Crowning Achievement
and his stoic Golem compatriots (Voodoo Figurine
--A soldier of The Red Army
, Personal World Destroyer
, Mini Thor
, [pet]Lil’ XT[/pet] or [pet]Landro’s Lil’ XT[/pet], or [pet]Lil’ Smokey[/pet])
--The Butterfly of Storms
or Yellow Moth
(as played by Rustberg Gull
, Sandy Petrel
or Sea Gull
--The adorable and at home in himself Librarian
(as played by Baby Ape
--A member of the Nac Mac Feegles
(as played by [pet]Father Winter’s Helper[/pet] or [pet]Winter’s Little
--The Sheep that is NOT MY COW
--The Pig that is NOT MY COW
– or any of the other pigs)
--The Chicken that is NOT MY COW
(any Chicken other than the mechanical one)
--Peaches, Darktan, Hamnpork, Dangerous Bean, Donut Enter, Big Savings, Toxie
or any of the
other intelligent rats (any Rat)
--Hot flames roared around him, thundering like fiercly burning gas. His skin should have been
blackening already, but against all reason the fire felt no more deadly than a hot desert wind. The air smelled of camphor and spices. . . .It leapt . . . a great bird-shape of pale flame . . . .
****** In other words: The Phoenix
--The Strigiformes member of Ankh Morpork’s symbol (Crested Owl
, Great Horned Owl
Owl[/pet], Snowy Owl
--The World’s Second Greatest Lover, Giamo Casanunda
(as played by Clockwork Gnome
[pet]Clock’em[/pet]) ((Don’t forget to bring his stepladder.))
, Sweeper of Monasteries, Grower of Bonsai Mountains and Agent of Time (as played by Pandaren Monk
That Respawns At His Saved To Point (Stunted Yeti
or Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
--A certain conniving Kangaroo
(as played by either of the Hoplings)
(Green Wing Macaw
, Hyacinth Macaw
--The Eater of Socks
(Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm
--The fierce and forceful Hershebian Lawyer Beetle
--The Merry Ravens found on the gift wrapping of the stand in Hogfather or Quoth
, the Dog-Headed God of Metalwork (Anubisath Idol
We will be following the same general guidelines as the February 9th competition. As the Ventinari Family Motto says: “Si non confectus, non reficiat.
” (“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”) This time, though, with only one theme, and an anticipation of easier organization.
All competitors will battle each other. Points will be awarded for winning. Person with the highest number of points, places first, and so on. A bonus point will be reward at the beginning of the competition if you come dressed as any character from the Discworld Series (great licence will be given and basically if you make an effort, you get the point).
Please have a level ten character to join in the raid. General location will be the Counterweight Continent (otherwise known as Pandaria); specific location TBA, but most likely in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms on the plains near the Shrine of Two Moons or on top of the great wall somewhere.
50 gold******* entry fee required. You may send it early or bring it on that day. Signing up in the thread is beneficial as it gives the organizes a feel for how many might be present.
Until we can hire Leonard of Quirm to devise an Observing Pet Battles Fought By Other People device, please screenshot anything that does not seem correct to you so that we may, in our best Patrician impersonation, resolve the issue speedily or refer the offender to the scorpion pit. Please, do not let me detain you.
*Taken from The Color of Magic
by Terry Pratchett, with a little bit of paraphrasing.
**So far for our themed competitions (and I’m counting the level four competition as a “theme”) we’ve done battle on Sunday afternoon and Saturday evening. This time, I thought we’d try Friday.
***Loving Discworld is not a requirement for joining in.
****While a good case could be made for quite a few of the minipets to be included in this list, I tried to limit the choices***** to the iconic images or characters. I stretched a little in a few cases to provide an adequate number of pets to be battled with and because some iconic images (can we say “Archchancellor’s Hat) are not available. There 39 books and there is nearly one minipet per book.
*****Choices: While it’s fun to wade into battle with whatever pets you want, there’ something to be said for being limited, learning the strengths and weaknesses of the particular pets involved and developing appropriate strategy.
******From Carpe Jugulum
by Terry Pratchett
*******A note about the entry fee: It goes right into the winner’s pot to be split between the winners on the following formula: Third Place x gold; Second Place 2x gold; and First Place 3x gold.
A Note about the Date: I realize this is less than a week after the March Maddness Competition and I certainly don’t want to step on any toes. However, I have several days off that week and it will work well to host the competition when I’m not running from or to work. Also, as a fellow guildie said to me, “The more, the merrier.”