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Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-17-2014 04:35 AM

Scribe's Contest I - Infamous Quotes Theme

We had an amazing turn out of entries, with submissions spanning a large spectrum of Chaos Dwarf activities. The premier of Scribe's Contest had everything, from humour and cruelty to dark mystery and stories told by quotes. It was great to see such excellent work inscribed on Dawi Zharr tablets! No doubt they were all written in slave blood upon Orc parchment or carved into desecrated Oathstones. Takes Hat off

The voting was even to say the least. The Gold Medal and mini prize will be shared by no less than three (3) entrants, despite a sizeable amount of votes! This is unprecedented on Chaos Dwarfs Online and truly speaks for the tough competition amongst the entries. Very well, Hashut wills it! Wink

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the winners!

Entry #5: Fuggit Khan (1st tie)

"My youngest Zharrling will be 5 years of age tomorrow, so we're giving him a birthday party for him and 20 of his friends. I'll be needing some slaves for the youngsters to play with as party favors...but no damn Ogre's, they burn far too slowly and you know how children these days are, they'll lose interest if it takes more than a minute for them to kill it. about you give me about 150 Gnoblars? And cut out their tongues first, the damn little things curse too much when you disembowel them, not fitting for a 5 year old to hear such foul rubbish at that age. Can you also give me 25 spiked mallets for the young ones, so they can bash in the Gnoblars' heads with?"
- Proud Dawi Zharr father, overheard at the local slave market

Entry #7: torn (1st tie)

"Watch yourselves, Beardlings. Hashut may have decided to bless you with that Immortal armour, but He has cursed you by putting you under my command. Be warned - your life belongs to me now until either you die or I die. Your every breath will be at my command and every step you make will be in time with mine. Every strike you make with your hell bladed axes will fall upon my enemies' heads and every block you make with your obsidian shields will be to save a body that belongs to me. That is the life of an Immortal Warrior."
- Groth Steelbeard, addressing new recruits before the battle of Ghorkan Pass

"What shall become of me? I am neither of Grungni nor Hashut, yet the powers of Chaos have claimed my soul as their own. I feel their power raging through me. My fingertips are tingling as the winds of magic ripple through them. I know not where I stand in this world. Will I be accepted into the halls of Zharr Naggrund or will I be cursed with forever wandering these northern wastes? I suppose the only way to find out is to visit upon my hateful cousins and pray that they accept me as one of their own."
- Skrogg the Betrayer, to his servant Gorsh the Half-Man

Entry #12: Helblindi (1st tie)

"Any race too weak to fight to the death, is unworthy of freedom."
- High Castellan Nabhuzzhar debating the ethics of slavery

"Why is Hashut the greatest of the Chaos Gods? He is not the strongest amongst them, or the most loved, nor has he any Daemon legions. He is the greatest of the Chaos Gods because he pursues his destiny with grim determination, through intelligence, cunning and craftsmanship. So too are we the greatest race in the world, while we are neither the strongest, the most loved or the most numerous."
- Speech of Sorcerer-Prophet Abrizhoatt, leading a Fire Mass

"It matters not that you failed to burn the world. What matters is that you lit a fire."
- Neherazsh the Flaming Bull

Entry #8: Bigdark (2nd)

"Your K'Daai Destroyer has a lesser agenda than your peer's creations, and too many useless parts.
It is yours to defeat alone and... undressed."
- Grand Daemonsmith Darzokk to a pupil who had bound a Daemon of Slaanesh in a moment of distraction and failure

"My Lammasu has fallen.  
Give the ivory and claws to the Daemonsmiths. Send the hide to the Lords for display and honour. Leave his beard intact or your beard and slaves are forfeit.  The blood is Hashut’s, offer it in flames.  Every drop that is wasted will be supplemented by your own.
Bring me the strongest of his progeny, he was bred often and well. I will bind myself to him and the Will of Hashut. We will avenge the father. Prepare the sacrifices."
- Instructions of the Great Lammasu Rider and Daemonsmith Borgraurus the Crusher at the loss of his first Lammasu

"Drink the blood of the mountain! Drown in the floods of Hashut! Feel the burning hatred of the god!"
- Battlecry of Magma Cannon Crew Member Khrazgrup the Cooker

Entry #1: Dînadan (3rd)

"What are ya laggards ducking for?  They couldn't hit an elder dragon at this dist-"
- Last words of Overseer Zhedzvik to his Ironsworn, before being shot by a Skaven Jezzail team

"Verily I do say thou art mine children from this time and for ever more. But be warned, I am a strict father and dost not suffer failure gladly. I hath set thou above all other races in mine dominion but tis only through strife thou shalt maintain thy position, for I am a loving Father and would seest thou prosper and tis mine love that guides mine hand to make it so, for from strife cometh determination, from determination cometh strength, from strength cometh pride and I would seest thou proud of all thy accomplishments.  So I command the, go forth and make me proud in mine love of thee."
- The Dark Father's Farewell to the Twelve Sons as presented in one of the few surviving fragments of the now lost epic

"The Dark Father has led us astray; with every prayer, with every sacrifice, every offering burnt and slave whipped He slices away another part of our soul. We teeter on the Abyss and only through the Ancestors can we step back. In Hashut's name we shackle slaves but in truth it is we who are the slaves, burdened under His yoke that only the might of the Ancestors can cast off. Mark my words!
- Last testimony of the Arch-Heretic Drazkhkûl Stonefist before being sacrificed in The Temple of Hashut at the summit of Mingol Zharr-Naggrund on the night of Ar'Uzkul

1st Place - Gold Scribe Winner: Entry #5 - Fuggit Khan
1st Place - Gold Scribe Winner: Entry #7 - torn
1st Place - Gold Scribe Winner: Entry #12 - Helblindi
2nd Place - Silver Scribe Winner: Entry #8 - Bigdark
3rd Place - Bronze Scribe Winner: Entry #1 - Dînadan

And an honourable mention to Entry #13 - Bloodbeard!
(Who trailed Bronze by one vote.)

As per the Scribe's Contest rules and guidelines (see FAQ for ties) there will be Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded. Note this is different from Artisan's Contest and Golden Hat competitions.

The Entry Key!
You can share your love for each entry (found here) by donating slaves to the owners of the entries!

01 - Dînadan
02 - Herby
03 - The Hooded Man
04 - Zanko
05 - Fuggit Khan
06 - Grimbold Blackhammer
07 - torn
08 - Bigdark
09 - speedygogo
10 - MadHatter
11 - Abecedar
12 - Helblindi
13 - Bloodbeard

Slaves and medals are incoming! If you wonder how many votes your entry received, PM me.

And now for the Gold prize(s), sponsored by Titan Wargames:

The winners will be contacted shortly via PM or E-mail.

A big "thanks" to everyone who participated and voted, as well as a big thanks to Baggronor for providing prizes!

Can't wait to see the entries in the blogs of everyone who entered. Wink

That concludes the first instalment of Scribe's Contest. It is a valuable addition to the growing mass of Chaos Dwarf culture texts accumulated on CDO. Well done, everyone!

The Staff

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Malorndk - 11-17-2014 04:55 AM

Fuggit is like a magnet that only attracts gold xD

...And poor Bloodbeard is forever doomed to be an honorable mention?

Congratz to all the winners! I loved your entry as well Madhatter. It got one of my votes <3

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - TheHoodedMan - 11-17-2014 04:57 AM

What shall I say :-). All entries were superb and much fun to read, but my votes were exactly at the three winners. Congratulations to you and all other contestants for their entertaining quotes!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Lucifer - 11-17-2014 05:05 AM

congratulations to the winners, all the entries were great though!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-17-2014 06:15 AM

Herby Wrote:
There were already off elections in at least one competition. (I don't want to check all again). Don't we do this anymore? Anyways congratulations to the winners!

There are if you have ties for both gold/silver, silver/bronze, gold/bronze, or gold/silver/bronze according to CDO contest FAQ. Now we only had ties for gold.

This might be faulty handling on my part (I'd like people to evaluate to know for future rounds - I'm not good at contest organizing and have to copy-paste text bits from previous contests Happy), but the results stands as they're posted, to the advantage of all three first placers. The only one at a disadvantage here is me, due to possible extra shipping costs. Wink

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - torn - 11-17-2014 06:18 AM

wow many thanks for all the votes i received. I wasnt expecting this at all. Im looking forward to the next one Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-17-2014 06:32 AM

torn Wrote:
wow many thanks for all the votes i received. I wasnt expecting this at all. Im looking forward to the next one Happy

It'll come in 7 days if no hindrance occurs. We'll give each contest at least one week for the winners to bask in their glory on the front page, then move on. Happy

Next one will have a more open format. The plan is to have every second Scribe's Contest strictly formatted (quote, songs etc) and every other more open, allowing for short stories e.g.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - TheHoodedMan - 11-17-2014 06:49 AM

thank you for running the contests, Admiral, and once more for Titan Wargames for donating the models. I will have to order some after I didn`t win this one ;-).
What kind of contest will be next? Artisans?

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - MadHatter - 11-17-2014 06:56 AM

Congratulations to all the winners!

Bigdark's Lammasu quote was my all-time favourite, my other votes went for Fuggit and Bloodbeard Takes Hat off

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Lucifer - 11-17-2014 07:53 AM

my main point here is...

bring on the next competition!

new member is eager to enter competitions! lol

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-17-2014 08:03 AM

Haha, the next Scribe's Contest could be up next week, or else we will launch an Artisan's Contest, but we'll have to wait for Nicodemus since the theme for next AC was his bright idea. Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Dînadan - 11-17-2014 09:14 AM

Congrats to all the winners - nice to see two of the people I voted for getting 1st place Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - bigdark - 11-17-2014 11:41 AM

MadHatter Wrote:
Congratulations to all the winners!

Bigdark's Lammasu quote was my all-time favourite, my other votes went for Fuggit and Bloodbeard Takes Hat off

Thanks, man.  That one felt good to write.  It felt like something that would have to happen, and that it would need to be a proper evil reverence made to the beast.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Yodrin - 11-17-2014 12:05 PM

Gratz to all the winners!!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Helblindi - 11-17-2014 02:40 PM

Sweet! Thanks for the votes!

I voted for Grimbold, Torn and Bloodbeard, wishing I had a fourth vote for bigdark.

I'm basically just posting to see my medal now Big Grin

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-17-2014 03:32 PM

The Lammasu quote was amazing, Bigdark. cornixt will hand out medals and slaves for Scribe's Contest when he have time for it. Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - cornixt - 11-17-2014 03:54 PM

I think I have RSI now, but I have done it. Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-17-2014 03:57 PM

Haha, nice joke. Thanks for handling it! Yeah, it gets repetitive. Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - torn - 11-17-2014 08:24 PM

i voted for herby, bigdark, and helblindi

I knew helblindi's would be popular and I actually figured would win 1st place.

and this one

"Entry #2

"You don't have to be evil. You can choose.”
- Jakkobus I, son of Zakkary, first peacemaker between the hostile clans

Not a lot of content, and it doesnt really tell a story, but the message I thought was very prominent and really tells anyone all they need to know about chaos dwarfs in less than 10 words.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Abecedar - 11-17-2014 08:37 PM

Well done everybody involved.  Wriring is hard and choosing between all the different ideas and styles was harder.

All the entries will be going into my "fluff and stories" files for safe keeping and easy future reference.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Fuggit Khan - 11-17-2014 08:46 PM

A three way tie for the first place...that is so awesome!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Bloodbeard - 11-17-2014 11:02 PM

Congratulations to all (!) the winners. There were some really great quotes in this one! A pattern sure seems to be forming. That's three hounorable mentions in the four contests I've joined. Missed a medal by one vote thrice. I really had to laugh when I saw the results. If it continues, I might end up writing a fluff piece on the near-luck of my prophet. Competition was great though!

As always I would like to give each an all of you a comment on your work. People deserve something back when giving.

1 - Dinadan: Great quotes, good writing. I just don't like any chaos dwarfs dying. And even though it's quite funny, I think your first quote has been used too many times.

2 - Herby: I didn't really get your quote. Which hostile clans? I thought maybe it was some chaos dwarf infighting. Choose to be evil? Then I thought - chaos dwarf don't think themselves evil. They just are as they are. Then finally I settled that Jakkobus must be a stupid Zharr-Naggrund style hippie and was pretty fast thrown in the fire.

3 - The Hooded Man: I like the fact that he quotes are combined. Did the same thing. But I got the feeling of them being "skaveny". Not knowing what's going to happen, trying to sell a thingy-me-bob to a master. Chaos Dwarfs know what they are doing. And if not they get hurt testing their stuff before rolling it to the battle. Get my point?

4 - Zanko: Decent quotes. Great that you enter even though english might not be your strongest skill. But this one "in the dust unworthy" is amazing! Imangine saying that before crushing a foe from another clan with your steel clad foot. Awesome!

5 - Fuggit: I laughed, I can see the situation clearly! It fits perfectly in my beloved Bloodbowl version of the Warhammer World. A dark and evil place - with a fun twist of good. It's the guy with the chain whip that did this quote. Your model is of him right before he hands the Gnoblar-Pinatta-Whip to his son.

6 - Grimbold Blackhammer: Your first quote is the best one. Is there a reason for both the quoters to be named Blackhammer as a last name? I read it and thought it's was a mistake. Or if they are from the same clan, perhaps it should say so in the text. Delman of Clan Blackhammer for example.

7 - torn: Your first quote is absolutely fantastic! That quote defines what a Dark Castellan is. And your second quotes manage to tell a very long story in a single quote. Of all the entries, my imagination has taken the longest trip with Skrogg. I really want to hear how I came to the desolate place where he said that.  He deserves a story.

8 - BigDark: Your lamassu quote has managed to do something, I haven't seen before. You introduce the concept of love, to the Chaos Dwarfs (who i don't think use that kind of jibbajibba), in a way that's true to the fluff. It's pretty freaking amazing getting the strong a feeling from a Dawi Zharr - and they feel strong! But usually it's hate, anger and pride. Your quote is so good, that's it really a shame the others are in there. I looked at the entries as a whole, and the two others really don't bring that much. The lamassu quote would have been even stronger if standing by it self.

9 - Speedygogo: A fine little quote. But I would like to see who said it. The underlining of the quotes tell a lot of story for sure.

10 - MadHatter: Great humor as always. A funny quote. The best part being "the forbidden section" in the library. The entire library is filled with dark rituals and torture methods. The forbidden part being filled with love stories, cookie recepies and the like.

11 - Abecedar: I don't see that they work as quotes. The fact that you underline them as chants and verses, make me believe they should have been in another contest. The last line of the first one is great though. "I'll give all to my God - but I'll give you first". Brilliant!

12 - Helbindi: Your first quote is the best one, describing the contembt for the lower races good. I read the second quote as heresy, the prophet defends weakness of his own race. I read it as a kindergarten teacher saying "you're okay no matter who you are."

13 - The honourable mention:
From the minute the contest opened, I had an idea for complete story told by three quotes. Unfortunately I submitted it in the last second. And having your text last is never a good idea, beacause readers loose focus as they go.

The story I told was:
1. CDs attack a dwarf stronghold. A dwarf BSB thane speaks to the dwarfs.
2. Dwarfs loose, BSB thane becomes a slayer.
3. Slayer is captured after a hundred years, gets sacrificed, never dies in combat.

Wether you voted for me or not, is not really an issue for me. My phrases and words were not nearly as good as many others. But I would really like to know wether or not you got my point? The fact that the three quotes told a story if put together. That would e a great help for future contests.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Helblindi - 11-18-2014 02:19 AM

Thanks Bloodbeard, you are right, my last quote was just to fill it up, less inspired.

I did pick up on the story you were telling, though only in the second read. Got you my vote!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - TheHoodedMan - 11-18-2014 02:49 AM


Chaos Dwarfs know what they are doing.

I am not sure if they always do Wink. Summoning frenzied fire demons the size of a house is not a very rational thing, too.

My quote is more in the spirit of the 80ies dwarves who from my point of view look a little cartoony and are often painted in bright and different colors Cheers!.

@Admiral: Did you list the entries chronological? If so maybe this could be done random.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - TheHoodedMan - 11-18-2014 03:25 AM

I could think of was the one from my three year old son. One day I came home from work I was tired the kids were stressful(as always) I got angry and long story short my son looked at me and said "Dad you don't have to be evil. You can choose." to me. True. One of the wisest words I ever heard and they came from my son. A three year old boy. Brilliant.
That's the whole story my friends.

Awesome. And "chaos dwarf" gets a whole new meaning in this context (I have two kids, too) Cheers!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-18-2014 04:26 AM

@Bloodbeard: I wanted to be inclusive here, so I told Abecedar he could make the chants into quotes. It seemed acceptable since they were short, and CD priesthood probably spend a lot of time chanting. Future contests can be more restrictive if necessary.

@TheHoodedMan: They were mostly listed in the order they were submitted. I'll turn up the random-meter next time. Haha, that's also an interpretation of "Chaos Dwarfs". Big Grin

@Herby: No worries, not everything can appeal to everyone. The good thing with this hobby is there are so many parts of it that will appeal to someone, whether it's fluff, collecting, modelling, painting or tabletop gaming. Thanks for participating! Keep this up and you might win minis and medals. You've got a wise son, too! Wink

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-18-2014 05:32 AM

I don't submit entries to contests I organize. Then there can be never be any question of bias, and I wouldn't want to win prizes which I have donated myself or talked others into donate. I'm more than content to let you guys have all the glory. Wink

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - TheHoodedMan - 11-18-2014 05:38 AM

In your special case I would see there no problem. Voting is anonymous so I would enjoy your creative work especially at the scribe`s contests. Another one of the mods could check the votes if you feel better then though ;-).

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-18-2014 07:14 AM

@TheHoodedMan: Hnah, I'll save the other staff members the counting hassle, and I'll continue to put out stuff in the background section, so my entries are not that necessary. Perhaps if there is immense popular demand... Tongue Wink

@Herby: Very well! Made up on the spot:

"You dare speak to me of morality? Wretch! For this you will die in horror and torment. Yet know this: The scum you call kin knows nothing about right or wrong. I will tell you what is right. It is right to be cruel and strong. It is right to dominate. It is right to enslave. Kindness and meekness never built an empire. Life is conquest. Now, woe to the vanquished..."
- Slavedriver Hurzhkam Balefiend to an enslaved Sigmarite priest

"Hear me! You are Blacksmiths of Chaos. You are offspring of the Father of Darkness. You are steel and you are cruelty. Mercy and pity will be rewarded by whip and blade. Weakness will be punished. Inability and clumsiness will see you flogged. You will be strong, and you will crush the weak. You will flay and you will maim. You will toil and you will sacrifice in flames and molten metal. You will worship in front of His mighty idols and you will obey every word of your masters. Hear me!"
- Grandmother Zharyna Ivorytusk to her sixty surviving grandchildren

"Swines! Filthy heathens! I spit on you! Fourteen Daemons times twelve and two will rip your limbs and cast them into roaring fire and thunder. I swear, Matzhkra the Leaden Trampled will make slaves of your sons and harlots of your daughters! The Eye of the Great Four will witness as Hashut when on high tramples your worthless souls into the eternal abyss of shadow and flame! By Dark Gods, you are hereby and forever curs-"
- Overlord Khulim-Banizhulbar Hidetearer to Cathayan Grand Admiral Liun Shang, following his flotilla's defeat at the battle of Crimson Reef and immediately prior to his decapitation

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-18-2014 11:03 AM


Miniature prizes shipped. Fuggit Khan donated his prize to Bloodbeard.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Malorndk - 11-18-2014 12:47 PM

Admiral Wrote:

Miniature prizes shipped. Fuggit Khan donated his prize to Bloodbeard.

Fuggit is such a bro <3 GZ Bloodbeard <3

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Zanko - 11-18-2014 02:28 PM

Congrats to all the winners! Cheers!


RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Helblindi - 11-20-2014 01:52 PM

My Baggronor model just arrived, thanks a lot!

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 11-27-2014 07:07 PM

Well deserved mini. Have all other winners received their prizes? Happy

Note that prizes may or may not be awarded to all winners in possible multi-gold ties in the future, or the gold claimers might have a final vote-off to decide the top dog. We'll see how the procedure for that becomes, but I'm happy to have a little shower of medals and minis at Scribe's Contest premier. As a celebration. Cheers!

Next contest will most likely be Artisan's XVI. Both Nicodemus and I are more or less busy at the moment, and the announcement might drag on more that what would usually have been the case. But stay tuned. Happy

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Roark - 04-29-2015 07:19 PM

I'm just reading these for the first time now. An amazing field of entries. Really fun and inspiring to read. It's so cool to see someone else's vision for the Dawi Zharr align with your own unshared imaginings, even down to tiny stuff like domestic life or mercantile dealings. Even better is when another person paints a picture of some aspect of the fictional culture that you had never considered.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Admiral - 04-30-2015 04:14 AM

Yes, I agree completely Roark. The people who have entered the competitions have made Scribe's Contest a greater success than anyone could reasonably have hoped for. May this outpouring of quality wildly varied entries continue for a long while. Cheers!

Don't miss out all the other entries in case you only read the winners' thread. Every one of them is worth a read, without a doubt.

RE: Scribe's Contest I - Winners! - Abecedar - 04-30-2015 06:30 AM

I think a lot of us take a fair bit of inspiration away with us from a certain "sailor" and his written works.