Achaea Help Files

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Note: Bardic/Artisanal winners can be seen and entries submitted at:

People of Achaea! The Artisanal Fellowship of Scarlatti do invite you all to share the power of your creativity and imagination throughout the land! To honour and acclaim your wisdom and artistry, we have decided to encourage the fine arts by holding occasional writing and visual arts contest. The winner of this competition will be ascribed rank within the artisnal orders in our Fellowship, as well as receiving a healthy reward of the currency known as Credits.

Bardic entries must
1 - be original works (literature, history, poetry, or philosophy.)
2 - be in written form. Words only; no recordings.
3 - be distinctly Achaean*, within the proper mythology, culture and

Artistic entries must:
1 - be completely original artistic works, done by you only. This means no
    clip art, no stock photos, no pre-fab or pre-drawn models, 3d or
    otherwise. You didn't make it from scratch, you don't use it in your art!
2 - be distinctly Achaean.
3 - not be collages.
4 - cover any Achaean subject (history, portrait, map, etc.)
5 - be black and white, colour, 2d, 3d, whatever. (yes, Alaiea!)

Completely Original
Every part of your piece must be original to qualify. Clip art is not original, even if you fix it up with Photoshop or some similar tool. Stock photos, pre-fab/pre-drawn 3d models, and the like are also not original.

For artistic pieces, a written explanation may be beneficial.

What if it isn't original? If it's not entirely original work, then the entry is eliminated. You also stand a good chance of experiencing in-game repercussions if plagiarism is detected, up to and including loss of your character.

Distinctly Achaean
- using the name of something Achaean (city, race, etc) is not enough.
- creating a work that corresponds in great detail to in-game Achaean
  descriptions is probably quite enough. (Yes, Gabrar!)

We ask - "Does this faithfully depict, in a reasonably detailed manner, an Achaean scene (one not likely to be found elsewhere)?" If yes, then it's very likely to be distinctly Achaean.

If the scene could probably have been anywhere, then it's probably not "distinctly Achaean."

Just any old warrior will probably not make it. Just adding the name of a city or house doesn't make it uniquely Achaean. Bewinged Atavians with runes on their armour and weapons and tattoos on their bodies, or even acting out Achaean abilities - this is more likely to be convincing.

More on "Distinctly Achaean"
This is on a spectrum from
- "totally obviously Achaean" (top end), to
- "has elements that are likely Achaean" (somewhere in the middle), to
- "could really be anywhere: nothing especially Achaean about it" (bottom

The lower a piece is on this scale, the lower its desirability.

Things near the bottom will likely be eliminated, even if high quality. Things near the top will likely win something even with lower quality art.

Everywhere else in the spectrum is a judgement call. "Achaean-ness" is weighted in there with quality.

If it's a collage, it will probably be eliminated, likely without in-game repercussions.

Entry Submission
All Bardic (written) and Artisanal (visual) entries for the contest must be submitted through the online forms available from: Your character is assumed to have created the work in-role. This character will be the one to receive any forthcoming reward.

Regardless of how many characters you play on Achaea, you may only submit ONE entry toward the contest per quarter.

The contests will be held once every (RL) three months. The closing date for each contest will be midnight GMT on the last day of the month (judged according to the time the submission is received). Contest results will be announced after the closing date, usually, but not always, within a week or two of the end of the judging period.

To submit a Bardic work, you must use the online submission page listed earlier ( The system requires you to cut and paste your work into the submission form provided. You can add appropriate formatting after you have pasted your work into the form. Remember to fill out all of the fields on the form, and select 'Review' to indicate that when you're ready to submit it to the judges! Once all of this is done, just click 'Submit'. 

How To LOSE with your BARDIC Entry - Guaranteed!
Just copy and paste from Microsoft Word. If you have smart quotes anywhere, then you'll be disqualified instantly!

Just use notepad, wordpad, or any other text editor. Or use Writer from OpenOffice.Org, which is free and comparable to M$ Word.

Or learn how to disable smart quotes in Microsoft Word. Look here: Tools -> Autocorrect Options -> Autoformat As You Type, and then make sure the box is UNchecked that says "Straight Quotes" for "smart quotes".)

Artisanal Submissions
To submit an Artisanal work, you need to use the same submission form. You may submit .jpg, .gif, animated .gif, or Flash formats. The total size of your submission must not exceed 500K.

In either case, submitting an entry is a very serious step. When you submit an entry, you are saying:
- that you were the original creator of the material, and
- that there is no material in your submission that is copyrighted by anyone

If you submit material that you didn't create yourself, or that has been copyrighted by someone else, your character or characters will be shrubbed. You may also have BROKEN THE LAW: submitting someone else's copyrighted material (or any intellectual property) may be a violation of US and International law. ORIGINAL WORKS ONLY!

There are 3 levels of success in the contest. One winner, up to three creditable runners up, and any number of minor merit awards. A character may only enter once per contest. Success in the contest brings with it the following rewards:

Winner     : 4 points and 600 credits
Runners up : 2 points and 300 credits
Merit      : 1 point  and 150 credits

The winning (and runner up) stories will be displayed on the Achaea website shortly after the prizes have been allocated to the characters who won. The names and titles of the winning works will be entered into the Book of Bards in the Hall of Bards in Delos.

Each time you hit increments of 4 points in the Artisanal contest, you will gain a new rank in that Order, as well as some credits. That is in addition to the credits you get for being the winner, runner-up, or merit contestant see above).

There are 7 ranks. Your current rank is displayed in your HONOURS. The rank titles are as follows:

1 - Associate        - 100 credits
2 - Fellow           - 200 credits
3 - Master           - 300 credits
4 - Artisanal Master - 400 credits
5 - High Master      - 500 credits
6 - Laureate         - 600 credits
7 - High Laureate    - 700 credits

Copyright Notice
All submitted works of whatever nature become the sole property of Iron Realms Entertainment, LLC, with all copyright assigned to Iron Realms Entertainment, LLC.

NOTE: The reason for this is that we wish to be eternally free to display winning works on our website. If you still have a problem with this, consider that the only works that will win are ones that have something to do with Achaea, and you couldn't sell those anyway. We don't mind you also posting the art or stories on your website however.