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    May Contest ~ Worlds of Shadow: Who Am I, Who Are You

    As many of you know, we have had a project here for a while that never seems to move forward and is often restarted (lol). The Black Rose Society are a group of powerful beings across the planet with connections to an unseen subdimension which surrounds our world. Those who know of the project know that it's a place where magic rules and where science is all but impossible (or the opposite of the rules of the natural order for our world).

    There are Thirteen worlds called the Worlds of Shadow and two abodes. The first of the abodes is Purgatory, the place where souls go after death to either dwell forever as shades or to seek rebirth. The second is the Abode of Gods, a hidden pocket dimension which lay within their Sun where all the gods of mythology reside. These worlds contain almost every mythological beast and creature you can imagine as well as several variations of each.

    The heart of this project has always been that people from our world find themselves drawn into theirs. While in ancient times, this would be achieved through more direct means, the doorways and windows between our dimensions have been closed. To gain access now requires possessing a bleeding rose which is delivered by a being from their world who has journeyed to ours. The bleeding rose itself contains mystical powers which the Black Rose Society have captured, crushed into books and gained these powers for themselves as the bleed flows out onto the books pages leaving only a black rose to mark its passing.

    You don't have to be well versed on the project to participate as a lot of it I know is behind the scenes for now. But you can guess and be creative to see what you can come up with while we try to move Black Rose and the Worlds of Shadow more up front.


    You are being challenged to create at least two images.

    The first image is to represent yourself as a character from Earth who has been transported to one of the Worlds of Shadow or the Abodes. Who will you become or will you remain relatively the same? Who were you on this world? Maybe you were a spirit of someone long gone who has not yet left the Earth... they might find you and the gift of a bleeding rose is yours. Maybe you're a pompous wealthy fatcat who is given the bleeding rose and finds yourself awakening in the World of Shadows as an Orc? Maybe you're a sorceress, a demon, a minor god, a vampire? Maybe you're a guy on our world who awakens to find you're a seven year old girl on theirs?

    The second image is to create such a character and image for someone else. While you might want to ask permission, most probably wouldn't mind being surprised or might even take part in the idea with you... but you still have to create the art all by yourself. This person doesn't have to be a member of DSA, nor even on the internet as perhaps you'd like to honor a lost relative you know enjoyed fantasy or perhaps a living friend or relative. But make it someone you know and let's not delve into satire like creating characters based on Trump or Obama... keep things positive and make it someone you know who isn't entering.

    And yes, if you want to be a dragon or other beasts, it's your fantasy so you create yourself as you wish.

    While you should stick to one idea for yourself, you can create multiple images using it. You may also create creatures representing more than one person you know... again, it's up to you.

    Invite people to participate and see if maybe they can have some fun doing art using your character as their second image?


    IMPORTANT: ALL Prize lists MUST be in within TWO days after the contest is over. please remember to include prizes in order that you might like them along with links to the items you want unless its a gift card item, email address and usernames and for software/shippable items please include real names and home address thank you

    1) First and foremost, we want everyone to enter. If you do not wish a prize but want to participate in the spirit of showcasing your talent, we will be creating a list of those members who will officially receive a DSA No Prize. We've had trouble in the past where members enter who actually do not want to win. These members don't want to take anything away from members who are participating to win prizes and we've had issues in the past where we tried to accommodate these members but not every judge understood or read comments by the artist not to choose their image. When the official contest topic is posted, we would like any member who only wants to participate in the spirit of competition to contact us and we will officially add them to the No Prize list.

    2) Your images must follow the theme to the best of your ability. But how you do this is up to your individual creativity and imagination. So ask if you have questions about the theme.

    3) There is a post limit of one image a day... no reworks as all images must be original for this contest. Try adding different races and different cultures... explore the variety that makes up who and what we are.

    4) Images cannot be posted anywhere else for five days and must include links to this contest or statements that it is for this contest.

    A) Images posted late will be excluded from judging

    5) Artistic nudity is allowed but our rules on child nudity apply. No child nudity is allowed. This is defined as genitals and nip's so cover them up or risk violating our rules. A good alternative would be anime.

    6) The contest is open to any medium that you wish to use. You can enter with Computer generated images, photo manipulated, hand drawn, painted, or any other type of medium you can think of. Make note of the prizes being offered as only rarely might they not be 3d oriented.

    7) We consider it trolling if criticism about content is made when images are within the rules.

    8) Unless otherwise specified, make sure to add an alternate prize selection should you want a bundle or partnered item. Some of our sponsors allow this, some do not and some may on certain items of which we have no way of knowing.

    9) Consider adding some written text to explain your illustrations to help others better understand your image and leave comments on the entries of fellow contestants to show your appreciation.

    10) Make sure to check and see if the prize you have won is a coupon or a gift certificate. If it clearly says it is a coupon, do not apply it as a gift certificate at the sponsors site or vice versa.

    11) The theme should focus on Fantasy Males.

    12) Include the following information ~

    A) Username (for DSA and sponsors site)
    B) Email Address
    C) Real Name & Physical Mailing Address (for software and physical prizes)

    13) Beginning June 1st, 2015; At the end of the month contests will be judged within 7 business days. Winners will be contacted but are also expected to check back in to avoid oversights barring unforeseen circumstances.

    Again, please click the link at the top of the rules list to view the page set aside for this specific rule and discussion.

    14) Winners will provide a list including each sponsor in order that they would like to have the prizes. We will then choose what prizes you win on a first come, first serve basis. Our First Place winner will receive the first item on their list which will be removed from all other winners lists. Our Second Place winner will be given the first item remaining on their list and so forth. When each winner has been awarded a prize, we will begin again with the First Place winner until all prizes are awarded.

    A) Our normal monthly contests will have 5 winners. Our larger contests will have up to 31 winners. We will alert members should this change at any time or if the sponsors have alerted us to award items to runners up.

    B) You may provide a list to us at any time during the month. Providing the list does not guarantee a prize. Items given to runners up, if any, will come from these lists or be donated by prize winners.

    15) If you do not provide the items you would like where you have won a "choice" of items from the sponsor, on the list you provide to us, you will have 5 business days after notification to contact us. It is unfair that, in cases where a sponsor provides a prize to multiple winners, that winners who reply quickly must wait of winners who reply late.

    16) Remember, if you have any questions, please ask them in the contest topic so that staff or fellow members can explain and help you to understand rules or themes in our competition

    Prizes include:
    One $100.00 Gift Certificate From DAZ3D

    Prize: One DAZ Gift Certificate for $100.00

    Prize: three items of choice from Mortem Vetus rendo or daz store

    $50.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $25.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    $12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
    (New Rule ~ Forender Wants To Spread Things Around A Bit More. So If You Have Won From Them Recently, Please Choose A Participant That You Would Like To Donate This Prize Too)

    $20.00 Gift Certificate From Content Paradise

    One Item of Choice From Mercenary Studios

    One Item of Choice From AngellsGraphics

    DSA Lycan DreamslayerVisions

    One Item of Choice From Avros

    One Item of Choice From Spookielilone

    One Item of Choice From Jepe
    (No bundles or partnered items)

    One Item of Choice From Hongyu from Renderosity or DAZ3D
    (No partnered items or bundles)

    One Item of Choice From Prae

    One Item of Choice From Darwins Mishap(s)(NO DAZ ORIGINALS)

    One Item of Choice From Sveva

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    Crocotta Venator's Avatar
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    Wow! I'd love to take part in this one but I'm in the middle of a project. So many possibilities. I'll see if time permits. Talking of competitions, are you still hosting the Alien Invasion one?

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    Yep, in July like clockwork

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    Crocotta Venator's Avatar
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    I'll make time for that one for sure

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    Our Winners Are...

    1. Malv- Who are You? : Metztli the Witch Shaman

    2. Lamuserie- Lights in Darkness

    3. deiaof- Me... A Dark Elf...

    4. anna- Arcane

    5. IamBoo- Showertime

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    Congratulations for all winners!

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    Thanks and congratz for all winners.

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    Sep 2016
    South West England
    Congratulations to all the winners and Thank you


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