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Samhain: Inferno - Intro and Rules

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 8, 2012, 3:46 PM

Disclaimer


We disavow any insinuation that magic(k), Samhain, and witches/witchcraft are connected to Hell in any way, shape, or form. We are taking significant artistic liberties with Dante's Inferno and with witchcraft in an attempt to create a world that we hope will be interesting and engaging. We are fully aware that Samhain is not the same as Halloween, that being pagan does not make one a Witch, and that being a Witch and being Wiccan are not synonymous. We encourage beginners and curious outsiders to learn more about these religions and traditions and to keep in mind that this game is just that: a game.


Introduction


Welcome, lonely Pilgrim. You are very far from home.

Tonight is Samhain, the night in which the veil between the world of the living and the spirit world is at its thinnest. It is the perfect time to embark upon a Divine journey to meet and learn from the souls of the Damned. You will need your wisdom and insight and perhaps a bit of witchcraft along the way.

You, the humble Pilgrim, will be venturing to the very center of Hell, guided by the spirits who made the journey before you and never left. Stay on the path we have set for you, lest you lose your soul along the way.



The Rules

You will need to gather clues from each of the nine Circles of Hell and answer riddles correctly along your journey. Correct answers will help you move ahead. Incorrect answers will twist your path and lead you astray.

You will be directed to the houses (dA pages) of about 40 lost souls. Somewhere on their pages, you will find clues and riddles (1 riddle or clue per lost soul). Send them an answer (ONE ANSWER) via note, and they will reply to you with the name of the next lost soul and a password.

You will gather passwords along your journey. These will make up your special, personal ticket out of Hell, and you must turn them in IN THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU GATHERED THEM if you are ever to emerge from Hell. Do not lose track of the order. 

Work by yourself and take your time. We will unlock a new Circle every day to every other day. These Circles will be unlocked at the group, so make sure you are watching our blog.

You must send your passwords by note to Halloween-HQ no later than midnight Pacific time (dA time) on October 31st. (Find your time here.) Your passwords must be listed in the order in which you found them. Remember that deceitfulness is a sin, and we actually really WILL know. 


The Reward

We upped the ante. The prizes are:

:pumpkin: First place: 6,000 points

:pumpkin: Second place: 5,000 points

:pumpkin: Third place: 4,000 points

Are you ready? 


Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.


This competition will officially begin October 10th. This is your last chance to ask questions, but please check the first introductory blog here in case we have already answered your questions. Happy haunting!


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:iconoanaz:
OanaZ Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
just wandering.. when they'll put the start journal :?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
ASAP... I'm waiting on two more people to post their clues.
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:iconoanaz:
OanaZ Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:eager: thank you:hug:

I asked cause soon the day will end here(I'm GMT +1) and really want to participate :3
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
I know. Me, too. :)
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DraculaRosa Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So... there's 40 riddles/clues that we need to solve, then what does opening/ unlocking a new circle do??
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I have a question. Is it okay to unwatch deviations for the group... or might there be a clue there?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
As long as you don't unwatch journals you'll be fine.
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so excited for this! :excited:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:eager:
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is going to be amazing on so many levels. :la:
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:iconleichenengel:
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Count me in - but I didn'T aslready miss the first riddle did I? Since I don't see another dA-acc linked yet and nothing in both journals sounds like a riddle :confused:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
No. You'll know when it begins. :)
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:iconleichenengel:
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay :giggle: I don't often participate in official dA-contests since I'm not badass enough lol but that isn't your problem that is an issue I have with myself. But this one doesn't need artistic badassness it rather sounds as if I will only need my head and what is inside :giggle: So I decided to go for it :#1:

So it would be kinda awkward if I missed the starter lol
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
October 10th. And we are Community Relations-backed, but we are not an "official" dA competition, if that makes any sense. Meaning that dA itself is not holding this competition; they are only providing support and prizes.
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:iconleichenengel:
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is actuall official enough in my way of thinking ;) Okay maybe not as official as contests that are fully backed by dA and companies like wacom but more official than Member-contests ^^

After all the CR-Team is a department of the dA-company ;) even if it is voluntary ;)
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:eager:
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I spy a Divina Commedia-reference in this journal and contest. I approve! Q u Q
This sounds like a whole lot of fun, I'll definitely have to make time to get in on the fun! :eager:
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
:blowkiss: Win!
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:iconramenmanga-ka:
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
How will we know what the clue or riddle will be? WIll the riddle be clearly displayed for ppl to see?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Yes. But you may have to find the LINK to it, or it may be perfectly clearly displayed. But there will be clues.
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:iconramenmanga-ka:
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ohhhh ok, so we'll get a journal update with 40 ppl on the 10th? and then every day after that?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
wha? no. :) You'll get a journal update with a link to 1 person. That person will either have the clue/riddle in a custom box for all to see, or they will have hidden a LINK to the journal/riddle on their front page. When you answer that one they will give you the next person depending on your answer. :)
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
they will give you the next person depending on your answer
Is that the "wrong answer may lead you astray" part? :giggle:
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:iconramenmanga-ka:
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
ohhhhhhhhhhh... and we can all go at different paces and so someone could be at the 4th referred person while someone else is at the 2nd, for example? And how many passwords by the end?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
If I told you that I'd have to kill you. :P

But yes, you have the general idea. :D
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:iconramenmanga-ka:
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
aww we don't know how many passwords there are, therefore, ppl will end up with diff passwords?

in the event that 2 or more peeps get the same passwords count and are all verified, do they split the 6k or each get 6k?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
If there is a tie there will be some special task as a tie-breaker.
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:iconjust-a-little-knotty:
Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
:w00t!: Looks like a fun time :devil:
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:iconmidnight-day:
Midnight-Day Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What if you can't be online for one of the days? Could you make up a day?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah. You go at your own pace but have the 31st as the drop-dead deadline. :)
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:iconmidnight-day:
Midnight-Day Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, thanks!
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:iconwhenpigsfry:
WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondeadbodyplz:
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:iconloverandsynner:
LoverandSynner Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Artist
Can you volunteer to be a lost soul?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Of course but it would mean hiding clues and answering a lot of notes about those clues. :)
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:iconloverandsynner:
LoverandSynner Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Artist
If I could go sometime next weekend, I'll have a lot of free time. I get a four day weekend this week.
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
OK, but you'll have to remind me. I'll put you in maybe Circle 2 or 3.
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:iconloverandsynner:
LoverandSynner Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Artist
Cool!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   Digital Artist
(I'm really sorry if you've already done this but) send me a note. :) I'll put you on the schedule for this weekend. :D
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:iconloverandsynner:
LoverandSynner Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Artist
I'm sending one as we speak! :D
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:iconinknalcohol:
inknalcohol Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Writer
:iconeagerpee:
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:iconwhenpigsfry:
WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhellnback1plz:
:iconhellnback2plz:
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:iconvalasedai:
ValaSedai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost! :la:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
:eager:
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:iconbubblemoon66:
bubblemoon66 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to it :D
One question though, how are 1st, 2nd and 3rd places chosen? Are they the first people to give you all the passwords?
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
nope. You could be last and still win. We have a secret scoring system hidden in the passwords. And so it's so important to stick to your passwords. The winners will be those with the highest scores. If there is >1 person with the highest score, then there will be some kind of super-task yet to be decided. :D
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I realise that you don't want to give too much away until the contest is over, but I hope you'll share the secret scoring system with us at the end - transparency is good :)
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:iconbubblemoon66:
bubblemoon66 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks for explaining :)
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:iconstygma:
Stygma Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I anticipate a lot of fun...
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Word! :D
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:iconlittle-owlette:
little-owlette Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god I am so excited. :excited: And yet I'm almost certain I won't even get past the first circle. I'm terrible at these things. But they're still fun. :lol:
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