Greetings, readers! I hope that the holiday season finds you well. I always love this season of the year, as I have ample opportunity for delicious honey-cakes before it is comes time to hibernate. In the spirit of giving, and on behalf of The Grey Company and one very generous reader, I am pleased to announce a new contest. A reader by the name of David Gearhart has graciously donated a copy of Fog on the Barrow-downs and you, dear readers, have a chance to win this fine prize. As this is a copy of the Fellowship night kit, it also includes a much-sought copy of Aragorn, with alternate art.
For this contest, we want to hear your most epic story of bravery, specifically as it relates to making quest progress (active location or on the quest itself) in a single round. Please note that this does not have to be a traditional willpower-based quest. As we discussed on our most recent episode, Leadership is great at boosting willpower. But there is more to being heroic than just willpower. Prowess in Battle and Siege quests counts just as much for this contest.
As a giant bear, and troll-killing machine, I prefer battle quests myself. At the Battle of Five Armies (six if you count me), I had a chance to witness quite a few heroic deeds, so that epic tale should provide an excellent baseline for comparison. Pay heed, for the narrative is just as important to this contest as raw numbers. The most excited moments of a story are more than just quantitative, they are qualitative as well.
So come, fellow scribes, and submit your stories in the comments below. The Grey Company will be discussing our favorites before we record our live stream of The Battle of Five Armies on Sunday December 14th. Soon after that – assuming I haven’t gone rampaging off into the wilderness after seeing the last Hobbit movie – we will be announcing the winner. I want to stress that spelling and grammar are not part of the criteria, so those with English as a second language are invited to enter as well. As a bear, I find English to be a ridiculously clumsy language, so I can empathize with those that hail from far-off lands. Good luck to all who enter and we look forward to reading many great tales of heroism!