Free Kingdom Lore Contest!


Greetings fellow Elyrians!

This contest is now over and the winner has been announced below. Thank you for participating!

In the spirit of the Free Kingdom competition, I’ve decided to launch a Christmas lore contest! This contest will be open to all members of the community and will not require support of any campaign. Seele and NiHZ have graciously agreed to help judge the submissions. The theme of the contest will be short stories about future citizens of the Free Kingdom, in the period of wandering after the fall of the Mad King. Lore video.

The Mad King's reign ended in the year 671, Kingdoms of Elyria(when we play our ancestors) begins in 749, and the game launches in the year 817. This is all in the 4th age. Hopefully, that is enough of a timeline for you guys.

Stories should be a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 3500. They must be submitted in the Fan Fiction forum.

The deadline for submitting a story will be Saturday, December 16th at midnight(EST). The grand prize will be $50 for you to spend on CoE content as you see fit, with possible future prizes for runners-up.

To identify the posts that are entries into the contest, the following text should be displayed at the top in italics: This short story is an entry into the Free Kingdom Lore Contest. The contest is sponsored by Jon Warren. The judges will be three monarch candidates from the Free Kingdom competition: NiHZ, Seele, and Jon Warren. An official list of the lore contest entries will be frequently updated on the [Lore Contest thread](

For those interested in creating graphics to go with their stories, you can submit them to the Trials of Karcion contest to have a chance at winning additional prizes! The thread is located here.


This lore contest was created in the hope of inspiring community involvement in the Free Kingdom, while developing some unique and interesting lore for people to read. Who knows, some stories may even make it into the official lore? We are very excited to see what the community has in store. There are so many talented writers out there!

Many thanks to NiHZ for providing graphics and aiding in the design of the contest and to Rovert for the idea and other supporters for providing inspiration and advice! Good luck to everyone! If you have any suggestions, or would like to donate prizes yourself, please let contact me either here or on discord and I will get in touch.


After careful deliberation and very close numbers, the winner of the Free Kingdom Lore Contest was "A Rising Storm" by Morbis. There were a lot of great stories and we thank you all for your participation. We enjoyed reading your stories!

We used the following criteria to judge the stories:

10% – Premise/Concept. (The idea behind the story)

20% – Presentation. (Formatting of the story)

20% – Structure / Plot & Pacing. (The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that move the story forward)

15% – Characters & Dialogue. (Character depth and effective revelation of characters’ personalities and motivations)

15% – Theme. (The underlying message of the story, revealed through plot, dialogue, and visualization)

20% – Style/Tone. (The quality of the writing. Does it effectively convey the mood or “feel” of the story?)

Thank you,

Jon Warren

12/3/2017 3:41:31 AM #1

Good luck! Looking forward to some of the stories people write up!

Kingdom: Alesia
Duchy: Rhyddid
County: Draken's Landing
Settlement: Drakenshire

12/3/2017 10:38:40 PM #2

I have told my people to enter this contest and I am going to submit something as well! Thumbs up from Countess Gorawyn. Suggestion: Link the lore video for the FK to the post for reference.

12/3/2017 10:52:22 PM #3

I wrote a contest entry for this, it's been posted in the fan fiction section.

12/4/2017 3:09:03 PM #4

Thanks for entering! I am really enjoying the entries so far!

12/5/2017 9:35:55 AM #5

Question: can you say how a winner will be determined? Is the winning story just going to be the collective favorite of the judges? Or is there more to it?

12/6/2017 3:56:48 AM #6

Posted By MaverickMissy at 04:35 AM - Tue Dec 05 2017

Question: can you say how a winner will be determined? Is the winning story just going to be the collective favorite of the judges? Or is there more to it?

I'm in the process of coming up with criteria for us to judge the stories, but overall, each judge will decide how well a given story fits a specific criterion. We'll average out the judges' scores to see which story wins.

12/15/2017 12:26:55 PM #7

I’ve made a late entry, continuing the Waerd life.

Click —> Leaving

12/15/2017 8:42:19 PM #8

1,000 words seems very limiting, some of us prefer shorter stories. Too bad.

12/16/2017 5:09:44 AM #9

Entry: A Job Offer

12/17/2017 12:31:54 AM #10

Hope I'm not late to the party with my entry: here

Shroud to The Covenant of the Veil

12/17/2017 4:14:30 AM #11

Thanks for all the entries, the competition looks great! We will be reading through all of them over the next few days. Good luck!

We will post the criteria along with the winning story, so you can see how we came to our decision.

12/20/2017 11:51:01 PM #12

twists knickers in anticipation

12/23/2017 5:31:04 AM #13

Has there been any update?

12/23/2017 8:15:21 PM #14

Posted By MaverickMissy at 12:31 AM - Sat Dec 23 2017

Has there been any update?

We are still working our way through the stories, but the winner should be announced very soon.

12/24/2017 8:13:51 AM #15