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January Contest! Trials of Karcion (Community Contests): Part 3
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Good day, Elyrians, and a Happy New Year to you all!

The Trials of Karcion are a series of community contests - for the community, by the community.

In the months to come, we will be holding a series of competitions to test creativity, wit, skill and determination. Today, January 3rd, marks the third round of the Trials of Karcion.

The prizes are something that we as a community all appreciate: games! The 1st place winner will also be given a personalized icon which they are free to incorporate into their forum signature, avatar, or anything else to immortalize their win.

The ground rules are simple, but are without exception;

  • Anyone who wishes to participate in the Trials must be a registered member on the Chronicles of Elyria forums for at least two months prior to the announcement of that round of Trials - in this case, November 2017.
  • No NSFW materials, NDA-protected or otherwise exclusive information can be used in any Trial
  • One entry per person.
  • An entry may only win one prize per series unless otherwise stated.
  • Entries must follow the guidelines for User Content Creation and COE Brand Guidelines
  • No entry may violate either the Chronicles of Elyria Code of Conduct or Terms of Use
  • When submitting your entry, follow the short entry guide (bottom of the post), not including the form and/or sending an incorrect file type may mean that your entry will be disqualified.

With those pleasantries out of the way... on to the Trials! January's Trials include *Turning Over a New Leaf and *Codebreaker!

Important Submission-related Dates!

Contests Open: January 3rd at 5:00pm EST

Window for New Leaf entries: January 3rd - January 20th inclusive

* *Codebreaker has no closing date, as it's a race to the finish!**

A vast plain of white lies before you, broken only by the ragged, twisted, black silhouettes of distant, naked trees. This is the desolation of winter. Life is alien to this place, this time. A malevolent wind brings tears to your eyes and stings your exposed flesh. In the distance, something cold and hungry howls its despair into the empty and unforgiving sky.

A blink in the eye of time. You gaze with wonder over the same vista, altered almost beyond recognition. The dread cold of winter has been peeled back to reveal the tenacious and unending cycle of life. The emerald green grass burst from the deep, loamy soil; grand oaks regain their mantle of leaves; a swathe of flowers in a dazzling array of hues sway in the gentle breeze and caring sunlight.

As the near year begins, many people resolve to turn over a new leaf - they pledge to better themselves in numerous ways, to turn their lives around. This January, we want you to turn over a different kind of new leaf!

Once again, walk a mile in the shoes of a developer. As the winter season begins its upswing into the fresh new life of spring, consider the burgeoning life hiding beneath the frozen soil. What would you like to see growing from the Elyrian soil come the advent of springtime? A hardy root vegetable with healing properties that tastes like the wrong end of a Trison? A delicate and rare bioluminescent flower? A form of seaweed prized for its use in dyes?


This January, design a brand new species of plant you'd love to see in Elyria. In fewer than 1,500 - 2,500 words, describe from root to tip your proposed Elyrian flora. Use as much detail as possible! Images are accepted, but not required. Please do not include more than 4 images in your entry. Entries will be judged for their creativity, originality and their integration into existing CoE lore and mechanics - not on the quality of the writing nor the artistic merit of its imagery. Try to include as much as possible about the life-cycle, ecological niche and relationship with the world of Elyria as you can! Blind us with science!
Guest judge: Lillica, creator of the Meowl!
  • 1st Prize: Stardew Valley, Grow Up and a personalized icon to display as a badge of honor!
  • 2nd Prize: Botanicula Collector's Edition
  • 3rd Prize: Potatoman Seeks the Troof

How Do I Enter?

All entries should be entered in the form of a PDF to trialsofkarcion@gmail.com.

Please copy & paste the form below, fill out, and include it in the body of your email! Not including the form below, and/or using an invalid file type may disqualify your entry!


Entry Form

COE Forum Alias:

Domain/Organization, if any, you would like mentioned (if you place):

Title for your piece (if applicable):

Any other information you would like to include:

Winning entries will be displayed on the forums in a winners thread, and all other entries will be shared in another. Entrants to "Turning Over a New Leaf" retain their intellectual property rights of their original work but are subject to the Terms of Service as stated on the COE website.

Our community is filled with some of the best and brightest from around the world. Every day, we see their dedication to truth, clarity and certainty. We see this in the debates that take place in both the forums and on Discord; we see it in the doggedness of our Wiki admins and in the unending helpfulness of so many players to our newcomers. The depth and breadth of knowledge and discernment amongst our wonderful community is almost unnerving.

With that in mind, we've devised a special challenge with which to open the New Year. Below, you will find a series of numbers. These numbers are the key to a secret Elyria-themed phrase. There are no hints, there will be no quarter given.

The challenge is this: using only your wits, divine the secret phrase hidden in the numbers. Post it in the comments of this thread - the first person to do so will land themselves a trio of puzzle games, a personalized icon, and the unending acclaim of their peers!

We have ourselves a winner!

Congratulations Anuvrix!

It was decided that Nimueh was close enough to be (an unplanned) runner up as well! Congratulations to you both!

18, 1, 5 - 14, 5, 4 - 6, 7, 9 - 10, 1, 20 - 1, 12, 14 - 19, 4, 9 - 11, 1, 16 - 6, 6, 2 - 11, 3, 28 - 8, 2, 17 - 12, 1, 14

Will you be the one to break the code and find the secret phrase? If you are, you will be rewarded with the following;

  • 1st Prize: Gunpoint, Lyne, Pony Island, and a personalized icon to display as a badge of honor!

Please note: only 1 person can be awarded for this contest - the first to post the phrase in this thread.

The best of luck to everyone who enters - may the best Mann win. Let the Trials begin!


Friendly mayor extraordinaire, debonair and hard to bear, single and ready to mingle.

1/4/2018 1:54:28 AM #1
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Curious about Trials gone by? See here for Part 1 and Part 2!

Also see here for Part 1's Winner's Thread, and here for Part 2's Winner's Thread!


For any enquiries, comments, feedback, or if you have a really funny joke, please don't hesitate to contact any member of the shadowy Conclave of Contests - that's myself, Hellmoon, Exanix and Narkari! You can also reach us at the ToK email - trialsofkarcion@gmail.com!


Friendly mayor extraordinaire, debonair and hard to bear, single and ready to mingle.

1/4/2018 1:54:36 AM #2
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Just a quick update to answer some queries people have had about their entries for New Leaf!

Regarding the level of detail and complexity - the panel of judges consists of passionate laymen. We are encouraging all entrants to go into as much detail as they like with their entries, but be aware that any parts of your entry which utilise specialised knowledge of life sciences should either be simplified or come with a sufficient explanation that it can be understood by someone without that specialised knowledge.

All in all, these entries are for a slightly magical world with such wondrous animals as the flower-cup porcupine and the leffit; the entries which are most likely to win are the ones which capture the imagination, are creative and exciting, and which use a smidge of science or well-thought-out detail to back it all up.

For example, think of the Dras. Due to many generations of exposure to their harsh, toxic environment, they are all but impossible to get drunk due to their bodies' increased ability to process toxins. Creative, evocative and with a pinch of science to tie it all together - use the devs as inspiration for your entries!

Of course, as always, please get in touch here on the forums, via the Trials of Karcion email, or on Discord if you have any further enquiries!


Friendly mayor extraordinaire, debonair and hard to bear, single and ready to mingle.

1/4/2018 1:56:27 AM #3
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Can't wait to see some amazing entries from our wonderfully creative community!!

1/4/2018 12:01:51 PM #4
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I really like the New Leaf competition. In 6th grade we had to come up with our own animals in our biology class, and since then I was always hoping to some day return to that task, if not as a student, then with myself as the teacher.

So, I am really hyped for this trial ... good luck to all competitors!


My death carries meaning

1/4/2018 4:07:12 PM #5
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Posted By Luminios at 12:01 PM - Thu Jan 04 2018

I really like the New Leaf competition. In 6th grade we had to come up with our own animals in our biology class, and since then I was always hoping to some day return to that task, if not as a student, then with myself as the teacher.

So, I am really hyped for this trial ... good luck to all competitors!

Well keep an eye out in future, as we're hoping to run a similar contest but with fauna! In the mean time, hope to see an entry from you :D

Personally this is the contest I've been most excited to see entries for so far. Can't wait to see what kind of strange and wonderful plants people come up with.


Friendly mayor extraordinaire, debonair and hard to bear, single and ready to mingle.

1/4/2018 11:03:03 PM #6
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Now THIS is my department! I may write a few and just pick my favorite! Write a descriptive, great! Write a descriptive about a PLANT?!? Fantastic! Very excited to start! :D


Deep Roots, Strong Tree.

1/4/2018 11:10:46 PM #7
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Hey, name-bro or sister :D welcome to CoE!


My death carries meaning

1/4/2018 11:25:33 PM #8
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Thank you! (Brothers :P)


Deep Roots, Strong Tree.

1/4/2018 11:46:50 PM #9
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I'm assuming here, but traditional crops will exist? Such as Sugar Cane, Potatoes and Tobacco? Herbs/Spices too, like Vanilla Beans or Oregano? No big deal either way, mostly curious as I have ideas for alternatives, which could be just that, alternatives like stevia:sugar cane:sugar beets irl.


Deep Roots, Strong Tree.

1/5/2018 2:46:21 PM #10
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Posted By Luminin at 6:46 PM - Thu Jan 04 2018

I'm assuming here, but traditional crops will exist? Such as Sugar Cane, Potatoes and Tobacco? Herbs/Spices too, like Vanilla Beans or Oregano? No big deal either way, mostly curious as I have ideas for alternatives, which could be just that, alternatives like stevia:sugar cane:sugar beets irl.

We don't really have much of an idea of what will exist which makes this contest extra fun! We do know that many biomes will have their own variants of flora - I think it's completely acceptable for you to enter in an "Elyrian potato" or something similar to what we have on Earth, just make sure to be specific on its uses, appearance, location, growing information, and anything else that would be important in creating an overall design!

1/5/2018 5:09:14 PM #11
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Attempt #1 at the codebreaker.

The home of the Soul is where you see your legacy.

1/5/2018 6:31:55 PM #12
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Posted By Anuvrix at 12:09 PM - Fri Jan 05 2018

Attempt #1 at the codebreaker.

The home of the Soul is where you see your legacy.

WOW! First attempt and that's absolutely correct!
Congratulations Anuvrix!
Guess we will have to step up our game next time!

A member of the Conclave will reach out to you regarding your win :-)

1/5/2018 6:35:10 PM #13
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GG Anuvrix! Been staring at that since it was released. I'm curious how you got there? I literally put that thing through everything I could think of and came up blank.


1/5/2018 7:21:47 PM #14
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Posted By Nimueh at 1:35 PM - Fri Jan 05 2018

GG Anuvrix! Been staring at that since it was released. I'm curious how you got there? I literally put that thing through everything I could think of and came up blank.

It looked like it might be a book cipher, but the only numbered "volumes" I could think of were the DJs.

So I tested a few methods: DJ-Paragraph-Word. DJ-Line-Word, and finally I tried DJ-Sentence-Word.

Woohoo! I did it!

1/5/2018 7:23:48 PM #15
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Damn, I even tried DJ-Line-Word, didn't think to try sentence....


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