Mayor Title Contest

Hello Fellow Elyrians!

As you can tell by the title I am going to be running a competition giving away a mayor title from my personal Magistrate Pledge package and also adding in 400 EP due to generous store credit gifting from SbS during Influence rewards! Here on the NA-W server! This will not give you the entire package, but it will give you the title and anything attached to it, explained here

Constraints and details aside, you will be competing to win a mayor title on NA-W to be claimed in the Duchy of Thorne.

The Timeline:

In order to allow people to really decide if they want to be in the Duchy of Thorne, the contest will be running into Domain and Settlement Selection. After our duchy selects it’s location on the map you will be given last chance notice until the end of the contest and the results will be announced with time to get the title transferred prior to mayors making their selection! This is to make sure that anyone that wants to make sure Thorne lands in a good location before committing to settling with us has a chance to see where we land.


Since DSS has been delayed, the end date for our contest has similarly been delayed. So that I don't need to update this post continually, the official end date will be announced after the Duchy of Thorne places during D&SS, giving you a last chance to make your submissions if you are withholding until then.

The Contest:

The contest itself is really quite simple. Simply describe your plans for your settlement. You should describe what it’s focus will be on, how you plan to achieve your goals, and anything you think is relevant that really solidifies your plans or adds intrigue and interest to them. They can be plans for a farming community, for a fishing village, for a hidden ninja clan, anything you can think up and describe to us.

Title holders are ineligible to win, submissions can be made in this forum thread or via PM to myself here in the forums and they will be graded on 3 criteria:


The Judges will be Our Duke, Duchess, and some community leaders in the duchy all deliberating on who ultimately presents the most solid and interesting plan for a settlement.

What we can do for you:

As I said, this mayor title is meant for people to be able to place in our great duchy, so step 1 get to know the duchy. The easiest 2 ways to do this are to check our our forum post, and to come chat with us in our discord!

Duchy Post
Discord Link

Another thing we can do for you is we can help you plan your settlement! Sounds like giving you the answers to the test, no? Well that is kinda the idea. We want anyone that places in our great duchy to prosper, and if you think you will need some EP to help with start up costs on your genius plan, or if you want to know if there are groups already in place your can network with to help you achieve your plans the duchy discord is the place to do it.

Ultimately this is still a competition and you will not get an edge over anyone else, or fall behind based on your participation in discussions with the Duchy, but if you want to pitch a mining/smithing town for example and you want to see if there are any people to partner with to really up your feasibility and sustainability factors we certainly want to help.

3/23/2019 10:40:21 PM #1

It has been asked by some people, so to clarify Yes a barony would count toward this contest. The only stipulation is if you want to count as "feasible" for a barony in our duchy you would definitely have to communicate with our Duke Hieronymus (Sintax in discord) as baronies will need to be contracted with him.

Looking forward to seeing submissions!

3/24/2019 11:23:28 PM #2

Awesome contest, best of luck to all! :D


3/25/2019 8:07:26 PM #3

Thank you Starfire. We only have 3 participants so far, but then again it's still early :D

3/26/2019 1:23:01 AM #4

Can members within the duchy apply?

3/26/2019 4:32:49 AM #5

Good luck with the contest! A mayor title is definetly worth participating :)

3/26/2019 2:08:38 PM #6

Posted By Bayerd at 6:23 PM - Mon Mar 25 2019

Can members within the duchy apply?

Yes, citizens can participate Bayerd, unless they are title holders already or one of our 5 judges.

And thanks for the nod Rofus :D

3/26/2019 3:52:45 PM #7

Yes tell us your plans, all of them in detail.

Evil Smile

3/27/2019 6:53:35 AM #8

Title bundles are here! This is the full prize for this contest. 1 mayor title for NA-W.

4/1/2019 12:03:14 PM #9

Now that the Free Manns Tavern on Angelica is in the possession of the Duchy of Thorne there has been inquiries made if people can submit a contest entry specifically for the town the Free Mann is in.

Since we are formally aiming for the North Eastern Neran Grassland Duchy, and the Free Mann is located in the North Western Neran Grassland Duchy it is outside the range of our contest unless some shuffling happens during D&SS. Inquiries about the Free Mann should be separate from this contest and directed at our Duchess Sersei here in the forums or discord.

By all means if you wish to express interest in the competition still jump in our Discord to chat, or PM me on the forums.

Excited to see more people showing interest in the contest, and I expect it will pick up even more when D&SS starts!

4/9/2019 11:12:17 PM #10

Greetings again contest participants and silent watchers!!

Now that we have information and dates for Domain and Settlement Selection, naturally we also have a date for the end of this contest!

Officially this contest will run until Tuesday May 14th, 11:59 p.m. PST. Any submissions after the fact will not count, and remember submissions only count if PMd to me here in the forums or posted in the contest thread!

Results for the contest will be posted May 15th.

4/13/2019 12:01:19 PM #11

Well I'm excited to meet the newest member of our duchy and find out what they want to accomplish, I'm not always on but Dm me if you'd like my help with the contest.

Being normal is vastly overrated!

4/15/2019 3:18:35 AM #12

Posted By Faustes at 05:01 AM - Sat Apr 13 2019

Well I'm excited to meet the newest member of our duchy and find out what they want to accomplish, I'm not always on but Dm me if you'd like my help with the contest.

Thanks Faustes!

Certainly I'm looking forward to announcing a winner too, and with a month left still and the people I imagine waiting to see where we place, I'm still expecting things to pick up as most of this contest has been behind the scenes and in discord xD

We definitely want to help hopeful mayors/barons to get a title for themselves and cannot wait to see how this contest ends.

4/28/2019 9:04:19 PM #13

With the recent Domain and Settlement Selection Update We know for a fact that this competition is on track for a May 14th end date. If you haven't sent in a submission yet, by all means do so. And if you are waiting for the Duchy of Thorne to place, by all means stay tuned.

This next week or so is going to be a wild ride!

4/29/2019 10:12:08 PM #14

In order to liven up this bumpy start to D&SS...

we have both expanded our contest and added in a second one!

First, this contest. We have added a 400 EP package in order to sweeten the pot to the winner of this NA-W mayor title bundle. As we said in the opening post, we want anyone that comes and places in the Duchy of Thorne to thrive, and we are going above and beyond to ensure it!

Second! Submitting a Lore Writeup for your Character, Settlement, Organization, or even your Family will enter you in for a chance to win a $50 gift card, courtesy of the citizens of Thorne. Just follow the link below, submit your lore piece in the thread, and you are entered to win. Entries will be based purely on wow factor so bust out your best anecdotes and really impress!

Also keep a look out for the upcoming Vanity Fair hosted by the Duchy of Thorne. It will be an event to be envious of indeed!

5/3/2019 6:18:39 PM #15

If granted the title of Mayor, this is what I envision…

A place where are all welcome, and all are cared for. A community that supports each other whilst enriching each other’s lives. I draw my inspiration from what I believe society is strictly based around. A society, no, a civilization is based upon the very premise that for society to flourish we must all be focused on lifting each other up. While some disagree and argue on what that means, and what the best way for that to happen is, I look at it from a more personal family perspective.

My family has always been there for me, and it pains me all the time seeing families that fracture and break. I would aim for my settlement to be one big family. When one falls on hard times, the rest rise to the occasion and support them in their time of need. A Mayor should only judge his success on the success of those around him. If her family is flourishing, so she is also flourishing. Each family has certain roles to fulfill, and the same can be said for settlements.

After all.. it takes a village.

Agriculture and Natural Resources: To make a community that can take care of itself and others, you require the very basic of resources that are used to create life. Farming, Ranching, and Mining. Three essential industries for whom makes them homes in the grasslands. Ideally, we would have enough of the three to be self-sufficient and not have to rely on importing raw materials. Keeping in line with the community that supports itself, the local government would stockpile excess material in time of emergency. Whether for repairs, or to assist with those who just need that extra bit of help to complete what they are working on. Naturally, there would be some kind of limit to how much assistance; but the point is to stimulate growth in the community rather than stifle it.

Education: Be it child or adult, the saying ‘you learn something every day’ is a saying for a reason. The elderly are value for not only their skill, but their ability to pass that skill on to others. We want to always be innovating and getting better at what we do, and it’s those with the years of knowledge who can teach others which are the backbone of society. A community should always be striving to better themselves, and the best way to do that is through education. It would be encouraged for any and all to participate in whatever they can, for whatever wage they negotiate at. It will only serve to make our community and duchy stronger overall. I would like to say that most artisans have some kind of martial training in case of emergency, but more importantly the government would encourage all to know at least two trades. It would serve to diversify their skills and keep them relevant in times of economic turmoil, as well as give them a greater opportunity for greatness in life.

Strength through Unity: Being able to turn those resources into usable materials requires skilled people with a willingness to do that job. But more than that, it’s a neighbor in your community, it’s someone you know and more often than not have dealt with before. You have drank together with them at the tavern, rode out to hunt alongside them, and helped rebuild their roof when it was damage by hail. It takes a village. We seek to have a variety of secondary industries in the settlements. Depending where we were located might change that. Ideally, I would like the settlement to be on a major crossroads so that we can have a hand in helping all who come through. I would like our settlement to be known throughout the duchy, as a place where warm bread and beds await after a long day of travel. Taverns, Inns, Smithies, etc.

Society is only as strong as its weakest link. With the right resources, education, and community we can stand higher as a model for all to emulate. We can eliminate the weak link by helping them grow sturdy and strong to face their destiny with head held high. We shall all face our destiny together and be able to overcome any challenge with the help of those around us.

Thanks, Blackwater

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