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Crafting Creatures 2024

Kicking off a new world launch with a light-hearted challenge about crafty critters and the wonders they create!

Nature is a realm of artists great and small, but so often overlooked and overshadowed by sophontic creations. Seek out the crafty creatures of your world, and show us all their splendor!

Introducing a new world with a challenge!

A warm welcome, my friends, to the world of Ayun Sovos! This is a land of crafty creatures of all kinds, from renowned avian artisans to fledgling ursine apprentices, and many more! Not to mention the brave adventurers who help supply them with the reagents they need!   The adventurers can have their spotlight another time. For now, I want to kick off the birth of this new world with a challenge that hones in on the crafters of the world. Scratch that — crafters of your worlds!
Challenge Dates
Starts: March 1st, 2024
Ends: March 31st April 5th, 2024
  The cutoff will be when my stream on the 5th ends! Feel free to submit entries during my stream if you're running late!   Winner will be chosen toward the end of April!

I welcome you all to my first ever unofficial challenge!

What are we making?

Create content that describes or depicts the crafty creatures of your world.

My goal is to add some delight to your worldbuilding by thinking about nature's little artisans in your setting! I want to know about the creatures of your world who love to create! I will provide some prompts and real-world examples to get the ideas flowing, but I welcome you to run free with the topic! What's most important is that the crafters in question are creatures, rather than the people of your world.  

Focus on the creatures themselves, or the things they make.

You don't need to write a species article if you don't want to! You can instead focus on what your creatures create, whether it's an object, location, or any other thing that creatures can make! The objective is to come out of your submission knowing about two things: a crafty creature in your world, and what that creature is known for creating!   Prompts
I'll ask a couple of questions, just to get the ball rolling on ideas!
  • What is something adored for its aesthetic qualities, that is crafted by a creature in your world?
    Spiderwebs are so pretty in the morning dew!
  • What is considered a culinary treasure, that is created by a creature in your world?
    Think honey, but not caviar.
  • Which creature in your world is best known for creating and using interesting tools in the wild?
    Crows and primates are great problem-solvers!
  • Which creature's homes have inspired humanoid architecture in your world?
    Beehive hexes and beaver dams (oh my?)!
  • Which creature in your world is known for creating art without humanoid involvement?
    Decorated nests and painted walls... perhaps even dances?
  • Who in your world creates art by collaborating with a crafty creature?
    Ideally, this creature would still be crafty even without the person around!
Here are two interesting real-world examples!
  • Who knew there was an accomplished self-portrait artist in the Peruvian Amazon? A recently-discovered spider species makes dummies of itself to drive off predators, and they're pretty spot-on!
  • Interested in a scandal? Might I interest you in the Monkey Selfie dispute? If a creature in your world creates something, even using people's tools, who owns it?
Hope these helped! Go out there and make some crafty creatures!

Challenge FAQ

Is there a wordcount requirement?
No! There will be no minimum or maximum requirement. I will read through even the lengthiest works, so don't worry if the creative spirit whisks you away. You can also submit artwork for this challenge if you wish!
Do we need to use the species template?
Also no! Use any template you desire. Again, this isn't solely a species challenge if you don't want it to be — the subject simply revolves around one!
Can we submit our entries to other challenges?
Absolutely! In fact, here's a few of the challenges I think could make for great cross-overs! Stormbril's Marchitecture, EBelt's Riddle Me This..., and Sunnybirdboi's Magic March all come to mind!
Do we need to make a brand new article?
Yes! Unless: You are welcome to polish and submit an existing article from your world if it is your submission to Chrispy_0's Spring Improvement unofficial challenge!
Can we use AI art?
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: AI images cannot be submitted as artwork entries on their own, but can be added to written content for decoration if desired. Also, please note that as an artist, I am rather biased. Human-made artwork and creative layouts will always score higher than AI images by default.


I hear you like badges?

All participants in this challenge can add this shiny badge to their personal hoard! But one winner (or more?) will get to claim the even shinier version for their win!
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Crafting Creatures 2024 Badge by Strixxline
Crafting Creatures 2024 Winner Badge
Crafting Creatures 2024 Winner Badge by Strixxline

Stream Spotlight!

All participants can have their entries read on stream in April, once entries are closed!   This will be opt-in, so let me know if you would like yours to be read on stream while leaving your submission in the comments below!  

Welcome to Iverra!

Become part of the story of Ayun Sovos!   The winner of this challenge will inspire a brand new character that our fledgling adventurer, Ebi, will meet once she reaches the town of Iverra, on the Path to Adventure!   Inspiration can come from the creature in winning article itself, or the winner may instead choose a favorite animal for their NPC.  
Not interested in prizes?
I know the spotlight's not for everyone. You can always opt out of the judging process if that's your desire!

If you post about your entries on the community stream, use the hashtag #CraftingCreatures so people can search for them! Plus #UnofficialChallenge to share with other challenge-goers!


Quest Received!

Crafting Creatures 2024

Write about a crafty creature in your world!
Leave your entry in the comments below!
Create a new article or improve an old one.
Write about or draw your crafty creature of choice!
Optional: Opt-in to have your work read on stream.
Optional: Opt-out to remove your submission from judging.
Participant: Shiny badge!
Participant: Stream spotlights!
Winner: Shinier badge!
Winner: Custom character!


Challenge Entries


Author's Notes

Leave your entries below as article blocks! By default, I will assume that all entries are open to judging, but should not be read on stream. If you want one or both of these to change, let me know in your comment!

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Mar 2, 2024 06:59 by Owen Davies


"The world is only as big as one makes it. So make it bigger by expanding your mind."   Consider voting for me in the Worldbuilding Awards
Mar 5, 2024 21:37 by Felix

Leafweaver Bat
Species | Mar 5, 2024
  You can totally read this on stream! ^.^ Also idk why I tried to draw a bat, I do not draw them often lol I think it turned out ok tho ^.^

Mar 8, 2024 11:08

Thanks for running this challenge! Here's my entry:

Species | Mar 8, 2024

Now playing: Summer Camp 2024 Prep!   Ironsworn RPG Actual Play Fiction: Tales of the Inner Council!
Mar 10, 2024 21:33 by Tanai Cuinsear

Enjoyed coming up with something for this challenge, thanks for running it.

Species | Mar 9, 2024

A type of insect that creates hanging nests with multicoloured segments.

Mar 11, 2024 17:55

Here's my entry! You are free to read on stream if you wish.  

Species | Mar 21, 2024

Author of Labyrithis and more!
Mar 12, 2024 03:06 by Benard Calvin "Hunter" Hendrick VIII

Thank you, Strixx! Loved that you did an unofficial challenge! I have a few more articles I could've done. Three more I will say here is Dwarves and Elves (and Christmas Elves).

Item | Mar 12, 2024

Mar 13, 2024 20:01 by Jacqueline Yang

Tradition / Ritual | Mar 24, 2024

A storyteller's type of dance

  Here's my article. However, I don't know if it'll count since the creature is barely mentioned. Whoops, kinda got sidetracked. But I hope you enjoy it anyways, and if it does count you have my permission to read it on stream. (P.S. if it doesn't count just let me know and I'll write another one)

Mar 14, 2024 10:40

Wyrm's Greed Caterpillar/Lantern Moth
Species | Mar 15, 2024
Not an artist, but loved the idea/prompt, so here is my entry. Feel free to read it on stream if you like, I don't mind either way.

Mar 19, 2024 02:20 by Chris L

Excited to share my entry! These giant pineapples get converted into spaceships by elves!

Sky-crown Starfruit Tree
Species | Apr 13, 2024

The elves don't build their skyships, they grow them, and the Sky-crowns are the largest of them all.

Learn about the World of Wizard's Peak and check out my award winning article about the Ghost Boy of Kirinal!

Mar 22, 2024 21:16

heres my entry. I give you permission to read it on stream if you wish.

Neutron Weaver
Species | Mar 22, 2024

Mar 25, 2024 01:31

Hello there. It was a wonderful write and it ties so neatly into the design I had in mind for Vraitha, that it was just splendid timing. And yes, I want you to read it on stream because I love your reading and want you to have a good time with them. :)  

Graveyard Fairies
Species | Mar 28, 2024

You wanna see what we did for the last events? Go, click here: Eddies Major Events
Mar 27, 2024 20:04 by Mochi

False Island Jelly
Fauna | Jun 9, 2024

Incredibly intelligent jellyfish from Kyrophis. False island jellies are massive predatory creatures with a devious mind and electrified paddle tentacles.

here's my entry! i'm totally down for this to be read on stream :D

I hope you have a great day!   Explore the endless planets brimming with life of the Yonderverse! Go after creatures, discover new places, and learn about the people you find along the way.   Check out my plans for Summer Camp!
Mar 28, 2024 05:39 by Dragon

You can read it on a stream if you want to. :3

Star Bees
Species | Mar 29, 2024

Mar 28, 2024 11:45

And here is mine, feel free to read it on your stream:

Species | May 16, 2024

Geschickte Nestbauer der Elfenwälder

Have a look at my entries for:
  • moonflower-writing's Food, Glorious FOOD! Unofficial Challenge: Lende a la Terascoa
  • BasicDragons's Unofficial Dragon Challenge 2024: Parg-nél'rush, der Walddrache
  • DaniAdventures Romance-Ception! Challenge Ballade von der Silberelfe
  • My Adventure April short story Einer dieser Tage
  • Mar 30, 2024 13:10

    Thank you Strixxline for this funny challenge. So here is my entry and it would be great, if you read it on stream.  

    Treehouse snail
    Species | Mar 30, 2024

    Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.

    Psst join the Copper-Party during Summer Camp 2024 and I would be very happy if you would celebrate my SC contributions with me.
    Mar 30, 2024 21:21

    Hello! Here's my entry! Feel free to read it on stream:

    Spirits of Construction
    Species | Mar 30, 2024

    Mar 30, 2024 21:26 by Emily Armstrong

    I've been trying to find a place for my Sugar Sprites for months and I'm so glad to finally have a home for them in my new Brew Ha-Ha article! :D I hope you like the lil sweeties, I had so much fun with the Sugar Sprite art <3

    Brew Ha-Ha
    Building / Landmark | Mar 30, 2024

    Check out my worlds of Beckettville and Culinarypunk!
    Mar 30, 2024 22:47 by spleen
    Mar 31, 2024 05:37 by Lauren

    This challenge was so much fun! I kept scratching my head, wondering which critter needed a space in Tarantellia. Then, I remembered an article that I wrote in 2019 and thought, "You need a friend!" I would like to introduce a honeybee brought into the world with minor inspirations from spiders and fireflies. :D   Thanks for an awesome challenge, I hope you enjoy!  

    Widow Honeybees
    Species | Mar 31, 2024

    "If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting the rest of our lives." -Lemony Snicket
    Mar 31, 2024 13:30

    I managed to write one article. It's a predator I mentioned before in one of my other species' articles. Now the prey has a hunter:   Nothing too out of the ordinary, though - just a normal and quite cute-ish predator. ^^   Enjoy!

    My world is Samthô - a 'as realistic as possible' fantasy-world, that's still in its childhood stage.
    A current addition to Samthô is my contribution to the rivers ant waterways challenge: Paunis
    Mar 31, 2024 13:57 by Owen Davies

    I HAD to make something for this challenge. Here's my lovely entry! Completely opt into having it read on stream.  

    Creature | Apr 11, 2024

    A large creature that looks like the cross between a bear and a panther that both creates beautiful abodes and can be used to scale mountains and forests

    "The world is only as big as one makes it. So make it bigger by expanding your mind."   Consider voting for me in the Worldbuilding Awards
    Mar 31, 2024 17:38

    Kind of a last minute entry but here we go:

    Haunting spires
    Generic article | Mar 31, 2024
      Feel free to read it on stream if you like and thanks for the great challenge.

    Sit down, my friend, and let me tell you of Aran'sha . A world where the sands shift and the stars sing, where the wind carries secrets and the twin moons keep silent vigil over it all.
    Mar 31, 2024 20:38 by Zannazook læ Gnom

    Hi! A last minute entry for this great challenge ! Thank you for it ! Vasières aux Plumes d'OrVasières aux Plumes d'Or

    Mar 31, 2024 21:45 by Zannazook læ Gnom

    Oh ! and since I forgot to tell you; I'll be glad if you read it on stream if you like it :)

    Apr 1, 2024 03:39 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

    Sorry for the last minute entry. Things have been quite hectic this month...year, actually. Please feel free to disregard if it is considered too late. Also, feel free to feature, stream, read, or whatever you'd like to do with this article, you have permission. Thanks and God bless. Much success with the challenge and whatever future endeavors you may be embarking upon!  

    Formicidae Formations
    Technology / Science | Jun 8, 2024

    Many tunnels. Many uses.

    Apr 2, 2024 22:31

    Thank you for the extended deadline! March was a creative void for me. Here be my dragons, also submitted to the Spring Improvement challenge. My entry is open for judging and for reading on stream!

    Species | Jun 5, 2024

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