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WorldEmber Species Challenge


The social media team for the A To Zoo heard about a fun little challenge some people are doing, something called "WorldEmber"? It looked cool, and we're always about spreading our name on social media by participating in fun challenges.

I, D.A.V.E., challenge whomever happens to read this article, to write about one of their own species for this WorldEmber. I know this is a busy time for the writing folk, so just one species is required for a shiny badge. You will be given a series of prompts, to hopefully inspire some new species, however, you can write about one you've already thought about, but haven't gotten round to making an article for. Entries must have a creation date between December 1st and December 31st to be eligible for a badge.

To enter this little challenge, please post a link to your entry as a comment below. Once WorldEmber is over, I will distribute badges and congratulate everyone for their entries. There will be no winners, this is purely an opportunity for some fun creative writing. There is no word limit either, let those words flow!


Opal Phoenix by Mochi
Golden Fox by Mochi
Euphoric Sea Slug by Mochi

The Prompts

Hover over these prompts for some real-world ideas that may help.

Animal Prompts

Describe an animal species with a bright colouration.

Describe an animal species that have unique sensory abilities.

Describe an animal often kept as a pet.

Plant Prompts

Describe a plant species symbolic in a culture.

Describe a coastal plant species.

Describe a common fast-growing plant species.

Fungi Prompts

Describe a fungi species that has a negative effect on surrounding species.

Describe a fungi species that is commonly harvested and eaten.

Describe a toxic fungi species.


If you don't like any of these prompts, feel free to write about anything else! I don't want to limit creativity at all, but these are just to give people some ideas if they need any.
Killfish by Mochi
Yisserin by Mochi
Paradise Kinkajou by Mochi

Badge!


WE23 Unofficial Species Challenge Badge by Mochi

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Comments

Author's Notes

Just a heads up, this is my first time hosting an Unofficial Challenge. If there's anything you feel is missing, please let me know! I'd also love some feedback once the event starts, to see if this is something people enjoy/have enjoyed, as I can always run this next year.


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Nov 23, 2023 21:58 by Doug Marshall

Hi, Squib Wibbley here with Intergalactic Council of United Planets (ICUP) News. Listeners are dying to know: will sapient species (also known as "sophonts") count towards this challenge?

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Nov 23, 2023 22:20 by Mochi

Hello Squib Wibbley! Thank you for your question. You can indeed write about "sophonts" for this challenge!   Many thanks, D.A.V.E.

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Nov 23, 2023 22:31 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I love you, Mochi! If I need a break from stubs, I will definitely be writing a fun species article. :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Nov 23, 2023 22:48 by Mochi

Love you tooo! <3 If you're comfortable with it, submitting a species stub is within the rules >:)

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Nov 24, 2023 04:14 by Dimitris Havlidis

This is a very cool challenge :D

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Nov 24, 2023 09:28 by Mochi

Thank you! :D

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Nov 25, 2023 13:47 by Rin Garnett

I have a couple species on my list... they don't fit any of these prompts, but I might have to increase their priority to participate here :D I'm especially looking forward to reading about brightly-colored species

Nov 25, 2023 15:42 by Mochi

Good job you can participate with any species! The prompts are there for inspiration :D

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Nov 26, 2023 09:42

Really looking forward to add some more species to Aran’sha - and extremely curious what everyone else is going to show. Thanks for hosting this challenge, Mochi!

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.
Nov 26, 2023 10:19 by Mochi

Yaaay! Hope you enjoy making some cool species :D

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Nov 26, 2023 14:16 by Amanda McRoberts

This sounds like a ton of fun. I wonder which of the 9 I can fit in right now……hmmm.

Dec 1, 2023 20:51 by Mochi

Eeee if you decide to make some species I can't wait to read them!

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Nov 26, 2023 16:07 by Elizabread

Oh ho, this looks very exciting! This looks like a great way to make more stubs and completely ignore the existing stubs I should be working on!

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Dec 1, 2023 20:51 by Mochi

WOOOO!! Hope you make some cool species :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 new world, Ava Admira!
Dec 1, 2023 20:36

Aaaand here is my Silver Glowcap as entry to your challenge. Was fun to write. :)

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Dec 1, 2023 20:52 by Mochi

Yaaay! Going to read it now <3

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Dec 1, 2023 21:46 by spleen

My entry for your challenge, sunkenweed! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/etharai-notahumanhand/a/sunkenweed-species

Dec 1, 2023 21:46 by spleen

(i dont know how to format this to get it to link properly, im sorry)

Dec 1, 2023 22:36 by Mochi

Thank you so much for taking part! You can do [url:https://www.worldanvil.com/w/etharai-notahumanhand/a/sunkenweed-species]Sunkenweed[/url] to do this :)

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 new world, Ava Admira!
Dec 1, 2023 22:37 by spleen

:O its really that simple? noice, ty

Dec 2, 2023 12:33

For "fast growing plant", I present to you... some very hungry moss!

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Dec 3, 2023 09:39 by Mochi

Hope you enjoyed the challenge, and thank you for participating! <3

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 new world, Ava Admira!
Dec 3, 2023 17:01 by jyliet of the house

What a fun challenge! I present my funny little snails.

Dec 3, 2023 21:14 by Mochi

Glad you enjoyed the challenge! thanks for participating <3

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 new world, Ava Admira!
Dec 7, 2023 19:12

This is such a cool challenge. I've had the idea for this plant since the Giant Challenge last year and now it's finally grown. Thank you so much ;-)  

Batmùne - Change Tendril
Species | Dec 31, 2023

Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.
Dec 8, 2023 01:10 by Rin Garnett

I ignored your prompts and wrote a bug. There is apparently more bbcode than actual words. Anyway. Burrowbugs

Dec 10, 2023 16:02 by Mardrena Lockehart

I wanted to avoid the species prompt with a 60kft barge pole but because I couldn't find a correct category for a medicinal tea someone suggested use the species for the plant its brewed from then list the tea as a byproduct. Not sure if I'll end up doing it or not tho I'm working on artwork first and because my planned entries for other categories are so interconnected I can use the pieces for almost everything. We'll see!

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Dec 11, 2023 09:24

While exploring the abundant caves of Aran'sha, one might find some culinary treasures:

Ma'khamsa - Bread of the land
Species | Feb 27, 2024

An unremarkable fungus holds a delicious secret - will you lift it?

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.
Dec 11, 2023 14:30 by Owen Davies

Say hello to the Rockleith Frog!

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Dec 11, 2023 23:44 by Icarus Crow Prati

First species of WorldEmber discovered!! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/visctheria-sunnybirdboi/a/shift-otters-species

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Dec 12, 2023 15:41 by Annie Stein

im here to represent for the microspecies! :D

Astroplankton
Species | Dec 30, 2023

The microscopic base of the interplanetary food web.

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Dec 12, 2023 20:13 by Devin

Hello hello what a great prompt! I'd like to submit for consideration a species, which will improve when I add some images, but here's the content first ^^   https://www.worldanvil.com/w/world-of-seven-seas-devinsxdesigns/a/eron-otter-species

Dec 13, 2023 11:24

Thanks for the amazing challenge. Here is my little article!

Mageseekers
Species | Dec 13, 2023

Just a predator on the hunt for magic and mages, or the herald of the wraith of a goddess?

Worldember is coming! Want to find more of my things: SatriumHub
Dec 13, 2023 11:24 by Andrew

Okay! Submitting a couple fellas for consideration! You didn't say no so I'm taking it as explicit permission.

Saltcrest Dragon
Species | Dec 11, 2023
Gold Dragon
Species | Dec 11, 2023
Vinerider Dragon
Species | Dec 10, 2023

Dec 14, 2023 06:39

And here is my submission. I hope you all enjoy it! And thanks for the challenge https://www.worldanvil.com/w/thf-universe-tankium/a/hanslen-rifter-species   (It is currently only a short 400 word article I may edit it in the future, soo maybe reread it at judging time)

Dec 14, 2023 13:36 by Lee Stepp

Here's my entry! A domesticated manatee living in the waterways of a fiery Sahel, Kasar Wuta. Sort of suits the "pet" theme I think?   https://www.worldanvil.com/w/emynea-leestepp/a/ruwa-sea-cow-species

Dec 15, 2023 16:26 by Melissa White

Acorin, this species is similar to the Kodama of Japanese folklore. I use it for a Fae Wild inclusion in my world of Aquatica.

Dec 17, 2023 15:22 by TJ Trewin

I made a snek! And pixel art :D here is my entry - thank you for running this Mochi!

Long-nosed Ringtail Snake
Species | Dec 24, 2023

A large, broad-bodied snake that uses toxic magic to bring down large mammals.


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Dec 18, 2023 19:18

For you, my friend, I give the Avians race of Gokrenxia: The Shar'elum!

Shar’elum
Species | Jan 15, 2024

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Dec 19, 2023 04:27 by Ezra Aldrich

Before I forget, I'll slap my creature in here. You've read it already. Here's my mystical critter the Yatzal. Yatzal

Dec 21, 2023 23:23 by Nimin N

Not sure I'll have time to write another species before WE ends, so I'll submit the one I got for now. Still happy I ended up able to participate in your challenge even if it's 'just' with an entry about a common aquatic plant. :)  

Gimunuehoa
Species | Dec 29, 2023

A family of reeds native to the temperate/subarctic zones of Biegjun.

Dec 28, 2023 18:10

Here is my entry for the challenge!! I was very funny writing about these cute little beings. Thank you Mochi for running this amazing challenge!! <3

The Ateri, cute creatures of the forests
Species | Dec 28, 2023

Cute little creatures from the forests of Southern Teria.

Dec 29, 2023 16:04 by Elizabread

I give a very cute white fox!

Zephyrfox
Species | Dec 29, 2023

Check out my world Valtena!
Dec 30, 2023 22:39 by Mardrena Lockehart

Richtho Bush
Species | Dec 30, 2023

In any other environment it would be viewed as an invasive weed, but its benefits vastly outweigh any drawbacks, and the people can think of it in no other way than a gift from the gods.

Okay I had to do a ton of digging to find this thread I knew I remembered seeing it. A bit of a late entry but this may very well be the last article I do for WE depending on how the morning goes after work! Vacation's over T_T Hope you enjoy!

Crazy Anime Cat Lady and Gamer Nun, Proud Texan Enjoying Renaissance Faires.
Dec 31, 2023 02:53 by Domenick DeMaria

Love this challenge.   Giant Man-Eating Clam

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