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Karisade
[TSoH]
10-12-2016 02:59



Make Syrnia Great Again!

The shouts were deafening. "Santa Claus! Krampus! Santa Claus! Krampus!" roared the two opposing choruses. Not to be left out of a good debate, it was time for Syrnia to investigate. There at the gates between Elven Plains and Ogre Caves, the source of strife was found: there’s about to be a massive vote on who should be our future Father Christmas. "Krampus! Santa Claus! Krampus! Santa Claus!" rocks the endless echo of ten thousand chants.

Till recently, support for Santa had been overwhelming, but a scandal in which he’d used Borneo’s mailing address to respond to Christmas letters has seriously damaged his credibility. And Krampus is fuelling the anti-sylvan feelings of Ogres by promising to build a wall at Elven Gate.

The boundary chamber between Ogre and Elven lands is a sea of life. Banners depicting the Elven choice, Santa Claus, and the Ogre choice of Krampus litter the cavern walls. Signposts pop up throughout the crowd; 'Make Syrnia Great Again,' 'Ogre Lives Matter', 'I'm With Her', and even a few 'Stronger Together'. The great debate is on!

My fellow Syrnians, I propose that we help settle this feud before war ensues. Choose your side: Santa or Krampus!


The Contest

Round 1: Quiz Questions

  • From 10th-14th December, a series of quiz questions will be posted daily on this thread. Each individual entrant must send their answers to these questions in a ticket to the Forum department. Please don’t send multiple tickets for each daily batch of questions: we only need one ticket per player containing all your answers. So obviously, you should not send your ticket before the last batch of questions is posted on 14th December.

  • You have until 00:01 Syrnia Time on Saturday 17th December to send your ticket. Each correct answer will be worth 1 point (except for the final question, which will be worth up to 6 points).

  • IMPORTANT: Remember to write in the TITLE of your ticket whether you're casting your vote for Santa Claus or for Krampus (e.g. You could simply make your ticket title 'Krampus' or 'Santa'). This is vital if you want to be included in the second round of the contest and have a chance of winning a prize.


  • Round 2 will begin at 18:00 Syrnia Time on Saturday 17th December, so keep your eyes peeled for Forum updates. In Round 2, your choice of candidate will very much come into play!


    Results and Prizes

  • The election results will be posted in Forum on Christmas Eve, along with all player scores for the contest.

  • If the highest scoring player is a Santa supporter then Santa will be deemed to have won the election. If the highest scoring player is a Krampus supporter then Krampus will be deemed to have prevailed (please do not demand a recount or start rioting at Sanfew).

  • All players on the winning team will receive 1 Locked Christmas Present.

  • The top 20 contest scorers will each be awarded prizes, regardless of which candidate they supported. And the top three prizes will be particularly special!

  • Bear in mind that this is a busy season, so it may take some time for your prize(s) to appear in your inventory. Therefore please do not shout, cry, pout, ask to whisper a mod or threaten industrial action if your prize does not materialise immediately. Failure to honour this courtesy may result in your prize being substituted for a lump of Syrnia’s favourite fossil fuel.


  • Good luck to all contest entrants and to both Father Christmas candidates – let’s make Syrnia great again!
    23:27 Arivae[TLO]: is that the drink you told me to have in Aruba? i totally forgot to get one! i have to go back!

    21:07 MrZee[fame]: i'm gonna grab Karisade by the Obby pick.

    09:08 Donald Trump: How do i build a wall?
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    Karisade
    [TSoH]
    17-12-2016 17:51



    Quiz Answers


    Day 1: Saturday 10th December

    Krampus Questions

    1) What kind of creature is Krampus?
    A horned demon (similar answers and answers such as kobold/ house spirit also accepted)

    2) On which date is Krampus supposed to reign?
    December 5th (any answer including December 5th accepted)

    3) What is unusual about Krampus’ feet?
    One human, one cloven

    4) Which of Krampus' relatives is associated with ovine creatures?
    Stekkjarstaur

    5) The ‘Yuletide-lads’ first appeared in what genre of story, written in which country?
    Icelandic folklore/ poetry

    6) In the country from the previous question, what is a poetry book about the coming of Christmas called?
    Jólin Koma


    Claus Conundrums

    7) In which city of which country did Saint Nicholas spend the majority of his life?
    Myra, Turkey (previous country/ region names that include this part of Turkey, such as Lycia and Anatolia, also accepted)

    8) On what date is Saint Nicholas’ Day?
    December 6th

    9) What sort of people is Saint Nicholas particularly considered to help and protect?
    Repentant thieves, sailors and children to name three

    10) What is Santa called in Maui?
    Kanakaloka

    11) What do people in Cornwall (in the UK) call the Yule log?
    The Mock/ Stock of the Mock


    Syrnia Stumpers

    12) Name two Syrnia players who sound like precious stones.
    Rouby, Crystal, Sapphira, Jemi, opal, Kunzite… (all gem-related players accepted)

    13) Which Syrnia player looks, at first glance, like he's connected both to Texas and a bizarre tribe?
    Lonestar[Weird]

    14) Which Syrnian location might sound like a place for harvesting provisions if its head were cut off?
    Celebration Island (Crab’s Nest also accepted)

    15) Which two Syrnia clans might not like each other much if they lived in Tolkien’s universe?
    [Elves] and [Orks]





    Day 2: Sunday 11th December

    Krampus Questions

    16) Who eats children that didn’t receive new clothes for Christmas?
    The Yule Cat/ Jólakötturinn

    17) Which two towns feature ‘Krampus museums’?
    Kitzbühel and Stallhofen and Suetschach (any 2 of these or all 3 accepted!)

    18) Who are the parents of the Yule Lads?
    Grýla and Leppalúði

    19) Grýla and Leppalúði are known as two of the…?
    Hideous Ogres/ Trolls of Iceland (similar answers also accepted)

    20) What were the original children’s gifts from Krampus and the Yulemen?
    Any of the following: gold coloured birch branches (ruten bundles), coal, rotten potatoes, clothes

    21) When was Krampus first associated with Saint Nicholas?
    During the 17th century


    Claus Conundrums

    22) Who became famous for asking whether or not Santa was real?
    Laura Virginia O'Hanlon

    23) And who wrote to the person in the previous question: "Yes ________, there is a Santa Claus”?
    Francis Pharcellus Church

    24) Which place is thought to be the origin of the Christmas bauble?
    The town of Lauscha in Germany

    25) Which of Santa’s elves is considered the most intellectual?
    Alabaster Snowball

    26) Which artist, known for his Santa pictures, sounds like an old French watering hole made of stone?
    Norman Rockwell

    27) What did Scottish students take from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day in 1950?
    The Stone of Scone/ Stone of Destiny


    Syrnia Stumpers

    28) Which Syrnia clan contains cheese, chocolate and a famous detective?
    [Zen]

    29) What Syrnia item might be described in a riddle as: ‘Conflict followed by secure employees’?
    Warlock Staff

    30) Which Syrnian creature might be described in a riddle as: ‘Annular rear end of the French wall’?
    Ringtail Lemur





    Day 3: Monday 12th December

    Krampus Questions

    31) What is the Slovenian name for Krampus?
    Parkelj

    32) What is the purpose of Krampus' wicker basket?
    To carry the children away

    33) Why would early stories about the Krampus figure not mention his chains?
    The chains represent the binding of the Christian devil and the earliest Krampus legends precede Christianity

    34) What is a Krampus greeting card called?
    Krampuskarten

    35) What activity is Krampus best known for?
    He punishes children who have misbehaved

    36) Which Syrnian item is linked to Krampus’ name and why?
    Bear Claw – Krampen means ‘claw’


    Claus Conundrums

    37) What is the meaning of the reindeer names Donner and Blitzen?
    Thunder and lightning

    38) Who originally created Rudolph?
    Robert L. May

    39) Which singer, born is a town that sounds like a light snack, sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
    Ernest Tubb (born in a town called ‘Crisp’)

    40) Who is Santa’s 10th reindeer?
    Olive/ Olaf

    41) In “A Charlie Brown Christmas” what colour of tree was Charlie Brown supposed to buy?
    Pink (Silver/ Aluminium-coloured also accepted!)

    42) Who wrote the festive tale contained in the following anagram: ‘sailor scam chart’?
    Charles Dickens


    Syrnia Stumpers

    43) What Syrnia item might be described in a riddle as: ‘One, myself, your saint’?
    Amethyst

    44) What Syrnia item might be described in a riddle as: ‘Twin carbons followed by the end of this month’?
    Cucumber

    45) Which Syrnian creature might be described in a riddle as: “Informally Henry, close to the ground and poetically even, with clever humour, ends in the beginning of Anascan footwear’?
    Halloween Witch








    Day 4: Tuesday 13th December

    Krampus Questions

    46) During which historical period did the Krampus legend first appear?
    Pre-Christian times

    47) Krampus derives from a Pagan supernatural being that was later equated with whom?
    The (Christian) devil/ Satan

    48) ‘Ruten bundles’ are hung all year round for what purpose?
    A reminder of the arrival of Krampus (similar answers accepted)

    49) What are the Styrian accomplices of Krampus called?
    Schabmänner or Rauhen

    50) What is the moral purpose of Krampus?
    To encourage good behaviour in children (other relevant answers also accepted!)

    51) Which Old High German word was Krampus derived from?
    Krampen


    Claus Conundrums

    52) What is the Slovenian name for Saint Nicholas?
    Sveti Miklavž

    53) With which celebration, linked to Kronos, does Christmas coincide?
    Saturnalia

    54) Who first associated Santa with flying reindeer?
    Anonymous/ Unknown

    55) How many years ago was the Christmas cracker invented and by whom?
    169 years ago, Tom Smith

    56) Which city is the original ‘Capital of Christmas’?
    Strasbourg

    57) In the poem "The Night Before Christmas” how many times is Santa mentioned?
    None


    Syrnia Stumpers

    58) Which Syrnia clan might keep another Syrnia clan in its mouth? (think clan tags!)
    Snake (Fangz!)

    59) Which 3 Syrnia clans might join forces to form a ‘yummy body roamer’?
    [Tasty], [Corps] or [Core], [Nomad]

    60) Which Syrnia player might be described in a riddle as: ‘Supporter of who I am: America!’?
    Prometheus






    Day 5: Wednesday 14th December

    Krampus Questions

    61) Krampus is closely related to which mythological ruler?
    (Queen) Hel

    62) What is the traditional fruitcake of Germany?
    Stollen (Königskuchen & Früchtebrot also accepted)

    63) Which three-word phrase links The Grinch to Mary Chapin Carpenter?
    One small heart.

    64) What is the Scandinavian Christmas goat symbol called?
    Julbock

    65) Which real-life person allows us to link Krampus and Superman, and in what way?
    Michael Dougherty – he directed a movie about Krampus and also a movie about Superman.


    Claus Conundrums

    66) In which country is it traditional to hide all brooms in the house on Christmas Eve?
    Norway

    67) In the novel ‘A Christmas Carol’, which character shares the same name as a Syrnia player?
    (Jacob) Marley

    68) What are ‘pigs in blankets’?
    Most commonly: small sausages wrapped in bacon (but other variations also accepted!)

    69) Name two figures that, according to traditions from Central European countries, accompany Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season.
    Any two of the following: Belsnickel, Knecht Ruprecht, Krampus, Black Pete (Zwarte Piet)

    70) Which famous Christmas market has been around for over 540 years?
    Dresden Striezelmarkt (Dresden or Striezelmarkt accepted)

    71) In order to complete his gift-giving task, approximately how many miles would Santa have to fly in one night?
    This is a highly speculative question, so any estimate between 75 and 230 million miles scores a point!


    Syrnia Stumpers

    72) What Syrnia item might be described in a riddle as: ‘Happy me and a Spanish wave!’?
    Gladiola

    73) Which Syrnia player might be described in a riddle as: ‘Follow hinged barrier’?
    Shadowgate

    74) Which Syrnia player might be described in a riddle as: ‘Naomi, with her head replaced by a question, her body extended with five (in Cantonese) and three dozen at her rear’?
    yaoming36

    75) One Syrnia player originally identified as an oriental North American and is currently a police car animal – but what is he famous for doing to trees?
    Hugging them!
    23:27 Arivae[TLO]: is that the drink you told me to have in Aruba? i totally forgot to get one! i have to go back!

    21:07 MrZee[fame]: i'm gonna grab Karisade by the Obby pick.

    09:08 Donald Trump: How do i build a wall?
    Karisade
    [TSoH]
    17-12-2016 17:52



    Congratulations to all election campaigners! Here are the results of the preliminaries:


    Round 1 Results



    Team Santa



    CampaignerScore
    Arivae 75/81: Team Leader
    Carina 73/81
    Telepathetic 62/81
    G Bob 61/81
    TheRBC 56/81
    queeng 42/81
    bdwhite34 7/81


    Team Krampus



    CampaignerScore
    fraggelmupp 72/81: Busy, so cannot continue with contest: team leadership passes to Atto
    Atto 67/81: Team Leader
    Totsmom 54/81
    Valkyrie 52/81
    shortstuf530 49/81
    Smeagol 24/81
    xavier 12/81

    Edited on 17-12-2016 18:27
    23:27 Arivae[TLO]: is that the drink you told me to have in Aruba? i totally forgot to get one! i have to go back!

    21:07 MrZee[fame]: i'm gonna grab Karisade by the Obby pick.

    09:08 Donald Trump: How do i build a wall?
    Karisade
    [TSoH]
    17-12-2016 17:54



    Round 2: Design a Costume


  • To the 14 finalists: Congratulations on making it this far! For the second part of the contest, you must work as part of your team (Team Santa or Team Krampus). Your team leader will be the player who scored highest on the quiz questions round (see the post above).

  • If you voted to support Santa, your team must design a Santa costume that would be particularly appropriate for a Syrnian Santa to wear. If you voted to support Krampus, your team must design a Krampus costume that would be particularly appropriate for a Syrnian Krampus to wear.

  • Your team might work in a number of different ways. For example, your leader could split your team into two groups, each of which could make their own decisions about what the Christmas costume should look like. Then an artist from each group could design such a Santa/ Krampus costume (using software like Paint.NET or by scanning and uploading a handcrafted image). Then your team leader could decide which of the group submissions would be best to send as your official team submission. But you can work in any way you like – how you ‘canvass’ in this election is up to you!

  • Only your team leader can send the ticket containing your team’s ‘Design a Costume’ contest entry. The ticket should contain a link that leads to your team’s Santa/ Krampus costume. You can upload your entries to sites such as Imgur.com.

  • Only 1 ticket per team is allowed: therefore your team leader’s first entry is also your team’s final entry.

  • Team leaders: you have until 00:01 Syrnia Time on Friday 23rd December to submit your team entry.

  • A bonus of 1-30 points will be added to the quiz question score of each player on your team, depending on how much we like your team’s design.

  • The player who now has the highest overall score will be declared the contest winner.

  • Remember: This is a challenge of initiative, leadership, teamwork, creativity and improvisation.

  • And Good News: seeing as we only have 14 finalists, each of you has already guaranteed yourself a place within the ‘top 20 scorers’. This means that even the lowest score will receive a pretty decent prize, regardless of which team wins the election!


  • Best of luck to both teams – let battle commence!!
    23:27 Arivae[TLO]: is that the drink you told me to have in Aruba? i totally forgot to get one! i have to go back!

    21:07 MrZee[fame]: i'm gonna grab Karisade by the Obby pick.

    09:08 Donald Trump: How do i build a wall?
    Karisade
    [TSoH]
    24-12-2016 15:17



    Round 2 Results

    Both teams produced top quality work on the Santa/ Krampus suits! You can see their submissions below:


    Team Santa

    http://tinypic.com/r/k9t46s/9

    Score: 19/30.


    Team Krampus

    http://nl.tinypic.com/view.php?pic=x3afqe&s=9#.WFwx6o9OKmQ

    Score: 26/30.

    The artwork on both was excellent, though I thought Team Krampus were more creative, detailed and humorous in their design, hence the higher score.


    Election Outcome

    In a terrifyingly close contest, Team Santa have edged the win by a single point. Looks like Santa Claus will remain in office for at least another year! Congratulations to both teams on their election campaigns in a truly hard-fought contest


    Prize List

  • First place: 8 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Candy Cane

  • Second place: 6 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Christmas Dove

  • Third place: 5 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Santa Gloves

  • Fourth - Seventh Place: 5 Locked Christmas Presents and 3 Red Gifts

  • Eight – Eleventh Place: 4 Locked Christmas Presents and 2 Red Gifts

  • Twelfth – Fourteenth Place: 3 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Red Gift

  • Winning Team Bonus: +1 Locked Christmas Present




  • Final Scores and Prizes



    CampaignerScorePrize
    1) Arivae 75 + 19 = 948+1 = 9 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Candy Cane Staff
    2) Atto 67 + 26 = 936 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Christmas Dove
    3) Carina 73 + 19 = 925+1 = 6 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Santa Gloves
    4) Telepathetic 62 + 19 = 815 + 1 = 6 Locked Christmas Presents and 3 Red Gifts
    5) Totsmom 54 + 26 = 805 Locked Christmas Presents and 3 Red Gifts
    5) G Bob 61 + 19 = 805+1 = 6 Locked Christmas Presents and 3 Red Gifts
    7) Valkyrie 52 + 26 = 785 Locked Christmas Presents and 3 Red Gifts
    8) shortstuf530 49 + 26 = 754 Locked Christmas Presents and 2 Red Gifts
    8) TheRBC 56 + 19 = 754+1 = 5 Locked Christmas Presents and 2 Red Gifts
    10) fraggelmupp 72 + 00 = 724 Locked Christmas Presents and 2 Red Gifts
    11) queeng 42 + 19 = 614+1 = 5 Locked Christmas Presents and 2 Red Gifts
    12) Smeagol 24 + 26 = 503 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Red Gift
    13) xavier 12 + 26 = 383 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Red Gift
    14) bdwhite34 07 + 19 = 263+1 = 4 Locked Christmas Presents and 1 Red Gift


    Moderator edit:
    Prizes have been added to Players inventories, Thank You for supporting this contest

    23:27 Arivae[TLO]: is that the drink you told me to have in Aruba? i totally forgot to get one! i have to go back!

    21:07 MrZee[fame]: i'm gonna grab Karisade by the Obby pick.

    09:08 Donald Trump: How do i build a wall?
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