Shaoman 2018

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Shaoman 2018 was held October 29 - November 4. The theme of the freeweek was The Legend of the Headless Fade.

7 events were run during Shaoman 2018 and many people participated in different activities. Most participants engaged in the Spamathon, which is hosted every freeweek. Stats from the Spamathon can be found below.

7 groups participated in the Group Theme contest (2 of which were participating together as one theme) and the winner was decided by site-wide vote.

Introduction post - "Welcome to Shaoman! The Legend of the Headless Fade...". Please expand to read more.

Every year at Shaoman, a horror descends upon the town of Whitebridge, appearing on the bridge that gave the city its name, a horror that no man, woman or child is ever really prepared for. The terror of that night, always expected on the twelfth day of Shaldine, is something no one can truly prepare for. What is this fright, this deep, cold fear that the folk of Whitebridge dread? Gather round the fire and sit back to hear . . .

The Legend of the Headless Fade!

In one age, called the Fourth Age by some, a wind arose over the River Arinelle. A cold wind it was, chilling bones and hearts alike . . . the fear was palpable, making the residents of Whitebridge quake in their very boots. Rumors swirled in the streets and lanes, in the finer inns and in the lowliest winesinks. An apparition was seen on the snow-white bridge for which the city was known. A ghost some said, a ghost with no head. Others said it was a Trolloc. “Trolloc!” one man exclaimed. “Trollocs don’t ride horses, you bone-headed buffoon!” No, it was the Dragon Reborn. No—and here they took care to whisper the name softly—it was the shade of Guaire Amalasan. Still others, pretending they were not afraid, said it was just a skulking cut-purse. But they were all wrong of course, the lot of them.

That night it was seen again at an hour of the night when most folk were in their beds: a figure on horseback in a dead-black cloak that seemed to make the darkness of the night around it seem bright as the dawn . . . and it had no head! The man froze when he saw it, unable to move. Despite the fact that it was missing a head, he had the eerie sensation that the thing—whatever it was—was staring at him with all of the malice of the Pit of Doom. The horse whickered and snorted, smoke coming out of it’s nostrils, and the figure raised a dead-black sword as the horse reared, its cloak hanging utterly still. The man scrabbled back into a hollow at the foot of the bridge that lead to the sleepy square, so terrified that he turned and threw himself into the river below, heedless of the long, killing fall. But the Light preserved him, and the cold waters of the river shocked him so that he returned to his senses—as much as one can return to their senses after witnessing such a heart-stopping display. He heard the shouts of men on a passing trader’s vessel, felt the tug of a rope under his arms and himself being hauled up where he landed on the deck with faces staring down at him, asking him questions. At last he managed to answer one of them: what was his name? “Comgal.” But so exhausted was he by fear, cold, and fighting the river, that he lapsed into unconsciousness.

When he woke up at the Wayfarer’s Rest, the woman sitting beside the bed quickly called for Bartim, the innkeeper, who was no stranger to frightening things. He once saw the false Dragon Gorin Rogad with his own eyes, and when two young men showed up with a gleeman just a few years before the Dragon Reborn proclaimed himself, a small, crazed, dangerous looking fellow showed up asking questions . . . and then a man, all dressed in the blackest of black with a hood that hid his face entirely came asking the same questions in a voice that chilled the blood to hear. Just thinking of it made him shift his eyes about, he remembered the gaze from that hood so well—or the feeling of it on him at least. He swallowed hard when Comgal finished telling him what he saw on that bridge, remembering the years that followed that meeting and the troubles that came after. He recalled the stories told around mugs of ale and games of dice about . . . a Fade . . . Light, could that black-cloaked figure asking questions about the gleeman and his companions really been a Myrddraal? A sheen of sweat broke out on his brow as he swallowed again. A Fade in the square fighting a gleeman. It could only have been the very same gleeman he saw with those two young men. A gleeman he might have been, but he had the look of familiarity with danger. Or maybe he was one of those Light-cursed men who could touch the Source. Some said lighting flashed from his knives as he struggled with the Shadowspawn, others that he died under the Fade’s black blade, and others still that the gleeman emerged victorious. A gleeman killing a Fade? It seemed impossible to believe. But he couldn’t help but wonder if the . . . the thing Comgal described on the bridge . . . wasn’t the very same Fade the rumor all those years ago said fought with a gleeman.

Welcome to Shaoman! This is one of the Freeweeks we have at, where we open up the Faregrounds for fun and games! Gather with your usergroups and pick a theme to dress up, make a thread and play games, and all around have a great time! But watch out for the Headless Fade!

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  • Group Theme Contest
  • Origin Story Contest
  • Poetry Contest
  • Forum Trivia
  • IRC Trivia
  • Movie Night
  • Spamathon


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  • A special Mother Wolf Award was handed out to Alora Sionn for adopting the Citizens during Shaoman 2018.

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  • Most Participants, a.k.a. the Pack Award - Citizens

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Poetry Contest

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Spamathon Statistics

Round 1

Total posts: 956
Total posts per hour: 39.83
Total participants: 54
Total posts per capita: 17.70

Match Numbers

Gray vs. Blue
  • 104.83 posts per hour
  • 59 total posts
VC vs. Accepted/Soldiers
  • 11.71 posts per hour
  • 281 total posts
Novices/Recruits vs. Yellow
  • 2.96 posts per hour
  • 71 total posts
SDS vs. White
  • 9.58 posts per hour
  • 230 total posts
Green vs. Citizens
  • 6.54 posts per hour
  • 157 total posts
Brown vs. DM
  • 5.75 posts per hour
  • 138 total posts
MDD vs. Red
  • 1.13 posts per hour
  • 27 total posts

Group Numbers

  • 164 posts
  • 41 posts per capita
  • 6.83 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Adanys Wynterwulf with 72 posts; 43.9% of Accepted/Soldier posts in Round 1
  • 2 posts
  • 2 posts per capita
  • 0.08 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Alyria Ess with 2 posts; 100% of Blue posts in Round 1
  • 85 posts
  • 21.25 posts per capita
  • 3.54 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Ashlyn Sindal with 39 posts; 45.9% of Brown posts in Round 1
  • 137 posts
  • 17.13 posts per capita
  • 5.71 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Nayienna al'Eryc with 45 posts; 33% of Citizen posts in Round 1
Dai M'Hael
  • 53 posts
  • 13.25 posts per capita
  • 2.21 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Vendri al'Varrak with 20 posts; 37.7% of Dai M'Hael posts in Round 1
  • 20 posts
  • 4 post per capita
  • 0.83 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Faeril Munlear with 11 posts; 55% of Green posts in Round 1
Mahdi'in D'ma Dieb
  • No posts
  • 27 posts
  • 6.75 posts per capita
  • 1.13 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Bruce al'Kay with 15 posts; 55.6% of Novice/Recruit posts in Round 1
  • 20 posts
  • 4 posts per capita
  • 0.83 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Theolyn Maryash with 8 posts; 40% of Red posts in Round 1
San d'ma Shadar
  • 21 posts
  • 21 posts per capita
  • 0.88 post per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Wil Cambrae with 81 posts; 100% of San d'ma Shadar posts in Round 1
  • 117 posts
  • 39 posts per capita
  • 4.88 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Alora Sionn with 117 posts; 75.2% of Val'Cueran posts in Round 1
  • 209 posts
  • 41.8 posts per capita
  • 8.71 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Elanda Tonil with 89 posts; 42.6%% of White posts in Round 1

44 posts

  • 8.8 posts per capita
  • 8.71 posts per hour
  • Round 1 MVP: Elania al'Manir with 21 posts; 47.7% of Yellow posts in Round 1

Special Awesomeness

Round 2

Total posts: 4212
Total posts per hour: 175.5
Total participants: 62
Total posts per capita: 67.94

Match Numbers

VC vs. Gray
  • 5.17 posts per hour
  • 124 total posts
Accepted/Soldiers vs. Yellow
  • 6.21 posts per hour
  • 149 total posts
Citizens vs. White
  • 55.33 posts per hour
  • 1328 total posts
Brown vs. Red
  • 2.46 posts per hour
  • 59 total posts

Group Numbers

  • 142 posts
  • 28.4 posts per capita
  • 5.92 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Adanys Wynterwulf with 68 posts; 47.9% of Accepted/Soldiers posts in Round 2
  • 48 posts
  • 12 posts per capita
  • 2 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Elia LePhant with 24 posts; 50% of Brown posts in Round 2
  • 535 posts
  • 76.43 posts per capita
  • 22.29 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Nayienna al'Eryc with 224 posts; 41.87% of Citizen posts in Round 2
  • 11 posts
  • 5.5 posts per capita
  • 0.46 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Lok Enkee with 6 posts; 54.5% of Red posts in Round 2
  • 40 posts
  • 20 posts per capita
  • 1.67 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Alora Sionn with 25 posts; 62.5% of VC posts in Round 2
  • 793 posts
  • 198.25 posts per capita
  • 33.04 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Elanda Tonil with 339 posts; 42.7% of White posts in Round 2
  • 7 posts
  • 2.33 posts per capita
  • 0.29 posts per hour
  • Round 2 MVP: Mychael Ritoryn with 5 posts; 71.4% of Yellow Posts in Round 2

Special Awesomeness

Round 3

Total posts: 3612
Total posts per hour: 172
Total participants: 17
Total posts per capita: 212.47

Match Numbers

Gray vs. Accepted/Soldiers
  • 18.81 posts per hour
  • 395 total posts
Brown vs. White
  • 153.19 posts per hour
  • 3217 total posts

Group Numbers

  • 240 posts
  • 60 posts per capita
  • 11.43 posts per hour
  • Round 3 MVP: Adanys Wynterwulf with 100 posts; 41.67% of Accepted/Soldier posts in Round 3
  • 1412 posts
  • 470.67 posts per capita
  • 67.24 posts per hour
  • Round 3 MVP: Loraella Melodie with 642 posts; 45.47% of Brown posts in Round 3
  • 155 posts
  • 31 posts per capita
  • 7.38 posts per hour
  • Round 3 MVP: Ilverin Matriam with 72 posts; 46.45% of Gray posts in Round 3
  • 1805 posts
  • 361 posts per capita
  • 85.95 posts per hour
  • Round 3 MVP: Elanda Tonil with 967 posts; 53.57% of White posts in Round 3

Special Awesomeness

Round 4

Total posts: 2649
Total posts per hour: 110.375
Total participants: 12
Total posts per capita: 220.75

Group Numbers

  • 1157 posts
  • 231.4 posts per capita
  • 48.21 posts per hour
  • Round 4 MVP: Lokadien Vianharl with 437 posts; 37.77% of Accepted/Soldier posts in Round 4
  • 1492 posts
  • 213.14 posts per capita
  • 62.17 posts per hour
  • Round 4 MVP: Elanda Tonil with 881 posts; 59.05% of White posts in Round 4

Special Awesomeness

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