Shaoman 2023

From Tar Valon Library
Jump to: navigation, search

<< Shaoman 2022

Event banner


Shaoman 2023 was held from October 27 until November 3. The theme of the freeweek was Mythos and Fairytales. This freeweek the Guilds participated as hosts for events and contests for the first time, bringing the total amount of events up to thirteen.

The Blue Ajah, the Green Ajah, the Red Ajah, Val'Cueran, and a joint Citizens/TI/UTS team participated in the Spamathon, with members from other community groups free to join a participating team of their choosing.


  • Group theme contest
  • Logic puzzles

Rules and puzzles. Please expand to read more.

Come forth and test your wit!

Send a PM with the subject of "Logic Puzzle" to the Faire Ground Fairy with your solution and the Group you represent by the deadline for each puzzle. The next puzzle will posted after the previous puzzle has concluded. The Group with the most correct solutions wins: 1st Place wins 5 points, 2nd Place wins 3 points, and 3rd Place wins a point.

Puzzle One

PM with Solution and Group due by 8 pm EST on October 28.

Can you determine what mythical item was discovered by whom and where at?

  1. The tailor found the crown, but not in the garden.
  2. The librarian found a mythical item by the fountain, but it was not the key.
  3. The baker found a mythical item. It was not the dagger. It was not found at the docks.

Puzzle Two

PM with Solution and Group due by 8 pm EST on October 31.

Can you determine who discovered what tale, what the source was, and where they found it?

  1. The Aes Sedai found a scroll. It was not about a lost kingdom.
  2. The Novice made a discovery in the kitchen. It gave the location of a magical statue.
  3. The Gaidin found a book in the market. It was not about an enchanted necklace.
  4. The map was not found in the stable loft.


Who found which enchanted creature, where, and what does it do?

  1. The Baker encountered the owl that grants wishes. It was not at the West Gate.
  2. The Sailor enountered the cat. It did not tell the past.
  3. The Guard encountered a creature at the South Gate. It did not tell the future.
  4. The dog was not at the North Gate, but the owl was.

Puzzle Three

PM with Solution and Group due by 8 pm EST on November 2.

Can you determine who led the expedition to where, how large the party was, and how long they planned to be gone?

  1. The Brown Aes Sedai led an expedetion to Murandy. It was not for 5 months.
  2. The Red Aes Sedai led an expedition of 3 members and planned to be gone for 4 months. It was not to Arafel.
  3. The 6 month expedition of 6 members was not led by the White Aes Sedai. The expedition with 9 members went to Tarabon.
  4. The 3 month expedition of 12 members did not go to Kandor and it was nit led by the Yellow Aes Sedai.
  • Writing contests

Rules. Please expand to read more.

Welcome! This is where you get the opportunity to exhibit your literary skills. Your participation will gain your group points, but winner for each category will get recognition and earn their group an additional point. There will be a poll at the end of Shaoman in which members can vote for their favorite entries to determine winners.

Submit your entries to the Faire Ground Fairy by Nov 1 at 10 pm EST. Clearly indicate "Writing Contest" as the Subject, and be sure to indicate your Group and which Category you are submitting for. (One entry per category, but you can enter all the categories.)

Voting will be set up shortly thereafter.


  1. Mythos Poem: Draft a Heroic Poem (in a Homeric fashion) under 5 stanzas (or less than 100 words) describing the Heroic values of a community group NOT YOURs.
  2. Short Horror Story: Draft a Horror story (less than 500 words). Can have fairy tale theme.
  3. 2 Sentence Horror (or Fairy Tale) Story: Keeps it short and simple, but you've got to be creative.
  • Riddles

Riddles. Please expand to read more.

Riddle me this, riddle me that! Enjoy some fresh new brain twisters every day.

For politeness, please spoiler/blur your answers to give everyone a chance to solve on their own.

  • A house based on a foundation like the skies. A house one has covered with a veil like a secret box. A house set on a base like a goose. One enters it blind but leaves it seeing. What is it?
  • Mankind it mars, speech it hinders, yet speech it will inspire. What is it?
  • From home, I went. From home, I made my way. I saw a road of roads, and a road under them, and a road over them, and a road on all sides. What are we?
  • What we caught, we threw away; what we didn’t catch, we kept. What did we keep?
  • As I was going to Tar Valon, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks; each sack had seven cats. Each cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives; how many were going to Tar Valon?
  • What is it that tears into small pieces, whatever falls in its toothless mouth? If you put your fingers in its eyes, it will instantly prick up its ears.
  • Who makes it, has no need for it. Whoever buys it won’t use it. Who uses it, won’t care. What am I?
  • Each morning I appear to lie at your feet. All day I will follow no matter how fast you run, yet I nearly perish in the midday sun.
  • I’m tall when I’m young, I’m short when I’m old, and once a year, I make heavy pumpkins light. What am I?
  • Look in my face, I am somebody. Look in my back, I am nobody. What am I?
  • I don’t have eyes, but once I did see. I once had thoughts, now white and empty. What am I?
  • Bright as diamonds, loud as thunder, never still, a thing of wonder. What am I?

Guild-sponsored events
  • Chaotic Kitchen: Cooking Contest

Rules. Please expand to read more.

The Chaotic Kitchen Guild is hosting a recipe competition for the site. The first round will be judged by Dovienya el'Korim, Fenya al'Caem, and Boreas Silverfir. After we find a top three in each category, we'll bring it to the site as a whole for voting on the recipes. Everyone is eligible to enter in the competition, not just people in the guild.


  • Holiday Desserts
  • Side Dishes
  • Main Course

Recipes can be submitted to, and judging criteria can be found here- CK Recipe Competition Grading Sheet.

This contest is being cross posted in Guild Hall as well, and will extend beyond the end of Shaoman.

  • Fiber Arts, Sewing and Crafting: Cursed Crafting Contest
  • sdneirfkraD dna hajA kcalB: Coloring Contest
  • Tea Lovers: Shaoman Tea Party

Event information. Please expand to read more.

All are welcome to come to the Tea Guild's fabulous Shaoman tea party, hosted by Viktara! Bring a favorite fall- or spooky-themed tea to enjoy while we chat, and share a description of that tea with others so they can enjoy along with you and discover fabulous new fall flavors!

Event Information:

Name: Shaoman Tea Party With Viktara
Location: Chat 2 on the Official Discord Server
Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm US Central Time

We look forward to chatting with you!

  • Written Roleplay: The Hunt for the Horn
  • Visual and Performing Arts: Scavenger Hunt



Shaoman 2023 Group Theme Winner Badge.png

Logic Puzzles

Shaoman 2023 Logic Lover Badge.png

Shaoman 2023 Creative Writer Badge.png

Shaoman 2023 Spamathon Winner Badge.png

Shaoman 2023 Spamathon Top Poster Badge.png

Shaoman 2023 Spamathon Aginor Badge.png

Shaoman 2023 Spirit Badge.png

Official Sig Banner

Shaoman signature 2023.png