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    Post Villainous Competition XIV: The Thing That Should Not Be

    Welcome to Round 14 of the Villainous Competition!

    Previous Competitions
    Round One: Leader of Armies
    Round Two: Nature's Revenger
    Round Three: Double Agent
    Round Four: Grave Keeper
    Round Five: Crime Lord
    Round Six: Ultimate Predator
    Round Seven: Wicked Witch
    Round Eight: Master of the Tundra
    Round Nine: The Power of Villainous Thinking
    Round Ten: Henchman Are Villains Too
    Round Eleven: The Higher They Rise The Harder They Fall
    Round Twelve: Power Comes at a Price
    Round Thirteen: The Gadgeteer - You Are Not Batman

    We're a little different than most of the optimization threads. We run on CR instead of ECL.

    Contestants:
    You will need to present a write-up of your build with at least one of the following points: 5 CR, 10 CR 15 CR, 20 CR, and a "sweet spot" that you feel is the high point of the build, as well as presenting a fully-fleshed out 20 CR build in the table below. Feel free to present as many of these as you like, and please give a rundown of the build's abilities and playability at all of the levels you didn't show. The rules are as follows:

    Secret Laboratory:
    Competitors will be free to use any official 3.5 rulebook in constructing their builds. Dragon Compendium is allowed, but Dragon magazine is disallowed. Unearthed Arcana is allowed. Web-exclusive 3.0 or 3.5 materials by WotC are expressly allowed, but take care to verify that an updated version did not appear in print elsewhere, as this may cause an Elegance deduction at the judges' discretion. Alternate rule systems from UA such as gestalt or Generic Classes are not allowed, as they create a different playing field. Item Familiars and Taint are also banned from the competition. Leadership and all similar abilities are banned for sanity reasons.
    Builds that are fully monstrous are allowed at no penalty. All class levels are to be added on as associated class levels.
    32 point-buy is the presumed creation method.
    Some monstrous characters can technically qualify for Epic feats as soon as their ECL is over 20. While regular Epic feats will be allowed, Epic Spellcasting and all other Epic feats that affect spells, psionic powers, or item creation are not permitted. Including these would give an unfair advantage over standard characters. For Incarnum characters, Epic Open Chakra feats are allowed; other Epic Incarnum feats are not. The Essentia Capacity increases for Epic capacity as described on p. 212. For all characters, please note that Racial Hitdice do not count towards Epic Progression; use the regular progression even if the BAB ends up higher than 20.

    Deadlines:
    Contestants will have until 05:59 GMT Sunday August 21st to create their builds and PM them to the Supreme Chancellor. Builds will then be posted simultaneously, to avoid copying. Judges will have until 05:59 GMT Sunday September 4th to judge the builds and submit their scores. If no judges have scored by that point, only the scores of the first judge to submit will be counted. Judging deadline is subject to extension as/if required.

    Judging:
    Judging will be based on the following criteria, with each build rated on a scale from 1 (very poor) to 5 (exemplary) in each area: Originality, Build Elegance, Competence and Power, Memorable Villainy.
    Keep these questions in mind when judging each category:
    Originality - Is it unexpected?
    Build Elegance - Is it mechanically pretty?
    Competence and Power - Can it do what the concept asks of it? Is this a powerfully-built character?
    Memorable Villainy - Is this a villain with style? Will it be the BBEG players long to finally kill and then talk about for weeks?
    Unearthed Arcana can be penalized for elegance if the specific feature seems unnecessary or makes the playing field unfair (In this case, you can give a 1 if it makes the field unfair.)
    Power level is up to you. Cheese is acceptable, but should be kept to a sane level unless you're showcasing a new TO build you've discovered. As the Iron Chef competition states, a little cheddar can be nice, but avoid the mature Gruyere unless you're making a cheese fondue.
    You may not judge if you entered the contest, unless you withdraw your submission.

    Presentation:
    Builds will be posted anonymously, in order to avoid the potential of bias towards a particular competitor. For this reason, please don't put your name in the build, as I'm likely to miss it when reviewing the entries!

    Using the table below, the easiest way to use it is to go to the top left of the private message, and click the little a/A icon. It allows you to see what you're writing.
    Due to concerns about standardizing entry format, I'd like everyone to try to use the following table for their entry.
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    CR Class Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Skills Feats Class Features
    1 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    2 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    3 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    4 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    5 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    6 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    7 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    8 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    9 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    10 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    11 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    12 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    13 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    14 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    15 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    16 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    17 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    18 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    19 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
    20 New Class Level +x +x +x +x Skills Feats New Class Abilities
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    [table="class: head alt1 alt2"]
    [tr]
    [th][B]Level[/B][/th]
    [th][B]Class[/B][/th]
    [th][B]Base Attack Bonus[/B][/th]
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    [th][B]Will Save[/B][/th]
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    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
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    [td]2nd[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
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    [td]3rd[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
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    [td]6th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
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    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
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    [td]7th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
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    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
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    [td]8th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]9th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
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    [td]10th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
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    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]11th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]12th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]13th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]14th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
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    [td]15th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
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    [td]16th[/td]
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    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
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    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]17th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]18th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]19th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
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    [td]Skills[/td]
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    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]20th[/td]
    [td]New Class Level[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]+x[/td]
    [td]Skills[/td]
    [td]Feats[/td]
    [td]New Class Abilities[/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]

    You can use the table below for Spells.
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    Spells per Day/Spells Known
    Spells per Day/Spells Known
    Level 0lvl 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
    1st - - - - - - - - - -
    2nd - - - - - - - - - -
    3rd - - - - - - - - - -
    4th - - - - - - - - - -
    5th - - - - - - - - - -
    6th - - - - - - - - - -
    7th - - - - - - - - - -
    8th - - - - - - - - - -
    9th - - - - - - - - - -
    10th - - - - - - - - - -
    11th - - - - - - - - - -
    12th - - - - - - - - - -
    13th - - - - - - - - - -
    14th - - - - - - - - - -
    15th - - - - - - - - - -
    16th - - - - - - - - - -
    17th - - - - - - - - - -
    18th - - - - - - - - - -
    19th - - - - - - - - - -
    20th - - - - - - - - - -
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    [B]Spells per Day/Spells Known[/B]
    [B]Spells per Day/Spells Known[/B]
    [table="class:head alt1 alt2"]
    [tr]
    [th][B]Level[/B][/th]
    [th][B]0lvl[/B][/th]
    [th][B]1st[/B][/th]
    [th][B]2nd[/B][/th]
    [th][B]3rd[/B][/th]
    [th][B]4th[/B][/th]
    [th][B]5th[/B][/th]
    [th][B]6th[/B][/th]
    [th][B]7th[/B][/th]
    [th][B]8th[/B][/th]
    [th][B]9th[/B][/th]
    [/tr]
    [tr]
    [td]1st[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
    [td]-[/td]
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    [/tr]
    [tr]
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    [td]3rd[/td]
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    [td]9th[/td]
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    [/table]


    Speculation:
    Please donít post or speculate on possible builds until the reveal, in order to avoid spoiling the surprise if a particular competitor is producing a build along those lines.

    Get ready to share those Evil thoughts. This editionís villain is:

    The Thing That Should Not Be


    Limitations:
    • The character presented must be "Lovecraftian" in nature - encouraged: tentacles, Aberrations, Far Realm related.
    • Must be able to inspire insanity in others (either literally or metaphorically).
    • Must NOT be of the Humanoid, Monstrous Humanoid, Fey or Giant type.
    • Must have an Evil or Chaotic Neutral alignment.

    We will award 1st through 3rd places, and a possible Honorable Mention.
    So, start your evil plotting!

    Submission:
    To standardize Entries, please use this format when sending it in:

    PM: Thurbane
    Subject: Villainous Competition 14, Name of your Entry
    For Revisions and disputes, do the same thing. It makes it easier for me finding the entries in my mail box.
    More questions? PM me with Villainous Competition 14 Questions in the header.

    Tips for submitting your entry, provided by Weaselguy:

    - Use capitalization and punctuation, correctly.
    - Make good use of Spoilers, for cleanliness.
    - Don't forget your sources. If it's something that can be found in the contents section, then book title seems to be fine. Obscure stuff, may want to include page number too.
    - DeviantArt has about 9 billion pictures that you can reference, I can almost guarantee you can find one there to fit your character.
    - Make good use of tables. In addition to the Build table and the Spells table, I like doing on e for my Ability Scores, just to keep it neat.
    - Do a build stub at the top of your Build Table, something like Wizard 2/Fighter 3/Abjurant Champion 5/Eldritch Knight 10
    As always: let's keep it nice.

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    Default Re: Villainous Competition XIV: The Thing That Should Not Be

    CLARIFICATIONS/FAQ



    "Insanity":
    I'm open to suggestions, but I was thinking any of the following:
    • able inflict Insanity, Feeblemind, Confusion or similar conditions/spell effects (including SLAs and Su abilities). I don't believe fear effects by themselves would qualify, and would probably be handled better in a different round. This isn't to say that your entry can't also be able to inflict fear as well as any of the aforementioned "insanity" effects.
    • cause Wis damage or drain
    • otherwise render a character incapable of rational thought*

    *This is very open to interpretation, so I'll leave it up to individual entrants to use their discretion.



    Point Buy
    Characters are assumed to use the 32 point buy method to calculate starting ability scores. If you use a different method, please make this abundantly clear in your entry.

    In the case of entirely monstrous entries (i.e. with only racial hit dice and no class levels), starting ability mods should be assume to already include the 1 point per 4 HD increases for starting RHD.**

    In the case of entries with RHD and class levels, ability mods should be calculated as normal (i.e. subtract 10 from even scores, and 11 from odd scores). The 1 point per 4 HD/class levels is then added as normal.

    • A Griffon Magic Beast 7/Fighter 1 would have starting ability mods of Str +8 Dex +4 Con +6 Int -6 Wis +2 Cha -2, with two points added (one at 4HD, one at 8HD) due having 8 hit dice.
    • A Tyrannosaurus Animal 18 would have ability mods of Str +18, Dex +2, Con +10, Int -8, Wis +4 - there would be assumed to be 4 ability point increases (for 4HD, 8HD, 12HD and 16HD) in there somewhere - where these were applied is open to interpretation.

    **I fully appreciate that "guesstimating" that exactly where the HD increases were applied can be difficult. I would ask entrants to use their best estimates, and judges to be lenient in the case where a point or two may have been mis-applied.



    Creature Type

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    Now, just to be clear, how "metaphorically" can we afford to be, in terms of causing insanity?
    I'm going to try to work Wis damage in somehow, but even without it, this feller should be more than capable of causing insanity just by sheer force of terror.
    That's all I can think of, at any rate.

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    The tips for submitting your entry have been destroyed by the quote system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strigon View Post
    Now, just to be clear, how "metaphorically" can we afford to be, in terms of causing insanity?
    I'm going to try to work Wis damage in somehow, but even without it, this feller should be more than capable of causing insanity just by sheer force of terror.
    I'm open to suggestions, but I was thinking any of the following:
    • able inflict Insanity, Feeblemind, Confusion or similar conditions/spell effects (including SLAs and Su abilities). I don't believe fear effects by themselves would qualify, and would probably be handled better in a different round. This isn't to say that your entry can't also be able to inflict fear as well as any of the aforementioned "insanity" effects.
    • cause Wis damage or drain
    • otherwise render a character incapable of rational thought*

    *This is very open to interpretation, so I'll leave it up to individual entrants to use their discretion.
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    Interesting. I'll see if I can cobble something together for this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thurbane View Post
    I'm open to suggestions, but I was thinking any of the following:
    • able inflict Insanity, Feeblemind, Confusion or similar conditions/spell effects (including SLAs and Su abilities). I don't believe fear effects by themselves would qualify, and would probably be handled better in a different round. This isn't to say that your entry can't also be able to inflict fear as well as any of the aforementioned "insanity" effects.
    • cause Wis damage or drain
    • otherwise render a character incapable of rational thought*

    *This is very open to interpretation, so I'll leave it up to individual entrants to use their discretion.
    That's completely reasonable; thanks for the clarification.
    That's all I can think of, at any rate.

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    I am in the middle of moving, but I have an idea. We'll see.
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    I have an idea...
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    I have an idea.
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    Neat! big fan of Lovecraft here and d&d too. First time participating in an event like this (I always check the other competitions, iron chef, etc) I'd love to come up with something.
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    To the competitor who recently messaged me - unfortunately I can't currently reply to your query due to your inbox being full.

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    We're no longer doing Elite Array? This ought to be interesting! (though I'm coming up blank with inspiration...)
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    We're no longer doing Elite Array? This ought to be interesting! (though I'm coming up blank with inspiration...)
    Yeah, I thought I'd try something different - depending how it goes, I may be reverting to elite array for the next round.

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    Alright! Also, the Evil alignment is apparently lifted, but fittingly so for this round.

    (now, if only I could figure out how to make a story of an oxymoronic low-level lovecraftian horror)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben-zayb View Post
    Alright! Also, the Evil alignment is apparently lifted, but fittingly so for this round.

    (now, if only I could figure out how to make a story of an oxymoronic low-level lovecraftian horror)
    Aye; there's the rub.
    Fortunately, it actually doesn't have to be Cthuhlu-esque, so much as unnatural and wrong - just something that's not supposed to be here.

    Besides, Lovecraft wrote a few stories on things that weren't especially strong, but were quite disturbing nonetheless (See: The Beast in the Cave)
    That's all I can think of, at any rate.

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    I've updated the second post with a couple more queries that I've received.

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    What's the running total on entries thus far?
    That's all I can think of, at any rate.

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    What's the running total on entries thus far?
    Four by my count.

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    I've been eyeballing these competitions for a while now but I always seem to be behind. I have a few ideas for this one. Submitting a build at this juncture would be dashing through the gates as they close, I know, but I always work best with a near deadline and a lot of desperation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DontEvenAsk View Post
    I've been eyeballing these competitions for a while now but I always seem to be behind. I have a few ideas for this one. Submitting a build at this juncture would be dashing through the gates as they close, I know, but I always work best with a near deadline and a lot of desperation...
    Go for it! This is exactly what I did with my own entry (Filia) for the Henchman as Villans round...everything was last minute, and I ended up getting 2nd place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DontEvenAsk View Post
    I've been eyeballing these competitions for a while now but I always seem to be behind. I have a few ideas for this one. Submitting a build at this juncture would be dashing through the gates as they close, I know, but I always work best with a near deadline and a lot of desperation...
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    Go for it! This is exactly what I did with my own entry (Filia) for the Henchman as Villans round...everything was last minute, and I ended up getting 2nd place!
    Same here: I got the idea for Brightness the final day of the competition, quickly threw a build together, and ended up winning.

    My current build has been submitted over two weeks ago, though... what rating should I expect now?
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    Oh, yeah, I'd almost forgotten about her. She was instantly my favorite reading that round.

    Well, with such inspiration, it's time to forge ahead!

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    More entries received...excellent! By my reckoning, we're a bit under 4-and-a-half hours from the deadline!

    It's possible due to social commitments I have today (wedding venue preparations) and my difference in time zones that the reveal may not be done until tomorrow.

    I am happy to accept entries right up until the point of the reveal, even if these are slightly after the "official" deadline.


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    Sanity given! Along with all my free time for the past three days. It was worth it.

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    OK, apologies for the delays, and without any further ado, here comes the reveal!

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