The Monthly PAW: July 2020 Results

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It is finally time to announce the winners of The Monthly PAW: July 2020!

 The Winners:

Photography - Refreshments

Winner: @Christina Choi (17 paws)
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2nd Place: @WeebyWitch  (15 paws)
3rd Place: @sweetjacky  (10 paws)


Art - Swimwear/Beachwear

Winner: @sweetjacky  (18 paws)
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2nd Place: @Iki Hotaro   (16 paws)
3rd Place: @Christina Choi (10 paws)


Writing - Isekai

Winner: @Grin (19 paws)
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The time had come. All the preparations had been made, and the princess placed her hands on the magical circle.
“I beseech thee, o’ counterforce. Deliver unto us a mighty hero worthy of our admiration to save this kingdom from the evil Demon Queen. “
As she spoke, a servant unloaded a cart full of gold coins into the circle. Almost hungrily, the gold was swallowed up by the magical symbol. The gold made a sizzling noise as it disappeared into the glowing cyan circle.
The princess, seemingly unconcerned with the fate of the goods, simply closed her eyes, her brow furrowing. With a look of intense concentration, she poured more magic into the circle. She bit her lip, her arms shaking from the great exertion.
Finally, the ritual was complete. The glow of the circle started to shift, from cyan to green, to red, to orange, and finally a rainbow hue. It then went around the same series of colours as the room was filled with an invisible tornado of magical power.
“Here it is! Come, o’ mighty hero! Deliver us from the evil plaguing our lands! Thus commands Princess Delthea von Delevor! The contract is complete…!”
The room was filled with a flashbang-like white glow and a booming sound. The curtains were wildly dancing in the wind, and the people present could barely hold themselves standing. But as the light faded and they opened their eyes once more, they found themselves looking at a curious sight.
“…huh? Where am I? What is this place?”
A frumpy looking young man with messy black hair dressed in exotic clothes sat on the stone floor, rubbing his bottom, having evidently fallen over on top of it.
He then stood up, brushing off his clothes. He rubbed his eyes and looked around the room.
“Huh…am I dreaming? Or is this some sort of costume party?” the young man asked.
The people around him lowered their eyes, looking disappointed. The princess, whose eyes had possessed almost a manic glint to them simply groaned.
“…another Common, huh. I was hoping to get lucky this time. Guards, you know what to do.” She said, waving her arm at the knights standing post on both sides of the entrance door.
Without hesitation, the two armored men made their way to the young man, picking him up from both arms and started to drag him out of the room. He started struggling, albeit rather weakly. He hardly seemed to have muscle befitting of a hero on him.
“Whoa whoa whoa! What are you guys doing? Am I not like, the hero summoned from another world? Is this how you treat me?”
The guards began to laugh as they dragged him down the hallway and tossed him through a door, into a room full of similarly unimpressive looking teenage guys. They all gave a brief look at the newcomer, then resumed their card game.
“Huh? Who are you guys?” the newcomer asked.
One of the guys not occupied with a card game adjusted his glowing anime glasses and stood up.
“Allow me to explain…we are all heroes summoned into this world from modern day Japan. That much we have confirmed for ourselves. However, it appears we are not the desired hero of the princess. All of us are, to be frank, not very suited to fighting monsters or demon queens and whatnot. We are simply lazy, edgy memelords. And thus we’ve been relocated into this room out of her sight until they figure out what to do with us.”
As the boy finished his explanation, he adjusted his glasses again, giving off a radiant aura of intelligence and a really cool sheen of the lenses.
“Eh…no way! This isn’t how it was in the light novels I read! Don’t we have some kind of special powers, at least?” the newbie asked, motioning with his hands.
From the crowd of card games, someone mumbled something about being in the third stage.
“Seriously...? I really am no good, huh?”
“Fourth stage.” said a chubby guy fiddling with a wooden toy reminiscent of a Rubix cube.
“Oh whatever! This is just my life now, huh? And stop going through my stages of grief, oi!” the newbie said, tired of becoming a walking trope.
“Besides, you guys gave up way too easily. Just because we don’t have any superpowers or magical weapons doesn’t mean we’re useless. We have the knowledge of someone from modern society! Compared to us, these backwater middle age fantasy nincompoops are like apes! I’ll show them how to do crop rotations, or something!”
There was a snicker. Then a guffaw. And finally roaring laughter as all the fellow NEETs in the room began a chorus of mocking laughter. It was something all of them remembered experiencing in high school many times before dropping out. Everyone loved laughing at the guy out of the loop, and this was definitely that kind of laughter.
“H-hey…why are you guys laughing? It’s a pretty good idea, I think.”
The glasses-adjusting boy adjusted his glasses once more.
“It is…but alas, they are not stupid simply because their society is not at the stage ours is. Obviously, they’ve got all sorts of things figured out if they have writing, castles, princesses, a civilization, and sufficient magic likely compensates for the lack of technology. Rather than being behind us in terms of evolution, it’s more like a side grade. So, I doubt they’ll put a lot of stock on your non-magical farming methods.”
He finished his long explanation by adjusting his glasses again, this time adding a mocking smirk for emphasis.
“Whatever, asshats. You can sit here until mushrooms start growing on your heads. I’m gonna do my best, and I’m sure my tenacity will change the princess’ heart. Maybe if I prove myself they’ll give me their royal heirloom sword, or something.”
“If they had something like that lying around, don’t you think they’d be using it to fight the Demon Queen already?” the chubby guy asked.
The newbie gave it some thought, and his shoulders fell. Of course. Why would anyone keep powerful items gathering dust when there was an urgent and very obvious use for them? Heck, it was very likely he was only going through the same ideas everyone else had had already. That’s why they were laughing. Because every time someone came in, they’d say the same stuff.
“…well, if we really are so damn useless, why does she summon us in the first place? And this many times, too? There’s like, a couple dozen losers in this room.” He said, counting with his index finger.
“Oi! You don’t have to say it out loud!” one of the card playing teens yelled.
The glasses boy once again stood forward.
“Based on everything I’ve gathered from the men gathered here, the princess and the guards talk about Commons and Rares. The summoning also seems to involve pouring resources, such as gold and gems, into the summoning circle. Does that not remind you of something?”
There was a moment of realization as the newbie’s eyes grew.
“W-wait…you make it sound like this is some sort of gacha game, and we’re the useless junk units?”
“Yup.” The boy in glasses said, once again adjusting his glasses.
The bridge of his nose had already started to look reddish and worn. The constant adjustment of the metal rubbing against his skin probably wasn’t good for him.
Suddenly, there was the sound of the door opening again. As everyone turned their gaze towards the entrance, the princess herself stood there, standing proudly between the two knights. The size of the doorframe and the imposing figure of the knights only highlighted how small and frail she was. Dainty, pale and beautiful like a perfect anime princess should have been.
“Guys! She came back! She’s here to get me! Hah, I knew I was different from you losers! I never gave up, princess! I will save this land from the Demon Queen!” the newbie yelled, rushing to the door.
As he made his way to the door, one of the guards quickly unsheathed his longsword, stopping him before he could make his way to the princess.
“Keep your distance, trash.” The guard said. “You stand in the presence of Crown Princess Delthea von Delevor. Kneel, and only speak when spoken to.”
He punctuated his lesson with a hit from the blunt side of his sword, sending the newbie to the ground.
“Ow! What the hell, man?” he grunted as he hit the stone floor.
Rubbing his temple, the newbie noticed something. Once he had made closer friendship with the floor, he could see it. Just like there had been a magical circle in the other room, there was another in this room. An even bigger one.
“W-wait, what is this for…?” the newbie stammered.
The princess, unconcerned with his question, stepped into the room. Her radiant aura of purity lasted only for an instant, as her lips curled into a mischievous smile.
“Ah…finally. 25. I needed 25 commons to exchange for a Rare.” She said, pulling out a book and flipping through it.
All the men in the room turned their heads to the princess.
“W-what are you talking about? What are you going to do with us?”
The guards unsheathed their swords, driving everyone back to the wall.
“It’s very simple. I’m trading in some useless trash for something more worthwhile. It’s nothing personal, really. It’s just how the spell works. I have a 0.03% chance of summoning a legendary hero. For every 25 Commons I get, I can exchange them for a Rare. For every 10 Rares, I can exchange for an Ultra Rare. And with 5 Ultra Rares, I can pick a legendary hero of my choice!"
The men in the room started glancing at each other nervously. Then at the door. Then at the guards, still brandishing their swords.
“Now then…disappear.”
With a swift motion, the princess raised her hand into a mystical gesture.


Standing at the summoning circle again, Princess Delthea fiddled with a small amulet in her hands. It was silver in colour with a blue gem in the middle, and with a blank expression, she tossed it in the circle.
“Now then…let’s try that again. Bring me more gold, servants.”


(The adventure continues in the VCC original hit light novel, "I was summoned into another world by a gambling addicted beautiful loli princess, but at what cost, as my summoning may have been reminiscent of gacha games but using other innocent human lives as conduits while bleeding the kingdom's resources dry amidst the Hundred Year War against the Demon Queen???!!!")

2nd Place: @Callais  (15 paws)
3rd Place: @negatibuhige  (13 paws)


Congratulations to all the winners! For the people who didn't win anything, I'm still happy you participated and wish you better luck next time :luvu:

It is time to hand out the flairs and I will also transfer the VCCash directly to your vaults so it won't get stolen. The names of the participants will be added to all the submissions in the voting thread for those who are interested.

I'll see you in the August PAW!   :dahlinyay:


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Uwaaahh! That awesomegawsomepalooza Isekai story really was Grin-san's entry. I had a feeling from that title x'D
Will we really get that light novel???? Please pretty please???? @Grin :pepetrigger:

Congratulations to all the winners!!!! :dahlinyay:
All the entries were really great this time, especially the photography ones. @Christina-san's drink just had to be a liiiiii'l bluer for it to be a Percy drink x'D


 
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Congratulations everyone! Those were overall some mighty fine entries. Please do join again for this coming month! :kewl: I wonder if @sweetjacky is going to add her image to the KG fan club?


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Yup, still got it. That's your Creator of the Creative Zone, Grin-sama! ...uh, good work everyone, is what I meant.

negatibuhige wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:08 pm
Will we really get that light novel???? Please pretty please???? @Grin :pepetrigger:
Eh...? You'd actually read something with that ridiculous title? I'll see what I can do.


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Grin wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Eh...? You'd actually read something with that ridiculous title? I'll see what I can do.
I’d read it. I totally wanted to read a continuation of all the stories.


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Grin wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Eh...? You'd actually read something with that ridiculous title? I'll see what I can do.
I will read it BECAUSE OF that ridiculous title :nekohype:


 
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Congrats to all the winners :D
I knew that the isekai story was Grin-sama's xD It has his humor in it.

@negatibuhige It's actually a lot bluer irl but the sun made it look green. And Nega-kun I'm surprised you got such a good story in despite all your assignments :brook:
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Eh...? You'd actually read something with that ridiculous title? I'll see what I can do.
:dahlinyay: :dahlinyay: Yesyes


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Grin wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:25 pm
Yup, still got it. That's your Creator of the Creative Zone, Grin-sama! ...uh, good work everyone, is what I meant.

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Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:08 pm
Will we really get that light novel???? Please pretty please???? @Grin :pepetrigger:
Eh...? You'd actually read something with that ridiculous title? I'll see what I can do.
I bet a story like that would be super lit to read (an Isekai based around Gacha games... do it).


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Congratulations to @Christina Choi @sweetjacky and @Grin !! Well deserved fellas ^_^


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Christina Choi wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:42 pm
@negatibuhige It's actually a lot bluer irl but the sun made it look green. And Nega-kun I'm surprised you got such a good story in despite all your assignments :brook:
My assignments were done, thankfully. So Jacky-san extending the deadline really helped me a lot. Actually, I had been planning on writing such an isekai story for a long time now. This PAW topic just gave me the extra push to get it done. Lots of things changed as I wrote it, though. I'm studying BBA and that feels pretty useless (though it's too late to think that now) so I was thinking what a BBA student would do if they got isekaid xD But after writing it, that felt too much like an inside joke, so I scrappd that part. Also, I hadn't planned on the fairies being evil originally. And I also wanted a Demon Queen. But somehow it ended with a King and I didn't think much of it because there wasn't much to explore in that character. But now it feels funny cos Grin-san made a Demon Queen x'D

I blabbered a lot. If it makes any sense xD


 
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