The King's Library, with the sanction from the Gods themselves, would like to announce an on-going event... The Writing Renaissance What is the Writing Renaissance? An excellent question... The single most valuable and substantial aspect of Ultima Online is not the pixels, the pvp, the pvm... but the permanence and persistence of the world which we inhabit. Many players come and go over the years, and most are lost to history regardless of their fortunes and wealth, prowess in combat, or any other factors... save for the ones who are remembered in books, chronicled either by themselves or other players. The most valuable thing we can leave behind when we depart this world of Ultima Online is our legacy, and the only way to ensure that this legacy stands the test of time is to record it... The Writing Renaissance is an initiative to encourage more works of writing from the members of this wonderful community. I will put forth a series of topics that can be written about and submitted to the King's Library. For your donation of time and writing to the King's Library, you will receive a wonderfully crafted trophy from the God's themselves: What does it take for a book to be "qualified" to receive a trophy? Another great question! Not all books will necessarily be eligible for a trophy (all books are in-game books, preferably the purple ones as they are the only ones with 40 pages in them). The book(s) submitted will be vetted first for substance. Writing style, grammar, personal influence, etc will not be held against a book or its author, but this vetting process is merely to weed out "troll" books and people simply looking to get easy trophies. The books should be of quality, though the length of a book should only be as long as is required to fully express your subject. What do I write about? Fantastic questions still coming in! The following topics are viable to be written about and submitted to the King's Library: UO:Renaissance History - Notable and not-so-notable events specific to this Shard that helped shape it into what it is today. Guild History - The history and stories of specific guilds, whether they are still around in UO:R or not. The guilds in question *must* be UO:R guilds and not guilds from any other server, official or otherwise. Books regarding guilds such as Project Sanctuary, Stormhold, KoS (pre-fall), are very much encouraged as well. Personal History - The history and stories of your character or the character of another player you are knowledgeable of. The characters in question *must* be UO:R characters and not characters from any other server. Beastiary - Guides, essays, journals, etc, regarding creatures of the land (either current or "lost", as in from previous Ultima games). An example would include a guide about Dragons, or a journal from the point of view of your character and its encounter with a balron, or an essay about the long lost Xorn. Arcane and Alchemical treatises - Books which detail spells, potions, incantations, summonings, poultices, etc. These can be guides detailing lost spells or more practical essays regarding the breakdown of each reagent or mantra. This can extend further back to previous Ultima games as well, such as a book of "lost" spells (Xit, for instance). Virtues and Anti-Virtues - Essays, guides, etc regarding the most core and founding principles in the Ultima universe. The Dungeons - Guides detailing the dangers within the dungeons, or journals or stories about your character's exploits in a dungeon... there are nearly endless possibilities. Flora and Fauna - Related to the Beastiary, but perhaps less exotic - topics about the plants and animals that inhabit the world of Britannia. The above stated are mostly to help guide the writing focus. How you ultimately write and what you decide to write about is up to you. The form in which any of these books take can be anything: Biographies Journals Stories (1st person, 3rd person) Essays Guides Poems Basically, be as creative as you like. The following rules also apply: Do not write about Real-Life events or other non-Ultima subjects. Do not utilize distasteful subject matter unless it is integral to the story being told - use common sense here. Keep expletives to a minimum. And that is it! If more clarification needs to be made, I will edit the topic as necessary. Any questions or comments, please leave them here. If you have something to submit to the King's Library, contact me either through PM here or through IRC (same name, Alex_Caember). Thank you!