ISSTH Contest Results
We had some amazing entries for the contest this time around. Even DeathBlade was very satisfied with some of them, and it's time we announced the winners.
So here they are, category by category:
A Tale of Meng Hao
|A Tale of Meng Hao|
Here are the details of these winners:
Forcefully thrown into planet Earth, Meng Hao must battle the daily struggles that come with living in modern day New York. Unlike his own world where cultivation rules, in New York, theatre is held in high regard, and famous actors are seen as gods.
While struggling to get back home, Meng Hao stumbles into parallel versions of the people from his own world. Will the NY life corrupt our MC? Will he even want to return?
|Judge Votes Average||8.76|
“There are countless Daos under the heavens, and even more numerous cultivators pursuing a Dao of their own. To some it is a mere decision; to others the Dao itself is their own path. Regardless of what the True Absolute Dao is in the end, it will always be what all cultivators aspire to comprehend and relentlessly pursue…”
Our fictional story (within a fictional story) begins right after Meng Hao awakened from his near-fatal breakthrough in the Violet Sea, and once rising from his long slumber, successfully gaining the power of his 7th Anima.
This is the untold chapter of Meng Hao’s near death clash against a new face of an old enemy, ending with him acquiring a life-changing enlightenment with his own Dao through a sudden opportunity of temporarily reaching the Spirit Severing realm… but only with the assistance of someone he least expected.
|Judge Votes Average||7|
This is the story of how Meng Hao’s offhand actions could deeply affect the lives of people he came in contact with. In this story, Meng Hao visits a village on a whim but gets more than he bargained for!
Join Meng Hao as he takes a light step into the mortal world again out of nostalgia!
|Judge Votes Average||6.94|
|Delvers LLC: Welcome to Ludus|
Henry and Jason led normal lives in Seattle before they were abducted to another world. Their kidnapper, the vain and self-styled god Dolos, refuses to send them back unless they can accomplish an impossible task. Oddly, Dolos doesn’t seem to care if they succeed or not.
Luckily, Henry and Jason studied Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) on Earth. Unfortunately, a Japanese American EMT and a geeky IT programmer don’t have many other useful skills on a sword and sorcery world like Ludus.
Thus, with no direction and only a few possessions including two magic-granting orbs from an apathetic god, the two begin their insane adventure to return home.
|Title||Judge Rating Average||User Votes|
|Four paths to immortality||7.06||12|
|Adventures at the Violet Fate Sect||6.66||20|
An ISSTH Tale
|An ISSTH Tale|
Here is a bit more about these entries:
A story that explores the origins of one of the enigmatic figures Meng Hao met during his travels. It is a tale of love that tells how love can achieve anything. It is a tale of intrigue and ambition that tells how both may lead down a bloody path. Finally, it is a tale of Karma that shows that Karma can be forgotten but not erased.
|Judge Votes Average||7.66...6|
In the State of Zhao, a duplicitous Patriarch worked hard to create a Qi Condensation manual, but when he finished it, he could not decide what words of wisdom to leave behind for his sect. Therefore, he decided to take a breather by participating in his yearly hobby of ransacking other sects, only to come across a great ordeal that would forever change his life.
|Judge Votes Average||8.5|
|The Polyglot's Rune|
Fear. Regret. Memories.
They all flashed before my eyes as my life began to fade away. I felt a darkness encroach upon my heart, followed by a sinister foreboding. Within that moment, I was asked a single question by a powerful, mystical being.
“Brave being, do you wish to accomplish a great deed in your life?”
“No,” I refused, but the voice did not listen. It summoned me to its world only to have me slaughtered.
But then, I was saved by him, the princess who disguised herself as a man. He was hellbent on revenge, and he was determined to drag me down with him.
An innocent boy named Tyrr desired to become an adventurer like his elder brother, Orr. One day, his wish was granted, but did it really turn out the way he wanted?
This is a completed short story about 2700 words in length.
“When speaking of human emotions, love for one’s family is the most powerful. By Severing family love, one can sever the Dao of a lifetime.
“My parents died when I was young,” murmured Patriarch Huyan, “so there was no way to Sever them. My feelings for my beloved are dispensable as far as I am concerned, so that Severing would have been useless…. Only my feelings for my sons would conform to my Dao of severing emotions.
“My First Severing was of that Dao of feelings…”
– Patriarch Huyan Yunming on his Dao of Emotion Severing
|Judge Votes Average||8.375|
|Title||Judge Rating Average||User Votes|
|The lost legacy||7.5||9|
The top 3 from each category will receive their prize through PayPal; we will contact these people soon about the details. In addition, they will soon receive an achievement each, which can be seen in their user display, or as follows:
|Dao Realm Eccentric - ISSTH Contest 1st place|
Winner of the ISSTH Fanfiction Contest
|Ancient Realm Paragon - ISSTH Contest 2nd place|
2nd place of the ISSTH Fanfiction Contest
|Immortal Dao Lord - ISSTH Contest 3rd place|
3rd place of the ISSTH Fanfiction Contest
Furthermore, all valid contest entries will earn the participant the following achievement:
This user has participated in the official ISSTH Fanfiction contest in May 2016. May he reach enlightenment and attain immortality!
We would like to thank DeathBlade from WuxiaWorld for this chance to collaborate and hold a contest not just amongst our users, but amongst all English-speaking ISSTH fans.
Note: we performed several steps of votes verification, including origin tracking and proxy checking as well as comparing the votes from accounts existing before the contest with the results. There was no identifiable manipulation of the results.