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Wouagi, World of Rainbow Swamps

Deadline: Mar 10, 2024, 12:00:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

This Portal is Unstable and will be open from Feb 7 - March 9. 

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 The thick, humid air of Wouagi hangs heavily over the tepid swamplands. Clouds of biting insects buzz and flit across the surface of the water, seeking warm bodies to drink from. A six legged salamander with frilled ears peers through the leaf litter atop the swamp, its rainbow slick skin leaving whorls of roiling color in its wake. The edges of the swamplands give way to ferociously dense undergrowth that hides predators and prey alike. The Wouagan forests are not exempt from the swampy terrain, and those who tread its depths must be cautious to not lose themselves in deep, hidden patches of sucking mud or cross a feral woarrar. Towards the coast, the residents of Wouagi build their houses on tall, elaborate stilt structures that keep them well above the fickle rainbow tides pulled by the planet’s triple moons.

Now it’s your turn!


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Challenge Requirements

For this Art RPG Portal Challenge, you will be taking your very own original character on an adventure to a new world. You will be using the character you registered in our Character Creation Challenge. If you haven’t registered a character yet, follow that link to do so!


Pick one of the prompts below and draw or write your registered character in this new world!


  • If you are submitting art, it should be a full color piece or grayscale with tone piece that shows at least half of your character’s body and a background that matches the prompt you have chosen. Shading is optional.

  • If you are submitting writing, your registered character should be the focus of the piece. The piece should be at least 1000 words and it must match the content of the prompt you have chosen.

  • To receive your rewards for completing this challenge,

    • Click the Submit button at the bottom of this page and Upload new submission and then choose art or writing. 

    • Copy paste the prompt you selected into the submission description.

    • After you upload your art, you'll be asked to submit it to the Wouagi queue. Fill out the form to enter it into the queue and get your rewards. Input 7 in the points box for your AP.

  • An admin from our team will process your request, grant your character a badge and 7 AP, and deposit your items into your bank. You’ll receive a notification when the process is complete.



Prompt #1 - Rainbow Pools

The plentiful, almost overwhelming population of swamp salamanders of Wouagi leave a thick coating of mucus across the swamplands. The rainbow swirls float on the surface of the water and can be found as far as a half mile out from the coasts, as well as on nearly every body of water in the swamps. The mucus is harmless to most species, and is frequently considered a special ingredient for most cosmetics. For the locals, it’s no more unusual than the morning sunrise. More popular rainbow pools nearby stilt cities are lit with colorful humming lanterns that drive off local insects. The salamanders in these pools are frequently fed by hand to keep them around in spite of the lack of buggy bounty for their meals. Rainbow pools near centers of population are used for boating, swimming, fishing, and romantic evenings, as well as local celebrations and parties. Show your character enjoying one of the Rainbow Pools. Your piece must include your character and rainbow swamp waters.


Prompt #2 - Gloomweaver Bazaars

Wouagan residents are well known for their handicrafts. In the past, the mucus of swamp salamanders was highly toxic, making high-tide travel difficult and dangerous. One accidental tip of a boat could lead to weeks of illness, so when the tides were high and the swamplands unwalkable, Wouagans stayed at home. During those times, Wouagans climbed the rooftops of their homes to pick vines and wood from the trees. These would be woven into baskets, carved into toys and works of art, and imbued with magical spells. When the hold of the triple moons waned and the poisonous tides retreated, the community would come together for “Gloomweaver Bazaars” to find joy in the creations of solitary sorrow. After centuries of hunting and selective breeding, the salamanders’ mucus became benign, and the tradition of the Bazaars remained as a reminder of the days of the past and the grit and determination of the community. Show your character at a gloomweaver bazaar. Your piece must include your character and a marketplace with crafted goods.


Prompt #3 - Woarrar

While the salamanders of Wouagi hold the title of best known wildlife, the woarrar feature much more heavily in the lives of modern Wouagans. Woarrar are thick, squat, tusked beasts with delicate, clever hands and wide, paddle-like tails. They are very easily domesticated, particularly with the help of a few tasty morsels. Domestic woarrar can be trained to hunt and find anything from rare plants to lost objects. Their slick, stiff fur coats are most commonly grey or brown, but pale gold and white coats are incredibly popular among domestic lines. Wild woarrar can be incredibly territorial, and their tusks pose no little threat to adventurers who stray too deep into the swamplands. Show your character encountering a woarrar. Your piece must include your character and a woarrar.


Prompt #4 - Lux 

The first thing you notice about Lux is the massive live trap they carry strapped to their back. Their long, straight hair is an unremarkable pale blonde, and their tanned skin doesn’t stand out amongst the other residents of Wouagi. Lux dances around questions, deflecting inquiries about themself and their activities. Ask anyone in town– Lux has no known residence nor job. The only straight answer Lux will give is in response to questions about the trap they carry. They claim to be hunting king salamanders– massive cousins of the smaller, slimier swamp salamanders. “The king salamanders’ tails and heavy strides damage my crops,” Lux says. “What crops?” You ask. Lux smiles a little too sharp and heaves the trap off their shoulder. “Want to help me catch them?” Show your character encountering Lux or them finding a King Salamander. Your piece must include your character interacting with Lux or a King Salamander.


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Acknowledgements. Written by  Sii1verwith contributions from Shyftlock. Art by BogusRed


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