Welcome to the monthly prompts page! Here you will find art/writing prompts to jog your creativity, if you wish to partake of them.
One new prompt is provided each month. You will receive a Figment for each prompt you complete, which can be used for purchasing various rewards.
In general, you may complete prompts from previous years; see Previous Prompts. Your number of submissions is limited to the number of the current prompt; you may complete up to two of the same category (art, design, or writing) if only two are available and three submissions can be made. The requirement for the word count for past prompts can be the requirement of the current prompt.
Previous prompts may be completed over the course of the entire month (even before a new prompt is made) plus the extra days of the current prompt.
You may use the community Edeia, Identity, if you wish.
Most prompts have similar requirements. Unless otherwise specified, these requirements apply to all monthly prompts.
You may make three submissions per month cycle, one for each category (design, art, writing). The same or different designs/Edeia can be used in each one.
Prompt submissions can be submitted in the #prompt-submissions channel of the Discord server or in the Prompt Submissions Deviantart folder of the group. Auspice or a moderator may approve or reject the prompt. If moderators are uncertain for any prompts, they may defer to Auspice when they are available.
Unless otherwise specified, you may generally use official Edeia designs, alternate forms, previous forms, approved past forms, fusions with complete designs on the ML, and fission fragments with complete designs on the ML.
Prompts must be posted on some social media somewhere, such as Deviantart, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, etc. or Toyhouse. Toyhouse submissions can be authorized only, as long as Auspice and moderators can see it.
Must be fullbody with no cropping
No background required, but you can add something if you like.
The character must be "decent," i.e. wearing clothes or something if they have parts to cover. If parts do not show normally and/or they are as decent as any other of their species would be, that is fine.
for one character - fullbody or almost; for two characters - partial body (thighs/equivalent or more); three or more characters - halfbody (chest/equivalent up).
You can draw more of one character to draw less of another; for instance, one fullbody + one halfbody with two characters, or one partial body + one halfbody + one bust for three characters.
Rendering: Fully colored with shading.
Background: Some background with some environment - can be blurry and/or undetailed, but it should give a sense of what kind of location they're in.
Text: Optional. Provide a little blurb about the situation, whether a reflection by the character, a summary of what the situation is, dialogue, etc.
Minimum word count: 1200 words
The writing can be written as scenes (including dialogue and/or high level of detail), as a synopsis (summary-like description of events), or a combination of the two (synopsis with dialogue, for instance). For other types of writing, consult Auspice.
If you wish, you can turn on comment permissions on the submission doc to allow general critique from Auspice/mods on your writing. General audience should not comment in the doc itself.
October 2023 Prompt: Edeiatober
10/3/23 - 11/3/23 11:59pm ET
October is a popular month for creative challenges, and here we present our own Edeiatober! You are welcome to complete these prompts as you like - as many or as few, combining prompts, etc. but you may also make three entries that will qualify for figments.
The Free Day counts as one of the options. Do not use the same prompt multiple times for figments.
This prompt follows the Standard Requirements.
Make a design of a shapeshifted form of your Edeia, their previous form, or a character in Ideation inspired by one or more of the Edeiatober prompts. State which prompt(s) you used.
Create artwork depicting an Edeia, inspired by one or more of the Edeiatober prompts. State which prompt(s) you used.
You have two options:
1. Write a scene depicting an Edeia, inspired by one or more of the Edeiatober prompts.
2. Write a backstory/synopsis summary of events about an Edeia, inspired by one or more of the Edeiatober prompts.
State which prompt(s) you used.
November 2023 Prompt: Birds of a Feather
11/1/23 - 11/30/23 11:59pm ET
As shapeshifters, Edeia can take many forms. Some may find themselves drawn to the shape of a bird.
This prompt follows the Standard Requirements.
Make a design of a shapeshifted form of your Edeia as a bird. This can be based on a real bird, multiple real birds, or just have generally bird-like qualities (wings, bird feet, beak, feathers, and so on). If the design is based on real bird(s), feel free to share what the species is!
Create artwork depicting an Edeia in a shapeshifted form as a bird.
At least one Edeia must be depicted in their shapeshifted bird form. The other characters can be anything.
In what circumstance does your Edeia take the form of a bird? Do they have any bird-like mannerisms while shapeshifted - or even if not? Create writing that depicts your Edeia in their shapeshifted bird form and/or exhibiting bird-like behaviors.
Prompt rewards are based on how many prompts you complete. Each prompt fill will give one Figment ♦, which acts as currency for the Figment Store. Prompt submissions, earned figments, and spending is tracked in a spreadsheet; you do not have to keep track of it on your own and you can see your balance here. It can also be seen below.
Inspiration ✧, which is earned by completing NPC prompts, can be used to replace Figments. A custom will require at least one Inspiration; e.g. 9 Figments and 1 Inspiration. Additionally, Inspiration can be used to "stack" customs, Notions, and MYOs for a special trait Edeia. For instance:
8 Figments + 2 Inspiration + Special Trait Fee or Voucher from Development Prompts: Notion - Ambideia, Tuplet, or Soultwined (not including fusion/medial)
12 Figments + 3 Inspiration + Special Trait Fee or Voucher: Notion - Ambideia, Tuplet, or Soultwined including fusion/medial; or Fission including fragments
18 Figments + 2 Inspiration + Special Trait Fee or Voucher: Custom - Ambideia, Tuplet, or Soultwined (not including fusion/medial)
Rewards for Purchase
The following rewards can be purchased using Figments.
Variable ♦ | Edeia Artwork
1 ♦ | 10 USD Discount
3 ♦ | Fission Trait (One per person)
3 ♦ | MYO Slot
5 ♦ | Edeia Speedpaint
5 ♦ | Notion Slot
9 ♦ + 1 ✧ | Custom Design
Late pardons can only be granted by me, Auspice, but mods can leave an entry to be pending until I am available to decide whether or not to pardon the late submission.
Full pardons by Auspice have no consequences, but they will generally only be made for slight lateness (up to around 5 or 10 minutes) and/or unanticipated complications such as technical difficulties.
There is also a system of late-hours. Every three prompts you complete you get one "late-hour," which will be included on the Figment inventory spreadsheet. If you turn in a submission late, it can be up to one hour and it expends that entire late-hour. Late-hours can be stacked and expended all at once. Mods can accept the usage of late-hours and mark usage in the "Used Late-Hours" column.
Using Unofficial Edeia for Prompts
For now, I am allowing the use of unofficial Edeia (Edeia who do not yet exist) for prompts under a number of conditions. This is a sort of last resort for people who:
are unable and/or unwilling to pay
do not want to complete prompts or conceptualization artworks involving others' characters
have a strong idea for a character
The above criteria are not required, but if they do not all apply to you, I encourage you to reconsider - other options may be easier, have fewer restrictions, and be less logistically complicated for both you and Auspice. The conditions for an unofficial Edeia arrangement are as follows.
This is only available to FTOs (first-time-owners, those who do not and have never owned an Edeia). If you acquire another Edeia in the process through other means, this arrangement will be rendered null.
You must get a Conceptualization form approved beforehand, with a note that it is for use in prompts for an unofficial Edeia arrangement.
You must purchase a notion slot once you have enough figments: 5 figments, or 6 if you want to add more specifications.
You can only have one unofficial Edeia in development with this arrangement; that is, you cannot have two unofficial Edeia to use in prompts at the same time.
You must have the Idea on hold. If your hold runs out, you can have an extended hold on that Idea only as long as you complete a writing prompt for this Edeia every other month at minimum.
You cannot draw the Edeia and you may not design the Edeia in detail.
I will allow allusion to general characteristics such as hands, eyes, wings, claws, body type, general colors, etc. Note that I will not accept the prompt writings as references. When the time for the notion slot comes, you may make minor requests for the design such as body type and a "vibe," for no additional fee, but no alterations will be allowed once I make the design.
You are welcome to fully design and refer to their previous form.
It is generally expected that most of the fills will be writing prompts, but certain art and design prompt fills using the unofficial Edeia's previous form can be done as well - unless otherwise specified. At least one prompt fill must be a writing prompt.
You may not have any interactions with official Edeia in prompts; you may only do solo development and prompts. I will try to have a solo writing prompt at least every other month, as you cannot participate in the prompts that require multiple Edeia for this unofficial Edeia, or prompts that are art only. (Note that you are still free to draw others' official characters with permission for prompts, and these will count as progress towards prompt rewards.)
You can cancel the unofficial Edeia at any time, and all prompts using this unofficial Edeia will be rendered invalid and you will lose any extended hold on the Idea. If you miss the prompt requirement during the extended hold period, you will receive a warning before next month, when the Edeia is cancelled for you. You may also acquire this Edeia through other means (a slot/raffle/etc.) and the arrangement will end as well.
If, later, you are able to officialize the same Edeia through other means even after cancelling the arrangement, then prompts completed for them can be re-validated. However, if another individual takes the Idea then efforts may be lost entirely.
Here are some examples of prompts I might offer. Some will be more involved than others. Some may allow a limited number of multiple submissions, some may allow only one.
General prompts (may be repeated):
First meeting: draw/write the first meeting between two Edeia, one can be another's.
History: draw/write an important event for your Edeia.
Actualization: draw/write the moment of / the moments leading up to / after actualization. Minimum requirements: 2000 words (writing), or fully colored/shaded + at least halfbody + background that shows where they are.
Magic: Demonstrate an Edeia's use of their magic.
Edeia in Attire: perhaps fancy attire or something else...
Free prompt: any subject. May specifically require that it involve one of your characters, one of someone else's characters, or two characters, one from you and one from another.
Mermay: Draw your Edeia as a mer creature.