539wI am exhausted. Alayna and I have been sick all weekend and we haven’t been sleeping well to boot. The result has been two sick, tired people who are (in my humble opinion) getting along remarkably well… which is probably a good thing since we’re stuck together for life. This is the first time that we’ve both been really sick at the same time in the same house, so it’s been a learning experience, but I like to think that we’ve earned high marks. Anyway, on an different subject entirely, I have a story challenge, and it’s time for my favorite story challenge. I’m going to give you a series of criteria including genre, theme, some character archetypes, etc. Your job is to write a story that includes all of the features required in the challenge. If you intend to post it here, please keep it short. However, the complexity of this challenge often requires a longer story.

Theme: Peacemakers

Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Modern

Setting: Your setting is a peace conference between two warring nations. This could be a retelling of actual peace talks at some point in history or it could be set in a fantasy world (perhaps the Dwarves are finally making peace with the Goblins… … …nah, that’ll never happen).

Character Archetypes:

1) The Heady Ruler

2) The Austere Diplomat

3) The Wise Mediator

4) The Conniving Traitor


1) A Treaty Document

2) A Religious Artifact

3) A Book of Laws


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