July 2020 Monthly Quest

 Your Ballator’s choice might affect future outcomes and decisions.

The Admin Team recommends using the same Ballator for all future Lore Prompts from this point forward, though it is not required. Lore prompts for this story arch will always be marked by a red star from this point on.
You may complete both prompts with different Ballators to further explore characterization.

Hooves sliding through dirt and ash, your Ballator discovers a strange oasis within The Charred Plains. The plants are thriving as best as they can and, for once, the water seems almost clear here. The oasis is set down in a small dip and your Ballator examines it– and some Ballators within it– curiously.

The Ballators that mill about in the oddly lush foliage are Ares’ Hunters. They don’t seem as determined, as strong as they did two months ago when The Highlordess sent them on their mission. Many of them have gaunt eyes and look starved despite the life surrounding them. Your Ballator decides to investigate further.

{F2U} Red Star - old Betelgeuse: Still choosing to stay a little separate from The Hunters, your Ballator skirts around The Oasis, listening to the idle talk of the others. They call this place Aether’s Hoofprint and your Ballator rolls their eyes at such a fantastical name– until they discover some very interesting and old statues while they explore. The carvings are old, but somehow familiar. Your Ballator can almost recognize who the statues may have once been. While examining one of the statues in particular, your Ballator notices a series of grooves along the base of it’s cracked horns. On the ground at the statue’s hooves are some shimmering red gemstones. Carefully selecting one off of the ground, your Ballator pushes the stone into the groove, triumphant when the statue pulses in a charming red light.

– If your Ballator was discovered by Regale, this route is most recommended, but not required.
– Draw or Write your Ballator exploring Aether’s Hoofprint and searching for more red stones.
– There is a 7 stat minimum for this prompt.

{F2U} Red Star - old Antares: Your Ballator joins a group of The Hunters as they mill about a waterfall. The water really looks inviting and your Ballator, thirsty, dips their head to drink. With a strangled shout, one of The Hunters calls out to your Ballator and they stop, their muzzle inches from the blue water’s surface.
“Don’t! Any Ballator that drinks the water here gets Star Touched!”
Star Touched? Your Ballator furrows their brow, confused. Before they can ask, The Hunter jerks their head towards the decaying remains of a mountain Ballator, their horns encrusted with thick red crystal-like growths. The crystals are also starting to sprout from the corpse’s eyes and nose. Ears flat, your Ballator takes a closer look around and notices several Ballators in various stages of being Star Touched.
“We have to burn the bodies,” The Hunter tells your Ballator, “Highlordess Ares has asked us to.”

– If your Ballator followed Ares’ Hunters, this route is recommended, but not required.
– Draw or Write your Ballator encountering or destroying one of the Star Touched.
– There is a 7 stat minimum for this prompt.

Monthly Quest Guidelines

– Prompts must be separate entries.
– Prompts must still be submitted to the DeviantART Group.
– Prompts will not count for Regale’s Quests or Wild Ballator entries.
– Anthros are not allowed for these prompts.
– Prompts for this month can be completed as many times as desired, but you will only gain prizes for the first attempt.
– Stat grids will not be accepted as entries. Comics will accepted as entries so long as only one prompt is depicted per comic, only horses relevant to the prompt are shown, and the stats do not exceed 20. (Reminder: Companion bonuses will not apply to comics as they are counted by stat grid guidelines!)
– Entries must contain the Ballators pictured and the prompt completed in this format:
    Horse(s) Pictured: (Link to Refs)
    Prompt(s) Shown: (Please link back to the Monthly Quest Page & Specify Prompt)
    Stat Breakdown:
    Stat Total:

Prompt 1 One-Time-Only Prize:
1x Earth Stones
100 Denarii

Prompt 2 One-Time-Only Prize:
1x Carcass
100 Denarii

Deposit Your Stones & Bones

In lieu of a bonus prize we have, instead, a mini event. Completing the prompts above may unlock some new things, but your Ballator’s choices determine what will be unlocked first and may determine the direction of the next Monthly Quest.

Both things are unlockable with enough items deposited in their chains, but which one will our story follow?