June 2020 MQ

June 2020 Monthly Quest

It always seems as though The Highlords interrupt and distract Ballator-kind when something interesting is happening– and Highlordess Ares isn’t above this trend herself. Less of a distraction and more of a banal vanity, Ares has declared the Rite of Summer as her holiday and roars an unusually severe heatwave across the land marking The Month of Illumination.
Bored with the earth as it is, Ares has also called up The Enchanted Forest and has settled in it where she can watch her devotees celebrate her more closely. Snarling to herself, Ares wills the canopy of The Forest to block out the sky so she is safe from the eerie glow of The Red Star… out of sight, out of mind after all.

Sun Troubadour’s Tapas: Amused, Ares has allowed Puck to turn Troubadour’s Trinkets into the best– and only– cafe in The Enchanted Forest. Puck has arranged mismatched tables and poufs around his cart and Ares’ familiars stalk between them taking orders. The Highlordess herself is reclined close to the cart where she can watch all who approach Puck with a discerning eye.

– Draw or Write your Ballator enjoying a semi-tense brunch under The Highlordess’ Gaze.
– There is a 7 stat minimum for this prompt. Highlordess Ares must be depicted.
– Depicting Phobos & Deimos as servers will grant you an extra 50 Denarii.

Sun Battle for Her Affections: Ultima, Ares’ Wild, is loose in The Enchanted Forest. The little mare considers herself Ares’ favorite and has issued a challenge– loudly– that no Ballator can best her in battle because Ares will not allow it. Ares seems pleased by the chaos that Ultima’s grandstanding has caused and urges all Ballators– regardless of size and type– to take on the mare in a one on one skirmish.

– Draw or Write ONE of your Ballators battling Ultima.
– All entries must follow the rules in the The Wild Ballator Guide if you would also like this entry to qualify as a capture attempt.
– If the Wild has been caught, you can still draw your Ballator interacting with Ultima.

Sun Heatwave Hunting: Summer can be brutal… as brutal as The Highlordess that claims the season for her own. Ares is proud of the Ballators’ drive to hunt and encourages it, especially in her devotees. The Enchanted Forest does not normally experience the radiant heat of summer and the burst of it brought forth by The Highlordess has awoken many new animals within it. Hunting these creatures might give your Ballator a chance to get some unique drops only available in The Forest– what do those drops do? Perhaps we’ll find out soon!

– Draw or Write your Ballator hunting any of the prey animals depicted in The Enchanted Forest.
– To be rolled as a hunt, you must make sure you follow the guidelines set out in The Hunting System.
– There is a 7 stat minimum for this prompt.

{F2U} Red Star - old Summertime Sins: Over the sounds of The Forest and Puck yelling out brunch orders in various accents, your Ballator hears a soft plea– “Highlordess… something has blocked our way to The Crypts and now we have this-“ Your Ballator whips around quickly, eager to see what Ares’ Hunter could have found, but the Highlordess’ has risen to her hooves and blocks their gaze. Mostly. Your Ballator catches a glimpse of two of Ares’ Hunters, one of which seems sickly and injured, it’s eyes glowing an eerie red and crystal like growths growing around its horns. Before your Ballator can get a good look, the Hunters and Ares disappear in a blaze of The Highlordess’ fire.

– Draw or Write your Ballator eavesdropping on the conversation and spying on the injured Hunter.
– 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: (You MUST link back to the Monthly Quest)
    Stat Breakdown:
    Stat Total:

Prompt 1 One-Time-Only Prize:
1x Devil’s Eye-Spresso

Prompt 2 One-Time-Only Prize:
1x Shimmer Temple

Prompt 3 One-Time-Only Prize:
1x Guardian Karen

Prompt 4 One-Time-Only Prize:
1x Felix Finger Sandwich

BONUS PRIZE For completing both prompts; One-Time-Only Prize: 1000 Denarii and 1x Ares Hunting Decoy.