Create-a-School Contest Winners!


Two weeks ago, I decided to cel­e­brate the hol­iday season with  my second con­test to win an ARC of FORTRESS FRONTIER. Con­tes­tants had to come up with new schools of magic in the SHADOW OPS uni­verse, with extra credit to those who designed the uni­form pins or patches for that school.

My orig­inal inten­tion was to award only one prize: a signed copy of my last Advanced Read Copy (ARC) of FORTRESS FRONTIER.

But after dozens of amazing entries, I’ve decided to give three prizes. But first, the grand prize winner:

Doug describes the school of NoPantsy­Mancy as “The art of mag­i­cally dis­robing your enemy. Or your friends.” It is, of course, a Probe school.

Doug's NoPantsyMancy School Pin!Doug’s NoPantsy­Mancy School Pin!

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Doug. You win my last FORTRESS FRONTIER ARC, signed, per­son­al­ized and shipped to your door.

The two run­ners up will get a choice of a signed copy of:

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. XIX, fea­turing my story, Blood and Horses.

- THE BOOK OF FINAL FLESH, fea­turing my story, Shouting Down the Moon.

THE 2013 STEPHEN KING DESK CALENDAR, fea­turing my essay, King’s Lord of the Rings.

- An ARC of the UK edi­tion of CONTROL POINT.

- A final copy of the UK edi­tion of CONTROL POINT.

Limit one prize per runner-up. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the two runners-up! They are:

Jen­nifer, for her San­guimancy school. Jen­nifer describes the school:

San­guimancers are able to interact with the blood of living crea­tures.
Depending on the strength of the san­guimancer, they may be able to quickly locate an indi­vidual or track the indi­vidual using a drop of his or her blood. How­ever live blood cells must be present in the sam­ples in order to locate the indi­vidual. A san­guimancer couldn’t track or locate someone using old, dried blood.

San­guimancers can also create dou­bles, which are under the sanguimancer’s con­trol. These dou­bles only last as long as the blood source (ie person you are dou­bling) remains alive (defined by a beating heart; brain-dead indi­vid­uals may be dou­bled but the con­nec­tion is far more ten­uous). A san­guimancer couldn’t steal the blood of an indi­vidual and replace them after death. As long as the person’s absence hasn’t been sus­pected, this would enable san­guimancers to gain access to restricted areas and obtain crit­ical infor­ma­tion undetected.

San­guimancers are also able to manip­u­late blood behav­iour within an indi­vidual pro­vided the san­guimancer main­tains visual con­tact. They are able to thicken blood and hasten plaque for­ma­tion (ath­er­o­scle­rosis) causing heart attacks, strokes and/or throm­bosis in a chosen loca­tion of the body. They can also increase pres­sure rapidly in local­ized areas to cause internal bleeding or induce arte­rial rup­tures. San­guimancers may also halt coag­u­la­tion and clot for­ma­tion in a wound to inflict greater injury. Alter­na­tively, they could induce rapid clot for­ma­tion to stop a bleed. They can also increase red blood cell for­ma­tion in order to rapidly increase the endurance of an indi­vidual, or enable them to with­stand low-oxygen environments.

San­guimancers have greater con­trol over indi­vid­uals that share their blood type (A, B, AB or O). The blood types are rep­re­sented on their school pin.

Jennifer's Sanguimancy PinJennifer’s San­guimancy Pin!

Dwayne, for his Alche­mancy School. Dwayne describes the school:

· Trans­mu­ta­tion of common metals into Gold
· Cre­ation of Longevity serums
· Funding source for all Shadow Covens
· Trans­mu­ta­tion of objects into other objects remaining in same mass, cannot make a tank from a spoon… (i.e. spatula into knife)
· Reduc­tion of objects to orig­inal material(s)

Dwayne's Alchemancy Pin!Dwayne’s Alche­mancy Pin!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners! I hope this con­test makes your hol­iday. It sure as hell has made mine. So amazing to see my art inspiring others. You can check out all the awe­some entries on my fan art page!

It may be a while before I can post again, so please accept my best wishes for a happy hol­iday. All the best to you in 2013! We’re on track for a great year.


  • http://twitter.com/PrinceJvstin Paul Weimer

    Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the winners!

  • http://twitter.com/priscellie Priscilla Spencer

    What great ideas! Con­grats to the winners.