Welcome to the Submission Round of the 2nd Fan-made skin concepts Contest! You’re supposed to read this post after you have read my Announcement post (or you won’t understand a thing and miss out extremely important information that isn't included in this post). Here is the link to the Announcement post: https://www.reddit.com/r/heroesofthestorm/comments/hd6ego/2nd_annual_heroes_of_the_storm_fanmade_skin/
Again, I’m super grateful that last year’s Contest had hundreds of concepts, thousands of voters and a few dev responses regarding the contest!
Here is an example of what this year’s polls are going to look like (The concepts shown in this poll were the winners/top 10 concepts of last year’s contest and won’t be able to participate in this year’s contest, so please don’t submit them.): https://forms.gle/iCkYSDX9fWC39KZ9A
Now you can submit the concepts that you like by commenting below, please follow this form:
Name: [Name of the concept]
Concept: [Link to the concept art]
If the concept also have pictures that show the skin’s spell effects and/or color variation and/or an artwork (like this, this or [this](https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/013/361/839/large/joseph-kim-00-dstormpi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Who are the Swan Maidens, and why does George include them in A Song of Ice and Fire?
###THE LEGEND In The World of Ice and Fire, George includes a [Pentoshi legend about Hukko][Hukko], a legendary Andal king who slew [the swan maidens.][Maidens] Ancient Andalos being just north of Pentos, in lands now controlled by the Pentoshi, it’s natural that the two groups share some legends, and the maesters of Oldtown believe that Hukko was known as Hugor of the Hill to the Andals.
The Pentoshi legend goes like this:
> “An old legend told in Pentos claims that the Andals slew the swan maidens who lured travelers to their deaths in the Velvet Hills that lie to the east of the Free City. A hero whom the Pentoshi singers call Hukko led the Andals at that time, and it is said that he slew the seven maids not for their crimes but instead as sacrifice to his gods. There are some maesters who have noted that Hukko may well be a rendering of the name of Hugor.”
###MYTHOLOGICAL MAIDENS Swan maidens, in “real-world” mythology, [are mythological beings with ancient provenance.][Swans] All over the world, from Eurasia to Africa to the Americas, [stories of shapeshifting animals][Selkie2] are a common mythological motif along with creation myths.
“The swan maiden is a mythical creature who shapeshifts from human form to swan form.The key to the transformation is usually a swan skin, or a garment with swan feathers attached. In folktales of this type, the male character spies the maiden, typically by some body of water (usually [bathing][SelkieImage]), then snatches away the feather garment (or some other article of clothing), which prevents her from flying away (or swimming away, or renders her helpless in some other manner), forcing her to become his wife”
While they are referred to as swan maidens, as many of the stories involve shapeshifting swans that turn into beautiful human women, they can be fish, deer, buffalo, goats, seals, wolves, geese, even bats, among many other forms. Some of these forms have specific names, like [selkies for seal maidens][Selkie] or mermaids for fish women. The stories are not always about maidens, either - there are male swan “maidens” in folklore as well.
The swan maiden motif incorporates all mythological beings that are half human and half animal, who live between the human world and the water or the sky. Shapeshifter and skin-slippers, who can take on or off their animal suit to become human, or who live in the natural worl... keep reading on reddit ➡
Philippines poised to lift age of consent for sex from 12 to 16 after decades of lobbying from children’s rights activists
A Brazilian woman enslaved as a maid from the age of eight for almost four decades and forced into marriage has been rescued in a rare crackdown on domestic slavery, officials said. She had worked for the family for most of her life without pay or any time off, according to labour inspectors.
Canada rejects purchase of Canadian Arctic gold mine by Chinese company
Biden receives the coronavirus vaccine.
N.J. couple’s baby was taken after N.C. traffic stop. They’ve been trying for weeks to get him back.
More than 70 West Point cadets accused of cheating on exam
**57,000 year-old wolf puppy found froze... keep reading on reddit ➡
Saw a trailer sometime within the last few months. Not sure if it’s a movie already out or coming soon. Here are the details I remember: Man has woman captive in his basement. There are bandages on both of her knees and he tells her she can’t walk because he’s surgically done something to them. He tells her he’s going to keep her down there until she falls in love with him. She starts doing things to strengthen herself and get the use of her legs back little by little. That’s all I remember...
EDIT: I found it! It hasn’t been released in the U.S. yet, so that’s why I’ve been feeling my husband and I both hallucinated the whole thing. Linked here - https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2020/03/british-thriller-hippopotamus-gets-a-new-trailer-and-poster/