Welcome back! After a very, very long period with no competitions, enthusiastic interest to get something going again has resurrected them.
We wanted to use a topic that was a reflection of current events. That said, the pandemic is a depressing enough topic without having to put more thought into it, so that's right out. Instead, we're taking inspiration from the recent US presidential election. For this competition, you will create a civic leader. This person can be the mayor of a town, an emperor, the head of a guild... any level of leadership is appropriate, so long as it meets these criteria:
1: It must be a recognized and public position. Thus, a senator would be appropriate, but the Illuminati puppeteer controlling him from the shadows would not.
2: The leader must have some level of actual authority. No infant emperors, though the regent holding his place until he comes of age would be appropriate.
For the crunchy part of this competition, you will need to create a full NPC stat block for your leader. For the fluffy part, you'll need to give a description of the constituency over which the leader has authority and what manner of governorship the leader uses, as well as a personal history for the leader, including what events lead to their stepping into the leadership role. Finally, you'll need to present appropriate Knowledge check results about the leader and their tenure that a DM could use to help flesh the leader out.
Also worth pointing out, as it's not something that has been commonly done in past competitions, the judges are offering extra credit should your entry include a full stat block and description of an item (mundane, magical or psionic), feat, PrC, spell or power that acts as a prerequisite for them attaining and holding the position (example: the leader is king by virtue of owning a specific magic sword), with a boost to the final score being commensurate with the effort to create the prerequisite and how well it's incorporated into the leader's story.
*"Core Rules" for the purposes of this competition is defined as material from Player's Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide, Monster Manual, Expanded Psionics Handbook, The SRD and non-setting material (unless you are the author of said setting or have the permission of the author to use their work) from The Dungeons and Dragons Archive.
As per usual, the rules used in this competition are to be D&D 3.5 compatible and should be drawn from the core rulebooks (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide and Monster Manual), Expanded Psionics Handbook, Unearthed Arcana, The SRD and material from The Dungeons and Dragons Archive.
Submitting Your Entry
Please submit your entry directly to this thread. Questions and comments posted in this thread will be deleted. Submissions posted in the Questions thread will not be judged. Participants are encouraged to enter their submission well before the deadline. While a subsequent entry may be inspired by an earlier entry, the scoring takes into account originality, and the earlier entry may well score better simply as a result of being submitted first.
The judge for this competition will be Fixxxer and MinusInnocence. Questions about the competition can be asked and will be answered in the Questions thread. The judges will provide such answer as they deem appropriate. Anything not prohibited in the above instructions is permissible.
The competition will run from now through the entire month of February and will end at 11:59pm (PST) on February 28, 2021. Entries will be scored and feedback (if any) will be provided whenever the hell we get around to it... probably within a week The winners will be announced in this thread.