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These Auditions will be run using the guidelines set forth HERE. First, however, if you are auditioning for Gnar, please read them and understand what you're getting yourself into.
PLEASE DO NOT EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN JOINING UNTIL YOU HAVE A SMURF!!
This will protect your identity to keep things equal and devoid of favoritism.
Also, please don't RP with your smurfs until a winner is selected!
Welcome to the Gnar Champion Auditions!
This thread should be self-explanatory, but for those of you who are new to the process, let me break it down. First, please start by reading the guidelines linked above. That will help explain the process a little better. Assuming you've already done that, I'll cut to the chase. This is where the magic will happen. "Smurf" accounts that want to have a chance to portray Gnar will post in this thread, announcing their intent to compete. They will then be listed in the main post here.
Once we have a list of the candidates, we will go about the audition, voting, and judging process. Rather than cluttering the forums with multiple threads, the gathering of applicants will be done in this thread, as well as the submissions. When we're sure we have all the applicants, the process of submissions can begin. For ease, please post all Questions/tasks together in a single post for your audition if possible. This will make it much easier to keep track of all the submissions. As they come in, we'll attempt to link them next to the names of the applicants for easy access.
The questions and tasks for the auditions can be seen below, so prospective applicants can get their creative juices flowing or even start working on their submissions before they can submit them. However, please don't submit early. The status of the auditions will be updated as time goes along, so check back now and again to see how we're progressing!
1) Traditionally, "League Judgments" were asked to be created for a champion.
However, while entertaining to a degree, they lack the true weight of the actual situation...
Gnar is a fluffy wuffy ball of adorableness, except when he's not. The little guy has a lot of heart, and a pretty big temper to match! He also lacks any real language skills, or, perhaps, even a real understanding of common language practices. However, instead of making a judgement for Gnar, we'd like you to write the story of how he got encased in ice from Gnar's perspective. Gibbering isn't needed here, as you're telling the story for him, but how might his perspective change the telling of the tale? There is much left up to discussion here, and it is your job to tell us the story of Gnar as you see it, as long as it (mostly) follows and winds up at current Riot lore.
2) Next, imagine our friend (and hero!) Ram Steed, now working as an independent journalist since the collapse of the Journal of Justice, has traveled to meet Gnar at the Institute while he's under observation by yordle anthropologists so he can bring the truth of things to the public eye, and see for himself this cuddly cave-yordle. This should pose a challenge, because Gnar can't speak our language, and his gibberish seems to be outside the understanding of the summoners as well. This means everything he does is simplistic, pantomime in nature, and very likely parroting of things said.
So, instead of an actual interview, have Ram Steed interact with a yordle scientist or two studying Gnar, and of course Gnar himself, while trying to find out more about him for an article. For example, what does he like to eat? What are some of his habits? Has he developed any likes or dislikes of certain champions in his brief encounters with them? And, how could these interactions and traits reveal something about him as a character? This is yet another chance to surprise us with your insight into the primitive, but interesting mind of Gnar.
Bonus: Gnar will probably try to eat anything he can get in his mouth, or at least try to. Gnar is an incredibly unique champion in that he doesn't really communicate on the level of anyone else. Even Rammus seems to have an understanding of language and commands, and can respond in some part, but Gnar doesn't. So, that leaves a very important question to be considered. People that have played champions with a barrier of some kind, like Sona, found some way to make them talk, but, in some ways, it belittles the development and connection of a character with their audience. After all, someone who takes the time to learn sign language to connect with Sona, or her dealing with her disability creates a powerful bond.
All champions face different challenges in interaction when one thinks about it. So, the question posed is simple. "How will you represent Gnar's lack of common language?" Will you give him a translator that apparently understands everything? Will you make him speak because of some magical device? Or, will you have him babble as he does in-game, doing different things, and leave it up to the audience to determine what he wants outside of the spoken word, giving THEM the challenge?
Now, clearly, this is a bonus segment, but I would suggest going through the difficulty to prepare it. After all, the more material the community has, and we have as judges, the more accurately they can vote for their opinion of most accurate portrayal. As a bonus question, this doesn't have to be as long as the other submissions, but this is a look into how you want others to see Gnar in your portrayal, a look into your own headcanon for him, and how YOU see him. So, the more material and insight, the better!
Ryugi Kazamaru "Kaz"
Ask Quinn n Val
In the event that a Primary Judge cannot take part in the judging of submissions, either by lack of interest, inability to perform without bias, or simply being unreachable or unavailable, if it comes to that, a backup will take their place.