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so what say ye AAU

- **Lady Luminara Goldleaf**:

A ray of sunshine with a glint of greed, Lady Goldleaf is the delightful but deceptively ambitious leader of Team Gold. Her vivacious personality and cheerful demeanor make her instantly likeable, but beneath the surface lies a relentless drive for riches. Her pursuit of the treasure is both a thrilling adventure and a chance to amass unparalleled wealth. Goldleaf's greed is tempered by her generosity to her crew and her ability to make everyone feel valued. She's a sparkling presence with a golden touch, but her eyes are always on the prize.

You are challenged to pen a
-No more than 3 page each episode at 11 pt font-
thrilling three-part adventure, diving into the origins, trials, and ultimate destiny of the captain of your choosing.
Each of the three episodes will unravel the mysteries, conflicts, and triumphs that shape their pirate’s life.

### Challenge 1: The Pirate's Calling—Unearthing the Origins
Every pirate has a beginning, a spark that ignites their life of adventure and plunder. What started your captain's life of piracy? Was it a personal vendetta, a desire for freedom, or the allure of hidden treasures? Illustrate or write the moment that set your captain on this perilous path. Show us the emotion, the conflict, the defining instant that forged them into a leader of the high seas. Bring their origin to life!

### Challenge 2: Navigating the Tempest—Trials and Triumphs
The sea is unforgiving, and so is the life of a pirate. Your captain has faced many challenges, but what was the turning point that tested them to their core? Was it a battle with a rival, a betrayal within the crew, or a near-fatal encounter with the wild sea itself? Illustrate or write the pivotal moment that shaped your captain's character, showcasing their growth, resilience, and evolution. Let us sail through their trials and triumphs, feeling the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!

### Challenge 3: The Final Treasure Hunt—Destiny's Duel
The ultimate prize awaits, but so do rivals, traps, and unforeseen perils. What will your captain face in this final treasure hunt, and how will they overcome it? Will they join forces with a rival, outwit a deadly trap, or face a personal demon that threatens to undo everything they've worked for? Illustrate or write the climactic showdown, the decisive battle that determines the fate of the treasure and the legacy of your captain. Unveil the suspense, the drama, and the final twist of destiny in this exhilarating conclusion!

**The Countdown Has Begun!**  
Details are emerging from the depths, but one thing is certain—an artistic and literary escapade like no other awaits. Mark your calendars and ready your artistic and writing arsenal; destiny calls for you.

Join the AAU Discord server and participate as it goes live 8.14.23!!

**All members must sign the 2023 consent form in order to gain access and participate in any AAU event!

***All submitted artwork and short stories will be showcased on our official Artists & Authors United website, social medias, and our official Tapas comics!

****All participants of the Clash Crossover Fanarts and Pirate Captain Written Challenge will be featured in a bonus crossover fanart poster at the end of the event done by an admin!

- **Captain Stoic Sterling**:

Cold and calculating, Captain Sterling is the mastermind behind the Blue Corsairs' precise and strategic operations. His approach to treasure hunting is methodical and unemotional, yet he possesses an unexpected sense of fairness and integrity. Though his demeanor is often distant, he's known to show unexpected kindness to those in need. Sterling's pursuit of the treasure is an intellectual challenge, and he'll stop at nothing to win, but always with honor and within the bounds of his code.

- **Captain Roaring Redmond**:

Charismatic and hot-tempered, Captain Redmond leads the Red Buccaneers with a fiery passion that can both inspire and intimidate. While his temper often flares, there's an undeniable charm to his unfiltered honesty and fierce loyalty. He's driven by a personal quest for the treasure, a symbol of triumph over his tumultuous past. Redmond's likeable nature comes from his willingness to laugh at himself and his unwavering dedication to his crew. His pursuit of the treasure is relentless, and he won't let anyone stand in his way.

Time to cosplay your MC at the newest AAU themed event for pirates!
🔥 Are You Ready to Make Your Mark? 🔥 
This is your chance to join a legendary artistic voyage and be immortalized in a grand collaboration. The treasure of fame, fun, and friendship awaits!


1. Pick one of the three teams - RED, BLUE, or GOLD.


2. Illustrate your MC cosplaying as a pirate with their designated team color affiliation somewhere on the costume and submit it into the #pirates channel forum on our Discord server!


Illustrate your MC pirate versus another member’s MC pirate in a crossover fanart clash!
*You must participate in the clash to qualify for the end crossover fanart poster done by an admin!

Can’t choose? Submit three characters and play for all three teams!

Join the fun, show off your creative flair, and become part of the legend!



**Choose Your Crew, Steer Your Fate!**  
Who will you choose to write their adventure? You can only choose one from these three already cast characters:

**Embark on a Journey of Creativity and Camaraderie!**  
Prepare to hoist your creative flags and set sail on a thrilling journey that transcends both ink and word! This August 14th, 2023, at 10AM PST, the Artists & Authors United community is embarking on a daring pirate adventure unlike any before. 
Mysteries, challenges, and endless creativity await on the treacherous high seas of our Discord server. Unite with fellow artists and writers, battle fierce rivals, and discover the hidden lore of an ancient treasure that calls for you.

We have two daring events for the undertaking, one for artists, one for authors. But before you can begin, make sure you’re a member of the AAU Discord server!