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All OCs, All the Time

Challenge Details

It would be cool to have a challenge of stories featuring all-original-character casts. No canon characters, except in cameos or minor, minor, insignificant roles.

Come on! Write outside your canon-comfort zone and delve into the lives of the little people. But here are a few (hopefully inspiring…) prompts for you to muse on:

-- Tolkien has been known to give notoriously short shrift to women and children. What would women's and children's lives be like in various Middle-earth cultures and locations? One idea might be to think about the wives, sisters, mothers, neighbors, and children of minor characters (e.g. Elfhelm, Beregond, Haldir, etc.)

-- Is there a story back in "the mists of time" that you have always wanted to hear or tell, but that involves few or no canon characters?

-- Think about the people "in the background" in any given scene: hobbits or men at Bree, an elven attendant or musician in Imladris, or stable boys in Edoras, a random orc on the march, for example. What are the details of their lives? What kinds of things do they worry or dream about?

-- Explore a place or culture that's not given much "screen time" in the books/films: what is daily life like in Harad or in a dwarven hall, for example?

Courtesy of Aeneid.

Challenge closes one year from now: December 21, 2005.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

acacea - On The Flood
General Audience
Last Updated: 19 Feb 05
“The shards came severally to shore...the other was found spinning on the flood by one who had an errand on the water” ... a cloven half of Boromir’s horn is found in the Anduin by one of his men
Aliana - Fallen
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 08 Jul 12

It's one thing to survive the Siege of Minas Tirith, and quite another to imagine rebuilding one's city--and oneself.  A coming-of-age story for Gondor's "greatest generation."

Aliana - To Labor and to Wait
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Dec 04
Prepare, they tell us. Settle your accounts and your affairs: It would seem we go to war as if going to our graves. Five snapshots from the perspectives of various workers in the Houses of Healing, just prior to the Siege of Minas Tirith. A sidebar to a longer work in progress, but stands on its own.
Dwimordene - Very Rain of Sparrows, A
General Audience
Last Updated: 11 Mar 07
Peace. Land. Life. Loyalty.

A Kin-Strife parable.
Marta - Stock and Stone
General Audience
Last Updated: 01 Apr 07
Ten years after the events of The Hobbit a girl from the Lonely Mountain and a boy from Dale meet for the first time. OCs only, obviously, though draws heavily from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. No objectionable material.
Molly Littlefoot - Hearth and Home
General Audience
Last Updated: 22 Jun 05
A Hobbit wife uncertainly wonders what the future will bring. Based on both Book and Movie verse. Written for both the "Confessions to the Sleepless Night" and the "All OCs all the Time" challenges and my first public story in over twenty years. Be gentle or no cake for any of you.
Nessime - Ashes and Dust
General Audience
Last Updated: 07 Feb 06
One young woman's choices in a time of war.
Nessime - A Song of Silence
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Nov 05
A tale of how a woman of the Rohirrim found her own unique voice, and a choice made to keep it from being lost. (inspired in part by "The Film Trilogy Challenge")
Nessime - If Ever Two Were One...
General Audience
Last Updated: 31 Aug 05
What began as a simple story about a woman of the Rohirrim, wife to one of the Riders in Eomer's eored, has become instead a full blown biography, liberally sprinkled with romance, intrigue, and tragedy. This will remain a WiP for the foreseeable future as I've no wish to ruin the lives of these characters with my own eagerness to see their story completed. Canon characters mingle freely with OCs, but I promise there are no non-canonical romances here.
Nessime - As the Magnet Finds Iron
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 18 Aug 05
Amid the losses of war, where does one find joy? A brief glimpse through the eyes of a Westfold woman. *Originally written for the 2003 Harvest Home Onlist Challenge. (A/N: the rating is for non-explicit adult themes)
The Lauderdale - Treed
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 23 Jul 11

Her father searches for her in vain. Her mother mourns her death. Now one young Elf's only hope of survival lies with the monster who took her, and in her own desperate will to live.  A prequel to Orc-brat.

The Lauderdale - Orc-brat
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 03 Mar 11

Maevyn is only nine when her family is slaughtered by a band of Orcs. The Orc Grushak takes her with him as his personal captive, planning to amuse himself with her torment and murder, but a vengeful Maevyn has sworn to see him dead.

Vaysh - Gardener in the Vineyard
General Audience
Last Updated: 26 Dec 13

Wils Longholes, vintner of Old Winyard, has to confront what happened to the vineyard during the Occupation of the Shire. He remembers a visit from Frodo and Sam. Mithril Awards 2004 - Winner: Best Story focusing on Hobbits & Runner-up: Best Characterisation Original Character.

KeywordsFrodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Old Wineyard, pre-quest, post-quest, OC

Vistula the Dunadan - The Last Biscuit
General Audience
Last Updated: 23 Jun 05
On a brief rest, during the journey through the Paths of the Dead, a member of the Grey Company contemplates fear, food, comfort and those he left behind. Written for the “All OCs, All the Time” Challenge. This is a companion piece to Molly Littlefoot’s “Hearth and Home.”
Werecat - Beast of Burden
General Audience
Last Updated: 02 Feb 09
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; some of them not necessarily human. Meet Summerstraw, a horse of Rohan.

MEFAs 2005 - Third Place, Drama

Mithrils 2005 - Finalist, Drama
Werecat - You Will See Them at Night
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
The tale of an orc bard. Seriously. Rated PG-13 for gore and violence, just to be safe.

2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner -Best Evil Character Trying to be Good

2004 Galvorn Awards: Winner -Best Characterisation (Improbable OC)

Mithrils 2005 - Finalist, Other Races
Mithrils 2005, Runner-up, Silmarillion
Werecat - Something Wicked This Way Comes
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
A former corsair captain who resents the king, a strange man who speaks in eerie rhymes and their meeting in Umbar during a night of the early years of the Fourth Age. Some disturbing subjects implied, but nothing graphic.

MEFAs 2005 - Honourable Mention, Horror
Mithrils 2005, SemiFinalist, Original Character
Werecat - Old Wives' Tales
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
A very pregnant and rather emotional Eowyn goes in search of a childhood relic and finds something unexpected. Through the words of a tale, the Shieldmaiden meets a Queen of old.

Mithrils 2005: Runner-up, Concerning Men
Werecat - Grasping at Moonbeams Glistening
General Audience
Last Updated: 30 Dec 06
In the Houses of Healing, after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, a woman who tends to the wounded meets a certain Elf in a story that deals with a Gondorian woman's infatuation for Legolas. Includes OCs, of course. Story rating should be PG-13 at most. Romance/Drama.

MEFAs 2005: Second Place, Cross-cultural, Post Ring War

Mithrils 2005 - Runner-up, Romance/Het
Werecat - Dolor Meus
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Mar 06
O all you, who pass by the way - attend and see, if there is a sorrow like My sorrow. In another land and another time, the man who loves birds meets the one with a strong voice. Fourth Age, AU.
MEFAs 2005: Winner - Post-Ring War
Mithrils 2005 - Semi Finalist, Fourth Age and Beyond
Werecat - When All Lights Pass
General Audience
Last Updated: 04 Mar 06
Set at Pelargir after the Battle of Fornost, this story deals with a young man suffering from the Black Shadow, a desperate mother and two strange travellers, one clad in grey and one in earthen brown.

They say that the hands of the king can heal... and there were other kings in Arda before Aragorn’s time.

Probably AU, this story also draws inspiration from H.P.Lovecraft's "Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath".
MEFAs 2005 - First Place, AUs, pre-LotR
Mithrils 2005 - Quarter Finalist, AU/Crossover
Werecat - Full Circle
General Audience
Last Updated: 27 Dec 05
Beasts, they've called us. So end the days of Kolgrun, last warrior of the race of orcs.
MEFAs 2005: Third Place, Villains/Orcs
Werecat - Death, I Call Thee
General Audience
Last Updated: 28 Oct 04
Deathfic, focusing on some of the final thoughts of five different individuals at Pelennor Fields, each one of different race and/or alignments. Some are good, some are bad and some are, well, already dead.
Inspired from the Pelennor Fields battle scene from the RotK film.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 21 Dec 04
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Entry Date: 03 Jan 05
Entry Date: 28 Dec 04
Entry Date: 10 Jan 05

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Created: December 21, 2004

Challenge Topic: Character

Entries: 33

Originator: Aeneid

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