|| Avatar Wiki Chronicles: On Violence and the Annual Fanon Awards|
Minnichi - Editor
For those of you who don't know the Avatar Wiki Chronicles, it's basically a new style of writing articles that I picked up in order to personify our site's fanon portal. Basically, I'm ranting about the fanon portal in story-like form. You'll see what I mean! Today's topic should be a big one for any writer who reads this newsletter: The Fanon Awards!
AW Chronicles #3
Avatar Wiki is not itself. Darkness poisons the air, so thick that you wouldn't be able to see past an arm's length. The shadows look like they can come to life any second, the way they shift in blotchy patterns all over the ground. The buildings themselves, hollow and battered, seem like they were grown out of the blackness. In the midst of this wasteland, a shrill voice cries out. "It's AvatarRokusGhost!"
This is the Avatar Wiki fanon portal.
"Watch out, he's got a tank!"
"ARGHH! We can't let Energy Saga win again!" Take him down!!!"
This is the annual Fanon Awards.
BOOM! The sound of a fallen war tank fills the air, followed by the crazed victory yells of a dozen jealous authors. Nominees of the same category, they're called. 'Friendly rivals,' they're called.
But the redheaded young man who leaps out from his broken red vehicle, which is smoking with the remains of the golden letters that once spelled out "ENERGY SAGA," knows that these authors have transformed into much worse than rivals. His tattered blue tie flapping in the air, he takes cover behind his red tank, covering his ears as a grenade cracks open the ground nearby with an earsplitting explosion.
"There is no violence in Avatar Wiki!" screams a female voice.
AvatarRokusGhost quickly shifts and peers out from the side of his tank. It's Minnichi, holding her ground in the middle of the group of attackers. She has a lantern raised high above her head, its glow so blinding that the shape of her green robes is clearly visible even in the darkness. The jealous authors are still approaching her, but they've slowed down as if struggling to remember why they're attacking in the first place.
"There is no violence within the site!" yells the agent-girl, kicking aside one of the authors who's crawled a little too close to her on the ground. A true Dai Li agent, she is; the brainwashing has already converted over half of the authors, while the other half have nearly all stopped moving. "Here, we are peaceful!"
One author, however, doesn't look like he'll ever be peaceful. Despite slowing down, he's dragging his way closer and closer to the agent-girl, his clenched fist raised in preparation for attack.
"Here...we are friends." Minnichi concludes her speech with a sigh, looking around at all the dazed, brainwashed authors lying about the ground. Hearing the heavy footsteps behind her back, however, she finally realizes that the one remaining violent author is there. She whips herself around, giving a horrified yell of surprise as he lunges at her with swinging fists.
A bright jet of flame illuminates the air a split second later, and the violent author suddenly goes flying into the distance. Minnichi stands confused in the silence, until she squints and makes out the shape of AvatarRokusGhost several feet ahead.
"Hey, Minn." ARG gives a grim smile as he lowers his arms again, which are still smoking a bit at the fingertips from his attack. "Sorry you had to get caught up in all that..." He knows that several unfortunate authors, after all, get stuck in the crossfire when the jealous, Energy Saga-haters start rampaging.
Minnichi shrugs as she starts making her way towards the administrator. "It's fine. I think that group had some people from my category, too." Of course, she means those who were nominated for the same awards as her. "Psychos these days..."
It's quite unfortunate that Avatar Wiki becomes like this for every sort of fanon competition. Authors forget how to write, help each other, and well - be happy, basically. The horror continues on for all three weeks of the Fanon Awards.
However, Minnichi faces the author of Energy Saga with a smile. "Glad I could run into someone sane, though. You're not a psycho." Despite everything, there's always a group of authors who band together in nonviolence and help fend off the jealous haters. It appears that two of them have just found each other.
"Why, thank you!" replies AvatarRokusGhost with a grin. "I would say the same for you."
"D'aw, thanks!" Minnichi gives a modest little wave of her hand.
DAY FIVE: THE END OF NOMINATIONS
A young girl sits before AvatarRokusGhost, scribbling everything he says onto a little notepad. He has no idea where she came from - but alas, big award ceremonies always come with paparazzi. The spectators tend to make up this crowd, and one of the reporters has decided to tag along with the author of Energy Saga for now.
ARG sighs as he answers the next question. "I already told you... I don't 'take people down' for the fanon awards!" He suddenly hunches over and starts pulling at his hair. "They attack me for no reason - I'm just a guy trying to write! And my war tank? I don't have a choice! I'm only defending myself, dangit!"
Wiki Geek listens with quizzical eyes, thoughtfully petting a little dog resting in her lap as she looks over her notepad. "So you're saying that you don't try to win the awards?" she asks.
"YES!" yells the administrator exasperatingly. "For the thousandth time, yes! Those people who get competitive and start attacking everyone - the psychos - they don't know what they're doing! It doesn't get them anywhere and just hurts everyone else..." He buries his face into his hands as if he's about to break down from the madness of it all.
The reporter nods along. "I see..."
Minnichi appears suddenly from the shadows as she steps into the scene. "ARG, we're going to get caught by more attackers if we keep talking to reporters."
"MINNICHI~!" yells Wiki Geek, her face lighting up with glee. "There are a ton of things I'd love to ask you -"
"I really don't think that's a good idea right now," cuts in the agent-girl, looking past the reporter at a mob of psychos approaching in the distance.
"Come on, just one question -"
AvatarRokusGhost looks up. "Huh? You called me, Minn?"
"Argh!" The agent-girl is actually curled up on the ground, writhing about in pain. Some psycho author has noticed her from the distance and managed to throw a stone far enough to hit her eye.
"Minnichi!" cries Wiki Geek, jumping to her feet. "Are you okay?"
But the Dai Li agent girl and redheaded admin are already running away as fast as they can, the former still holding a hand over her black eye.
DAY TEN: THE START OF VOTING
"Why can't I just be like Lostris and set everyone on fire...?" mutters Minnichi under her breath.
"Come on, you know that not even admin powers will help you in the fanon awards," sighs AvatarRokusGhost, who's hiding with her behind another one of those old, dusty buildings in the shadowy environment. "Anddd they've found us."
Sure enough, a whole mob of psychos is charging in their direction, yelling all sorts of profane things about why they're getting less votes than they wished for.
Minnichi looks for a moment at the crowd, then drops her head as they continue running in her direction. "I don't think we're gonna make it out of this one, ARG..."
But it seems she's spoken too soon. For right at that moment, a bright red convertible swerves right between the crowd and the two authors. It's piled with flashing signs so bright that the mob of psycho authors can't help being distracted and shielding their eyes for a moment. Like a silhouette in front of the light, a teenager sporting a freakishly expensive black suit, red tie, sunglasses, and blonde hair smoothly steps out from the vehicle. The words flashing behind him blare out 'VOTE OMASHU ROCKS FOR THE FANON AWARDS.'
It's such an extravagant and overwhelmingly colorful sight that the attackers don't know what to think of it, as Mr. Rocks casually climbs up onto the front of his vehicle and boldly faces them all. He gives a little wink in ARG's and Minnichi's direction before he begins his speech. "My fellow authors," he bellows. "Is this really what you want to be doing with your lives?" As if on cue, all of the psycho authors look down at the various weapons in their hands in shame as the politician points around. "What do you hope to accomplish by fighting and hurting your brethren? Haven't you ever stopped to wonder what the real problems are in our society?"
Minnichi stares at the politician and his mesmerized crowd in disbelief. It's seriously working.
"Why are there such limited benefits for us fanon authors? Why are there so many writers, and so few awards? Why must there be losers? These are questions you can't possibly answer by attacking each other!" continues Omashu Rocks, throwing up his arms to emphasize the shame of it all. Meanwhile the crowd gives several wails of injustice, only further strengthening his speech. "So today, I say that we join hands and change the fanon awards - together!"
"YEAH!" The crowd is so excited that they've run off in a frenzy to recruit more supporters of the "movement" without even bothering to wait for Mr. Rocks to follow.
In the silence, ARG and Minnichi soon join the young politician at his red convertible. "Well, that was certainly an interesting and creative way to ward off attackers," comments the admin. "But uh, do you really want to change the whole system of the fanon awards, OR? There's really no point if everyone ends up winning the thing..."
"Ha!" Mr. Rocks laughs merrily, removing his sunglasses and pocketing them neatly. "Of course not! But don't you know? Desperate, jealous authors in the awards will take just about anything for encouragement," he adds with another wink.
"Well, whatever works to keep them away..." Minnichi shrugs. "Anyhow, good luck in your - er, campaign, OR."
DAY THIRTEEN: IN THE MIDST OF VOTING
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am Wiki Geek, and I'll be your host tonight for exclusive coverage of the annual Fanon Awards!"
"We've just received ground-breaking news about author and politician, Omashu Rocks! Is he the righteous and honest man we've always thought him to be? Apparently not, because a scandal like no other has been revealed!"
"Yes way! Numerous sources say that Mr. Rocks romantically affiliated with none other than...(gasp) Dai Li agent and WLS co-editor, Minnichi!"
"It can't be!"
"No matter what the truth is, unfortunately this rumor is here to stay, and thus his chances of winning the fanon awards have been destroyed. He's made angry claims that being co-editor doesn't automatically mean that one should jump to weird conclusions...but I'm afraid his word can no longer save him."
"Yeah. Don't you know that any politician who's associated with the Dai Li can't be trusted? I mean, what if he's secretly having all his supporters brainwashed into voting for him? Yikes!"
DAY FIFTEEN: LATER IN THE VOTING PERIOD
"Maybe it was just a dream, Minnichi. Maybe it'll always be a fantasy...the day authors can compete without turning into enemies..."
"HEY NOW, don't talk like that!" cries the agent-girl. She and AvatarRokusGhost are kneeling next to a half-conscious Typhoonmaster, who smiles as he makes his final speech.
"I was happy to be nominated at all, so don't worry about me..."
"Just cuz some psychos attacked you doesn't mean you can go all dramatic on us, Ty! We already got enough of this from OR, and...Ty? TY! Noooo!"
Thus marks the fall of another noble author in the Awards...
DAY SEVENTEEN: NEAR THE END OF VOTING
AvatarRokusGhost cries out in despair. "Minnichi!!! Not you, too!"
"You have...to win this stupid thing...ARG..." A single, rock-covered hand reaches out towards him from the pile of attacking authors. "Show the fanon portal...that psycho-ness...will not win the Fanon Awards..." The agent-girl's last words are barely audible. "Show them that writing makes a fanon, and that only writing will succeed...not attention-seeking and jealousy! Don't let...the psychos..." And with that, Minnichi is silenced.
"I will!" declares AvatarRokusGhost, holding back tears as he runs from the scene.
DAY NINETEEN: THE END OF VOTING
"So it seems that after a long and gruesome award ceremony, we're finally seeing what could possibly be the first signs of winners! This is Wiki Geek, reporting from what appeared to be the site of Minnichi's last stand...Or was it?"
"Hello, Minnichi. How do you feel about your survival? How's that stretcher treatin' ya?"
"Uh...well, life could be better at the moment."
"How did you escape from those unruly authors and even manage to nab your own award? That must take some serious skill?"
"Er...as far as I know, I've been laying here half-dead for the past few days. I think they thought I was actually dead or something, so then they left and starting attacking each other instead. If I won, does that mean they all ended up killing each other? Hmmm..."
"Interesting! It would appear so! So you're saying that this 'psycho' behavior you speak of - jealousy, spamming, and whatnot - is the very thing that destroys an author in the fanon awards?"
"Well, who wants to vote for someone who's spamming you or trying to kill you?! Of course! ...Ow. I think I used too much energy to say that. You know what? Just listen to ARG's speech tomorrow. I'm pretty sure he's won a ton of awards without being hospitalized..."
"Of course! I'll have to interview him tomorrow, too. In the meantime, here, why don't you pet this puppy? It'll make you feel better."
"Um...sure, WG. Why not?"
DAY TWENTY: THE CONCLUSION OF THE AWARDS
AvatarRokusGhost stands before the crowd of defeated authors as usual. His face has been hardened by the tragedies he witnessed during this gruesome competition, and the heartache from his fallen companions is still fresh in his wounds...
"...and what is a Fanon Award title at the end of the day? Recognition for writing, and nothing else. It is the passion one has for writing that wins an award, and that same passion that breathes life into our fanon portal. During the last 20 days, we've forgotten the passion we once had for writing. Don't you remember the times you offered to promote a story in need? The times you offered to edit? Why is it that some of us were laughing when a fellow nominated fanon had grammar mistakes, then?"
No one knows what it was in AvatarRokusGhost's words that inspired such an emotional response, but all of the psychos suddenly hug one another and dance together under a colorful rainbow with butterflies. All the life returns to Avatar Wiki, and there's sappy music with stunning violin solos everywhere in the air as friendships are mended, and, well, you get the point.
It's the same every year, and ARG has restored harmony to the fanon portal once again...and like every year, it'll only last until the next annual Fanon Awards.
Hey there, TechFilmer here with another article for the WLS, this time about the main page of the fanon portal! What you see nowadays isn't even close to what used to be there. I decided that this was the time to show you what it really looks like. So let's start! Also, what is here is what I found by looking through The Wayback Machine.
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This is the first thing I could find on the Wayback Machine was this. Unfortunately I was unable to go any further, but you can see the layout was quite similar. The logo was at the top, and the info at the bottom split into two columns. This stayed on for about two years.
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Almost the same thing, the new layout included a featured quote, fanon, article and news section. This continued to live on in what we see today on our main page. Next up the portal moves to the wiki and gets a new layout.
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When the wiki main page got an uplift this did too, and it now includes nicer boxes and a slider. The basic frame stayed the same and has been with us ever since.