The Royal Academy of Bards

in celebration of the Academy Annex

The Bard Challenge #22: Baby, It’s Code Outside
A Crossover Winter/Solstice Challenge

The Roools

The Challenge is to take a MINIMUM of TWO of the fandom pairings listed below and combine them into a story. Winter story, Solstice story, Holiday story…your choice.

The catch? You must also include the special list of TWENTY-SIX code words in your story. All of them. Uh huh.

The pairings:

All My Children: Bianca Montgomery/Maggie Stone OR Bianca Montgomery/Reese Williams
Babylon 5: Susan Ivanova/Talia Winters
Bad Girls: Nikki Wade/Helen Stewart
Birds of Prey: Barbara Gordon/Helena Kyle
Buffy: Tara Maclay/Willow Rosenberg
Criminal Minds: Emily Prentiss/Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau
CSI: Sara Sidle/Catherine Willows OR Sara Sidle/Sofia Curtis
Charlie's Angels: Sabrina Duncan/Kelly Garrett
D.E.B.S: Lucy Diamond/Amy Bradshaw
ER: Kerry Weaver/Kim Legaspi OR Kerry Weaver/Abby Lockhart
Facts of Life: Jo Polniaczek/Blair Warner**
Guiding Light: Olivia Spencer/Natalia Rivera OR Blake Marler/Doris Wolfe
Hospital Central: Esther Garcia/Macarena 'Maca' Fernández-Wilson
House, MD: Lisa Cuddy/Allison Cameron
Law & Order SVU: Olivia Benson/Alex Cabot OR Olivia Benson/Casey Novak OR Olivia Benson/Abbie Carmichael
Lord of the Rings: Arwen/ Eowyn OR Eowyn/Galadriel
L Word: Bette Porter/Tina Kennard
Murder in Suburbia: Kate ‘Ash’ Ashurst/Emma ‘Scribbs’ Scribbins
Nikki & Nora: Nikki Beaumont/Nora Delaney
Popular: Sam McPherson/Brooke McQueen**
South of Nowhere: Spencer Carlin/Ashley Davies**
Stargate SG1: Samantha Carter/Janet Frasier
Star Trek Voyager: Kathryn Janeway/Seven of Nine OR B'Elanna Torres/Seven of Nine
Terminator-The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Sarah Connor/Cameron Phillips
Women’s Murder Club: Lindsay Boxer/Cindy Thomas OR Lindsay Boxer/Jill Bernhardt OR Jill Bernhardt/Cindy Thomas
Xena: Warrior Princess: Xena/Gabrielle OR Ephiny/Solari

**if you choose to use this pairing, they must be of legal age (as listed in the Academy’s Guidelines)

The Word List:

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee and Zulu.

There are two categories of competition.

Category 1: Best story (voted upon by the public)
Category 2: Most crossover pairings used.

ROOOL #1a: ALL entries must contain a MINIMUM of TWO pairings (from different fandoms). Feel free to use any other characters (not listed) from the show in a support role in your story. Your pairings must interact with each other in some way, at some point in the story. You choose the amount/degree of interaction.

ROOOL #1b: You may insert a MAXIMUM of TEN fanfic pairings into your story. They must come from different fandoms. Other pairings from the same fandom can be used but will not count toward the final total. The highest overall count wins CATEGORY 2. All stories entered are eligible to compete in CATEGORY 2. If there is a tie, a random drawing will determine a single category 2 winner.

ROOOL #1c: All entries must contain all TWENTY-SIX required code words. How you use them is totally up to you. You may alter them slightly. That is to say, you can make them plural or change the tense. Please underline them in your submitted entry.

ROOOL #2: Participants are limited to only one entry.

ROOOL #3a: All entries in the competing category (CATEGORY 1) will be posted anonymously. These stories are also eligible for the CATEGORY 2 prize. However, please put all identifying info on your entry (bard name/email for feedback). We will remove it prior to posting and return it after the voting period.

ROOOL #3b: If you choose to participate but not compete in the voting category (CATEGORY 1), your entry will be posted with your identification on it. Since it is not anonymous, you are allowed to include any characters that belong to you (from previous posted stories). Your entry will only be eligible for the Category 2 prizes. Please indicate, clearly on your entry whether or not you are competing.

ROOOL #4: Competing stories must not exceed a maximum of THIRTY-FIVE pages. They must have normal margins and use no smaller than a 10 FONT.
(Steph “da boss” says so.)

ROOOL #5a: If you are competing in Category 1, please do not reveal your participation to anyone who has the potential for being a voter…the only exception being…

ROOOL #5b: You may use a beta reader, but please keep the number of beta readers to a reasonable limit…anything more than three will be considered a violation of…

ROOOL #5c: Posting any of your entries on any other sites or lists (private or public) before the end of the contest is a BIG NO NO.

We ask that entrants who are only participating in CATEGORY 2 also voluntarily obey this roool for the duration of the contest. Once the contest is over and the winners are announced, feel free to post EVERYWHERE,

ROOOL #6: There is no number six.

ROOOL #7: Please do not stuff the ballot box or lobby for votes...we at the Academy have gotten very good at identifying this behavior. We won't publicly embarrass you but we will quietly eliminate you from the contest.

The Academy folks are everywhere and know everything…we will find out.

ROOOL #8: The "Roools Committee": aka the Munchkins and I, reserve the final say on everything and anything concerning this challenge.

It's our sandbox <.Nyah.>


I will acknowledge receipt of it within 24 hours, if I do not…please send it again to or contact me at

3 Winners (top in each category, plus an honorable mention in category 1) will get some nifty prizes from the Academy Vault, as well as a gift certificate from their choice of one of several popular online retailers. Top in each category will also receive a special Munchkin designed personalized framed tile commemorating their win.


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