"Are you ready?"
"Congratulations! You have been selected to take part in a wonderful new experience. You are hereby invited to take place in an Original Character Tournament within the dimension of "The Real". The next doorway you pass through shall be your portal into this dimension. Upon your arrival, you will be able to summon three of your original creations with an item that is close to your heart. If you need guidance, look for one of the many friendly Art Blocks that roam the land, or one of the Judges - they can help you with your journey! Enjoy your stay in The Real!"
"P.S. Oh, and be sure to watch your first step."
Artists At The Ready is an Original Character Tournament hosted on deviantART. It's gone through many seasons and judging panels; the original iteration began in 2011, and concluded its fifth season in 2019.
The unique concept of this OCT is that unlike many Original Character Tournaments, the artists themselves are drawn into the competition, by receiving an invitation to the competition. They are then sucked into a mysterious realm known as The Real where they team up with up to three of their original characters to win the competition.
A new season has arrived. Artists at the Ready 4 has opened up for new artists with all new excitement. This round only 32 contestants will enter The Real out of hundreds that might audition. With the limit of 2 characters per-person, the admins chose this hoping of having more plot development. Only one will come out the new champion. Who will it be?
''"Greetings, artists, dreamers, and daydream believers. The dawn of yet another grand tournament is upon us. You have been selected to take part in a wonderful experience. We hereby invite you to our Original Character Tournament within the dimension of "The Real"- although, "invite" may be a misleading word. You have been chosen. The implication that you may have a choice as to whether you are to be a part of this grand tournament is... Well, a false one. The next doorway you pass through shall be your portal into this dimension. Upon your arrival, you will be able to summon TWO of your original creations with an item that is close to your heart.
"Your mission? To combat all who stand in your path. Continue to fight, until you are the last one standing." "We'll be watching, high above."
"P.S. That first step is a doozie
This OCT provides examples of:
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- Loads and Loads of Characters: One of the most popular and well known OC Ts in the community, Artists at the Ready has received hundreds of auditions every season. Season Three alone has 140 potential teams. Of them, 64 will be chosen to compete. Each team consists of 1-2 artists and up to three Original Characters.
Wil and Jesse
Fox and Reydu
Gachy and Alejandra
Rockdeadman, Moon Fyire, and Doom Cat
Jerk Douglas and Pooka
Omega Phitus and the Nymphs
Sketchgoat and Knife Dog
Chan and Raphael
Buddha and Takashi
Nez and Luka
Calanii and Vance
Grim and Valiant
Devo and Sample
Silvatchito and Eliot
Tatong and Elise
Nyaph and Quilt