Valyrian Steel and Wonderful Miscellany

Things are going really well over here at Worldbuilders. There are 11 days left, which means we’ve well and truly crossed the halfway point, and have started the mad snowball that is the final third of the fundraiser.

Headquarters is a whirlwind of activity. Every day more books, games, and coolness come in from authors, publishers, and other sponsors, auctions are assembled by our team, and orders are packaged and shipped out from our online store.  Best of all, donations keep rolling in on the Worldbuilders Team page.

Today we have about 20 different auctions going up for you to drool over. They vary wildly from rare, limited edition weapon replicas, to handmade holiday ornaments, to a professional online tarot reading class, to collectibles signed by over 30 different authors.

There’s something in here for pretty much everyone. But first, the weapons.

Donations from Valryian Steel

Valryian Steel is the licensed maker of swords and other replicas from Game of Thrones, and they do great work. A lot of their stuff is limited edition, but all of it is cool.

  • Auctions: Arya Stark’s Needle, and Khal Drogo’s Arakh.

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How about a couple signature weapons?

Here we have Arya Stark’s sword, Needle (that’s the top photo). It’s made of stainless steel, the hilt is leather with antiqued brass handle parts, and it’s mounted on a wooden plaque with the Direwolf sigil silkscreened onto it. You can find more photos and bid on it right here.

And the replica of Arakh (the bottom photo) is a limited edition piece, one of only 2500 made. There’s a certificate of authenticity and everything. It comes with an awesome display plaque, and it’s full tang, so it’s seriously hefty.

You can bid on this limited edition piece right here.

  • Auctions: Jaime Lannister’s Sword. Lannister Shield. 

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These are two separate options, so the collectors out there might want to bid on both.

First we have Jaime Lannister’s Sword, which is one of only 2500 made. It’s a 30 inch blade made of stainless steel, with a wooden plaque with the Lannister sigil silkscreened onto it. It can be yours if you bid on it here.

Then there’s one of only 1000 Lannister Shields. It’s a 7-pound beast, and while it doesn’t come with swords, it does have 3 sword hanging slots to display your current collection. You can bid on it right here.

  • Auctions: Brienne’s Oathkeeper blade, and the Oathkeeper made with Damascus Steel

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We have two versions of the Oathkeeper sword available for auction, and they’re both beautiful. The first is their standard replica with a 32 inch blade, a bronze plated hilt, and the wooden plaque with the Tarth sigil. It’s made of stainless steel, damn beautiful, and you can bid on it right here.

The second one, though, is a bit of a rarity. There were only 500 made, and it’s made with high carbon damascus steel. In all other respects it’s identical, but this one is much more collectible, and  honors the story of the blade being forged from the melted-down Valyrian steel of Eddard Stark’s blade, Ice. Also, damascus steel is breathtaking in person.

You can bid on it right here.

Utter Miscellany

One of the best parts about Worldbuilders Miscellany blogs is that they’re filled with lots of random stuff. Handmade things, rare things, unique things, and valuable things. This year is no exception.

We have a few different categories of items to show off: Crafts, Metals, Fragile, Otherworldly, and Massively Signed. Let’s check them out…

  • Crafts Auctions: Slow Regard E-Reader Cover, Tardis Quilt, and hand-embroidered tapestry from Sherwood Smith.

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(Embiggening goes a long way here. Click the image to be amazed.)

First, we have a Slow Regard e-reader cover left. One of the Worldbuilders Team, Rachel, hand-made these for the Geeks Doing Good fundraiser this past summer, and she donated one more to the cause for us to auction right now. It’s made from an actual Slow Regard cover, and fits e-readers or tablets from 7″-8.5″. You can grab the last of these right here.

Then we have the TARDIS quilt our volunteer, Tracy, made. It is a life-size TARDIS, and as you can see from the above photo, it took some doing just to display it properly. If you love the Doctor, crafts, and being warm, you should bid on this beautiful quilt right here.

This last one is a hand-embroidered flag from Sherwood Smith, beloved author and supporter of Worldbuilders. She’s gone above and beyond for ages, but this tapestry might take the cake. It depicts The Fox symbol from her Inda series, and she sent it along after toiling away at it for ages. You can bid on it right here.

  • Metal Auctions: A Copper Goat from Esoteric Garage, Prototype Dice from Shire Post Mint, and an Iron Drab necklace from Volunteer Tracy and Nicole.

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Tait over at Esoteric Garage has made a lot of cool stuff for us over the years, and this copper goat is a nice part of that. It’s the last of its herd, designed off of the Worldbuilders logo, and we’ve put it up for auction right here for those of you who love it as much as we do.

The copper dice prototypes were made by Tom Maringer at Shire Post Mint to help decide on the different ways they could be shaped, struck, and sanded. The final dice made it into our store, but these prototypes didn’t have a home. If you want to provide that home, you can bid on this set of 6 odd dice right here.

The last Metal auction is made from one of the fairly rare Iron Drabs (Version 1) from Shire Post Mint. Our volunteer, Tracy, (the same one who made the TARDIS quilt) had hers made into a necklace a long time ago, and she and Nicole from The Tinker’s Packs worked together to make another one to auction off. Here it is for you to bid on and possibly give as a seriously cool Christmas gift.

  • Fragile Auctions: Break in Case of Math with Vi Hart Marker, Set of 6 Literary Ornaments, and a Window Computer Zonk from Let’s Make a Deal.

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The “Break in case of Math” case was probably the best idea ever a product. When my friend Vi Hart sent us the sharpies she used in her YouTube videos for the fundraiser, I immediately wanted to display them properly, for emergency situations. The case is lovely hardwood with an etched acrylic cover, and it comes with a doodled Card of Authenticity from Vi, plus a hefty metal hammer to use in mathematical emergencies. We put most of them up in our summer fundraiser, but we figured this last one should come out of hiding. If you want to grab the last of these emergency sharpies, bid here.

An awesome supporter named Nicole from Quirky Christmas also nailed our target demographic, sending us 6 different tree ornaments using text from 6 different books: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (twice), Star Trek the Next Generation, and Game of Thrones. If you want this delightfully nerdy collection of ornaments, bid on it right here.

And one of the coolest, weirdest donations we’ve ever gotten: A ZONK from the game show Let’s Make a Deal. Zonks are the slightly-off gag prizes you can win on the show, and the crew from the show donated this Zonkrosoft Window Computer, complete with a mouse, keyboard, and, you know, Window. Plus there’s a signed photo from the Let’s Make a Deal hosts. You can bid on it right here.

  • Otherworldly Auctions: Professional Online Tarot Card Class, and A Great Big Bundle of Nightwish Swag.

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We have never really been able to offer something like this before. Melissa from Little Fox Tarot has offered to do an online Intro to Tarot class with the winner of this auction via Google Hangouts or Facetime. Bring up to 4 friends to learn how to recognize the basic meaning for all 78 tarot cards. Bid on that here.

Then there’s Nightwish.

People have been sending links for ages, showing us that Nightwish has a song on their most recent album called “Edema Ruh.” Apparently they’re huge fans of the books, and it’s a fantastic album. They were kind enough to send an “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” care package, which includes 2 CDs (original Finnish and US versions), 2 signed posters, signed postcards, and a signed tour book, all signed by the entire band. You can have all this signed goodness for yourself if you win this auction right here.

  • Massively Signed Auctions: NYCC Letters, signed by 34 guests at New York Comic Con, and a journal signed by 37 different sci fi/fantasy authors.

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One of the cool things that’s started happening is people have begun collecting signatures expressly for Worldbuilders. They’ll find something cool, then talk to all of the authors at a con or event and ask them to scribble their signature, a note, or a doodle onto it. Right now, we’ve got two such things available. The fist are the letters NYCC, signed by 34 different authors at New York Comic Con. Each letter is about 9 inches tall so they’d be perfect to hang up and show off to all of your friends. If you want to show off, they’re up for bids right here.

Then there’s what’s been lovingly dubbed the “Autograph Starter Kit.” 37 different authors wrote quotes from their books and signed underneath. Some authors doodled things, like Sam Sykes who doodled a little pug, or the doodle of Spock that Marco Palmieri drew. And there are plenty of pages left for you to continue the tradition yourself at cons and signings in the future. You can see photos of some of the pages and then bid on it right here.

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If you want to see all of our auctions currently running, you can see the full list right here. There’s games, signed books, and everything you’ve seen here. If you keep an eye on that page, you might get a sneak peek of what’s going to be coming up next week, too…

There’s still so much to show off, folks. Remember, there’s over 1,800 prizes in the lottery right now, and in the last two weeks of fundraising we’ll be adding even more. Just $10 gets you the chance to win, and the more you donate, the better your chances get, and the bigger difference we can make in the lives of people who need it.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2015. By Pat13 Responses

13 Comments

  1. Posted December 3, 2015 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    The wife says I can’t cover every inch of wall with swords. :(

    • Amanda
      Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

      Tell her you’ll compromise and do 32″ then, that’s the longest one ;)

    • khil1
      Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

      What about the ceiling? And what if you agreed to leave a couple inches in the corner? (It’s though to hang it there anyway)

      • Posted December 3, 2015 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

        Genius! I’ll have to watch out for falling blades, but other than that it’s a flawless plan!

      • Posted December 3, 2015 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

        Using the ceiling to display swords is frowned upon. Just ask Damocles.

  2. Kthaeh
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    The link for Nightwish is spelled wrong, though it looks like the link still works. Just in case it matters.

  3. babblefish
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    Damascus steel?! That must be for the collector that also needs to keep things real.

  4. brotheroflogan
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

    I don’t know… that necklace looks kind of drab to me.
    I would jot down the price I would pay for it, but I’m not talented enough to make a mark on that kind of paper.

  5. Thunderborn
    Posted December 4, 2015 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    I noticed the few examples of authors that signed on the “Autograph Starter Kit” that is up for auction……but it seems to be missing an important example of a certain person…..? If I bid on this thing…..and might I point out to those of interest that its at a very low 250 dollar bit at the moment. Is the certain person going to put his ink in there?

    • Amanda
      Posted December 4, 2015 at 4:53 PM | Permalink

      That certain person is very, VERY likely to put his ink in there :)

      • Thunderborn
        Posted December 6, 2015 at 12:06 AM | Permalink

        Why look at that Amanda you made it double in price (laughs)

        • Thunderborn
          Posted December 7, 2015 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

          Good job on snagging the autograph kit. I was in the running and you came out of nowhere. (Laughs) At 1k I was going to donate it back to Pat to get more autographs but at 1500 I think I might have kept it (Grins) I fell asleep bidding on the thing!

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