Zantarni is a fantastic place filled with wonderful people who create spectacular avatars. The "Avatar Battle" is flawed for three reasons. Firstly, it is not reliable in displaying the most gorgeous avatars around the site because in the arena, only the users who are currently online are eligible to be voted for (even though you can right-click on any user's name in order to vote for them). The only other avatars available for viewing are the Top 10 rated avatars. This means that the Zantarnians who usually win the "Avatar Battle" tend to be the users who are online most often. However, this leads to the second flaw in the AB arena, which is that there is no record of who won for the week. This is a shame, because there have been some amazing avatars that have been displayed on the front page over the history of the site that should have some permanent place of honor or glory.
On the other hand, we have the third flaw of the AB arena, which is that the avatar "battle" consists of constantly changing avatars. Even though there is one winner per week, the user's current avatar is entered, so whenever a Zantarnian changes hir avatar, the avatar being rated changes too. This means that the "winning" avatar is not a static avatar that the voters have agreed to vote for, but rather an overall vote for the Zantarnian's creativity, style (or going back to the first flaw, online presence).
There is nothing that we can currently to about the AB system, but this page was created for those of us who maintain our own running tallies of which Zantarnians are best-dressed by saving and downloading our favorite avatars. So this page is being created in the hopes that Zantarni's Most Fashionable can be given the showcase they have earned over the years.
There is no hard and fast rule for this page -- except to discourage Zantarnians from adding/sharing avis they have made. This is a chance to showcase the people you admire, not yourself. Then again, if you can't resist -- go for it. Show off. :) Also, please name and/or link to the original avatar creator's profile, if you can remember who it was.
On a personal note, I have been a member of Zantarni for 3 years, and it never ceases to amaze me how people combine items to make such unique avatars. Even looking through the avatars I've collected over the years in order to create this page, I was struck again by how beautiful and artistic these avatars are. These, of course, are only some of my favorites. I don't always download avatars I find interesting, sometimes to my later chagrin. Also, since I mostly lurk around the development forums, I miss out on avatars I might otherwise see. Many of the avatars featured here were created by the same users. I download Celestrya, LillieRose, Umaeril, and Strawberry13 avis fairly often, partly because they are regular posters, but mostly because they always look amazing. In creating this page, I wanted to showcase some of the beauty I regularly find around Zantarni, but I also wanted to encourage other people to add/share their favorite avatars collected over the years. I look forward to seeing what people add to this showcase. ~ ''Crystal Charee