Posts Tagged ‘Worldbuilding’

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post in the last sub-series in a year long Worldbuilding series. You can find all the posts in this series under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. All posts in our Other sub-series can be found here. Today’s post is on Architecture.

What do the buildings of your world look like? I know what an odd question to start with? There is so much more to Architecture than appearance. Yes, but no. When most people think of Architecture is the design of the building. Now, how many beams are going to be used or the angles to accomplish a specific aspect of the building. It is the look of it. If you’re a business having a building built you want something that meets your standards. Also, doesn’t cost a fortune.

Let’s focus on the most important thing about Architecture. Your designs don’t have to be practical or even possible. WHAT! Yes. It is your world, if you want a building that perfectly straight and splits half way up and wraps around into a circle with no support wires or beams to reinforce it, you can do that. It may not be very believable, but it is your world and can do whatever you want. We the reader have to believe it is possible within your laws of physics to do this. So design things how you want them.

Now let’s talk about cost. When making something it is going to cost something. Money to buy materials, the labor of workers, purchasing of land. How are is the building going to be paid for? If you are an evil ruler then labor costs and purchasing land won’t matter, you can just take the land and use slaves. Now your costs are only in materials. Again you can take these or just use materials the evil king already has, which is the cost instead of money.

Wonder why materials, workers pay, matter? If you describe a building made out of gold, or ivory you know it cost a lot to make. However, if every building around is made out of wood and another is made out of mud, you know it didn’t cost as much. What buildings, monuments, etc are made out of and how they are designed adds to your world. How designs are different from race to race is also adds to your world. How tall these structures can get and how wide make a different. Is magic used in some building and not others?

How are buildings differ from rural to urban areas? Does level of skill change on where you go in your world? How is everything affected when rich and poor are taken into consideration? The technology of the people?

There is so much that can be taken into consideration. Especially if you have a theme of old ways are better the new ways. What better way to push that theme by having buildings build under the older slower way lasting long. Unlike building built with newer and faster ways with new technology. We covered a lot of topics that you need to consider when looking at architecture. Again, don’t just steal designs from us.

That’s all I got. Short post today because I don’t have a lot of time. Think about architecture and everything you need to think about and see how some of our other topics work into this.

Be sure to check back on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. We are in our final sub-series that is a part of our year long Worldbuilding series. The title of this sub-series Other. That’s right we are in the few topics I want to talk about that didn’t have a sub-series to put it in or it hit many sub-series. On Wednesday we talked about Communication and Transportation. Today we are talking about Science and Medicine.

“Wait, you’re telling me that you couldn’t find a sub-series to put Science in?”

Actually, I could, if actually fits into multiple sub-series. So I decided to put it under other.

What level of science is your world at? Is it at the wheel? Or is it at where we will be in two thousand years? If you remember from Communication and Transportation post, I don’t like it when fantasy follows the path of human on earth. If you have humans in your world that is fine, but it doesn’t mean they have to follow our path. Meaning, you can have certain areas of science be more advanced than others. Example. Maybe they don’t understand what it would take to build a rocket and launch something into space. However, they have a high understanding of how their bodies work and the medicine to heal and fix them. Maybe it is even to the point where they can speed up the natural regeneration process to minutes instead of days.

“Whoa! How could any race of people have the technology to speed up the healing process to minutes, but not know how to build a rocket?”

I never actually used or said the world technology. I said to understand and from understanding developed a medicine that did this. It is very possible the future when we are traveling the stars, that we will come across a very advanced race where the are able to heal but are still fighting with swords and shields (or whatever type of weapons that are simple in nature).

Knowing where the people of your world understanding of science is crucial for many areas of your world. How can you have a transport through the planet that takes only 38 minutes to go from one side of the planet to the other, when they don’t understand gravity? Better yet, what if your people’s level of science is so far advanced they can’t figure out how ancient sites were built? I am looking at you Stonehedge.

Have the people of your world got around to where they understand the science of magic? Yes, I know you want your magic to not be science based. (You as the author should know the rules of it.) Under the system you want, the answer would be no! Your people don’t understand the magic that well.

Want a building that seems to float in the air, but your people have an understanding of physics that we had about a hundred and fifty years ago. Guess what can’t happen. The Architecture possible will be limited. Fun fact, next week’s post will be on Architecture.

Depending on the understanding of science and the many different subjects will determine what is possible from roads, bridges, towers, food production, navigation, telling of time, etc.

Moving on to Medicine now.

I mentioned the medicine above that can speed up healing from days to minutes. How much would medication in our world cost that could do that? A lot, if it got released ever. Big Pharma doesn’t like cures, they like medicines that help mask or make the problem go away temporarily. Is it the same way in your world? Are there medicines that some people see as too risky or they just don’t want around due to it being a profit it killer?

How is health care looked at in your world? Is it seen as a right? Or only to those who can pay for it? Maybe one of your races on your planet sees good health as for all so they can help the tribe or nation out. At the same time, that race sees frail and old as a liability so when you hit a certain age you are no longer able to contribute to the tribe so you are given the option to take your own life or they take it for you.

Is birth control seen as a positive or a negative? Is it even allowed? Same goes with abortion? If a male and female have relations and the female is now with child (assuming the women care the child) but the male or female doesn’t want to have a child does the one who doesn’t bare the child have a say if the pregnancy is terminated? How are children with mental illness looked at? Can same-sex pairs have children or are both genders needed?

Is death seen as the hand of god and if god wants them dead they die or can a medical team, work on the person and save their life? Is there a taboo to touching a dead body or is it okay?

What kind of illnesses are there that can kill someone in hours to years? Are there diseases that cross between races?

There is so much on medicine and science that I could make this post super long. I am going to cut here because I want you to just see only a small portion. If you want to see how much more there is pick a simple topic like childbirth. Now answer every question you can think about on that topic just off the top of your head for one of the races on of your world.

Once you have done that, go through your answers and find what new questions arise from your answers. Do this until you have every possible question you can see how childbirth is done for one race. If you want to find more questions, give your answers to someone and see what questions they have. Once you’ve answered your friend’s questions that’s just one area. Do that for everything I covered.

That’s all for today. Check back when we will talk about Architecture. Surprise! Be sure to check back on Monday for my Weely Writing Wrap-up.

Welcome to the start of our final sub-series in our year long Worldbuilding series. The title of this sub-series could be called nothing but Other. Yep, there are a few topics I want to talk about that I just couldn’t find a place for. Some could easily be placed in their own sub-series, but after a year of this, I am ready to move onto other topics. So they get one post. Now you may be asking why is there a post on Wednesday? Good question. It simple. I feel like I owe you all more since for the last few weeks I haven’t been posting on time. So you get two posts this week.

Now you may be asking why is there a post on Wednesday? Good question. It simple. I feel like I owe you all more since for the last few weeks I haven’t been posting on time. So you get two posts this week. The other reason is I want to finish the Worldbuilding Series as a whole by the end of this month. So two birds. Let’s dive into today’s post.

There are two topics so we are going to split them up. We will talk about Communication first and the move onto Transportation.

How is communication usually done in fantasy stories? It is either by a messenger who delivers it by horse or other for of transportation. However, long distance communication is usually sent by messenger pigeon or raven. There’s nothing wrong with this, but these things have become tropes of fantasy. Why? Well because like a lot of things in fantasy (mostly stories taking place in a medieval setting) we use things from our own history. Why? Because we are familiar with it. Also, we know it works. No author wants to come up with a way of doing something and have their readers say “Nope, that wouldn’t work.”

Side note, if that happens it is not because the premises of the idea didn’t work, it was the overall execution throughout the story. Other things in the story aren’t done well enough to make use believe it can work.

Continuing. While there is nothing wrong with using things from our world that work, it just not as unique. I am tired of having so many fantasy worlds feel the same because they all have the share things from our world. The idea is this isn’t our world. Maybe humans exist there, but they aren’t humans from earth. They should have different kinds of plants animals. If you are going to go with a less technically advanced people, come up with ideas for they would communicate over various distances. Maybe you have bird post, but only commoners use it because they can’t afford the really cool and instant communication that the rich have access to.

If you want to use something from our world, put a twist on it. How about the telegraph, but instead of sending electrical signals maybe it sends pulses through the magic ley lines. It doesn’t just go to a specific place, but everywhere. Maybe that is why a code is needed so only the person the message is intended for can get it and read it. Speaking of magic, why can’t it be used to communicate with people far away? Have magic mirrors or portals that allow you to actually see each other. How about

How about a telepathic race? Instead of writing anything, you visit the local Telepathy shop or if you are wealthy enough have your own personal telepath, and by contact with them, you can communicate with another person. Either through another telepathy or directly to the person.

This isn’t limited to fantasy. If you are going to have a science fiction world where all or a portion of the galaxy is colonized, you need to know how they will communicate. My problem with science fiction right now is that they are relying too much on current science. So communication to another star system takes years. Some might say that’s because it is accurate. Yes, and it works if you want a storyworld where every star system is there own separate place and communicate long term. What if you want a world where you can talk to someone on the other side of the galaxy?

“Sorry, you can’t do that, because based on our current science that is impossible.” Wrong. You have to come up with that works for your story world. If you want people to know how it works, make it believable. Or come up with a new discovery that allows for it to happen. This is why I love Stargate. Sub-Space Communication is how they talk to each other so far away. When you get really far, such as different galaxies, you have communication stones that switch consciousness with someone else. You are in someone else’s body.

Let’s move onto Transportation.

“You’re just going to ask the same questions but about transportation.” Probably. However there is a difference between talking to someone far away and actually going there. Let’s look at all the different ways there are to travel on earth. You can walk, ride a bike, use an animal like a horse, you have cars, trains, ships on rivers and oceans. Planes for crossing around the world in hours instead of days or weeks. There are submarines for going below the ocean and shuttles that go into space.

There are a variety of types within those ways to travel, such as sled dogs for animals. You have motorcycles, dirtbikes for as motor vehicles though I just said cars. Depending on the time period your story world is in, will determine your ways to travel.

“Wait! You made a huge stink earlier about fantasy worlds being too similar because they used things from our own world and time periods. Now you’re saying travel has to be based one time period.”

I did just say that, but I said it because a lot of people seem to think that way. I would hope people would look at ways of travel and come up with their own even if they have their world set in a medieval type period. Why not have cars at that time? Instead of using gas, they use a different kind of fuel. If the world is closer to their sun, but not so close it is a desert planet, maybe they have a form or solar power. They have carriages that move on their own that use crystals that are full of sunlight.

We will never truly get away from having worlds that are similar to our own completely, but we can take things from our world and place them into our storyworlds but make them fit. I am a huge proponent of stealing other people’s ideas.

“What!”

You heard me. Am I saying steal someone’s novel they wrote and publish it as your own? No. However, you will find ideas that you really like from your friends, other writers and take them and use them. However, those ideas don’t work if you just drop them into your storyworld as they are. You have to make changes to them so it fits. That goes with anything. If you want flying cars in your colonial time period type world, you can do it. Just give a reason why, and make it believable. Maybe that world has a stronger magnetic field or something that allows them to have those kinds of vehicles.

Going back to magic, why can’t you just open portals and be there instantly. How about jump sites. This way you can get to civilized areas fast like other major cities, but if you want to get to the mountains, you have to jump to the closest site and then travel by foot or animal. If you’re using magic, you can have flying carpets. If you don’t want instantaneous travel, magic allows you to move faster or slows time down so you can get to places far away, quicker.

Time to look at science fiction. Unlike with communication, if you want to use science it isn’t that bad for travel. Why? Well, many scientists have many different theories on how such galactic travel may be possible without breaking the speed of light. There this is my approach and screw the cosmic speed limit and just do whatever you want. Ever heard of Hyperspace, Faster than Light Travel, Wormholes, hell why not just use portals.

When it comes to doing anything in writing, if you make it seem possible within your storyworld, then readers will buy into it. Not all, but most. Its when you don’t make it seem possible that everyone rejects it. If you have this great idea on how people can travel across the universe, but don’t think anyone will believe it is possible, and keep thinking that. Well, when you write it, you will write it in a way that tells the reader you don’t think anyone is buying it or you don’t believe it. Guess what happens, they won’t either.

My closing remarks are, to limit yourself to ways we travel or communicated during specific time periods. Do what you want and just sell it. Also, there is nothing wrong with using things we use, but put your own twist on it.

That’s all I got. Check back on Saturday for the next post in our Other sub-series. The topic Science and Medicine.

 

Welcome to this week’s Craft Post. Sorry, it is coming a few days late. I said on Friday in my last post when I should have said Saturday. Yesterday, I got distracted. Damn you 13 Reason Why? For being so good. Today’s post is the last post in our Daily Life sub-series. I am sure I could find many more topics to cover here, but these were a few things I thought important. Maybe sometime after we wrap out Worldbuilding series I will come back and talk about some of them. For those who are new or returning after some time, you can find all the posts in our ongoing Worldbuilding series under the link in the toolbar. You can find all of our Daily Life sub-series posts here. Let’s dive into it.

Education. What form does it take in your world? Is job-related, where if you are going to be a blacksmith you are taught what you will need for that job? Is it more one on one with an instructor who determines what you learn? How about a teacher who knows all and teaches all the subjects similar to the Maesters in Game of Thrones? Do children leave home and go to a special building where a teacher teaches them, similar to how it is done in our world?

Those are just a few questions you need to ask yourself about how education is done in your world. Why? That’s simple, depending on how education is handled in your world will determine how educated your characters are. If only the rich are education beyond what is needed for their job, and your lead protagonist is a commoner, but spouts off facts about things not dealing with their job, will be seen as a huge contradiction. Unless the character purposely seeks out new information. That leads to a huge question, who get’s to be educated? Is it only boys? How about only girls? Maybe it is only the rich. How do adults feel about education? Do those who live in the city see it as a way for their children to move up in the world, where those in smaller villages see it as a waste when they could use their kid’s help on the farm or in their store or whatever they do?

Let’s go back to the structure of education. How long does the education last? Do children go from a young age all the way to adulthood? Does it stop after they get to an age where they can be working and help earn extra money for the family? Is it a law that children must be educated? How many hours in a day does school last? Eight hours? Five? It is year round or ten months with a few breaks in there and then two months off (or how many days in a year in your world)? Do the teachers grade the students or is it more of a keep doing it until they get it right? How are students treated when they act out? Are they beaten? Put in the corner for a time out with a Dunce cap?

If you look around at how different countries education systems are like, you will find so many different structures. Some have strict test base structures where others have gone away from tests altogether. There there is how teachers are viewed. In many countries, teachers are seen as important part of the education system. Then you have the U.S. where teachers are villainized for low test scores, told how to do their jobs by people who don’t know a damn thing about education. Ops, guess my own thoughts on that slipped out. Oh well. Are teachers seen as something anyone can do or someone special, who is seen as wise and people have great respect for?

The last point is how is education paid for? If you have a maester based system where they are cared for by the Lord they work for. Or does the country pay for it? How much money is given to education will depend on a lot of the questions I already asked you. If the rich are seen as important to education and the commoners not, then most of the money if not all will go to schools for the wealthy, where the commoner schools will get little to nothing. Let’s look at specific areas of cities. If education is of commoners is seen as important then do only good areas get money and the bad areas get less? Racism comes into play, as does sexism and any other kind of bias.

That’s all I got today, check back tomorrow for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up, and next week when we start our last sub-series other. There are few random areas I want to talk about before wrapping up this Worldbuilding Series. I do have a few ideas for where we will be going next, but I am still processing them.

Welcome to another Craft Post in our ever going Worldbuilding Series. You can find all the posts so far in the Worldbuilding link above in the toolbar. You can find all posts in our current sub-series Daily Life, here. This post is a make up for this past week and not posting on time at all. Let’s get started.

Manners and Etiquette, what the hell are they?

Let’s define them really quickly.

Manners Are polite behavior that reflects respect for others. Saying “Please” and Thank you” as well as waiting patiently and not interrupt others while they are talking.

Etiquette is a social code that is polite conduct that facilitates positive exchange. The code is for any given situation and helps create comfort and confidence for everyone. Think of a table setting. Part of etiquette is knowing which bread and butter plate are yours and what fork you use with what course. Also, understanding why these practices exist to make it more believable. A name tag is worn on the right side because it is easier for someone to read when you shake hands.

What are you the rules of your society? Is it not right for a woman to pull a chair out for themselves? How about the fork? Do you get offended if someone offers to shake hands with a certain hand? How about how you dress or the way you walk, talk?

Consider what people think of the code? Are some people love it and will have nothing to do with those who don’t follow it. Do only the rich follow it only because they fell they must, but actually hate it? Is the code a cultural thing or only certain people follow it?

When is comes to Manners, are they important to people in society or only a few people? Is there a word or a gesture said or used to ask politely or means thank you? Is it seen as a bad thing when someone who represents that they don’t have manners?

How do people react when someone is rude? Do they look on from afar and snare or actually get involved? How do these change from race to race? How about the difference within a race? Just because someone is an elf, doesn’t mean a wood elf will react the same when a plains elf. What about when you host a guest, is there something you should do when they arrive? Do you greet them or send your son or daughter to greet them. How about a servant or a soldier? What about food and drink? Is it first or after some time has passed.

Manners and Etiquette do cross over at times. There maybe manners part of the Etiquette code and by not following them you could purposely be rude to someone. How about a society where the code is not to be polite? Somewhere if you hold the door for a lady, you stand out. Where punching someone in the face for bumping you won’t.

That’s all I got. Check back on Friday for the last post in our Daily Life sub-series.

 

Welcome to last week’s Craft Post. Yep, I am late on this one. I’ll be posting a few to make up for it. For those who are new, we are in a year long Worldbuilding Series. You can find all the sub-series under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. You can find all the posts in our current Daily Life series here. Today’s post is Fashion.

What is the kind of dress is acceptable in your world? I am talking about the kind of dress that is okay in the culture of the nation. Then you have the kind of fashion that is frowned upon and seen as stylish. Is there even such a thing? Do the people of your world care about the style of dress. Every culture has their own styles and style. It could be a based on religion if the culture is more religious or something else. The Middle East have a strict dress for women while the tribal villages in Africa have a simple sheet style.

That brings use to Morality well at least the when it comes to dressing. Is it acceptable for women to have their breast exposed? How about men? Is it okay for their chest to be seen as long as we don’t see nipples? (Assuming the people have nipples). What about the gentiles? If you want to go odd, look at Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive where women cover their left hand. Beyond Morality, are there gender styles? Do just

Beyond Morality, are there gender styles? Is it acceptable for women to wear pants or men to wear skirts or dresses? How about young children? Teens?

Then you have fabrics. Do they have patterns in them, maybe a pattern that is unique to their people’s culture? How about colors, are certain colors okay for religious ceremonies, others for festivals, and then there are funerals. Same goes for the kind of dress for those events? Should a groom wear a suit and the bride wear a dress?

Do jobs have uniforms for everyone or just certain jobs like judges, sports teams, and military? We will be covering Education in a few posts, but do they have uniforms for public education or private?

Are there standard items required for dress such as jewelry? What about weapons? Are they part of the everyday dress or only part of specific jobs or dress codes?

I know this is a lot of questions, but when you think every culture has their unique styles designs. You need to think about this for every culture in your world. Also, how intermingling between cultures will affect each other. Take some time and think about each of your cultures.

That’s all I got now for today. Check back soon for another Craft Post on Manners. Monday there is my Weekly Writing Wrap-up.

Welcome to this week, the third post of the week. Once again I am coming late. Let’s just plan on having this posts on Saturdays until I know for sure I can get these posts done on Friday. There was one more post on our Magic and Technology sub-series, but I sorta covered what I wanted to say on that topic on Technology of your World post. Today we will be starting our Penultimate sub-series on Daily Life. This series will cover the following:

  • Daily Life
  • Fashion and Dress
  • Manners
  • Education

Let’s jump in.

We all know what Daily Life is like. We wake up, have our coffee, eat breakfast, shower, get ready for work, get stuck in traffic, work, get yelled at our boss for something they didn’t tell you to do, have lunch, work on that issue that our boss yelled at us for, go to the gym after work, get stuck in traffic, get home, have dinner, spend time with friends/family, watch some tv, and finally go to bed. The next day we repeat.

Now that maybe my example of daily life doesn’t apply for everyone, but it is a general idea. What is daily life like in your word? Before you answer, let’s look at how you could answer this question. You could do it by nation, people, religion, etc. Depending on a people’s society works there could be similarities, with some changes. A nation that is ruled by religion may have a worship time or times built into their daily life.

How you answer this question is how you have the people’s daily life. Is a nation a mixture of different people where their cultures blend together to have a unique structure of daily life? Maybe there is no structure, and people are able to go about what they wish?

What about how certain things like how everyday utilities handled? Such as garbage and other material waste handled? How do things differ from cities to towns? There is so much you can look at about everyday life and see how what you could do with it or change it.

That’s all I got today, check back on Monday for my Weekly Writing Wrap-up. Next Saturday for another craft Post on Fashion and Dress.

 

Welcome to post two of three this week of Craft Posts. I am posting three times this week, due to not having a Weekly Wrap-up. You can find all the posts of our sub-series on Magic and Technology here. All the other posts in our ongoing Worldbuilding series can be found under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. So let’s dive into it.

In our last post, we talked about how the technology of our worlds, what makes it different. Unique. Today I want to take a look at how technology affects that world. What do I mean by this, look at the introduction of the desktop computer to the marketplace. When computers were first invented they took up whole rooms. During this time there were some famous predictions from top people in that field that were wrong.

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. -Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. -Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

There is some debate over that last quote, some were saying more of a personal computer, not a household computer. These predictions were way wrong. It’s hard to find a home that doesn’t have a computer in it. Or an iPad, smartphone, etc. Computers made things easier. Running complicated mathematics equations, typing up documents, where if you made a mistake you didn’t have to start over, and there is that creation of the Internet. That could be debated if that actually helped. Anyway, life changed from doing things by hand and taking longer to much faster.

How would your world change if the main character in your story found a working computer in his journey? How would it change the world over two hundred years, that’s with the computer surviving and working after the events of the story? Would it make any changes since the people didn’t understand the science behind it? Or did it jump them ahead a hundred years, because they knew enough to be able to figure it out over time?

Let’s look at this another way. Let’s introduce laser guns into our world. Tomorrow, President Trump announces the use of a new weapon for the military, laser rifles, and pistols. These weapons will give us an edge over ever country in the world he says. Which, it would. How would our world change, or a better question how would war change? One over the next few years every country in the world would be looking new kinds of armor that could take the hit and not hurt the wearer. Mirrors would become in high demand. Why not just reflect the light. However, that may not protect the wearer if the guns were plasma and packed a punch.

Before we know it, fighter jets would have lasers or plasma weapons on them. The protective armor on them would change, what else could change? Possibly, having dual laser and projectile weapons. Use bullets to shatter the mirror and then use the lasers. Who knows. All we know is war would be changed completely. So would battery technology, since it would take a large amount of energy to power these weapons. Sensors on the soldiers to gather information from enemy troops and computers to analyze the data in real-time to tell our soldiers direction the beams are coming from how to dodge in time, etc.

Then you have everyday life when those weapons eventually make it over to the public. You think the debate on guns is a hot topic now, wait until some gun nuts start demanding they be able to have laser weapons. (Gun nuts refers to the person who take their right wear weapons in public way too far, such as wearing a rifle on their back at a mall.) Eventually they would find their way into the public’s hands, criminals, terrorists, and just overall people. That would change how society lives and reacts too.

This is why Star Fleet’s main order is not to interfere in the lives of lesser evolved lifeforms, out of fear of taking those people off their own track of discovery. One little thing can cause huge changes. Now how will technology of your world do that? If you are having problems with ideas for your story, maybe adding unique technology that only a few know about that is causing the change. How about, next technology the world knows about, but the villain of the story is using it in a way no one thought about using it.

We live in a world of cause and effect. Technology is the cause and then you need to figure out that effect it will have.

That’s all I got. Come back Friday for the last of the three posts. We maybe moving onto our penultimate sub-series. I know under the Magic and Technology page it says Technology in Fantasy, but I talked about that in my last post. I may still do it if I can come up with a new way to look at it. If not we will be moving onto a sub-series called Daily Life.

Welcome to a super late Craft Post. No Wrap-up again this week, and because of that, I am out $20 from not writing last week. As another form of punishment, I am posting three craft posts this week. That being said, we are moving along into the Technology part of our sub-series on Magic and Technology. For those who are new or returning, we have been going through a long series on Worldbuilding that is broken up into many sub-series. You can find all the posts under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. To find all the posts in this series you can find those here.

What is the technology of your world? Well, do you know? Why am I asking this? Every world is going to have technology. If it the wheel or an arrow catch or also known as the Bloodless Device from the KingKiller Chronicles. Before I go any further, I know the Bloodless Device uses magic. However, it is still technology.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke

Just because you don’t know that typing on the keyboard of your computer sends a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, to the computer and based on that order of those 1’s and 0’s tell the computer what glyph to appear.

01001010 01110101 01110011 01110100 00100000 01100010 01100101 01100011 01100001 01110101 01110011 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100100 01101111 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01101011 01101110 01101111 01110111 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01110100 01111001 01110000 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101111 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101011 01100101 01111001 01100010 01101111 01100001 01110010 01100100 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01110101 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110011 01100101 01101110 01100100 01110011 00100000 01100001 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01100011 01101111 01100100 01100101 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 00110001 00100111 01110011 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 00110000 00100111 01110011 00101100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01110101 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01100010 01100001 01110011 01100101 01100100 00100000 01101111 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01101111 01110010 01100100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101111 01110011 01100101 00100000 00110001 00100111 01110011 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 00110000 00100111 01110011 00100000 01110100 01100101 01101100 01101100 01110011 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01110101 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110111 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01100111 01101100 01111001 01110000 01101000 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01100001 01110000 01110000 01100101 01100001 01110010 00101110 00100000 00100000

Note, that is the binary code for my last setence. Not knowing that doesn’t mean a computer isn’t technology but magic. Come from 100 BCE yes, it would be seen as magic. Anything can be technology. What is unique about your world that some kind of technology could evolve from it? I’ll give you an example. In my Forbidden Realm Trilogy one of the magic’s is called Life and anyone can use it, if they become strong enough. However, others found ways using science and machineries to use life in weaponry. While, magic is involve, there is some unique weapons that come from this.

The reason I brought up the Bloodless Device from Kingkiller Chronicles is because it is such a unique idea. I have never seen anything like it fantasy, but it really should have been. The idea of something that can stop arrows made of certain types of materials is very cool. How would such things work in other worlds? Who knows, we know how it works in Pat Rothfuss’s world, from how he describes it and the use of sygaldry. Other than knowing that certain sygalds mean different things and how you write them on something makes them do what you wrote out, we don’t know much about how or why.

So what kind of technology could your world create? Just because your world maybe set in a time period that in our world was not that advance doesn’t mean you can’t have leaps and bounds of advanced technology in it.

That’s all I got today. Check back on Wednesday for the next post of this week. Hopefully, there will be a Wrap-up next week. If not, it’s going to cost me a lot of money.

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Writing Wrap-up. I got nothing. Yep, nothing. So instead of not posting anything, I am going to post a Craft Post instead. That’s right, this is the next post in our Magic and Technology sub-series in the Approaching a Year-Long Series on Worldbuilding. You can find all the Worldbuilding posts and sub-series in under the Worldbuilding link in the toolbar. For all the posts in our current sub-series, you can find those here.

So, what do you mean how your world affects magic? Good question. I got nothing…

Okay, just kidding on that one. To answer that question, we need to look at everything we have talked about thus far. No, I am not about to recap a year’s worth of posts. I will say, take a look at your world and how you developed it. What areas did you really develop and those areas you glossed over? You are probably asking why I am asking you that and it is simple. I am going to take an approach to that may seem odd or different. As I see it, if you are just starting to work on your magic systems now after everything else we have gone over, then your magic should be like nothing else in your world. Make it Alien to your world.

WHAT!?

That’s right, make the magic stick out like a sore thumb. It should be so blatantly different that it seems like it isn’t of this world. Why? Because it will make it unique for the first part. I am talking about like your readers are into your story and they are just getting a grip on your world and then you introduce the magic, and they are like what!? I want them to question why you put such something that clearly is out of place into this world. Once they are wondering this, you’re going to show them why. Well, a small part.

Still doesn’t feel like I answered the question why do this, right? That’s because I haven’t fully. It will give your magic a wonder feeling, even if it is a very scientific style system. Second, it will tie into the story going on. Whether that is a huge point or a small one is up to you. The other reason it will get the reader to question why such a different form of magic developed in this world than what should have. This is where you could do something like magic is broken or it turns out to be actually alien (like advanced technology from another world.) Or it is what it is. It really is whatever the reason you want it to be.

This is where I confuse the hell out of you. If you are just developing your magic now, and have everything we have completed so far, make your magic blend into the world. It should feel like it is natural. What!? Yep. Stick with me, I have a reason for this. You could develop this earlier in world

You could develop this earlier in world creation because you came up with a great idea. That’s fine. However, this based having most of your world (or the areas you have selected to really flesh out) completed. With that, you know how your world works. You want magic, in this world. If you know your world as well as you do, that means how your magic works will be able to flow deep and natural. Just like it is a natural resource of your world (not that it has to be or is one). Think of it this way, your world is created from everything that has come from a black hole. In the sky is a white hole and over billions of years, this world has taken form. How life forms, to vegetation, to religions of what the white hole really is.

Knowing all this, you can link the magic from the same creation. Maybe the magic is what is left over from another world that had it and now is different because it has been twisted and deformed from coming through the white hole.

This allows you to layer it into everything else and how it will affect everything in your world even the development of life. A good example of this is Pandora from Avatar. There’s not magic, but life on that world is so connected. Everything works and flows together. This is how magic can work.

All right Tim, what’s going on. You just gave us a paradox for an answer. What one should we use if we are just developing out the magic system?

That’s easy. Whatever one works best to meet your rules, and most importantly serve your story. If you want something cool and unique and feel different. I would go with a magic system that feels alien. However, if you like cohesion and synergy, go with blended magic. Here’s a trick, pick one of the options and develop your magic system. Then go through and see how it affects your story. (No that doesn’t mean write out an complete magic system. But it does mean make it about 4/10ths complete. That much should give you an idea of how it works and how it will change your story or not.

Before I close, I want to give a little note to those who create their magic systems early in their worldbuilding. Whenever you do this, before moving forward and start developing a new area. Go back through what you already have done and see how it affects that. Once you have done that, everything you do from there on you should be able to answer how magic plays into it. (If it does at all.)

Well, that’s all I got for today and on Magic. WHAT! NO POSTS ON HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR RULES OR HOW RULES ARE A MUST IN MAGIC?

No. It was a little over a year I did a series on magic, so I really don’t need to go through all that again. Next week we will switch over to Technology. That post will be on Friday. Hopefully, everything will go as plan, this week so I can post my normal Weekly Writing Wrap-up next week.