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Questions tagged [worldbuilding-process]

For questions about the process of creating a new world or changing and developing an existing one, as opposed to questions about some element of the world being created or changed. NOTE that this is NOT a generic, catch-all tag; this tag should be used to address process, meaning HOW you world ...

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50% O₂ 25% Neon 23% Nitrogen and 3% trace gasses?

Could an atmosphere of 50% O₂ 25% Neon 23% Nitrogen and 3% trace gasses be survivable for a human being at the similar or slightly less atmospheric pressures as Earth?
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Climate checking my map

So I've decided to come here to see how my map would be effected by climate. Notes: The planet has a 10° axial tilt, it's a little smaller then earth, and has earth like conditions. So my questions ...
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Underground condition preventing plant growth on a planet

As title, what condition could prevent plant growth from below a planet surface? I've considered considered removing all water from the planet, both underground and above the surface, but that doesn't ...
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What checklist should I go through before mapping my world? [closed]

Now that I have a bunch of cool ideas to expand from, one part of the world-building process I am most eager to deal with is map-making! However, maps are quite tricky in the sense that they are ...
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Designing a river which does not overflow

... And if it absolutely has to, then such river should overflow in predictable matter. I have a city idea in mind, where such the city has a river contained in an artificial tunnel beneath such city....
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How to develop ecosystem in science based way? [closed]

I want to create artificial ecosystem. I don't want to do it in random way like "We have cats but lets name them kads. They live in forest... of mushrooms. And there is a river. I think it is enough....
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Waterless planet with vapor geysers

Humans find themselves on a really hard to survive planet. I have a good idea on how I'd like it to be, but no clue on how that could be possible. Atmosphere is breathable and temperatures make it ...
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How to prevent regenerators from becoming slaves?

When some humans, humanoids and mythical creatures have an incredibly powerful magical regeneration it seems quite obvious that in times of need and growth some countries would try to capture them and ...
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How do I justify spending time to create a world in the first place?

I'm having a very hard time justifiably spending lots of time building a world of my own. On one hand-- I express myself very creatively, and even browsing through this site gives me a plethora of ...
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In a world without Magic or Gods, what is the source of people's supernatural abilities? [closed]

I want to build a world, probably modern, basing most of the built world on Earth, just with different countries, history, etc. What I would like is to find a way to give people their powers, but ...
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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)

How could a group, very possibly militarized, cut off a small-medium sized city from the rest of the world for an overnight period? This includes outside responses like police, national guard, so on ...
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What is a good way to explain why magic doesn't work on people's bodies?

My magic system is based on the mind fundamentally altering the properties of matter for short periods of time. But it should be limited to non-living subjects. The magic has to do with the physics of ...
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System consisting of a Super Jupiter (10 Jupiter Masses) and several earth-like moons

I have created a planetary system consisting of a Super Jupiter (10 Jupiter Masses) and up to 8 Earth Sized/mass Moons (on average) and now I wonder if it would be stable. I already tried to create ...
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What would happen if the quantities of silver and gold mined by humans were switched in a fantasy world?

Basically the title. What would happen if, in the world I'm writing, people have thus far found considerably more gold deposits than silver? Specifically, I'm wondering how this might affect their ...
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Help balancing my six-sided magic system?

I'm basically looking for advice on how to balance the magic system I'm designing for my novel. Basically, the way it works is this: There are six known Realms beyond this one where almost magic ...
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Building a fantasy world different from Tolkien? [closed]

I love reading fantasy stories, but I frequently find that most fantasy seems to directly emulate the world built by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I want to build a fantasy world, what can I do to make ...
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Would that be too big for an island?

It was thought that the "island" has the size of 5,000,000 km². After reading a bit about geography, I'm unsure. My island would be far bigger than even the largest islands on Earth. But it would ...
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How Would The Listed Towers Be Described? [closed]

In some foreseeable future, we have had transdimensional historians studying alternate Earths with multiple different points of departure, sometimes within the same Earth. In one of them, the Black ...
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What sort of seasonal changes might exist that we don't see on earth?

NASA recently shared a photo that used a term "araneiform terrain" and said that the terrain formation was an effect of seasonal changes we don't see on earth. NASA publication How would I go about ...
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How do I make an ancient culture without borrowing from known ancient cultures?

Everywhere I've looked, the way we traditionally make a civilization or society feel ancient is by applying ages or architectures from our own history, hence my term "bronzification." A similar ...
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When Super Mario catches Pokemon, and the Yoshi dinosaur is none other than Charizard! [closed]

I am trying to build a world where many video/mobile game characters will share the same space and time. For example, our own Super Mario trying to catch pokemon and save princess from dinosaur ...
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Can a planet have soil in form of powdered gems?

Is it possible for planet to have gem mountains? That is to say, diamond mountain, emerald mountain etc. Is it possible for a planet to have soil as a mixture of powders that are different gems? That ...
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A planet with 7 light sources [closed]

How can a planet(with inhabitants) possible with 7 different sources of light and heat? They can be satellites, stars or anything. The temperature level should lies between 5°c to 25°c and most ...
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How to name planets in a sci-fi setting? [closed]

So, I’m working on a Sci-Fi story called The Dark Edge. It focuses on two unlikely friends from different species, the Qualians and the Humans. They discover a Von Nuemann probe from outside the ...
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Does fictional geography need to be rooted in real-world geography?

If I use, say, Greece as a reference for a fictional country, do I need to write that country as mountainous and coastal also?
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In order to build a fantasy world, what basic pillars are needed? [closed]

In order to build fantasy worlds; The Lord of the Rings (novel) and Warcraft (Game), what basic pillars; maps, languages, races, history, characters, etc., are needed? What is a world building process ...
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How/Where Do I Begin? [closed]

I've got an endless stream of ideas in my head, I'm just not sure how to begin organizing them all. I've got multiple universes brewing in my mind of various genres, and I'm just clueless as to what ...
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Rules to follow when creating a Fantasy world [closed]

My question is « kinda » basic : Which are, for you, the points and basic rules when creating a credible and coherent FANTASY world ? By this I mean what’s for you the most important things to think ...
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How to name a post apocalyptic town? [duplicate]

I cannot think of good names for towns in my country in the post apocalypse. Most of the time I just call the towns “New Houston” or “New Seattle”, but I need more creative names. What are methods ...
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Simulating Cave Formations

Having recently been to Mammoth Cave National Park, I've been considering the caves of my own worlds, and more specifically their formation. Now while not all caves are formed from limestone, it is ...
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Are the mountains and rivers on this map okay?

It's not finished yet, so it's still pretty empty. But I can't stop worrying about the rivers and mountains, so I ask for help. It's about 1100-1200 miles from north to south.
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Are dreams a good place to begin world building? [closed]

I know this seems obvious but I wish to know I would like to say that I am quite a vivid dreamer, and it may seem truly obvious that dreams are where many worlds are born, such as Tolkien's Lord Of ...
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What kind of technologies are required for a society to regularly produce jet engines?

Specifically, I'm looking for what areas of science would need to have been developed for the manufacturing process of jet engines to be commonplace for large manufacturing firms. For context, my ...
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What sort of claws would be best utilized for melee combat and quickly scaling the walls of a modern day building?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge, my protagonist, Joseph Norton is an "Ascended", a human that is able to draw upon an energy source called the Nexus (à la the Force) to enhance his ...
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Worldbuilding is getting out of hand. [duplicate]

I'm on a long and complicated journey with a world I'm building. Does anyone know of a worldbuilding tool for keeping track of it all? My usual methods don't really work right now. I mean a tool in ...
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What sort bridle would be needed to ride a multi-headed carnivorous mount?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge features an enemy faction called the Degenerates that are heavily inspired by the Scythians (Indo-Iranian horse nomads that ruled the Eurasian Steppes ...
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Characters or substructure? [closed]

My name is Paul and I'm french so excuse me about my bad english (and it's not a reason to read this with the accent !). I'm here because I began to dream and create my own scifi universe but I meet ...
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Einstein-Rosen Bridge Worldgate time-gravity travel issue

In this mostly hard-science universe I am using a theoretical "Hyperstable Gateway" to travel between planet X and Y; The wormhole has a ~5m diameter, The "Bridge" itself is negligible and a physical ...
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Creating a new Galaxy entirely, or just make minor Changes to an already existing one?

I'm really struggling with making my world, so I thought I would make it broad. Is it necessary to invent an entirely new galactic system for the sake of originality, or is it acceptable to write ...
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What good worldbuilding idea podcasts are there?

I love exploring interesting ideas of alternative worlds and what-ifs. Are there any good Podcasts on this subject? Good Podcasts are defined as ones discussing creative fictional words and ...
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Tips and principles for creating an accurate elevation map?

I'm continuing to hash out the map of my world, using tutorials found on this site and elsewhere. In some tutorials the starting elevation levels of a planet are treated pretty randomly, implying ...
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Process for determining how a new species affects other species

We are using Earth as the basis for our planet, so we already have very detailed information on the geography, species, etc. to work with. There are additional species we are adding, and I thought the ...
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What questions should I ask myself when designing a legal system for a fantasy world?

QUESTION In the real world, the history of law in pre-industrial states is as sprawling and complex as can be imagined, and includes all kinds of unique and fascinating systems, from the Code of ...
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Worldbuilding & Climate: How does the sun affect a simple sphere with atmosphere?

I'm working to build a procedure that will help me understand the climate of the worlds I create. I'm beginning with simple and building to complex because, frankly, lacking anything that could be ...
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Is it bad Worldbuilding to use the real world and history as a template for your own setting? [closed]

I love history and I love alternative history. But when I want to write alternative history myself, I quickly feel restricted. Now, I like mythologies and fantasy too. Now I came across an old map. ...
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How do I figure out my planet's biomes and weather?

I'm having trouble figuring out the various biomes for my planet. I have extensively read the post on "Creating a realistic world map - Currents, Precipitation and Climate". But to be honest, I'm hung ...
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How to build my adventure world [closed]

I am creating a world that a call "adventure world". The concept is loose because I am basing it on a game engine that I make for Android in Java. The way I create my world is like the following. <...
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I want my fantasy world to be as without magic as possible. Tips? [closed]

I want to make a high fantasy fiction world, but I don't like a whole lot of magic and I am falling into a trap that I need it. I don't want no magic, but just enough that it feels like another world. ...
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Is my world map unrealistic?

Just to say this first, the map is intentionally on a slant, and so the Northern cold areas are displayed at more of a North-West Angle, for example. I am designing the world from scratch, and am ...
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Advice on establishing a magical ecosystem? [closed]

A huge cataclysm struck the world several thousand years ago, in which debris from magical meteorites basically screwed up the whole planet, altering its ecosystems to include creatures that evolved/...