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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 the process, meaning HOW you world build, not what you are building. See also the extended tag information for when to use this tag.

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Stability in my habitable planet orbiting a binary system

I'm making a worldbuilding project mainly focussed arround an habitable planet that orbits a binary system and I have a question about my system. My planetary system is an S-type (A main star in the ...
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Fish Tank For Merfolk [closed]

I haven't seen any questions like these, but please do tell me if it is a duplicate. What I need to know is: How large would a tank need to be for a merperson -maximum length around 9 feet long from ...
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Binary Star System Physics

I am envisioning a planet that has two orbiting stars: a small yellow-white F class and a larger orange K class star. The stars were once closer and created a more tumultous tectonic history but since ...
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Could a planet have metalloids but very few metals?

Could advanced technology be created by an intelligent species on a planet where there are very few true metals and only large amounts of metalloids? I envision a planet sparse in accessible metals, ...
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What are some things to keep in mind while designing a binary planet system with a sun-like star? [closed]

My planets are both the same size as Earth, with about the same water:land ratio. They are tidally locked to each other, but not the star. I don’t know much about planets and orbits and other things ...
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What types of themed maps should I put for my Fictional Planet? [closed]

I have been working on this Fictional Planet for about 4 years and reset a couple of times along the way. I started working on maps of the whole planet with themes. So far, I have land features, ...
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Building a fictional city on a deserted island from scratch

I am writing a fantasy story in a fantasy world and I have a question about the development of cities. One of the major kingdoms in that world decides to build a city on a newly discovered deserted ...
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is there any way to make firearms work in a fantasy setting alongside swords and armor and stuff?

So, I'll try to keep this simple. I've had an idea about adding firearms in a setting alongside sword users and the like with the caveat that everyone in this setting is capable of some type of magic. ...
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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

I'm thinking of writing a story where due to magic, a bunch of Neolithic tribes get sent to the Late-Cretaceous Period. While I was coming up with the idea, I realized that living with dinosaurs may ...
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Could these Tectonic Plates produce my map's landforms?

Using a Fractal Generator, I generated the attached map. I really like the shapes of the Continents & Islands, and want to preserve as much as possible. But, I also want realism, and realize I ...
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Where would mountains make sense on those land masses?

I created landmasses thanks to Azgaars Fantasy Map generator. It was not based on any consideration so far, like tectonic plates due to lack of expertise. It was done purely based on a personal ...
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How much light would pass through ice? [closed]

I am writing a book in which a civilisation lives in the remnants of a giant crater with a dome of ice over the top. This crater is huge, I'm talking about 200 square miles huge, so this is a very ...
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Realistic version of White and black magic

So this is for my magic system since it's based on the real-world system. In my novel in the works named Successors magic works by bending the rules of science but not breaking them. Examples include ...
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What is the size of the largest possible flying animal? Realistically speaking?

I’d like to create fantasy creatures that can fly using their own realistic physiology without magic or any kind of supernatural power. Many references on the internet mention that popular dragons ...
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What long term effects would an eruption of the ring of fire have on Earth? [closed]

We all know about the ring of fire, and we all know what happens when a volcano erupts. For context: this is set in the near future, with humans living in high-tech protective domes during/following ...
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How much could a real world quetzalcoatlus carry? [closed]

This question has been asked in dnd5e, and that is all google is pulling up for me is dnd related. Is there a study or a simple explanation anyone has I can look at? I'm looking to see if it would be ...
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Could a planet orbiting a star have a habitable moon and this moon have its own moon orbiting it?

Could a star system exist where a body orbiting the star has an inhabited planet moon orbiting it instead of the sun? And the inhabited planet moon has its own smaller satellite. I have very little ...
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What traits would a human have in an oxygen rich environment?

I'm having trouble finding research surrounding this question. If humans evolved in a more oxygen-rich environment, what would their evolved traits be? For context: I'm creating a post-apocalyptic ...
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Could earth like planet support a second moon, if it was approximately 1/4 of real moon size?

I would like for my world to have two moons. I think it would look simply stunning at night. Also, I came up with a pretty cool idea for a "God Eye" cult. When the smaller moon would have ...
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What's a good way to give a character a realistic edge in a post-apocalypse setting? [closed]

What's a realistic way to give a protagonist character a fighting edge against enemies with great numerical superiority, without making them superheroes? What's something believable?
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The Finer Details Of A Global Ocean Planet

Some statistics (forgive the redundancy): Radius - 5,400 mi or 8,690.458 km Diameter - 10,800 mi or 17,380.915 km Circumference - 33,929.2 mi or 54,603.754 km Mass - 7.33x10^24 kg or approximately 1....
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Guidance: How to Create Sensible Plate Tectonics

This is a community-wiki question Worldbuilding Stack Exchange regularly hosts questions asking either how to establish plate tectonics based on an existing planetary map or to judge the suitability ...
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I'm trying to conceptualize the layout of a village/town, but having trouble [closed]

So I'm currently attempting to lay out a large city and the geography surrounding it, but it's proving much more challenging than I thought. Whenever I try to lay it out, it's messy and unrealistic. ...
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What could be a compelling reason for an incestuous race to diversify into clans? [closed]

I'm writing a litRPG novel and have created an incestuous race called Purus (a temporary name). Purus are a long-lived race that can live for up to 1000 years. They possess unique magical powers, ...
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Could my planet be habitable (Or partially habitable) by humans?

Set up I'm currently building a planet that I want to have both alien life forms and humans. It has the following traits: Humans migrated from Earth a long time ago, but only landed on the planet 24 ...
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When countries combine, how do they pick a new name?

I am writing a story where two countries decide to merge into one larger country, but I am having trouble figuring out what they would actually name the new country. At first I though that they would ...
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Is there such a thing as "too much detail" in worldbuilding?

I'm currently working on my own world and something I always wonder when worldbuilding is if I'm putting in "too much detail". One of my favourite parts (and one of the most important in ...
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Litmus Test for whether my worldbuilt cultures are too close to modern America/Britain/etc

I was listening to a video on how to write, and the person giving the lecture said something along the lines of "I'm bored with stories where the setting is supposed to be in the far-flung future,...
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How can I build a successful empire ruled by a malevolent ruler? [closed]

Right now, I'm trying to build an empire (based on byzantine) that is set as the main enemy. In an empire, does the ruler interact with their people? What is their empire's history? The empire I'm ...
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Why do my fox people believe in their gods at all?

The gods of my fictional world are Uri, Tempest, Selenite, Iris, and Aylin. Another thing- they're all foxes. (The world is set in an exclusively-fox island, where foxes live on the island and develop ...
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What is a good way to make an abstract board game truly alien?

Necessary background info: So I made a hard(ish, there is FTL but it's fairly restricted and that's about it in terms of scientific implausibility) science fiction worldbuild. There is the "Oval&...
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How would I go about naming a fictional country located on Earth?

I'm having quite a bit of trouble naming a fictional country I've created. So far, I've created its history, inhabitants, laws, government, etc. and I have simply used "the country" as a ...
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Can planet with three moons, have one tidal-locked both on rotation and revolution?

I'm a new D&D 5E Dungeon Master and I've found out recently about tidal locking. For the first RPG setting I'm preparing with a friend, the planet the players will be on has 3 moons. Me and ...
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What kind of tactical situation/s would be best approached with trained jetpack pilots?

I'm writing a story where there's a civil war fought by people with weapons and technology based on 50s experimentals, kind of like a subtle "What-if" aesthetic. How can I manipulate what ...
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Magic Systems: Advice for developing opposing forces [closed]

Dumbledore fights Voldemort from the Harry Potter series of films. Nothing says "opposites" like two different colors incapable of overcoming each other and dripping like magma to the floor. ...
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How to explain different spirits and species within them? [closed]

I’m not too sure how to explain this, but I have a universe set in a modern world where basically humans co-exist alongside supernatural beings. I have the usual creatures and monsters like vampires, ...
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No idea where a current should come from

I was designing a continent and I placed it pretty far south of the equator and far from basically everything (just below 20 degrees south) and have now run into an issue with the ocean currents on ...
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What would be a good way to make a star map? [closed]

Recently, I was working on my fantasy world's zodiac, when I realized that I still hadn't worked out how the constellations were supposed to fit together in the night sky. This caused me a good deal ...
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Algorithm for creating realistic flying (voxel) islands [closed]

I am currently working on a part of a game that has voxel-based terrain, a bit like Minecraft. There are different kinds of „blocks“ like stone, dirt, sand, etc. But the story/setting requires that I ...
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I have scrambled the earth’s landmasses to form the world of Htrea [closed]

There are still mountains in the same spots of their mother continents. Wind directions, orbit, and water temperatures are all exactly that of Earth’s (as well as planet size). The equator runs ...
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How do you come up with various meaningful names from different languages for a multicultural fantasy world?

I want to introduce cultural diversity to my fantasy world, taking inspiration from various cultures in the real world. To make my multicultural fantasy world believable, I need to come up with ...
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How should I build an additional periodic table?

Recently, I was going through the magical materials that existed in one of my fantasy settings. It was all going swimmingly, when a thought occurred to me: "You know, I should figure out how ...
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What would happen if a world is full of mountains? How would it affect the geography, environment, and gravity of the planet?

I was thinking of making a world that is filled to the brim with mountains. I'm not saying that the world is just mountains, but the area or terrain is so difficult that it's hard for land vehicles to ...
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What would be more realistic for a universe where FTL is possible?

I am working on my own project with applying science to Star Wars. I try to meld the fantasy with as much real science as possible, but I am having a problem with the size of the universe. I am ...
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Theoretically, can a real religion exist in a high fantasy world? [closed]

In my world, there are multiple religions, and one of them is Christianity. While it exists in our world, there are some differences, including: Changing of locations and places A few characters are ...
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How to reduce the number of designed lifeforms whilst still giving the impression of an endless amount?

I am not sure if this is a worldbuilding or story writing issue but I am wondering how I can show the vast amount of life throughout a volume of space without having to go into full detail. There is ...
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Is it okay to use real-world literary figures? [closed]

In my world's lore and history, there a mythical figures and heroes in it. My world is not Earth, but rather a different world (think ATLA or skyrim kind of different). I was wondering if I am able to ...
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Can the actions of another entity remain truly inscrutable?

Inscrutable Impossible to understand or interpret. Here on Worldbuilding SE, I see quite a few questions and more answers that mention the inscrutability of the actions of intelligent non-human ...
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What do I need to do to define resources and economic exchanges? [closed]

How to define the resources of each country/state and the trade route (road)? I would like to define: the resources of each country/state in my world; the trade of goods (economic exchanges) between ...
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Are 4 magic systems too much when it comes to a modern type of world with a lot of moving parts? [closed]

I have four power systems. Superpowers Supertechnology, Magic, and the Charles Atlas Powers. All 4 systems are not original. The systems are pretty generic. The only difference is, im just putting my ...
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