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 build not what you are building. See also the extended tag information for when to use this tag.

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How can demon technology be prevented from surpassing humans?

A being known as Dea is the creator of all things in the multiverse. It created human beings as living batteries in order to fuel him and give him power. Dea feeds off of human worship, which he uses ...
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What are the components of a Von Neumann probe? [closed]

A Von Neumann probe is a theoretical space probe based on the 'Universal Assembler' concept. The probe would be capable of using raw materials found in the universe to create copies of itself, thereby ...
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How can I avoid scientific genetic engineering in a story about a biological creature's DNA manipulation?

I have a story based around DNA manipulation by biological creatures that evolved into what they are today, but can gain abilities by taking the DNA of other creatures. The story is set in the ...
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Tricks for naming worlds [closed]

One thing I have seen time and time again are people giving their worlds names. Personally, I find this a rather difficult process, since everyone in my world calls their Earth 'Earth' and the people ...
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What's a Good Sphere-Mapping Resource?

After reading the help sections for asking questions, I am now confident that my question does in fact appear to be on-topic and in scope for this website. I currently use a page called PlanetMaker ...
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Creating a Realistic-Looking Rocky Moon

Originally I was going to ask for help in the process of designing moons in general, but this is such a vast topic that I decided to narrow it down. I'm trying to create rocky moons or planets. I ...
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How can a super consciousness contend with the erasure of a soul?

What we call "God" is actually a catch all term for the human consciousness, which we are all apart of. This super consciousness is connected to all human souls, and binds us together on a lower level ...
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Can Someone Help Me Determine Plate Divisions?

I have a world designed called Ser. I want to place tectonic plates so that they can explain how the current landmasses formed. Below shows the 6 major continents of the world. As continents are ...
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How Can I Explain a Giant Equatorial Gash?

I have a moon in my story that has a thin, deep gash or canyon that lies on its equator and spans the entire moon. My original idea involved the sudden orbital decay of a ring system, caused by a ...
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How Can I Draw a Realistic Topographic Map?

I have a planet I created. I have the water and land boundaries, and I have the important mountain ranges, forests, and deserts defined. Now that I've done this, I want to turn my cartoony world map ...
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Explaining Planet Colors/Compositions

I want to be able to explain: the coloration of my planets when I create them, but I don't have enough knowledge on the colors of elements or chemical compounds. I have done extensive research into ...
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What are some resources for mythopoesis?

I would greatly appreciate any info or resources for building an appropriate artificial mythology for a world. For reference, I am reading "The Gods of Pegana" and I already went through the ...
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Making a Wainscot Fantasy From Scratch - Where to Begin? [closed]

Many wainscot settings are loosely based on a bunch of inspirations, in part or in full, while also having a lot of stuff added on. However, some 'splats' (types of entities living behind the wainscot)...
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Do I have to rename all creatures in a new world? [closed]

I'm building a whole new world for a table top RPG so I don't want to completely alienate my players from the world. But if I want to include horses or whales, do I need to reinvent the wheel and make ...
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To Handwave or Not to Handwave

...That is the question. In my previous question, I asked about coilguns, how powerful we could make them and their plausibility. In that thread, and the discussion I had with Starfish Prime ...
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How can my story take place on earth without refering to our existing cities and countries [closed]

My story shall take place on Earth with the human race as the dominant species. I imagine the technological and scientific progress to be 10 to 20 years in the future from now (our current real life ...
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What levels of Argon and Neon (along with other factors) are needed to make the entire sky orange and sustainable for life?

I've read several sites and even questions on here where the sky would appear almost white or light blue if it orbited an orange dwarf star. However, that is if the planet has the same atmosphere as ...
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How would a militaristic society that viewed the laws of war sacred develop? [closed]

While different nations have different laws of war, this society has laws of war similar to those followed by the United States Armed Forces; how would a militaristic society develop that saw its laws ...
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How to introduce/fit fantastical elements into a realistic story?(Article/Book recommendations) [closed]

"Follow the characters," this is the advice that I've been following after reading interviews with Stephen King's, Orson Scott Card's and Brandon Sanderson's advice. However, I noticed I have come ...
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Procedural Map Creation - Software or Program to create? [duplicate]

Trying to create a map for my fictional world. Obviously, I can do bits like color a paper blue and throw some random green shapes on there to create the land masses. However, the more I look into ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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Solar insolation/flux's effect on biome diversity/richness on an alien world

The Questions I'm trying to answer three main questions: Does a three-axis biome chart make sense for my world? How productive/life-rich should a biome be given a specific level of solar flux (...
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A list of worldbuilding resources

We are occasionally asked for advice about the worldbuilding process. By its creative and imaginative nature, the process of worldbuilding doesn't have a single obvious starting point or a step-by-...
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Designing a worldbuilding workshop for policymakers [closed]

I'm an economic researcher and I think that worldbuilding as an exercise could offer some valuable tools to policymakers as they try to imagine possible futures and then design policies which would ...
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How can a new country break out from a developed country without war?

I'm in need of the backstory on how a country was able to form and break out from a rich western and well developed country. I basically had to hit a reset switch in order for some of the future plans ...
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Worldbuilding Materials [closed]

When you create a religion, organization, or any other object within your world, can related materials be useful for realizing the world? For example: If you create a religion, will an excerpt of a ...
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Realistic Landmass Formation on Torus-Shaped Planet

Having recently discovered that torus-shaped planets can actually form, I've started to consider using that design as a setting for a map(no real purpose in mind, just map making for the sake of it). ...
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Is there a clever one-letter code to describe worlds?

I am a Traveller (game) referee. I've generated lots of worlds before, using a basic system that describes a world in eight fundamental pieces of data. For the record, those data are: Starport ...
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Building a Realistic Food Web

So far, I've begun developing a food web for a swampy biome. Currently, the result of this free building is shown in the mess below (built = orange, aquatic = blue, producer = green, not built yet = ...
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How to create naming conventions for a fantasy society with its own language? [closed]

I'm not a proper linguist or anything, but over the years I've created a fairly basic language for a magic people that I use in my D&D games. So far I've got by with them being ancient and long ...
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Are Planets with mainly one climate Biome Plausible? [duplicate]

So i'll start by saying it feels like a somewhat stupid question in the sense that the answer is no, but im wondering if (for back story of races in a story) its realistically possible for a planet to ...
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Whats the difference between the plane, dimensions, realm and realities [closed]

I'm trying to trying to world build a high fantasy and sci-fi. But I can't differentiate the difference between the plane, dimensions, realms and realities. So, I want to know what the difference ...
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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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Is there a best place to begin Neo medieval world building? [closed]

I'm just barely starting out with trying to get a basic idea of what architecture, infrastructure, and systems would work best as I'm drawing my world. I have a twin characters who are raised in a ...
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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 ...