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. Don't use it if the question isn't about worldbuilding process. See also the extended tag information for when to use this tag.

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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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How would the world view superhumans that are more human or weaker? [closed]

When I say being more human. I'm not talking about a character being more relatable to an audience. Like Superman working in a 9 to 5 job. I'm more so talking about a superhuman character being more ...
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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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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 should planetary rings be to cause permanent and heavy thunderstorms on the full equatorial area of the planet?

The world in question is an Earth-like planet, with, for plot reasons, a permanently ongoing thunderstorm all over its equatorial line, in such way that's impossible to come across before a 1920-50-...
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Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

I am writing a fantasy series about witches. It's set in a high fantasy world. To get magic powers in this fantasy world, a girl has to voluntarily transform into a magical being. The magic in this ...
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Could it ever become a custom for human women to breed with ogres?

I'm in the process of constructing a fantasy world that resembles our world and is predominantly inhabited by humans just like us, but which also contains ogres. The ogres in this world are between ...
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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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Born as mindless blank slates, become sapient as adults

My species is a eusocial race of insectoid aliens. The basic gist is only the Queens are sapient, and the soldiers and workers are non-sapient. To me it felt like there wouldn't be much of a society ...
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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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Is it possible for a palace to be situated inside a mountain side?

In my novel, I was planning to have the palace/citadel type place located inside a mountain- so like a sort of cave type thing, but on a bigger scale. There would be decoration around the entrance of ...
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How can i make my worldbuilding magical, fun and a little dark, but still maintain realism? [closed]

I'm trying to make a character, and I'm first creating their world, but I'm can't figure out whether I want it to be all magical or more realistic. Helluva Boss did this great. It took place in hell, ...
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How would a community of people living in densely packed treehouses receive food to their treehouse?

In my novel, the characters live in treehouses that are practically piled on top of one another, so there is little room to climb down to pick up food, and it would be a challenge trying to take it ...
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What is the process of building a world [closed]

Is there a pattern that can be identified that we could use to build worlds? Is there something currently being used in certain circles?
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A forcefield only penetrable by humans?

In the not-too-far-away future during a nuclear winter, one city survived by being sealed under a dome forcefield (?) protecting them from the cold weather and potentially harmful sunrays once the sky ...
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Would it be morally right to kill fiends by modern world standards? [closed]

Fiends in my story were usually were once human teenagers, but since then (usually voluntary) have gained power, immortality, and supernatural abilities by submitting themselves to The OtherWorld King....
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Reasonable placement of tectonic plates

Im working on this little hobby project and i've come to the stage where i want an actual world map. So id decided to use one of the mapgens out there untill i found one i was happy with: Now i have ...
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The Jumbled Jaunts of Jormungandr: How predictable is the Snakebot of Doom being? [closed]

Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom has left New York. The world's armies and air forces have been decimated and cannot stop it. It has moved on from New York, and has flattened the following North ...
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How do I create a religion unlike greek pantheon?

Most of the religions I see GMs make (& even myself) are basically just rehashed Greek pantheon-esque religions. Several gods, each one governing a specific thing, sometimes different regions have ...
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How would a medieval society treat and view Giants?

Giants in my world are fairly human-looking, besides being 14ft tall on average. Giants are unable to normally communicate (due to their constant heavy breathing) but instead communicate through ...
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Is this scenario possible? How can it be done?-Dyson sphere replaced by gas giant star

Scenario: "...Regino is a gas giant approximately the size of Saturn, and three moons, Reo, Gei, and Tan orbit it. All three are small, rocky bodies a half to a quarter the size of Earth's moon. ...
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What would be a good explanation for why Trolls eat Elves?

In my story trolls are a large humanoids (8-9ft tall) and are about as intelligent as humans. Elves are similar sizes to humans and are also as intelligent. If trolls are about smart as humans, then ...
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Would "empathetic" plants dominate over other plants?

I've been digging into some very interesting, related questions from the past (the one I found the most useful was this one) and I don't think anything covers my question. So if I missed it, please do ...
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How would portals that link Earth and a fantasy world work?

I don't exactly want the science on how portals work (though I wouldn't complain if someone did), but I suppose they would work lore-wise. Portals can often be found behind long forgotten entrances, ...
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How is my biomes map?

For a while I've been making a realistic planet that is quite similar to Earth. I've finished the tectonic plates, ocean currents, wind patterns, and a rough height map. Next up is the biome map, ...
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How would a city work to accommodate much larger and smaller humanoids? [duplicate]

In my story there's a rather highly populated city with multiple humanoid creatures with varying heights. I'm not sure how much this would matter, but the most common species in the city are humans ...
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Could multiple sentient humanoids live in the same environment?

In my Fantasy Story there's multiple fantasy species which have achieved human intelligence and many share a close common ancestry with humans (humans also live in the same lands). But I have realized ...
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How could a Fantasy World remain hidden?

This Fantasy World has very large monsters, intelligent humanoids, expansive unique biomes, ect. While I was making my fantasy world I realised how hard it would be to hide all of this from humans. I ...
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Where should I place my Earth-like planet within my binary system?

I am working on a RPG setting which requires my planet having a nearby flare star. I understand from reading through other, similar questions and from doing some research, that flare stars are ...
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Where does most of a sun's energy go?

first post ever here. I've read the guidelines, but please do let me know if I'm breaking any rule or doing something wrong. So, I am creating a magic system based on the energy of a star. More ...
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Software for simulating a slice of an atmosphere?

For my world, I want to simulate a 2d vertical slice of an atmosphere, to test if my assumptions about it are correct. The software needs to support gas compression via gravity, different gasses used ...
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Can a creature have possible locomotion if the legs are positioned in a x formating to the pelvis or this symbol ><

My alien creatures are arthropods: multiple limbs, segmented bodies, etc. Is it possible for them to walk if their legs are placed in a x formation in thier pelvies or similar to the shape of this ...
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What rituals should be used by oracles? [closed]

I am creating a role-playing game(LARP) where rituals are actually performed in real life. The spells are probably going to be created in advance because one can imaging that all following systems are ...
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are my rivers and map little realistic

This is my first world map so I just need to know if said rivers are realistically flowing from point to point. And if you have other tips those would be helpful as well. Rivers flow from the ...
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I need help with aquatic arthropods

How would an arthropod (invertebrate animals with an exoskeleton)replace and or evolve into a fish-like animal (using terrestrial fish as an example)the question is how would they recrate a ocean ...
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What could be some limitations to magic to make it less overpowered? [closed]

In many movies and animations, magic is overpowered. Most of the time, magicians could only be countered by other magicians. I'm building a medieval fantasy world where magic exists. In this world, ...
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Predators in a world of machines

I have this idea for a world where the creatures, though they look organic externally, are actually mechanical in nature and when damaged reveal their mechanical innards, with pipes pumping coolant ...
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How accurate was Azgaar.io about what Biomes my Fantasy Map should have (realistically)?

I'm making a map for the next D&D game I will run, and I would like some second opinions on what Biomes would encompass it (Assume realistic biomes for now; no Mushroom forests or the like). ...
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Naming Continents [closed]

I'm creating continents for my fantasy world but I need help creating names. I still haven't decided how many continents there will be, but I'm already having trouble coming up with names. Does ...
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secret underground tunnel underneath the city that the emperor doesn't know about- is it possible?

in the draft of my story, there is a city which is the capital of an empire. the empire has conquered many territories, but underneath the city, there is underground tunnels. the enemies infiltrate ...
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Write short stories before your main story to help the worldbuilding process

Is it good worldbuilding practice to write short stories happening in your universe to set a precedent to how your world works and how the common and always unseen characters would find their way ...
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How do you make your worldbuilding less utopian?

I have a tendency to build near-utopian worlds because I find it pleasant to think about them. Why would I add in to my world things like domestic abuse, alcoholism, war, etc.? But then I wind up with ...
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At what size would a Fairy be biologically viable?

Assume that an external force nudged along the evolution of a mammal and/or insect species towards an appearance mimicking as much of humanity as possible - skin, mouth, language, fingers and thumb, ...
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How advanced should a science fiction setting be in terms of secondary technologies? [closed]

One thing I’ve been thinking about with respect to science fiction settings in the relatively near future is the question of the overall technology level and how much things should advance in fields ...
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Realistic way a character that born with 999/1000 luck stats die?

In a world where Gods exist, a god "x" one and only job is to maintain some kind of machine or system that oversees the creation of hero of the eons. Every eon, all gods gather and play a ...
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I've got the world, story and scenes...where do I go from there to make them real? [closed]

More of a do and show person, not really good with words. Got movies in my head and remember them for years to the most miniscule detail...as If I was inside them. Collected memories seen through the ...
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Can a planet bigger than earth exist with same density but with more water proportionally and a lighter core?

By bigger, only the area of the crust is necessarily bigger. Core is necessarily lighter. Everything else could vary. Can it hypothetically exist?
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