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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does it ever make sense to create a lunar atmosphere?

Relevant to this question. NASA says the very thin vacuum like Lunar atmosphere has sodium and potassium Does creating a very thin vacuum like lunar atmosphere of the metal atoms leftover after mining ...
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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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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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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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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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Methods for filling in your world - non-state actors

Rogue parties in fiction have a tendency to appear as...filler, which to a certain extent makes sense as they usually form a launching point for the story meaning they aren't terribly important long ...
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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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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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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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Assigning realistic climate zones

I'm thinking about the Koeppen climate zones for my Earth-like planet. It is all very roughly painted, because I would like to get it right first before fine-tuning the world. I've so far started with ...
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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 would a world with limited access to modern technology work?

The setting is a semi-modern fantasy world with pockets of population separated by huge expanses of wild land where monsters and other predatory creatures live, keeping civilization from expanding too ...
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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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Reasoning about the thermal conductivity of a rigid body [closed]

I would want to call this question [science-based], except that we need to restrict ourselves to newtonian/"pre-relativity" physics. (Clarification: for this question, by "rigid body&...
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Cutting off a chunk from the north [closed]

I want to make a map of a completely made-up world; the main issue is the island of the elves. According to their history, a piece of land floated away from the north, and then the "water people&...
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Why there is white ash everywhere?

In my world a war happened between a few tribal leaders a really long time ago. Those leaders had nearly god-like magical powers, giving them the ability to modify bodies, matter (like earth, stone, ...
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Is my world top combat sport too vague? [closed]

In my world, I have a combat sport for superhumans who are peak humans. They are pretty much your typical quasi pseudo normal humans like Batman, Punisher, and Legends/Myth Bruce Lee. This sport is so ...
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How would society change if everyone could spawn any living being? [closed]

How would society change if anyone could spawn any living being? This includes humans, animals, and even bacteria. By just thinking it, someone can make a lion appear. How would this go down/how would ...
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can I have a world where woman vs men in combat sports if they have superpowers?" [closed]

I don't know why but people still have a push back against the women fighting men in fiction thing. Because it's not realistic some say. Because men are biologically stronger than women. Despite ...
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How to prevent the evolution of human flight?

The more I look at it, the more my world seems to resemble the world of Avatar the Last Airbender, but instead of benders I have casters which are capable of unique talents (combat magic, enhancements,...
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Which combat sport makes more sense to be a super sport in a world, Peak Human MMA or Metahuman MMA? [closed]

In my world I'm trying to make a combat sport that is so super that normal humans can't join. But I'm going back and forth with Peak Humans and Metahumans. To give you guys a clear definition of the ...
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Do rivers pass through a mountain range?

So I have just begun with world-building, and this is my first map. As you can see on the map, a small range of mountains splits from the main mountains. What I wish to have is a long river that goes ...
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24 hours long days and 36 hours long nights

Might be a stupid question but I think the length and measurement of time is probably important when dealing with the creation of imaginary creatures and their evolution. On this particular planet a ...
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Can solar energy be used to desalinate seawater in Australia? [closed]

An Australian company is going to send solar energy 1, 2 to Singapore and likely to Indonesia. Could or shall Lake Eyre basin be flooded with desalinated seawater using the solar energy harvested at ...
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How long would a medium sized city last if transplanted to another world?

I'm creating a story where a couple of cities across the globe have been transplanted into a different world. About a five mile sphere around a centered point in a city has been taken. They are neatly ...
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How would it be possible to have a singular island that is the only place suitable for human life?

I've been mulling over a way to create a post-apocalyptic world where all plant life in densely populated areas have died off and caused humans to die from lack of oxygen. In this world I would like a ...
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Word lists for constructed languages

When building a language for your world, words are "surprisingly" important. All natural language have words of some kind and only extremely experimental constructed languages lack them. Word choice ...
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Mechanical Energy Absorption

I’m in the process of creating an organism on a planet that has the ability to absorb mechanical energy directed at it and convert it into heat with a very high efficiency rate of over 70% only to ...
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Possibility of Life in a solar system given these conditions?

Scenario I’m creating a fictional world and I wanted it to be semi-realistic and I’m starting out by creating the Solar system and while I am no astronomer I did some research and found that K-type ...
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Time estimate for converting desert to savanna/forest

I'm building a world in whose history climactic changes causes a region of desert to start seeing regular rain. This causes the native culture of the desert people to also change along with it, ...
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Would it be Possible to Extract Helium in a World Without Fossil Fuels?

I understand that on Earth, we mainly get our helium from natural gas deposits, which traps helium atoms generated from radioactive decay. Would this process still work on a terrestrial planet without ...
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How would my world connect to Earth? [closed]

I'm building a world for the novel I'm writing (called Aroura) and it's a separate world from Earth. There are three tribes, the dragons, the elves, and the humans. My heroine, Galaxy, finds out she's ...
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Outside of architecture, what other things can be considered city "style"? [closed]

In the design of cities, you add a style factor to a city to flesh it out for your readers and players to give it a solid foundation as a place to visit. The primary style is its architecture. ...
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Alternative earth-like planet environment that supports human life

So i want to create a planet that supports human life. Primarily, i would need to consider a star type, an atmosphere, foliage pigment, and potentially different types of plants. Think of it as a sort ...
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Balancing My Level-up Proportions

Background: The Fracture in Reality feeds off of chaos, destabilizing worlds until they break apart, then absorbing them to grow. The raw creative energy, the sheer potential of chaos inside the ...
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How would a civilization of marine life avoid human detection?

In the story I'm writing, there is a global civilization of marine life that's parallel to human civilization on land, however in its world, humans have little-to-no knowledge of the underwater ...
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How can I develop names for my fantasy land?

I'm writing a traditional fantasy novel (minus the cliches). I have a land that the novel takes place in. The land does have a name, which sometimes sounds all right, but most of the time sounds kind ...
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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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Technological development without metal/wood/magic

In this idea I have, metals are gathered and held by various higher class entities in my world and trees are off limits for the most part, what would be options for the natural technological ...
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What fantasy worldbuilding tools do you know of and recommend? [closed]

First time participant here. I'm in my research phase looking for world building tools that will help me build my world and product D&D quest modules. Any assistance would be appreciated. ...

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