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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Naming Continents

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dodgy Radio Communications

This question relates the same world discussed in this post: Horseback Travel in an Unpopulated Pacific Northwest Two mounted patrolmen are tasked with navigating and policing a reimagined Coastal PNW,...
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Making a world as Agriculturally productive as possible

Basically, God decided to create the perfect world for man to work the land. Even then, he voluntarily decided to follow the laws of physics. I've investigated about some factors that supposedly ...
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What effect would exceptionally tall mountains have on high-altitude wind currents in an Earth-like environment?

I am currently in the process of building my fantasy world from the ground up and as I finished my height map, I realized I had some pretty tall mountains. Not just a few of those stereotypical lone, ...
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How long would it take to rebuild the world? [closed]

Assume there is a small group of people, or a colony, with limited resources, who have all the knowledge of the world, but very few of its gadgets. How long will it take to rebuild the world to the ...
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Effect of lower average temperatures on the tropical savannahs and deserts of a planet

I have a nagging question that has been eating away at me since I am figuring out the biomes that are present in the world that I am building. For all intents and purposes this world is basically an ...
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What basic goods do I need to make a functioning High-Fantasy trade system

This is my first time ever posting. Please let me know If I've done anything wrong and I'll do my best to correct it. This is my first time attempting to create a functional world in D&D5e and I'm ...
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Quantum Wonderland? 🐰 [closed]

I want to create a world that demonstrates the basic ideas of quantum physics but also gives off 'Alice in Wonderland' vibes. I want there to be a law in Quantum Wonderland that goes something along ...
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How can I make the food of my (fantastical) culture believable?

I'm going through my novel in the editing stages, and I'm realizing how flat the culture of my food is. How can I develop a good food culture that is believable without drawing too much on human ...
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How to create a realistic river without knowing the whole map beforehand?

Intro I'm developing a real time game that have dynamically generated map and I'd like to add rivers going from mountains to the sea. Brief info about the map In my game, when a player moves to the ...
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When designing a map of the local universe how should currently unknown/obscured areas be treated?

I am building a map of the local universe for my story and for the time being I will base it on the real universe and our current understandings and observations although later will likely change the ...
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Characterbuilding- I feel like my characters are getting repetitive, any suggestions? [closed]

I've written three public stories, one personal, and am working on my fourth public one. By this time, I'm starting to notice my characters are starting to get a bit repetitive. In story 1, my ...
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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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Where else would mountains be on this continent?

Okay fellow nerds, I am in need of assistance. I am making a fan-made map for a book series and I have run into a problem. The problem being while I love making maps (fun hobby) I am trying to ...
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Can you combine chromatophores with exoskeleton

I've got an idea of an alien organism that is a powerful predator that shares its environment with extremely intelligent, strong, and dangerous apex predators, and so it evolved an exoskeleton. Its ...
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What is the best procedure or program for creating a 'realistic' worldmap to suit my setting?

I have a fairly-straightforward alternate modern-day Earth setting, somewhat similar to Ace Combat's Strangereal or the 'America' seen in Rockstar North's GTA series (real life, with the serial ...
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How to introduce fictional technology without creating plot holes [duplicate]

Many books, shows, and video-games have technologies in them that often lead to plot holes emerging as the author tries adapt their fictional technology to a variety of different scenarios over time. ...
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What sci-fi discovery creates the most new technology with minimal explanation? [closed]

I had a hard time figuring out exactly how to word this question so I'm going to explain a bit. I'm thinking of an idea for a videogame where the game mechanics are heavily focused on the logistics ...
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World-Building Suggestion [closed]

I started recently diving deep into World-Building and i'm looking for some guidance on how to start build foundations about World-Building. Is there something you suggest like books, movies etc?
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Is it possible for a planet to have the same seasons in both hemispheres?

Our spherical planet has two hemispheres divided at the equator. Those living in the north hemisphere experience the opposite season as those living in the south hemisphere at any given time of year. ...

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