Worldbuilding Respond, Answer, Ask (June/July Edition)

  • What is the Worldbuilding Respond, Answer, Ask?

    Are you a fantasy writer? A science fiction writer? A historical fiction writer? A fanfiction writer? Are you struggling to figure out what exactly your world is about?

    Congrats! You found a thread that will give you prompts to think about aspects of your world you may not have thought about before. How does it work?

    I'll leave a question at the end of this post. The first person to find the thread will post an answer to that question, and leave a question at the end of their post.

    Then another person will arrive. They'll read the first person's post, leave a response (maybe compliment something, or ask a question about something) to the first person's answer. Then, they'll answer the question that person left from the perspective of their world, and leave a question for the next person at the end of their post.

    Something like:

    Q: What is travel like in your world?
    P1: Easy. Portals are usually kept in temples, and getting a mage to open it to a specific location is as easy as having a couple coins.
    P1: leaves question How frivolous are the rich of your world?

    P2: responds to P1 Wow, that sounds nice! Are there any side effects to using portals?
    P2: answers P1's question
    P2: leaves their own question

    And so forth.

    Some notes!

    Your world doesn't need to be a secondary world to answer. Writing a novel set in 1735? Is your story set exactly tomorrow, but with werewolves? Though many questions here tend to apply to secondary worlds, there are plenty others that you can use to fit your modern (or other) setting. If you keep getting stuck behind either questions that can't apply to your world (maybe you don't have magic), then feel free to either pick from a previous question that does apply to your world OR ask for other participants to try posting some more world-neutral questions.
    (If you're socially awkward and don't want to do that on the thread, feel free to PM me and I'll help ya out :) )

    Sometimes posts get long. It happens. Don't flip out. If it's what you need to explain a concept fully and understandably, then do so. On that note:

    Try to write about a paragraph when you post. It's hard to respond when you write two sentences about X element of your world. On the same hand as long posts, sometimes a topic doesn't require a lot of explanation. And that's totally okay! But try not to let one-sentence-answers become a habit.

    Topics can be whatever you think of.

    Don't forget to respond! Responding to other peoples worlds is part of what makes this thread as much fun as it is! Even if all you have to say is "That sounds so awesome" or "That's so weird O.o" -- say it!

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

    A question to start us off: Are there cults in your world?


    Q: Are there cults in your world?

    Yes. The Order. It's kinda hard to explain them without going into a massive rant about Valcrest religion and mythology. As with most things in Valcrest really, but I'm gonna try and put this in simple terms...

    Basically, The Order believes that humanity was hopelessly warped by the way magic was introduced to the world. So they want to destroy it. All of it. So the world can 'fix' itself.

    Fun fact about how magic works in Valcrest; if you destroy it every person born with a magical ability, or just with the smallest bit of magical affinity in their bloodline, is gonna die. That's... A huge part of the population, not only in Valcrest but across the entire continent. And they're super okay with that! The assholes.

    Their beliefs are very rooted in some obscure myths and the way they indoctrinate their members is... Welp... Some of the things they do are known to be so painful your brain won't so much repress the memory but just outright refuse it. And if you survive that part, good luck spending months to possibly years having your humanity beaten out of you. And this is what their highest ranking members have to go through. You don't want to imagine what the more expendable members live like.

    So yeah. All in all... Major assholes. :|

    Q: Is there anything in your world along the lines of crazy superstitions or weird popular beliefs?

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