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The Aereaxerer archipelago hovers high above the Nevilla Forest, wobbling ever so slightly on stems up to a mile high. This unlikely feature is the home of the Expectant Wood serial story, available to Patreon readers.

Best place to start
Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
The stories run in chronological order.


The Serial: Expectant Woods
These posts available to Patreon patrons

Nimbus and her family are on an expedition, exploring the Center of Aereaxera, the biggest island in the Aereaxerer archipelago. But something is amiss at the center of their world…!

Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
Chapter Two: The Stamen-End
Chapter Three: A Slippery Stamen-End
Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit
Chapter Five: The First Rescue
Chapter Six: The Cut in Aereaxera
Chapter Seven: The Chute in the Tree
Chapter Eight: The Forest Under the Tree
Chapter Nine: Cartwright’s
Chapter Ten: A Long Way Away
Chapter Eleven: The Watering Can
Chapter Twelve: Hell’s Eyes
Chapter Thirteen: Strange World
Chapter Fourteen: A Long Walk Around
Chapter Fifteen: Being Childish
Chapter Sixteen: The First Man Down the Stalk
Chapter Seventeen.: An Unplanned Detour
Chapter Eighteen: A Fooxin and a Friend
Chapter Nineteen: Nobody Up
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Twenty: In the Shadows
Chapter 21: Worlds of Differences
Chapter 22 — Learning and Knowing
Chapter 23 — A Lesson in Plants
Chapter 24: Horn-Grab the Day
Chapter 25: While the Sun is Shining
Chapter 26: An Apology Matters Only When Meant
Chapter 27: Behind (Almost) Every Bush…
Chapter 28: The Book of Aereaxera
Chapter 29: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone
Chapter 30: A Young Lady
Chapter 31: 1000 Stairs and Unkind Thoughts
Chapter 32: Children are Children, People are People
Chapter 33: Stupid Questions
Chapter 34: Adulthood
Chapter 35: The Wilds of the Tame Lands
Chapter 36: Lies and Lizards
Chapter 37: Creatures Great and Small
Chapter 38: Too Many Questions
Chapter 39: Tadpoles on Fish. Water Under Stones.
Chapter 40: Arrival and Plans to Leave
Chapter 41: Water Works

Expectant Worldbuilding!

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World-Building June: About
World Building June Day 2: Geography
World Building June Day 3: People
World Building June Day 4 and Five – History, Civilizations, & Environment
World Building June Day 6 – Plants
Back to World Building June! 7 – Economy, Animals
World Building June: Government, Economy
World Building June 11: Governments, Communication

 

World Building June: Government, Economy

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.
It‘s June World Building!  And I continue with some more questions from Inspector Caracal’s List!

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11- How many different governments does the story interact with? How are they different or similar, or why is the one isolated?

Nimbus really doesn’t interact with any of the Sky Island Governments, but as mentioned before, there are four of them.  Her parents belong to the academic group and live on one of those Islands (although I may need to check that).

The Sky Islands are intermingled only with each other, of course, and do not touch the land below.  Many of the differences and similarities were mentioned above in “Who Lives in your World?”; notably, while msot of the people on the Sky Islands share a single broad set of values, each government represents a subsection of those values. Continue reading

World Building June: Government, Economy

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.
It‘s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 

And it’s also June World-Building!  So I’m shifting over to Inspector Caracal’s questions, but as I already had a few (a week) written on the first set, there’s some overlap, and I skipped ahead to closer to the actual day on Cal’s list. 

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8. How is your world run? Who’s in power?

Above: All of the sky islands are technically one government.  They are run by a central elected set of leaders – five of them – who are supported by a set of representatives chosen by each of the four territories of islands. Continue reading

Back to World Building June!

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.
It’s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 

And it’s also June World-Building!  So I’m shifting over to Inspector Caracal’s questions, but as I already had a few (a week) written on the first set, there’s some overlap. (and I skipped question six on the “Official” list). 

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Day 7 World-Building June

How does the economy work in your world? What sorts of currencies do they use?

Above: On the islands, there are four different currencies, depending on the islands you are on. Continue reading

World Building June Day 6

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.
>It’s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 

And it’s also June World-Building!  So I’m shifting over to Inspector Caracal’s questions, but as I already had a few (a week) written on the first set, there’s some overlap. (and I skipped question six on the “Official” list). 

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6- What kinds of wild and domesticated plants grow there?
Are there many types or only a few?

Oooh!  *Rubs hands together*

Some spoilers below for Expectant Wood. Continue reading

World-Building June Day 4 & 5

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.

 It’s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 

And it’s also June World-Building!  So I’m shifting over to Inspector Caracal’s questions, but as I already had a few (a week) written on the first set, there’s some overlap.

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4.  What’s its history? (How did it come to be?)

Many years ago – around 500 – there was a great and long battle between two factions or nations.  The final act of the opposing side, the side that does not live in this area (I see them living off to the left, which would be west, over a great obstruction, perhaps a very wide river) was to cast several plant-growing spells on the area.

The most notable of these lifted up the sky islands.  It left below them something like  craters, but considering the amount of plant matter that quickly covered everything else, those craters were not very notable.

Everything – roads, the remnants of cities, the wizards themselves – it was all covered over.  And in the peace treaty that was made with those who survived on the surface, it was said that they must remain apart.  The people on the sky islands had to stay up there, where they couldn’t cause any more trouble, and all of their magical artifacts left on the surface must be destroyed.

Then the wizards went back over their river. Continue reading

World-Building June Day 3: People

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.

It’s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 

And it’s also June World-Building!  So I’m shifting over to Inspector Caracal’s questions, but as I already had a few (a week) written on the first set, there’s some overlap.

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3. Who lives in your world?

There are several groups just in the small region covered by the Expectant Woods

The Sky Islands themselves are a loose confederacy of people.  Only the central three largest were originally urban, and they have a certain feel to them that is different from the two ends; those nearest the ocean are inhabited almost entirely by people who came there from the cities or the further-into-the-mountains islands (although there is a legend of one warship of people that was risen up with one of the smaller islands).  The mountain-ward are more independent people, not hearkening much to the laws of the central islands.  And the first mountain-ward island after the three central is almost entirely devoted to academic pursuits.

Below there are the groups that those above call the tribes. Continue reading

World-Building June Day 2: Geography

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.

It’s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 🌋

2. What’s the Geography of your world?

Twelve sky islands hang above the sea, forest, and mountains.

Each sky island has the same basic geography: It is roughly round, usually with four to eight rounded protuberances (thin overlapping petals). At the center of each island, the ground curves upward in something that might look like a small volcano.

This center is hollow in all cases, but only on the biggest islands is it big enough to admit a full-grown person.

The islands above the forests tend towards rich soil, hilly surfaces, and small rivers.

Those above the ocean tend towards relatively flat areas with sandy soil.

Those above the mountains are quite hilly and rocky.

This, of course, is because they were all lifted up from the ground beneath.

As for the Down-Below land: the Nevilla mountains are not impossible, but they present a very impressive boundary which comes rather close to the ocean.  Between the ocean and the mountains, the ground rolls slowly down to the ocean-front plains, covered until the coast mainly in thick, dense forest and wild grasslands.

The ocean seems to stretch on forever to the west and to the east-south-east.  There are no other islands visible save for the sky islands.  Even from the highest island, one cannot see past the mountains.

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World-Building June: About Aerax

Originally posted on Patreon in June 2018 and part of the Great Patreon Crossposting to WordPress.

It’s World-Building June!  So I’m building Worlds! Here on Patreon, I’m building “Aerax”, the world of Expectant Woods. Over on WordPress, I’m working on Bear Empire, the world of the so-named story, and a new thing called United Space. 
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1. Tell us about your world, what’s it about?

Sky Islands!

The world I call Aerax, or at least the continent that the story Expectant Woods takes place on, was the center of a massive Mage-War approx 500 years ago.

The notable remnants of this are a series of islands high in the sky, isolated from the forest, ocean, and mountains below, and ruins of places on the edges of where those islands once were in that forest and those mountains.

Magic is generally considered to be a myth on the islands, but it is still very much alive in the down-below world, although mostly in protected pockets.

Exploring the connection between these two is the subject of the story Expectant Woods; spoilers below.

The islands were raised up on gigantic flower-like stems, bigger than any tree on earth, long-lived and durable but still, in the end, a plant. Travel between the Sky Islands and the lower area is both nearly impossible and completely taboo, which means that the societies have been evolving separately for quite a while.

This land used to be fertile farmland and the heart of a city.  Now… Now the ground below lies mostly in jungle and ruins, and the islands above make their own way, each one only tenuously connected to the next.

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