Tag Archive | wordlbuilding

Tuesday, Nano Warning!

Today starts Nanowrimo and, as you may have guessed, I’m making a stab at it this year.

That means all other writing will slow down for the next 45 days.

Also, I may be asking for brainstorming help. If you’d like me to filter that one to a “nano-only” filter, I can do so, just speak up.

And speaking of that, I’m looking for 2-4 readers as I go along.

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Hee! (also help?)

Hey, guys, I won the auction for [personal profile] recessional‘s worldbuilding help (sort of a frivolous purchase, I admit; there goes my yarn budget for August)…

…so what world do I want her help with? It shouldn’t be Reisassn, I think, because that’s a project I’m working on with Spouse!Man. That still leaves a lot of worlds!

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Worldbuilding: Population Bottlenecks, Founder Effect

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith posted an interesting discussion on population bottlenecks.

While the article is rather interesting (“North America was populated by no more than 70 people 14,000 years ago, claims stunning new DNA research”), I find the links to Minimum Viable Population and Population Bottleneck more interesting.

World-building-wise, when discussing the exodus that landed people on Reiassan (as well as in contemplating the blue-haired McAliens in Vas’ World), I’ve had to keep in mind such concepts to be sure the populations are viable. But the Founder Effect gives me some fun grist for my mill…

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Draft map of Reiassan, showing a few major landmarks

Draft map of Reiassan
Draft map of Reiassan

showing a few major landmarks

The borders are general “around this latitude” border markers; the border itself would be much more wiggly, following the terrain. The higher border is a historical border, when Ossulund was Eretia, but the border has moved a lot through the centuries

The line in grey down the right-center of the continent is the highest elevation of the major mountain range; the absolute highest peaks are up in the glacial area, petering down to hills by Bitrani territory.

The large river in the middle is the Velka Ree (“big river”), the dot near that is Ossulund.

Although I’m contemplating making the planet slightly smaller than Earth, right now, a degree latitude is the same as it is on Earth – approx. 69 miles (111 km). The continent is approx. 2760 miles long (4441.79 km), 518 miles (833.64 km) wide at the widest point.

Because of the very uneven terrain, travel on goatback is approx. 15 miles a day, down to 10 on the rough parts. Much of the travel is via rivers, and, since the rivers generally flow from North to South, this is part of the reason Callenia is better able to conquer Bithrain than the other way around.

Wordlbuilding – stealing from other languages fail.

When figuring out what to call the shirt-garment worn by the Callanthe people in my Reiassan setting, I decided to name it a qitari, since it was a combination of a Chinese qipao and a Turkish entari. I was pronouncing this kee-tar-ree

Something we were watching on TV yesterday had a qi word, pronounced chee- something. And I said, “am I pronouncing my made-up word wrong?”

A little Googling later, I determined that yes, yes I was: http://qipao.info/

So it’s a chee-tari.

Cool. 🙂

P.S. There will be writing here again soon, I promise.

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Worldbuilding random eep!


Weeks are based on our rotation. They’re nice.

Stories with tendays bother me almost as much as stories with candlemarks and smeeps.

But calling a (for instance) 9-day span a week seems ripe for confusion.


(not smeep, that’s different)

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Magic in Reiassan

The magic in Reiassan parallels the deities. Loosely, it’s divided thus:

Red: War, blood, fire, strength, anger (destruction)

Green: Life, fertility, healing, plants, earth (creation)

Blue: Mind, air, water, breath (chaos)

Very little determined about these so far, but I know:

  • Priests & practitioners are often strongest in one area, to which they’re devoted
  • To be completely focused on one area, or to be in near-perfect balance of the three, are both rare & considered special
  • The area you’re strongest in affects or is affected by you personality/mindset
  • Being in a place strong in your area of focus strengthens your magic (i.e., on/in the water, in the forest, in the middle of war (or by a bonfire)
  • The magic shapes that particular zone

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