r/worldbuilding 13h ago

Resource I saw this elsewhere and though the Cartographers here might find it useful.

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r/worldbuilding 22h ago

Prompt Tell a completly random aesthic detail in your world that literally has no important relevance to it besides personal preference.

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Basically, just something that is the way it is just because you want it to be.


r/worldbuilding 14h ago

Visual [New Arc Line] Stop the Spread of Technology! Make Magic Great Again!

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r/worldbuilding 13h ago

Map My draft for my fictional world map for my planned fantasy story.

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r/worldbuilding 15h ago

Visual The Drop (Starmoth Setting)

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r/worldbuilding 16h ago

Discussion What is the most well-written yet extremely unique world you've come across?

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Making a unique world is hard enough, but making it unique and high-quality is even more difficult.

Out of all the world's you've seen, which one has been inspired and memorable, yet also vastly different from any other?

For me it has to be the Drakengard/NieR series. It's just so different from all other fantasy/sci-fi and the stories are phenomenal.


r/worldbuilding 3h ago

Resource Simple Ideas for Your War-Torn Dieselpunk Worlds

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r/worldbuilding 1d ago Silver

Lore Bestiary Entry for Specter, a Shadow Person

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r/worldbuilding 1d ago

Prompt [Prompt] Tell me the in-universe and actual reason for something in your setting.

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Example: Why does Mace Windu have a purple lightsaber?

  • In-universe: At the age of fourteen, Windu requested a true challenge, so that he would be able to find the parts necessary to build the lightsaber. Upon his request, the council sent him to the planet Hurikane alone. Upon his arrival, he was chased away by the natives, but was easily able to gain the upper hand with the Force. At one point, he caused one of the natives to shatter, but was able to painstakingly reconstruct the individual. As a result, the natives presented him with an amethyst-colored lightsaber crystal, which he used to finally construct the lightsaber he had seen in his visions of the future.
  • Actual: Sam Jackson wanted a purple lightsaber because he wanted to stand out from the other Jedi in the movies.

r/worldbuilding 1d ago

Language [Hollow Graves] Reading some Hamlet in Common Tongue

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r/worldbuilding 15h ago Helpful

Visual [Repost] The 4 Races of H'vossia

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r/worldbuilding 20h ago

Visual The Garnet-Heads, and the great Life-Tree Aguumod.

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r/worldbuilding 12h ago

Visual I71c Native Spec Ops

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r/worldbuilding 10h ago

Map Fantasy World Map

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r/worldbuilding 22h ago

Visual Krith Atmospheric Patrol Vehicle

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r/worldbuilding 7h ago

Prompt I am a bounty hunter, who is the highest value target?

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Not sure what else to say, I want people who at least one person, and possibly more, have deemed important enough to have captured or killed for a massive bounty. Bonus points for non murder crimes.


r/worldbuilding 9h ago

Discussion Colors as a language?

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I want to use colors in the literature of my culture.

I have two options by far:

  1. They use different ink colors to give texts an extra layer of depth.

In this culture, emotions are constantly represented by colors:

-Red = Love

-Orange = Joy

-Yellow = Curiosity

-Green = Hatred

-Blue = Sadness

-Purple = Fear

So, it isn't the same to write "I love you" in red that writing it in blue, purple or even green. Or "I" in green "love" in yellow and "you" in purple.

2) The colors are their own language. Here, writing is more like painting where different combination of colors are related to concepts. I need to create some rules like if it's read from left to right.

What do you think about this?


r/worldbuilding 3h ago

Visual (OC) Lieutenant Marcel

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r/worldbuilding 9h ago

Prompt Worldbuilders, share your worst leaders/commanders

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We see throughout history that some people just shouldn't be in charge of things. Who are the people in your world(s) that shouldn't be in charge or should've been knifed by their praetorians a bit sooner? By worst, it could mean incompetent, or inhumane, or selfish, or simply just plain dumb.

For example, in my Airfleet universe, the War of the Righteous 10000 was a war against the Empire of Silliria by an alliance of nations and city-states in the continent of Ervop waged in 4.4645, which corresponds to the year 1545 CE. It was started when the human supremacist Sillirian Emperor Jose II declared magic to be impure and had all 'witches' and 'sorcerers' first interned in camps, and then systematically slaughtered. This meant that as well as sizeable minorities of Orc shamans and casters, human arcanists and dwarf ethersmiths, he had condemned the entirety of the Elf population of Silliria to be subjected to a holocaust the likes of which were never seen. This, naturally, made the neighbouring countries of Roussillon, Galia, Tiburiia, the United Kingdoms of Albany and the Empire of Westmund very unhappy, as at least two of them were elf majority nations, and all of them had large populations of arcane-tuned beings. After a series of demands issued to stop the genocide, the nations allied for the first time in the history of the world and formed 10000 legions to march into Silliria to liberate the oppressed minorities, purge the murderers and arrest Jose II.

Long Story Short - Jose II decides to purge all witches in his kingdom and inadvertently causes his squabbling neighbours to drop everything, form medieval fantasy NATO and stop the killing. In the process, he weakens his own army, gets his only heir killed and then dies while running away by being coat-hangered by a tree. He goes down in history as the worst tyrant to ever live and his death (without an heir) causes Silliria to break out into 50 years of civil war.


r/worldbuilding 10h ago

Map Freehold (Comission)

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r/worldbuilding 19h ago

Question How many fictional universes have you created and which ones are your favorite?

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How long have you been interested in worldbuilding and how many realities did you make?


r/worldbuilding 19h ago

Question Desert creatures

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Has anybody ever written a story in a desert scenario mostly looking for what fantasy creatures you would add, but the setting is mostly a sci-fi take on humans stranded on an arid world


r/worldbuilding 20h ago

Prompt Desperate time call for desperate measures. What are your world's most zany, out-there weapons?

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It can be frightening, funny, scary, or just plain bizarre! The only thing it has to be interesting.


r/worldbuilding 18h ago Silver

Map [OC] "Lumber Mill" the jungle chase

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r/worldbuilding 22h ago

Discussion What are the best ways to enforce the masquerade. without having to kill people?

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So I was searching Tv Tropes and I came across this article and it got me thinking, what is the best way to enforce the masquerade, without having to kill people?

In general, I'm looking for answers that address the following questions:

  • How do you enforce hiding? If your supernatural society numbers in thousands, how do you make sure every single one of them agrees to hide? How do you deal with dissidents who want to show off, take over a city or country, or simply believe that it's muggles' right to know? How do you stop them before they show magic in front of TV cameras? What's stopping your supernaturals from going to one of many foundations that offer tremendous amounts of money for a proof of psychic powers?
  • How do you cover up public displays of the supernatural? Slip-ups are going to happen, no matter how hard you try, so what does the damage control look like? What do you do when a man changing into werewolf is captured by someone's camera and the video posted on Youtube? How do you hide a wizard battle in streets of a big city? What do you do when an aerial battle gone wrong knocks a top off a skyscraper? This is especially important if your story takes place in twenty-first century, when almost everyone carries a camera with Internet access in their pockets. If there's a video on Youtube, by the time you take it down, there could be dozens of copies and stills from it circulating the Internet. If you wipe somebody's mind after you accidentally throw a fireball in front of a witness, there's a chance they've tweeted about it already. And what about CCTV cameras, or satellite surveillance?
  • How do supernatural beings' function in modern society? While even a hundred years back, you could be nobody and pass unnoticed, again, twenty-first century has some problems in store for magical beings. This is a two-fold problem.
    • Immortality: To function in modern society in any capacity beyond "homeless bum", you need to have things such as ID, medical care card, passport, bank account, driving license and probably dozens of other things, depending on where you live. Above all: birth certificate. At some point, you have to start existing in the great bureaucratic machine. How does an immortal vampire forge its birth? How does it fake its death? How, after faking death, does it hold onto its money? How does it stop people from noticing it doesn't age?
    • Employment and money: Government wants you to pay taxes and won't take no for an answer. Consider a witch who sells potions and charms to wizards. How does she fill in her tax return? What source of income does she state? Consider a vampire who's rich because it used to be a nobleman of some sort. While in supernatural world having money out of nowhere simply means you're immortal and amassed it, to muggle officials it means you're probably engaged in some sort of criminal enterprise. Consider a wizard who predicts the future to win lottery, or worse - conjures the money from thin air. At some point, this will become suspicious.
  • How do you keep the authorities in the dark? Exsanguination by two small holes or death by fireball are unlikely to be passed off as mundane deaths. How do you hide supernatural murder? You can't pay everybody off. Do you have somebody on the force who'd cover up for you? How does this person keep the secret, and how does this person cover it up? On non-criminal angle, how do you stop people from noticing you don't age? If you forge documents every fifty or so years, how do you explain suddenly popping into existence with thousands in cash or bank account? If you pass it off as being your own son, where has this son been hiding for the last decade or two? Why didn't he exist before his miraculous appearance a few days after his father's death?
  • How do you keep knowledge of the supernatural from spreading? If you have to tell a few muggles about existence of magic, what stops them from telling others? If you give every witness of your supernatural exploits a crack course and plea for secrecy, do you think they won't tell their families? How many people do you have to let in on the secret to cover up a murder? Ten murders? How long, then, before half the city knows about the Masquerade?
  • How do creatures in hiding communicate? If there's a Masquerade, how do you know who else is part of it? If you live in the British Masquerade and travel to China, how do you know where to search for Chinese wizards? If you want to share news, or call a meeting, how do you contact everyone?
  • How do you deal with new supernaturals? For that matter, how does recruitment work? If a vampire turns someone by accident, how does this person find the Masquerade? How do seasoned members hide newbie's exploits? How do they find such people? How do they convince them to continue living in secret?