Category: Writing – Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding Wednesday 7/14/21: Witches of the North
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  “Long, long ago, at the very beginning, a White Witch came out of the North and bound our land in snow and ice for a hundred years. And we think this may be one of the same crew.” This throwaway quote by an anonymous owl in The Silver Chair made me think. Its casual …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 7/7/21: Seals of the Seven Lords
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One of the ways The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie differs from the book is the role the Seven Lost Lords play. In the book, the lords, who opposed Miraz the Usurper, are exiled and depart on a sea voyage to explore the east, only to disappear; they are the impetus for Caspian to …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/30/21: The Green Witch
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C. S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair featured the second most powerful villainess of the Narnia world: The Green Witch, known by her more popular title of The Lady of the Green Kirtle (a Medieval term for a woman’s petticoat/gown.)  She works by subterfuge, can transform into a serpent, has a knowledge of hypnotism and magic …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/23/21: The Twins of Archenland
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  Archenland is a country to the south of Narnia proper (that is, Narnia the nation-state not Narnia the world) and lies between it and Calormen, providing a buffer of sorts. Rather, its mountains provide a buffer. There’s a northern range lying between it and Narnia, and a southern range that provides a barrier to …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/16/21: Gallic Chieftains

  Where did the name of Mr. Tumnus, the helpful faun of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, come from? Gallic chieftains, of course! Where -umnus and -umnos were frequent components, as in names Togodumnos and Dumnorix.  Of course, these were also latinised; the only way we know these names today is through Roman …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/9/21: Let’s Hear it for the As

Aslan, the lion deity of The Chronicles of Narnia, shows his importance by having A as the first letter of his name. In the English language, it’s the first letter of the alphabet. One language theory posits that modern humans, when they read written characters, use the same parts of the brain once used for …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 6/2/21: The Best of Twittersnips
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One of the subjects I love randomgenning most are mythical creatures – demons, monsters, legendary beings, animals. These names are culled from my Twitter feed, from the years 2017 – 2020.   Mythical Beings Satatareth, the Angel of Good Hygiene Gembilath, the Angel of Decay Hestothy, the Demon Queen of Depravity Levibed: A demon that …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/26/21: Strawberry Shortcake
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Any woman of a certain age will recall Straw berry Shortcake and her friends, scent- and color-themed dolls that reigned over the girl-toy world of the early 1980s. But the titular character actually had her start years earlier, in the 1970s. In that granola-crunch world, she began as an illustration on a greeting card. Like …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/19/21: Beatles Songs

The Fab Four in their Western cartoon version (above) from the 1965 Saturday morning cartoon, and an Eastern version of them as Japanese manga figures, below. One thing about the Beatles is that their song titles evolved over time. Here’s a listing from A Hard Day’s Night, released in 1964: And then Abby Road (1969): …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 5/12/21: Druid Magic

As prevalent as druids are in fantasy literature and gaming, very little is known of them from the historical record. What we do know comes from the accounts of the Romans who colonized Europe and Britain. They were famously derisive of the native tribes, seeing them as little more than uncouth barbarians, and also had …

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