Tag Archive: Fantasy

Aug 16

Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/16/17

Dragon Names No other creature is as evocative of the contemporary fantasy genre as the dragon. They combine snakes, lizards, dinosaurs, large mammalian predators, and human intellects into one massive, armored, fire-breathing package. (Their drives, however, are their own.) The current version of the dragon dates from within the last 100 years. Tolkien gave us …

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Aug 02

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 8/2/17

The Granddaddy of all Fantasy fiction tropes must surely be the Medieval Inn, with its open hearths and wenches in low-cut bodices, unsavory characters lurking about, and bowls of hot stew. (No less a luminary than Tolkien created the seminal template with The Prancing Pony.) In truth, inns served a vital function in the Medieval/Renaissance …

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Jul 31

Black Queen III

The Black Queen’s personal life was full of misery, which was odd for such a powerful figure. Sad to say, she wasn’t above taking it out on her slaves. (Misery by FrankT on DeviantArt)

Jul 19

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 7/19/17

Civic and Community Organizations Not as glamorous as evil societies or those dedicated to dark magic. But every sizable town and city in a typical Medieval European society has them. There are guilds devoted to workers and tradesmen, merchants’ leagues, secret societies like Freemasons, civic leagues dedicated to improve some aspect of city life, and …

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Jul 17

Black Queen II

Her visage was so terrible she always kept it masked…. until the day a handsome man was able to pierce it. But that’s another story.

Jul 12

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 7/12/17

  Organizations, Fellowships, and Secret Societies   Fantasy fiction (and science fiction, for that matter) is full of secret societies, thieves’ guilds, Hellfire clubs, and other associations for like-minded individuals. Often these are major drivers of the plot. Frank Herbert’s Dune would not be the same but for the Bene Gesserit, or The Wheel of …

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Jul 05

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 7/5/17

More Magic   I was going to list some ideas for evil societies for this week, but the randomization software needs more tweaking. So here are some more random magic spells and items. Lamp of Grim Digging:  Enables the owner to find and dig up buried bodies quickly and easily. Yungamel’s Levitating Unicorn:  Causes a …

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Jun 28

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 6/28/17

“Yes, I do heartily repent. I repent I had not done more mischief; and that we did not cut the throats of them that took us, and I am extremely sorry that you aren’t hanged as well as we.”  —  Anonymous Pirate, asked on the gallows if he repented   “I am sorry to see …

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Jun 26

The Little Merfish

The Little Mermaid received quite a surprise when she tried to return to the sea. (Strange how horrific a mythological creature becomes when its parts are reversed.)

Jun 17

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 6/14/17… wait, there’s more!

Because it was just too much damn fun to come up with these. Another selection of free spells to add to your campaign, story, novel, game, comic, whatever. Chantsuma’s Wondrous Cacophony:  Creates a mosaic of noise around the target, a mix of music, voices, animal cries, thunder, chants, roaring waves, bird calls, crashing objects, etc. …

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