Tag: Fantasy

Worldbuilding Wednesday 9/6/17: Barbarians

A barbarian ready for action on the battlefield. Note the cleanly picked skeletons. (Conan the Barbarian, by Uncanny Knack)   Without dispute, pulp author Robert E. Howard invented the fantasy character trope of The Barbarian Hero, specifically with his creation Conan. But the roots were laid before that in the Tarzan tales of Edgar Rice …

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Dracolich

The Dracolich, or undead dragon, is the most terrifying and powerful of all dragonkin. Fortunately they are few and far between.   (Rotten Meat, by Edward DeLandre)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/30/17: Mundane Fare

Let’s face it. Most of the food in a typical Medieval European kingdom wasn’t very exciting. This is better than most, folks. Historically, the peasant staple in Europe and the Near East was porridge, which is, basically, a form of oatmeal —  whole grains boiled in water or milk, decanted into a bowl and eaten …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/16/17: Dragon Names

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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Worldbuilding Wednesday, 8/2/17: Inns, Taverns, and Eateries

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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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)

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 even rebels lurking below …

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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.

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 7/12/17: Organizations Clearly Up to No Good

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 Time series for the Aes Sedai. H.P. …

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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 unicorn to rise …

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