The GOLD PROMPTS at the moment are accessible! Let’s unpack wave 2 of our worldbuilding Summer season Camp, and share some concepts and head for fulfillment! (Right here’s our Copper wave and Silver wave unpacking posts in case you missed it).
The Gold theme: Discovery
Wave 3 of the Summer season Camp prompts is about Discovery—analysis, investigation, exploration, and extra! Worlds thrive on change, it makes the complete setting and its story (whether or not it’s a marketing campaign, a novel, or one thing else) far more fascinating. Analysis, investigation, and exploration are sometimes catalysts for change, which implies that now’s the time to consider what can the individuals in your world uncover! Take into consideration what’s been already found too—historic ruins and wondrous powers are nice methods so as to add to the phantasm of depth you need to obtain in your work.
You possibly can very simply hyperlink this to the earlier two themes if you wish to! For instance, possibly the expanse within the Copper wave is a spot full of recent issues ready to be found. Or you could possibly do it the opposite manner round—what if the expanse had a civilization that was about to find what’s outdoors of that expanse? And naturally, all nice discoveries are led by somebody, which is an effective way to hyperlink it to the Silver prompts!
Summer season Camp 2022: Gold Prompts
Keep in mind, you possibly can fill in all of the Worldbuilding Summer season Camp 2022 prompts from our Summer season Camp 2022 Web page!
Someplace in your world setting describe…
1. a settlement that was misplaced or found
El Dorado, Shangri-La (Misplaced Horizon), Atlantis
The remnants of previous misplaced civilizations are on the core of many legends, and for good purpose! These civilizations are normally idealized or highly effective, so it’s fascinating to consider their tales. For instance, Atlantis was mentioned to be an important navy energy that disappeared out of the blue below the ocean. Shangri-La is claimed to be a gorgeous and calm valley within the Tibetan mountains, usually thought-about a utopia. To your world, determine if you’d like the settlement to be actual or a delusion, and why (or how) it was misplaced or found. Ensure to attach it with different elements of the world too!
2. an astonishing pure marvel
Wawona Tree, Rimfall (Discworld), the wormhole (Deep Area 9)
Misplaced cities are nice and all, however generally we simply need to admire the wonders of nature. Utilizing a pure marvel might be an effective way to strengthen the themes of your story. For instance, a wormhole in Deep Area 9 reinforces the theme of exploring the unknown. In Discworld, the Rimfall is a waterfall on the fringe of the world (which is a flat disk) and reinforces an essential a part of the setting. So when making a pure marvel on your world, take into consideration which themes it’s associated to. And you can too hyperlink it to the earlier immediate: possibly the pure marvel is positioned in the midst of that settlement, or it accommodates a portal to get there.
3. a lately found, or rediscovered, species
Dinosaurs, dragons (Eragon), dying slugs (The Expanse)
Discovering a brand new species, particularly if they’re very completely different from what you’re used to, generally is a world-shaking occasion… particularly if the species continues to be round! To make them have an excellent larger impression, tie them in with the setting’s themes, in addition to the central battle. For instance, Ergaon’s story revolves round dragons, that are a species that has been (virtually) misplaced for many years. For a extra interconnected world, take into account making this species the native inhabitants of the settlement you wrote about in immediate 1!
4. a misplaced or found artifact of significance or energy
Templar treasure, the One Ring (The Lord of the Rings), Tesseract (Marvel Universe)
It’s MacGuffin time! That’s to say, time to consider an object that is essential for the plot or battle(s) of your world. Now, the merchandise might be objectively highly effective by itself, however its energy might additionally rely on the characters. For instance, in The Lord of the Rings, the One Ring is a really highly effective merchandise, nevertheless it solely is harmful if there’s somebody round to make use of (or hoard) it. It is a very helpful machine, because it introduces dangers and risks nevertheless it doesn’t take away company from the characters, one thing that’s particularly essential in RPGs.
5. a know-how misplaced, forgotten or shrouded in thriller
Numenera (Numenera), star gates (Stargate), Soulcasters (The Stormlight Archive)
Misplaced know-how is an effective way to introduce thriller into your setting. We’re used to know-how all the time progressing ahead, so discovering previous know-how that’s extra superior than the present technological degree makes for a really participating plot hook. In Numenera, all people lives in a medieval-style society, however as a result of superior civilizations have collapsed no less than eight occasions earlier than, there are a ton of technological remnants from ages previous (that are known as Numenera). In The Stormlight Archive, there are historic units like Soulcasters and Shardblades which can be many occasions extra superior than present know-how, and discovering the place they arrive from is an important a part of the plot.
6. a misplaced or found monument
The Colossus of Rhodes, the Argonath (The Lord of the Rings), most star gates (Stargate)
Misplaced monuments are much like misplaced cities: they each are remnants of an historic civilization. However there’s a distinction! Monuments are additionally symbols of one thing that whoever constructed them thought-about essential. The Argonath in The Lord of the Rings have been constructed by Gondor a very long time in the past, and so they mark the northern border the dominion had after they have been constructed. Nonetheless, on the finish of the Third Age, the dominion had shrunk down, so the statues not have been half of the particular border. That is an incredible option to combine the decline of a strong kingdom with a sense of nostalgia and marvel.
7. an Explorer, Researcher or different character motivated by discovery
Marie Curie, Indiana Jones, Star Trek captains
Huge discoveries are sometimes led by a single individual, even when they’ve a loyal crew that helps them. From a story standpoint, focusing the invention on a personality makes it instantly extra essential within the reader’s (or participant’s) thoughts—we see the invention via their eyes and perceive their struggles! Plus, characters with a powerful drive to find new issues are very straightforward to love, so it’s a really robust motivation in case you’re seeking to create a likable character. So, to create a personality like this, discover what’s the foundation of their motivation, i.e. why are they researching/exploring and why do they need to uncover this factor they’re after?
8. a journey log or different doc related to discovery
Darwin’s diary, a wizard’s spell analysis e-book, blueprints for a spaceship prototype
Any good explorer or scientist could have a doc the place they log their progress. This might sound a really small and unimportant element, nevertheless it truly offers loads of realism and depth to your world—particularly in case you write it as it’s written within the setting! Now, you don’t want to jot down out the complete factor, however even arising with simply a few paragraphs written by an explorer will make this discovery extra impactful.
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