Which Fantasy World? Some Writing Advice/Guidance

A friend asked me recently “If you could be in any fantasy universe, which one would it be?”

I find this question particularly puzzling because there are so many factors to consider with in each universe. These factors play a major role in lifestyle, culture, and whether or not you die (I am looking at you Game of Thrones universe). So, I  decided to dig in to some of how I choose to develop setting, regions, and culture in my book that I am writing. However, every game, story, or narrative develops their universe differently.

Here we go:

  1. Landscape: I know this might not be much of a first thought, but knowing the terrain and the plants helps a lot. Looking at fantasy films or stories (Lord of the Rings or Avatar [the one with the Blue people]) the interaction they have with the environment and landscape changes how they act. For example, Frodo in the bog/swamp on the way to Mordor. Most places like that are in forested areas, but this shows the effect of evils on land. This challenges their survival across in terms of food and water (I wouldn’t want to go through that bog/swamp, I avoid putting those in my Dungeons & Dragons campaigns). However, landscapes are not limited to what we know in the world of science; there is no limit on creativity,either. Knowing the landscape and your creativity, you can then create the cultures or races (or both) because then we know what kinds of skills these people/ beings would need to survive.
  2. Culture or Race: Every setting either is mono-racial or poly-racial. When I started by novel I decided that there would be a main race, but there would be “lesser” races (as seen by the main race. So, for examples there are the dwarves, elves, and humans. Humans treat elves and dwarves kindly. However, the dwarves and elves are usually a source of tension in party traveling groups or war. So, keep these racial tensions in mind when writing. However, in stories (or TV shows) like Game of Thrones there are regional beings: The North, The South, and The East. This is then further broken down by Houses or Families. This kind of break down is connected to culture. Culture is not limited to what they eat, dress, religion, and weapons. Yes, weapons I think go under culture due to specific parts of history such as the Japanese Samurai, whose katanas defined who they were in terms of class, which was defined by Japanese culture. However, writing advice for a starting point here is to pick one or the other to start with either before or after you choose the type of story or character you want to write about.
  3. Religion: This changes from place to place and person to person. Each author may choose to create symbols for religions in their narrative. However, it isn’t required, even though it might help you develop different cultural interactions between different levels of society.
  4. Weapons: What is common and uncommon? What metals are rare, common, and exotic? Which weapons are unique to each region, race, culture? Which are for formal use and for used for battle? Are there specific fighting styles for those weapons or races? These are some of the many questions you need to ask when creating a world or universe.

These are just starting points for how to develop the setting and characters for your short story, novel, or who knows what else! I hope these help you get some ideas brewing for your next piece!

 

Assassin’s Creed III: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This is not what one may think, I am not going to be looking at the game Assassins’s Creed III as a whole, but rather the language or rhetoric used in the game. I am taking a previous piece I completed for a rhetorics course at Montana State, and turn it in to a piece that can change the views on the influence and impact of having an assassin like Connor during this time, rather than an European/ Revolutionary white assassin. Because what have we had since then or before this game, Assassin’s that are from where the game starts.

Although the role of assassin is considered an outside role, what if you made an outside/exclude race the assassin? What impact does this make? Where can we see the good in this choice made by Ubisoft? Is there a down side to choosing this kind of race?  Of does just every one hate Connor?

I will be posting updates on this large project as I go along! Probably related to images.

Have Fun!

Welcome!

Hi there! My gamer tag for most gaming platforms is QueenHecate. I currently reside in Bozeman, MT. However, I come from Washington. The primary games I play are OverWatch and Assassin’s Creed, but there are plenty more I play.

Many of you are probably asking why Bozeman. Well, I am currently in college at Montana State University. I will be graduating in May 2017 with an English Writing degree. A major focus of my studies have been on gaming — every where from rhetorical studies to script and story writing. There is plenty of interesting things to learn when you have a passion for it. Unlike many other players, I enjoy analyzing the game story in a rhetorical sense that allows me to develop a deeper understanding of what is going on in the game and possibly what is to come. However, I am not as knee deep as some of the programmers who play OverWatch looking for Sombra. I am not that technical savvy. I mean I am an English Major after all.

Overall, I hope to share the many stories of the eSports industry, along with stories of other exciting travels along the west coast. I want to make these people seem more than just gamers that live in their rooms. They are people with a story that is sometimes untold of how they got where they are today. Along with some new interesting information, or stories that I write for games (or novels), or game analyses from events I have attended!