A person could spend a lifetime world building and never capture all the intricacies associated with all the cultures in their fantasy world. That’s why I address the basics and a little bit more. Think of it as a Hollywood set where what the camera films appears real, but what’s just off camera isn’t. As needed I world build beyond the basics for each culture (like building new film sets).
There are great lists out there with great questions for world building. I’ve used them myself. Before that step, though, the first questions should be addressed to the world builder.
What are the stories you want to tell and what’s the world like you want to tell them in?
See it? Okay, now start building.
My between-the-lines point here is we begin with an imposition before letting the world evolve naturally from that point. Impose everything and you’ve a world where the pieces don’t fit. It’s a tricky balance and a bit like, well, writing.
Making the choice of where to start and end imposing is a choice only you can make. Think of it as planting seeds. Do you want to grow your stories in a pot, garden, green house, or on a farm?
There are many cultures on Tremjara and I’ve done minimal work on most of them because they’re outside the camera’s view at the moment. I’m adding more all the time. Here’s a small sample…
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