Worldbuilding Day 4: Cataclysms

5 Jan

Today’s exercise is to jot down Really Big Land Features in the story and their causes. However, I’m thinking about my Really Big Land Features and wondering, “what is the point of the cause?” Because to me, the history of these land features isn’t actually that important. They simply are, just like the Great Lakes surrounding my native Michigan are, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in my second-home Virginia are. I don’t give much thought to how they came to be, and I don’t see that my characters are going to give much thought to how these various features came to be. That’s my story though–yours might be different.

Instead, I’ll focus on the purpose of these features within the story.

1. The Bellan Mountains. Along with providing a sense of security to MC, as described in yesterday’s post, they’re also a burden to groups of people who would like to muscle their way through to the largely unexplored lands beyond, something the king is wholly against.

2. The Black River. The dividing line between Bellador and Kedron. A source of magic, and a feature in many a children’s bedtime story, it’s a huge source of fear for MC (and others).

3. The Ahalan Forest. A safe haven for those who have been driven from Bellador for practicing magic. Setting of many of Saxen’s memories.

4. Shoreline cliffs. Containing the perfect hidey-holes for anyone coming in by boat.

Again, this isn’t exactly what the exercise called for… oh well, it’s getting me thinking!

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