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World building tips #1:The land part one

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 11, 2014, 7:25 AM
First in a series of in-depth tips for world building!
these are my thoughts only! and is not the set way to create a planet! they are simple tips that I will Explain.

The aim of these journals is to give you Idea's and things to think about while building your own world. these are all things that I have used while creating my own world and will throw in some examples from my world, Koterana.

Okay now time to get started!

World building tips #1
THE LAND
part one 

you probably have made a creature or character right? almost every fantasy artist has at some point, But where on earth is it going to live?
a fantasy earth?
different dimension?
a new planet?

so lets start on building a home for your little darlings!
 
First off the lay of the land.

 how many habitats are there?
is there a multitude of various habitats like earth or only one like say the moon?

ether one you pick is fine maybe you want a mixture of the two? 
with fewer habitats you must remember that your creatures will look different but will share common traits with the other creatures of the same habitat. but that will be put in more detail in a future issue. right now we are focusing on the land itself.
so lets move this along to different habitats.

there are lots to choose from, from real life habitats to fantasy ones.
are most of the habitats all natural or have they been "domesticated?"  
here are a few good habitats to consider,

FOREST
there are many types of woodland and forest in all they of cores consist of trees. Or do they? its a fantasy remember it could be a forest of crystals berried in the depths of the world or even a forest of clouds up high in some cloud kingdom. ether way the basic layout for any forest or woodland consists of layers
Sky
Canopy
tree
ground, water
under ground

if we use the crystal forest example it would probably look more like this

land
cave ceiling
crystal tips
crystal
land, water
deep underground
planet core

here are some inspirational forests to go look up
rainforests
evergreen
continuous
there are more but these are truly beautiful places.


next issue 
world building tips #1 the land part 2

this will cover other habitats such a mountains, seas, 
planes extra including fantasy such as crystal labyrinths, sky heavens, dark abyssal chambers and religious themed places like hell, heaven, purgatory extra.
(please note however I will NOT be discussing hell and heaven or purgatory but places based of such places such as lava kingdoms or cloud kingdoms this also goes for other religious places such as the underworld and paradise)

future issues will include, creature design, tradition building fantasy religions, community's and all manner of world building things.



please note I do my best to stay clear of touchy subjects such as religions, and other multi fantasy race situations like racism and sexism. remember that we are creating a FANTASY WORLD! and thus will not include your opinions of the REAL WORLD!
some of my races are very sexist, even though I am not a sexist myself.

Next issue will be here soon.
If you have any questions please fell free to ask I would love to hear your opinions and would like to help with any trouble you have :)        

 

 
  

 
 
 

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