WorldEmber Prep 2023 - Rise of a desert kingdom in Aran'sha | World Anvil

WorldEmber Prep 2023 - Rise of a desert kingdom

It has been two months since I joined worldanvil and much has changed in the world of Aran'sha - first the name, then the look and finally, well...me as a writer (most of which I have to thank the awesome community for).   What started as a little sideproject to keep my world consistent for a DnD campaign has pretty much become a full time hobby. I took part in a two competitions already (yay!) and now we will keep on worldbuilding.    

Chapter 1: AREAS OF FOCUS

  So, what's going to happen in Aran'sha? For worldember, I aim not only to flesh out "Ri'kahar", my main area, with culture, cities (at least two) and some other things, there will also be the first articles of the pantheon. Last, but not least I also want to read as many entries for WE as I can and especially comment more than before - I have been doing that way less than people deserve.  


Chapter 2 - Mini metas and me

  Oh my, thats a harder one. Lets split this into sections:   The desert kingdom   Ri'kahar needs some actual structure, especially organisation wise. To build that up I will start fleshing out Al'nahar, the main city and its districts (and yes, each should get its own article). Afterwards we will venture outwards, following the caravans to the next great city and touch on the landscapes they encounter. Also expect some plothooks here and there. To add to the mystical element of the world I plan to get some secrets and rumours going - I will leave it up to you to decide which are right and which are wrong As an afterthought I might also throw in some of the organisational structure of the desert kingdom - most of these are already planned or exists as stub and I think its time to flesh them out.   The gods, oh the gods   As mentioned, the pantheon will get its first articles and we will connect this to the cities - which gods are worshipped where and why? Before WE starts I will probably publish the pantheon overview if I get a good presentation going.   Last, but not least: Category reorganisation is already underway, for now there is some work in the "The lands of Aran'sha" -> "Animals" Section, since it got a bit crowded in my little zoo (there's Beasts of the Sea for now, but Beasts of the land and sky will follow soon), but expect further changes along the road.  

Chapter 3 - So many things to do

  Welcoming my readers - that would be you!   When I first saw the homework I was like "well, that shouldn't be too hard" -but hidden under that deceptive little line was quite the challenge.

I started moving some things around, added a few new fonts but quickly noticed I needed some outside perspective. So, I looked around and found someone else who needed outside perspective for a little exchange.

Enter the wonderful Catoblepon - a little brainstorming session later I had many many things I wanted to change. So, lets find out what the new design is going to look like and dive into some details:

  • - A World Cover! Once it was mentioned it was obvious that I was missing a visual introduction. Now I only have to find the right picture in 1920x500. I'm excited to search for one!
  • - Next in line is my introduction - the upper part is a bit of storytelling, it deserves its own style or even container.
  • - Let's also look into making the book covers a bit smaller so everything fits into one nice little row - if that doesn't look good, it stays as it is.
  • - The world codex is going to be hidden (I dont work with it anyways) and the recent articles will be in a neat little row under the books as shown in the graphic on the left.
  • - A new and clearer background for the main page and articles - the further down you scroll on the current one, the harder to read it is.
  • - And last, but definitely not least - all the category pages will receive a short excerpt introducting the category to you - that's something I should have thought of, but slipped my mind. I'm looking forward to writing those.


If you have any further ideas or suggestions, just leave me a comment and don't forget to check out Shattered by Catoblepon - its worth the visit! Also, if you did not already know about it, check out Nnie's wonderful Comment Carolers.




 

Chapter 4 - This is it

Worldember is approaching fast and I'm ready to start. As for last preperations, I'm creating a few more stubs , did a little cleanup of my desk and ordered a new fancy notebook worthy of Aran'sha and got a new mug ready.

  I'm really looking forward to my first worldember and hope you are too! With that said, I'll look forward to see all your lovely articles and stories.
    May your world's embers ever glow.

  Tyrdal
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Nov 5, 2023 20:29

Hm yes, can't wait to see your cities. Sounds really good, I enjoyed the things I read already. :)

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Nov 6, 2023 18:56

Glad you liked it, hope to have some new stuff to share soon - see you in discord!

Sit down, my friend, and let me tell you of Aran'sha . A world where the sands shift and the stars sing, where the wind carries secrets and the twin moons keep silent vigil over it all.
Nov 6, 2023 15:14

Sounds like a great project - I always like to read about worlds that have interesting environmental conditions, and a desert kingdom sounds fun!   On commenting - a bunch of people are planning on 'Comment Caroling' throughout Worldember - you can read more about it here: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/solaris-nnie/a/annie-s-worldember-prep-article

Nov 6, 2023 16:09

Thanks Demongrey - I found out about comment caroling 5 minutes after I wrote the article. I will join in and was planning to update the article tonight.

Sit down, my friend, and let me tell you of Aran'sha . A world where the sands shift and the stars sing, where the wind carries secrets and the twin moons keep silent vigil over it all.
Nov 6, 2023 18:03

Good Luck and success for your first time! I'm very excited about your pantheon and the ethnia living in Ri'kahar.

Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.
Nov 6, 2023 18:55

Thank you, I'm excited to tell you all! And eager to start to be fair, I might start writing on those topics a bit earlier and just work into december.

Sit down, my friend, and let me tell you of Aran'sha . A world where the sands shift and the stars sing, where the wind carries secrets and the twin moons keep silent vigil over it all.
Nov 7, 2023 08:51 by Elspeth

I love building out a Pantheon! It always helps me understand more about the culture of the people who worship. Do you find the same? Have a great WorldEmber! You've got this. :)

Nov 27, 2023 20:33

Building a pantheon is trickier than I thought originally - but I think I have some ideas. Hope your WE will be a splendid one too!

Sit down, my friend, and let me tell you of Aran'sha . A world where the sands shift and the stars sing, where the wind carries secrets and the twin moons keep silent vigil over it all.
Nov 27, 2023 22:02 by Elspeth

Thank you! If you need any support (emotional or otherwise) let me know!

Nov 25, 2023 20:19

First WE here too Tyrdal. Best of luck. Take care of yourself and remember to ENJOY THE JOURNEY no matter what happens.

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Nov 27, 2023 20:32

Oh, that I will - hope to read some new stories from you too.

Sit down, my friend, and let me tell you of Aran'sha . A world where the sands shift and the stars sing, where the wind carries secrets and the twin moons keep silent vigil over it all.
Nov 27, 2023 19:04 by Ononomad

You’re off to a great start already with your plan. I hope you have a fun and inspiring Worldember. I’m looking forward to reading about the cities and people of Aran’sha.