Summer Camp 2023 pledge
It's that time of the year again! I'm super excited for this year's challenge, as it comes in a moment when I'm already thinking about a new area of my universe—so it's perfect! Last year I went for silver, so I'll keep the same goal this year, and for the same reasons. I have a difficult time with prompts in general, so aiming higher than that might end up with me burning out in the end. It's happened before, and I don't want it to happen again! However, if next month I feel like I can get to Gold or even Diamond, I'll welcome the inspiration and go for it. With all of that said...
My goal for July is to lay out the foundations of Earth (alternate history), a still unexplored area of my universe. I won't do it just for the badges, but I will try to challenge myself so long as it doesn't affect my mental health.And this is my pledge certificate!
1. PowerHere are some thoughts on power in my world!
- Political power: Europe (the focus) is dominated by several powerful countries, such as the Mediterranean Crown and the Roman Empire. There's a lot of intrigue and shenanigans that can happen between and within countries!
- Personal power: other than political leaders and monarchs, there are also those who wield the arcane powers. They are called arcanurgists and while they are relatively rare, their actions have a strong impact on the world at large.
- The area of focus for my worldbuilding on Earth is Europe, especially the Mediterranean Crown. This means that territories far away from this country can be considered frontiers—after all, the concept of "frontier" is highly subjective and depends on which society you take as reference! Within the Mediterranean Crown, territories that are far away (geographically or culturally) from Barcelona, the capital city, could be considered frontiers as well. The primary example is the Kingdom of Carthage (northern Africa), as well as the Province of the Mediterranean Balkans (the easternmost region of the Crown). For other European countries, such as France or the UK, their colonies would be considered frontiers, but they are not an area of focus here.
- But even with a more local scope, there are frontiers everywhere! Within the Principality of Catalonia (which contains the capital of the Crown and, therefore, is overall the most powerful region), areas far away from the capital receive less attention. Politically, while most regions within Catalonia are now constituted as vegueries, some of them are still constituted as counties, which have a larger degree of autonomy. To the eyes of the capital, these regions are starting to become anachronistic, so they could be considered frontiers as well.
- If you got teleported to my version of Earth, the first thing you'd notice would be... well, probably it would be the super-cool magic steampunk aesthetic. But the second thing would be the huge statues that can be seen everywhere on the surface (and underwater) of the planet. Most of them are somewhere between 100 and 300 meters tall (although some are taller and some shorter), and they represent mythological creatures. In Europe, they tend to especially represent characters from Greek or Norse mythology, although some statues haven't been identified. There is a lot of mystery surrounding these statues—mostly because I haven't figured much about them yet :P But they are ancient, so this theme might help!
- Communication includes language, and I love languages, so I love this theme! :D
- That out of the way, I've been thinking a lot about this theme for my world. My version of Earth doesn't have instant long-range communication yet other than some magical means, but magic is rare enough that mundane means of communication are still needed.
- I love the beacons between Rohan and Gondor (specifically how they are portrayed in the movies), so I want a similar thing for my world! Of course the beacons are inspired by real-world methods of communication—my grandparents' hometown had a "telegraph tower", which was actually part of a line of old towers that used lights to send messages at long distances (nothing to do with an actual telegraph).