Cathedris Themesong

Summercamp 2022 Pledge and Tracker

Time to chill and write what I can and be happy with what I do!

I pledge to take part in Camp Chill, have a good time, and do what I can with the limited time I have during July. I aim for Copper, but if I get only a few articles done and don't hit that goal, I'll still be happy with what I have written.
— Stormbril
  This is a busy busy summer for me -- to be honest, they always are, but this one is in particular! Throughout July I'll be moving myself and my partner into new places for the both of us, as I move to another city for school and she moves to a cheaper place with roommates. It'll be a month of packing and prep and I'm going to need to be careful not to tire myself out leading into August.  

Prep Work

June is busy for me too -- with the whole looking for places thing, along with a busy month of work. That said, there's a few things I am working on for prep stuff! The area of focus for me this Summer Camp (and probably going forward a bit) will be Artazia, the country in which Avartarian resides. It's loosely based on British Columbia, geographically speaking, and I think that should make it easier for me as it's where I grew up and live (for now).  
Part of the prep will be on a new character I intend to write during June -- Ash Barklow. They're a bookstore owner originally from Artazia, and will serve as a fact distributing character telling patreons lots of interesting tidbits of information -- maybe telling of my design process as well.
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Ash Barklow

Procurement Officer of Barklow's Books
This right here? This is a bit of 4th wall breaking. This is me, Ash themselves, telling you a bit about the seeds from which Avartarian and Artazia grew -- they're actually based on one of Stormbril's real life friends.   The names are mashed up bits of his online name, and some of the ideals of Avartarian and the countries around him are twisted/corrupted versions of what Stormbril's friend might like.
I've got stubs made for a variety of different creatures thanks to my River Artazia article I just did, so I'm covered if there's any species prompts! I even have art for them, which is often the big time-sink during summer camp for me. There's cities and industries mentioned off-hand through that article as well, so I will be trying my best to use those articles for ease of ideas for myself.

Prepped art

Below is some of the art I have prepared to make summer camp easier. Highly likely that none, or only some, of it will be used -- but I'm gonna try, dangit! Most of it is from River Artazia, but the birds are from a while before, and were never given an article.
 

 

 

Goals, Rewards, Motivation

I struggle with all of these. They're hard to determine, hard to follow, and easily forgettable for me :( All the same, I like to give myself vague guidelines within each as something to help guide my thoughts. I know that no matter what, at the end I'll have done something I'm happy with and proud of.   During and after summer camp will be my bonus goal of trying to read as much as I can, however I know this time period is going to be a major blast of articles, and I need to make myself okay with not reading everything. The same goes for everyone else -- it's okay to not read everything from me, if you need to delete my notifications to make space for your mental health and ability to write your own work, please do!  

Goals

Reach copper level, and have not burnt myself out by trying to go over the top for all 10 articles. 300 words minimum, and I'm quite okay with making short articles!

Rewards

Icecream. Videogames. Icecream AND videogames. To be honest, rewards are hard, because I'm perfectly capable of rewarding myself without "doing the thing" first, haha.

Motivation

Continue to connect the dots, make my world feel more fleshed out, and build my writing skill! Get things moving for a patreon I want to set up in June.
       
   

Summercamp 2022 Themes

Since I'm very aware that I won't have time for anything close to diamond this year, that means I will get to pick and choose which prompts I like best and want to write the most. The themes presented this year are all quite fascinating to me, and I'm really looking forward to trying to blend some of them together. Monstrous leadership, anyone?   Key things to note going into the themes: I want to focus on the region of Cathedris that includes Artazia and surrounding countries. It's loosely based off of British Columbia, Canada -- this means it's mountainous, heavily forested, but also has a few plateaus within as well.    

Expanse

I could take the expanse theme in a few different directions. First thoughts that come to mind are glaciers, plateaus, or massive deltas. But I think expanse could also be used to describe a large, seemingly endless range of mountains.   There are large cities in Artazia, but none large enough to be considered an expanse -- instead, this fits better for nature and geography for me.

Leadership

Oh boy, leadership! There's so much I can cover here. A few key organizations exist within Cathedris, and they're all something that would be fun to deepen with character or organization articles. The Legion can have multiple points of leadership within it -- monstrous leadership in some of the secret upper ranks, council members, all sorts of things. There's also the Legion resistance. And of course the country of Artazia will have it's own leaders as well.
   

Discovery

The first thing I think of for Discovery is Discovery as a part of exploration. There's a lot of wildnerness in Artazia, meaning there's plenty to discover.   Yet there's another way to take this theme, and I think it could lead to some really interesting articles -- discovery through experimentation, rather than exploration. There's a lot of experimentation with Ichor and humans, animals, or even minerals that could take place within this country. It could easily blend with the Leadership and Monstrous themes, too.

Monstrous

*rubs hands together gleefully*   The biggest thing I want to write for Monstrous is some truly horrible leaders throughout Cathedris. There are people who give no regards for human life, and instead push towards blasphemous experimentation to create and obtain new power over the world. They are secretive people, with hidden plans and plenty of corruption.   Also, I could definitely make a Rendling or two! Even if they're not the main focus of a species article, it's fun adding 'rendling variants'.
   
 

Inspiration and Mini-Meta

 
Geography
Materials
Flora
Fauna
Drama
Music

Geography

Materials

Flora

Fauna


 

Drama:


 
Environmental
  • Glaciers melting
  • Waste dumped into rivers and oceans
  • increase in earthquakes recently
  • Monstrous
  • Hard, metal-infused Rendlings
  • Large carniverous fauna migrating into settlements
  • Avartarian entering period of increased rage


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    Governmental
  • Government crack-down on crime
  • levels of fear and suspicion increasing
  • Legion becoming more integrated w/ government
  • Mysterious
  • Secret research camps set up in remote zones
  • worries of a sickness spreading
  • strange unseen creatures rumoured



  • The Artazian Mini-Meta

    As mentioned before, Artazia is loosely based on, or inspired by, the province in which I grew up -- British Columbia. It's a pretty large and varied province (944,735 km²), which means there's tons to draw inspiration from! Click on the tabs above this to view different images and links that I find inspiring, for this particular region.




     


     

    The Plan

       

    Where and When

    Ah, July. The busiest month besides December. Why not also bring moving into the mix? Sounds like a great time.   I've got a friends weekend for July 1st, a camping weekend on one of the next two weekends, and during the weeks I'll be packing for mine and my partners moves, which occur on the last week of July. This means I have weekday nights left available, when I'm not busy with other stuff. My goal is Copper, so that means 2-3 prompts done per week. If I budget a couple hours a night, a few times a week, I can get this done.

    Who and How

    Plenty of rest, caffeine, good friends, and good ibuprofen for when I'm sore! (Probably not all at once, though)   One of my favourite things is always hanging out in the challenge discussion channel, or during the big flagship events, hanging out in the summer camp channel. This is where you'll find me during my work hours (Shhhh!), hanging out and chatting about fun things to take my mind off other things. I've also got group chats and servers with friends which make for amazing and uplifting spaces to help me succeed.


     


       

    Summercamp Tracker

    I'll use this section to post any and all articles I write!
    — Stormbril
     
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    Camp Chill

    I mentioned it at the beginning, but it's important enough that I need to reiterate it here -- I will be participating in Camp Chill. Check out the guidelines below and join us in some enjoyable, low stress, high-fun worldbuilding next month (and beyond!).

     










     

    Nnie's Camp Chill Guidelines



    - Remember the prompts are suggestions, not requirements.
     
    - Write what you're passionate about, leave what you aren't.
     
    - Relax when you feel tired.
     
    - Fight off any pesky brain-squitos trying to make you doubt your work.
     
    - Don't abandon your non-summercamp goals! Write that article you're itching to write, even if it doesn't fit any prompts.
     
    (Shared with permission from Annie Stein. Read her thoughts on 'Camp Chill' on her Camp Pledge.)
    Thanks to ShyRedFox for the statblock! <3










     

    Comments

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    7 Jun, 2022 01:12

    Have I mentioned yet how much I adore your "Try a Random Article" addition to the footer? <3 Looking amazing!!   Camp Chill seems like a great way to approach the month, especially with so much stuff on your plate for the summer already. I hope there are species prompts so we can learn more about those critters! :D


    You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
    Luridity: Love is love, and chivalry is most certainly not dead. A galaxy of sweet, silly, sensual & downright sexy characters, their lives, & their loves. Contains NSFW content.
    7 Jun, 2022 03:23

    Yay, thank you for saying so! :D I'm super happy with it, it feels like I'm reaching a good level for presentation and user journeys for reading Cathedris!   Time to enjoy some excellent chill and hopefully write a few critters :D I hope you too have a great, chill, and productive to the level you want, summer camp! <3


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
    Master PrincessESH
    Aster Blackwell
    8 Jun, 2022 03:05

    Those are some really cute animals! I hope that you write an article about at least one of them, I'd love to learn more about them :D Good luck with Summer Camp!

    8 Jun, 2022 16:41

    Thank you so much! If I don't get to during summer camp, you can rest assured that they'll be written afterwards at the very least :D


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
    Sage eccbooks
    E. Christopher Clark
    9 Jun, 2022 00:46

    I love the idea of Camp Chill—and also how chill I feel after reading your goals and your plans for Summer Camp. They all seem totally reasonable and totally in keeping with your broader goals and realities for the next few months. May the Prompts Be With You!

    Check out my pledge for Summer Camp 2022
    15 Jun, 2022 16:23

    Thanks Chris! I think a chill attitude is great -- still pushing for greatness, but understanding the amount of energy I have and not pushing too hard. Good luck to you as well!


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
    9 Jun, 2022 12:36

    Good luck with your plans for Summer Camp - and the whole moving thing, as well! Wish we lived closer so we could help out! (I'm not good at heavy lifting, but I do make good tea.)   I love the art. <3 I hope you can write at least one creature during Summer Camp!

    15 Jun, 2022 16:24

    Thank you so much Emy! I'll have a cup or two of good tea in spirit of you then, and it'll be a huge help :D   Here's to a great summer camp for all!


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
    10 Jun, 2022 08:12

    Good luck fellow Camp Chill member! You're always out here with engaging articles even for something like this haha.

    I'd truly appreciate your constructive criticism on any pages of VISCERIUM. A dark, mixed genre world of infernal incursions across multiple eras.
    15 Jun, 2022 16:25

    Why thank you! :D Good luck to you as well, I'm sure we're all gonna have a great summer camp :D


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
    10 Jun, 2022 08:38

    My goddd the "random article" is one of the best things I've seen! That aside, I really love your pledge, and I hope to see many of these little creatures you've drawn <3 !

    Author of Arda Almayed, resident myth nerd!
    15 Jun, 2022 16:27

    Thank you TC! I'm so super happy with how that footer turned out, gives a nice feeling of completeness to the footer I think :D   And thank you again! <3 I hope to do them justice and write a great article for them :D


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
    22 Jun, 2022 14:33

    Those tabs are amazing! And your art, and all the things :) Happy Summer Camp!

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    22 Jun, 2022 16:35

    Aw, thank you so much :D I had fun using homework #3 as an excuse to play around with CSS xD


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    ~
    Come explore my competition entry, River Artazia
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