Best Tradition Article of WorldEmber 2021
I’m proud to share with you the winner and runners-up for Best Tradition Article of WorldEmber 2021, the category I judged for World Anvil's December 2021 worldbuilding event.
Best Tradition Article
A weird, even disgusting event to outsiders, the celebration of a Royal Childbirth is the glue that holds Ouvezian society together.
This article caught my attention during my first perusal of the entrants and never let go. I loved the concept of the birthing process being cause for a community-wide celebration, and all the little details that went along with that. It conjured so many rich images, and was full of story possibilities.
Because the competition was so fierce, I couldn’t decide on just one runner-up and instead am naming these four articles as my honorable mentions.
Five Hundred Fun Ways to Die
A game show competing for the most outlandish methods of death before a live studio audience, Five Hundred Fun Ways to Die began as an offshoot of an SAF campaign to combat a growing stigma against Conscription, until it took on a life of its own.
More That Caught My Eye
In case you’re looking for even more fantastic worldbuilding, here are some other entries which caught my eye during the difficult process of narrowing things down to a single winner.
Worship of Ancestors
People worship their ancestors and the trace of themselves they leave after dying, communicating with them to receive protection and advice. A person's ancestors are determine their social worth, and shaming one's ancestors is a terrible act.
A cherished, intimate wedding ceremony beloved by gods and man alike.
Rite of the Hatching
A key rite in the training of all Talons is to steal an egg from The Eyries of Aetora and then successfully raise the vulture themselves through its hatching and maturity.
Dagovine Hill Roll
Every year, adventures gather to chase a cheese wheel down a hill for magical prizes.