WorldEmber 2021

WorldEmber 2021 is worldbuilding challenge in The Real World put on by the fantastic folks at World Anvil. This here article you’re reading right now is author E. Christopher Clark’s pledge to write 10,000 words for the aforementioned challenge—even though he’ll have just finished National Novel Writing Month and he’s got a book called The Elixir of Denial coming out on December 21.

 

Never let it be said that the lad ain’t ambitious.

 

Officially speaking, Chris is supposed to say some magic words to formally declare his intent to participate, so here goes: “I, the ever-loving blue-eyed Clark, commit to writing at least 10,000 words of new material in my Clarkwoods Literary Universe between December 1 and 31, 2021.

 

What follows is a list of things Chris plans to work on during the month.

 

The Cultures of Oz

During WA’s Summer Camp 2021 challenge, Chris did a fine job of fleshing out two of the four halfling ethnic groups in the Oz region of Eden. His first WorldEmber task will be to flesh out the other two:

   

He may also want to look at the legendary Menehune of the Real World, and how they might tie into his halfling lore. According to a guide found on the website of the University of Hawaii,

 

The first population census in historical times was undertaken in Wainiha Valley, Kauaʻi, near the beginning of the nineteenth century. A careful census of the valley counted more than 2,000 people, sixty-five of whom were described as menehune. Menehune were the legendary race of small people who worked at night building fish ponds, roads, and temples.

 

Riverbenders

Chris also wants to firm up the lore around Riverbenders, those rare folk who have traveled through time, managed to change the past, and caused Calamities as a result.

 

Riverbenders, in Chris’ new conception, are all cursed to walk through the story they’ve rewritten as outsiders—and to watch how their new lives play out.

 

The articles on Emily Henderson and The Ghost will need to be updated (which of course won’t count for WorldEmber), but a new article on Jakob the Wanderer can be written and count towards Chris’ 10K goal.

 

The Silvers of Earth-668

While The Silver Family of Earth-669 is relatively fleshed out, the Earth-668 version of the family—which is coming into play in Chris’ in-progress NaNoWriMo novel—has not.

 

Therefore, an article on The Silver Family of Earth-668 seems like a good candidate for writing during WorldEmber, along with any character articles which might spin off of that.

 

The Reek

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Chris plans to focus the bulk of his attention during WorldEmber on The Reek. The Reek is the least-developed of the constituent lands of Eden, with oodles of towns and cultures already developed for Nunya, Wonderland, and Oz. All Chris really knows is that The Reek is the most technologically advanced of the lands of Eden, and that they hide themselves away from the rest of the world with gigantic wall.

 

Stubs to Expand

  • Riverbender
  • Blue Army
  • Faegred
  • Four Witches
  • Gillikin
  • Gillikin Country
  • Goody Goody
  • Goody Gumdrops
  • Goody Two-Shoes
  • Green House
  • International Spoiler Line
  • James Hook
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Kiki Pipt
  • Munchkin
  • Munchkinland
  • Neverland
  • Peter Pan
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Red Army
  • Thaddeus McMunch
  • The Line of Disgusting
  • The Mad Hatter
  • The Minister’s Mister
  • The Witch of the East
  • The Witch of the North
  • The Witch of the South
  • The Witch of the West
  • The Wizard
  • White Mages of Wonderland
  • Winkie Country
  • 1D4 Wolves
  • The One of Everything Project

  • Building: The Line of Disgusting
  • Character: James Hook
  • Condition: Chronetic Neural Crossover (abbreviated CNC; work in C+C Music Factory quotes and possibly consensual non-consent (kink role play) references
  • Conflict: War of Western Aggression (connected to Queen of Hearts)
  • Country: United Countries of Oz
  • Document: Opposition to Cultural Tampering Injunction (people who are anal about the law can be called OCTIpussies; like super right-wing jerks instead of snowflakes -- AG)
  • Ethnicity: Gillikin
  • Geography: The Reek
  • Item: The Four Imperial Hats
  • Language: Lüo‘ta
  • Material: River Ice
  • Military Unit: Wonderlandian Suit (based on a deck of cards)
  • Myth/Legend: The Sisters and the Simulation
  • Natural Law: The Plan
  • Organization: 1D4 Wolves
  • Plot: Nightmare: The Plot
  • Profession: Ferryman
  • Religion: The Old Faith (religion of the dwarves centered around the Sisters)
  • Title: Riverbender
  • Settlement: Neverland
  • Species: Wolaríxkín
  • Spell: Veil Pulling
  • Technology: Everything Ever Produced (Gillikin-run media database plus Winkie-designed audiovisual implants)
  • Tradition: International Spoiler Line
  • Vehicle: The Ferryman's Skiff
  • WorldEmber 2021 Prep

    The following are articles posted by the World Anvil team in the lead-up to WorldEmber 2021, included here to inspire Chris when he’s feeling the 10K Task is impossible.

    Unless otherwise specified, all artwork on this site is by E. Christopher Clark.

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    30 Nov, 2021 12:03

    Good luck! :D Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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    E. Christopher Clark
    30 Nov, 2021 12:54

    Thank you! It's going to be fun. NaNoWriMo, while it's been great, has far less of the community aspect around reading other people's work (understandably, since it's not finished work). I'm really looking forward to the camaraderie that comes with events like WorldEmber.   And looking forward to lots of articles about mushrooms, obviously!

    Check out my Roway: The Crowned Jester, my entry for the Bardic Challenge
    30 Nov, 2021 16:23

    Woo! Great goals to aim for--I wish you the best WorldEmbering time yet!


    You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
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    E. Christopher Clark
    30 Nov, 2021 17:51

    Thank you! And same to you! You're working on Luridity, right? Or am I remembering wrong?

    Check out my Roway: The Crowned Jester, my entry for the Bardic Challenge
    30 Nov, 2021 18:37

    Yep! Will be bringing Luridity to life with some characters this month!


    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.
    6 Dec, 2021 06:48

    Good luck :) Sounds like your universe is going to be grand, and I’m excited to see how it grows!

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    E. Christopher Clark
    6 Dec, 2021 11:46

    Thank you!

    Check out my Roway: The Crowned Jester, my entry for the Bardic Challenge
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