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The Learnings of Barron

The Hall of Holy Moley Articles

I'm gonna start with my article reviews first, cause gawsh dang this community is like the biggest reason I participated this year. I got myself some of the coolest articles I could find this year, some real special pieces by equally special folks. I learned from so many folks this year and this January has been stuffed to the brim with reading and absorbing.

I got some cool new worlds to follow out of this, and inspiration for projects in the future. Huge win.

Disclaimer: This is not a end-all-be-all list for the Holiest Moliest articles of Worldember 2023, there were so many amazing articles that trying to capture the Moley Holies would have required industrial-sized equipment and an unhealthy insomnia.

Mochi has been such a fantastic inspiration this year for my worldbuilding and for helping me keep up my energy. Their premiere article of Worldember 2023, Monster Hunting, is a fantastic entry for how to add both information and intrigue to a world.

In this article they not only establish a premise for the practice of Monster Hunting, but they dig into the reason behind it and the economic/class struggle style divide between the rich and the poor.

Mochi's a true mensch of the Worldbuilding community, and always someone worth having in your DMs and being in their server.

Monster Hunting
Tradition / Ritual | Mar 17, 2024

The rich folk of Daglaci are melting the ice that holds up each and every city on the planet. The poor are forced to clean up their mess, when monsters from below emerge to slaughter the entire planet's population.

Hanhula, top mod, and a top creator. You open Influence of the Shards and it immediatly captures you with a fantastic design and impressive generation skills.

One thing I have learned from Hanhula is that as long as you are good with your formatting and you intersperse with great content, you can go for some heavy wordcounts and still keep a reader engaged as this article did for me.

This is the condition to beat this year, and Hanhula has set that bar skyhigh.

Influence of the Shards
Condition | Dec 6, 2023

The corruptive influences a Shard may inflict upon the unwitting and unwilling.

Now I don't know who this Ademal is, and I've never heard of Ethnis, but this article is a showcase piece for how to add a new subculture in your world. Terms, tech, slang, and even subarticles!

I love the break down of the different kinds of Anthros within Ethnis, and the tie in to not only how they look, but how they afford it and in which Banners the tech is possible or available.

Always trust Ademal to make a showcase-worthy article!

Ethnicity | Jan 3, 2024

Also known colloquially as Furries, Anthros are Transmogs who identify with creatures real or fictional.

Solarcat and I share a special friendship built upon mutual respect for each other and a love for bringing out emotions and life into our writing. Mercy is another example of how well Solarcat can convey complexity between characters through dialouge.

Gripping, dramatic, and full of that love-hate tension, I'd recommend sitting down with a nice hard drink and give this a read.

Solarcat is such an inspiration.

Prose | Feb 6, 2024

The romance died long ago. The rest wasn't quite so obliging.


Owen's a pretty new name to me personally, but the Rockleith frogs article convinced me to stay for a follow. The fun exploration into a species of frogs is well illustrated, well laid out, and does a fantastic job opening up the species to be used in your next TTRPG game!

I love seeing a good species, and Owen pulls off a great piece here.

Rockleith Frog
Creature | Dec 13, 2023

An amphibian creature that inhabits both the jungles of Kyradon and the arctic tundra of Tokveis...

Ameliel has done something that few worldbuilders are brave enough to do. They defined an aspect of their magic very clearly. When defining the 'hard' lore of a world. it can be difficult to keep it digestable.

They pulled it off! And it was a great enough piece that it got a new follow and made me curious enough to see the attached articles!

Well done, Ameliel.

Mineral vs organic magitech
Technology / Science | Mar 16, 2024

Active magic inconveniently requires constant care and attendance, and so passive magic was created, controlled with a rune diagram program drawn with metals. The next step has been to downscale that to the metal-carrying molecules inside plants & fungi.

Line is an absolute lovely presence to be around. Positive, creative, and with the worldbuilding chops to back up their fantastic ideas.

Leylines, is a wonderful piece of world-defining worldbuilding. Establishing a global rule is no easy feat, but they managed to illustrate and describe one in an pleasant to read article. I particularlly love the breakdown of the different lines, and it was a smart idea to include that after the sort of initial breakdown of how these lines work!

Wonderful job, Line!

Physical / Metaphysical Law | Mar 20, 2024

Malkora's magical lifeblood, bringing radical change to all corners of the world.

I was just talking to TJ about how exciting it was to see him take up a new world in Worldember. And hearing the story why they did it, makes the success of it even more inspiring.

TJ is a legend of worldbuilding, his creation is the icon of the site! But beyond the fame, his worldbuilding is exquiste and fun, their worlds are engaging and interesting.

His introduction brings you to a fair, and from that point on you are hooked on their adventure through the lore. Take a dive in if you haven't yet, you won't regret it.

Goldbrook Annual Guild Fair
Tradition / Ritual | Dec 31, 2023

An immersive introduction to the world setting and the folks who live here.

It's an article by -the- Stormbril in the powerhouse of Cathedris. If you expect anything less than fantastic you are setting yourself up for a surprise.

Stormbril has done something pretty dang unique here with the Trinket Chest, of course I also give credit to TJ as well. But Stormbrils chest reminds me of going to an amusement park or a zoo where they have the collection minigame that you are encouraged to have fun with.

They've managed to do that, but with Worldanvil?! And that just blows my mind. They always push the bounds of what is possible, and I love it!

Trinket Chest
Generic article | Jan 15, 2024

A large chest that will gradually fill up with trinkets as you find them across the various articles of Cathedris. Each trinket comes with a few hundred words of lore, too!

When I was linked this article, at first I was confused. Byte? Like an 8 bits of data byte? Is that binary?! Oh snap! It's a computer science article!

That was my first reaction, so I dug in. This was an amazing anthromorphizing of data storage, I'd say it's the most fun refreshing myself on the storage acronym conversion.

This was a real cute one, and it put a big smile on my face.

I look forward to reading more Shadow!

Character | Dec 28, 2023

Standing at the heart of every piece of software, Byte loves to explore and learn more about software will gladly teach you along the way.


Barron's Learnings

I offer you some lessons that I learned from Worldember as quotes. Some no doubt will take some time to really settle in, but others I'm already putting into practice.

Here's to another great year with World Anvil and its community.

Always be looking for threads of inspiration, don't let them escape. Grab 'em, wrastle 'em into an article. Makes it funner.

Participating in Worldember without engaging in the community is like going to a kick-ass party just to stand in the corner.

It's okay to focus on quality over quantity. A few punchy articles feel much better than a ton of tiny ones.

Parallax is fun. Thank you, Ademal.

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Jan 21, 2024 21:44 by Mochi

Thank you so much for the kind words, as one of my favourite writers on this website, this really means a lot to me <33 I am so glad you had an amazing worldember and I am even more honoured I could be inspiration!! Hope you have an incredible 2024 full of amazing things, I can't wait to see more from my favourite world :D

I hope you have a great day!   Explore the endless planets brimming with life of the Yonderverse! Go after creatures, discover new places, and learn about the people you find along the way.   Consider voting for me in the Worldbuilding Awards!
Jan 22, 2024 21:17 by Barron

Thank you Mochi! I'm glad that the pinnacle of the community has people like you! Really makes participating worth doing!

Jan 21, 2024 22:20 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is so lovely, you made some wonderful choices. <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jan 22, 2024 21:18 by Barron

Thank you Emy! And thank you for being such a good person during World Ember, your comments and likes really helped me keep going!

Jan 21, 2024 22:26 by Polina "Line" Arteev

Your glowing review of my article (and also of me) has me tearing up ;w; The work that you and this mysterious Ademal do on Ethnis has been a huge source of inspiration for me as a creator here on WA for years, and it's so touching to know that now I'm getting to return some of that positive energy to you! Man, 2024 is going to ROCK with all of these excellent people creating with us <3

Seek a new dawn, in Malkora!
The Feral Sovereign sleeps peacefully, but will return...
Jan 22, 2024 21:22 by Barron

Friggen right? I look forward to hoppin into more of your streams and maybe getting you into a game of Ethnis sometime! Here's to 2024!

Jan 22, 2024 06:38 by Ademal

It has been incredible to see you grow as a writer, a storyteller, and a character creator. From the early days of college picking my brain for lore so as to better navigate Johnny through an alien world, to your first tentative steps into writing, to full-blown writing a manuscript, managing multiple campaigns, and absolutely SLAYING at World Ember.   You've learned so much, and it's an honor to have you as my coauthor!

Check out my summercamp by going here and checking out any of my gold-star articles!

Jan 22, 2024 21:25 by Barron

It's been a journey full of ups and downs. Our friendship truely feels like the longest campaign. Here's to Ethnis, and the many fun places it will take us.

Jan 25, 2024 10:24

Thank you so much for the kind words! <3 I'm really happy that Byte put a big smile on your face. More articles are coming, just you wait. ^^ You've done amazing this WorldEmber, so definitely keep those inspiring quotes close to heart!

What do you want to discover in Computer Adventures?
Jan 26, 2024 02:04 by Barron

Thank ya Shadow!

Jan 25, 2024 10:56 by Han

I forgot to comment earlier but hhhH YOU SWEETHEART   You've done amazing this WE, too. Thoroughly enjoyed my wander through some've your stuff. <3

welcome to my signature! check out istralar!
Jan 26, 2024 02:05 by Barron

You set the bar real high with Shards, was legit the turning point that made me kick it up this year.

Feb 4, 2024 07:56 by Han

Y'SEE you SAY that but I've loved your writing for a while. Didn't you do some kickass recipes a while back???

welcome to my signature! check out istralar!
Jan 26, 2024 22:28 by Stormbril

The amount of writing and kind things you have to say about everyone here showcases just how amazing of a human you are Barron, thank you for the wonderful things you said! :D I will always look up to the work you do, and it's also thanks to you and the encouragement you gave me in my very first challenge article that I like to push myself to make things like this <3

Feb 4, 2024 17:15 by Barron

Awh shit, Stormbril you gonna make me cry. Appreciate you so much! I remember those good ol' days! New lad Stormbril stomped in and owned from day one!

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