WorldEmber 2022 | Powers of the World

An event where I will explore the magical nature of Malkora!

After missing last year's event, I'm simply burning up with determination to get writing again!
  We are rapidly transitioning from "WorldEmber is Coming" to "Let's start WorldEmber prep!" So... it's pledge time! Here's what my thoughts are as we head into December!  
WorldEmber 2022 Pledge
My pledge for WorldEmber 2022! I aim to write about the nature of magic and gods of Malkora, and how these different forces have spawned cultures of all kinds over time.
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Powers of the World

  Malkora is a world heavily influenced by several types of magic and numerous gods — from all manner of pantheons. The funny thing is, however, I have written very little about these things in all the years Malkora's been on WorldAnvil.   I'm thinking we might change that this year!   It's not like I've got spreadsheets full of potential deities and pantheons just laying around waiting to be written as lore...

My WorldEmber 2022 Pledge:   I pledge to keep my creative streak burning and bring to life ideas which have lived only inside of my brain (and in several Google Sheets) for years.   I will write as many words as my fervor and passion for my project will allow, and a couple more beyond that — just for good measure.

Week One Prep

1. If you have more than one world setting, which one is the most important to you right now? Why?


2. Which area of that world setting will allow you to achieve your goals (Continuing your novel/campaign, or starting a new one?).


3. How will it help you achieve those goals?

I only have one world that I am working on, and that is Malkora! As far as more specific locations within that setting, I have a small chunk selected that I hope to focus on, with the goal of creating a "starter setting" for adventures staged in my world!   There's a section of my world that I already have in mind, in which everything began — the triad of regions in which I ran my first D&D game within Malkora, the section of my world in which the bulk of my early worldbuilding took place. A lot has changed around the world throughout the years that will affect how these places are designed and function, which means I have a lot of writing and re-writing to do!   It functioned beautifully as a starter setting in the past, and I'm simply eager to see how I can remake it now that I've developed so much more about my world and its history since I first brought the regions to life.

Week Two Prep


On the Subject of Metas

In preparation for WorldEmber, I have actually gone and filled in more information in Malkora's world meta! In the end, however, I'm not sure just how eager I am to take a deep dive into the main meta or mini-meta — they simply might not help me, with the state of my writing process as it is!   For now, I'll try to keep things brief with a short and sweet essence of mini-meta:
  • Scope — This WorldEmber will be focused on three regions of my world: Terramarre, Uris Braena, and Hearthwood. These are all regions I have written before, but have come to change so much over the years that I have recently redesigned them and now plan to rewrite them from scratch.
  • Themes — My main thematic goal is to explore faith in these regions, starting with the Eastwind Pantheon of gods, which will be the primary deities worshiped in these regions. In addition to that, I hope to better introduce the concept of how magic functions in Malkora, and where it comes from.
  • Mood — I hope to use this month to dive into the vibes I desire for Malkora, and deciding where on the scale I want things to be. How dark, how hopeful, all of that. I plan to continue staring at this article until I have enough information in my brain to make a decision.

Week Three Prep


Organizing My Whole Life

Now this is quite the task for me. I suppose I don't have too many articles to consider, currently, as far as categories and greater organization are concerned — but working on my categories has been high on my list for a long time.   For the time being, I'm settling on the following main categories:
  • Deities — Gods & Divines, a subject I aim to make my world heavy in as I get more into my writing!
  • Races — There are many different people who inhabit Malkora, and I think keeping a list of them would be helpful. I might consider looking back on all the discussions people have had regarding alternatives to the term "race" in this context, but with how often it's used in games and media I'm always surrounded by, I may end up sticking with it.
  • Regions — I plan to do a lot of writing and rewriting of regions of my world, and I think having them available as though in an atlas would be great for my system. I may make regions a subcategory for continents in the future, once I expand into others beyond Nefyran.
  • Community — This category is for all of my community-related articles, like my challenge articles and pledges, much like this one! I thought it would be nice to have all of these articles neatly tucked in the same convenient spot, so I and other users can pop by and see the world's progression over years of challenges!
  Other categories I may consider include: Magic (Another main subject for Malkora — would include types of magic, sources, etc.), Bestiary (I love the idea of bestiaries and other similar resources, but I certainly do not have enough creatures at this time to make this one particularly fulfilling)

Week Four Prep


CSS and Pretty Things!

The good news here is... I've only recently updated my CSS! I don't presently have plans to update it, or to change my themes, but I'm ever on the lookout for elements which are out of place, despite all of my tinkering. I'll always find something, like a stray color in a bbcode element I never actually use and thus never thought to go and make style changes to (I'm looking at you, tables), then suddenly I find I need to go back and tweak my CSS so it looks right and the text sits right and — y'know what, I think you get the idea.  
  As far as other pretty things go, I've given myself a start with my Mapvember adventures, making maps featuring the regions I plan to focus on throughout WorldEmber! You could say I used the challenge as part of my prep!   I only came up with a region map for Terramarre (one of three planned regions for this month), so we'll see if I end up completing the other two in between my writing adventure!    
Map of Northeast Nefyran by Strixxline
Map of Terramarre by Strixxline
  Otherwise, I'll likely continue using resources like Midjourney to create images to go with my articles and ideas, and just really spice things up. Time is forever tight, so I can never promise that my own actual illustrations will grace my articles — yet. One day, I swear!   Dimitris don't yell at me, I promise I'll draw more for my world soon!

Cover image: by Strixxline


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E. Christopher Clark
30 Nov, 2022 18:40

Good luck! I got a nice chuckle out of the line "It's not like I've got spreadsheets full of potential deities and pantheons just laying around waiting to be written as lore..." and now I can't wait to see what you pull off the spreadsheets and bring into WA!

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1 Dec, 2022 00:54

Heh, I thought that might tickle someone! I've got lots of silly little things laying around my files that should end up becoming content eventually! So here's hoping WorldEmber can bring many of them to life in a beautiful way! :)

Seek a new dawn, in Malkora!
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26 Dec, 2022 09:25

How's the wordcount going so far? :D I hope you've managed to get some good rest in, too

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28 Dec, 2022 01:01

Hello! The writing's been dreadfully slow, I'm afraid! But that's how life is this time of year, huh? Still finding some time to be creative nonetheless, so I'm hoping the month won't be a total bust in the end :D

Seek a new dawn, in Malkora!
Check out Antecedents, my entry for On the Shoulders of Giants!