Summer Camp 2022 Progress Report

Challenge Status
The World Anvil Summer Camp 2022 challenge is now complete. Thank you for your ongoing readership and support over the course of this challenge! Keep an eye on this ticker for status updates. Onwards! --- 7/1/22: Completed the Starberg, Great Ilmenite Desert, and Lepi Monotheism articles. --- 7/3/22: Completed the Stone River Hollows and Triskelen articles. --- 7/4/22: Completed the Spacer's Flip and Starbell articles. --- 7/5/22: Completed the Crude Oil article. All Bronze prompts are now complete! --- 7/6/22: Made some minor edits, added some images in the body and title bar of some articles, and provided a few blurbs to describe images. The current word count does not yet reflect these changes. --- 7/9/22: Completed the Portreeve article. --- 7/10/22: Completed the Lili Parsens article. --- 7/11/22: Completed the Guild Board of Trustees and The Revelation Intercepts The High Shale articles. --- 7/12/22: Completed the Kinnaville and Gulderry Town Hall articles. --- 7/13/22: Completed the Capsule Test and Player of the Year articles. All silver articles are now complete! --- 7/17/22: Completed the Telfegor Robotics Foundry and Vor Ophor articles. --- 7/18/22: Completed the Triskelen Navigation Charts and Old Obliques Abbey articles. --- 7/19/22: Completed the Rootcode article. --- 7/20/22: Completed the Decade Draught and Flashraven articles. --- 7/21/22: Completed the Sealed Kingdoms Region article. All gold prompts are now complete! --- 7/23/22: Completed the Esotericist Funeral article. --- 7/24/22: Completed the Langostinite and The Canticles of Sephias articles. --- 7/25/22: Completed the Tiberius Djanzer and Iron Talon Mining Concern articles. --- 7/26/22: Completed the Triskelen Water Dragon and Cryostasis Recovery Syndrome articles. All diamond prompts are now complete! --- 7/31/22: Summer Camp 2022 is now complete! I will ideally update the word count over my weekend (next Monday/Tuesday PST). --- 8/23/22: Completed the 2022 After Summer Camp Reading List article. --- Current word count: 23,650 --- Current prompt completion status: 31/31 (Diamond Winner)

Introduction

Howdy all! BCGR_Wurth here with another World Anvil Summer Camp pledge document. Below, you'll find a summary of my expectations for the coming challenge in the form of homework assignments. I will be coming back to this document as preparation homework assigments get dropped over on the World Anvil Blog, so keep an eye on this space for more in the month of June.   Below the homework assignments, you will find a spoilered list of the Summer Camp article promts, each of which will be accompanied with article block links as I complete them. Keep an eye on the news ticker at the top of this article for up-to-date news about what I've been up to.   With all that said, I'm greatly looking forward to this challenge, and I hope you all are too. Onwards!

Preparation

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Homework 1: The Pledge

The Motivation: Aside from getting more eyes on my work and the pride that comes with overcoming a challenge, I'm motivated by a strong desire to meet the standards I've set for myself in my New Year's Resolutions document. I've never actually managed to complete a set of New Years' resolutions before - even when they were practical - so I think it would do wonders for my morale.   The Challenge Goal: I intent to participate in Summer Camp 2022 and, if possible, earn the diamond-level badge.   The Creative Goal: As laid out in my New Year's Resolutions (see above), some of my goals for the year include putting down at least 100k words across all my creative projects, winning NaNoWriMo, and getting a piece of writing into a state where I can think about starting the publishing process. WASC will hopefully help me move towards those goal more quickly. More specifically, though, I want to use WASC to focus down on places, characters, and lore that will find themselves into The Fortress of Salt or a novel involving The Garbage Man. This is not to say that I won't expand on my other worlds, but my focus should be on the Manifold Sky and Sealed Kingdoms settings. Barring that, I'd like to get Tales of the Transmuter into a state where I can start running one-shots in that setting, as that would be a great way to get outside feedback on the TTRPG system I've been working on for a few years now.

Homework 2: Themes

Expanse (Copper Prompts): My 'Expanse' prompts will most likely be set in the Sealed Kingdoms setting. That's a space opera setting with a lot of potential lore around it, as it has been developed over literal decades of homebrew tabletop roleplay among my friends and me. Star systems, planets, unusual phenomena, and megastructures are all fair game. This might also be where I integrate Calculiopolis (my successful NaNoWriMo project circa 2018) into the broader Sealed Kingdoms setting.   Leadership (Silver Prompts): My 'Leadership' prompts will most likely be applied to my Sealed Kingdoms setting, though they may also come up in the Manifold Sky setting as I try to add enough major figures to flesh out the factions that I haven't touched upon as much so far. I've decided that I'm going to shift perspectives between the crew of the Revelation and the crew of the Dewhollow in The Fortress of Salt story. This is both because I want to improve the pacing of the story (a 14 year interstellar journey from a single perspective would prove boring at points) and because I like the idea of setting up the antagonist as a more sympathetic villain that serves as the foil for the protagonist (sort of a 'there but for the grace of God go I' scenario).   Discovery (Gold Prompts): As with the Expanse prompts, my 'Discovery' prompts will most likely be set in the Sealed Kingdoms setting. I might also use this opportunity to flesh out the Tales of the Transmuter setting, though, because the whole idea behind that one is that the characters on Gulderry Island are relatively new to the world and rarely set foot outside of the Transmuter's estate; for them, the village itself is a whole new world to explore. This might also be a good opportunity to put more into the otherwise little-explored Northern and Southern Tesseracts of the Manifold Sky setting.   Monstrous (Diamond Prompts): My 'Monstrous' prompts will most likely be centered around monsters (in both senses of the term) in the Manifold Sky setting. As mentioned in the Discovery prompts section above, the Northern and Southern Tesseracts need to be developed more, including the unique hazards - such as wildlife - created by the fast evolution of an irradiated ecosystem. Furthermore, in the interest of providing new and unique antagonists for roleplayers in the Manifold Sky setting to deal with, I should really be creating more villainous (or at least morally complex) characters in general.

Homework 3: Resources

Most of my image and music inspirations for the Manifold Sky setting are alreasy present in my world meta, but for the sake of the homework assignment for this week, I'll post some examples below.   Obviously, 1940's/50's jazz is a big influence on the Manifold Sky setting, as the setting features widespread mechanized warfare between pre-semiconductor societies. Because it's a non-Euclidean setting, though, there's also some influence from more surrealist sources like Autechre, Chuck Salamone, and the sorts of vistas that come from AI generation like Artbreeder.  
Autechre - Medrey Kay Kyser & Sully Mason - Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Mason Lindroth & Chuck Salamone - Singing Sands Sungazer - DRUNK
Autechre - Doctrine Judy Garland - Get Happy
  As a science fiction setting, the Sealed Kingdoms is more influenced by retro wave, vaporwave, and space rock. The setting can be dark at times, but I wouldn't fully classify it as cyberpunk. The Fortress of Salt's soundtrack would probably include a lot of Gunship, Perturbator, Makeup & Vanity Set, and Stone Rebel.

Homework 4: Plans for Success

This Summer Camp, I'm going to do things a little differently and try to get most of my writing done during the daylight hours. I will be working during my lunch breaks and spending up to an hour at home on each night of the challenge, ideally right after I get home from work. This way, I will have a better time achieving a good work-leisure-creative time balance in my life, whereas before I had a little bit of an obsession with getting it all done in a single, marathon session.   I recently acquired a cheap, basic laptop for use specifically for creative work during breaks in the work day. While I really need to invest in a stronger PC for 3D work and the like, the fact that this laptop is cheap and week is actually a benefit: if I don't have a way to play games on it, It'll be that much easier to focus on getting my writing work out!   As for support systems, I know my brother SpaceSuitIan will be following along with his own WASC entries - or, barring that, participating in a parallel art challenge. The other people in my personal friends/playtesing group will also likely help keep me to task. Other than them, I have people here on WA and on the Discord who regularly look in on my work, and I appreciate that feedback from my fellow writers greatly. Thank you all, and see you in June!


Prompts

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Bronze Prompts

Prompt 1
An ocean, desert, plain, pocket dimension, or other large expanse:
Great Ilmenite Desert
Geographic Location | Jul 6, 2022
Prompt 2
Α religion or organisation connected to a natural phenomenon:
Lepi Monotheism
Organization | Jul 6, 2022
Prompt 3
Α species that survives in an unlikely place:
Starbell
Species | Jul 7, 2022
Prompt 4
Α vehicle or type of vehicle used for long journeys:
Starberg
Vehicle | Jul 7, 2022
 
Prompt 5
Α settlement beside or in a great expanse:
Stone River Hollows
Settlement | Jul 7, 2022
Prompt 6
Α material only harvestable from nature:
Crude Oil
Material | Jul 5, 2022
Prompt 7
Α culture who lives by, near or within an ocean, desert or other expanse:
Triskelen
Ethnicity | Jul 6, 2022
Prompt 8
Α food that marks a rite of passage for a culture in your world:
Spacer's Flip
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 4, 2022


Silver Prompts

Prompt 9
A settlement that leads the known world in something:
Kinnaville
Settlement | Jul 12, 2022
Prompt 10
A military conflict resolved through excellent leadership:
The Revelation Intercepts The High Shale
Military Conflict | Jul 12, 2022
Prompt 11
A building associated with governance, leadership or change:
Gulderry Town Hall
Building / Landmark | Jul 13, 2022
Prompt 12
An organization associated with governance, leadership or change:
Guild Board of Trustees
Organization | Jul 12, 2022
 
Prompt 13
A profession associated with leaders in your world:
Portreeve
Profession | Jul 10, 2022
Prompt 14
A title that commands respect from those in the know:
Player of the Year
Rank/Title | Jul 14, 2022
Prompt 15
A great leader of their people:
Lili Parsens
Character | Jul 14, 2022
Prompt 16
A tradition or ceremony which confers an honor on someone:
Capsule Test
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 14, 2022


Gold Prompts

Prompt 19
A recently discovered, or rediscovered, species:
Flashraven
Species | Jul 21, 2022
Prompt 20
A lost or discovered artifact of significance or power:
Decade Draught
Item | Jul 27, 2022
 
Prompt 21
A technology lost, forgotten or shrouded in mystery:
Rootcode
Technology / Science | Jul 19, 2022
Prompt 23
An explorer, researcher or other character motivated by discovery:
Vor Ophor
Character | Jul 26, 2022
Prompt 24
A travel log or other document associated with discovery:
Triskelen Navigation Charts
Document | Jul 19, 2022


Diamond Prompts

Prompt 25
A species considered monstrous by some:
Langostinite
Species | Jul 25, 2022
Prompt 26
A myth or urban legend about a "monster":
Triskelen Water Dragon
Myth | Jul 26, 2022
Prompt 27
A tradition which keeps monsters or bad luck away:
Esotericist Funeral
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 24, 2022
Prompt 28
A condition considered monstrous or "unlucky" by some:
Cryostasis Recovery Syndrome
Condition | Jul 26, 2022
 
Prompt 29
An organization considered cruel or monstrous by some:
Iron Talon Mining Concern
Organization | Jul 25, 2022
Prompt 30
A person considered villainous or monstrous:
Tiberius Djanzer
Character | Sep 27, 2022
Prompt 31
An artifact that embodies a hideous or monstrous idea:
The Canticles of Sephias
Item | Jul 25, 2022




Previous Summer Camp Challenge Entries

Summer Camp 2020 Progress Report
Generic article | Jun 7, 2022
 
Summer Camp 2021 Progress Report
Generic article | Apr 17, 2022


Other Challenges

Testing the Sky: Manifold Sky Prompts and Challenges
Generic article | Mar 23, 2021


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