WorldEmber Update 2020 - We hit 25K!
Hey there, friends!
For this article I am coming at you with a bit more of an OOC, meta style article to discuss WorldEmber. This year I am GOING to hit my goal of 50K even if I die directly afterwards. But, I wanted to explain a few things like "Why on earth do you have so much geographic locations?!" and "How did you get so many likes so fast?"
I am starting with the Likes question because it is quick and easy. I have 12 players in my campaign and all of them want to see me succeed in this WorldEmber thingy. Even if some of them think that gathering likes is counter-productive to writing good content. Either way, I would say don't worry about it at all. As an Enchanter, I am in a different category than the general competitors. So my chasing of likes really only looks good on paper and doesn't do much for me in the long run!
So much Geographic
Okay, so, in Ravare (The setting.) there are 10 Elements that make up the foundation of the entire Cosmos (We didn't want to use Universe, I don't know why.) Eventually there may be more but I have enough on my plate for now. The list is as follows:
- Air (Also represents: Wind, Flight, Wisdom, Travel, Seeking, Freedom, Emptiness)
- Decay (Also represents: Rot, Contamination, Sickness, Filth, Poison, Cancer, Stagnation)
- Earth (Also represents: Rock, Dirt, Ores, Gems, Metal, Sand, Gravel, Mud)
- Fire (Also represents: Heat, Pain, Chaos, Energy, Destruction)
- Ice (Also represents: Frost, Order, Cold, Crystals, Stillness, Timeless)
- Life (Also represents: Growth, Plenty, Flora, Fauna, Hunger, Energy, Healing, Safety)
- Light (Also represents: Radiation, Ghosts, Skies, Space, Celestial)
- Shadow (Also represents: Darkness, Hunt, Venom, Death, Undeath, Silence)
- Storm (Also represents: Power, Chaos, Quakes, Blizzards, Destruction, Seasons)
- Water (Also represents: Seas, Depths, Chills, Force, Pressure)
Each Realm within the Cosmos is made up of 2 of these Elements. This is why we have 45 of the damn things. My goal by the end of WorldEmber is to have at least the 20 of these at the 1.5K word mark to properly explain what is going on.
The hardest part is that the primary setting is Ravare, the Plane of Abundance. This realm has been purposefully sectioned off from the rest of the Cosmos by an unknown entity or organization. This is to protect it from all the bullshit, but why this makes things complicated is none of the players nor my NPCs would know about these realms.
"So why write them?", you may ask. Well, dear reader, for the Season 2 of my Campaign (Focused on Haven.) the wards that have kept Ravare from the rest of the cosmos have been slowly degrading away through the direct actions of Lord Tennant, our God of Portals. Unfortunantly, Tennat doesn't actually know what he is doing so he has started just opening rifts in time and space to connect to these other realms. These realms are now leaking in on purpose or sometimes on accident. When they get here, they see how bloody nice abundant (Hence "Realm of Abundance".) it is with the resources and go back to their own realm saying things like, "Wow. We could rob these people blind. They know nothing about how the cosmos works."
How do I end this?
Anyways, thanks for reading all the way to the bottom and PLEASE take the time to go look at some of our Realms. We have been working hard to make all 45 feel unique. They are pretty rough right now but by the time I send out this article again, they will likely be pretty awesome!
List of Realms by Element
Hover over links to get more information, I know there names are hard to understand without knowing some Latin! Not all 45 will be listed here as 3 have been made private to protect my players from spoilers! Speaking of spoilers, I couldn't put the following in spoilers because tag filters use | which breaks spoilers.