Mind the Burn
The Great Worldember Kickoff
Worldember: It's like Summer Camp, but bigger
Earlier this year I participated in my first ever Summercamp here on World Anvil... I wrote about Saethar'Kori, waxed poetic about Kuai’ain Palace, fleshed out The Dawn of the Fallen Star, built The Temple of a Thousand Faces, and talked about key historic figures like Deamod e'Lufaren, Aaina Viswan, Yen Tae-Hyun, and Imalda e'Yisonn.
Sadly, my health tanked and I wasn't able to finish it- or attend to my Enchanter duties (including keeping up with the final Summercamp Roundup posts). But thankfully, Worldember gives me the opportunity to jump back in for another go at it.
And boy am I excited!
What is Worldember?
Worldember is one of the most massive contests hosted by WorldAnvil. The primary challenge is to write 10,000 words by the end of the year- which gives you a shiny new profile badge and a chance to win prizes. Beyond that, there are brackets for higher word counts, and categories for winning other prizes.
The full competition page can be found right over here. There you can see pretty much everything else you need to know... But in other words: It's just like Summercamp- but bigger.
A wild Janet appears!
This page itself is here to provide me with an easier way of tracking my progress as they relate to specific goals... I've even made it easy for everyone to track my progress right alongside me with this handy chart:
My goals are simple: Finish Summercamp- and do a bit more in the process... But where Summercamp, for me, was focused on simply worldbuilding at large? For Worldember I'm going to be hiking up my billowy skirts and buckling down on the information I need for the Dungeons & Dragons campaign I DM- also known as the reason this whole shindig exists in the first place. Which means focusing on plot and player relevant information all month.
|Item||How are clothes dyed?||Milonan Silk||! DONE !|
|Spell||Accessable to the wealthy||Arcane Circles||Stub|
|Species||Great migration of people / creatures||Elementals|
|Plot||Outline a plot that could happen||Boss Battle||Started|
|Myth||Greatest Pirate Legend||White Banshee||! DONE !|
|Building||Greatest role of family members||Lorekeeper||Started|
|Character||Major villain in your world||Minha Sinayari||Started|
|Vehicle||Most stylish / luxurious transportation||Ship|
|Settlement||Build an entire city through crowdsourcing!||Sotep-Shiran||Started|
|Technology||Greatest technological achievement||Water||Stub|
|Organization||An ancient civilization that existed||Sa'avi||Stub|
|Material||A unique resource that exists in your world.||Multiple||Stub|
|Ethnicity||A unique ethnicity in your world||Ileri / Enethi||Stub x2|
|Condition||The most feared condition in your world.||Wanderer's sickness|
|Geography||What's the scariest place in your world?||Nisaba Pass|
|Tradition||A belief strictly adhered to by your people.||Cleansing Rite|
|Document||An influential or well known book.||Mau Diwa-Net||Stub|
|Law||How does the law function?||Oracles||Stub|
|Military||Intelligent- and aggressive- creature.||Cavalry||Stub x2|
|War||Worst ways to die in your world?||Khenra Prisoner|
|Professon||A job considered insulting||Washerwoman|
|Title||I'm looking to start a business.||Hospitaler|
|Language||Common insults unique to a language||Elvish|
Whether you're a new Anvil, or an experienced one, it's easy to lose your head when a mad dash competition like this is announced. But don't worry, Forge
Mother Mistress Hummingbird (that's me) has got a few tips for you to help you beat the blues, stay in shape, and make it to the finish line- hopefully with your brain still in tact.
Focus fire: Worldember's about word count first and foremost; the important part isn't how well you write it, but that you get it written in the first place. So write first ... Edit, format, and pad your articles later!
Set Goals: Set a single realistic goal and go from there ... Set new goals as you reach old ones!
Take care: Don't forget to hydrate, eat your veggies, and get enough sleep ... Definitely don't forget to stretch your legs every 20 minutes, either- and do your basic hand, neck,shoulder, and wrist exercises. You'll thank me for it later!
Mind the Burn: Remember that Worldember's a marathon, not a sprint. Take breaks- and lots of them!
Don't deflate: With competitions like Worldember and Summercamp comes a massive influx of articles- some of which are really good. It's easy to get lost in the feelings of inferiority. Don't let it win! Regardless of skill level, world setting, or any other factor, we're just happy to have you here with us. So chin up, love- and go klick some worldbuilding ass!
Check out what I've written for Worldember so far!
Introduction to Saleh'Alire
And here you find yourself... Not quite alone in this world
An isolated, Sun God worshiping Ferenian subethnicity related to the Ileri
Ilerian Camel Cavalry
Beta unit of the Ilerian Majority Government of Sotep-Shiran and surrounding cities.
The White Banshee
Known for the glow of her pale skin, legend has it this Pirate Queen fights nude
First Generation Artificial Intelligence
A Divergence of Stone
A cultural conflict which gives rise to architectural beauty
She's big. She's bad. She's deceptive... And oddly sympathetic.
Largest cache of religious texts in the world, kept under the watchful eyes of Ilerian Women
Ferenian Subethnicity and ruling peoples of the Eastern Midlands
Ilerian Wyvern Cavalry
Elite Forces of the Ilerian Majority Government of Sotep-Shiran and surrounding cities.
The Final Confrontation
Can the party stop Minha Sinayari from completing her Divine Ascension?
Aqueducts and Irrigation
How the desert continues to flow with water even in the driest of seasons
Conscious Digital Intelligence
Third Generation Artificial Intelligence
Don't forget to check out the other community kickoff posts!
Dec. 2018: WorldEmber and Going Live
Going Live with the Ethnis Patreon, WorldEmber, and our December Plans
Survived an Earthquake to Write This
WorldEmber has been one hell of a ride but I am still standing.