Summer Camp 2023 reading challenge in Scarterra | World Anvil

Summer Camp 2023 reading challenge

I built my world of Scarterra starting with the gods and working my way down. Of course I wanted to read all the entries for  

"A myth or truth about the meaning of your universe"

  My own piece was The ultimate fate of souls of the honored dead, something I've been mulling over a long time but hadn't written down until recently. I made a very detailed divine cosmology but hadn't covered the afterlife much. I still plan to expand on it later.   Emeric's Axiom from the world of Heimar   A nice Norse mythology feel. Well written and fairly succinct. It was enough to make me interested in reading more about Heimr, so I subscribed. It looks like it was created fairly recently. Most of the articles here look they were created for Summer Camp 2023.   Rise of the Ascended from the world of Valerick. I immediately noticed a mythology based on nine principle deities. For some strange reason, it struck a chord with with me. There is not of detail for the nine Ascended but they seem like archetypal characters so there seems to be a good balance for an RPG adventure world.   Whispers of Divinity is well-written and metaphysically thought out. I like the way the ended wrapped up with metaphysical questions.   I'm not a fan of writing grim dark settings but once in a while I like to read them. "Collection of Worldviews" was an interesting article enticing me to follow the world of Ignotus. It could use a catchier article heading and the article could use some proofreading but it was well written and creative. Ignotas is a relatively small world thus far but I am planning to keep an eye on it when I'm in a grim dark mood.   The penitent demons and the stone-hearted dragon is a great mythological story with a positive message. Definitely going to keep an eye on the world of N├║reht.   Unusual magic was a simple story but very well written. Enough to make me want to keep an eye on the author's world.   Honorable mention and "like" to the Green.   Honorable mention and "like" to The Birth of Rolar and the old gods.   Honorable mention and "like" to The alfather   Honorable mention and a "like" to Order of the Cosmos.   Honorable mention and a "like" to The Sea Dragons   Honorable mention and a "like" to The Creation of Souls.   Honorable mention and a "like" to the creator creates the universe.   Honorable mention and a "like" to When Wishes Come True   Honorable mention and a "like" to the Myth of the Superhero   Honorable mention and a "like" to Star Homes.   Whew, 86 entries not counting mine.  

a useful plant found in a wild area of your world

  This one has 300+ entries. My own entry is Underdusk berries. I'm reading the bottom of the list and working my way up.   My first showcased article is Candleflowers.   A solid idea with good implementation. The core concept of natural candles is a neat idea. I especially like the variants: short term fire starters and scented variants.   The author has engagement turned off, otherwise I would like Scorpirina Purpura. A very unique and well thought out concept to use a flower as a sort of compass.   Piton Weeds are a very clever and flavorful addition to their setting with a lot of rich details. I also like the irony that they cannot actually be used as pitons.   Traveler's Grass is an interesting idea, though it feels like it should be expanded on. He talked about how fast and tall growing it isand how it is hard for humans to keep at bay, but not on what kind of animals can eat it, if any.   There are a gazillion variants of mushrooms for this prompt, but only one bamboo that I have seen. Sage Bamboo. The magic pandas approve.   The Lone Star is a very good article. There are many curative plant entries but this is one of the most unique and well-written. It describes how it is physically different from other flowers and it's cultural impact well and the author did it succinctly with a fairly low word count.   I like bamboo articles. White leaf bamboo is a little less exotic than the other one but it is well written. I like the story about a lost person having to eat his boat.   Maternia is very clever. A magical plant to shorten pregnancies. Well written and well polished too.   Carnivorous Vineblooms are a very interesting concept. I like the idea of a luxury foodstuff plant that requires the harvester to do battle.   Lanternkeeper's Gravewart has a very epic mythological origin story. Enough to make me want to follow the author's world.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Starshrooms.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Blimberries.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Wavewood Trees.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Ptettell Buds.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Sunblooms.   Honorable mention and a "like" to vampyr leaf.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Shimmering Magical Algae.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Bloodstopper.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Gumreed.   Honorable mention and a "like" to the Firesap Tree.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Gleamshroom   Honorable mention and a "like" to the Deep Shroom.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Sapphire Leatherleaf.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Smus which reminds me of Truffalo trees and sneeds.   Honorable mention and a "like" to cinderbloom   Honorable mention and a "like" to Shawlsnare Amphylum   Honorable mention and a "like" to Late Bonnet   Honorable mention and a "like" to Plants of the Verdant Vale   Honorable mention and a "like" to Glimmerroot   Honorable mention and a "like" to the blight.   Honorable mention and a "like" to daemon grass.   Honorable mention and a "like" to prickle bush.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Malt Shrooms.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Megaflorica   Honorable mention and a "like" to nightsbane.   Honorable mention and a "like" to coppertrace vines.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Fairie Bell.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Obliviax.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Speerey.   Honorable mention and a "like" peanuts.   Honorable mention and a "like" to winters bite.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Green Arrow Bamboo because you know, bamboo.   Honorable mention and a "like" to rustwood trees.   Honorable mention and a "like" to ice lichen.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Mala's Tears.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Blood Cactus.   Honorable mention and a "like" to Isspetal  

a resource that provides fuel or power"

  We'll see if I can get through ALL of them. Admittedly I'm speedreading the sci-fi articles and giving extra attention to the fantasy articles.   My own entry was Reagents which I touched on briefly in several articles but used this article to consolidate reagents in general terms along with their social impact.   baarandj is definitely an intersting take on the theme. Army rations. I would have liked more details from the soldiers on the ground though. Spiritually infused coal, I like how spirit power enhances the positive and negative aspects of coal. As I commented though, I think it would be better if it existed alongside normal coal rather than supplanting normal coal. Firestone, I think this might qualify as "science fantasy". A creative premise for the article and the world as a whole. Definitely worth keeping an eye on Afterworld. Could use a little bit of work editing and formating but the author created one of the most original world concepts I've seen on World Anvil. viridescenite This is well written and detailed yet succinct and efficient. It was certainly enough to make me want to follow Etrea.   Firewood, simple concept with elegant implementation   Tenets I always like modern Faerie tales and this article encapsulates complex metaphysics rather succinctly. This is close to what I was going for in my own world vis a via the Fair Folk.   Eclipse Embers Well polished concept presented fairly succinctly and beautifully illustrated.   Zeal is a very intriguing article and very dark article. Enough to convince me to keep an eye on the world.   likes and honorable mentions       Bristleberry Oil   Gyalzinite   Guardian Lumber   Aethercite   Dreamlium (funny presentation)   Hempruna   Sand Worm Oil It's burning oil from giants worms, what is not to like.   Blue Sanguine, premium vampire drink   Hundred-year lightning   goddess wood   Fusible hydrogen, interesting metaphor.   dung   Mana   furnaceland stones   Van Helsing Silver   Pheonix Nuggets (nice comedic article)   Shards nice variant on D&D lore   silver   The arcadious fruit   Sunbright honey   Tea: Celarruhn's Favourite Brew   A workman's breakfast   Lux Moss   Angelrock   Heart of the Mountain   Deadstone      

What I have Learned/Goals

  I reinforced my notion that dynamic formating is needed to grab the attention of a first time visitor. I need to keep working on my formating and art going forward.   I think snippets of in-character perspective are good in articles but in moderation unless it's really realy good prose in which case forget moderation.   I'm going to try to write more fiction to go along with my gratituous world building going forward.


Cover image: Silver Nine symbol #1 by Me adapting work from Pendrake via Nightcafe

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Aug 26, 2023 22:27 by Rin Garnett

There's nothing comedic about phoenix nuggets, they're a very serious means of exploiting tourists ;)   It's true an article's formatting can be just as important as its content, especially on a webpage. You've so many incredible people to learn from in the list, too! Best of luck finding your style :)