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About the Project

Welcome to the Rosepetal

The Rosepetal is a rather young worldbuilding project that I, until recently, wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with and had no long-term goals for. I was at the end of recovering from a severe burnout and didn't have any real desire to pick up one of my previous projects again for various reasons. Still, I felt I really wanted to start writing again somehow, and figured that perhaps starting on something entirely new could do me good. It didn't matter if it ended up just a temporary endeavor and was somewhat aimless.   Since then, the Rosepetal has already gone through several changes in direction in terms of what I wanted the setting to be and what it should or shouldn't include. It's been a very therapeutic experience that, combined with my decision to engage more with the World Anvil community this time, has led to a massive improvement in terms of confidence and self-esteem.   At the end of the annual Summer Camp event of 2023, it's clear that this setting is here to stay. I didn't think I'd grow this attached to it. And I feel like I finally found what direction I wanted to take it in, and what purpose it could serve beyond worldbuilding for worldbuilding's sake.  

Current Direction

As a part of updating all of my meta articles, I've also once more reevaluated the scope of the setting and given my short- and long-term plans another look.     A major shift is going to be toward using the Rosepetal as the setting for a story (or several). Summer Camp 2023 managed to help me in so many ways, including reawakening my interest in writing fiction. I've felt increasingly motivated to give the planning and writing of a lengthier piece another go.  


This setting was born from an extremely barebones collection of ideas for a system-agnostic science fiction setting under the working name “Stellar Winds”, that I planned to host TTRPG campaigns in. It never became any more than that as I was also trying to juggle worldbuilding for a then actively used fantasy setting that I ran campaigns in for friends and family, plus fanon worldbuilding for Star Wars: The Old Republic to complement ongoing in-game roleplay events, plus a few other things.   After taking a long break from both TTRPG and nearly all writing, due to a combination of IRL getting in the way and just being burnt out from the whole thing, I started feeling the itch to start again. But at that point, none of my previous projects felt relevant or interesting to pick up again.   SWTOR had more or less gone dead, so it felt a little pointless continuing writing fanon. Aside that MMORPG I never managed to get particularly entranced with the Star Wars setting or its stories. I was also kind of tired of the classic fantasy genre and already before the burnout had struggled for a long time with fleshing out my TTRPG setting in a meaningful way.   In order to start somewhere, and cater to my interest in speculating about things such as where we'd be in the far future, or how life on other planets would look like, I thought testing out a science fiction-based setting would suit me well.   At first my scope was very tight: To primarily speculate around humanity's ability to survive in an alien ecosystem - and how we'd possibly evolve and adapt as a result. Then, I also expanded past that with thoughts about the alien ecosystems themselves - what would already have existed there when the humans arrived? And how truly alien can alien be, and what kind of environments would they live in?  
This initial scope remains the prime motivation behind having Rosepetal to play out in such a far distant future: Humans did immigrate to the galaxy but only live on in their subspecies descendants.   And I wanted these descendant to already have reached their new status quo in terms of evolutionary adaption. The status of past and present Earth and the Milky Way is a Schrödinger's Cat, as it's irrelevant to the setting.
  … In the end though, I found myself just wanting to be able to write almost whatever I want without being limited by some pre-set personal rules and hard science. I should allow myself enough creative freedom and ability to settle with cases of plausible above possible.   Thus, a soft science fiction setting named the Rosepetal was born on the 22nd of March, 2022.  

Behind the Name

The name for the galaxy that serve as the focal point for this setting originates from a very old premise I wrote for a science fiction story:  
In a dystopian near-future, Earth was rapidly becoming inhabitable and humankind's last hope of saving themselves was to throw themselves into space and hope that one of several prospective, distant exoplanets truly were habitable.   Several Yggdrasil Arks - massive generation ships - were populated with those rich or just fortunate enough to claim the rapidly depleting, limited spots. The rest were left doomed on the dying Earth or one of many declining space stations circling it.
  One of the destinations for one of these arks, Yggdrasil 7, was the fictional planet Eörpe in the equally fictional Rosepetal Galaxy. There, the galaxy had received its name from the numerous irregular pink splotches that could be seen when viewing it from observatories back on Earth.   I kept the name of the galaxy for this setting, and also decided to incorporate part of the premise as a vague historical background to how and why the humans arrived in Rosepetal millions of years ago.  

Otherspace Theme

The CSS theme named Otherspace was created from scratch by me specifically for this site and setting. It's still under ongoing development and not yet complete.   The main motivation behind the look and feel of this CSS Theme is something that isn't too shiny and cluttered but still manages to capture at least a vague Science Fiction-feel. I want color, but I don't want to hurt my eyes looking at it. And I wanted the shapes to be a bit more on the comfortable side, with no too aggressive or weird angles.   When it came to color palette, I set myself the challenge of limiting the sample range as past themes I made felt overbloated. Searching for inspiration I came across a number of sites dealing with cinematography and especially the power of color themes in cinema, which were all fascinating reads.   This gave me the idea of picking a movie I liked and see how well I could do using its available cinema palettes. The one I settled for was a scene from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner from 1982.  

About Me

My name is Nimin, and I also go by the screenname Kittymonster here on World Anvil.   I’m a Swedish hobbyist writer and worldbuilder, who divide my free time between writing, playing games, reading books, watching movies, listening to music, drawing, taking walks in nature, and swimming.   And, most importantly, infinitely loving my two four-legged babies Polka & Jazz:     I’ve been engaged in roleplay and worldbuilding since young age, as I was introduced to TTRPGs by close family members and got hooked immediately. Through the years I’ve been engaged as a gamemaster in several different TTRPGs, and for a time also ran online, in-game events on a NWN Persistent RPG World and on SWTOR.   After getting burnt out, I stopped writing, roleplaying and worldbuilding almost entirely. Now I’m back with some renewed energy, although am taking it slow in order to not fall down the same hole twice.  

Past Projects

Before my long hiatus here on World Anvil, I had a couple of settings that I tried to keep up with simultaneously. It currently feels unlikely that I'll be going back to either of them in the near future.   I decided to pause all of them indefinitely, and also told myself I should feel absolutely zero guilt for cannibalizing these older projects for any parts and pieces I still like enough that I want to give them a new coat of paint and home; be it as simple as a name or some more involved concept.  

World of Elythien

A low-magic, bright fantasy setting created for a TTRPG. It started off a few centuries after a cataclysmic event where a dragon (literally) fell on the world and caused its supercontinent to splinter.   The different races inhabiting the world had rebuilt and prospered despite their deities and magic being lost to them. Darkness loomed on the horizon and the world was again in need of heroes.


A Star Wars: The Old Republic fanfiction AU mostly serving as a supplement for ongoing in-game and play per post roleplay.

Blek Gryning

The setting for a Swedish novel that I started but never finished, as I lost interest in it only a few chapters in.   The premise was a post-apocalyptic Earth, where most of surviving humanity huddled together in a large city called 'New Eden' while trying desperately to survive a nuclear winter of their own making.

Yggdrasil 7

A Dying Earth science fiction setting for a novel that I only got as far as writing the premise for - see 'Behind the Name'.

Thank you for reading.

Please enjoy your stay here in the Rosepetal,
and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Cover image: by freephotocc


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Jan 24, 2023 17:48 by Mochi

I wish I had seen this sooner! This is such a cool world premise! Can't wait to read articles in this world :D

I hope you have a great day!   Explore the endless planets brimming with life of the Yonderverse! Go after creatures, discover new places, and learn about the people you find along the way.   Consider voting for me in the Worldbuilding Awards!
Jan 26, 2023 07:17

Thank you for your kind words. :)

Jun 4, 2023 19:48 by Rin Garnett

ngl the promise of more cats drew me back here again

Jun 5, 2023 07:33 by Nimin N

I hope the drastic increase in cats was satisfactory. <3   I wanted to update my primer articles in preparation for summer camp, and felt like showing off my precious babies was a good way to provide some visual variety in this one.

Aug 21, 2023 03:01 by Molly Marjorie

I was attracted to your world because the title card reminded me of the titles in a book series I read growing up: Animorphs. Don't know if you're familiar. Anyway, I'm really glad you're writing just to write. I like the idea that a writer's first priority is to themselves, i.e. tell the story you want to read (or in this case, build the the world you want to see). I wish you all of the good things in your journey!

Check out Natural Magic : a coming of age fantasy novel, because life is hard enough when you're fourteen, even without saving the world. Or listen to it in podcast form .
Aug 21, 2023 14:41 by Nimin N

Thank you so much, I appreciate it! I'm admittedly only superficially familiar with animorphs. We only had the books in swedish at hand when I grew up, and didn't really like how they were translated.

Oct 7, 2023 22:31 by Agnes

Åh, en fellow svensk, jag tyckte väl att Eörpe hade en svensk-klingande känsla :) Very nice with an introduction to the world (and to your cats :3 ) and also your thoughts on the css theme!

Oct 15, 2023 20:58 by Nimin N

Jajemen :) Thank you, glad to hear you liked it!