Down with the quill, up with the glasses - Reading Challenge 2021

I wanted to do something properly organized for the reading challenge, but real-life said no. So instead, have 10 articles I enjoyed, in no particular order. I tried to resume the articles as best as I could, but don't hesitate to correct me if I got something wrong!


The Taking of Fever Breach - The Void Between


The Taking of Fever Breach, a time in the war between the Eden and the Dithol when the former struck a decisive blow to the Eden. The most powerful species of the galaxy lost a system harboring a holy site and several gods. But maybe their greatest misdeed is what they did next.


Of course, there was no way I wouldn't include my favorite author on this platform. The hard part was selecting only one article because I could do the whole challenge about Dylon's work. But this one is my favorite. I especially loved the different points of view of the skirmish. A cold one, telling the events as a historian would do, about fixed events of the pasts and their outcomes. And the other through the prose, from Amber and how she lived the battle. This aspect added to the precision of the description made for a truly wonderful article.


The World

The Void Between

What I learnt

  • Big blocks of prose can do more than illustrate the article. They can be a part of it even while telling a story on their own.
  • From the world as a whole, many formatting lessons
  • Penning traps

  • The Author

    Sage Dylonishere123

    R. Dylon Elder


    The Seven Days War - Cathedris


    Seven days was all it took to shake the world, from the murder of He'an to the final showdown between Qur and Avartarian. The last path of each god is depicted until their death, the protagonists shown in the sides of each day. Because yes, it is formatted like a book, where each page corresponds to a day.


    This article is fantastic. I was late to the party, beginning to read Cathedris just a few days ago. And needless to say, I was immediately hooked. I already knew that Stormbril is a CSS god, and explored a bit the Comprilith before, but every single article of his is breathtaking. And to have only a few days to wonder what was it that ended the Gods is a boon, I don't think I could have bear it if I read Cathedris earlier.


    The World


    What I learnt

  • First of all, CSS is truly unlimited, and it can provide even more layout options than WorldAnvil has.
  • Telling a war, or even a story, can be done efficiently event-to-event, and few words can convey the personality of people.

  • The Author

    Eternal Sage Stormbril


    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.


    Cosmology - The Morning Realm


    How was the world created? Well, a god cared so deeply about the mortals that they killed themselves with their own spear to provide land for the people to live on. The tears of their companion made the Cosmic waters, an endless sea surrounding the continent. Now, look up to the sky, and witness the Signs and their Gods, undoubtedly the source of many myths and bedtime stories!


    While reading this article, I could only realize how much I missed a point. I may have gods in this world, even multiple geneses, but none of them tackled the topic of the world creation itself. It was so obvious when I read it in Nnie's article, and so seamless. It also had some vibes of the Kojiki's story, the Japanese tale of creation. I really enjoy myths where gods make the world from themselves, literally. I only wish I could have learned more about the Abyss, because it is a topic I tend to... appreciate. Maybe it is somewhere else in this world, I must keep on reading!

    The World

    The Morning Realm

    What I learnt

  • How to properly tell the creation of the world.
  • Even more CSS shenanigans! (Did I mention that I love the title embedded in the cover ?)
  • The Author

    Sage nnie

    Annie Stein
    Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022


    The Underville - Lapis of Nicodem


    This place has a lot of history. What started as a way to escape for the nobility became a rebel hideout to finally end up as the stronghold of the Minq, an underworld syndicate. Setting up a sort of black market, the Ming thrived, and so did the well-named Underville, the underground city.


    This article is mainly about the Underville history. And what history! We can feel events from centuries ago and understand how each one of them shaped the modern city. As it was my introduction to this world, I was really thankful for the sidenotes explaining what was going on. Who are the Minq, where Phortoun's Way comes from. Everything is where it has to be, and I think it is something we all could take inspiration from.


    The World

    Lapis of Nicodem

    What I learnt

  • Tooltips are cool (oh yeah they are) but explaining the main terms in side blocks may ease the flow of the reading. Definitely, something I will try to include in my articles.
  • Rich histories are really interesting. They told us how things came to be in an organic way that I want to create in my world.
  • The Author

    Sage Kwyn Marie

    Kwyn Marie


    Skyshells - Cairn Sector

    It was hard to pick an article to read from Cairn Sector, there was so many written this WorldEmber! But I did, so have Skyshells, flying jellyfishes in the sky of the continents of Kenerif and Kareth. Evolved from regular jellyfishes hundreds of million years ago, they are now an everyday sight in this part of the world. These animals are mostly harmless to humans, and some grow so big they can even harbor ecosystems on their hardened shells.


    Sometimes I read detailed articles, but this one is beyond that. Everything you ever wanted to know about skyshells, from their anatomy to their behavior is described in a very exhaustive manner. The first sidebar totally hooked me, as I love this kind of information, and don't see them that often on WA. Reading this article ignited in me the flame of hard speculative evolution again, I really loved it!


    The World

    Cairn Sector

    What I learnt

  • Encyclopedic style articles are not boring, not one bit.
  • Someone else is giving jellyfishes the love they deserve.
  • The Author


    Raitin Citadel - Niorath


    "I swear, this giant floating city wasn't there yesterday!" The capital of the Raitin was never built, at least not in the records of other nations. It just appeared in the sky, a flying fortress using state-of-the-art technology and propelled by a mysterious engine - well, mysterious unless you know what the Raitins do to dragons. The vertical city is many things. A commercial hub, a high place of technological progress and politics, and of course a military base, otherwise it wouldn't be a citadel.


    It is funny how this one contrasts with the Underville. While Kwyn Marie's article was focused on the history of the settlement, this one is much more expansive on the geography, the different districts of the citadel, and its location in the world. I especially loved the zoomed-in maps. There are two of them, showing points of interest in the area, but both are actually part of the same, bigger map. Maybe this is not that big of a deal, but I really liked it, and I'm eager for more.


    The World


    What I learnt

  • Some map tricks. I didn't really delve into mapmaking yet, but it still good to gather clever ideas.
  • I really like this world's aesthetics.
  • The Author

    Eternal Sage Kefkejaco

    Feel free to check out my latest challenge article the Avaronian Empire if you want to see what I am up to!


    The Dwarven Twists - Hesli


    In the Dwarven society, facial hair is way more than just aesthetics. It defines the social rank of the bearer, so better take care of it! And should you get caught trying to cheat the system, the punishment is to have your head shaved clean and be outcasted. Many rituals revolve around beards, and the grooming industry is thriving.


    It's an interesting society described there. One where what matters is the facial hair above anything else. I really liked the different mark system that puts the dwarves on a parallel ladder than the regular one. Outcasts and imperials both wear a mark, although a different one. It's always fun to be introduced to a complex society by something unique to it, a great read!


    The World


    What I learnt

  • Think outside the box. I kind of do that already in this world, but it is always good to keep it in mind.
  • To not worry about not having enough images. Placeholders are fine if needed.
  • The Author

    Grandmaster Sh4d0wPh03n1x

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, with words being written, and fantasies twittin' you, be of good cheer. It's the most wonderful time of the year.   My World Ember Entries


    The languages of the empire and translation magics - Empire of Covenant


    In the vast empire, many languages coexist. Most are merely dialects, spoken by a handful of people. In an attempt to unify communications, two languages have emerged. The Arianian and the Southern are the only official speeches, though far from everyone uses any of the two. Luckily for the common folks that managed to ascend to nobility, translating devices named crafts come in handy, though at a price.


    Choosing an article from Amélie was a real torture, as every one of her articles was so intriguing! But ultimately, my love for linguistics took over and I opted for this one. I really liked how the size of a great empire was taken into consideration on the topic of language. The story of Lady Merisse was a fine addition, giving insight into how the lack of knowledge can become a hindrance in high society.


    What I learnt

  • You have to consider everything in your world. If it's big, no way there is a single language.
  • Speech manners and accent may have a great impact on how other's view the speaker, especially in nobility.
  • The Author

    Eternal Sage AmélieIS

    Amélie I. S. Debruyne
    To see what I am up to:WE pledge and article list.


    The Intercontil Highway - Gaia


    An ancient highway stretching through a whole continent, with many branches creating a network of ways to reach the many cities of the Combined Empire, now buried. A relic of the past only recently discovered, who knows where the forgotten roads lead?


    I don't know why, but I have a soft spot for superhighways. I know, that's oddly specific but one of the things I liked most in a previous world of mine was a structure of the same type. But bury it and leave it in the sands of the desert and time, and it becomes a great historical monument. I wonder if it feels the same to the people of Gaia as the ancient pyramids feel to us. I'm definitely keen on learning more about this world!


    What I learnt

  • Catchy cover images do wonders to get me (and probably others) to read the article.
  • There will always be people looking back to the past and aiming to recover what is lost.

    Snuggler's Den - Omari


    Come in a cozy place, not super flashy on the outside, but very welcoming on the inside. Come in for a night, to grab a book, or even to spend a little comforting time. You can even make yourself at home if you wish to.


    And we end this reading challenge with a heartwarming article! I loved to read about the Snuggler's Den, even if nothing grand or even noteworthy happen there. The CSS helped this feeling, with its pink-y tones and simplicity - and I adore the buttons! It is like worded sugar that put a smile on my face :D


    The World


    What I learnt

  • It's not mandatory to write about the big things. Sometimes even small shops can be worthy of an article, especially if they feel this good.
  • A fitting CSS helps convey the general ambiance of some articles.
  • The Author

    Grandmaster DapperCapricorn

    Ezra Aldrich


    Afterwords and resolutions

    Whew, it was more tedious than planned, but I had a great time reading all these articles! I discovered some authors, finally started to read worlds I was wanting to get in for quite a while, and distributed some deserved love. As I read I was inspired and my to-do list has grown. I finally found out how to organize my world thanks to the reads, so thank you, folks!


    As for the resolution, I set last year a standard quality for my articles, even if it means writing less. I'd like to continue this way, making even better articles in the little time I have with my studies. Expect a big one coming soon (after the Bard, of course :p)

    Cover image: by Jean Chevillard


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    23 Jan, 2022 18:37

    Thank you for the read and feature! I'm glad you enjoyed my cozy little building. c : This was also another great challenge article to read through. Nice set up and thoughtful responses~

    Sage Dylonishere123
    R. Dylon Elder
    23 Jan, 2022 21:34

    My friend! Thank you so much for your kind words. It made my day reading that. I'm glad you enjoy the world and cant tell you how much I appreciate you shouting it out. Just thank you.   With that aside, you've put together some amazing writers here and some I havnt even looked at yet. I thank you. The time you spent on this should not be understated. Well done!

    24 Jan, 2022 02:42

    You did such an incredible job with the Reading Challenge! Above and beyond with the breakdown and introduction to each article, and you had such wonderful things to say for each one! There's a few of these entries I haven't yet been able to read, but the way you've introduced them definitely has me interested in changing that :D   Thank you so much for including me in this, I'm honored :D

    Cathedris, the world of God-husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
    24 Jan, 2022 18:31

    Thank you so much for including me in your challenge ^^ Also you have done an amazing job for the layout of this article! The breakdown for each article and world is well done.

    Feel free to check out my latest challenge article the Avaronian Empire if you want to see what I am up to!