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World Ember 2023 Homework

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Homework 1: Goal and Area of Focus

I am extremely hyped to finally participate in World Ember! I'm trying to set reasonable goals for myself, so I'm only striving for 10,000 words. Not to mention, 323 words a day is very achievable for me! Of course, I'll be happy if I can write more because more words means that there's more content and development to my world. My second goal is to not get burnt out. December is a busy time of year with the holidays, and I want to be able to pace myself a little bit.  


As usual, Valtena is my main world and still the primary focus for competitions. There are still a bunch of foundational articles I haven't written, so these will be the focus of my worldbuilding this World Ember.

Highest Priority

Akea Ateus Birdfolk Catfolk Cedun
Dione Dragonfolk Dwarf Elf Goblin
Hathchan Huirtal Khemina Kobold Kos
Lizardfolk Orc Osirtal Otorveia Qazakthein
Ratfolk Selene Serpentfolk Stirkal Tauna
Tovirkal Valtena Valtena

High Priority

Adventurer's Alliance Evirs Fenveikuria Civil War Flying Islands
Heart of the World Merfolk Otor Rabbitfolk
Royal Mage Academy Sun Guard Zeferon Salros

Dinosaur Country

This is one of my secondary worlds. I've barely touched it, sadly, and I want to give Dinosaur Country some love! The world is all about dinosaurs as the dominant species in the Old West. My main priority there is to write about Fossil Creek which is the main settlement. Also, I want to write about the main character Harriet Dobbs, the local raptor rancher caught in the middle of several conflicts.  

Homework 2: Mini-Meta and Structure

Gods of Creation

Both the Gods of Creation and Minor Gods were created from the corrupted shards of Osirtal, but only the Gods of Creation were present when Huirtal first breathed wisdom into their creations. They form the main pantheon of the world.
The gods are incredibly powerful and immortal beings, but they are prone to vices and wrongdoing. They are mysterious beings with their own desires and drives. But different cultures place emphasis on different aspects of them.
The articles about the deities will primarily focus on their general characteristics, artifacts, holy books, and holidays with passing mention to the various myths they feature in.
The gods are bound together in nature. They take on a familial relationship, and in many of the myths, they seem almost human. Tension between them comes from differing personalities and the relationships between them along with the interactions with mortals.

Sapient Species

There are many more sapient species than what's listed in my foundational articles. The ones here are most likely to be encountered in Otorveia. Merfolk being the one exception, but they are the only sapient species created by Selene, one of the gods of creation. Other sapient species have alternative planar origins and aren't native to the planet Valtena.
Like the many different gods present in Valtena, the world is home to many different races who have all built up their own civilizations and mixed civilizations. The world operates at a tech level just before the industrial revolution with gunpowder being fairly common alongside magic. Different cultures have embraced or rejected these advances.
The focus for these articles is basic information such as anatomy, life stages, geographic distribution, special characteristics, and general opinions on the other groups of sapient species. They are primarily written as excerpts from Incador's Book of Beasts with some excerpts from other texts for flavor.
Over the course of existence on Valtena, many of the species have interacted with each other and developed relationships with one another. Some are more isolationist than others, some go out and conquer foreign lands. There are also variations in dietary needs and infrastructure which can make designing mixed cities difficult.


Recategorizing Valtena has been something I've been slowly chipping away at since the end of Summer Camp. With over 360 articles (most of them draft stubs), it's been a process to figure out an intuitive way to organize all the new content being added to the world. For World Ember, all the meta articles such as the homework and hub will be in the Challenges Category. The articles themselves will be stuck in Challenge Quarantine until the judging is complete and badges handed out.  


Much of my inspiration for the Gods of Creation come from Greco-Roman and Norse mythology. I also draw inspiration from the Valar in the Silmarillion and the pantheons in the Forgotten Realms and Golarion. The sapient species, while generally drawn from the classic fantasy races and DND races, are given their own unique origins and twists in Valtena. I wanted the world to feel familiar with its own unique twists.  

Homework 3: Homepage

Valtena recently got a new logo which I am still working on incorporating into a new banner image for the world! With that also comes plans for a new color scheme. I've been really happy with the Deven Rue theme I've been using, but as the world gets bigger, I also aspire to make the page look more unique. The fourteen pointed sun represents the fourteen gods of creation which were made up of the shards of embodiment of Life. They surround the world which became the center of life's continuation within the Void.
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  I have been meaning to freshen up the homepage. The current version is functional, and the intro paragraph length is unlikely to change. It fits perfectly in the excerpt text box when searching for the world. I'm also really enjoying the challenges I've done this year--Summer Camp, Spooktober, and now World Ember, so I will be keeping a spot on the homepage to highlight the challenge I'm currently participating in. I'm also planning on adding a Featured section to show off my favorite articles. Right now, I'm debating between making it a carousel of the article blocks of having them featured above the Recent Articles. Navigation is also getting some new improvements inspired by nnie and the tagging system! There will be new indices for length, challenges, stubs, and more.   Design isn't one of my strongest suits, so I'm open to suggestions and feedback!  

Homework 4: Last Minute Prep

I can't believe that there's only a week left until World Ember starts! I'll probably end up doing something similar to Summer Camp where most of my writing gets done at work. I'm on the computer all day, and it's really common for me to have an extra hour or two to just kill time. My plan is to make the best use of that time as I can to write. Also! Writing sprints to help keep me focused. I get really stressed with open ended deadlines, so a set 15min block of time is awesome for me to focus in a way that feels extremely manageable.   I'm also trying to start up a new chapter called Articles Anonymous (check it out on the WA Discord!), so that's another way I plan on being able to write alongside other people for motivation and accountability. I've got my World Ember hub article prepped and ready to go, too. I gave myself some stretch goals beyond 10k just to challenge myself to write even more this coming month.   Finally, I've also got breaks planned in my schedule because I don't want to burnout or give myself too much fatigue. I'm gong to spend some time with friends every week as a way to rest my writing battery and recharge. I also get to see family close to the holidays. A big reason of why I want to do as much writing as possible at work is so that I can enjoy the rest of my day with family and not feel stressed that I'm not writing enough.  

I lied...

So uh, the whole thing I said earlier about not really being ready to touch my world's homepage yet? Yeah, that didn't last very long. Valtena got not just a spruced up homepage, but also a whole new theme courtesy of Spleen! There are also new graphics, and I absolutely love the darker colors with pops of gold. It really fits the nobledark tone of the world better, and the blues definitely remind me that I really made this world because of my love of ships. I had so much fun helping pick out fonts and overall getting the world to look more unique. Still trying to figure out exactly how I want to fill the void in my article covers, and the large black area is mean to be reminscent of The Void in my world. Little secret, if you head over here, it'll give some context of why the void is relevant and important. I also added a Development Log to my world to help me vocalize and summarize the work that I'm doing. It'll be a reflection back on the time since the last update, and this is something I've been wanting to do since I got back into WA almost a year ago.

Current Worlds

Dinosaur Country

World Ember Hub

World Ember 2023 Hub
Generic article | Dec 22, 2023

Follow along for new and old articles written in December for World Ember!

Pre-World Ember Goals

Articles I want to finish before World Ember starts
Northern Nautical Confederation
Pantheon of Valtena  

Community Cottages!

Check out the awesome community groups for World Ember!  

Ember Cottage

Ember cottage
Generic article | Nov 3, 2023

A cottage for WorldEmber, to share hype and love around.

Comment Carolers

Cosy Cottage Enclave

WorldEmber 2023
Generic article | Feb 6, 2024

Goals and progress for my first foray into the annual December writing challenge.

Inferno Cottage

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Nov 3, 2023 22:13 by Annie Stein

Ooh, I hope to work on species this year too! I'm excited to see how you go about things, best believe I'll be taking notes :)

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Nov 3, 2023 23:31 by Mochi

do i smell some SPECIES?! hope you have lots of fun in WE and write all the cool stuff <3

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Nov 4, 2023 12:37

Oh my god, so many awesome old and new species and I am not talking about the dragons alone. More catfolk, MOAR DWARFS and gods! Count me in! Have fun and i can't wait to see what you are doing with this world.

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Nov 8, 2023 00:52

You got this! Really excited to see what you craft in the coming weeks!

Nov 17, 2023 21:56

Happy to cheer you on through Worldember. Best of luck! Looks like you got a handle on this, though. <3

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Nov 19, 2023 22:11 by Elspeth

I love how you're prioritising what you want to focus on, and I love building out a pantheon. It sounds like you're all set for an excellent WorldEmber! Good luck getting those other articles written before the end of the month and I hope you have a lot of fun. :)

Nov 25, 2023 13:42 by Rin Garnett

Sprints are a great way to fit writing time into the workday, who doesn't need the occasional 15-minute break throughout the day? :D It's great that you're building family and friends time into your schedule, too, what a lovely way to avoid burnout. Looking forward to seeing what you write next month!

Nov 25, 2023 15:32

Good luck! I'm really looking forward to reading what you come up with. That chapter sounds great but unfortunately I'm already in another. Hope you have a great WorldEmber!