Venturing to other Worlds, 2023 edition
Author's Note: Tried something different with this, writing part of it from the point of view of a character in my world (one who claims to have the ability to travel to other universes). This is still a Work in Progress, (real life work is killing me right now...) but I do have the bare minimum for the challenge.
Once again another year has passed. Overworked and overwhelmed, I took a few days of break and headed off into Meliheal to other worlds. Working my way through the twisting branches and passages, I hope to find myself in a number of different worlds. Maybe I'll find something worth talking about, or an idea worth bring back? Who knows but I'm about to find out!
While Visiting the Hottest Spices in the World of Hislariya, I came across a strange artifact. Among the endless variety of spices and herbs was a dragon skull mounted on a door. The skull appears to be well taken care of, polished to such a mirror sheen I thought it was fake at first. I've seen my share of dragons on my journeys through the cosmos, and it looked real.
I'm not a frequent visitor to this world, so I asked the apothecary about it. They refused to answer any questions. In later journeys through the world, I learned a great deal about the Dragons here, though I ended up with more questions than answers when I left. I'll have to make a note to return to this world in the future...
How Not to get Eaten by Various Phoenixes
I came across this book in a strange shop in the city of Limani in the world of Hesli. Vreathe doesn't have such a thing as a Phoenix, unless the birds transformed by dragon corruption count...so I decided to pick this book up to learn more about them. I do wish I could have read a longer excerpt before I bought it, but the reviews won me over.
It was an interesting and somewhat funny read. There was plenty of information about the Phoenixes in this world, but I'm not sure how useful or useless it actually is... I'm definitely curious about how a Bird can live under the sea in the case of Azure Phoenixes, but, such is the nature of magic.
I am glad I did read this book. I was walking through a forest later, and was about to set up camp for the night, I noticed there was a green bird staring me down. Based on what I read, I decided to not risk it, and I kept walking... I left this world soon after that, but I plan to visit again later...
How Not To Get Eaten by Various Phoenixes
Item | Dec 10, 2022
A little handbook written by an anonymous Phoenix Master to help adventurers find all the phoenixes and earn their trust. Includes tips, tricks, useful and important useless information, and a good sense of humour.
While browsing items in a store somewhere in the Sea of Starlight, I came across a bag of candy beans, called Spellybeans. When I asked what they did, I was told to try them myself and experiment...
I ate one of the beans, and I swear I gained some wisdom for a few minutes. I am the greatest publisher of sage knowledge on Vreathe, but for a brief moment I felt like I knew more than ever before!...Then I ate one that tasted like a carrot. After washing it down, I realized I could see a little better.
By far my favorite spellybean was that of the Pitaya. I've been suffering from dragon corruption for many years through my adventures in the dragon craters of Vreathe, but after eating a dragonfruit bean, for a few moments, my mind cleared like a fog, as if I suffered from no dragon corruption at all! Unfortunately it only lasted for a moment...I need to learn the method this world has for resisting dragon corruption. There might be a way to apply it on my own world...
Magic is always difficult to fully explain on Vreathe. My universe uses two difference sources of energy (Mana and Aether) and it has always been difficult to explain the relationship between the two. For this reason, whenever I venture to other worlds, I prioritize finding mages on these worlds to explain how magic works in their universe.
The World of Melior has only had magic for 50 years and the people there are still figuring things out. That world's version of Mana seems to be called Maisha and it seems to be difficult to use, but this is likely more because the concept of magic is so new to the world than Magic being too limited. It will be interesting to see how this world fares in 50 more years...
Magic in Niorath
Continuing my look into magic on other worlds, I came across a mage willing to go into detail about the magic of Niorath. This world also went through a period in the past where there was no magic.
It seems the casters here mostly rely on crystals known as Falls to use their magic, which was once reserved only for the gods and their chosen. It seems that magic also became hereditary in some families, but just about anyone can absorb the energy of a Falls into their body. I asked if that creates a new magic bloodline, but the answer wasn't clear.
The magic here seems to be dividied into 10 types, easily distinguishable by the crystals that grant the power. Most of these crystals seem to be concentrated in one area of the world with a few exceptions. There is still some mystery to be uncovered about the nature of the Falls here, and I will be returning to Niorath soon to learn more.
Military Dreadnought Class Starship
One aspect of my own world's past that still eludes me are the nature of the Silver Age Skyfortresses, which were powerful enough to fight gods and dragon lords and chase them through the stars. Unfortunately, all of them are rusted out ruins in current times and finding information on them is difficult.
For this reason, I ventured into a dark new world looking for how humans from other worlds built one. I wasn't disappointed in what I found. I was actually completely overwhelmed at the size of it and the number of weapons and smaller airships that were flying alongside it.
I then learned how the ship was powered. This fusion of lighter elements is terrifying to think about and the destruction it could cause, but here, it's used to power these city-sized ships.
No dragon lord of my world could hope to compete with one of these things, and a more terrifying thought is that humans of my world used to have fourteen of them and might be able to build them again in the future!
((Note: My article block CSS is broken with this one.))
Military Dreadnought Class Starship - Human
Various Creatures of Zaris
While venturing through the world of Zaris, I came across several creatures with interesting traits. One example is the Ocedot. At first glance, it appears to be a normal large cat, but what I wasn't expecting that it could see in the near future to help with hunting, among other things.
Then there was the Nepaxan. My first experience with this creature was seeing a small four legged animal that I thought might have been a strange dog at first. Then I was told the giant, oily, lumbering beast next to it was the same species. Apparently they can get big, very big if you feed them alot. The people here have incentive to do that too, as the waxy substance this animal secrets on its skin is extremely useful.
The animals didn't seem that interesting at first glance, but their unique abilities changed my perception rather quickly. Zaris might be worth revisiting in the future...
My goals are actually kind of small this year (well, small for me), which is a good thing because my real life job doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down this year. There's only a few things I really want to focus on when it comes to worldbuilding:
Thank you for featuring my articles! I have a lot of work to do on some of my first articles for the formatting. I have learned so much from everyone. I hope you have success on your world building goals. I'm excited to read more of your content in the future.
Thanks for your feedback on my article! I really like the way you've presented this format - good luck with your goals for the year :D
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
Thanks for reading and the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed my aricles and my little quotes. I wish you the best for your goals.
That's a really unique response to this challenge, I love the layout of this article! Good luck with your goals!