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Seventh Sanctum Worldbuilding: Timelines Note: this is part of a series on worldbuilding. See the worldbuilding section of the sidebar for discussions on designing religions, creating a local campaign area, and more. A timeline or history of your world can add a great deal of depth that can have as much impact on your storylines as you like. Timeline facts will often even suggest new story ideas. The World Builder’s Guidebook states, “Building a history provides you with ancient ruins to scatter about the area, smoldering rivalries of legendary monsters or fearsome raiders, rumors of mad kings and sinister counselors, and lingering fires of patriotism or rebelliousness just waiting to be fanned once again into blazing warfare.” As you begin to put together your timeline, start your focus on the current events at the time of your story. Examples in Popular Fiction J. One strength of the world of Krynn in the Dragonlance books was its rich history. The Lord of the Rings series also had a rich history. References/Further Reading:

How to Break the Rules of Writing (& More) According to Bestselling YA author Ransom Riggs Like most first conversations and bad first drafts, my (WD’s Managing Editor Adrienne Crezo) interview with Ransom Riggs begins with a discussion about the weather. And not just any weather, either, but peculiar versions of standard precipitation: dust storms, cloudbursts, thundersnow and tornadoes. Of course, Riggs is experiencing none of those phenomena as he sits in the warmth of the never-ending summer of Los Angeles. “I hate to tell you what it’s like here right now,” he says. That kind of easygoing humor is familiar to Riggs’ fans. Whatever dreams Riggs may have had about his future, he couldn’t have predicted the wild success of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a tale of time travel and magic set against the eerie backdrop of unnerving black-and-white photos of levitating girls and creepy twin clowns. It’s easy to see why Riggs is enjoying the ride, but what appears to have happened overnight actually evolved over many years. [Writing a Hero's Adventure story? Yes.

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Chaotic Shiny Worldbuilding Reference: Cultural Quirks by Joe Wetzel (joewetzel at gmail dot com) A portion of the Papyrrus of Ani from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Physical Characteristics Unique Physical Features The people of the culture may have a unique physical feature. Physical Distortion Some cultures ritually distort their physical appearance. Skin Tone Unfortunately, a person’s skin tone has been used to judge that person and restrict or include him in groups. Tattoos Most of the culture’s people have many tattoos, or perhaps nearly everyone has a tattoo in a particular place. Body Piercings While ear piercings are common in western cultures and other piercings are becoming more popular, perhaps in some of your game world’s cultures a different body part is pierced by most people. Religion In general many of the other cultural practices could apply to specific religions in the culture, but there are a some that are much more closely related to religion. The Body After Death How are the dead treated? Marriage Clothing Amount of Clothing Food