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The "Daily" Worldbuilding Prompt. Chapter 2

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Ban, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Nice catching up!

    Question 75: What's the currency of your world? (How did it come to be used? What preceded it?)
     
  2. Orc Knight

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    The basic D&D set up of coppers, bronzes, silvers and golds (and sometimes some platinum). The silver standard I guess. The golden crown being the most valuable coin, most of the time, with the silver talon being the next most valuable. The bronze bezents and copper pences being among the most common around. And since I am not good with economy and money, this is all I have for it.
     
  3. Vaporo

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    Question 75: What's the currency of your world? (How did it come to be used? What preceded it?)

    Boring old coins composed of precious metals. When the Untians first came north, precious metals weren't really available in great supply, so salt, whale oil, and other commodities were the main currency if a currency was in use at all. Some remote areas still use such commodity currencies.
     
  4. ThinkerX

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    Well, most student mages spend anywhere from several weeks to a couple of years in near total isolation, learning meditation and how to focus their minds to better control their psychic energies.

    Apart from that, there are more than a few mentally damaged veterans of the Traag War who have become involuntary hermits.

    In the old Agban domains, currency consists of 'Ral,' beads of copper or silver, worn on necklaces. Supposedly, this system was established by the ancient aliens.

    Solaria was founded by people brought here from ancient Rome, and uses a mangled version of roman currency.

    Bottom of the heap are copper and brass 'bits,' with the brass bits being double the value of the coppers. One copper will get you a slab of bread or a cup of cheap wine; a brass bit will get you a spot in a dormitory or a bowl of stew.

    Ten copper bits or five brass ones are equal to one silver 'Dinar' the standard unit of Solarian money - there are coins with greater value, but that value is expressed in terms of dinar. 1-2 dinar is considered a fair daily wage for an unskilled laborer. Soldiers, artisans, teamsters, and the like make something on the order of 5-10 dinar a day. A months rent in a bunkhouse or hovel runs 10-15 dinar; a cottage or relatively decent apartment is 30-100 dinar a month. That's all general; some parts of the empire has much higher or low expenses.

    Solaria's Church also mints its own coins, copper and silver both. The coppers (tithing bits) are regarded as interchangeable with Imperial coins. The Church insists its silver coins are equal in value to Dinar, but in practice are valued at around 8 coppers each.
     
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  5. Mel Syreth

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    Vampires use favors and mutual trust instead of countable currency like the gold coins humans use. Centauri and Fae don't have much beyond exchanging items, if they want something they can usually make it themselves. Though given how the cultures started to blend together it's never a bad idea to have some coins (and a notebook) wherever you are.
     
  6. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Question 76: Who or what's on top of the food chain?
     
  7. Orc Knight

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    The elves and trolls and their kin are top of the heap on Eld. The elves have shown slightly less restraint about it then the trolls. This is generally not just the regular food chain but the magical one as well.
     
  8. I need to catch up!
     
  9. Vaporo

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    Question 76: Who or what's on top of the food chain?

    The Al Grat is by far the largest living organism in the world. It resembles a crab or turtle the size of a small mountain and served as a vast and mobile base of operation for the Generals. Its shell contains a vast network of tunnels where countless lesser Altanrat Grat sleep. Most Altanrat Grat have an animal-like intelligence and work to maintain the Al Grat by cleaning its shell, defending it from parasites, dressing wounds, etc. However, they can also be released as cannon fodder foot soldiers to overwhelm an opponent. The Al Grat currently hibernates in the jungles to the west of Untia.

    Every one and a half to two millennia, the Al Grat must awaken to feed. When it does, the Altanrat Grat will leave the shell to attack the surrounding jungle. They uproot trees, bushes, any sort of matter that is biological and contains energy, and bring it back to the Al Grat. When it is done, there will be practically nothing left except for mud and heavily packed dirt for thirty miles in every direction. The Al Grat will then stand and move to a new section of jungle to go back into hibernation.

    The Al Grat has awoken three times throughout history. The first time, the region was practically uninhabited, so there are only a few vague legends of this feeding. The second time, the Amulkine Empire had just collapsed, and a recently-built Amulkonian city was unfortunate enough to be within range of the feeding. However, most passed this off as a particularly brutal attack by the Fel, which were common at the time. The third feeding happened relatively recently, within living memory. The region was again mostly uninhabited, but word from the indigenous tribes eventually reached the Untian nations. Explorers found the remains of the jungle, and to this day scholars are baffled as to what happened.
     
  10. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Question 77: What are your clowns, jokers, jesters and/or comedians mocking your world for?
     
  11. Orc Knight

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    I'd say pretty much everything is fair game. Though the main game is jokes on Queen Inivia. Usually well out of earshot of the Queen herself. Most royalty and even petty nobles will feel the sting of it at some point in time. But they've been well on their way to portraying her as nothing more then dumb muscle with a temper and frigid in bed, if one could get her into a bed. As much as she is often the butt of jokes, few will actually tell the jokes to her. It's a survival thing. Most of the other humor stuff comes from the drow, which means it's killer humor.
     
  12. Question 64: What symbolism do various colours have in your world’s cultures?

    Question 65: Ain’t no mountain high enough… or is there? What are the greatest natural barriers in your world?

    Question 66: I’ve spent some time in the city, and decide to travel to the countryside. How does life differ? (Specifically, how does life differ in ways I wouldn’t expect as an earth resident?)

    Question 67: If you were to travel to your world, what would you do? (Where would you work/live/go for a drink?)

    Question 68: What’s the average lifestory of a wizard? (How did they start? Where were they taught? What did they do most their lives? Etcetera.)

    Question 69: Fireworks, parade balloons, contrail art and chinese lanterns. How do your peoples decorate the skies? (And why?)

    Question 70: How does a package or message arrive from one place to another?

    Question 71: Can you tell me about one of your world’s secret societies?

    Question 72: Can you give me an overview of what could be found in your world’s black markets?

    Question 73: What’s the most legendary artefact lusted for by adventurers and scholars alike?

    Question 74: Can you tell me about the hermits of your world?

    Question 75: What's the currency of your world? (How did it come to be used? What preceded it?)

    Question 76: Who or what's on top of the food chain?

    Question 77: What are your clowns, jokers, jesters and/or comedians mocking your world for?


    I don't know how to answer any of these except maybe #74, and even then, the Empty Thought Monks are just a little background joke.
    :arghh:

    *sigh* My world is either way too specific or not fleshed out enough. :(
     
  13. Mel Syreth

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    Nothing wrong with that. You don't need to think of every detail when it comes to building your world when you don't want to. A good story can be played out in just a tiny village or even a single house, while even the largest, most expansive worlds can have boring stories told within them.
     
  14. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    We're at the point where I can no longer make the questions general enough for everyone, or perhaps even most people, to participate in all of them. Between some folk not being obsessive worldbuilders (outrage!), and specific worlds being specific, only some people with extensive worlds (Hi Orc, hi Vaporo :D) are able to answer all of these. Before the end of this thread at prompt 100, some questions may still come along for you to answer Crystal.


    Question 78:
    Breakfast, second breakfast, elvenses... What are the eating times in your world?
     
  15. Orc Knight

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    You've got the regular times for meals, which means breakfast can be anywhere from before the crack of dawn by several hours or at least until noon. Some do believe in second or third breakfasts and failing that there's always a proper brunch. Then lunch from around noon on. There's always time for tea's or tea breaks and the such between times. Or a generalized sort of snack time that involves something stronger then tea. Of course supper/dinner as the evening meal and maybe a bout of tea or liquor before bed. Then maybe a midnight snack, though not exactly at midnight.

    Granted, that's an extensive one for those who have the food and the time to eat like that. Many eat two or three times a day, though with some snacking. Breakfast and Dinner being the big ones. Still others have no timing schedule at all and eat whatever whenever.
     
  16. Ban

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    Question 79: Astronaut, fireman, rapper. What's the profession that your kids (and adults for that matter) tend to dream of becoming?
     
  17. Orc Knight

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    The most common seems to be a knight, though that may be a bit of bias. It hasn't exactly been waning and as it is generally titled towards the gentry not many seem to think they can get into it. But wood elves (for all that they are) will give way on martial things and if you prove yourself worthy of knighthood before the rulers you are likely to get it. Even humans. The Golden Queen has made a habit of turning even the most base into knights because they impressed her enough. And kicking off several lines and orders of knights she trained from former damsels in distress.

    Some others are bard and pirate, both due to heavily romanticized stories surrounding them. Though many figure becoming a bard is an easy way to get laid and the pirate a decent way to get coin, not knowing what goes into them. There are also those who want to be great warriors and among the greenskins, warrior poets or among the great defenders. Or even one of the great librarians and knowledge seekers.
     
  18. Question 79: Astronaut, fireman, rapper. What's the profession that your kids (and adults for that matter) tend to dream of becoming?

    Yay, a question I can answer!

    Generally speaking, since magic is at the heart and soul of the OmniCosmos, almost literally, many children wish to become wizards. The most ambitious children wish to become hosts of the Eternal Ones, and since the Eternal Ones only have one host a time...

    I'm not sure how to work this out. :rolleyes::LOL:
     
  19. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    People... (sorry, obvious answer)

    Rachasa cat-people pride themselves as supreme hunters. They're far stronger and faster than humans, capable of jumping 12-15 feet straight up, or 20 - 30 feet horizontal from a standing start.

    Wyverns and dragons are also formidable, but extremely rare.

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    aristocrats doing stupid things are a frequent butt of jokes, as are the more pompous priests. However, such individuals do take affront occasionally.

    Imperial legionary is a fairly big one among lower class boys - because military service is one of the few ways out of poverty. More and more boys - and a growing number of girls, though, are aspiring to be engineers or 'practical natural philosophers,' owing to the incipient industrial revolution.

    Knights were a popular aspiration for highborn boys, but this is fading with the advent of explosive weapons.
     
  20. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

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    Question 80: A great calamity has occurred, be it fire, flooding or kaiju attack. Who is sent for clean-up and repair?
     
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