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My name is emsenn, and my main project is , a fantasy setting where I'm writing many stories and tabletop RPG adventures. I'm building it as one big document, which also has an encyclopedia and atlas.

emsenn.net/docs/teraum/

It's meant to be funny, but there's enough subtext that things end up being kind of dark, regardless.

I know the document has a lot of missing parts now, but I'd love to hear what y'all think!

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A couple days ago I took a step back to give consideration to what I actually want to do with , my tragically funny setting for stories and sessions.

I also - this is maybe more important - took some time to explain the more important points of the history. tl;dr: world with magic species, and humans. humans use magic as tech, cause all magic to disappear in a cataclysm, and are now struggling to rebuild.

emsenn.net/projects/teraum/ess

A couple days ago I took a step back to give consideration to what I actually want to do with , my tragically funny setting for stories and sessions.

I also - this is maybe more important - took some time to explain the more important points of the history. tl;dr: world with magic species, and humans. humans use magic as tech, cause all magic to disappear in a cataclysm, and are now struggling to rebuild.

emsenn.net/projects/teraum/ess

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Yesterday I took the time to step back and plan my next steps forward with , my satirical canon for stories and sessions

I also explain the setting a bit, and its history, which should help anyone who's heard me babbling on about this project get the a better sense for what I'm actually writing about. If you still have any questions after reading this, please let me know!

emsenn.net/projects/teraum/ess

Yesterday I took the time to step back and plan my next steps forward with , my satirical canon for stories and sessions

I also explain the setting a bit, and its history, which should help anyone who's heard me babbling on about this project get the a better sense for what I'm actually writing about. If you still have any questions after reading this, please let me know!

emsenn.net/projects/teraum/ess

On the equivalent of yesterday in (9th of Showering):

- In 122bc, in the town of Arathel, Edward Gnork, who would go onto become a anthropologist of dwarven architecture, was born.
- in 80pc, the One Route set sail from Gnalens, bound for Ack.

On the equivalent of today (10th of Showering):
- In 72bc, Alfred Barlteby crafted the waxy wand for the Chandlers Guild, helping establish the first "telecommunications" network.

emsenn.net/docs/teraum/

The calendar for my fantasy setting aligns with our calendar. On the equivalent of today, which would be the 8th of Showering:

- In 80pc, Ilea, a hunter from the Elflands, arrived in the port city of Gnalens, where the Vagrant was hiding the remaining sections of the FIsher Staff.

On the equivalent of today, 7th of April, in my fantasy setting , 7th of Showering:

- In 44bc, in the city of Ack, Ben Finely put up posters advertising the invention of a magic lightbulb.
- In the year 61pc, in the desert of the Unseen Sea, Gegin Hardin married a woman named Renkah.
- In the year 80pc, in the sunny port city of Gnalens, a monk from the Lystran Monastery far in the Elflands arrives with a ticket for the One Route, a passenger ship that will take them to the Old World.

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On the equivalent of today (6th of April) in my fantasy setting, (6th of Showering):

- In the year 80pc, four humans outside the town of Helmet's Dent got attacked by a garlic boar, the first seen in that region in decades. The boar is named for the distinctive shape of its snout, which resembles a garlic bulb.

BUT that makes it harder, as a consumer, to have a good view of the setting without acquiring the WHOLE encyclopedia.

Whereas being able to buy like "Plants and Beasts of the Old World" would give you like, a useful resource, as a DM, or even just... reader, like, it feels more "flavorful."

I guess I'm leaning toward that, except I don't want to have to implement it because I'm already juggling so many other format changes. (3/3)

...like Anders Falone's entry would be in the encylcopedia of people, and of the new world.?

Maybe.

Maybe I'll just leave it as one encyclopedia until I have enough entries of one type to warrant a spin-off and then make them as wanted.

TBH part of my criteria for decisionmaking is "which would look better on my bookshelf irl," a series of slim books A through Z, and a thick atlas, or a bunch of medium books?

I lean toward the former.

(2/n)

Unrelated to my questions about linking:

I recently divided the Encyclopedia into an Atlas and Encyclopedia.

And now I'm wondering if I don't want to have multiple encyclopedias, beyond one for maps: one for people, objects, organizations, etc.?

That adds complexity in knowing where to look up the entry, BUT would make it easier to make smaller encyclopedias and keep similar entries together. Could have entries in multiple encyclopedias, like... (1/n)

[redrafted to update link]

Hey y'all, request for ideas:

Check out emsenn.net/docs/teraum/#the-de

See how there's lots of proper nouns, like Stevie, Helmet's Dent, the Hunnul?

Those all have entries in the encyclopedia further down on the page.

Should I:

- link the terms to their entry the first opportunity?
- add a footnote with a "See <entry>"?
- something else?

Thanks in advance.

1) Forgot to say, the drawing is by Stirling Little - find him at instagram.com/stirlzzz

2) I can't wait to start doing this more frequently now that more events have concrete dates assigned to them.

On the equivalent of today (6th of April) in my fantasy setting, (6th of Showering):

- In the year 80pc, four humans outside the town of Helmet's Dent got attacked by a garlic boar, the first seen in that region in decades. The boar is named for the distinctive shape of its snout, which resembles a garlic bulb.

Time for another

My name is emsenn, and my main project is , a fantasy setting where I'm writing many stories and tabletop RPG adventures. I'm building it as one big document, which also has an encyclopedia and atlas.

emsenn.net/docs/teraum/

It's meant to be funny, but there's enough subtext that things end up being kind of dark, regardless.

I know the document has a lot of missing parts now, but I'd love to hear what y'all think!

Here's another map, of a small archipelago. Marker 1 is meant to be a small dock, Marker 2 is a small woods, marker 8 is a rocky outcropping, and the others are just there for when I'll need them.

When I made maps for my D&D campaign, I made them (mostly) unlabeled and people liked that, because they could use them on their own. Well, going forward, I'm going to leave them completely unlabeled, except for numerals so one can easily write their own legend.

Check out a map of a small dock town, attached. Want your own similar map? Let me know what sort of area and I'll see if it's one I need as well, and I'll prioritize it!

I added the art and maps I've got scanned in to my fantasy encyclopedia! See original post for link.

Y'all check out this ruleset by @dbisdorf - most cool part at a glance is that during the first session, players create their own big bad villian!

dbisdorf.itch.io/save-the-univ

Hey y'all! I've been tinkering with my fantasy canon for a few hours this past week and just got around to uploading the latest draft.

emsenn.net/docs/teraum/

There's more missing than not! But I'm really a fan of what is there.

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