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World Creation and the Citadel

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Tips on how to utilise resources on and functions of the Citadel to Develop and Maintain World settings

As the summary indicates, this Wiki is meant as an article that draws together the available resources on the Citadel (i.e. existing submissions) as well as its different functions that assist world building activities. I will be making two separate sections according to the stage of the world/setting in question. The first section is what I term ‘in the nebulous’ i.e. a setting that’s still very ‘preliminary work’ across the board or a setting that’s fleshed out in a few aspects but very fuzzy on others. The second section is of course the direct opposite, for the stage of ‘reasonable completeness’. Furthermore, I will divide each section into a Resources section and a Functionality section for easy reading.

Stage: In the nebulous

Resources:

Rules of thumb:

It is a Small World- speaking to common sense on the scale of the setting to be created

Four Maxims for World Building

World Building 102- a very detailed article that provides principles for good world building as well as drilling down to the individual steps of world building

Template:

Worksheet settings- Moon Hunter’s template for world building. Some examples of completed templates can be found at: http://strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,1606.msg25146.html#msg25146 and http://strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,1816.0.html

Food for Thought/Inspirations for specific and broad aspects of a World:

Legal Codes

Paradigm Shift and Magic

Functionalities:

Developing Content:

Submissions: I think the most useful Strolen function at this stage is the submissions themselves which allows ones to rip out a specific aspect of one’s own setting and post it up for feedback. Then again, if it was just a seed of an idea rather than a relatively complete idea that you have, I suggest the stub format (although it’s one of the perks that comes up with Citadel ranks and also tends to be an under-commented part of the Citadel subs). Personally, I just use them as a placeholder for wayward ideas (aka undeveloped ideas) and I might come back to them in the future to turn them back to full subs or they just languish. But either way, I’ve got them in a special place if/when I need them rather than lost in some recess of my mind. Also worthy of note is the ability to add user-submitted ideas to any submission including your own. This means that you can always add ideas that branch off a particular submission at a later date that cannot stand on their own. For those who were familiar with the Citadel v.2 and had been MIA since, this has replace the previous submission type known as a scroll.

Forum: There is the Setting Forge section in the Citadel Forum that is specifically tailored for ‘in-work settings’. To me, this is sort of an alternative approach to writing separate submissions for standalone part of a world. In particular, using this part of the forum allows one to keep working on the setting in a special place rather than having to rip out a standalone portion of it and then writing it out for feedback, which removes the need to organise content etc. The disadvantage of this approach, however, is that it might be harder to obtain and keep track of feedback on the minutie aspects of the content.

Organising Content:

If you are using the forum as the main means of developing content of your world, I think this is less of an issue as you have free rein to organise things however you want. Also, since I’ve never used the Setting Forge myself, I will focus on the functions within the Strolen’s Citadel that aids one in organising content and making linkages across different ideas that belong together taking the approach of presenting one’s world via piecemeal submissions.

I have previously mentioned the two main tools for organising content in my General Posting Advice sub but I will go over them again in a more clear way.

One tool is the submission type known as a Codex which is basically a central submission containing other submissions that describe its sub-components. For example, if you have a Codex about an apocalyptic event in your world setting, then the actual Codex sub might just be a brief description of what caused the event and its consequences while later on, you might input more submissions that expand on the consequences of this event on each race in your world setting etc. Alternatively, you might do a Codex on the Pantheon of Dieties in your setting that describe the relationships between them and how they are worshipped in your world and then write much more drawn out subs devoted to each separate Diety. In summary, the Codex format allows you to create a two-tier hierarchical structure between your subs.

If you need more than a two-tier hierarchical structure, then it’s time to utilise the freetext. This is basically bits of text that you create yourself that act as tags for particular submissions (note that for those with low Citadel rank, you can only use pre-existing freetexts). Using the name of your world setting as a freetext would be a good idea since there is a further function of the Citadel that can be ‘unlocked’ since you reach a certain point with your world.

Stage: Reasonably complete

Resources:

Template:

Worksheet settings- Obviously, at this stage, this template would come in handy as a checklist

Food for Thought/Inspirations for specific minitue aspects of a World:

Afterlife

Use of Constellations

Creeds- defining a religion’s mission statement

The Breakfast of Champions

A Dash of Salt- recipes unique to the Citadel

Small Gods- gods worshiped locally

Functionalities:

Once you have written 15 submissions and labelled them with the same freetext, then it’s time to drop Strolen or Valadaar a PM and call for a region to be created for your own world. A region is where you get to display all the submissions related to your world in one place. You could get to write a short blurb about your world or upload a world map.



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Moonlake
June 10, 2014, 19:30
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Update: Another sub saved from Mathom's grasp, yay!
Voted valadaar
June 11, 2014, 10:08
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Great idea!

I can also create regions if needed. I have a somewhat abandoned one here - http://strolen.com/regions/World_of_Neyathis

Moonlake
June 11, 2014, 19:00
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Thanks, Val, for the info about regions admin rights. I've added your name to the region section.
Voted Kassy
June 12, 2014, 10:20
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Nice. Forgot to vote yesterday.

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