Worldbuilding Power: Fiends

Worldbuilding Power: Fiends Use malevolent outsiders in your worldbuilding, character development, and storytelling! History and mythology present us with many devils: Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Mephistopheles, for example. While modern religion often presents them as aspects of a singular, ultimate evil, they were originally separate and unique beings. Demons likewise have many real-world counterparts, sharing…

Worldbuilding Power: Deserts

Worldbuilding Power: Deserts Use dry and barren terrain in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! We think of the desert as a barren, hostile environment. It’s become synonymous with heat and sand. There is precious little water to be found, which results in a dearth of plant and animal life. What does live there is adapted…

Worldbuilding Power: Underwater

Worldbuilding Power: Underwater When we think of underwater realms, we often think of Atlantis. The fictional island, first mentioned by Plato, sank deep beneath the sea following a series of violent earthquakes. It’s only in relatively modern times that we’ve imagined survivors, adapting to life beneath the seas and rebuilding their civilization. We have Aquaman,…

Worldbuilding Power: Elementals

Worldbuilding Power: Elementals Use primordial creatures in your worldbuilding, character development, and storytelling! Elementals are the embodiment of the four classical elements, air, earth, fire, and water. The modern conception dates back to ancient Greece, but similar ideas existed in Babylonia, India, and Japan. The notion was that everything in the world was comprised of…

Worldbuilding Power: Fey

Worldbuilding Power: Fey Use faerie folk in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The fey, also called faerie folk or fairies, originate in European folklore. In pre-Christian traditions they were often cast as minor deities, household spirits, or even the souls of the dead. Some tales saw them as demoted (rather than fallen) angels, or even…

Worldbuilding Power: Evocation

Worldbuilding Power: Evocation Use energy-harnessing magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! To evoke is to call forth and manipulate various types of energies and forces. These include fire, electricity, heat and cold, light and darkness, and even eldritch energy itself. It is the magic of raw power. Unlike other categories of magic, evocation comes…

Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment

Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment Use mind-affecting magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Enchantment, also known as charm spells, is magic the affects the mind of the target. A talented enchanter can alter attitudes and emotions, convince them to change their opinions and behaviors, and even compel them to do things they normally would not do.…

Worldbuilding Power: Alteration

Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment Use transmutation magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The magnum opus, or Great Work, of alchemy is the transmutation of base metals like lead into precious metals like gold. This is arguably the foundation of alteration and transmutation magic in fantasy roleplaying. The ability to turn one thing into another, even temporarily,…

Worldbuilding Power: Constructs

Use artificial creatures for character development, worldbuilding, an adventure design! Constructs are artificially created creatures. Typically mindless, they are programmed to obey their creator. Because they are technically not living, they lack the weaknesses of hired henchmen and mortal monsters. They are unfeeling, relentless, and can be virtually unstoppable. That’s what makes constructs such terrifying…

Worldbuilding Power: Forests

Use the woodlands in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! In the real world forests are the dominant ecosystem, covering around 30% of the Earth’s landmass. They hold most of the species of plant life, and can exist across a broad range of climates and habitats. There are boreal forests, or “snow forests”, near the poles…