Worldbuilding Wednesday: In the Beginning…

Welcome back to another Worldbuilding Wednesday!

If you remember last week, I discussed what the purpose of Worldbuilding is and shared the premise for our world that we’ll be creating on this blog:

A world filled with sentient, anthropomorphic predators set in the Renaissance.

I also shared with you the process I will be taking when constructing this world, the outside in method.

So, to start from the outside, let’s go to the very outside: THE UNIVERSE!

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The Universe

It’s pretty much the same as our own.

I don’t know or understand nearly enough about astronomy or astrophysics to make up any interesting rules for a new universe.

The Galaxy

Again, I’m not well versed enough in this kind of science to make fun choices that I know will affect the world in a meaningful way.

For now, let’s assume our galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy by the name of Zeta Draconis.

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Let’s just say that it looks like two dragons breathing fire at each other.

 

The Solar System

At this point, I’m ready to start googling for more answers because any choices we make here can definitely impact how life works on our planet.

How Many Stars?

From basic reading, it seems like the easiest system to work with would be a solitary star system like our own. However, I have always been interested in binary star systems and may revisit them in the future.

What Kind of Star?

The options I found with a quick google perusing are Yellow Dwarf, Red Dwarf, and Blue Supergiant.

Blue Supergiant

While very cool and a potentially interesting setting, supergiants tend to die out extremely quickly (at least from a star’s perspective) after around 10 million years. This doesn’t give life much time to evolve.

The habitable zone for a supergiant star is fairly far away (around Neptune or Uranus), leading to much longer years.

Yellow Dwarf

The Sun. The obvious choice if we don’t want to confuse the reader too much. A yellow dwarf is able to provide enough heat that planets don’t need to be right next to it to benefit. It is also stable enough that life will have plenty of time to develop around it (I mean, we’re here aren’t we?).

Red Dwarf

Much smaller than the sun, red dwarfs are even more stable being able to provide energy for billions of years. However, they are not very hot. This aspect pushes the habitable zone right near the star (around where Mercury is). Being this close could potentially tidally lock the plant, making one side crispy and the other side frozen.

While scientists have theorized that life could potentially exist due to winds distributing the heat throughout the planet, red dwarfs flare up very often, causing massive spikes of radiation to hit the planet. Probably not the best place for a vacation home.

Conclusion

With these thoughts in mind, I’m going to have to go with a Yellow Dwarf system like our own. For the name, I used this Star Name Generator and decided to use Avalon.

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A pretty close up of Avalon

Planets

Now that the Avalon System is confirmed, we need to decide how many planets there are and what location they are in the sky.

Palurin

For the setting, I used this dictionary to come up with the name of our planet full of smart animal people. I literally just typed in the word “World”. Honestly, this how I get most names for things, just find a translator and start putting words in until you get something you like.

This planet sits in the habitable zone and is Earth-like in every sense of the word. This is to simplify choices because the planet isn’t the unique part of our setting and I don’t want to confuse anyone with weird or wonky physics.

For simplicity’s sake, lets say that it takes 360 days to orbit around Avalon and assume that a day is 24 hours. It has a single moon, Pirrin.

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We’ll take a closer look at this one in the future.

Other Planets

To see how many planets are in our solar system I rolled a D6 + 2. The die gave me 3, so in total there are 5 planets in the Avalon System.

I wanted to include various types of planets so the Avalon System contains (in order) one Rock planet, one terrestrial planet (Palurin), two Jovian planets, and an Ice planet.

For the names of the planets, I used this Sylvan dictionary and this Common to Elvish translator.

Eavon

A small, red rocky planet that is closest to the Star. It takes Eavon 87 days to orbit Avalon. No moons or atmosphere.

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Kaeltyr

A large, green gas planet similar to Jupiter. It has 58 moons that it collected from the asteroid belt behind it. It takes Kaeltyr 3271 days to orbit Avalon.

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Asteroid belt

After the third planet, Kaeltyr, there is an asteroid belt orbiting Avalon. Kaeltyr and Volkyr do a good job of keeping the asteroids in a stable and safe orbit.

Volkyr

The golden gas planet Volkyr is located past the asteroid belt. It is easily identifiable by its rings. Volkyr has 27 moons and it takes 7534 days to orbit Avalon.

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Tythas

The distant ice planet at the edge of the Avalon system lets off a faint blue light. Tythas has 2 small moons and it takes 30954 days to orbit Avalon.

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Now that our solar system is done we can focus on the planet that matters, Palurin.

We know that planets are formed by gravity + space debris + time, but how do the inhabitants of our planet think it was formed?

I’ve thought about the story for awhile and one of the aspects in worldbuilding I didn’t want to focus too much on was religion. In my other world, I’m working on, there are several religions and let me just say, it gets complicated very quickly. For this world, I will say there is one religion that all cultures believe in.

Creation Myth

In the beginning, there was an egg that shimmered like silver amidst an inky black sea. When it hatched, the universe poured itself out and flowed into the void. Inside the egg, there was a great dragon, Pirrin, and a powerful phoenix, Avalon.

The two great beings clashed, trying to prove dominance. Their mighty blows shaped fragments of the egg that remained, forming a globe. The globe became the world and the powerful creatures halted their battle in order to shape this new world to their liking.

Pirrin covered the shell in water and earth, hoping to mold it into shape. Avalon used his mighty wings to control fire and wind. By their combined efforts, Palurin was formed. Amazed by their creation, the two ceased their fighting and worked together to form life.

Pirrin created the first gods, the amphibians, out of the water of life. Not wanting to be outdone, Avalon created the avians from the wind. The reptiles were formed next, using the earth itself. Finally, the mammals were created with the fire of creation.

Sensing their job was done, Pirrin and Avalon formed a truce. Avalon would form an egg and keep the planet warm and provide light. Pirrin would coil himself up into a ball and watch over the planet.

And thus, Palurin was left to the animal gods created by the over gods. Each one represented a particular family of creatures, and each one wanted nothing more than to ensure the best for their family, no matter the costs.

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And there you have it, a particularly cliche creation myth of two great gods creating lesser gods.

Now that the world is created it’s time for the details of the world, which we will get into next week.

Sneak Peak for Next Week

We will create the physical planet for Palurin so that we can have an easier time visualizing the world we have created. In this, I will discuss the size of the planet, biomes, fault lines, weather patterns, and other fun and exciting stuff.

 

 

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