In the first set of A-Zs of Worldbuilding posts, one of the topics covered is D is for Death. One of the aspects we touched on was that beliefs about the afterlife have almost everything …
Hello Worldbuilders! This post is going to serve two purposes – first, it will be my theme reveal for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge! I really wanted to get it up last week, …
Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Rebekah. I’m the author of The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch, which was published in 2017. The A-Zs …
Death is final… right? I’ve met very few people who actually believe that, to be honest, and in fantasy stories with magic it’s not common to see worlds where there is no such thing as the afterlife.
The concept of balance is not a new one in fantasy. The need for dark and light to coexist (or for life and death, etc.) is a common theme you can find in many stories.
In fictional worlds with magical beings, it’s not uncommon for a something (usually stuck in a non-corporeal form) to try and inhabit something with corporeal form.
When magic exists, there are obviously going to be people or creatures in your world who will try and utilize that magic somehow. There are often two main ways this is dealt with: through wielding objects that have innate magical power, or the person themselves having some sort of innate magical ability.
The uncertainty of the future is a staple of life, and it is an excellent plot device. Many a fantasy character has been led astray by that fear, and how they respond to someone who claims to know what the future holds for them.
I got to pull from the Phrontistery for the A-Z Challenge again! This year’s word is ultion, which means revenge or vengeance. The use of magic is often tied into the emotions of the one practicing it, and for good reason.
Talismans, amulets, charms… there’s so many different uses for magical objects within a story! Really, anything that has been imbued with magic (a piece of clothing, a fork, a rock) is a magical object.