Alexandre Dumas, Chyat of the Everflame, Fritz Leiber, Hanse Shadowspawn, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mant Messina, Merowech Rednose, Messina Family, Play-By-Post, R. E. Howard, Role Playing Games (RPG), Rowell the Blade, The Dark Tree And Its Seed, The First Book of Angria, The Last Fantasy Campaign, The Tempest, Worldbuilding, Zatara The Lion-Man
Don’t sue me, Disney!
Summer has come, and I take one single day off to organize a few long-neglected matters; this blog, and my world of Mordred being some of them.
So, in my last post, I talked about finally bringing the playtests to an… End is maybe the wrong term, but you know. This brings with itself a short introduction into the world of Mordred, of course.
Now, I thought I’d start on a more basic level, one that might be of interest to a more general audience: On how to build a fantasy world like mine. I know entire libraries have been written about this, from Tolkienians to Howardians, to Leiberians, to the fan communities of modern role playing games.
I am not sure to which school I particularly belong (probably Leiber’s), but my approach to worldbuilding has always been more or less the same the same:
- Set the frame.
- Create at least one flagship character.
- Outline that flagship character’s story.
- Adjust the frame to the flagship character’s necessities.
Now, this sketch itself probably doesn’t need much explanation: I’ll still provide some, though, by writing out an entire character biography for one of my so-called “flag-ship characters”.
However, I’ll let you guys decide on which one!
Rowell the Blade - The core character from the well-known Last Fantasy Campaign, murderer, prince of thieves, and eventually, even for a short time, King of Blackmoor. Also a notorious Hanse Shadowspawn surrogate character, and very much the living image of his author, if his author still enjoyed the gift of full hair.
Zatara The Lion-Man - A coward, and a traitor, likely the nastiest figure I ever created. Had a cameo in The Dark Tree and Its Seed, where, predictably enough, he screwed the party over pretty hard. One of the first characters I imagined for Mordred, and, as his name may betray, based on a character by Alexandre Dumas. I seldom create true villains for my stories. He certainly is one of them.
Chyat of the Everflame - One of the central characters of The Tempest, and a character I treat with Mant-like love. Originally suggested to me by my pal Matthias, and a more fitting image for him than a certain Merowech Rednose, I liked that character so much, I stole him, and took him over completely. The central pilar of the Mordred setting at this point, maybe.