annex on the town

lazyshoes  asked:

Got any tips for world building? I'm currently running a campaign where I've heavily borrowed ideas from video games, books, and movies for geography, but I really would like to add more things that are original. I've created original plots everywhere I take them, but they've visited all the cities in the Witcher series now... I've currently got an idea for a Bahamut worshipping empire of Dragonborn, but I'm in a bit of a rut when it comes to the cities and political structure. Any advice?

When it comes to political structure, you need to have struggles (no matter how benign). Even a peaceful or lawful empire has its struggles. The main idea behind this is that each NPC and each faction needs a goal. They need something from the other nations, other NPCs, other factions, etc. Another thing to establish could be ideals/bonds/traits/flaws for each city/leader/faction.

For instance, your Bahamut empire could have a central authority (bahamut is very lawful and indomitable) So let’s fill in the blanks:

  • Goal: Establish law in lawless lands.
  • Ideals: Help other people and other cities become strong agents against evil.
  • Bonds: Ruler of empire, has several leaders beneath them (some of which are against the empire’s goal of being the world’s police)
  • Traits: Stern but quiet.
  • Flaws: Privilege has blinded them to the real needs of the common folk.

Now let’s look at a random town in that empire.

  • Goal: Maintain the status quo where merchants rule the town.
  • Ideals: Everyone has a place in the town.
  • Bonds: A town recently annexed by the empire of Bahamut. Town is a melting pot of different peoples and races (including stereotypically evil ones like orcs and drow) as it is a rich trade center.
  • Traits: Friendly to visitors, cautious towards visitors from the capitol.
  • Flaws: Defiant against authority, quite high crime rate.

Here we can already see a relationship between a new town and the ruler of the empire. The ruler just acquired this trade town and will likely be at odds with the evil creatures that live and work there. We have conflict, both sides have their own goals, and players can discover these by talking to anyone in town. Figure out relationships between all of your cities and important figures and you will have a more robust world.

anonymous asked:

I've been in a reading slump and would very much appreciate some recommendations from you. What have been your favorite books?

Perhaps better suited would be a list of some works that I find easy to get into, quick to immerse? Don’t get me wrong, I love everything on this list, but I can’t imagine a novel like Jane Eyre (a favourite) would be fun for someone struggling to reignite the spark. 

I’ll give you some of the first few sentences too, to give you an idea. 


NON-FICTION, ESSAYS: Infinity to Dine, @lazenby

How will we know if you’ve died?
That’s the easy part.
How will I know?

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I, uh, I love it. Dearly. 

HORROR: We Have Always Lived In The Castle, Shirley Jackson

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.

HORROR: The Collector, John Fowles

When she was home from her boarding-school I used to see her almost every day sometimes, because their house was right opposite the Town Hall Annexe. She and her younger sister used to go in and out a lot, often with young men, which of course I didn’t like. When I had a free moment from the files and ledgers I stood by the window and used to look down over the road over the frosting and sometimes I’d see her. In the evening I marked it in my observations diary, at first with X, and then when I knew her name with M.

FANTASY: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, Jonathan L. Howard

He stood at a desolate and lonely place where there would be no interruption, no prying eyes. The air smelled metallic with freshly spilt blood; the body of a decapitated virgin kid goat lay nearby. He had no alloyed metal about him but for a thin-bladed sword of fine steel he held in his right hand; that arm was naked, his shirt sleeve rolled up to the biceps. A silver coin wrapped in paper nestled in his waistcoat pocket. Before him burned a fire of white wood.

His name was Johannes Cabal, and he was summoning a demon.

FANTASY: The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski

Later, it was said the man came from the north, from Ropers Gate. He came on foot, leading his laden horse by the bridle. It was late afternoon and the ropers’, saddlers’ and tanners’ stalls were already closed, the street empty. It was hot but the man had a black coat thrown over his shoulders. He drew attention to himself.

LGBT: Call Me By Your Name, André Aciman

Later!” The word, the voice, the attitude.
I’d never heard anyone use “later” to say goodbye before. It sounded harsh, curt, and dismissive, spoken with the veiled indifference of people who may not care to see or hear from you again.
It is the first thing I remember about him, and I can hear it still today. Later!

MYSTERY: The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be.

YOUNG ADULT: The Language of Thorns, Leigh Bardugo

In the year that summer stayed too long, the heat lay upon the prairie with the weight of a corpse. The tall grass withered to ash beneath the unforgiving sun, and animals fell dead in the parched fields. That year, only the flies were happy, and trouble came to the queen of the western valley.

Before I sign off, I would also recommend turning to poetry (Anne Carson, Louise Glück, Michael Ondaatje) and/or fairy tales (Angela Carter, Catherynne M. Valente) in trying times. I find that small quantities of especially tasty words cures me of any slumpish ills. 

And go back to reading at night. There’s more magic to it. 

All the best. 

CALOOCAN: “Nah, I’m just broken. Get it? Eh.”

Territorial controversy

Caloocan once encompassed a much bigger area without being bisected into north and south. The district of Balintawak, La Loma and Novaliches were once part of Caloocan. Balintawak is a historic district because it was the original site of the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” (Unang Sigaw sa Balintawak) at a location called “Kang-kong” near Tandang Sora’s house. Novaliches was an expansive sector with some hillsides that served as meeting places and hideouts for Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan.

By the 1920s, the consolidation of several municipalities, Caloocan had annexed the neighbouring town of Novaliches, as stated in the Act 942, as amended by Acts 984 and 1008 of the Philippine Commission, bringing its total area to about 15,000 hectares extended to the foothills of Marikina, San Mateo and Montalban in the east; Tinajeros, Tanza and Tala rivers in the North; San Francisco del Monte, Sampalok, Sta. Cruz and Tondo in the south; and Dagat-Dagatan or Aromahan in the west.

When Quezon City was created in 1939, 1,500 hectares of land from Caloocan, the following barrios or sitios: Balintawak, Balingasa, Kaingin, Kangkong, La Loma, Malamig, Matalahib, Masambong, Galas, San Isidro, San Jose, Santol and Tatalon, was to be given to the newcapital city. Instead of opposing it, Caloocan residents willingly gave land to Quezon City in the belief it will benefit the country’s new capital.

However, in 1949, Congress passed Republic Act No. 333, which redefined the Caloocan-Quezon City boundary. The barrios of Baesa, Talipapâ, San Bartolomé, Pasong Tamó, Novaliches, Banlat, Kabuyao, Pugad Lawin, Bagbag, Pasong Putik, which once belonged to Novaliches and had an area of about 8,100 hectares, were excised from Caloocan. The remaining portion of the Novaliches is now what we call North Caloocan. This caused the division of Caloocan into two parts, the southern section being the urbanised portion, while the northern section becoming suburban-rural.


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