1. The World- the general setting that this will all take place in. What are your ‘big ideas’ for this place?
2. Geography- The specific landmass you’ll be focusing on, the Morrowind to your Tamriel. Talk about weather patterns and the general lay of the land.
3. Landmarks- These can be natural or manmade. Think Rocky Mountains, Tower of Pisa, Space Needle, Grand Canyon
4. Resources- How do the people get water? Food? Are there rich minerals nearby, or mystical ley lines that power magical energy?
5. Flora- What kinds of plants exist in this world? What do they feed on? How do they taste? What do they smell like?
6. Fauna- What creatures live here? What kinds of ‘food chains’ exist? Are there invasive or rare species?
7. Races/Cultures- This challenge is assuming your world has some kind of sentient people(s). What do they look like? What do they value? Think about broad ideas for your peoples as you begin to flesh them out.
8. Clothing- What do people wear on a regular basis? Are there clothing items only worn on special occasions? What is considered fashionable? What is the clothing made out of?
9. Food- What does a daily meal look like? What are foods saved only for special occasions? How often do people eat?
10. Arts/Crafts- What do people make? Do they play instruments? How do they decorate everyday objects like pots or doors?
11. Trades- What kinds of skills do people in your society learn? These can be things like smithing, baking, dragon-taming, etc.
12. Education- How do people in your society learn? Are there formal schools? What subjects are considered most important?
13. Morals- What rules does your society consider most important? These can be either explicit or implicit rules. What happens when someone breaks one of those rules? Can your society’s taboos be ranked?
14. Tools/Weapons- How do people in your society make things? Is hunting necessary for your people? If so, how do they hunt? Do they need to defend themselves from outside threats?
15. Transportation- How do people move around? Do they use animal labor? Mechanical labor? How often do people travel?
16. Politics- Describe the system of government or leadership used in your society, and who if anyone is in charge. What are relations between your society and others nearby like?
17. Currency/Economy- How are goods and services exchanged? Can they be bartered for? What goods and services are valued by your society? What are their most valuable exports?
18. Religions- What do people in your society believe in? How do they observe their beliefs? Are there important icons or themes in their religions?
19. Warfare- How is conflict handled in your society? Do they fight at all, and if so, who do they send? How do they fight?
20. Housing- Where do people live? Do people live together, and if so, who do they live with?
21. Businesses- Where are goods and services exchanged? What do these places look like?
22. Political Buildings- Where are decisions about running your society take place? What do these places look like?
23. Religious Buildings- What are important places of worship? What do they look like?
24. Social Groups- These can be classes grouped by caste or by cultural boundaries (Upper-crust, undesirables, punks, jocks, etc.) Where do they hang out? How do these groups distinguish themselves?
25. Relationships- How do people in your society relate to one another? What kinds of social bonds do they build? How long do these last? Are they platonic, romantic, sexual? Some, all, or neither?
26. Folk Traditions/Holidays- What dates and times are important for your society? Are these religious, or secular, or both? How do people celebrate these occasions?
27. Toys/Games- What do people in your society do for fun? Write the rules for an example game and explain how it’s played.
28. Legends- What stories do people in your society tell? Write a complete folk tale. What values does it impart?
29. History- What important events have happened to your society or the world at large in the last five months? The last five years? 500 years? Did a historical event inspire a legend? How different are they from each other?
30. Life Cycle- create an entirely new character. Based off of everything that you’ve already written, give them a full life story. Describe how they grew up, what they ate, what their family was like, what events shaped their beliefs, how they died. Describe how people react to the person’s death, and what if any impact their life had upon the land.