Writing a world
I’ve been jotting down notes for the better part of three or four months, getting down all that I can for the next Black Mask & Pale Rider stories. And something important came to mind.
The world that Shani and Pania lives in, is different from our world. That’s obvious, they’re elves and their world is filled with magic, plus many of the customs of a few of the nations I’ve added are more a call back to older times. However, the world and people is more a reflection of Earth
The elves of Terra-Kal keep many old customs and old stories alive that many on Earth would have passed on or forgotten. That’s not to say that the old aspects of chivalry are gone. Meaning that in the more common sense of the word. Instead, men and women live together as equals, and in many cases women make up high ranking positions in government and military. Just as many males make up high positions in those areas.
But Terra-Kal also holds onto the religions that Earth had, and has. So there are those who follow the gods of Norse myth, Egyptian myth, and the old Japanese gods, but also those who follow Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religions. In the different stories they may become very recognizable, but they will also share a good number of traits with other elves, such as position, rank, and so on.
For example, Consolers, the undertakers of Terra-Kal, are prolific throughout that world. They all share a common bond and they all recognize each other right away. Beyond that of culture or religion. There are other professions in the world that are like that. And it’s something that I eventually want to put into play more in the stories.
So, you’ll read about elves from all different walks of life and many different cultures and religions. Which is where I’d like to see Terra-Kal become a reflection of Earth in the stories of Black Mask & Pale Rider.
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