I wrote something earlier about finding the personality of place and some bullet points on things to think about and I kind of hide a link to the wikipedia page about the outline of culture which if you go there and are interested in the topic I swear to the gods above that you could spend an entire day that and melt your brain.
Towards the end of that post though I started to talk about regional things and how does region one interact with region two? How does region three throw into the mix and things just escalate from there. Dare I say, like the real world? And that is what I think about.
There are two points here though on this coin(like that analogy?)
One side being that this shit has happened the entire history of the world. Politics. Humans interacting with humans. To a lesser degree and still interesting enough, animals interacting with animals if you want to get to the base of it. What kind of world are you trying to build? What time frame are you in? I read(listened to the audiobook) of The Earth is Weeping which is a (good btw) book about the American Indian wars and what transpired. I think about that more now than I used to. I also correlate it to how it could apply to setting up a world and to that matter, any chunk of history. Roman era, mid evil France, Vikings, Russians, China, Japan. Those seem to my white ass some of the big bold cultures but you take googler maps and you zoom into a 200 mile section of anywhere on this planet and you have something that has happened there in the past. Want to be a smart ass about it and zoom into the ocean? Shits happened there to man, we just don’t know it and it may be harder to apply with our dry land brains but fish interact with each other on their own level, which leads into the next bit.
The flip side of using this kind of “cheating” to help build yourself a political system in your world is that its being based off of real world systems. Our worlds systems. Boring ass old one sun, one moon, no magic, working for the man, day to day grind of this world. There is no fantasy here. Nothin’. We don’t even get two moons. I wouldn’t want two suns, that is ridiculous, it would get to hot. Two moons would be cool. Give me something man, come on!!! We have nothing though. In my opinion the closest things we have to magic is science. Not technology, that is science applied. Science. Its like a magic we can’t harness. No one can make an element appear from their hands. We can’t summon earth, water or fire. We can do alchemy though. We can mix things together which is where we started.
Thing is though we don’t have fantasy in this real world and that is the part of you that you need to develop. You can get ideas from places(like I have, movies, games, books, etc) and you can steal those ideas(like I have) or you can use the term borrow if you’d like. People like to use inspired by. Potato patatoe. Whatever. Its up to you to stretch that muscle, to think outside of reality, to escape this realm and go there. Thats the best part to me about this whole thing man. Floating castles? Fuck yeah, I’m down. Mechanics? Fuck that, no. I don’t roll dice in real life to see if my car starts or how my day at work was. Thats not how it works(rant over, I really don’t like heavy mechanical systems).
I mean you have the tropes;
Its up to you to use your imagination though because you can build a political system in your world. You can goto reference things like that in world but it really is up to you to build a fantasy castle that exists only in your mind and you want others to explore.
I’d love to see it and I’d love to hear about it.