Hey everyone! This is part four of my world building blog series. I hope you’ve been enjoying it so far and have learned a few things. Geography and climate may seem like simple aspects to a world, but they play a large role in culture and in world building in general. Geography and climate determine how and where people live. It determines what they eat and how they dress. It is the determining factor of people live depending on where they live. When determining the geography and climate of your world you’ll want to keep these things in mind:
- Weather– what does the weather look like through out your world? How does it affect different areas and the people who live there? What are the typical weather patterns? How do people with the weather?
- Seasons– what are the seasons? How does it affect the lives of people? Are the seasons different in different regions? What is the weather like during the different seasons? How does affect your world and people?
- Resources– what are the common resources? Where can they be found? How are they collected and used? Why are they there or how are they created? How do these resources affect the lives of the people? Does the collecting of these resource affect the geography or geology of your world?
- Major features– are there any major features in the geography or climate that plays a major role in this world? (Ex- a large magical crystal that is the source of all magic). How do these major features affect the world and people who live there?
- Changes over history– has there been many changes in geography and/or climate over the history of your world? Do these changes follow a pattern? What are the causes of these changes? How do they affect the world and people? How do they affect the flora and fauna?
- Municipalities– where are the towns and cities, especially major cities, located? How does the geography and climate affect the towns and cities? How do the towns and cities affect the geography and climate? How do they affect the flora and fauna?
- Landmarks– what are some landmarks? How did they come to be? Where they man-made or natural? Do they serve a purpose? What is their purpose?
- Flora– what is the flora like in your world? Does it differ in different regions? How is the flora used in the regions? What role does it play? What does the flora look like? How does it affect the world and people?
- Fauna– what is the fauna like in your world? How does it look in different regions? How is it used in your world? What role does the fauna play? How does it affect the world and people?
These are just basic questions to act yourself as you dive into the geography and climate of your world. Creating maps will help this process tremendously. I will be creating a blog post on map making for world building. So keep an eye out for that in the future!
Thank you for reading,
– Lalia LaRose