What’s in a Name? Titles in Worldbuilding

What’s in a Name? Titles in Worldbuilding

So the question came up on KBoards as to how to address a king. I’m not going to give you a history lesson because I don’t write history. Well, not Earth history. How you address various ranks and levels of royalty in fantasy is totally up to you....
Wherefore Elves

Wherefore Elves

So, we were talking elves over on Mythic Scribes. Talk of elves always brings up talk of cliches. Cliches fuel fantasy, particularly the pulp fantasy market. It is possible — and apparently lucrative — to take a bunch of fantasy cliches, and hammer them...
The Map Redux

The Map Redux

Lots of compliments on the map. So let’s talk maps a bit more. Part of making a good fantasy map is developing the terrain well enough that you can draw it from memory a couple of times freehand and have them more or less line up. I have a couple of advantages,...