So, how many of you have done some serious world building that extends beyond the bounds of your story? What I've done so far [[Also, this should give anyone interested in world building a few good ideas of what to start with (And do start it. It makes for an awesome hobby. Though, when people see you drawing a map of a place that only exists inside your brain, they look at you a little weird)]] I've created nine continent/countries Spoiler (tentatively named Alfheim (the hook in the east), Vanaheim (smack dab in the middle), Dokkalfheim (The island to the west), Nidavellir (near the top crater), Utgarde (Beneath the bottom crater), Muspel (Hawaii over there), Jotunheim (Above the bottom crater), Thrymheim (everythign below Utgarde), Eden (the subcontinent between Utgarde and Alfheim), and Niflheim (Above Nidavellir, and the northernmost continent/country)) six to eight major races, roughly corresponding to a trope race. Very roughly. None of them are Always Chaotic Evil for example. the Dwarves live on the mountains, not in them; the Elves use magic like we use electricity. Spoiler (in the same order as above: Alvain ("elves"), Vanir ("humans"), Svartalf ("drow" or "dark elves"), Dwyrin ("dwarves"), Urkai ("orcs"), my current favorite children, the Trow ("trolls"). My last favorites where the Urkai and the Dwyrin, and the Risar of Jotunheim ("giants", but the Norse kind, not the large kind. Though they are the tallest race. And Risar is another word for Jotun, making them the least creative name I've come up with.). I'm not sure whether to add the Kobalin ("goblins") to the "Major" races category... A myriad of other races Spoiler the Kobali, maybe; The Sidhe, insects that look a bit like people. Almost every type of Sidhe is based on a Celtic faerie creature, such as the Bean Sidhe, or Banshee, or the Washer Woman; Dragons, which unlike their usual firebreathing counterparts are closer to the Chinese dragon-in-human-form dragons; Vampires and Werewolves, which are actually just people infected by a virus. There's a long list of symptoms, and they may not get all the symptoms, i.e. a vampire might not have photophobia or haematophagea. They might just have Anemia. Or just photophobia. Werewolves end up like the hulk, adrenaline makes them change. A few new spins on a few old fantasy creatures Spoiler The Wyvern, for instance. They're the only thing close to real dragons, but they're more like the Wyvern from Monster Hunter, pretty much limited to "two legs and wings", beyond that there's a large range of species difference. Like the difference between an eagle and a sparrow. Hell, they're practically a separate branch of the animal kingdom; There's also the Wyrms, the other thing most like a dragon. They have four legs, long bodies and grow and grow and grow. The big kind attack kingdoms; Then there are the Behemoths. Large creatures like a cross between an elephant and a rhinoceros or something. Smaller ones are used for transport. They're the Children of Bahamut. The Wyvern are the Children of Ziz, and the Wyrm are the Children of Leviathan; There are the Barometz, large sheep like plants, used for their meaty fruit and their cottonlike wool; And lets not forget that Dinosaurs aren't dead. There are Styrax and Donta all over the place, not to mention that Raptors are as bad as wolves in some places. Cera are raised like cattle. Beyond those A very sketchy version of the world's book of Genesis Spoiler That's a bit long to list here, even for me. Short points of interest: There was the Goddess who just woke up one day with the world all around her and created the life in it, and then vanished. Then there were the Old Gods, the Titans: Bahamut, Ziz, and Leviathan. They fell from space and created three massive craters in the world. They fought amongst themselves for a bit. And then came a group of Gods who sealed them up, and eventually those gods split into two feuding groups that due to my mismatched use of placeholder names I'm calling the Aesir and Jotun. They wared, the Aesir won, a few Jotun became Aesir. Others went to Helheim and became the equivalent of demons. The Aesir returned to Asgard, but a few stay behind as the Grigori. Some of the Grigori are worshiped and occasionally go bad. Damnit, that wasn't short at all. Well, the original is three pages of one line entries. and I've got a good 10-20 years of war and political intrigue Spoiler The Alvain framed the Vanir for the assassination of an Urkai official, and vice versa, creating a war. When the Alvain sent a missive to the Risar for assistance it was intercepted and it was discovered the war was a sham. Unlike the discovery of the Zimmerman Letter that I so 'cleverly' based that off of, the Risar actually did join though, and a biological weapon was released that turned a good chunk of the population of Jotunheim into zombie like Wights. One war was ended and another began. Hmmm... I hadn't meant to drone on and on like that... I just have the information flow out of me. I mainly want to know what other people have done. Though feel free to ask me more questions about mine. Spoiler Don't ask questions. I'll talk type your ear eye off. Seriously, ask and you'll get more than you ever needed to know about Dokkalvian New Year or Dwyran holidays and Alvainian culture Basically what I did was take fantasy hallmarks such as elves and orcs, and turned them on their head and made them more real. In real life despite what we may think, no country or race is evil, and none of the races here are. They may have grudges, but they aren't evil. Elves aren't the haughty arcane demi-gods of Tolkien inspired works, but scientists, albeit science powered by magic. Orcs are very religious, poetic people. Dwarves are gruff, but usually sport the sort of halfshaved look Jack Shephard seems to somehow maintain trapped on an Island. I'm going to shut up now and give someone else the stage.