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Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how ...
 
Are you worldbuilding for homebrew RPG campaigns, novels, game development, films or anything else? Then you're in the right place! Designed to educate, inspire and entertain, World Anvil's founders Janet (an entertaining nutcase) and Dimitris (relatively sane) chat with creators and academics about the brass tacks of worldbuilding, exploring a new theme each month. Expect topics like Cultures and Societies, Settlements and their needs, Myths and Legends and how to avoid worldbuilding plotho ...
 
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We finish our conversation about the larger world around Parresari and discover some satisfying conclusions about our podcast's namesake! Episode References Gnomes, angels and the spire of Oberiska: Ep. 1.03 The Nineflow, leycourse of dispositions: Ep. 1.04 Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about i…
 
Have you heard of HBOMax's new show set on the planet Kepler 22b? It's called Raised by Wolves and here are my thoughts. *NO MAJOR SPOILERS* HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist SPONSORS! - Brilliant: brilliant.org/exolore - Inked Gaming: inkedgaming.com/exolore with the code EXOLORE at checkout FIND US ONLINE - patreo…
 
What starts as a conversation about the districts of Parresari becomes a much larger conversation about the context of the entire ocean. Episode References Spans, the primal entrapment: Ep. 1.34 Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about…
 
Short but sweet, this week we explore two (one?), well, explorers! Enjoy. Episode References Aquatropol, coral-bound cities of the Quel-tessari: ep. 1.32 Brightharbour, beating heart of the Golden-hour rush: ep. 3.02 Tidelings, children of lore and loam: ep. 3.03 Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more a…
 
Bird is the word on this rapidly rotating world. Harsh storms and flooded continents can't poop on this avian party. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Katherine Hatcher is a chronobiologist at Albany Medical College who researches reproduction and puberty. You can follow her on twitter at @superchiasmatic and…
 
In the dawn hours, strange figures wash ashore. They step out of the mist. Figures from familiar stories. This week, we imagine the ways of the Tidelings. Episode References Seasilver, lunar iron and the fourth moon of Sudar: Ep. 1.56 Walking with the behemoth-gods of the wild: Ep. 2.26 Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are…
 
What do you get when you mix a Californian gold rush, diving teams, and merfolk? We sure as hell don't know, but we're finding out! This episode, we investigate the world beneath the waves. An entire city of artifacts waits to be discovered Episode References Elves, the children of magic: S1.5 Roarark, apex-city of the philosopher queen: S1.8 Curio…
 
Y'all, makeup is so cool! I've been sleeping on this whole category of products that can be used to affirm people's gender, create spooky sci-fi monsters, and protect people's identities during protests?! Nina Lutz is here to tell me what I've been missing. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Nina Lutz is a grad…
 
Season three begins now, and boy are we excited! This week, we begin a new exploration into a distant unnamed city. Just one city, not even quite large, and yet the touch of its hand reaches far accross the lands of Sudar. Ancient artifacts are traded as though they were curios. Desperate relic divers bump elbows with rich merchants. A culture of h…
 
So Maggie Tokuda-Hall created this beautiful sea-centered world and then expected me NOT to talk about it?? Get ready for a discussion about how magic relates to linguistic hypotheses and why people have personified the sea for centuries. **contains spoilers** HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Julia Schifini i…
 
Thank you so much to everyone who was with us for season 2! As a treat for being such fine folks, here's a little something extra from us to you. Enjoy :] Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? Joi…
 
The final episode in our Oruhnian climax! Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? Join the conversation at www.reddit.com/r/thelorekeepers or by visiting our homepage at thelorekeepers.com and click…
 
Astronomers recently found phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere, which indicates that there MIGHT be life there. Obviously, I couldn’t stop myself from imagining what that life could be like, and then this episode happened. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Jazmin Scarlett is a social volcanologist. You can follow …
 
Part two of our Orhunian climax! Also, heads up! COMPLETE SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? Join the conversation at www.reddit.com/r/thelorekeeper…
 
In the first in our Oruhne climax, we begin tying together the many threads of Oruhne. This is it y'all! Also, heads up! COMPLETE SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some id…
 
Dungeons & Dragons is one of the most well-known role playing games in the world, but their methods for creating the game are a bit more obscure. I chatted with Alison Luhrs, the person who builds some of the worlds and writes some of the stories of D&D about how she does it. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST …
 
We've got a nice, sleek ep. this week about nothing other than DAH-NO-SAR-IS Enjoy :] Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? Join the conversation at www.reddit.com/r/thelorekeepers or by visiting …
 
It's more giants this week. But more than that, we screw about with the periodic table of natural elements. It's all about the Gigantic Table! No idea what that is? Listen and discover! Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? …
 
Have you watched the cooking show Crazy Delicious? I watched it and now I have thoughts! HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist FUN REFERENCES - Pareidolia, the act of seeing faces in objects: https://www.livescience.com/25448-pareidolia.html#:~:text=Pareidolia%20is%20a%20type%20of,the%20surface%20of%20the%20moon. - Huma…
 
The bones of a prehistoric world call out to the Oruhnian... and some answer the call. Giant bones. They have a presence. What do they do? How do they affect magic? How do the Oruhnians use them? Listen in this week to find out! Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Loreke…
 
Everything works slightly differently in Oruhne. What does that mean for ancestral tidepools? Well for starters, they're literal. As in, literally ancestral. This week, we explore the nature of empathic magic and how it can create warm, inclusive communities... for a select few. Enjoy! Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are …
 
What would you do if you had two bony antennae sticking out of your head? Well, if you lived on this starless planet, you might use them to sense the world around you. ***There were some tech issues in the editing of the first 5 minutes (lol, this is what happens when you try to host, produce, and edit a podcast on your own), but it gets better aft…
 
Inspired by a reddit question, we investigate a third type of dragon: gemstone dragons! What are they? How do they relate to the other two kinds? What is their place in Halûme? Listen to find out! Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more abo…
 
“Love will not be constrain'd by mastery...Love is a thing as any spirit free.” Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales It's been a long while since we did a god mill, so this week we decided to roll one up, with a caveat: what would this god be like in Oruhne? And what if they were exclusive to that continent alone? Curious about something you hear…
 
Olondria is a wonderfully complex and beautifully crafted fictional world created by Sofia Samatar, who was kind enough to answer all of Moiya's burning questions about her creative process. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Sofia Samatar is a professor of English at James Madison University and the author of…
 
This week, we investigate the Outriders further. What would a class breakdown for them look like? They can't all be rangers you know. They aren't a single kind of person, so this week we open their ranks to be explored. Enjoy! Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeep…
 
We're essentially hotboxing our planet, so let's take a fun little trip to a snowball world covered in ice! Let's just hope we don't get there during whaling season because have you ever smelled a beached whale? Neither have I, but I don't want to start now. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS 1. Zoe Samuel is …
 
"Next time you feel unqualified to be used by God remember this, he tends to recruit from the pit, not the pedestal." - Someone with Troubling Theology For a long time now the people of Oruhne have been used for purposes beyond themselves. They've grown used to it. Or at least, that's the common conception. But not all feel this way. What about tho…
 
“Never forget what you are the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you.” - George R.R. Martin When a warrior spends a lifetime with a weapon, it's bound to take on certain aspects of their character. It reflects who they are. When an Oruhnian spends their life by a weapon, the imbuing is literal. This we…
 
If you could eat one of your friends and absorb their strength and knowledge, who would you eat? That question might seem weird to you, but creatures on this world have to wrestle with that question every day of their lives. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS 1. Crystal Ng is a marine biologist at Chapman Univ…
 
Today we're talking about mapmaking - and how to make a map which fits your world perfectly! My guest today is the incredible illustrator, cartographer and author, Isaac Stewart! Isaac worked over a decade in the animation, video game, and book design industries. Then he became the art director for Dragonsteel Entertainment, the company of Worldbui…
 
"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkein The wilderness is full. Full of adventure and danger and lessons. It will ground you, but also uplift you. And it will certainly endanger your life. This week we travel outside the walls of Haven and Hold to investigate Travel in the land of Oruhne. Curious about something you heard in this epis…
 
What is Cyberpunk and how do you get started worldbuilding in the genre? My guest today is the amazing Eran Aviram! As well as an RPG translater, Eran is a writer and editor whose self-declared main purpose is to turn more people into players, and give those players the tools that allow them to enjoy more things! He hosts and produces “On the Shoul…
 
Today we're talking about worldbuilding history! My guest today is the amazing Eran Aviram! As well as an RPG translater, Eran is a writer and editor whose self-declared main purpose is to turn more people into players, and give those players the tools that allow them to enjoy more things! He hosts and produces “On the Shoulders of Dwarves", the En…
 
"...All things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished..." -Simon Peter, 2 Peter 3:4-5 Oruhne changes. Perhaps it was simply one continent, a rainforest. B…
 
Black people in the U.S. have never been free. This world is a glimpse at what could have been without our brutal history of slavery and colonization. Hint: the whole world wins out, not just Africa. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS 1. Nikita L. La Cruz is an economic geologist who studies ore deposits in Gu…
 
"Through your acts of mercy, kindness, and forgiveness, kindle the light of hope in the world, beating back despair." -Kindle the Light, Oath of the Ancients It's time we had a *spiritual* talk: the kind that involves holy weapons, oaths to ancient nature gods, and a divided war between the Shorn and the Wilders. Simple, right? This week, we invest…
 
What is Cyberpunk and how do you get started worldbuilding in the genre? My guest today is Tobias "Toblin" Linder, a tabletop game developer and Game master of 25 years! He’s been a sucker for the Cyberpunk genre almost his whole life, both for his own writing projects, books, movies and everything else. Check out the GOODS on World Anvil: https://…
 
What is Cyberpunk and how do you get started worldbuilding in the genre? My guest today is Tobias "Toblin" Linder, a tabletop game developer and Game master of 25 years! He’s been a sucker for the Cyberpunk genre almost his whole life, both for his own writing projects, books, movies and everything else. Check out the GOODS on World Anvil: https://…
 
In an ocean surrounded by a miles-deep sheet of ice, the lady squid reign supreme. Don't let their artsy mating rituals and inverted ice mountaineering fool you; they will rip your head off and throw it to the vents. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS 1. Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and the executive di…
 
"It's dangerous to go alone! Take this" -Old Man, The Legend of Zelda Angels in Oruhne? What could that even mean? What does it have to do with the "master sword?" This week we imagine an incursion of angelic presence and the concerns, if any, that the Etherium has with Oruhne. Have some of your own thoughts? Join the Aftermath on r/thelorekeepers!…
 
My guest today is Dr Trent Hergenrader, Professor of Worldbuilding! Trent Hergenrader is a real life Professor of Worldbuilding! He holds a position as Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He teaches worldbuilding modules and this semester he’s using World Anvil to teach his class! His fict…
 
My guest today is Dr Trent Hergenrader, Professor of Worldbuilding! Trent Hergenrader is a real life Professor of Worldbuilding! He holds a position as Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He teaches worldbuilding modules and this semester he’s using World Anvil to teach his class! His fict…
 
“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” -John Locke The defenses of a Haven in Oruhne are among its most crucial features. How does it propel others away from it? What forms does the corruption take Have some of your own thoughts? Join the Aftermath on r/thelorekeepers! Curious about something you heard in this episode? …
 
The shape of Earth's orbit has NOTHING to do with our seasons, but what if there was a world where the orbit shape DID affect its climate? Apparently genital size on that world would depend on tooth size just like it does here on Earth... for some reason. HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS 1. Misha Grifka Wand…
 
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." -Thomas Aquinas Returning again to Oruhne we take time to explore the beliefs of those that reside there. How do they interact with the gods? What does spirituality mean to them? How does it affect their magic? Have some of your own thoughts? Join…
 
In part two of our talk on geography, my guest Dr Anne Forbes - geologist and fantasy author - takes us through how to make our world geography feel authentic and in tune with our worlds, and introduces us to some real world wonders! Dr Anne Forbes holds a degree in Natural Sciences witha specialisation in Geology from CAm univerity, and a pHD in V…
 
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” -Friedrich Nietzsche We've established what magic is like on Oruhne, and we've mentioned the corruption. But what is it exactly? How do the people of Oruhne contend with it on a d…
 
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