One of the fascinating things in fantasy world building is that even a single change to how the world works can have deep ramifications … especially for a writer! As I began work on the series, I almost immediately realized that one cannot simply stop the sun in the sky (regardless of how reasonable) and still be able to provide a working narrative. Consider, for example, the following crisis that I immediately ran into as I sat down to write this world.
- My hero had to travel an enormous distance to get to the start of the book. If the sun is stationary in the sky, how do I describe how long it took him to get here?
- For that matter, how do I describe how far he has actually traveled? How would he know how far he traveled since there is not moving sun by which he can mark the time?
- And, since he would NEVER have seen any stars, how could he possibly navigate any appreciable distance across this world’s surface?
- And, more practical still, if I make up a really complex system of navigation and time keeping unique to this world — won’t that make my text practically unreadable? (“Navril had spent the last forty gobaks traveling nettleward more than a thousand hehaws…”)
Well, sometimes these are challenges that are the real fun in writing a fantasy world. You can see the my solution here … and I hope you can see how much fun I’m having in this new world. I can hardly wait to introduce you to it!