So we are back with the World Building Series again. Last week I covered Flora and this week, it’s Fauna.
(I am loving the animal picture I found for this weeks post. 🙂 )
As I assume you know or can guess from the animal picture, Fauna is animals.
If you are building a world, the chances are you are going to want animals. Even ice planets can have species (think Tauntauns from Hoth).
So, we are back to my World Building series. If you want to see the earlier ones, check out my Tutorial List, they are all linked in there.
I’ve discussed topics such as water, atmosphere and land so now let’s get to some of those living organisms.
Today’s topic is Flora. So what is flora? That would be plants.
So, I’m finally back around to my World Building Series again. If you missed the earlier ones I’ve covered The Sun & Seasons, Landscapes and Water.
Today I’m going to discuss atmosphere.
Let’s get the basics out the way (yup, it’s another science lesson. Just go with it people)
What is atmosphere?
It’s a layer of gas that circles the planet. Actually it’s a mix of different gases and it’s held in place by gravity.
Earth’s atmosphere contains around 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, 1% argon and trace amounts of other gases such as carbon dioxide, neon, helium, hydrogen, ozone and others.
I am back on the World Building Series. (If you missed the first two parts they can be found here and here)
So in this post I am going to talk about Water.
If we are talking in the bounds of our natural laws, water is important for life.
It is why we’re always looking for water on other planets and moons when we feel the need to fling space probes into the Solar System to take pictures. It is like the very first step, if you have water there is at least a possibility of life even if the possibility is some single celled organism.
Okay, let’s talk about some basics of landscape.
The Earth has numerous geological processes that are happening within and upon it continuously. Heat from the accretion of the planet is continually lost and so this ongoing loss of heat is what drives these processes.
Why is this important?
The Earth’s crust is made up of giant “plates”. They are generated and destroyed by this heat we just discussed. New plates are created at the divergent (constructive) plate boundary. This is where the hot rock that is heated at the Earth’s core rises up. The tectonic plates are pushed apart and rising magma (the melted rock) from the mantle reaches the surface.
So, I thought I would start on my World Building Series of posts.
As a fantasy writer I build new worlds to tell my story on. Since I write large fantasies that span trilogies (yep, I can’t seem to contain my stories within a single novel) I get pretty in-depth with my worlds.
Now despite being a world builder I am not the sort of writer that includes pages of just world description in huge chunks. Personally I find that dull, instead I build my worlds and then weave them throughout the story, bringing in information gently. I prefer this way in my writing and my reading. I don’t want extensive descriptions about a world that covers 4 pages right at the start before we even meet a character.