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The Ultimate World Building Template

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Robyn

The Phoenix
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Basics
Geography
〘 〇 〙Natural World​
〘 〇 〙Locations of Significance​
〘 〇 〙Weather​
People
〘 〇 〙Races and Species​
〘 〇 〙Languages​
〘 〇 〙Social Frameworks​
Civilazation
〘 〇 〙History​
〘 〇 〙Culture​
〘 〇 〙Religion​
〘 〇 〙Leisure​
〘 〇 〙Education​
Technology, Magic and Weapons
〘 〇 〙Magic systems​
〘 〇 〙Technology​
〘 〇 〙Weaponry​
Economy
〘 〇 〙Trade & commerce​
〘 〇 〙Transportation​
〘 〇 〙Business​
Politics
〘 〇 〙Government​
〘 〇 〙Law​
Note and disclaimer: I did not create this template, I merely adapted it from a PDF file to a text based thread. The original file can be found here. It is free to download for yourself.
I also do not proclaim this is THE way to go. this is a tool that might work.
 
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Robyn

The Phoenix
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Basics

World Name;
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Is it set on:
〘 〇 〙Earth​
〘 〇 〙 Alternate Earth​
〘 〇 〙 Not Earth​
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Estimated Population
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Describe the world in 1 sentence
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Geography

The natural world
〘 〇 〙How was the world created? How long ago was it created?​
〘 〇 〙How do the laws of physics work?​
〘 〇 〙How does the solar system move? What celestial beings exist (suns, stars, moons, etc.) and how do they relate to the world?​
Flora and Fauna
〘 〇 〙How does the flora differ from region to region?​
〘 ◯ 〙Do any plants have special or magical properties? Are any dangerous?​
Creatures
〘 〇 〙What kind of wildlife roams which parts of your world?​
〘 〇 〙How did the wildlife evolve? Where are they most commonly found?​
〘 〇 〙Do mythical creatures such as dragons exist? How do they fit into the ecosystem?​
Landscape
〘 〇 〙Where are the mountain ranges? Rivers? Forests? Deserts? Seas?​
〘 〇 〙How does the terrain interact with its inhabitants?​
〘 〇 〙Are there any “natural wonders” in your world? How were they formed?​
Diseases
〘 〇 〙What natural diseases have evolved over time? How are they transmitted? How has this affected population growth?​
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Locations of Significance
〘 〇 〙What are the major cities in your world? Ports? Most populated metropolises?​
〘 〇 〙Is your world split geographically? (e.g. rural and urban, north and south, etc.) If so, how?​
Capital City
〘 〇 〙What is the capital city of the world? Why is it the capital?​
Flags and symbols/B]
〘 〇 〙How does each city choose to represent itself (crest, flags, signature colors)?​
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Weather
〘 〇 〙What are the processes of your world that drive weather and ocean patterns?
〘 〇 〙Are certain regions more vulnerable to certain weather conditions?
Climate
〘 〇 〙How does the climate differ in each region?​
〘 〇 〙What are the seasons like in your world? How many seasons are there?​
 

Robyn

The Phoenix
Staff member
People

Races and Species
〘 〇 〙What intelligent species or races populate your world? Dwarves? Elves? Xenomorphs? Other? How did they come to exist?​
〘 〇 〙How does each race or species perceive each other? How do they co-exist?​
Physical build
〘 〇 〙What do the inhabitants of your world look like? Do they have any distinguishing features?​
〘 〇 〙What is the societal standard for beauty? How might this differ in each region of the world?​
Mannerisms
〘 〇 〙What is the code of conduct between people of different ranks or classes? People of different cities or regions? Elders?​
〘 〇 〙How people in your world convey non-verbal boredom? Disbelief? Happiness? Impatience? Respect?​
〘 〇 〙What would be a gesture that is universally insulting in your world?​
Customs and rituals
〘 〇 〙Are there any rites of passages in your world? “Coming of age” celebrations? If so, what age marks the transition from child to adult?​
〘 〇 〙What traditions surround death and burial? What about engagements and proposals of marriage?​
Festivals
〘 〇 〙What are the important festivals of your world and why are they celebrated?​
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Language
〘 〇 〙How many languages exist in your world? How did they originate?​
〘 〇 〙Which language is spoken most? Is there a universal language?​
〘 〇 〙How do the names differ in each region?​
Sayings
〘 〇 〙What are common sayings? Idioms? Insults? “Untranslatable” words that only a certain group of people would understand?​
Accents
〘 〇 〙If different languages exist, how does this affect the accents in your world? What do the accents say about the person (place of origin, social class, level of education, etcetera)?​
Greetings
〘 〇 〙How do people of the same race greet each other? How do people of different races greet one another?​
〘 〇 〙Is there an informal and formal way to greet others depending on the level of familiarity (i.e. friends, acquaintances, elders, superiors, etcetera)? What are the proper forms of address?​
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Social Frameworks
〘 〇 〙How do people see each other in your world? Foreigners? Non-humans?
〘 〇 〙What are the social taboos? What would one need to do in order to be kicked out of society?
Class or caste systems
〘 〇 〙Is there a class system? If so, how much emphasis does society place on it?​
〘 〇 〙What are the tell-tale signs that a person belongs to a certain class?​
〘 〇 〙How does class affect the business in your world? Can anyone become a priest or a wizard — or is it a privilege restricted to certain members of the hierarchy?​
Family structure
〘 〇 〙What is the normal family unit?​
〘 〇 〙What is the social system within a family unit in your world? Patriarchal? Matriarchal?​
〘 〇 〙What constitutes a good father? A good mother? A good child?​
Marriage
〘 〇 〙How is marriage defined in your world? Is marriage a civil or religious institution?​
〘 〇 〙Do people marry for love? If not, why do they marry?​
 

Robyn

The Phoenix
Staff member
Civilization

Civilization
History
〘 〇 〙How did civilization begin?​
〘 〇 〙What were the significant wars that have taken place on your world’s soil? How have they shaped the present?​
〘 〇 〙When was the earliest known record of history?​
〘 〇 〙Can your world’s history be divided into significant eras (e.g. Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, etcetera)?​
Myths
〘 〇 〙What myths exist in your world to explain the cosmos? How might this have in turn shaped religion?​
〘 〇 〙How were stories passed through generations?​

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Culture
〘 〇 〙How is culture preserved in your world?​
〘 〇 〙What are some things that define each culture? What would a person from a certain city, region, or country be proudest of?​
Literature, art, and music
〘 〇 〙What is the role of the arts in your world’s culture? How is it perceived by society and how has it evolved?​
〘 〇 〙Who are some celebrated or noted artists in history? What for?​
〘 〇 〙How might the arts have changed as a result of outside influences (from other regions, cities, races, etcetera)?​
〘 〇 〙Are any of the arts taboo? If so, why?​
Clothing
〘 〇 〙What is the customary dress for men? Women?​
〘 〇 〙What fashion is trending and how does this differ from region to region?​
〘 〇 〙How does the clothing one wears reflect status?​
〘 〇 〙What is the dress code for each profession? How strictly followed must it be?​
Cuisine
〘 〇 〙What are the regional dishes? How might this differ depending on the climate and environment?​
〘 〇 〙Is there a difference between what the poor and the rich eat? What is considered a luxurious food? What is considered a staple food?​
〘 〇 〙How are mealtimes approached? Is there a set hour to be at the table? Are there traditions that precede or follow a meal?​

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Religion
〘 〇 〙How do people worship in your world?​
〘 〇 〙When and where do people worship?​
Gods and deities
〘 〇 〙Who are the major and minor gods that people worship?​
〘 〇 〙What function do the gods serve in society?​
Holy texts
〘 〇 〙What (if any) holy texts exist?​
〘 〇 〙How well-known are the scriptures? Would people of all ages be able to recite them on the spot if asked?​
Significant prophets
〘 〇 〙Who are the important religious figures in the world? For what reason are they significant?​

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Education
〘 〇 〙Does formal education exist? If so, who can access it? The rich? The clergy? Everyone in the general population?​
〘 〇 〙If magic exists in your world, how is it studied? Do schools exist to train it?​
〘 〇 〙What are literacy rates among the general population? How does this affect communication and the distribution of information?​

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Leisure
〘 〇 〙How do people spend their leisure time in your world? What forms of entertainment are most common?​
〘 〇 〙Are there any organized sports in your world? How might its rules and regulations differ from the ordinary (i.e. Quidditch)?​
 

Robyn

The Phoenix
Staff member
Technology, Magic and Weapons

Magic Systems
〘 〇 〙To what ends and purposes is magic used in your world? Who can use it?​
〘 〇 〙What limits are there to its power? What are the consequences of using it?​
〘 〇 〙What is the history of magic and magicians in your world?​
〘 〇 〙ow does society view magic? Positively? Negatively? As the Other?​
Rules of magic
〘 〇 〙How does magic work in your world? Where does it come from?​
〘 〇 〙Is there a language that’s needed in order to call forth magic? If so, what are its roots?​
〘 〇 〙Is magic regulated in any way? What is the governing body?​
Practitioning magicians
〘 〇 〙What are magicians’ status in society? Are they trusted advisors of kings or charlatans on the road?​
〘 〇 〙How many magicians exist in your world? How do they perceive one another?​

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Technology
〘 〇 〙How advanced is the technology in your world? How does it work?​
〘 〇 〙How does technology impact the different parts of society? Transportation? Communication? Medicine?​
〘 〇 〙How does magic and technology interact and co-exist? Is it a rivalry? A co-op? Are there rules and regulations?​

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Weaponry
〘 〇 〙What weapons are predominant in your world (ranged, combat, anti-gravity, etcetera) and why?​
〘 〇 〙Who makes the weapons? How do they work? Is it easy to obtain them?​
Signature weapons
〘 〇 〙Are there special weapons (e.g. Thor’s Hammer, Captain America’s shield, etcetera)? How are they made? How many of them exist in the world?​
Common weapons
〘 〇 〙Are there any weapons that are so commonplace that every household owns it? If so, what?​
〘 〇 〙Are there professions that necessitate the bearing of weapons? What about religions (i.e. the Sikhs who carry daggers)?​
 

Robyn

The Phoenix
Staff member
Economy

Trade and Commerce
〘 〇 〙How is trade facilitated? Is it carried out by traveling merchants? By a guild? Are there auctions?​
〘 〇 〙What cities, countries, or regions are allies? Trade partners? How has this changed throughout history?​
〘 〇 〙How is the soft power of a region, city, or country determined?​
Currency
〘 〇 〙Is there a universal currency? If not, what are the regional currencies? What is the valuation?​
〘 〇 〙How is the currency circulated and what are the denominations? Can the currency be broken down into units (dollars, cents, dimes, quarters)?​
Major imports & exports
〘 〇 〙What are the major exports of the region or city? Imports? How might this have evolved throughout history?​
〘 〇 〙Does a particular region specialize in particular trade (i.e. Livestock, weaponry, etcetera)? Why?​
Natural resources
〘 〇 〙What resources are natural in each part of your world? How does this affect trade and trade relationships?​

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Transportation
〘 〇 〙How easy it is to travel within a city and outside of a city? What modes of transportation exist (horse, anti-gravity car, etcetera)?​
〘 〇 〙How is information disseminated all over your world (ink and paper, owl, newspaper, messenger)?​

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Business
〘 〇 〙What crafts or trades are highly valued in your world?​
〘 〇 〙Are some professions considered more elite or respectable than others? How so?​
〘 〇 〙How do people advance in their fields? Are there apprenticeships? How easy is social mobility?​
〘 〇 〙What is the normal work schedule for the average person? What is the average income?​
 

Robyn

The Phoenix
Staff member
Politics

The Government
〘 〇 〙What is the form of government? Is it a monarchy? Republic? Empire? Theocracy?​
〘 〇 〙What are the responsibilities of the government? How far does the government’s sphere of influence spread (magic, religion, etcetera)?​
〘 〇 〙How is the government perceived? Is it trusted by the people or is there tension?​

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Law
〘 〇 〙What is the rule of law in your world? How is law? What are the most important laws?​
〘 〇 〙What are the punishments for breaking the law?​
Justice systems
〘 〇 〙What is the legal process in your world? How are people tried?​
〘 〇 〙How does magic fit into the legal system? Is it above the law?​
War systems
〘 〇 〙How is war declared? Is there a formal process that a country must go through in order to engage in war?​
〘 〇 〙What is the command structure of the army?​
〘 〇 〙How big is the army? Is it composed of humans? Non-humans? Both?​
 
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