Write Fantasy Noble Houses

“One must always keep the tools of statecraft sharp and ready. Power and fear – sharp and ready.”

– Frank Herbert, Dune

Struggling noble houses are a fantasy trope, so you want to create a few for your fantasy story. Who wouldn’t?

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The Sword of the Crown

The crown needs to represent everybody and stay above mundane struggles to maintain the divine right to rule. This calls for loyal supporters both in the Crown’s Inner Council and in the field. Advisers and agents of the Crown to deal with the dark times at hand. This is the Great Game, my friends.

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Create Fantasy Names and Languages

How do you create names and languages for your fantasy people and places? Do you make a unique creation, base it loosely on earth, or try to find some middle ground between the two? How do you mold random names and phrases into some consistent?

There are two ways of doing this: Hire a linguist and get it right, or you can fake it. This post is about faking it. Continue reading “Create Fantasy Names and Languages”

Creating a Fantasy Setting

Creating a fantasy setting can be both a fun and rewarding task. This post will outline the process in four easy steps: create logline, identify the clichés, use the chopping block and finally make it personal. Continue reading “Creating a Fantasy Setting”