The Wyrmstone Lexicon

Wyrmstone is a fantasy setting, though it bears a number of vaguely sci-fi trappings. In order to maintain the fantasy feel, the Wyrmstone campaign strives to avoid modern terminology. Notably:

  • The word planet needs to be avoided, at all costs really. Wrymstone is at its core a fantasy setting, and using too much science-fiction terminology will destroy that fantasy flavor. Rather than planet, use world.
  • the solar system is replaced with references to all the worlds or the worlds. The solar system has no name itself, as the people of all the worlds are unaware that other solar systems exist, and so have no reason to call their own system by any name at all.
  • samurai are simply called warriors (and sometimes swordsmen), and Bushido is known simply as Honor, with a capital H. This change is intended to avoid arguments among self-styled experts about the finer points of Samurai ethics and Bushido's deep meanings.
  • ninja is ok, however. There are all manner of opinions on ninja, and no one is any more "right" than any other. Ninja in the Wyrmstone campaign are drawn from among the Nar, and we'll be defining that further as we go along. And besides, everybody loves ninjas.

We also avoid creating modern-sounding terms for new concepts (with only a few exceptions), choosing instead to explain them (a more Renaissance technique) rather than attempt to create an intuitive name for them, which is a much more modern innovation.

  • This could be a planetkiller is way too sci-fi.
  • This could destroy the planet is still too sci-fi.
  • This could destroy the world is much better.

Along that same line, use of the solar system is just as bad, if not worse. Instead, use all the worlds. In practice, this will feel awkward at first. Remember, however, that the people of all the worlds have no solid idea that there are worlds beyond the ones they know. As far as they're concerned, the worlds that circle the Hearth are all that exist.

  • The entire solar system fears invasion is too sci-fi.
  • The people of all the worlds fear invasion is more fantasy.

Speaking of solar systems, refrain from using orbit. It is a generally modern innovation to name something rather than explain it.

  • Issara occupies the first orbit around the Hearth is too sci-fi.
  • Issara circles closest to the Hearth is better.

And while we're on the subject of solar systems, it should be remembered that the people of all the worlds do not have any single name for the solar system. Remember that these people have no idea that other solar systems can exist. As far as they know, stars are just points of light in the sky. As no-one has any clue that other solar systems exist beyond the worlds that circle the Hearth, there is no reason for those worlds to be given any sort of over-arching system name.


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