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Worldbuilding – Last Thoughts On The Block November 1, 2009

Posted by Yarnspnr in Worldbuilding.
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History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstance.

– Donald Creighton

Last Thoughts On

The Block

Debt and Indenture in the Empire of Uppsala

© D. Erick Emert


And so the story of young Tom and Elizabeth Farmer begins.  Swallowed up by the administrative marvel that is the Indenture Service Office of the Empire of Uppsala, their father, Edsil, will be tried by the District Court of New London, Aingland, be found guilty and his children will be sentenced to serve ten years as indentured servants to work off his debt.

Tom and Elizabeth will be transferred to Uppsala where they will be in the custody of the ISO in the infamous Block.  There they will be trained and sold to a wealthy family as servants for the duration of their sentence.

The Block differs in many ways from The Myth of Kyrrell Swamp.  The happenings of the military and their war with the Vigroth natives are hardly a second thought to the ISO and their indentured community.  The inner workings of an Empire the size of Uppsala allows for little contact between differing agencies.  As for the citizens of the Empire, it is doubtful if any have ever heard of Thelra or even the river port of Selga.

Hopefully you can see the differences that these two stories sustain.    One is very much NOT like the other, yet both are set in the same Empire albeit at different times.  This is the advantage of extensive worldbuilding.

Next week we shall enter into a world much closer to home.  A romantic story between two graduating teenagers in the small town of Quaker Valley, Pennsylvania, circa 1966.  You will see how difficult settling characters in a fictitious town created inside an actual state can be.



1. sputnitsa - November 2, 2009

Wow. I’m really liking this look at extensive worldbuilding…

Oh, and as for your last note–yeah! One of my settings in my current manuscript is in a state of flux because of the dual demands of reality and fiction and my desire to do right by both. 🙂

2. Yarnspnr - November 2, 2009

Thanks! Damn reality…always a pain in the neck!

sputnitsa - November 3, 2009

Tell me about it! 🙂

I just became a member at the awesome public library in town and was all excited to read up on potential (vying) settings, and voila, am duly informed that all the books I need access to are…not the kind the library lends out. I’m clearly going to need to spend hours upon hours upon hours upon days upon weeks upon….in the library.

That said, I do love libraries… and I would be surrounded by old books.

And all this just to find a suitable fictional spot inside a real place that would make sense… 🙂

3. Yarnspnr - November 3, 2009

In Quakertown, PA where I grew up, we had two libraries. One was like any typical extension library you might find in any small town across the United States, with an equally non-unique collection of books. The other, however, was run by the Quakertown Historical Society and the books they had in their collection averaged about 100 years old. Most were about the settling of the Eastern US, but many were about our specific region. And you should have seen the map books! States, cities, towns, name it and you could find a map of it in some book there. The place was Mecca for a history lover like me. Some of the really old books couldn’t be loaned out, but just to have the availability to them was like landing on the moon. And the librarian, I think she read every book in that library! The questions about Quakertown that she could answer can’t even be found on the Web! I love the history of the old small east coast towns and villages. For instance, many people don’t know it but Quakertown actually hosted an overnight stay of the Liberty Bell. Just before the British invaded Philadelphia, the Bell was taken out and sent to a church cellar in Allentown, PA. On it’s travel north, it spent the night in a barber shop at Broad and Main here in Quakertown. That shop is still there, owned by the Historical Society. Now look what you did. You’ve got me rambling!

I’ll do a worldbuilding article on Quaker Valley either today or tomorrow to kick off the next novel I’m working on – a high school romance set in the mid sixties. Imagine that!

4. sputnitsa - November 4, 2009

Oooh, nifty!!! 🙂

Wow, awesome, you’re starting another novel. Man. That’s fantastic. Congratulations!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

5. Yarnspnr - November 4, 2009

Well, Starting it here. 🙂 I’ve been working on it for about two years. I have one more after this one. I’ll post the first two chapters of that as well. I posted the intro to Bobbi and Me today. A romance novel was a different cup of tea for me, but I thought I’d give it a shot.

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