Building a World for a Novel – Part 40
Part 40: Let’s Take a Look
It’s been an amazing journey, hasn’t it? What? You’re tired? I guess I can understand that. I’ve got something that might liven you up a bit.
What? Yeah, you guessed it. Back to the ViewShip. Let’s go take a look at the world we’ve made.
Pardon me? No. Well, yes, we will be taking the same route as last time, but on this trip there’s gonna be a lot more to see. Up the ramp, now, we’ve got some serious ground to cover.
All set? Here we go. Ah, smooth as ever.
Now, look down there. See that large village? The people who live there call it Edgewater. What? I guess because it’s on the edge of the sea. Now, if you look closer you’ll see they’re building a wall around the village. See the gates? One facing the sea, the other facing west. Why? Well, it seems that they’ve grown so large they’re about to become a city, with a government and everything. Hmm? Oh, it’s a council of five. One elder, two adults, two teenagers and a young child. They believe that decisions can best be made with fresh ideas, and the youngsters offer those. Yeah. Pretty clever. I think they’ll do fine.
What? Enemies? Well, yes, but they’re on the other side of the mountains. Remember the range that cuts the continent in half?
Sorry? Oh, well philosophical differences, mostly. The people at the sea believe that life comes from nature, and that to live in concert with nature fulfills life.. The folks on the other side of the mountains maintain that the suns above them are the eyes of God, and they must act within strict rules. But don’t worry, the mountains are high, and the people there haven’t invented ships and sailing yet. The sea people will be safe for a good long time.
OK, heading south along the coast. There! There, do you see it? See how the jungle has crept up nearly to the water’s edge? What? Oh, certainly. There are a lot of people living there. They call themselves “People of the Angry Lands”. Their lives are very difficult. While they spend a lot of time fishing, they don’t have permanent villages. They keep moving to fool the other bands. They’ll come to the shore for several days, harvest sea creatures, then preserve them, and vanish back into the jungle. No, you’ll never see them. Their senses are acute. They can even hear the engines of the ViewShip, quiet as it is.
Here we go, heading west toward the great forest. Look carefully at those trees. Do you see the homes built into them? No? I’m not surprised. If you were a Woodrunner, you’d see them with no difficulty, but then, you’d know what you were looking for. Afraid? Of us? No. The Woodrunners are a peculiar people. They don’t believe there are people other than themselves. If we were to land among them, they would walk right by us. Invisible? No, I don’t think we are. It’s just that like we can’t see their homes because we’re not trained to see them, they can’t see us because they don’t believe we exist.
What? Strange world? Really? As opposed to what?
Continued in Part 41