As of this moment Theas doesn't exist in any rp, or story, and isn't even written down anywhere except on a 3x5 note card with a few bullet points.
It is, as of now, an Unwritten Reality.
This is not, as some may suspect, an interest check.
I intend to make a roleplay set in this fantasy setting some time down the line, perhaps in the summer when I've more free time and energy... but for now this is a simple group brainstorming session.
If it goes well this will be the first of several which I intend to make over time under the UR tag/name.
I'm going to pitch a world, and I'm going to ask that people read over what I've got and maybe offer suggestions, questions and pertinent thoughts that could aid me in building it out and making it interesting, engaging and fun so that in the future those same people, or other random passers-by will be able to join in with a comprehension of the scale, scope and span of the world rather than simply being dropped in.
So here goes;
Theas, originally 'Theastaia' in my notes and so called as a portmanteau of the words 'theater, stage, and gaia', is built off of several theatrical concepts and names and places revolve around that ideal. Keep this in mind when pitching something. For example you could use the parts of stage to pitch a region name; Border, Proscenium, Wings, Center Stage, Scrim, Apron, Auditorium, Crossover, Rake, Etc.
As an example of this topic I've decided The south-western territory of Theas is 'Aescrim'[Pronounced as Ash Rim], so named because it is a warm or perhaps volcanic territory, at the edge or 'rim' of the world and a 'Scrim' is a mesh used for backdrop lighting in a stage show.
To that end most of the cities and the like in that region would be named with connotations of light in mind['Bright'spire, 'Dun'ray', 'Candless', 'Luster'im & etc]
Seeing as it is a 'stage' it has an edge because it is fun to let people/things literally drop off the edge of the world and also because I recently read some discworld novels again... Still; maybe there's some kind of underside civilization living on the rock-faces of some upside mountain on which the world rests? I dunno.
If you have ideas for other regions please feel free to share and I'll talk through them with you. Names, concepts, geography, etc.
Religion I wanted to keep fairly simple; some fantasy worlds can have hundreds of deities and that's a lot for a first go-round with something like this... I decided to narrow it to three. I don't have names or anything yet, but I thought maybe deities of comedy and tragedy as the semi-benevolent creator gods and some sort of editorial presence in opposition as the 'devil' or 'evil god' figure. I'm open to lots of input on these concepts.
If you have names, design concepts, philosophies, religious doctrines, etc. I am more than happy to talk about them.
I like sword and sorcery type settings. If I'm made to choose a genre I'll almost always gravitate to fantasy. To that end I want magic to be a part of this world... but at the same time I don't want it to feel like either there is some hierarchy of magic users or like there is so much abundant magic that everyone can move mountains and such. I want it to be accessible without being overwhelming. To that end I want it limited somehow. I've got a few ideas, I've put together my favorite of what I've come up with so far, but would want feedback or alternative options;
Option A| Magic through animism; beasts or monsters have some inherent magic and people can use that by harvesting it from them. Ties back to old mythological concepts like the golden fleece, unicorn's horn, and to several types of divination. Leads to things like thunderbirds and ash oxen and other elemental creatures like a storm attuned big bad wolf. Also leads to an inherent conflict of man vs nature and of preservation vs power. Also ties in to modern rpgs, or games a la monster hunter and the like. Seems like it could fit because it has a sort of simple to follow story structure to the way it works and it could be entertaining to the deities. Helps add some character to the world, but also requires a system or binary for what entities invoke which power. Good for the fact it makes magic fleeting/temporary, builds out the world and has an innate challenge involved.
Option B|Whatever you all suggest.
Major Powers; what big groups do you think would be fun to play around with? Is there some shadowy cult you'd like to see? A massive military power seeking a goal of expansionism? A shady magic user intent on destroying/ruling the world? Some kind of titanic beast woken from an ages long slumber who needs to be put down? A 'chosen one' whose party you'll have to assist or will kick the crud out of in some sort of hero fantasy parody? Some sort of fantasy world government agency sent to hunt down criminals?
Confict; the eventual end goal will be to have a decently fleshed out world to run roleplays in... so what sorts of conflicts would you all want to see in such a roleplay given the setting and themes we're building up? Could tie back to major powers or be it's own freestanding point.
Of course; the conceit of this world is that it is themed around theater, performance, and the like...
Maybe there's an apocalyptic song prophesied to wake a sleeping monster and people need to hunt down the singer and stop them peacefully or not?
Maybe a villainous cult of harlequins, jugglers, buskers and other performers have been gather information and sources of power and are quietly building towards a coup led by a jester who used to be the spymaster's apprentice?
Maybe there is a war between two nations brewing brought on by the assassination of an ambassador while he was visiting a neighboring nation to see a play and you all are soldiers on the front lines?
Maybe something else entirely that you lot suggest?
So yeah; that's that... I want to roleplay, but I also want to have a world to roleplay in that people will like, a concept that people will enjoy, and scenarios that people will find engaging. I figured why not make certain I've got all of that by just opening up the worldbuilding to the people?
Please help me out with this if you've got the time and energy.
If you pitch in and help I am eternally grateful.
If not; I wholly understand and I want you to know... I'm not angry, just disappointed.