Fantasy Dictionar

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Fantasy Dictionar

Fantasy Dictionary

Writing a fantasy story often involves world-building: creating the setting in which your story takes place. Physical location is an important part of this phase—the house, cavern, mountain, forest, town, ship, island, or any other space your characters inhabit. But it is more than just a place. Building a world may mean thinking about the history, art, music, language, clothing, and customs of the story’s people—how they earn a living, what they do on holidays, and what everyday objects they use.

Of course a writer can’t design every aspect of a culture. If you did that, you’d never get around to writing the story! But here is the key: you want to think carefully enough about these things so that the reader believes your fantasy world goes on beyond the edges of your story. You want this imaginary world to feel real. And you do that with some well-placed, clear, creative details.

So let’s do some world-building! Please come up with objects, places, words ... any ideas for a fantasy story’s world. Tools, animals, types of clothing, dwellings—any of these and more may become necessary elements in our story! You may suggest as many as you like, or even post a strange word and let others suggest meanings. If you want, you can also write a sentence using the word or describing the fantasy place. Here are two examples:

haloris – a lantern that gives off both light and a pleasant scent. It is used by people who live near the swamps to counter the odors of mud and decay.

“Quill’s boots sank into the moss, deeper at each step, and ahead she could see a swamp, moonbeams glittering on pools that lapped around the tree roots. Catching the stench of stagnant water, she pulled the haloris lamp from her pack and set it alight.”

gnawk – a large, black bird with a raucous cry and uneven feathers that always look ruffled and untidy. Gnawks have a fondness for pecking and chewing on rope, and they are notorious for setting free dogs and farm animals tied with ropes. They unmoor boats tied to docks, and have been known to free certain fortunate prisoners.

Can you see how story ideas practically ooze from your Fantasy Dictionary, once you get your imagination going?

submitted by Fred Durbin
(April 23, 2014 - 10:11 am)

Cool ideas! I like the Moon Bloom idea :D

submitted by Fairen S., age 12, Vermont
(July 12, 2014 - 4:37 pm)

Thanks!Smile

submitted by Christie M., age 10, CA, US
(July 13, 2014 - 4:58 pm)

I really like your idea about the moonbird and the moon bloom and how the stars are eggs waiting to fall to the earth and hatch. I also like the idea for the land of Aruve. Maybe this land could be associated with underground places in the real world and can be reached through caves and deep bodies of water.

submitted by Isle
(September 21, 2014 - 1:40 pm)

Possible names for the world:

Gallice

Avisera

Auribia (desert)

Somnia

Faven

Patira

Castale

Cymri

Isran

Magical Creatures/Beings:

Fynns: Fairies, but they're tiny. As in, one inch max. They live in forests, in large communities. Though usually very flighty and scared, they can tell the future and if they like you, will come out and whisper your fortune in your ear. Because of this, fynns are considered lucky.

Kerwynns: Majestic birds, their feathers can fix anything, like illness or poverty or even... a bad fortune. However, they are extremely rare and have never been seen: only if they approve of you will they swoop down before you, drop a feather, and swoop off in a blur of royal blue.  

submitted by Arianne N. , age 12, California
(July 3, 2014 - 10:11 pm)

I like the world name Cymri a lot. Smile

submitted by Christie M., age 10, CA,US
(July 4, 2014 - 3:18 pm)

Thanks!

submitted by Arianne, age 12, Cupertino, CA
(July 6, 2014 - 1:33 pm)

lastre- someone who posseses magic

ex. He smiled cruelly when he realized it- she was a lastre. 

treklas- someone who is cursed

ex. "I am a treklas. You cannot help me." 

nanan- a term for love or comfort

ex. "Nanan can be found anywhere and everywhere, especially when you least expect it."

treke- a curse 

ex. The treke rebounded, leaving her with herself and only that.

regong- something that should be dead but isn't  

ex. "Is it true? You're alive? You are now a regong?" 

submitted by S.E.
(July 4, 2014 - 9:41 am)

fizzyplumed- confused

sheamer- someone who can make anything out of stone

lumica tree- a tree that grows very quickly, only when the moon is at its highest point 

bryll- a very rare creature to see, formed when moss grows on the highest branch of the lumica tree 

winnigruff- a black bear with a turtle shell that it usually hides in

sputflam- a fiery creature that always extinguishes and burns again, usually found near campfires

sabralune- a waterfall that flows upward instead of downward

barler- a sheamer's apprentice

journe- a person who travels on quests to search for rare monsters

klyger- a monster hunter

Halomus- The creature of the sun, very kind, and one of the most legendary and wanted creatures in the world. Klogne is the other one. They say if you see her, you can harness the energy of the sun  

Klogne- Pronounced like the word "cologne." He is the other most legendary and wanted creature in the world. He is very mischievous and mysterious. If you see him, you can harness the energy of the moon. Halomus and Klogne are siblings but are also enemys.

amarola- a flower used for poison potions

forlor- a flower used for sleep potions

trasica- a flower used for hypnosis potions

pyronisi- A flower used for exploding powder. The second "i" in pyronisi is pronounced like the word "fly" or "science." 

submitted by Zachary T., age 11, Valparaiso, IN
(July 4, 2014 - 10:23 am)

fizzyplumed- confused

sheamer- someone who can make anything out of stone

lumica tree- a tree that grows very quickly, only when the moon is at its highest point 

bryll- a very rare creature to see, formed when moss grows on the highest branch of the lumica tree 

winnigruff- a black bear with a turtle shell that it usually hides in

sputflam- a fiery creature that always extinguishes and burns again, usually found near campfires

sabralune- a waterfall that flows upward instead of downward

barler- a sheamer's apprentice

journe- a person who travels on quests to search for rare monsters

klyger- a monster hunter

Halomus- The creature of the sun, very kind, and one of the most legendary and wanted creatures in the world. Klogne is the other one. They say if you see her, you can harness the energy of the sun  

Klogne- Pronounced like the word "cologne." He is the other most legendary and wanted creature in the world. He is very mischievous and mysterious. If you see him, you can harness the energy of the moon. Halomus and Klogne are siblings but are also enemys.

amarola- a flower used for poison potions

forlor- a flower used for sleep potions

trasica- a flower used for hypnosis potions

pyronisi- A flower used for exploding powder. The second "i" in pyronisi is pronounced like the word "fly" or "science." 

submitted by Zachary T., age 11, Valparaiso, IN
(July 4, 2014 - 10:25 am)

I have a place idea. 

Sarsvik - A slummy port town that once was bursting with life.  Shops that long ago bosted many riches and foreign wonders now display only dust and the ocasional homeless wanderer in their shattered, grungy windows.  New trade routs were established, and the town was left to rot.  Scattered with abandoned, crumbling buildings, every scrap of wealth that remained has been long since snatched up greedy thieves and gangs that roam the stenchy streets.  Crime is lurking behind every corner, waiting in the shadows for a new victim, or an old one it hasn't molested in a while.  The perfect place for blackmarket dealers, evil scemes, and dirty secrets; that is, if you can outwit the crafty criminals.

submitted by Elena B., age 13, Virginia
(July 4, 2014 - 12:50 pm)

Invisibail- A being that can see and get to invisible things without trouble. "She could get to and see the man because she was an Invisibail."

Crov- A being that is able make anything invisible, including itself. "The man must have been a Crov in order to make this so."

Wrotern- A being that is able to make the writen word true. "Fable hated being a Wroten. If only she had been born different. If only the prophecy did not exist. Then Fable would not be afraid of herself and she would be like everyone else."

I hope you like these. If anyone comes up with more powers and cannot find a name for them, just tell me and I can help. 

submitted by Ellie, age 11, PA
(July 4, 2014 - 5:45 pm)

Gruntler: A dwarf peddler. They often wear grimy clothes, and when asked their name, they grunt in reply. Hence the term "gruntler".

Taw: Wanderer slang for someone who doesn't leave their hometown. Often regarded with a sense of distaste among the wanderers.

Resbeke: Someone who is cursed 

submitted by Fairen S., age 12, Vermont
(July 4, 2014 - 6:47 pm)

sheeo = Shadow man

sheea = Shadow girl

Writoy = A boy/girl who makes the future with pen and paper. only few are alive.

reigonay = king

reigonayine = queen

guhibah = the land in which the characters live in.

Sheha = witch

tuhireah = man eating monster. 

submitted by Danielle P., age 10, California
(July 4, 2014 - 8:55 pm)

Wanderer: Someone who spends their entire life roaming around and never stays in one spot for very long. Sort of like a gypsy.

Redphire: The type of magic that a very high-level sorcerer can produce. It is very dangerous, and typically good wizards refrain from using it even if they can. However, some Dark Magic users will use Redphire. It makes the victim feel the worst sorrow and distraught they have ever felt. It brings back old memories of pain, and Redphire is the most dangerous kind of magic there is. 

Swa: A marketplace in the city of Privelet. The Swa is known for its many street performers. If you go the Swa you will see dancers, snake charmers, story tellers, fire-eaters, and many more incredibe people. The streets are filled with music and the smell of roasted meat from the many vendors. 

submitted by Fairen S., age 12, Vermont
(July 5, 2014 - 10:12 am)

These are the names of the moons:

Gerehcia-A small yellow moon. Circling fast, it usually rises about 1 pm and sets 7 pm, then rises again 9 pm and sets 9 am. Not always seen, as it is too small. It is considered good luck to see Gerehcia.

" Intill about a hundred years ago, Gerehcia wasn't known to exist, because it was so small."

Rekye- A large, slightly red moon. Unlike Gerhicia, it has phases: Waxing half, waning half, and full moon. It is never a full moon. It rises at nightfall and sets at dawn.

" It was very pleasent to watch the dawn as Rekye slowly set over the over the lake."

These are some constelations and stars :

Yunen-A lady from a myth. A very popular constellation.

Ceraz- A small star caught in the Big Sun's gravity, so it moves exactly as fast as the earth. It can be seen from Dusk Mountains.

Little Heart- A constellation that looks like a heart

Big Heart- Another, bigger, heart constellation

Once Flower- A constellation that looks like a mess intill Ceraz ( breifly ) takes it's place, creating a beautifull flower.

 

 

 

submitted by Christie M., age 10, CA,US
(July 5, 2014 - 7:09 pm)