- Flood - rivers swell, stranding characters, making characters that need to be rescued, that have their metal tested, allowing heroics to be done against non-human enemies
- Monsoon - constant pouring rains frustrate the cleanly-minded, make travel difficult
- Lack of Monsoon - the monsoon's unexpected late arrival leaves characters hanging, waiting, anticipating
- Draught - desert and blight stricken lands widen, another threat to characters that need to be rescued or have their strength of will put on trial, surprising you with their resilience
- Storm at sea - what becomes flotsam and jetsam? Who is lost? What promises are offered for a calming of the sea? Could find you an uncharted land.
- Blood tide - a sudden death and destruction of the fishing
- Avalanche / Rock slide - this could expose things, maybe that's what precipitated the great migration
- Fog - things are hidden, crimes may be committed, blindness and confusion
- Hurricane - destroys what we have made. Preparations for hurricanes may show a need for ingenuity, resilience and engineering prowess, rewarding the prepared.
- Eclipse - not strictly weather, but nature related. Could allow bank robberies, show that a character is particularly clever.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Howlina Day 2 - Physical Planet
As I said, I'm building only a country so the actual Physical Planet will be Earth, but I'll do the exercise anyway and see what I come up with.
weather, and what you think they do to the story."
Okay, so I was wrong, I have to quote the website a bit.
Again, this is backwards. I know what she is doing here. She is trying to provide ammunition, she is trying to get you to think outside the box, but again I need to do it backwards. She also provides some questions that presumably will come up later:
"What role do you anticipate weather playing in your story? Do you have a lot of travel that you want to complicate with bad storms? Are you going to snow in your mighty heroes? Will there be a mighty battle, determined by sudden flooding? You actually don't need to know right now."
That is actually more my speed, because again I already have my mood, I don't want to think about unconnected plot devices. I think I already have some.
But then, when I need additional plot devices as the story goes along I will probably want to look them up and use them. Who better to ask than myself?