So… I’ve been working for two weeks on write-ups of Erde’s mercenary companies and it’s not going well. It’s like walking into a brick wall and every time I turn there’s another wall. Usually this means something is wrong in the narrative and my subconscious has picked up on it. I backed up and looked at it and I started thinking, Damn, that’s a lot of adventurers. Maybe I’ve made the companies too big? But Koenigsburg has a population of nearly a million people; a few thousand “adventurers” isn’t much. Plus, the company totals are spread over several cities/areas, so the total of adventuring types within the city is probably closer to 1,000. And then it hit me: if there are that many adventuring types in and around Koenigsburg, why are the bandits such a problem? Well shit – there’s a great big gaping hole in my storyline. The existence of the mercenary companies is established: they exist. So why aren’t they taking care of the bandit problem? And that’s where I am in my world-building. Until I understand what is keeping the mercs busy, and where, I can’t move forward. But I know when I get through this I’ll have more of the world’s political structure, current events, and the Big Bad’s machinations in my head. And then I get to share them with you. 🙂
Until then, may all your road blocks force you down unexpected and fruitful new pathways.
~Jean Nadira, the stumbling World Walker