Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Build a Story World
Who controls the economy? Is there a hierarchy that matches the political rule, or one that is counter to it? Does it run its economy as a free trade society, a company store system, and/or a black-market?
Is it a system that has roots into your world’s ancient culture and history, or has it been commandeered by outsiders that have imposed their system? And does their system actually work better or worse—again according to whose set of values.
The economy may not play an important role in your world, but you’ll need to know the basics. It can provide several conflict moments just in routine situations. Think of a time you planned to eat out and then realized your forgot your wallet. What options did you have? What emotional stress did you undergo?
1. Outline a company store system that the whole community has agreed upon as the best solution. Begin with a Robin Hood type leader.
2. What are the potential strengths? What are the potential weaknesses?
3. Now jump ahead a century or two and have the system run as a way to enslave the community financially by greed driven leader.
4. Somewhere in an old ledger the community finds the original documents and provisions. What does it give them courage to do?
Share: Do they return to the original moral compass, become the next tycoon, or change the whole system?