EXERCISE Create a Mountain

Discussion in 'BUILDING WORLDS' started by Diana, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Mountains are huuuuuuuuge rocky formations. You can learn more about mountain specifics and the different types of mountains on National Geographic!

    In this exercise, you are going to create a single named MOUNTAIN for your location.

    • How high is this mountain?
    • Is it climbable?
    • Can locations, buildings, etc be built ON this mountain?
    • Are there caves in this mountain?
    • Are there any natural resources inside of it?
    • How long has this mountain been around?
    • What is the weather like on this mountain?
    • Are there any special trees or plantlife that grow on it?
    • What kind of animals live here?
    • Do any bodies or water go over or through it? Are located on it or next to it?

    Don't forget to add any additional details, like references to culture, history, or other locations!
  2. Mount Nesting

    Mount Nesting is the tallest mountain in the Zerhim, at an estimated 35,000 feet high it towers through the clouds, some say it's highest point touches the floor of the Gods. Many villages are built along it's sides, the highest being Wellspring town, a chilly, windy village built on a crag at 10,415 feet. Children born in Wellspring are believed to be blessed, and generally have better luck in life. Mount Nesting derives it's name from the belief that the very first Zera was born on Mount Nesting, nursed by the sky spirits and taught to fly on the powerful winds. Mount Nesting is not holy ground, per se, but it is culturally significant to the Zera because it is the origin of their culture, and many important sites, including the capital at the base of the mountain, are located there.

    Geographically, Mount Nesting is narrow for it's height, appearing as a spear whose butt has been thrust into the ground. Trees and waterfalls scatter it's base, and although the mountain until that point is fairly solid, with many cracks and fissures but no deep caves or crevices, the majority of the Mount being sheer, and excruciatingly difficult to pass for those without wings. Past 8,000 feet, caves have been partly worn by time, and partially blasted by fire into the mountain, creating shelters from the wind and safer travelling means for those whose wings have not yet grown out. Many crags and cliffs jutt out of the mountain, but because of the cold as one ascends, and the roughness of the unfettered winds, railings and safety measures are difficult to maintain, and adults only are permitted to travel on the edges of the mountain. Foliage is grown in the caves above the tree-line, with soil transported from closer to sea level, although food is difficult to grow after freezing temperature becomes normal, and a good deal is usually imported from the base and frozen. As a result, a good deal of the base around the eastern side of the mountain has been clear-cut to make way for industrious fields and mills to privide for the higher communities.

    The wildlife of the lower mountain consists of carefully conserved game beasts, many fish from the strong rivers and pools, and smaller herbivores which live in the trees and tall grass. Many birds live closer to the tree-line, surviving on seeds, insects, and shoots. The birds and other creatures which survive in the heights of the mountain are regarded as sacred animals, protected by the wind spirits, and are not hunted. Most Zera are vegetarian, but eating meat is not villified, and frozen chops and carcasses are often imported from other countries as well as the wooded mountain-base.