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A Lore Bible is a reference document for your fantasy or sci-fi world, and can focus on either:
- worldbuilding, which deals with the specifics of the planet itself: its size, sun, any moons, and its overall ecosystem, and
- species, which explores an individual species' physiology, history, culture, level of technological advancement, and much more.
Species Case Study - H.E.X.
The H.E.X. is one of several species belonging to J. E. Flint.
Flint asked for a species questionnaire, which I sent her via Google Docs. She completed it, returned it, and commissioned me to begin work.
I began working on a Lore Bible for the H.E.X. and wrote as much detail as I could. I had several questions about various aspects of their biology, culture, and history, so I made a note of my questions in the document in bright blue, and in [square brackets] so that Flint could find them easily.
Flint wrote her answers to my questions in red and told me when she'd finished. I counted the new words, billed Flint accordingly, and once she'd paid, added to the Lore Bible as much as I could. Some of her answers raised new questions so I wrote them down in blue, in square brackets again. Some of our existing question-answer portions needed further discussion, so I left the conversation threads intact to help us both keep track of context and progress. When I was done, I told Flint that her Lore Bible was ready for her to inspect again. She did so the next time she had time to spare.
We continued to do this for three or four turns until the H.E.X. were as complete as Flint wanted them to be. Then I went through the Lore Bible, tidied up the writing, and presented the finished profile to Flint. She OKd the final draft and uploaded it to the species lore page of her web site.
Worldbuilding Case Study - Nordhaven
Nordhaven is a continent on a fictional planet called Edenya, all of which is owned by ShardaronTheDragon.
He asked for a worldbuilding questionnaire as a word-processing document so I emailed him one. Just like Flint in the species case study above, he filled in as much of it as he could, emailed it back to me, and commissioned me to check through his worldbuilding. I created a Lore Bible for Nordhaven and wrote up as much of its lore as I could. Any questions I had - and I had a few dozen - I wrote in bright blue, in square brackets so he could easily find them either by scrolling or by using the search function for the [ bracket, and then emailed the file to him.
When he had some free time he looked at the Lore Bible and wrote his answers under my blue questions, in red so that I could see which pieces of text were from him. Then he returned it to me. I counted up his new words and invoiced him to work on them. When he paid, I resumed work.
At the time of writing, the Lore Bible is still in production.
Worlds are often affected by the species that live on them (e.g., landmarks and cities, are built, areas are rendered uninhabitable, political borders are established), and Nordhaven is no exception. The history, politics, culture, and economy sections became so detail-heavy that I suggested we start a set of species Lore Bibles where we could move most of this detail. This allowed us more space to explore Shardaron's four main species. We are at an early stage of doing this.