Stablehand: Worldspoiler primer

So as you may or may not know, I’ve had a specific approach on Stablehand up to now.

There’s a good bit I haven’t told you, and a lot more things I’ve told you about but haven’t actually explained […]. I’m trying as much as I can to only tell you things the main characters or other relatively ordinary people already know.

I have discovered that while this makes for a great story, it is a horrible way to gain fans and feedback in the early stages.

And so comes the worldspoiler primer. In it I’m basically going to

give up on trying to pretend I can pull off the “mysterious world is mysterious gee I wonder what the explanation for that could be wow what is up with that” thing […] and (without changing my plans for the actual story), just start by telling people all the background like in a conventional story

I will assume nothing in this. I’m literally gonna start from zero, apart from especially clear tumblr posts I’ve made. And I’m gonna go up to everything I have figured out but actual current story plot of the actual main character stories (partly because they’re all in a bunch of little vague pieces in my mind anyway).

Obviously if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want any spoilers or doesn’t like to see worldbuilding explained all the way through before it’s relevant, this is not for you. My about tag might be a better place for you to learn about the story. But if you wanna know what’s up with Stablehand and its world and/or help me on it, and don’t mind background spoilers, I recommend you read it.

With that said, let’s get started. ~10500 words follow.


Ok so this is one of those things that subtly gives away something I wasn’t meaning to reveal early (I’m bad at keeping things totally secret :p) but I just got this great idea

There’s this substance that exists in the RFS universe that’s kinda a combination of water and light

So I got the idea, the crystalvoces [singular crystalvox] are algae, what if they eat that and like, without it,

Full entry

Stablehand: Chaoswork chimaera

Concept thingies for the Chaoswork Chimaera!

It’s a very unusual beast made out of an odd material that seems to naturally levitate and consist of various (mostly) geometric shapes—a little bit like clockwork, except nobody knows its origin, it isn’t really crafted to any specifications, and it doesn’t make the slightest bit of logical or intuitive sense. Hence the name “chaoswork”.

They’re rather mischievous beasts that seem to delight in “creatively” rearranging their form to distinguish themselves from others and also in making things go terribly, horribly wrong. Although they aren’t necessarily ruthless and evil by nature, they really don’t mind seeing other beings in absolute misery, and if they see enough suffering/carnage/whatever, they can develop a taste for it. This can make them exceptionally dangerous. (Of course, on the other hand, if you happen to be a nightmarish bakuluki who delights in seeing the disorder of the universe increase faster than necessary, you might find them very useful…)

They also may or may not have been inspired by DHMIS. I’d lean toward not though since I think I designed them before I saw it.