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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 6:18 am    Post subject: Most beautiful fantasy setting/world/w/e Reply with quote

If this hasn't been done before...

Anyway...

My x-cents, in no order but with some arguments:

1. Roshar from Sanderson's Stormlight Archives
The greatshells, gemhearts, spren, political complexities, words and terms like "Aharietam" and the Desolations/Heralds, the symmetrical bases of various cities, and so on and on. Even the damn bridgeman system is "sublime" maybe to think about, not in the modern sense of something as sublime though...

2. The Nausicaa world
Mostly due to the Sea of Corruption/ohmu stuff, but the structure of the Dorok ships was interesting, as was the God-Soldier or even the Dorok emperors' robes and so on.

3. Middle-earth
We all know why.

4. The His Dark Materials world
Daemons, alethiometers, those wheel creatures in the last book, the Cloudy Mountain or w/e it was called, etc.

5. The Land
Since this seems meant as a reification of the archetype of beauty in Covenant/Linden's hearts/minds or something, ultimately, and is written well enough to convey the meaning ever and anon.

There are also video games with beautiful settings, as well as science fiction tales with sufficiently advanced technology that some of their epic realms are indistinguishable from worlds of magic, as it goes (e.g. the Way stuff by Greg Bear, maybe, for an example off the top of my head).

Lovecraftian demesnes might also fit into such a category.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watership Down - an English countryside, if not already extinct, in danger of encroachment.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent choice haha! I remember Lapine or w/e the language was being really interesting.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All epic worlds are beautiful in some way I think.

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mighara Sovmadhi wrote:
Excellent choice haha! I remember Lapine or w/e the language was being really interesting.


me and Julie (my wife) still use "hrdudududdu" for car. as the rabbits do. say the word out loud...
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Mighara - I like this thread.

Here's mine:
1a. the Land
1b. Narnia
2. Middle Earth
3. Earthsea... especially that one archepeligo
4. The world in that one Daniel Abraham book I read..
5. Wheel of Time world (is rich and fun? only read book 1 and scraps of others)
6. Recluse
7. the world of "Imager"

Have you ever wondered where the name "the Land" came from?
I was like, "I swear, that wording seems familiar..." Wink
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