This is one of the weirder fantasy worlds I’ve dreamed up. I vaguely thought about running a D&D campaign set in it, but… it’ll probably be awhile until I get to play D&D, thanks to my schedule. I really enjoy worldbuilding, but it’s not the writing skill I need to work on most. (That would be actually sitting down to write.)
Real quick before we get started, a couple announcements:
The Three Body Problem just came out. I don’t have my copy yet, but I’ll be posting a review this weekend, probably. It’s the first Chinese science fiction novel ever translated into English. Super excited.
I’m up to 11 houseplants in my room, 5 in the rest of the apartment, and 8 in my cubicle (not counting my baby spider plants).
Anyhow, presenting Rhuban: (Welsh for ribbon.)
Rhuban is a world Escher would have felt at home in. It isn’t a planet- it’s a sphere composed of a single, loosely woven Möbius band. There are no stars in its sky, no moons, no suns, no planets- Rhuban is utterly alone in its universe. Around it lies only the void. The only light and heat in Rhuban come from the Ninescore and Nine- Colossal cities that float above the ground, following the path of Rhuban. Each city is topped with one of the Kaesint: Mile wide structures that resemble twisting, unstable versions of Rhuban itself. They emit a fierce, burning heat and light, but do not themselves seem to burn. They instead appear to be windows, rifts in the fabric of the universe itself. No one know where Rhuban came from. Even the wisest inhabitants are at a loss as to who created the Ninescore and Nine, the Kaesint, and Rhuban itself.