The Stranded World
If you’re new to my settings, you may be wondering what this Stranded World is all about. 

So here are a couple worldbuilding reposts talking about the magic of the Stranded world!  

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February 11, 2013

Magic in Stranded World

The Stranded World setting is named for the way the practitioners of magic there see their world (its working title was “Spaghetti Squash World.”)

In this world, people who have the talent and skill can see – and more rarely manipulate – the strands of matter and energy that connect everything in the world, and everyone.

Some people can directly alter the flow of the Strands (or, in very rare and heretical cases, sever those strands.  Others work through some sort of focus.

All but a very few, very powerful strand-workers are specialized.  Examples of specialization include:

  • Strand-smoothing (Order-creating) – these strand-manipulators pull tangles smooth, making problems work themselves out and creating calm. Winter.
  • Tanglers (Chaos-creating) – trickers incarnate, these strand-manipulators defy expectations and shatter stagnation. Spring
  • Connection-tracers – these sighters of the Strands do very little manipulation, but their vision and comprehension of the connecting strands is highly honed. Autumn. Spring’s Star-Mapper boyfriend.

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January 24, 2012

Strand-Workers and Strand-Working Organizations

by Ernesta Roundtree

It has been said – indeed, it was the way I was taught, and my late husband as well – that Strand-weaving is by nature a solitary occupation, and that those who can see and twist the Strands of life and existence do so on their own.

And, of course, there are many walks of life for which this is true, and many who can see or move Strands who spend their entire life doing so alone: if they are lucky, they are taught, and if they are wise, they teach another, but the time in between is spent alone, working small, single-person effects, having small and often selfish results.

But there is nothing inherently isolationist about the craft itself, and, while the organizations that exist today are nothing compared to the great Leagues and lodges, those that exist do great good (or, in some sad cases, great evil) within their spheres.

I will say nothing about the Order of the Linked Circles except that they exist, that that is not the name that they call themselves, and that they are very secretive. One of my children has met one person who claims to be of this Order, but I myself never have.

The Team I belonged to in my youth, with my husband, was a smaller, and, I believe, more informal, certainly less secretive group, closer to a motorcycle gang that happened to twist Strands than anything formal. We had, however, and still do have, an alliance with the Collegium Filorum, which is a small but world-wide organization.

The Collegium has three major missions:
1) To connect new Strand-weavers with teachers, so that they can not only learn best practices but share innovations.
2) To provide a network of weavers, so that, when an emergency occurs, a single weaver will know where to turn for help
and, in some people’s eyes most important,
3) To look for those who would cut the Strands, and stop them.

As far as I am aware, the Collegium is the only world-spanning organization of Strand-weavers still in existence, although small groups still exist, like our Team, around the world.

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And from a Trivia Tuesday

June 4, 2013 

kelkyag: What happens when strands are cut? How can something — or someone — be physically present, but not have any relationship/interaction with other things that are physically present? Wouldn’t they at least start … whatever the process is by which strands relating things come into being? What’s the … lifespan, for lack of a better word … of a strand? How do strands come into existence, and how do they end?

aldersprig: Good question! When strands are cut, all extant connections that those strands represent – vanish. Obviously, they don’t disconnect from the actual planet (some strands can’t be cut) but they lose touch with anything else they felt any tie towards. They do begin rebuilding ties, but having-no-ties is a bit of a handicap to doing so; there’s nothing there to show you how the paths should look.
What’s the … lifespan, for lack of a better word … of a strand? How do strands come into existence, and how do they end? Strands have an unknown and possibly unknowable lifespan. A strand comes into existence as a connection forms – “I love this teddy bear.” “I really don’t like you.” “I’m really excited about model trains.” It can slowly taper off over time, thinning out, or it can be cut