Before doing a deep-dive into the West Wood storyworld, I'd like to take a few minutes to present an overview of the world's premise.
A storyworld's premise has four aspects:
Every story has a setting. Every storyworld needs to have one too. This includes not only the standard "time and place" that we learned about in English class, but genre as well.
The West Wood is in the "fantasy western" genre. Specifically, it's a fantasy world (Elves! Magic! Fairies!) with western tropes and trappings (Gunslingers! Boom towns! Wide brimmed hats!) artistically woven into it.
Geographically, the storyworld's focus is on the lawless and sparsely-populated "frontier" between the Deep Forest to the west and the Kingdoms of Man to the east. There are open spaces here sufficient for farming, but the woods are always close at hand.
Stories are about characters. Every storyworld has its own types of characters, all bursting with story potential.
The West Wood includes all the standard western character types--homesteaders, sheriffs, bandits, industrial barons, gunslingers--along with the classic fairy-tale fantasy folks--knights, witches, farmers, princess, and the like.
What's more, all the major fantasy races are accounted for:
Coming up Next! We'll be talking about conflict, tone, and Neil Gaiman!