Organization Relationships - The Art of World Building
Jul 272020
 
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Whether individuals, species, kingdoms, or other groups, the organization we’re inventing will have friends and enemies. We might need to draft several groups before deciding their relationships, but whenever we’re deciding what they support, think of who that might upset into forming an opposition group. Sometimes one group will indeed inspire another’s formation and, if the second destroys the first, it may no longer have a reason for being unless it has found more purpose elsewhere. Creating multiple reasons for a group’s continued existence is wise as organizations have more usefulness to us and seem more well-rounded than focusing on the destruction of another group.

An organization with more than one purpose can result in multiple friends and enemies. At times, a hostile group might even become an ally, which makes for dynamic settings. Doing this requires having a clear understanding of the group’s goals, passions, and beliefs. A list of gripes about the misdeed of others, and actions to right those wrongs, or uphold positive ideas, will suggest people who oppose or support them. Do they thwart or respect authority of nations and other groups? What does the average person in their region think of them? Other regions? Are they a symbol of something? Are they feared or respected? Much of this is about their history.

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