Tough Travels- Major Discoveries


Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is MAJOR DISCOVERIES

While often the people of Fantasyland seem stuck in a time warp occasionally a major discovery can shock the land into changes.  Be they new lands, new peoples or new technologies fantasyland thrives on having something to jump start the next age.


I do enjoy a world changing discovery.  In Paul Kearney’s Monarchies of God series a whole new continent was found; along with the magic that came with it.  I have no idea where it is going but in The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin these crazy floating obelisks have been around forever but one character learns a bit about them that I am guessing will be world changing.

Gunpowder is a common way to shake things up.  It is just starting to make its appearance in The First Law by Abercrombie, though its first use isn’t all that impressive.  K.J. Parker though has a character use it to great affect in The Engineer Trilogy.

I thought about cheating and making a list of nothing but Sci-Fi but that would have blown up to crazy proportions.  Still, I absolutely have to add 2001 to my list.  With no details because you absolutely should know what new discovery changed the world within its pages.

Join us next week as we look at GNOMIC UTTERANCES

These are traditional and are set at the head of each section.  Culled from a mighty collection of wise sayings compiled by a sage some centuries before the Tour begins.  The Rule is that no Utterance has anything whatsoever to do with the section it precedes.

In other words… Those quotes that always start the chapter but rarely are connected to the plot.

If you have a topic you want to see us cover, or if you have an entry for next week’s post but don’t have your own blog to put it on, please head over to the main Tough Traveling page and fill out the form at the bottom.  For a list of upcoming topics just keep heading back to this post.

As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at any time, and please check out my fellow travelers!


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