Creating food systems in a fantasy world.
Alfheim is one of Nine Realms, but until Sir Thomas arrived, humans hadn’t stepped foot onto the world. This made it a bit difficult to weave in foods, plants, and other items we were familiar with, but with a love for food, I came up with some interesting creations beyond bread and water.
There’s no right or wrong way to create food in fantasy. Any writer can blend multiple worlds, create from scratch, or root into the world we know. Food, plant life, and animals can add another layer of depth to fantasy. Characters need to eat and sustain their lives.
Of course, I didn’t fill the book with tasty fare, and it shouldn’t take the place of an actual plot. Overall, there’s no need to cover every meal. However, food and foliage creates the world and centers the reader. It gives us pause to delve into the world and build character. After a long battle, one might need to slow pace and unwind. These opportunities are often overlooked as the curtain falls, breaking the scene.
Here’s an example:
I made a fire and went to sleep, hoping tomorrow brought a new adventure.
By weaving in food and the act of preparing and creating food, we paint a brighter picture of the world and the character. Read this example for comparison:
I stacked wood upon the fire, making sure enough logs and kindling were nearby. The night promised plenty of icy wind, and my weary bones required extra warmth. Snow remained abundant, and I gathered a heap into my traveler’s pot. As it boiled over the fire, I retrieved some dried elkson and pungent herbs from my rations pouch.