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“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”

                                                                         —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
crédit photo: Nico Piotto

Worldbuilding Questions: Towns and Cities

After rambling on worldbuiliding, I did a little list of question (some kindly provided by @gaslightwestern), which I’m going to answer for myself now… Maybe it’ll help you as well, so I thought I’d share! 

General information

  • How large is it? (Number of inhabitants, but also in comparison to other places)
  • How important is the city for the country?
  • How is the ethnic mix in the city? Does it differ from the rest of the country?
  • Is the city of political importance (government seat)?
  • How’s the criminality rate in the city? Anything peaking in particular?
  • Who rules the city? Are the rulers accepted by the townspeople?
  • What’s it like to walk around in the day? At night?
  • What sights, sounds, and smells fill the air?

History

  • How old is the city?
  • What historical events are the townspeople proud of?
  • Are there any myths about the city’s foundation? Any “fathers” or “mothers” of the city?
  • Has it ever been destroyed and rebuild? Dramatically Besieged?
  • Are there important sons and daughters of the city? Who do they praise the most?
  • Which traditions do they follow?
  • Which buildings (or city quarters) are historical?

Geography

  • Are there any rivers, waterways or shorelines?
  • How easily can the city be accessed?
  • Is the city built on hills/mountains? Notable slopes throughout the city?
  • Are there any other cities nearby? How does the city interact with its surroundings?
  • How do the inhabitants get food and water?
  • How does nature influence the city? (Climate, tides, natural disasters, …)

Urban Structure

  • Is the city planned or has it grown naturally? Is there any political influence on how the city expands?
  • How is the city laid out?
  • Is there one (or several) city centers? Does it match the historic old town (if any)?
  • What are the houses like for the various classes?
  • Is there a sewer system? Garbage collection?
  • Are there parks? Is is a “green” city?
  • How do the inhabitants deal with their dead? Are there funeral sites?
  • Are they any “dangerous” parts of the city?
  • Are there distinguished city quarters for living (suburbia)?
  • How are the means of communication? (Pneumatic tube system? Official Mail service?)
  • How is media in the city? Are there local newspapers or radio stations?
  • How is the medical care system? Are there hospitals?
  • How is public transport organized?

Food

  • What does an average person’s diet consist of?
  • Are there regional specialties?
  • Are there restaurants?

Economy

  • Are there any important industries settled in the city?
  • Is the city rich? How do they make money?
  • Which are the most important businesses / companies? Anything of national importance?
  • Is there agriculture?
  • What would the average inhabitant do for a living?

Military

  • Is there military stationed in the city?
  • Is the city of strategic importance?
  • Are there city walls?

Education

  • Is there public education? Are there any notable schools or academies situated in the city?

Landmarks

  • Are there any notable landmarks? (Be they natural or man-made)?
  • What would most likely be printed on a postcard send from here?

Religion 

  • Is there any religious significance to the city? Is it on pilgrimage routes? 
  • Are there important religious buildings? 
  • Which religions are predominant? Does it differ from the rest of the country?
  • Are the inhabitants pious?
  • Are there important religious holidays? How are they celebrated?
  • How would the religious routine of a citizen look like?

Sports and Leisure

  • Are there stadiums of any kind?
  • Is there something like a local sports tradition?
  • What would a typical inhabitant do for a fun night out?
  • Are there important cultural buildings? Is there an opera or a theater?
  • How is prostitution handled in this city? Is there a red light district?