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List any number of your favorite fantasy settings in fiction, preferably with a brief description as to why you like them. Can be from any medium, though you should list what franchise each world comes from:

As for mine, in no particular order.

1. Middle-Earth/Arda - The Lord of the Rings -Mostly this should go without saying. It's the progenitor of High Fantasy and many other settings owe their entire existence to the concepts Tolkien established. Tolkien was a master at this stuff and his setting's entire existence is reflective of that. It was born from one man's love and intimate knowledge of old norse/anglo saxon sagas and culture. Many things have followed in it's footsteps but none have been able to match it.

2. Hyrule - The Legend of Zelda -a bit of a simple one but in part that's why I think it works so well. Zelda is unique in that it's not super-influenced by Tolkien like so many other fantasy settings. Rather it feels more like a child stepping out into a vast and magical new world. The setting is charming and colorful and no matter what era or condition we find Hyrule and the surrounding lands in they never fail to exude a sense of adventure and joy.

3. Lordran/Drangleic - Dark Souls-From Software makes precisely one type of world. it is a world dying but not quite dead yet, where all the great heroes and kings have dwindled away into husks. The sun may be failing, kingdoms will always be crumbling, and entropy eats through the corpse of a world that remains. It is a unique form of bleak and dark that really sets itself apart from many other dark fantasy settings like Westeros (though I do like Westeros). No politics or grim strife. The lands you walk were once brimming with noble heroes, only their time has come and gone. The locales are often twisted and warped, filled with unimaginable, horrific monstrosities, and the land itself is just as readily diseased and malformed. But for all of that there's an air of austere majesty in the crumbling world that surrounds you. You always feel like you are picking through the bones of something beautiful, an air of tragedy and melancholy pervades your every step through this world of fading fires.
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Places with cool tech, guns, lightsabers, cool cars, etc.
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It's gotta be Hyrule, no matter what point in time the world itself is just full of adventure. But if I had to chose one...

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Middle Earth forever.
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Nothing will ever beat the possibilities of outer space
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3. Lordran/Drangleic - Dark Souls-From Software makes precisely one type of world. it is a world dying but not quite dead yet, where all the great heroes and kings have dwindled away into husks. The sun may be failing, kingdoms will always be crumbling, and entropy eats through the corpse of a world that remains. It is a unique form of bleak and dark that really sets itself apart from many other dark fantasy settings like Westeros (though I do like Westeros). No politics or grim strife. The lands you walk were once brimming with noble heroes, only their time has come and gone. The locales are often twisted and warped, filled with unimaginable, horrific monstrosities, and the land itself is just as readily diseased and malformed. But for all of that there's an air of austere majesty in the crumbling world that surrounds you. You always feel like you are picking through the bones of something beautiful, an air of tragedy and melancholy pervades your every step through this world of fading fires.


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Skyrim. I could happily stay there forever if only they would build dragon proof buildings.
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1. World of Warcraft
2. The Elder Scrolls
3. Middle Earth
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Off the top off my mind...

1. Deus Ex (Everything)
2. Neotokyo
3. Pokemon

I'm not even sure if these are the "direction" of the topic.
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Skyrim
Final Fantasy 13
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Deus ex (mostly human revolution) and plenty more i cant think right now, because im bit tired i guess
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In no particular order.

1. The Wonderful World of Oz - It's been my favorite since childhood. Munchkins, Flying monkeys, patchwork girls, talking trees...greatness.

2. Wonderland - so trippy, so fun (right up there with the World of Dr. Seuss

3. The DC Universe - DC Comics fan all my life. I especially love the depth of lineage in character history. How each costume has a history with numerous wearers dating back to the Golden or Silver Ages.

4. The City of Sanctuary (Thieves' World) - another longtime favorite. I loved the book series enough to do numerous book reports on it and got my teacher reading it .Tempus (The Hellhound/City Guard Captain), Shadowspawn (Hanse, the Assasin/lost waif who grew up in the city), Jubal (The Gladiator Champion of the Arena) all made for great stories.

5.The World of Two Moons - Elfquest stole my heart right after my Dad died. It dragged me in and never let me go. I especially loved how Wendy and Richard Pini not only made the elf/human conflict the centerpiece of the story. The bigotries and prejudices of different "races" of elves delivered very human-like qualities.

6. Jeff Smith's Boneville (Bone) - a laugh a minute. Cuteness meets high adventure...a perfect match. The Great Cow Race, Grandma Ben, the Stupid. Stupid Rat Creatures and Quiche all made for great fun.

7. Liberty Meadows - a zoo/preserve with anthropomorphic animals that behave like humans. Another laugh a minute.
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Middle Earth-That place is just timeless.

Miscatonic State University-So I can do research on the Old Ones and meet Cthulhu and Yog Sothoth.

The Hyborian Lands-Fight all kinds of strange and ancient monsters and get the hot well endowned girl of course, provided that she's not an evil sorceress.

Wonderland-Have an unbirthday party every day and meet all kinds of new friends. Weird friends that is.

Westeros-Hang out with that dragon lady and reject every wedding invitation I get, lol!

Pern-Because dragons are cool.

The Land-Just as long as Lord Foul isn't trying to ruin my vacation there.

Skull Island-Hey, lets look for some monkeys, lol!

The Lifestream-So Aerith can give my sisters tips on how to start a flower garden. And give alternate ways to stop meteors without having to use missiles.

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A mixture of a futuristic and fairy tail like environment. Where supernatural exist.
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The Bible
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