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Never thought about this topic in any seriousness before..

1. Something as a mix between Maoyu/ Gargantia on the verdurous planet, but either would be my favorite.
Coming from a highly advanced war- like society and being stranded on the precursor to modern humanity/ Helping two worlds at war behind the scenes, making sure they are stable once the dependency on war is over. Also, a red headed woman with big moo moos missing me while I'm away. Love it.

2. Lordran/ Drangleic. I like the OP's #3. "Picking through the bones of something beautiful".
Besides the beauty, I love the idea of exploring ancient temples/ caves looking for evils to expunge. PRAISE THE SUN.

3. Wind Waker all the way.
Besides having to track down that merchant and ram him for scary pears, I'm into the idea of inter- humanoid species getting along. That and LOOT. LOOT EVERYWHERE and UBER GEAR. I bet I'd be the only guy in the treehouse who can lift a giant boulder AND wave my stick to make the wind change.
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Wonderland.
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there is a lack of a dungeon with various chains and pleasureful..painful insruments
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The Game of Thrones universe.
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I really liked the setting of Hitsugi no Chaika - so much so that it was my favorite part of the series.
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Sword Art Online, after you got trapped in the game.

Just love the idea of being able to start your life over in a new and foreign world. You can be at the front, exploring and fighting your way through this new world. Or you can help build a new society in the safety of the towns.

Wouldn't mind saying goodbye to everyone I know in order to become a pioneer in this new universe.
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Most JRPGs have pretty fantastic universes.

I like old Japan with all the supernatural creatures, gods, shrines, curses, and superstitious beliefs. The Okami universe is probably my favorite of this type.

The Diablo universe is also pretty cool. Diablo 3 as a game was somewhat poorly executed, although RoS has been helping to change this impression for me. The world of Sanctuary is quite exciting.
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From the writer Anne McCaffey;

Pern, Dragon riders of Pern
Peetaybee (the huge talking cats sound so appealing)
Botany, Catteni sequence

From Ann Bishop's Black Jewels series, Kaeleer
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Middle Earth and Azeroth.. Well, Outlands too. I loved Outlands.

Would Pern count? 'Cause I would assume that's more Sci-Fi than Fantasy.
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vanguard1234523 wrote:

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.


You said it best, OP :)


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Skyrim
Final Fantasy 13


Well, this, too.
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The Kingdom Hearts universe has always been one of my favorites. I really like the idea that each world is its own little piece of space, versus being a full, connected planet with differing settings. There are obvious downsides, of course, but I've been intrigued by that setup since I was 12. I'd kill to be able to see The World That Never Was firsthand, too. Just give me the Oblivion Key, Riku's Soul Eater, or the Ultima Weapon and I am good to go.

Pandora Hearts is another one of my favorites, with all of its allusions to Alice in Wonderland. Some are obvious, but others require a bit of thinking. Absolutely nothing about this series is what it seems to be, which is why it is one of my favorite manga stories ever. The whole Chain concept is pretty neat, too. I wouldn't want to wind up like Oz did, though!
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America
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The Discworld of Terry Pratchett from which you may gain a humoro(u)s window of insight and recognition into the issues within our own.
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LOTR

Star Wars

Skyrim

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