forum Important man-made landmarks in your world
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@Yamatsu Earthbender

A landmark would count as something like a statue or a fountain, correct? If so, then I've got nothing at the moment.

@personfullofplotholes language

I know this thread is a bit old but I've been hoping so much to talk about this because it's not my strong suit in the slightest! So far all I've got are some classic things (fantasy world, more or less like any other medieval fantasy world in terms of tech/society) like a ghost town that's a landmark on a trail through the forest, the ruins of an old castle (except they're in the middle of a city), a windmill known for its hospitality, a grand temple, some Navy docks from an old war, a fountain celebrating a town's achievements…
I dunno, I feel like they're kind of basic? Landmarks and locations in general aren't my thing, but I know landmarks are a good way to tell a lot about the history or aesthetic of a place in a single image, so I figure I ought to get better at them.

@Yamatsu Earthbender

In terms of your actual locations, sure they've been done before, but what HASN'T been done before is your interpretation of them. You create the lore surrounding these landmarks and no one will care if they've seen castle ruins a thousand times before, they'll care about the tragic story of a greedy noble getting in the way of two lovers during a revolution or something like that.

@Yamatsu Earthbender

Skyscrapers, old military bases, power plants, statues commemorating our modern people like former presidents or CEOs, etc.

@personfullofplotholes language

Yamatsu thanks! I guess that's something I hadn't considered; I'm sort of the opposite (get bored when I see/hear about too many similar landmarks) so I hadn't realized most people probably come at it from the angle of the story/lore than the thing itself.

@Young-Dusty-the-Monarch-of-Dusteria group

My story's dystopian, so I have lots of man-made landmarks that are relics of the pre-dystopian culture. For example, there's this one village that was built on the ruins of a town that got burned down. The only original building that survived was a Denny's restaurant. The sign got damaged and people forgot the original purpose of the building, so they made it their town hall and called the new village Den Ys. They're very proud of the legends surrounding the restaurant, and they even give guided tours to travelers who pass through. ^^