November 27, 2014
A world in which mastery of languages is the quickest way to gain influence, as nearly every country has its own language — and some languages even differ from kingdom to country.
November 26, 2014
A governor or king makes a law that music and poetry must be more honest. So instead of a face launching a thousand ships, the face could possibly make the ship move a little if shoved against it hard enough, beauty notwithstanding. Your protagonist is a poet who previously made a living off hyperbole, and now speaks his poems with other disgruntled artists in the poetic equivalent of the black market.
November 26, 2014
Once a year, people from all over the world take a day off of whatever wars are going on to play soccer with each other.
(I missed one. Two today.)
November 24, 2014
A parallel universe exists a year in the past of the current universe as a sort of backup in case anything happens to the current universe. Write about a time when something did happen to wipe out the first universe, and the sentient beings in the backup have to figure out what happened in the next year and solve the problem before it’s too late.
November 23, 2014
Luck is directly tied to piety. The more pious an individual is, the more likely they are to catch lucky breaks, be in the right place at the right time, and score one-in-a-million shots at whatever.
November 22, 2014
In battle, warriors use trading cards to battle each other with giant holographic dragons and monsters. No one actually knows how to fight hand-to-hand.
November 21, 2014
Two clans at war unknowingly hire the same assassin to help them win.
November 20, 2014
A world whose inhabitants build the world as they see fit, using nothing but a pen and paper, and lots of concise, descriptive language. This language translates into some form of magic, which in turn alters the state of the world.
November 19, 2014
Each object in the world passively emits a musical note at set intervals. Different locations and ecosystems will have their own background music made by these musical objects. Man-made objects have these properties as well, based on what they were made of.
November 18, 2014
In a nation where two factions really hate each other, a well-intentioned hero decides to stop the fighting and creates a third faction dedicated to restoring peace.
Now three factions really hate each other.