|Projects About Theonosis|
|Collabor: A role-playing game in which you can play a Deity|
|Library of Lathandrus: Describe the people, places, races, languages or other elements of Theonosis|
|Authorship: Write a novel, short story or poem set in Theonosis|
|Project proposals: Work on tabletop role-playing, video games, board or card games, or other purposes for Theonosis|
This page is to coordinate authorship in Theonosis.
What can I write?
Any story that fits into the fantasy genre can be set somewhere in Theonosis (that's "fantasy" meaning the genre with pre-modern technology, magic, and elves and dwarves, though you can place a magic-free, human-only story within Theonosis as well; not "fantasy" meaning "urban fantasy" or other genres with fantastic elements). You don't have to worry about it beyond that. If you want, you can always choose a specific part of the world and place your story into a wider context later, but you do not have to. This is a collaborative website, so we generally assume you want to collaborate on developing a setting with other people, even though you are free to do otherwise. You can see some areas that people have begun working on, at list of settings. For more information on making a new Setting, see Theonosis:Geography.
A Derived Work is any OSL-licensed creative work set in the world of Theonosis. This website is an example of a Derived Work. The rest of this page is written with the assumption that you want to write a novel as a Derived Work, but the same rules apply to a movie or any other creative work. The following is a brief introduction to one of the more intricate areas of the Open Setting License; please review the actual text of the license for Theonosis:Open Setting License (OSL) for more information.
- Note: "Open Setting Content" is anything copyrightable that is required to use the same setting as you. For example, the name of a town or a person qualify because someone wanting to use the same setting in their own novel might need to use the same town or person name. The exact text of your novel, however, would not generally be "Open Setting Content" because your novel is not a part of its own fictional universe.
- You may use any place, person, god, object or other entity described on this webpage or in any other OSL-licensed work.
- You may refer to or describe events first described in a different OSL-licensed work.
- You may not market your Derived Work as a sequel to or compatible with any other Derived Work without the permission of the author of that Derived Work. You may include characters, places, events and other elements from a different Derived Work without the permission of the author. This means your work can function like a sequel or prequel, you just may not call it that. You may use the title of other works in plainly factual ways in marketing your own, for example, "features the same characters as 'Voyage to Crikburg'" or "follows the events of 'Voyage to Crikburg'".
- You retain rights to your Derived Work. However, you must release your Derived Work under the Open Setting License; this license applies only to elements of a setting. Thus, by releasing your novel under the OSL, you retain rights to the novel itself but allow others to use any setting element in their own Derived Works.
- You do not have to give credit to the original author of any bit of Open Setting Content. However, you may not false claim credit for others' creations. You may give credit to "Theonosis" collectively.
- If your Derivative Work is a part of the setting of Theonosis, in whole or in part, you must release it as Open Setting Content. For example, if you write a novel that includes the words to a common prayer to your Deity, you can not restrict others in their use of the same prayer in different works. In this instance, the prayer itself is a part of the setting, and therefore must be free. If you write a novel in which a character speaks a love poem to his wife, you can retain the rights to the love poem because it is a feature of your novel without being a feature of the setting.
- You may not use any "Open Setting Content" in a trademark, such as the title of a novel or the name of a company. Note that while the title Crikburg is problematic because you can't enforce a trademark against other licensees, Voyage to Crikburg is fine.
See Theonosis:Future, or feel free to propose other ways to collaborate.
- The Orphan Chronicles is a series. The first book in the series, Solitudes and Silence, has been published.
You may create a new series if you like, just create a page in the Theonosis namespace and link to it from here (e.g. Theonosis:SERIESNAME).
Authors and illustrators: Theonosis is looking for publishable work. See Theonosis:Theonosis Publishing for more details.