Now that you have a rough idea of what your island looks like, let’s add some more biome and terrain elements to flush out the interior landscape. If you haven’t already been thinking of it, consider what the main climate of your island is like. Is this a tropical paradise, a cold and barren strip of land, or something in-between?
Below is another table that will provide you some ideas for elements to include. Begin by using the table Element Type dropdown menu to select Areas. Mark on your island where a few of these locations may be. Obviously these are only a tiny fraction of the elements you could include in your fictional island, so don’t feel restricted. These are just to give you some ideas. If you need to alter your coastline, that’s entirely fine. Worldbuilding is a dynamic process and often elements change drastically over time.
|Airstrip||A short runway for small aircraft||Buildings|
|Bridge||Spanning what areas?||Buildings|
|Castle||Who lives here?||Buildings|
|Cliffs||How high are these bluffs?||Areas|
|Crypt||Who is buried here?||Buildings|
|Docks||An area for boats to moor||Buildings|
|Prison||Who is imprisoned?||Buildings|
|Resort||How popular is this place?||Buildings|
|River||Where does it originate?||Areas|
|Ruins||Of what kind of structure and why is it in this state?||Buildings|
|Sand Beach||What color is the sand?||Areas|
|Sea Caves||How extensive are the caverns?||Areas|
|Temple||To what religion or creed?||Buildings|
|Town||How many people live here?||Buildings|
|Volcano||Dormant, extinct, or active?||Areas|
|Woods||An area of many trees||Areas|
Other Atlas has a variety of tables (much more exhaustive than what is listed above) that will help you discover or think of new ideas to add to your world. You will find these throughout the website. However, it is up to you as a worldbuilder to decide what belongs in your world and what does not.
Geological features are not the only elements you may wish to include on your island. Afterall, your island may not be uninhabited. On the above table now select Buildings. The table will now list a small number of buildings you may wish to include. For the purposes of this tutorial the number of options has been kept low. If you think of something not listed and want to include it, do so!
Again, you may wish to change the appearance of your island as a clearer picture of it manifests.