Life on earth, sadly, is not eternal. At least not in our dimension. Humans have debated what happens after death for as long as we have existed.

But what about in your world? Do the people of your world have afterlives? Tell us about the afterlives of your world in a geography, building, tradition, or ethnicity article.

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Man in hood smoke instead of face, afterlives

Photo by wild vibes

Do the people of your world know with certainty what will happen to them when they die? And what DOES happen?  What is the afterlife like? Does the living have a shrine where they can talk to the dead? Or do they come back on a specific day? Will the dead be able to watch after their descendants, or is there no connection between the living and the dead? Is it only the sapient creatures of your world that have afterlives, or do all of your creatures meet again in the afterlife?

Pick an ethnicity in your world and write about their afterlives. Either in their ethnicity article, in a building article with a building that is important for their afterlives, in a tradition article for the specific rituals that they have, or a geographical article for the place where they actually go to live out their afterlife. For inspiration, you can check out World Of Warcrafts four videos about the five levels of the afterlife in Azeroth. There is also an article on Wikipedia about several versions of our afterlives.


Endings are not always bad. Most times they’re just beginnings in disguise.
― Kim Harrison, Something Deadly This Way Comes

A wall of skulls, afterlives

Photo by Tom Delanoue

– First, you need a World Anvil account.

– Write about your afterlife in a geography, tradition, building, or ethnicity template article.

– Minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1500 words.

– One article per account, one person per account.

– The article needs to be public.

– Submit the article before the 7th of November, at 11:59PM GMT (the site time, look at the bottom of almost all pages of WorldAnvil.)

– Post a link to your article in a comment to this blog post. Do not fret if your post isn’t visible right away. I will have to approve of it before it shows and I will be doing that around twice a day.


I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
― Isaac Asimov

Dark photo with a painted face, afterlives

Photo by Joshua Rondeau

-The pride of having finished an article.

-Fun with friends, if you haven’t joined the discord do so and join in on the fun on the #challenge-discussion channel. (#sync-your-roles to see it)

-Janet and Dimitris will show off a couple of the entries on a stream over at the WorldAnvil Twitch channel when there is time. If you aren’t already following it jump on over there and give it a follow, that way you won’t miss out on any of the WorldAnvil streams.

-Some articles might even be featured on the site over on the community tab.



The dead are merely the countrymen of my future.
― Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing

WorldAnvil have challenges going all throughout the year! You can check them out over here;  Worldbuilding challenges on WorldAnvil in 2020.

Want more prompts? You can check out our other flash challenges! You can find our Pollinators challenge over here and why not look at the flash challenge we posted during October; Cheers!