“Worldbuilding” also known as “Thinking up a totally fake place for your story to take place in” has become a fairly common aspect of fiction writing. It’s a thing.
There was no question–I knew I would have to invent some sort of original place for my creatures and my weirdo story to inhabit. I wanted my people (the Pangols) to be intelligent but primitive and practical perhaps to a fault. Therefor, I reasoned, their world should be a place that would not only reflect but actually facilitate and encourage these traits.
But what sort of place could that be…?