I’m planning on writing an urban fantasy story featuring humans living alongside fantasy races since the time of early man. While there is some magic (which is treated with the same caution as nuclear energy or electricity, as in it naturally occurs in nature in small amounts, is utilized by sentient races for energy and personal use and can cause potential harm and destruction if not handled carefully), but other than that, it’s still mostly realistic (natural evolution and all that).
One of the races would be fairies, which I envision evolving from insects, being social and being relatively large compared to normal insects.
In the setting, there are at least three breeds of fairy:
- common fairies (which are related to bees and wasps)
- pixies (which are related to beetles)
- devil bugs (which are closer to flies)
All three have a generally humanoid shape, relatively human-like faces (I.e. a vertebrate style mouth), very limited amount of magic, and usually grow about as big as the larger insects like Goliath beetles and giant wetas (other than the fantasy elements, the world is still relatively the same as it is now, including climate and composition of the atmosphere). As for relations with other races, they’re usually considered pests, but are seen with a varying degree of endearment. The biggest issue I have is how to depict their intelligence. After all, even in a setting like this, anything evolved from an insect is going to have limitations on how develop. They do have social groups instead of the usual hive mind, but would it be more realistic to have them be to use simple tools or be more advanced than that. What would be the best way to make them realistic?