Questions tagged [creature-design]

For questions regarding the viability of a life-form design. These questions should focus on biologically plausible creatures.

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What is the most plausible ancestor for tool-using, sentient, bipedal reptilians?

A classical trope of fantasy is lizardfolk, or a similar species by another name (see for instance the Argonians of Elder Scrolls fame). In general, though, we're dealing with: Bipedal, often ...
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Ideal Centaurs: A Torso and Four Legs

Centaurs. Half human, half equine. The idea's been bouncing around in my head for the past hour, so I'm going to ask it here: Would a centaur structurally make more sense if the torso was at the ...
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What's the plausibility of making a body part invisible?

I have a humanoid character with wings, made possible by a little fictional magic, but I'm trying to keep it as scientifically correct as I can. All right, so she has wings, but walking through busy ...
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Why everyone hates the undead? [closed]

After death some might turn into undead by different means of magic. when brough back to life as an undead gaining new sheer strength and magic powers is to be expected while things like sense of ...
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Can humanoids be reborn from a tree?

Details: A culture of dryads has a strange death tradition. When a dryad dies there's usually a medic, or better say a "shaman" that rips a strange looking organ or gland off their head. The gland, ...
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Anatomically Correct Typhon

Please avoid the obvious jokes. Now I know there are different versions of the Greek monster Typhon, so first I will try to describe its properties. Incredibly large roughly 50-100 feet tall, ...
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Could an intelligent race of seals craft tools effectively?

A while ago, I asked a bunch of questions about my alternate Earth timeline, which contains plausible fantasy creatures. One of the concepts I've devised more recently is a solution for mermaids (Most ...
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Anatomically Correct Cyclops

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the Cyclops. One of the most similar creatures to man but with 'one' noticeable difference, one eye. It seems that land animals love their two ...
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What impact would copper-based blood (haemocyanin) have on a humanoid creature?

Prompted by a question about the impact of dietary iron in elves (How would Fair Folk-type elves deal with dietary iron?), I wondered whether haemocyanin could be an alternative to haemoglobin in ...
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Anatomically correct multiarmed humanoids

Humanoids with more than 2 pairs of arms weren't an unknown concept in human culture. From ancient mythology, there are the hundred-armed Hekatoncheires (who have their own thread here) and six-armed ...
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Magivore - designing a magic 'eater'

Yes, magic means I can say 'make it so' and it is. But I see too many options and not sure which ones would make more sense. I'm picking one idea that I've never seen in a book. So a Magivore is ...
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What would be the evolutionary adaptations of a subterranean fantasy race? [closed]

In typical fantasy novels, the dwarf civilization lives within mountains and is known for mining. But if a race of sentient people really did live largely underground in mountains, what ...
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The ultimate organism! [closed]

So I've created this creature I'm calling the Shod, short for shadow of death. This creature lives in space and looks like a massive, black cloud. Inside the Shod, particles move at immense speeds, ...
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The pros and cons of a quadrupedal human over a bipedal one?

Assuming a human had 4 legs and could perfectly use them for walking(they are a bit like centaurs,who have the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse). Would they have any advantages over ...
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Can my giants and humans coexist? [closed]

See my earlier question for the Giants version ! How quickly the tide turns... In my world, Humans are a thing. These little people just appeared, I hope they can be friends with us, giants. ...
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How would a human like species be able to swallow body parts whole?

My fantasy species has the ability to swallow small to medium appendages whole. They're known for biting off and swallowing hands and feet. A snake like jaw could work but how would it still maintain ...
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Anatomically Correct Angels

As part II of anatomically correct myths here we have the Angel. Angels appear in many cultures and are most commonly seen as simply winged humans. Is there a realistic way that angels could evolve? ...
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How could a vampire pathogen operate in hard science fiction?

While the vampire is a monster of folklore, modern technothrillers (e.g. Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, Ultraviolet, Blade, Underworld, Daybreakers) have portrayed vampires as humans infected by a ...
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How do creatures with a hive mind communicate?

Suppose we have a civilisation which is made up of many creatures sharing a single hive mind. Each creature can see, hear and remember what each other member of the species (or possibly hive) has seen ...
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Comparative mythology and monster syncretism

Many mythologies across the world independently devised monsters with similar appearances and/or modus operandi. Many modern encyclopedias of mythological monsters often include cross references ...
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How could ghosts be explained without an afterlife?

I've always loved well-done ghosts. However, I've always hated the afterlife-speculation that they engender if used in a story. So I need a way to get ghosts without the fluffy spiritualistic bits. ...
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Can we use science to explain a creature that feeds on emotion?

This is a magic world question, and we certainly do not have anything on this planet which feeds on emotion. But if we did, I'm wondering how it might work with a look at science for something ...
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Anatomically Correct Humbaba

In ancient Mesopotamian mythology, Humbaba was an evil giant slain by the hero Gilgamesh in the famous Epic of Gilgamesh. In the epic, there was only one Humbaba, but for the purposes of this question ...
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Anatomically Correct Nuckelavee

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the Nuckelavee. Is there a realistic way that Nuckelavee could evolve? Using Earth or near-Earth biology, how close could I get to the classic ...
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The Dwarf--Let's Get Real, Shall We?

Believe it or not, the diminutive but rough dwarf is the closest of all the humanoids to be biologically realistic. How? Let's look up Homo neandertalensis, the stereotypical caveman, in comparison ...
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Can a troll hide withstand bullets?

The trolls in my story have a very thick and nigh impenetrable skin. In the time before guns, you would need a very sharp high-grade steel blade to breach the skin and, even then, after a few hits, ...
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How would a literal eye on the back of the head work?

So I've got a fantasy race of people with four arms. Their second pair is able to reach behind them like how our arms are able to reach in front of us, and so could work with things behind their backs ...
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Anatomically Correct Gods

This question may seem like an impossible challenge. What I'm talking about here is a biological explanation for limited (or, for bonus marks, unlimited) form shifting, immortality (at least in age) ...
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How plausible are my metal eating life forms and their impact on civilization?

This question is a continuation of two prior ones. How to render much of a world's metal unusable? What minerals and metals in particular were vital to the development of early civilization? The ...
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Anatomically Correct Inklings

I’m writing a Splatoon fanfic, and I was hoping to make it a bit more science-based than the minuscule information we’re provided in-game. The two primary features of Inklings are their ability to ...
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Would vampires survive on synthetic blood? [closed]

I’m writing a novella for a school competition. One of my other main characters is a vampire. I’ve found very good scientific explanations behind vampires and their mannerisms etc. But instead of ...
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How would pixie to human two way communication work?

Pixie, no bigger than a tennis ball, has coexisted along side human for as long as history can remember, note that the pixie were never treated as pet, however slavery and smuggling activities are on ...
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Anatomically Correct Tomte

The tomte is a creature from scandinavian mythology. It's pretty small, humanoid and has clothes and a beard. They live on farms and in houses where they help out with farmwork and other labour, ...
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How can I explain why my race has genders but can't reproduce?

I'm inventing a race for a roleplaying campaign, and I thought about making them live really long lives (or even be immune to ageing) and not be fertile, but I still want them to be male and female in ...
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Would elf-children be spoiled rotten? [closed]

I'm thinking of roughly Tolkien-style elves. Immortal, numinous, "better than you and we both know it so I won't mention it", and, most importantly, extremely infertile. Centuries go by without any ...
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Why would orcs have tusks?

Ever since Tolkien most, if not all, works of fiction including orcs portray them with tusks. Though this achieves the effect of portraying them as animalistic, what would the real world applications ...
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Anatomically Correct Satyrs

Satyrs are creatures from Greek mythology said to resemble a human with the ears, horns and lower half of a goat. They are known for throwing wild parties, heavily drinking and a fondness for music. ...
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Basic Biology of a Race of Rock People [closed]

Working on a race of rock people who live in a fantasy setting. Realistically, how would they obtain energy (do they need to eat? breath?) and how could they reproduce or perform other biological ...
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The practicalities of riding an antlered stag?

You have the wild hunt with demons, or faeries, riding antlered stags like horses. Any number of other stories based on that old tale, be it reindeer or creatures designed for fantasy world's. But ...
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Is there a such thing as a dragon people? [closed]

How about I try this question another way. If I were to make a people who were half Dragon and half Human, What would be some of their traits and characteristics, as in what are the traits and ...
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Tusks of a Cyclops

It has been said that one of the inspirations of the Cyclops of Greek mythology was from a skull of a dwarf elephant. Being twice the size of a human, people interpreted the nasal cavity (for the ...
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Speaking three sentences at the same time?

TL;DR - I want my angelic race to have the ability to speak in a way in which up to three sentences are communicated at the same time. (Assume English for the sake of simplicity. I want physiology ...
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Anatomically Correct Griffins

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the griffin. Is there a realistic way that griffins could evolve? Using Earth or near-Earth biology, how close could I get to the classic ...
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Ways other than sleep to restore cells/neurons

So I have a planet with multiple species on it. My planet is tidally locked. I know it is generally thought a tidally locked planet couldn't harbor life because of the extreme temperatures, but my ...
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Could an organism have several oxygen transport proteins?

Can an organism have several types of oxygen carriers in its blood? Note that I am not asking how the creature could have evolved, that is too much sci-fy, genetically engineering or Deus Ex Machina ...
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How viable is a creature that floats through the air like a living hot air balloon

My idea for a creature within my fantasy story is that of a creature which floats through the air like a living hot air balloon. It would do this through the intake, storage and regulation of gases ...
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Determining factor(s) for making creatures robust to square cubed law

Premise and research I am simply trying to find a reproducible framework for use with creature-design. In my research I have found the larger an animal is, the more likely that animal is to break its ...
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What would life around a hydrothermal vent on Europa be like?

Hydrothermal vents are thought to exist on Europa. On Earth, these vents are surrounded by all manner of freakish and bizarre looking creatures, mainly various worms, crabs and octopodes. Europa's ...
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What does my dragon sound like?

My dragon So to give a quick description, this is a 2 mile long, nuclear powered dragon of doom. I think I’ll going with a fission/fusion hybrid creature for this beast. Another piece of relevant ...
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Anatomically Correct Nanaue

The Nanaue (there is no wiki link) is a Hawaiian creature of myth. It is a shark with arms and legs. It can live in both the ocean and on the land. So how do I create the monstrosity that is, the land ...