Questions tagged [fantasy-races]

For questions relating to peoples or sentient beings that are often found in the fantasy subgenre of fiction, such as elves, dwarves, etc. This can be about their physical characteristics, their societies, or something completely different.

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How would a horse-like animal fly using artificially engineered wings?

This animal is built similar to a earth horse. The bone structure is more like a deer or gazelle then a horse. The artificial wings were made by the people in my fantasy world, and they're more like a ...
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How would a race of horizontal lizard men fight, and how would humans fight them?

This question is inspired by the video essay series "Fantasy Re-Armed" by Shadiversity on YouTube, where Shad explores typical fantasy races and what weapons they and their opponents ought ...
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How can human and orcish tribes cooexist on the steppe?

In my world the south of the mountains is the crumbling empire, here orcs where driven out long ago, apart from a few mercenary bands and such. North of the mountain is the steppe, this grasland is ...
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Why do orcs have relatively longer period of immaturity?

Description of orcs: Adult healthy male looks like a wild boar walking on two legs towering at 4m tall and weights almost a metric tonne, average lifespan 150-175 years. Diet: Similar to a pig. Hobby: ...
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How would you differentiate between “humanoid” species and animal-like species in terms of names? [closed]

Basically I have multiple humanoid species (like elves, dwarves, etc) that are totally made up, and I also have animal species, like cats and dogs animals. Is there something I could call all my ...
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What kind of culture would an undead nation develop? [closed]

Imagine a high fantasy world where some powerful necromancy was developed. After a massive war, a few liches began raising undead from the bodies and souls of the fallen warriors using a lengthy ...
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How to explain high collar cloak's ability to withstand daylight when vampire undergoes transformation from bat's form?

The following is extracted from an account of a man proclaimed to be the last surviving member of the Hellsing clan which is so secretive that it buffers the Illuminati till today regarding their ...
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Keeping oral tradition accurate, and preventing language divergence, how long will it last? [duplicate]

So, this is the set up. Communities of wood elves spread out over a large area (think half a continent), with each community having several hundred to several thousand individuals. Communities are so ...
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could my Lizardfolk exist? [closed]

In a world I’m designing, a group of crocodile convergently evolved sapience becoming Lizardfolk. These are not D&D Lizardfolk, but something else. some basic characteristics of these Lizardfolk ...
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How would a species descended from dipterans become eusocial?

I am writing a script about a post-apocalyptic Earth. Technically, humans and many other sentient species survived, but almost all bee species are extinct. But mosquitoes survived and became the most ...
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How does a species with heat cycles deal with over population?

I'm at the very early world building for a potential story where I have a sort of humanoid feline species that I need to have been known as expansionist and/or war-like in the past but not be ...
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Can A Fast-Twitch-Muscled Humanoid Species Still Have Sentient Levels Of Intelligence?

I'm working on some biologically realistic interpretations of fantasy creatures, such as Orcs and Ogres. They're signature superhuman strength has been given a scientifically realistic reasoning to it:...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to a group of hominids with larger females than males? [duplicate]

races comprised almost entirely of females are a staple of many works of fantasy with the Greek amazons being the most well known. What I want to know is What evolutionary pressures would lead to ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to solitary hominids?

Solitary humanoids aren't uncommon in works of fantasy/cryptozoology with Bigfoot coming to mind. What I want to know is What evolutionary pressures would lead to solitary humanoids? Some ...
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What weapons would be used to kill giants by a viking era civilization?

(Vaguely related to What kind of equipment would a giant slayer use, but different premise enough) In a somewhat Northern-mythology inspired setting, "viking" villages and cities huddle in fjords, ...
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Could a human-spider hybrid develop by both human and spider embryogenesis?

The hybrid is a giant spider with a human-like closed circulatory system, calcified bones, a complete muscular system attached only to the bones, growing skin, kidneys, efficient lungs where the ...
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Name of scientists that study sapient life

In a fantasy world I'm creating, one of the characters biologist who studies the other intelligent beings. Originally, I was going to name them a Xeno biologist. But that would implies that other ...
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Humans In A Fantasy World [closed]

I am currently building a fantasy world that contains humans inside of it, but the problem I currently face or wonder about is what physical differences there might be in my world compared to the ones ...
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How can tengu avoid being conquered?

So, I decided to replace elves with tengu, a race of six-limbed humanoid birds. Firstly, because I'm tired of seeing Legolas everywhere. Second is that compared to a bog-standard human-elf romantic ...
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How to found a new independent city-state in a medieval setting?

This is for a future D&D campaign I’ll be DMing. I want to know how a rich and charismatic leader might create his own settlement and eventually turn it into a prosperous city-state. The world is ...
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Medieval military logistics with cannibalism and anthropophagy

General Urk is commanding an army of orcs in a pseudo-medieval low-magic fantasy world. Orcs are basically like humans in terms of smarts and toughness and equipment, but with one key difference: ...
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Is the existence of vertically shaped pupils, with a hawk eyesight, biologically possible?

The eyes with vertical pupils of small cats and some reptiles are very good at seeing better in the dark and avoiding being blinded thanks to their ability to regulate the amount of light that enters ...
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toilet for mermaid?

I want to know what kind of toilet design for mermaid is, considering they live surrounded by water and they poop through the anus (or whatever the organs name is) that located in the front rather ...
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How do different color eyes affect eyesight?

To put it simply. How would the color an eye affect what one could see? I ask this due to watching some of an anime called, "Somali and the Forest Spirit" If I remember correctly in episode 2 the ...
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Could a centaur eat something that is poisonous to humans but not horses?

I know theoretically the human stomach is above the centaur's stomach so the obvious answer would be no. But seeing as centaurs aren't real and we don't know what their internal biolody would look ...
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Anatomically Correct Shrek [closed]

This is a shrekmission for the Anatomically Correct Shrekis you know him, you love him, you probably warship him it's Shrek (more specifically the ogres from Shrok)! Based on all the available data ...
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what race would potetially have a telekenetic ability? [closed]

I'm creating a roleplay character and really want it to be a female with telekenesis. But what race would fit having that ability? I thought maybe witch, but are there any other races that might be ...
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How do you explain a “brooder” sex evolutionarily?

I've seen several people independently come up with the idea of three or more sexes where one sex is responsible for brooding the young (pregnancy, pouch, feeding, something along those lines) but ...
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What's a possible justification for Giants not taking over the world?

An extension to another question about Why would humans be the dominant species? In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to why ...
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How practical would war boars be?

along with horses Orcs have also bred giant Boars which they ride it battle. these war boars have been bred to be the size of Entelodont with larger tusks and I was wondering in what field might ...
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How would a species be unable to produce steel?

The antagonist of my story trades steel with a non-human, and non-humanoid, race, in return for a magical substance. They place great value in steel as they cannot manufacture it themselves. That is, ...
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What might be an effective mode of transportation for Giants?

In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what might be an effective mode of transportation for 10 foot tall Giants with Ancient ...
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Giant size variations

In the world I am building, I want some of the giants to be a good bit bigger than other giants but the smaller ones to still be giant to the average human and the bigger ones to not be too big. How ...
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Civlization with no domestication

Let's have your typical fantasy world, with many races. During searching what I could do to make humans a little special, someone give me idea of letting them to be only race that have ability to ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Halflings? [duplicate]

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups Goblins and Halflings. Now Halflings are an odd little bunch and I was wondering what evolutionary pressures would lead to them? some ...
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What environment would Orcs be best adapted for?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? so basic characteristics of my ...
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What environment would Giants be best adapted for?

In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what sort of environment (on earth) would best suit them? some basic characteristics of ...
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Should languages ​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage?

Should languages ​​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage? I guess they should be similar for example in phonetics or in some other ...
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How to make humans less boring [closed]

We all know how typically different species are portrayed in fantasy. Elves are frail, dexterous, magical, sophisticated; orcs strong, brutal, barbaric; dwarfs hard, sturdy, drink a lot and so on and ...
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Best Military Use of an Aye-Aye like Humanoid?

In my setting there is a race of vaguely humanoid creatures that are related to the aye-aye lemur and accordingly posses many strange features such as: •Large ears and extremely good hearing far ...
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Best Military Use of Mercenary Giant Ape Men?

In my setting there is a race descended from Gigantopithecus blacki. These creatures retain much of their ancestors physical features, such as: •An impressive height of 2.75 meters (9 feet in freedom ...
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Anatomically Correct Vanara

Apart of the Anatomically Correct Series Vanara The Vanara is a group of people who lives in the forest in the Hindu epic "Ramayana." In there, it describes them as human-like, with reference to ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Elves?

In my story Elves, Humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into Elves? ...
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Why would an 'ampihibious' race of underwater isopods choose to keep their focus underwater when the land provides a great new bounty?

Basically, in my fantasy world there is an 'amphibious' race of anthropomorphic isopods known for their underwater lifestyles, scattered land settlements, shoe raiding parties and the lead cause of ...
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Could a frozen ocean support a nomadic race of people?

This is a another sequel to my Plutonian questions, but I’ve decided to take a break from them and focus on another part of the world. Basically, my version of Pluto has five continents, each a ...
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Why do gargoyles have wings when they can't fly?

Gargoyles are bipedal, slow-moving animals that lurk on rooftops and eat pigeons. The rumors of gargoyles being magical construct are false; in truth they're just animals that have adapted to urban ...
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How do I reconcile humans and demons?

Humans and demons are one of many races within my fantasy world. These two races gave been going at it for a couple of hundred years. No one remembers which side started it first. The humans, of ...
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For a species that prefers throwing large rocks at foes, what else would those developed muscle groups make them good at?

Context: I'm working on a fantasy setting and one of the races I want to include are cyclops. When I implement a race into my setting, I usually take one or two sources as the primary inspirations ...
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How might a group of hominids keep an accurate record of their history?

In my story Halflings and Goblins have a somewhat accurate knowledge of their history, despite being spread over multiple continents. Now for the longest time humans weren't that good at keeping ...
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Why would a dragon prefer to pilot a fighter plane?

In my medieval-fantasy world, there’s a secret civilization with modern technology. A “powerful” dragon accidentally came across them and they became good allies. The dragon was introduced to the ...

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