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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Is my antagonist and his race plausible? [on hold]

I am writing a contemporary fantasy novel with sci-fi elements. The antagonist is a member of The Mahos. Their race predates our universe. They have an extremely high body temperature their skin is ...
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Units of measurement, especially length, when body parts vary in size among races

Historically, units of measurement are often based on sizes of body parts. Probably the most obvious example would be a "foot" literally being based on the length of someone's (or everyone's, or ...
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Would this winged human/angel be able to fly?

I take no credit for the image below. All artwork and information belongs to Blue-Hearts on DeviantArt: (click on image for a higher resolution) I'm personally very impressed at her level of detail ...
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How to capture the dichotomy between “Ideal specimen” and an the species? [closed]

How to reasonably worldbuild a species that exhibits a set of qualities and principles (has a "hat"), but also doesn't view it as an ideal and would view that a perfect/moral specimen steps away from ...
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Balancing Humanoid fantasy races: Elves

Part 1 of a series of questions. Generally, in fantasy humans are always disadvantaged when compared to other races (short lives, less fighting skill, weaker with magic, etc). I want to avoid this, ...
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Can a mammal and Oviparous have child together if they have similar external body structure?

There are two humanoid races are in my fantasy story. Race A is almost like humans, except they are in super human size, have super human strength, have a higher body temperature etc. Some sort of ...
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Demographic consequences of closed loop reincarnation

My question is inspired by the Tolkienesque elven cycle of rebirth, but with a twist. Suppose "elves": Do not experience aging after reaching maturity and do not die of old age or diseases Mature ...
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How would a deinonychus-like sapient species defeat humans in antique/medieval battles?

I'm currently designing an mesothermic reptilian sapiens for my world, that have evolved from a deinonychus-type of dinosaur and developed flexible hands with opposable thumbs, but still possessing ...
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How can I oversee the logistics of a sinister operation that operate under one umbrella organization?

800,000 children are reported missing every year in the U.S., roughly 2,000 a day. The majority of these kids are abducted by a species known as the Lamia, creatures masquerading as humans who kidnap ...
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“Realistic” Dwarfs Part One: Bioluminescence for active Vision

I've been thinking about dwarfs and their depiction in classical fantasy for while now and concluded that I find it unrealistic and lazy. Some research showed me that the current fantasy dwarfs have ...
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How long would it take for society to rebuild itself? [closed]

Humanity creates a new technology that discovers these strange crystals (on Earth) that produce a little bit of electricity. There's now a race for mining them, and the whole world is going crazy over ...
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How would vampires avoid contracting diseases?

In my fantasy world vampires exist, and most of the intelligent races can be turned into one. I try to make everything in this word kind of explainable by science, at least possible in our Earth. I'...
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Domesticated Hominids

So an idea I have is that of domesticated hominids (previously orcs) for my setting. They're intellectually comparable to gorillas and weigh around the same amount (350 lbs) and can carry 15-20% ...
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What effect would living underwater have on a mermaid's skin?

Mermaids are commonly depicted as mammalian, human-like creatures from the waist up and scaly fish-like creatures from the waist down. What properties (color, texture, etc) would their mammal skin ...
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Why did the “Orks” never develop better firearms than Firelances and Handcannons?

The Orks of my world are actually the technologically most advanced civilization. They are bigger and stronger than humans, have bone plates on their heads, greenish skin, and are more akin to the ...
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What potential jobs could humans use dragons for? [closed]

My society basically uses dragons for various purposes, but what sort of jobs might these dragons have besides pulling carts/carriages and mining diamonds? Dragons in my universe tend to grow fast ...
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The impact of an intelligent and (mostly) hostile flying race on weapons and armor

A race of dragon-like humanoids - for brevity's sake just think of the Dragonborn of D&D, just with wings - were the first species to achieve sapience, and have had lots of time to establish a far-...
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How to make all magic-casting innate, but still rare?

I'm having some real dilemmas creating rules for magic in my fantasy novel. Here is my issue: there are three intelligent beings included in my novel. The entire premise is that all races were created ...
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Realistic, logical way for men with medieval-era weaponry to compete with much larger and physically stronger foes

I am currently writing/hard-core procrastinating on a fantasy novel that includes a race known as Orthaks. Basically an amended version of Orcs, they range from seven to nine feet tall, weigh between ...
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Ideal time in human history for reveal of Demi-Humans and the Conditions for their coexistence

In this world, demi-humans (not just elves or orcs, but also other races like lamias, centaurs, minotaurs, driders, lizardman, alraune, vampires, etc.) have always existed but they did not start ...
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How can drunken, homicidal elves successfully conduct a wild hunt?

In this premise, the drow rule the fae-realm, an alternate dimension existing alongside the material plane. Every year on one night, the drow have an event known as "The Wild Hunt". During this night, ...
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What would make a groke's metabolism endothermic in the thermodynamic sense?

This recent question got me thinking about a creature concept I've tentatively named after everyone's favourite Moomins character, the Groke. In particular, the creature concept is based on her below-...
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Art and Fashion for Nocturnal/Underground Species

I've been thinking of a story revolving around a smallish humanoid troll/lemur-like species with large eyes, a tail, and bat like ears that allows them to use echolocation. They typically prefer low ...
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What environment would goblins be best adapted for?

Goblins in my setting are around four feet tall, with batlike ears, a keen sense of smell, and lithe, dexterous bodies. They are omnivores, eating slightly more meat than the average human, and their ...
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Is there an evolutionary advantage to having two heads?

This is a classic of fantasy/sci-fi stories. A creature with two heads, two brains, two distinct personalities, sharing a single body. An entire race of Siamese twins. But the question is, what ...
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What would be the best way for a supernatural entity to fit into a physical body smaller in mass and volume?

Angels are advanced technological beings who are messengers of the gods. These extra-dimensional beings are large, upwards of 30ft tall, and resemble eldritch abominations in their true form, such as ...
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Helmet for a humanoid lizard

I am creating a species of humanoid lizard, and want to find a type of helmet that would be feasible within the story. Info: Tech level is basically hunter gatherer and nomadic, with a small bit of ...
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How would fantasy dwarves exist, realistically? [duplicate]

I've never ever seen even a suggestion of an idea of how dwarves actually can live how they are most often depicted - underground without handwaving or magic (which is just a fancy word for "...
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Would multiple fantasy races eventually become homogenous?

In a setting with multiple sapient fantasy races (ie, elves, orcs, humans, dwarves), assuming these races could interbreed and this activity became common, would they eventually reach a point of ...
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How to separate male and female members of a “lizard like” species

The Gaals are a satient humanoid race, of magic origin. They were created by the last of the dragons as a legacy of his race to the world. They are humanoid, but with no hair and scales all over their ...
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How would a race develop specific adaptations in an area with hard, rocky soil and sturdy trees? [closed]

In my world, one of the races is from a part of a continent with dense, rocky soil and large, hardwood trees. Their whole culture is structured around establishing sturdy foundations and permanence ...
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Removing racism on a multi raced world [closed]

The continent is inhabited by 2 sentient races that coexist with each other. Humans and elves. One empire expanded and annexed the continent. Now the empire want to make a meritocratic society that ...
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How effective are bows when used by a race with superior strength? (numerically)

The Situation: In this world a race of Neanderthal-like humans have grown and evolved separate from mankind in a harsh environment that forced them to be strong and warlike. Humans of this war have ...
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How would Elves survive underground without prior experience? [duplicate]

Background: An Elven nation that once thrived for thousands of years as a predominantly agricultural race was forced underground because of unexplainable occurrences of extreme weather conditions (...
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What would the physical effects be to Elves if they began living underground?

Background: An Elven nation that once thrived for thousands of years as a predominantly agricultural race was forced underground because of unexplainable occurrences of extreme weather conditions (...
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Any examples of headwear for races with animal ears?

So, considering the structure of the head and ears for creatures like cats, dogs, and bears, if one were to make a race with those types of ears (The stereotype cat person, essentially) I am curious ...
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What would the culture of isolated humanoids made of stone look like? [closed]

info In this world there is a large plateau completely isolated from life other than flying creatures which is mostly composed of rocky grass and badlands although does have some large patches of ...
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How would organisms adapt to survive darkness beasts? [expansion to my old question]

[This is an expanded/refined version of my old question: How would animals adapt to darkness-made beasts? ] Premise: 'Beasts'/Seraphins are other-worldly intangible beings (you can't touch them, but ...
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Would color changing eyes affect vision?

I am writing a medieval fantasy story in which there is a race of humanoids who have multicolored eyes. Their eyes may change to bring out one color or another if they are experiencing very stressful/...
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What adaptations would allow standard fantasy dwarves to survive in the desert?

Recently I was talking with a friend of mine on fantasy stuffens. I brought up that its interesting that dwarves are rarely in the desert and he immediately listed reasons why the dwarf build is bad ...
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How would a previously hidden nation form diplomatic relations with other nations and international bodies?

Assume that the events of this question begin in a current-day (2019) world. For the purposes of this question, let's base the scenario on Atlantis. The intelligent sea-creatures inhabiting the ...
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How to tell that you are a giant?

In my novel, my main character has come from earth to a fantasy world. She has been reborn on an island of giants (10-meter tall humanoids) where everything is scaled up to match what they would look ...
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Anatomically Correct Huldra

Huldra are forest creatures from Scandinavian folklore, best known for their seductive natures. They are frequently depicted as beautiful women, with the additional traits of a cow-like tail and ...
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How can I design a glamour spell for a creature that meets certain requirements? [closed]

The malcubi are demons from hell that consume people's souls during the act of intercourse. They have lived on earth since the days of early Mesopotamia, devouring men to feed their hunger and sustain ...
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How can a long lived species that reproduces slowly prevent themselves from going extinct?

We Eldar are a beautiful race that have a maximum life span of 500 years. We are stronger, faster, more intelligent, sexier, and frankly just superior to you humans in every way. However, we cannot ...
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How might a highly intelligent aquatic species (mermaids) communicate underwater?

I'm trying to create basically realistic mermaids, and working on developing body language and vocalizations. I have most of the vocalizations I can think of (suggestions are still appreciated), but ...
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Best mythical creature to use as livestock? [closed]

Imagine a world where all the magical and fantastical creatures that exist in mythology or folklore actually exist. Everything from dragons, griffins, goblins, harpies, trolls, etc. - they can taken ...
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Power Generation Using Undead

Say that we have many undead zombies/vampires/ghouls/whatever. I want to use them to generate electricity, because they never get tired, never need to take breaks, and can exert great force without ...
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If angels and devils are the same species, why would their mortal offspring appear physically different?

Angels were all originally part of the same race before the war in heaven, when the ones that rebelled were cast out and sent to hell. The humans on earth were similar to angels, but without the ...
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How to transport 10,000 terrestrial trolls across ocean fast?

Trolls are about 30 meters tall on average and can weigh anything between 100 to 200 short tons at sea level. They can only be found to inhabit an island somewhere in the Pacific ocean and are in ...