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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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Dwarves as silicon life forms [closed]

So, I'm continuing to work on my sci-fi setting based on classic fantasy. Now I'm thinking about dwarves, and if earlier I took as a basis the classical idea of certain races and searched for a ...
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Planet for elves [closed]

I continue to write a setting in which fantasy races have a scientific basis within a setting close to science fiction. Today I would like to touch on the topic of elves and create a planet where such ...
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Planet for orcs [closed]

So, I'm working on my own setting. It is close to the classic fantasy, so it has a similar set of races. But this setting is mostly science fiction, so the races present in it must have a logical and ...
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How disadvantageous would symmetrical, four-fingered hands be?

I'm working on a fantasy world in which orcs are more obviously similar to swine and I want them to have hands which look like they could have evolved from pig's feet. My "concept design" is ...
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How would a predator adapt to prey on sapient species?

In this case, I am referring to my orc-equivalent species who are closely related to the true elves, adapting to the intelligence of the elves with camouflage and mimicry, as well as tusks that are ...
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What would be the most effective way for a humanoid species made of stone to generate energy to move around?

This is my first post on here, I've looked over all the tour and the help center things, so I hope this is formatted correctly.I've been working on a high fantasy world that includes a lot of the ...
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Does a saber-toothed humanoid make sense as an animal?

The creature has the head and neck of a saber-toothed predator. It has long upper canines and kills with a strong downward swing of the head, hence its neck is strengthened to perform this task Its ...
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How do you determine age of a humanoid species comparative to humans?

In my book, there are humans and there are Shaye, a humanoid species that are a little like harpies but with other features that distinguish them. Comparitively to humans, they live far longer so the ...
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Why could the militaristically superior dwarves who are the only ones with magic weapons be isolationist?

I want to have a world with dwarves who were gifted a magic language from their creator god (different one than the one who made humans) that they can use to inscribe magic onto weapons and other ...
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What sort of mount would a naga use and how? [closed]

Is there any sort of animal (living or extinct) that would be a practical mount for a naga? And how would they be able to ride it? Or is this not a workable idea at all and should I throw out the idea ...
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Fake Legendary Sword in Stone scams, how to make them believable and unpullable in a world of magic? [closed]

I should preface this by informing you that the story I'm writing is mostly comedy, but I'll try to incorporate reason and meaning behind the jokes. I have a small joke written in my story where the ...
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How can a vampire navigates a mirror maze? [closed]

Imagine a huge maze consists of mirrors on all sides, these are tempered glass coated with very reflective finishes. The ceiling is also made of tempered glass but it allows a certain wavelength of ...
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How to justify a racist empire's use of other sentient species as shock troops? [closed]

I'm writing a novel where an empire is on the rise, with a lot of discrimination against other species, yet, for plot reasons they use shock troops that are of another species, elves. The empire use ...
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How would humans evolve if they began living underground? [closed]

So I am creating a world where some humans begin to live underground and in caves under mountains but I am struggling a bit with how they might evolve. My problem is that I don't want them to just be ...
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Would hotels/motels/hostels serve a purpose when everyone has a magic bedroom they can teleport to? [closed]

In my modern fantasy novel, there is a species of people called the Torus. The Torus are blue-skinned humanoids who suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia. This makes it difficult for them to perform ...
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What is the size of the largest possible flying animal? Realistically speaking?

I’d like to create fantasy creatures that can fly using their own realistic physiology without magic or any kind of supernatural power. Many references on the internet mention that popular dragons ...
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How to prevent theft in a society where everyone has hyperspace storage?

In my modern fantasy novel, there is a species of people called the Hammerts. The Hammerts are small orange humanoids who have issues running and jumping after they reach adulthood. To compensate for ...
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How would a creature with third-and-second-person vision be able to wield a firearm effectively?

My urban fantasy story, set at the turn of the milennium, has a species of humanoid beings called the untethered. The most distinctive thing about them is that they lack eyes of their own. Rather than ...
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Does the addition of dominant fantasy races change racism in humans?

Context: This takes place in an alternate reality earth; several fantasy races have existed since the Ladinian era of the break up of Pangea; meaning by the time humans evolved into homo-sapiens, they ...
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How would you prosecute crimes in a world where everyone regenerates from injuries?

The world is filled with trolls. Trolls regenerate from any damage other than fire or acid at a rate of about 10% per second, and so any injuries or torture you inflict will very quickly be removed. ...
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Will my Hydra sink into the bog?

Hydras in my world are much like a brontosaurus in form, but has three heads. Much like a hippo, hydras have incredibly dense bones, and sink rapidly in water. Hydras are almost exclusively swamp ...
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What muscles would get sore if humans had wings and could fly?

I'm intrigued by the idea of humans with feathered wings as a 6th appendage, but with prolonged flight, if such a thing were actually possible for humans naturally as it is in my book, I'm not sure ...
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Cultural identity in an Multi-cultural empire

I'm world-building for a universe. I just came up with Deals Best Kept, and I realized I wanted to have a bunch of fantasy races interact, be very culturally diverse and mixed, and also account for a ...
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How would "barbie doll" anatomy work?

A fairly common trope in fantasy is "barbie doll anatomy". Effectively, a species completely lacks any visible orifices besides their mouth and nose. This brings up two major questions. ...
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What protection would autotrophic zoophytes construct? [closed]

The mireworts are a species of small (piglet sized) motile (snail paced) autotrophs that have a high degree of intelligence and sociality. They gain energy solely through photosynthesis, and consume ...
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What cutlery would rotifer monsters use?

The rotifer monsters are monstrous rotifers with a roughly human level of intellect. They are roughly 7 metres in length and 2 metres in diameter. They possess the power to manipulate gravity, ...
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Would my giants still have a functioning appendix?

In my world, there is a species from the Homo genus named Homo gigas. They are commonly called giants. They are as massive as polar bears, and they never stop growing like kangaroos. They have seal-...
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Sonic weapons vs Faeries: Can we survive The Cloud of Blades & Bombs?

The faeries of my world are nightmare fuel. They 5-7 cm insects that have two legs and four upper grasping limbs. Paired with this, they have the flight characteristics of humming birds, making them ...
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Could sophonts that evolved in colder climates keep cool in the tropics with simple technology? [closed]

On an Earth-like planet, we have a functionally human-like creature which evolved to dwell comfortably in its world's boreal forests. As humans have done, it will likely have a desire to explore its ...
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What would make winged centaurs a reasonable fighting force? [closed]

Within my world of Astarious, I have a race known as the Pegtauri, winged centaurs, who for a time were feared raiders on villages near the mountains that separated their plains from the rest of ...
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Would a satyr wear horseshoes?

Would a satyr wear horseshoes? Horseshoes were invented because stone roads were bad for a horse’s hooves. I’m not sure if a satyr would want to nail horseshoes (goatshoes?) to their hooves, or if ...
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How would a city be structured if the inhabitants did not have houses? [closed]

Some sapient species, unlike humans, do not see the need to erect housing or beds to sleep in. They still have access to the art of construction for other purposes such as storerooms, forts, and ...
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What could be a compelling reason for an incestuous race to diversify into clans? [closed]

I'm writing a litRPG novel and have created an incestuous race called Purus (a temporary name). Purus are a long-lived race that can live for up to 1000 years. They possess unique magical powers, ...
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How would different antler styles impact balance in humanoids? [closed]

I’m designing a feylike race where more dominant females develop antlers to display their place in the hierarchy. However, I haven’t decided exactly how they’re going to sit yet or if the style that I’...
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How can my puny naked apes possibly become the dominant species? [closed]

I have been building my fantasy world for the last fifteen years. The world has satirical elements. In particular the world is ruled by puny naked upright apes. I am having difficulty justifying this ...
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How would my fantasy race keep blood in ceremonial pots without it getting gross?

There’s a group I’m designing that believe blood to be sacred, and at 7 they begin keeping it for rituals and such. The amount of blood is about a drop per day and is kept in a (glazed) clay pot that ...
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What level of phenotypic change is plausible over 10-15,000 years?

I'm developing a story with 4 distinct group of humans who inhabit 4 geographically separated and ecologically distinct islands (Iceland to Greenland sized). These groups descend from a single diverse ...
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What would be a good reason for a clan of 'Pure bloods' to want all other supernatural creatures dead? [closed]

In my novel, I'm working on having some form of clan/club/group of 'pure-bloods' that are descended from Van Helsing that are now an entire organization (in the 21st century) still working to carry ...
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Would merpeople be able to survive in relatively still water?

So merfolk are obviously fantasy creatures, and their biology depends entirely on the designs of the writer. For my merfolk, I am leaning less into the accuracy territory, and simply looking for ...
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Could a sub-race of humans survive at 2 feet tall and live underground (occasionally going to the surface)

The faeren are an extremely short sub-race of humans that live underground in secret mounds called "barrows." Their males are chubby, but muscular, and are all capable of growing vast beards,...
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Goblins are Vulnerable to Fire and Light -- What Weapons Should we Use?

I’m doing a project about secret agents in the same vein as MIB but it’s set in the year 2050 and instead of aliens they deal with monsters similar to goblins. The goblins evolve, growing from ...
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Why are my Orcs so Big and Strong? [closed]

Here are the usual "Since warcraft 3" Orcs. Men are between 2.0 and 2.7 meters tall. In women from 1.7 meters to 2.5 meters. Almost no fat. Much stronger than humans "One orc is as ...
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Can a canine/human hybrid balance without a tail?

I am writing a book about a humanoid wolf (named Wolf. See what I did there?). Wolf lost most of his tail in an accident when he was younger. He hides the stump under his jacket to avoid being ...
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Formula for calculating aging rate of a decaying half-elf dynasty

A powerful human king had a child with an elf princess. His life expectancy is about 70 years (human average), hers is 2000 years. The half-elf prince is expected to live for about 1000 years, more or ...
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Footwear for my invisible fantasy race

My setting (urban fantasy set in 1998 America) has a variation on the classic movie monster of the "invisible man". Here this species (tentatively called the neverthere) has a physical body ...
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How would a group of people inspired by European ethnic groups maintain their lighter skin in a desert climate?

Messing around with different aesthetics and groups for this story, and I'm wondering how to go about this. I wanted to do a setting where a region is full of basically ancient Egyptian inspired ...
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What conditions could fish people evolve to be in their current humanoid form?

My fish people live in underwater nations. They look like a mix between the Creature from the Black Lagoon (left) and the sea creatures from Luca: with the exception of some minorities that resemble ...
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How could my solar-powered fairies exist in outer space?

There have been instances of flashes in space that were attributed to sprites and fairies. Now, I know these phenomena can be explained by natural means such as blue/purple lightning. But the concept ...
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How plausible is the idea of aquatic humans/humanoids having respiration like a frog instead of things like gills?

I was reading about frogs, which led me to think: what if, instead of gills, aquatic humanoids had a respiration system like frogs (absorbing the oxygen from the water through their skin)?
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Would stalked hair help a tunneling humanoid?

Many mammals that dig and live in underground tunnels have short/no hair, so as to avoid the hair being bent backwards if they need to reverse out of their tunnel. However, I'd like my tunneling ...
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