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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(Legit) Online Sources on Epiales, the Greek Spirit of Nightmares

I'm doing research for one of the stories I'm working on and found the Greek deity Epiales, the god/spirit of nightmares. I'm trying to implement him into a story as an antagonist to where he seeks ...
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A logical reason for humans to turn into dwarves/gnomes?

I am creating a fantasy world where on one continent there are humans, dwarves and gnomes. All 'species' can interbreed (much like Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens), thus they need to have close similar ...
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What does the anatomy of a fairy (10-20 inches tall, flying humanoid being) look like, as evolved from a regular human being?

There are many questions and answers regarding giants and how to scale up human anatomy on this website. (larger bones, better lungs and heart, lower body temperature, tighter skin at the feet, etc...)...
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Would fantasy dwarves be able to invent and/or manufacture the radio?

In my fantasy setting there are dwarves, inspired by the "stereotypes" and traits presented in Dwarf Fortress, and thus, partially inspired by the LotR lore. It has the implications that dwarves use ...
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What would a chair for a Human with a Tail look like?

I have a race of Half Human, Half Dragons I've aptly called Draconians. The Draconians have a thick lizard like tail which extends down from their tailbone and then slowly curves upwards until it is ...
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(Online) Sources for Traditional Lore to Base Creatures on

I'm currently working on a fantasy world with a medieval/mythological setting, and I'm trying to do a bunch of research for several non-human races (dwarves, mermaids, etc.). However I don't want to ...
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How long will modern society remain in the archaeological record?

I have an extreme far future setting (we're talking hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years) wherein humanity has speciated and reverted to a cultural and technological level very similar to ...
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Wearing vs Growing Clothes

The Elves in my world are plant-like in nature and have the ability to morph and change their skin and body structure as they desire. As a result, Elves can essentially grow their own clothes, by ...
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If I believe something, it becomes true- how do I convince myself I'm stealthy? [closed]

This is my first question on Worldbuilding, so hopefully I can get the format and so on correct. In my world, some characters can "will" what they believe to be true into being. If they believe ...
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What biology does it take to form human language (communication between species)

The story I'm writing has a lot of different races and I've been thinking about how they would all communicate. I'd imagine they'd all have different languages (and probably different languages within ...
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Would being collarboneless affect throwing and arm strength?

So I have a humanoidish race of creatures that don't have clavicles and gives them more mobility of their arms/ hyper mobility. While ik about the Cleidocranial dysostosis, the birth defect or ...
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How would Centaurs be utilized in modern armies?

My world is in a modern setting but populated with a variety of fantasy/mythology races and creatures. I am trying to figure out how each species would best be utilized in a modern military, assuming ...
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What would be the best Tauren equipment to maximize it's charging abilities?

I'm currently designing a Tauren race (as in Minotaur, not centaur), pretty similar to the ones found in the Warcraft universe*. They are a biped race, with the head and feet of a bull, arms and torso ...
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How can a giant avoid collapsing on itself? [duplicate]

Say you have a giant, similar to those of Dungeons & Dragons. For the purposes of this question, we'll say it's twenty feet tall. Is there any way one can alter its anatomy to save it from ...
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Apex predators in fantasy [closed]

This is a topic I've looked up considerably, but I don't think I've ever seen it discussed (it probably exists somewhere, but I've never seen it). Anyways, in worlds with creatures like dragons and ...
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How much would a 1 foot tall human weigh?

Trying to figure out how much a 1 foot tall fairy would realistically weigh using these 2 guidelines Fairies are just scaled down humans. Their bones are not hollow because their flight is assisted ...
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Fantasy Military Arms and Armor: the Dwarven Grand Armory

I'm having some trouble coming up with arms and armament for my fantasy world's dwarven race. I have a few ideas for what they could wield but I'd like a few more to really make this army feel Alive. ...
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Fantasy Macro Economics: What would Merfolk trade for?

In the world I'm making, humans trade with a variety of species, one of which is a society of merpeople. Humans typically acquire goods and services in the form of fish, pearls, under sea flora for ...
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How fast could a bird-like human fly under optimal conditions?

So I have a race of people who look mostly like humans, but share a lot of traits with birds, most notably: Wings placed midway down the back, roughly double their armspan (varies by species) Hollow, ...
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What kind of society would a species of autotrophic plants create? [closed]

The setting includes both magic and 21st century technology. The species in question are non-sessile, sentient and sapient trees, and has evolved that way due to the threat of a xylophagous predator. ...
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Is my antagonist and his race plausible? [closed]

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 ...