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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Discriminatory policies that are outwardly non-discriminatory

The setting of the story is similar to a 1970 to 1980 Earth. There is a special faction of people, and we call this faction A. A looks human, but has animal ears and tails (in the sense of if you ...
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Ideal melee weapon for someone with "psychic arms" [closed]

There's a trope in certain comedic series, such as Veggietales and Homestar Runner, to have characters that do not have limbs, and yet visibly carry things around anyway. The general rules seem to be ...
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Castle defenses against dragons

In my world, there are dragons that the people have to fight against. In many forms of fantasy, despite having the giant creatures, their castles still look like the traditional medieval castle. In ...
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Clothing preference and Skin type of race which can absorb heat energy via skin?

My alien race is able to absorb energy via the skin, like plants using sunlight for photosynthesis. The race eats a lot of food, like humans, But they need this absorbed energy for their proper inner ...
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A planet in which Natural elements , emits heat energy - Is Inhabitable?

On my alien planet, many natural elements (Soil, some plants, a certain type of stones...) emit a kind of heat energy. Will this affect flora and fauna of my planet? Since the natural elements emit ...
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What's a viable reason for why underground societies are more accepting of slavery?

In fantasy, a relatively common trope in fantasy settings, particularly D&D, is underground societies that are more willing to endorse slavery than surface-dwelling societies. We see it in the ...
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Cold-blooded intelligent race: Is it possible?

I need my race to be highly affected by climate and nature changes. And they are more like a reptile - Humanoid. So making them Cold blood seems good for me. But they are an intelligent race too. They ...
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Equivalents word for Human centric words in a world with multiple sapient species [closed]

In world with humans, elves, warewolves, cat people, dwarves, sirens, merfolk and other humanoid sapient species (Non-monstrous and peaceful) What terms would be used to convey meaning of Human-...
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Anatomically Correct Winged Kappa

The Winged Kappa, or Hane No Haeta Kappa, is a type of Kappa with Wings They have a mixture of avian and chelonian features. They have a pointed beak like a bird, with the eyes and nostrils high up ...
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How does interspecies romance work between fantasy races? [closed]

In my world, most of the fantasy races are very different from the typical. While there are some like ghouls, trolls, etc., there are animal people races instead of elves and dwarves. At some point, ...
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How could a civilization with infinite resources be? [closed]

For my worldbuilding project, my main alien race has been given powers by an unknown force, one thing they use their powers for is creating infinite resources, making things like money dissappear. How ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

Setup: Avians are a humanoid species with bird characteristics, they all posses the ability to fly. Just as other species they can learn to use bows, swords and magic. Their main fighting tactic is ...
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Under what circumstances would a species with 2 sexes evolve into a species with 1 sex?

I'm building a world for a novel and would like to have a single-sex, sapient species. The world is based on the general physics and scientific nature of our world but where more than one sapient ...
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Would humans crossbreeding with animal people cause more birth defects? [closed]

I am working on a world inspired by witcher where humans and animal like race live together. would for example, human crossbreeding with water dwelling humanoid cause something like mermaid syndrome? ...
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a chemical component in vampire saliva to assist with feeding

I've been thinking about vampires lately, and I came up with the idea of a vampire's saliva containing some sort of chemical or hormone that assists with feeding. I think it would probably have to do ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Long story short: my story has magical humanoids (known as "immortals" due to their immunity to old age and disease) existing in secret on mostly-modern-day Earth as a 1-in-1000-humans ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

If a company or organization that uses a bioprinter or an advanced artificial womb that can grow full organisms using synthetic genomes and cells in a short time created a new species of replicants ...
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How strong would a humanoid need to be compared to real world humans to be able to wield a 1/4 inch thick solid steel shield easily?

I'm working on a fantasy RPG where I plan for things to start out on the more realistic side in terms of weapons and armor, but let the higher end gear move into weapons and armors that wouldn't be ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

I’m writing a low magic fantasy story in which there’s a race of creatures called shadow-thralls that were basically bred as a slave race by a wizard thousands of years in the past. In the present day,...
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Races based on zodiac signs: what would Libra be? [closed]

I am right now in the middle of designing a race for my world, but I have run into a problem. You see, the form a member of this race has depends on when they are born in the horoscope. I have a race ...
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How do I justify the evolution of merpeople within a few million years?

I'm creating a sort of fantasy world that I'm still trying to keep scientifically accurate (it's more alternate history than anything since I'm having it take place in our world with a few points of ...
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Why would animal people wear clothes?

In my world, there are anthromorphic animal people, similar to the ones in Skyrim. There are many types, so I will just call them all this. Due to them having fur, most specifically the cat people and ...
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How to "convince" the other nation to not enslave demi-human [closed]

The Main Character is the leader of a nation of demi-humans: Edit: It seems this is not what the Asker intended. A more accurate picture is this: Although the rest of the world is mostly in late ...
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Anatomically Correct Abysmal Locusts [closed]

The abysmal locusts are a race of creatures described in the Bible. They are the inhabitants of the abyss As the name implies, they are locusts. However, they have some anatomical distinctions. They ...
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How would you make a culture that discouraged polyamory even among elites?

I've read a lot of harem stories, and they often have things set up to make harems even more likely, such as skewed gender ratios, eliminating jealousy, religious support and such. I am writing a ...
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Elves with Guns: how do they avoid blowing their ears out on the battlefield?

Let us assume, for the moment, that we have an army of (Tolkienesque) elves to equip, and only modern small arms to equip them with. However, elves have hearing that is rather more sensitive than ...
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How would these nocturnal humanoids evolve?

I've designed a race of humanoids for a standalone worldbuilding project, but I'm beginning to wonder how they could have evolved. They are very similar to humans, but differ in the following key ways:...
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What real-life physical differences between freshwater and saltwater creatures could be applied to my aquatic race?

I'm creating a humanoid aquatic race (not merfolk) with freshwater and saltwater variants. I have a general idea of what the race as a whole looks like, but I'm struggling with figuring out how the ...
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What would my phylogenetic tree composed of sixteen Homo species look like?

In my world, there are sixteen human species (mammalian species from the Homo genus): Anatomically modern humans (no explanation is necessary); Marine humans/Merfolk (they have a seal-like blubber, ...
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The plausibility of Orcs developing advanced prosthesis

The Context Despite their seeming barbarity of the Orcs of my world they have developed prosthetics that rival that of modern non-electrical prosthetics. Relevant information on the Orcs It is not ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Gnomes?

In a universe I am creating, there are many living species of humans (mammals from the Homo genus) (for example, there are ogres, giants, merfolk, halflings, dwarfs, and goblins). One of them is ...
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Anatomically Correct Vipers

The viper (or at least the such-named creature queried in this question) is a sexually dimorphic humanoid dragon with a very strange life-cycle The males are fully humanoid, whereas the females have ...
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Anatomically Correct Buraq

The Buraq is an equine creature with some rather unique anatomical traits It is around the size of a large donkey, and has a pair of wings attached to its thighs. Most notably are its legs, which can ...
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How would an underground society measure time? [duplicate]

I have a very mind-boggling question about time reckoning. I have a race of Dwarves, that at the very beginning of their history lived only underground and were forbidden to reach the surface. They ...
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Ecologically Correct Troglodyte

The troglodyte is a strange humanoid creature found in histories from Rome and Ancient Greece They live in caves (as the name implies), and do not use much technology. They do have a language, which ...
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Could slow shelled humanoids compete with other species?

The slolis are a species of small shelled humanoids, resembling crabs. Like several shelled animals, such as snails and tortoises, they are very slow, relying instead on their hard shell. They are ...
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How flexible would a Centaur's human half be? Could it turn around 180 degrees?

Would it be possible for a centaur's human half to turn around 180 degrees, with similar flexibility to a bird's neck? I know birds can turn their heads around about that much, and reach behind ...
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What are the evolutionary advantages to have epicanthic folds?

In my world, there are sixteen species that form together the living species of the Homo genus: anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens sensu stricto), merfolk, angels, demons, ogres, giants, ...
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Maximum Orcish biological lifespan in this setting?

I'm working on a short story, and I plan to put some ancient Diremen in charge of the vast majority. (Please note that Orcs are called Diremen in this story) . Diremen have a variety of biological ...
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What weaponry and equipment would a 'demonic' race use?

I'm writing a short story, and one of the species are Material Demons. I plan on there only being a single Material Demon character, but I'd like to know what weapons the Material Demons might use. ...
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What could be the reasoning behind why Elves go into metamorphosis?

For my setting, I really want to push the non-human aspect of the other typical fantasy races. For Elves, I've been throwing the idea around that they go through a metamorphosis of sorts. I was ...
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If a hawk-person teaches a peacock-person to fly, what kinds of maneuvers will the peacock-person be capable of?

Imagine two races, both of human-level intelligence: Hawklings are raptor-like (as in falcons, hawks, eagles, etc) flying humanoids who have six limbs: legs, arms, and wings. They live on high cliffs ...
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Why would Mermaids develop ships?

The Context My mermaids are amphibians that have legs that allow them to walk on land. They live in a lagoon similar to the barrier reef. The reef is roughly 1,000 square miles, and its average depth ...
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Where's the 'centaur of mass'?

This answer and my own both hint at centaurs being front-heavy or, as Separatrix puts it: Centaurs have a permanent curse by horse standards, they are, by design, permanently very heavy on the ...
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How would a medieval society treat and view Giants?

Giants in my world are fairly human-looking, besides being 14ft tall on average. Giants are unable to normally communicate (due to their constant heavy breathing) but instead communicate through ...
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Social effects of super senses

Vampires are often depicted as having enhanced senses all around: they can hear their preys heartbeats, smell blood and approaching people from miles away, see in complete darkness, pretty much tell ...
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Why to not create a warrior species if you can?

Inspired by the question Creating a Species purely for Warfare, there are plenty of reasons why someone who has the capability to create their own warrior race/species would want to do so... a rapidly-...
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Creating a Species purely for Warfare

A species genetically engineered/corrupted/bred for warfare is a staple of fantasy. Lord of the Rings' orcs and Wheel of Time's Trollocs come to mind, for example. Creatures created by the bad guys to ...
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Why are Orcs always at war for seemingly no reason? [closed]

Orcs are just as smart as humans. They have access to all the resources they need to survive in abundance. Why are they constantly at war? INFO Orcs are a society of roughly 0.8 Million people. Each ...
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Anatomically Correct Sciapod

The sciapod is a small humanoid creature, which is distinguished by a single large leg. This leg would be like a single leg, without duplicate structures. It would also be symmetrical. They move by ...
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