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Questions tagged [fantasy-races]

For questions relating to races 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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What color is Dragon's blood? [closed]

Well we all know that the debate upon what is the color of Dragon's blood if they were an celestial being. I, myself, love Dragons. I love reading books about them, looking a pictures, searching ...
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How would a sapient species descended from felids become herbivorous?

In my fantasy world, I have created a sentient species descended from an arboreal felid (it evolved to eat squrriels and small monkeys). They are my elves. The one problem is that I want them to be ...
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How win a medieval war with air superiority?

There is a new empire trying to conquer the world and it is populated by an avian species (looks like an early bird-dinosaurs with bigger head) and their first target is a human kingdom Abilities : ...
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How can there be endangered humanoid species? [closed]

In my urban fantasy, I have several human species that coexist with humans. I'd imagine some like species such as who're classified as Faeries have a stronghold to have intercommunication with humans. ...
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What biological trait could make a humanoid species more likely to be matriarchal, but keep reproductive compatibility with other humanoids?

The original idea was a race of matriarchal desert nomads, but most desert nomad societies I could find as inspiration were strongly patriarchal. I can change this aspect if I don't find a way to ...
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What skin colours would highly adaptable, hunter humanoids naturally evolve?

In the new setting I'm making, I found an opportunity to make a species of humanoids that I simply couldn't resist. So I got to work, making the tribal herdsmen and hunters of the predominantly ...
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Gods and Demons

Does anyone have any references to instances where gods have had sex with demons, with offspring resulting? In my novel, demons are not classified according to Judeo-Christian beliefs. Instead, they'...
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A guy asked me to kill 15 trolls, how do I prove that I did it?

In my world there are adventurers who are squeamish about getting blood on them. Trolls are commonly hunted by adventurers. What trophy can my squeamish adventurers collect from these trolls, and not ...
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Application of magically-created chimeras [closed]

So, in a typical fantasy world, mages and wizards have discovered a ritual to create chimeras - they can produce monstrosities by fusing animals together. Note that by 'fuse', I do not mean any fancy ...
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How can 4 limbed animals evolve from 6 limbed animals? [duplicate]

An idea that I've been having to logically explain the evolution of 6-limbed animals is that they naturally have a common ancestor. This is illustrated in this picture I found: Source: Birvan from ...
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How to make some similar looking races different? [closed]

So currently I'm working on a fantasy universe, it massive with at right now 45 main races/factions and several dozen minor. I've been able to make all of them unique in style, look, and what they are ...
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Alternative word for “human rights” but across multiple races (including demi-humans)

What would be best "human rights" word equivalent for all intelligent beings, including humans, demi-humans, and other intelligent life forms? Example of demi-humans are Lizard folk, Cat people, etc. ...
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Would subways/trains be adapted to be practical for various fantasy species or would something else be invented?

The title says my question exactly. Also if another mode of general transportation were invented for a landlocked city, what would it be? Below are the specific fantasy species that I am dealing ...
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What are the motives of spell teaching spirits?

In my world, there are spirits who can "trade" with humans. The trade is done when a spirit swears to gods to be a human's servant for using a specific spell (for example, in case of fireball, the ...
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Sentient colonial organisms?

Question: Could colonial organisms form into a sentient being, something like a human, for example? Could they evolve into beings with thoughts and feelings? A race of colonial organisms taking the ...
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Finding real world historic examples of cultures/organizations/tribes to represent Orcs

I plan to make this a series of questions to avoid being overly broad. Each question will address a particular fantasy species ("race" in RPG terms). The traits will be based on the content included ...
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Finding real world historic examples of cultures/organizations/tribes to represent Elves

I plan to make this a series of questions to avoid being overly broad. Each question will address a particular fantasy species ("race" in RPG terms). The "racial" traits will be based on the content ...
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How would a unguligrade human (similar to a satyr/faun) ride a horse?

I am working on creating a fantasy race called the Aemani. As they are part deer they are unguligrade bipeds (like a faun or satyr). I am in the midst of creating their culture however I don't know ...
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What projectile weapon can replace a bow under the following circumstances?

I have a race of elf-like humanoids that live in a forest. One of their best methods of travel is what you may call "forest running". They are attuned to the harmonic movement of the forest from a ...
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Getting Past Phonetic Limitations [closed]

For the sake of making things much, much simpler, most worlds I'm familiar with have a defining feature of language: there is a common language. This allows for universal communication and overcomes ...
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What would humanoid hermaphrodite family units look like? [closed]

My elves are hermaphrodites, but they need another partner to actually reproduce. Their pregnancies last for about two years, and pregnancy is very physically tolling. They usually give birth to one ...
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What would a city that houses humanoids, centaurs, and merfolk look like?

In the world I'm currently working on, there are several species of sentient creatures: humans, elves, dwarves, merfolk, centaurs, and avians (winged humanoids). I need to figure out how I could have ...
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How would a species in one dimension with its own properties go to another dimension with slightly different properties?

In my world, I have three dimensions, each of which have their own special properties. From each of these three dimensions come a master race of said dimension: From the first, the master race is a ...
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How to slaughter the Pixies in medieval pixie war?

In my world there are pixies/fairy's, little humanoids no taller than a standing squirrel, with 4 bug like wings yet intelligent as a human. Unlike traditional lore they have no magic. They do however ...
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What would a medieval war against a subterranean race look like?

To round off the little series started by this and this, I figured that I should add this question. The setting: there is a race of underground people living beneath a human kingdom. To avoid the ...
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What would a medieval war against an air-borne race look like?

So I've been inspired by this question to ask what would a medieval war against an airborne hominid (let's call them harpies) be like? Basically most of the assumptions about the meerfolk of the ...
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Tusks of a Cyclops

It has been said that one of the inspirations of the Cyclops of Greek mythology was from a skull of a dwarf elephant. Being twice the size of a human, people interpreted the nasal cavity (for the ...
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What would a medieval war against an aquatic race look like?

The setting; there’s a large population of merfolk living in the ocean, and a developing seafaring human nation on the neighbouring coastline. These merfolk are entirely aquatic. They have gills and ...
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Why would dwarves ride griffins? [closed]

Something I noticed is that a fair amount of famous fantasy fiction depicts dwarves riding griffins (e.g. Warhammer, Warcraft). Ignoring for a moment why dwarves seem to have little difficulty ...
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Justifying why a troll's skin would turn to stone in sunlight

It's a fairly common legend that trolls turn to stone when exposed to daylight, and I was thinking about using such a creature in a story. I'm searching for a plausible way of justifying such a ...
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Human-fungus symbiotic species

Researching a lot about fantasy, I've always had interest of mushroom humanoids, but I wanted to put my own twist on them. Instead of sentient mushrooms, I wanted to have a humanoid species infected ...
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Most useful multi tools for dwarves

I have spent some time designing a dwarven civilisation. They don’t live below ground all the time. In fact I heavily draw upon the actual culture of mountain tribes, such as The Lisu for inspiration....
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Is the Concept of Multiple Fantasy Races Scientifically Flawed? [closed]

Many fantasy worlds have multiple humanoid species (elves, orcs, humans, etc) living in the same world, in addition to that, they often have the ability to interbreed. And I can't help but question ...
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How could a medieval army defeat Sauron's army?

For context : I would like to know if it is plausible to build a realistic european medieval world where Sauron appears at some point Sauron's army was one of the most powerful in Middle Earth in the ...
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How plausible is molecular disequilibrium from Ant-Man and the Wasp?

So if you haven't watched the film, basically there's this one character who suffers from a (fictional) condition referred to as “molecular disequilibrium.” As described by the character, it's a ...
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What reasons would you have to reclaim your spot if the current rulers aren't evil?

Let's say a strict monarch who ruled a kingdom of "hunters" was overthrown by a race/group of "witches" in a way that wasn't proportionate to any crime the recent ruler may have committed, but instead ...
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Is a mainly kicking combat style like Muay Thai, or Taekwondo realistic for a giant humanoid of around 15 feet?

I'm working on creating a realistic species of giant humans. I've changed the proportions, such as creating elephant like feet and muscular pillar-like legs to support the weight. They also possess a ...
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Realistic Design For Orcish Swords [closed]

What kind of sword/s might orcs use? Specifically what kind of sword/s might they use that also fits their characterization as brutal, somewhat savage, warriors. While still being practical, realistic ...
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Anatomically correct kemonomimis

Fantasy worlds from Asian novels (and related media) have lots of kemonomimis. They are human-ish species that have animal ears and tails. Of the fox, wolf, cat, bear, raccoon, dog, lizard, and so on....
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How would dwarves tell time (calendar)

Information I am developing the culture of the dwarves in my fantasy world, and I am interested in a calendar system for my dwarves. Yes, I am aware of the question How would my dwarves tell time ...
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What would be a successful ad campaign to change the general negative opinion of Djinni in popular culture? [closed]

There's been any number of stories about genies, or djinni. Aladdin notwithstanding, the vast majority of those stories have painted the beings are at the very least mischievous, and at worst actively ...
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Is there a biological way for a shroom to control its gnome host?

I know "Zombie Mushrooms" exist, but what is the feasibility of a shroom that is able to somehow control its host by a preferably physical way? Ex: I had the idea of it jabbing into the spinal cord. ...
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Is an organism that is a collection of worms inhabiting a bare skeleton possible?

The skeleton hoard (How would this creature keep its skeleton "host" in one piece?) outlined in this post is actually a sentient worm colony ruled by a "Queen" affectionally called a head ...
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How would this creature keep its skeleton “host” in one piece?

In my fantasy world, which lacks a name currently, there is a race of what looks like a series of interconnected worms or maggots that is known for growing in and around skeletons using its own body ...
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Eusocial Humanoids?

How could a humanoid race and/or a human subspecies develop eusocial behavior? It's more common in insects like bees, but the naked mole rat is a eusocial mammal, so it's possible, any thoughts on the ...
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Would the collapse of civilization make turning into a vampire and colonizing the ocean floor a sane idea?

One idea I've always wanted to try writing is the concept of vampires exploiting their lack of a need to breathe and generally low-maintenance biology to escape the brunt of the sun's rays by living ...
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Evolutionary advantage of a sex ratio skewed towards the female end in humanoids? [closed]

I had an idea for a humanoid species that has a significant number more female births than male births, how would this trait have provided enough of an advantage to allow the species to survive to ...
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Biologically sound reason why underground dwelling Drow have dark skin? [duplicate]

The Drow from Dungeons and Dragons are a race of elves with dark skin and pale hair that live mainly underground. How could these elves develop such a coloration when they live underground, away from ...
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What is the ecological role of the common fantasy monster, the slime? [closed]

This was a sudden thought during the world build I'm currently doing. What is the ecological purpose of a slime? Most monsters in a fantasy universe can be put into a food chain without much thought....
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Evolutionary Advantage to An All-Female Race? [closed]

In some fantasy works there are races, like some interpretations of harpies and mermaids, among others, that are all female, and need to seek out other races, like humans, to reproduce, the daughters ...