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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How to prevent super-strong slaves from escaping and rebelling

I have a fantasy setting that is about as advanced as the late 15th to early 16th century. There are humans and many other sapient non-human species; humans are one of the only species to create large ...
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What would an "excessively sober" dwarf look like if they need alcohol to function?

Some dwarf lore, particularly the video game Dwarf Fortress, depicts dwarves not just as aggressively alcoholic, but as a species that functions better when drunk than when sober. That they need ...
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What anatomical features would enable tree climbing in someone with feet for hands and no opposable thumbs?

Short version: A given person’s arms are now legs. But somehow they are able to climb trees despite having no opposable thumbs or big toes. How is the anatomy of their arm-legs designed to make this ...
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Is it easier to kill a dragon with a machinegun or a bazooka? [closed]

Faced in a mortal combat with a dragon* would a squad of humans be better equipped mostly by medium machineguns or by portable rocket launchers? Would a 7.62×51mm to the eye or armpit maim an ...
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How do human police (non-lethally) apprehend far larger, more dangerous races?

One of the factions of my setting has several different races cooperating to form a cohesive society. Being relatively modern, it has a variety of amenities we would consider a part of civilisation, ...
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What gene could have a mutation that makes humans have blubber?

In my world, there are three species from the Homo genus that make together a clade named the aquatic humans: Homo maritimus, Homo corpulentus, and Homo gigas (the names respectively mean "marine ...
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What struggles would a ten-foot tall humanoid face in daily life?

In the story I am creating the fantasy race I am creating is roughly 10-20 feet tall from the tip of their ears to the end of their tail in water, and out of water 8-10 foot tall from tip of their ...
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How could dryads realistically grow plants out of their body? [closed]

My fantasy world includes non-traditional dryads who are pretty much just humans that have a stronger connection to nature, as well as the ability to grow plants out of their skin. Is there any way to ...
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What type of diet would be needed to sustain the Seadominians and keep them thriving

I created this fantasy race called Seadominians, they are basically merfolk. They are mostly bipedal, have scales covering all over, and live all throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, also the ...
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Biology Question Ovoviviparity in Mammals Mammal/Brid Hybrids [closed]

I am not sure where to ask this question at so I hope this is a good place. I also am not sure where I ever got this idea, but I wanted ask what possibility it had. Considering the reproduction of a ...
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How would technology differ in a society with different intelligent species than just humans?

In my story, Longhorn, there’s five races descended from five gods of the same names, which consist of humans, keratas (anthropomorphic big cats w horns) lykos (anthropomorphic Wolf/hyena creatures) ...
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What is the earliest point in human history that gold could be hoarded?

I am currently brainstorming the history and logistics of the dragon species in my urban fantasy story about immortal mythical creatures. The way I currently envision them, dragons have their ...
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How could a mostly medieval civilization withstand an invasion by a modern air power? [closed]

In my story a medieval civilization of elves is facing an invasion from a modern day earth power. They have prophetic powers, which have predicted the invasion will happen in ten years, and have that ...
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Could superhuman pre-Industrial Orcs wage effective guerilla warfare against a modern military?

In my story, a portal links the modern world to a medieval fantasy world. This is sort of similar to Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There. The North Korean military decides to go through their portal and ...
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Would merfolk have pale skin?

Quite simply question. In my story I am depicting merfolk as having lighter skin than even Caucasian people, contrasting to my human society which bears resemblance skin tone wise to Hispanics. I've ...
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Most practical method for a secret demographic to get its news?

My story is set in 1998 and is about a secret 1-in-1000 minority demographic of the human race that are all actually magical beings like vampires and werewolves and merfolk. They secretly live amongst ...
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How complex can racism get? [closed]

In my world, there are humans and a variety of fantasy races. Of course, due to instinct, there is going to be racism and forms of discrimination. For realism, and just tired of the usual fantasy ...
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How could people identify someone as from another world? [closed]

One day, a world similar to our own (henceforth calling it "science world") is connected to another, magical world. The magical world is just like those Japanese anime iseikais, with magics, ...
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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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