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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4
votes
2answers
114 views

How can ungulate humanoids conceal their weird legs in public?

In my story, mythical humanoids secretly live amongst humanity in modern day, but not all of them are created equal when it comes to blending in with the human race. While individual humans do know ...
-1
votes
2answers
79 views

How can salamander-people look like salamanders?

Salamanders, like lizards, seem to be quite indistinct. They have very few traits that both distinguish them from other creatures and would be compatible with a typical humanoid being What visible ...
4
votes
1answer
160 views

Could this centaur anatomy work and fit together?

The centaur externally appears very human-like. Their forelegs are humanoid but with a horse's hoof on the end. They also have human-like hips to support the forelegs. The horse body is similarly ...
2
votes
1answer
111 views

Can avian and humanoid shoulders be combined in a way that allows flight?

It is easy to put avian and reptilian shoulders on the same frame. Unfortunately, humans are mammals (apes, in fact), not reptiles, and hence our shoulders are very close to our backs, heavily ...
-1
votes
2answers
131 views

How might the spiderfolk be exploited? [closed]

I have a fictional race which lives on a small island. The environment on that island is of no use to any of the races on the mainland but is the perfect environment for them. They are a human/spider ...
6
votes
5answers
986 views

What would be a realistic size for a werefox race?

If you have read Eragon, then you know of the Werecat: a race that can shapeshift between a 'large cat' and a 'child', almost certainly with no change in mass. The Magic System is based on the literal ...
4
votes
2answers
221 views

How big would fairies' wings have to be so that they can fly if they are five feet tall?

I have a group of fairies that are under five foot tall, with lightweight bones. I need to know big their wings would have to be. They would be four wings in a dragonfly structure and they need to be ...
0
votes
2answers
103 views

How to make a nonmagic user rise to power? [closed]

I'd like to make a nonmagic user rise to power in my story dominated by magic users, but I can't think of a way that doesn't use magic in any way at all. I don't want the character to use any magical ...
0
votes
2answers
94 views

How could these sirens move on land?

The siren is an amphibious humanoid. They are mostly like humans apart from the limbs: Their arms are large and flipper-like, being used to swim underwater. Their leg is short, and they always have ...
-3
votes
2answers
175 views

How do tiny humanoids not fall over?

Gravity is around 9.8m/s^2 on Earth. Unfortunately, this figure means different things at different scales. We could put this figure in terms of height (1.6m) and reaction times (0.2s), which shoul ...
3
votes
0answers
93 views

What is the function of this limb system? [closed]

The Globadob is a strange fish with a strange anatomy. Most notably is its lower half, which features a structure that is not seen in any other animal This structure is composed of a ring of legs, ...
1
vote
1answer
133 views

Anatomically Correct Futakuchi Onna

The futakuchi-onna is a creature with a unique anatomy. They outwardly appear human, with one critical difference: in addition to the normal human mouth, they have a second, slightly more monstrous ...
3
votes
1answer
151 views

What infrastructure would be needed to "farm" merfolk scales?

In the world of my story, merfolk have been captured by humans to serve the cruel purpose of providing their colorful scales to make jewelry, chandeliers, etc, with their colorful scales. I'm not ...
10
votes
13answers
3k views

What is a plausible weapon to use for a race of angels?

The angels in question aren't angels in the "pretty people with wings" sense, they're more of horrific flying abominations that share the gilded and glowing aspects with the angels most ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Anatomically Correct Scorpion Men

The scorpion men are unique beings. They are humanoid above the waist, but below they have a scorpion's trunk and tail. The trunk does not have the usual limbs, but instead has avian wings in place of ...
8
votes
2answers
468 views

At what size would a Fairy be biologically viable?

Assume that an external force nudged along the evolution of a mammal and/or insect species towards an appearance mimicking as much of humanity as possible - skin, mouth, language, fingers and thumb, ...
9
votes
12answers
838 views

Aside from scouting & message delivery, what roles would sapient parrots fill in an Early Modern military?

So in this fantasy world there's a region populated by sapient parrots as well as humans. The parrots are equally as intelligent as humans & fully capable of human conversation. The tech level is ...
8
votes
12answers
2k views

What would make Orcs wear less armor?

Orcs are typically depicted as being extremely warlike creatures. With their average intelligence slightly lower than humans. But they have more physical advantages such as superior strength and ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

How to protect a third eye?

Humans have 2 eyes, under a brow ridge. This ridge seems to have the purpose of protecting the eyes from sunlight. If a human-faced creature had a third eye, where could it be, while being able to ...
3
votes
6answers
268 views

How can lizardmen be made to seem lizardly?

Lizards don't seem to have many visible defining traits. All that I could find is the shape of the body, which would be changed for a humanoid, and the jaws. Are there any other visible features of ...
6
votes
4answers
229 views

Could Snakemen Wear Full Armor?

Snakemen are absolute beasts in combat when you factor in all of their snake qualities. One of the ways they would be practically unstoppable is if they fought using constriction (credit goes to ...
5
votes
1answer
208 views

Assistive Technology for Snake People with Anosmia

If a snake-person, which we'll say is a human with a snake's face and senses, could not smell (the vomeronasal organ doesn't work), what technologies could be made to replace this sense's usual ...
1
vote
3answers
244 views

Anatomically Correct Gryllus

The gryllus (at least the version I'll be using) is a strange creature. It has a round body, with a human face on the front and a sheep's face on the back. It has the lower legs of a chicken under its ...
2
votes
2answers
163 views

How Many Generations for Elves to Match All Other Races in Population?

So Elves and their long lives are well-known to be a fantasy trope but I wanted to determine how long it would take for the Elves to achieve dominance not through magic or wisdom but sheer numbers. ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

My sapient race has the ability to fly. How would this affect their basic architecture? [duplicate]

I’m writing a fairy-like humanoid race that have the ability of flight through biological/magical means. They are in their equivalent of an early medieval era and are the sole sapient species in their ...
5
votes
3answers
582 views

How to make a member of the Fae sick?

I have a small character in the book I'm writing who is a member of the Fae. We're talking old school folklore, Horned King, Oberon, changeling level Fae and not Peter Pan teeny tiny wings type. One ...
0
votes
2answers
167 views

Why would an animal have facial doors? [closed]

The facial door is a unique structure. They are surrounded on both sides by a row of tusks, and are composed of a pair of plates, which are supported by a bony core that is jointed to the skull, and ...
5
votes
2answers
585 views

Clothing for Fossorial People

The fossorial people are small humanoids. They have hair on their head, but it only grows to around shoulder length. They also have similar hair on their chest, hands, and feet. This hair can resist ...
2
votes
4answers
574 views

Best place for wings on a dragon-eagle

The dragon-eagle is a large reptilian animal. It has no feathers or plumage, with the main flying wings being webbed like a bat, with the webbing between the second and third fingers of the wing, ...
3
votes
2answers
437 views

How could this creature clothe itself?

The creature's body is mostly like a sea lion, with a few strange features: The head and neck are not in the usual place, but instead is in the middle of the back. The head is human-like, and the neck ...
2
votes
8answers
2k views

How do dragons communicate? [closed]

Dragons are giant intelligent monitor lizards. They are intelligent enough to communicate in a human-like manner. They can hiss, but can't make anymore complex sounds. They are also quadrupedal, and ...
4
votes
2answers
191 views

Could these demons exist?

The demons are large subterranean humanoids. They are human-like in form and intelligence, and around 8ft tall when stood up. Their face is elongated, with a vaguely canine-appearing snout. They have ...
5
votes
9answers
1k views

How can humans survive in an ecosystem that includes longer-lived elves?

So I was reading news about our ancestors when I realized that we paved the way to our current stage by outliving other hominids in the past, either intentionally or not - by either food competition, ...
7
votes
3answers
211 views

What Would Be The Advantages Or Disadvantages Of Merfolk Having Extra Fins?

I've always liked the idea of merfolk having extra fins(by this I mean fins like the dorsal and pectoral ones and not the main tail fins). After seeing this article about how fish use their many types ...
0
votes
1answer
164 views

What evolutionary pressures would lead to Oni? [duplicate]

among the many races in my world include Oni and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into them? some basic characteristics of my Oni are: ...
3
votes
3answers
116 views

Gargoyle Safety 102: Proper form

This is the second of a few questions I plan to ask regarding the gargoyles of my setting, whom I briefly summarized here, but I'll quote the relevant parts here again: In my setting, among various ...
1
vote
1answer
189 views

Anatomically Correct Moon People

The moon people are strange extraterrestrials. They originated on the Earth, but now live on the Moon, which, despite its reduced gravity, still has an Earth-like atmosphere and ecosystem. They are ...
5
votes
5answers
624 views

Gargoyle Safety 101: Choice of statue material

In my setting, among various other magical creatures, gargoyles exist. They're winged, horned, tailed humanoids (if you picture the Disney show, you'll have an accurate enough mental image to work ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

Could a barrel be made using the full length of tree trunks?

Could a barrel be made with extremely large planks made from the entire length of a tree trunk? Let's say that the trees are about 20m tall. These barrels would be made by the fossorial people ...
21
votes
20answers
5k views

Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

The world consist of several different countries who are no strangers to being at war with each other. Even more, some countries are ruled by different races, like humans, elves, dwarves, etc. Racism ...
5
votes
3answers
331 views

What weapons would fossorial people use?

The fossorial people are similar to humans. They are around 3ft tall as adults. Their limbs are far stronger, and their hands and feet are larger, with the fingers being shorter and more robust, and ...
33
votes
4answers
3k views

How Would the Square-Cube Law change Medieval/Ancient Warfare Between Tiny Humanoids

My story has a battle between two tiny races of humanoids. Assume that both of these races have developed in relative isolation from one another so they have not had a lot of time to develop ...
6
votes
7answers
680 views

How could a quadrupedal human evolve?

The creature is an ape-like quadruped very similar to humans. Their intelligence and feelings are the same as in regular humans. The head and torso are indistinguishable from a regular human. The arms ...
15
votes
17answers
7k views

How can children dying increase fitness?

There are three true gods in the world: Order, Chaos and Nature. All of them patron a couple of humanoid races that carry their values. While Order and Chaos carry on their petty feud fought by their ...
6
votes
1answer
126 views

Why would these creatures have an orthograde posture?

The creature is an alien resembling a reptile. It is around 1m tall. It has scales and a tetrapod-like skeleton, but lacks a tail. It breathes through paired siphons in its neck. It has no nostrils or ...
3
votes
4answers
311 views

Would civilization collapse if ten percent of humans were transformed?

If ten percent of humans were changed to various humanoid species, some more monstrous than others, and if ten percent of those changed, so one in a hundred, were to completely lose their minds in the ...
1
vote
2answers
155 views

Could an animal have a set of scales supporting its body instead of a spine?

Could an animal, similar in size and lifestyle to a hippopotamus, be supported by a set of hard, exposed scales instead of a spine and a ribcage? The scales would not be fused, but connected by joints....
6
votes
3answers
390 views

Would a copper-based pigment give my Orcs green skin?

I've decided that the reason my Orcs have green skin is because they have two pigments in their skin cells. The first is melanin, which works the same way as it does for Humans, with the amount of ...
4
votes
0answers
133 views

Multispecies meritocracy: Is it possible? [closed]

On Damarian there are many intelligent species, including many species of half-human half animal. The animals include zebra, camel, donkey, octopus, eel, crab and spider. Now, according to this ...
9
votes
11answers
2k views

Why would the gods be labelled?

The gods in this setting are extremely powerful but limited beings, who are similar to humans in their mind and decisions. The gods are the highest powers in the world but originate from reproduction ...

1
2 3 4 5
13