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 would centaurs fight British musket infantry squares of the 18th - 19th century (aside from using artillery)?

How would centaurs fight British musket infantry squares of the 18th - 19th century (aside from using artillery)? The centaurs would have the same technology as the British, more or less. Would they ...
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Are These Serpentmaw Duels Feasible?

Alright, so as the Lamias began forming their society (see How Would Lamia Defend Themselves From Each Other?), they came upon an idea that would eliminate the potential of Maraliths; an acceptable ...
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How Would Lamia Defend Themselves From Each Other?

After posting (Would Lamia Keep Themselves In Check Through Intraspecies Conflict), I realized that for Lamia society to form, Lamia would need to protect themselves from each other. As you'll see ...
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Would Lamia Keep Themselves In Check Through Intraspecies Conflict

After posting my last question (How Can Lamia Survive In Alendyias?), I seriously considered nerfing them, until I realized something: if humans are (arguably) our own worst enemy, would the same be ...
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What pressures would lead to the evolution of merfolk?

I want to know what evolutionary pressures would lead to merfolk. Here are characteristics required: must be around human height, strength, and intelligence must swim at least 4 mph it having gills ...
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21st Century Intracity Train Design with These Races

Link To Races: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating However, this will be for my intercity and international, trains. Intercity means this: It starts in one city in ...
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How far would a goblin-powered plane go?

There are a few flying questions lately and this got me thinking. Someone suggested that a centaur might power a plane via a bicycle. I don't think this would work out, since the centaur would be very ...
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How would harpies get supplies up and down their mountain homes? [closed]

Clearly, harpies can fly up and down between their mountain homes and the ground. They may be able to do this while carrying a considerable weight. But that's still the hardest, most manual way of ...
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How Can People Hoard Dragons?

After posting How Dragons Can Hoard People, I decided to do a role reversal and get a different side of things. You see, humans are great at turning things around (AKA subverting devices, reversing ...
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Dragons Rising: Subverting the Dragonslayers

After their success with the Dragon Mother and Dragonborn Repatriation projects, ( see Dragon Mothers: Recruiting? and Dragon Children: Bringing Them Into The Fold? if you're curious), the dragons ...
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How Dragons Can Hoard People

Dragons hoard things, they're known for it. In this setting, they're quite possessive and like hoarding. However, some dragons have been observing humans and noticed something odd: when introducing a ...
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Why would merpeople let people ride them?

Okay, I know this is a crazy question, but go easy on me (I'll restate it below in more precise terms): Why would merpeople (mermen and mermaids) allow someone to ride them? Such a ludicrous question ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Ogres?

In a world I am writing, there is a species with a super-expansible stomach called ogre. They look a little bit like Shrek ogres (they do not like to eat humans, they are as intelligent as humans but ...
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Dragon Children: Bringing Them Into The Fold?

Background: Last we checked, the dragons had come up with a plan to preserve their species by sending samples of SEDNA (Spiritual Equivalent of DNA) into willing women, causing them to give birth to ...
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Dragon Mothers: Recruiting?

After many years of struggling to survive against hostile humans, even traveling into an alternate dimension with the help of a powerful wizard, the dragons have come up with a daring plan to preserve ...
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Why would my race have arms much longer then the legs?

In a world I'm designing, there's a race that look like the picture below, except that the race has heavily hunched bodies. The race's arms and torso are hulking, heavily built, and muscular, but the ...
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How would medieval Europeans react to discovery of fantasy races? [closed]

My question is inspired by this question Infinite flat world Basically instead of the Earth being a planet it is instead a small portion of an Alderson Disk. According to the writer Larry Niven "...
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How these characteristics effect war doctrines? [closed]

I like to put a few humanoid races in my world, each with some boons and/or banes. While it is easy enough to figure out the major implications of a single isolated characteristic, things get more ...
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How do humans protect themselves against fairies?

My fairies are 1-6 inches tall, however, the 4-6 inch tall fae serve as hunters of their favorite prey- humans. They fly at around 60 MPH, however they can only fly for 5 minutes. They can also hover, ...
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Can warmongers be highly empathic and compassionated?

This question is really straightforward: can a same species adapt to be highly violent, aggressive and war-like, but at the same time be very non-sadistic, empathetic and compassionate? If so, what ...
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Fantasy Zootopia: Ooze People

My world: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating Most of the races have been accommodated now. Anything the Taurs need (Adjustable seats, wider sidewalks) accommodate ...
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Fantasy Zootopia - Races with both WIngs and Tails

A Continuation of this: Fantasy Zootopia: Taur Races I want some idea on how the Pterians and Drava (From this: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating) would be ...
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Fantasy Zootopia: Taur Races

Okay, for my D&D game, I'm creating a 19th Century world. I have some stuff here: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating (For Trains; Read Accepted Answer) 19th ...
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19th Century Warfare With 18 Fantasy Races: Or, 19th Century Combat With Magic and No Guns [closed]

Alright, my races from this question (Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating) are going to war. However, combat works differently here. They lack gunpowder weapons ...
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19th Century Store Shelves for These Races: Or, I don't want to have ladders in 19th Century shops

I'm looking for the races describes in this questions: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating These races have their solar power rail systems set up and running. With ...
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Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating

I'm currently building a world for a D&D (Dungeons and Dragons) set in the far future, where humans have escaped from a nuclear war roughly 100 years from 2020. Humans have started coming back 200 ...
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How to sustain this sedentary hunter-gatherer society?

There is this great and dangerous forest in this world, way more bioproductive than anywhere on earth. The climate is humid subtropical, with cold but not freezing winters. There is plenty of fruits, ...
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Is it possible for a vertebrate creature to have a ribcage/chest mouth?

In fantasy and science fiction cool monsters and creature desgins constantly appear, this characterstic specifically (a mouth that exists in and occupies a good portion of the ribcage area) doesn't ...
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Superpowers In A Medieval Setting [closed]

I'm working on a setting for a piece that has the set up of having a primitive/feudal style human civilization in the far future where the magic is based on the forgotten/mysterious relics of 'the ...
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Racial representation in Epic Fantasy

This is my first time posting. Let's see if I can do this without being eaten alive. I am trying to understand how to offer more representation to under-represented groups in a fantasy novel, without ...
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Travel for fairies

My fairies need to travel very far as they are nomadic, however they can only fly for around five minutes without getting tired. They most likely couldn't tame creatures due to their size and the fact ...
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What could cause a race to evolve with their limbs' primary functions reversed?

I'm trying to determine the evolutionary viability of a sentient race with "reversed" function of front and back limbs. Their front limbs would be used as legs primarily, and their back ...
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How can an inn's dining room furniture be designed for different sized species?

In the fantasy world I am writing, I have several species, including my dozing bear farmers you may have already read of, but also much smaller, mouse-looking humanoids. These people are taller than ...
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Design Fairy Armor to Create Spin?

I'm trying to design armor for the main characters in my story, who are both sprites, or the typical small winged fairies you'd imagine. Most of the time armor works by redistributing the force across ...
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Would a hibernating, bear-men society face issues from unattended farmlands in winter?

In a medieval fantasy world I am imagining, there are bear-men living in villages, with your medieval houses, roads and such. They also have farms with various vegetables, fruits and grains (wheat, ...
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Why does fantasy racism exist in my world if there isn't a reason for it? [closed]

In order for you to be able to hate a certain group of people, they must fulfill two criteria: They're within your vicinity You have some a (real or perceived) conflict of interests with them In my ...
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can Elf be in family with Fairies and Angels?(updated)

need a bit help with an Elf species I am making. I am thinking about making them family with fairies who is in my world; some type of dragonfly. of course, I have no idea this is possible. My Elf ...
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How do my dragons hunt?

Okay, I am designing a dragon. The average adult male specimen is about 20 feet long, with an extra 5-8 ft of the tail; females are slightly smaller. Their wingspan is approx. 20 ft. The above image ...
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How would a snake-tailed being cover their cloaca?

How could a creature (such as a lamia) with a long 'tail' similar to the rear of a snake, cover its cloaca without the covering slipping off or being too uncomfortable for everyday use?
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Is my idea of Wyverns realistic?

I am an aspiring fantasy writer, and I wanted to include rideable Wyverns in my world. There will be a magic system in my world, but I still want to make them as scientifically possible as I can. Now, ...
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What would be the advantage of evolving into tree-like people?

In my fantasy world, in a time when civilizations still didn't exist, there were some formless creatures with the ability to change in every way they wanted. Many of those creatures with the passing ...
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Selkies with seal behavior

I've been doing a lot of research for my selkie characters and I really wanted to incorporate seal behavior into their society. (Selkies are mythical creatures that are mostly seals but they are able ...
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Martial arts for small races(goblins, hobbits, etc)

What would their techniques be like, what weapons would they use(if at all), to what real martial art those would be comparable to and how would their strategies change depending on the opponent(Say, ...
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The World of Chess [closed]

Imagine, for a moment, that you wake up on a strange world. Sixty-four sqaures cover your view, alternating in color. You look to your left. A Queen looks back, but this isn't your normal chess Queen. ...
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How does my society manage to not fall apart? [closed]

So, I am writing a story which is set in a world almost identical to real, except there is small difference, about ten percent of human population ages almost twice as fast as normal, they reach "...
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Habitable low mass super earth and its habitable high mass moon feasability

So, I've got a fantasy world where there is a super-earth with Earth-like gravity (aim is approximately half-again the diameter of Earth) that is the homeworld of non-native humans(introduced to the ...
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Difference between ghosts, specters, phantoms, wraiths, apparitions, phatasms, wights, and eidolons? [closed]

See title. Are there agreed upon distinctions between these? I am making a world and I want to clearly define the different races/species/denizens of this world. It is a fantasy setting with magic. ...
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Reptilians shoulder/arm flexibility

I wanted to put some reptilian races in my world, but I'm not sure how to give them the arms needed to hold weapons. From what I can tell, reptiles don't have flexible shoulders like mammals, which is ...
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Fairy battle tactics

My fairies are hunted for food by basically anything that’ll eat bugs, mice, and small birds. Humans also target them because wild fairies are seen as a nuisance (and a tasty nuisance at that). How ...
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Fairy architecture

How and with what would fairies build their houses? They need them because of the ridiculous number and variety of predators targeting them and the unforgiving weather. However, I don’t know with what ...

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