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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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Elves?

In my story Elves, Humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into Elves? ...
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Why would an 'ampihibious' race of underwater isopods choose to keep their focus underwater when the land provides a great new bounty?

Basically, in my fantasy world there is an 'amphibious' race of anthropomorphic isopods known for their underwater lifestyles, scattered land settlements, shoe raiding parties and the lead cause of ...
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Could a frozen ocean support a nomadic race of people?

This is a another sequel to my Plutonian questions, but I’ve decided to take a break from them and focus on another part of the world. Basically, my version of Pluto has five continents, each a ...
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Why do gargoyles have wings when they can't fly?

Gargoyles are bipedal, slow-moving animals that lurk on rooftops and eat pigeons. The rumors of gargoyles being magical construct are false; in truth they're just animals that have adapted to urban ...
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How do I reconcile humans and demons?

Humans and demons are one of many races within my fantasy world. These two races gave been going at it for a couple of hundred years. No one remembers which side started it first. The humans, of ...
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For a species that prefers throwing large rocks at foes, what else would those developed muscle groups make them good at?

Context: I'm working on a fantasy setting and one of the races I want to include are cyclops. When I implement a race into my setting, I usually take one or two sources as the primary inspirations ...
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How might a group of hominids keep an accurate record of their history?

In my story Halflings and Goblins have a somewhat accurate knowledge of their history, despite being spread over multiple continents. Now for the longest time humans weren't that good at keeping ...
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How would an insectoid race like Hollow Knight characters work realistically while keeping their cute cartoon aesthetic? [closed]

I'm wondering how an insectoid race like the characters in Hollow Knight would work in reality. Due to all the anxieties I have about trying to keep things realistic, while also keeping the cute ...
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Why would a dragon prefer to pilot a fighter plane?

In my medieval-fantasy world, there’s a secret civilization with modern technology. A “powerful” dragon accidentally came across them and they became good allies. The dragon was introduced to the ...
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Biological Features Necessary for a Humanoid to Have a Much Higher Rate of Reproduction?

So for this question there’s a Mad Scientist/Dark Lord that wants to engineer a race that can out breed mankind and carry him to victory. He has access to sufficiently advanced genetic engineering/...
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A Medieval Industrial Revolution

Dwarves were a key component to the defeat of the Dark Lord, being the main source of ores and high quality weapons, having entered their own Industrial Revolution in the aftermath. The question I ...
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Best weapon to be wielded by tentacled creatures?

In my world, there's a tentacled race of amphibious creatures. They evolved in water, but can also survive on land. They're roughly human sized, but they're boneless and they move around on six ...
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distances between communities/cultures in fantasy world, approximate to 12th - 13th century

So - in my book, I have a healthy young 20-something character travel for 5 days between his woodland home and the nearest big city, by foot. It is set in a fantasy world approximate to Britain ...
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What do fairies wear and how can they evade detection by our cameras?

Set in the modern day; fairies are tennis ball sized humanoids with wings residing within the dense rainforest throughout the world. Local human populations consider them to be guardians protecting ...
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Where could Elves build a self sufficient stronghold?

Elves now a days are mostly peaceful but they weren't always. a long time ago their was a mighty Elven empire being the first to smelt steel while the other races were still using bronze armor and ...
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What would be the best way to capture a Giant?

After years of meticulous planning and crushing any and all opposition I've set my sights on conquering other races and nations. One group that I believe would be a valuable asset for my expanding ...
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How might a Dark Lord quickly overhaul a civilization?

Orcs, or more specifically the Black Orcs were originally semi-nomadic, kind of like a mix between some Celtic city states and the Mongols. Now in a relatively short time the "Dark Lord" has conquered ...
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Reason for my character not knowing much about the world [closed]

My main character and his closest 3 friends are human boys, around 15 years old, who live in a fantasy medieval world. In this world there are many non human races (that actually live peacefully ...
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Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

The goblins in my world are classical fantasy goblins. They aren't too smart, have primitive technology, live in tribes, and use tamed boars, wolves, and other wild animals. They usually have a boss, ...
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Why would humans be the dominant species?

Humans, in most fantasy stories including in my own, are the dominant species. Why is that? Firstly, I guess I should give every race in my story strengths and weaknesses. Humans (same as us) have ...
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Why would a mage choose to harvest weak residual anima when wisps anima-filled capsules waiting to be taken?

In my world, wisps are more or less vessels for souls on their journey to the afterlife or reincarnation. These wisps coat the soul in a shell of anima so to speak, allowing their movement and energy. ...
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How could a “communal country”, shared by three races with their own countries adjacent, exist and be stable?

In my world, there are three distinct races with each their own country in a corner of the world, adjacent to one another and a central country. Simplified layout would be like the google chrome logo: ...
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Creating a plausible Cyclopia disease

Cyclopia syndrome is a disorder which affects both Giants and Yetis in which in afflicted has only one eye. now Cyclops syndrome is a real thing where the embryonic prosencephalon fails to properly ...
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How long or how hard is it to develop a medieval fantasy into a modern or even sci-fi civilization.?

Our universe dies due to entropy, so what do humans do best??? COLONIZE! A near sentient AI found a way to cross realities and because our universe was dead, everyone took the chance. They (about ...
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What jobs would Goblins be suited for in a medieval setting?

Consider this a sequal to my What jobs would halflings be suited for in a medieval setting? post. While most Goblins live in their own isolated groups a good many of them live in human societies. ...
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whats the highest a group of Yetis live?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Sodo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: are as intelligent as ...
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Anatomical Feasibility of a Humanoid Derived from Orangutans?

Of the living great apes, humans are most closely related to the chimpanzees and bonobos. We retain quite a few features from that side of the simian family, and it got me thinking about what a ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to fairies?

Consider this a remake of my Why might a group of insects evolve to resemble humans? post. Fairies are a common trope in fantasy works some characteristics of fairies and their associates are: ...
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In a world with a culture that venerates necromancy, how would a lich keep other aspiring necromancers from hijacking their undead minions?

In my new high-fantasy world there is a race of wasp-like humanoid parasitic wasps with a culture that adheres to a 'no-waste' mentality, extending to a mainstream veneration of necromancy as part of ...
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Realistic sea humanoids

bucking the trend of mermaids I've decided to take a different approach with my mermaids. A long time ago a group of Australopithecus diverged from us taking to the sea. some characteristics of these ...
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Anatomically correct Gigantes

A creature from Greek Mythology; giants with legs that resemble snakes that fought the gods and Heracles in a war (not to be confused with the Titans). Is such a creature possible to make anatomically ...
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How long would it take for dwarves to develop whiskers? [closed]

A long time ago a group of Neanderthals moved into the mountains (becoming the last major stronghold for them), taking residence in the massive cave systems there. Over time they became shorter, being ...
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What jobs would halflings be suited for in a medieval setting?

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups: goblins and halflings. Now, halflings still need to eat, and therefore, they need a job to make money and support themselves. Basic ...
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What benefits would a symbiotic relationship with an algae provide to an orc? [closed]

In the story I'm writing, Orcs (and Goblins) have a symbiotic relationship with a type of algae (with the algae possibly growing in their skin). I was wondering - what kinds benefits would a symbiotic ...
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Whats the furthest two hominids could diverge from and still be able to produced viable offspring?

In many fantasy stories humans are capable of inter-breeding with different fantasy races. There is a precedent for this happening with neanderthal and Denisovan DNA being found in people of Eurasian ...
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Could a world exist where Heaven functions and Hell dosen’t? [closed]

I’m thinking of a kinda weird story idea. Basically, think of Jurrasic Park, but with demons instead of dinosaurs. Basically, this is a universe where the Biblical Heaven and Hell existed, but almost ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Goblins?

A long time ago homo floresiensis split off into two main groups Goblins and Halflings. Now Goblins are an odd little bunch (here's a rough mock up of what a goblin might look like) and I was ...
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How do I explain the long life spans of Elves?

Elves in fantasy are commonly depicted as having long life spans and that applies to my story as well with Elves on average living between 250 and 270 years. The question is how would this work and ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to Orcs?

In my story Orcs, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to what evolutionary pressures would to a group of divergent hominids to evolve into Orcs? ...
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Mammal evolving spider-silk

I wanted to include a spider-like race in my book (not a typical drider, but more like a hairy hominid covered in tarantula-like hair and thinner and longer limbs and fingers). However, I wanted them ...
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Could these trolls exist?

In a world I’m designing, a group of Homo Habilis or even Australopithecus Afarensis migrated into a northern Scotland environment becoming Trolls. These are not D&D trolls, but something else. I ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

I'm currently trying to come up with various different Melee weapon "load outs" for the creatures in my world, and have come up with a few different ones for certain situations already. The warriors ...
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Could a species of marine mammal evolve from humans?

I want to write a science fantasy novel about humans evolving into five new species. The five races are: the Groses and Grosettes (they are my Ogres) (their name comes from the french word gros/grosse ...
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Could accuracy compensate for lack of strength in archery?

Setting: I'm worldbuilding a medieval fantasy which I try to keep as realistic as possible. In my world, fantasy races are subspecies of the humans, which I define as compared to humans: Humans (...
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What flaw keeps the mimics out and keeps the humans in?

A set of small isolated human populations, villages, although geographically close stay separate for one reason and one reason alone. Terrifying beasts that hunt human flesh and terrify children at ...
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Are Air-Breathing Merfolk Viable?

I normally ask sci-fi questions, but oh well... It's fairly well established by this point that gills, while fine for fish, wouldn't work for mammals, as we need more oxygen than can reasonably be ...
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How would the dwarven Stone Sense work?

Dwarves have been a popular character race for fantasy stories since at least J.R.R. Tolkien. Common lore bestows upon dwarves a unique and all-encompassing relationship to the stone that composes ...
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Forgetting Curve of an Immortal Being

The older a memory is the fewer details we remember. The importance or impact of an event can also drastically affect how much we remember about it, but even the most impactful will, presumably, ...
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Footwear for cat-people

What kind of footwear would be worn by a race of anthropomorphic cats in a fantasy setting? They live as a roughly medieval society in a temperate climate, and their feet have the same shape as cat ...
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Alternative lifestyle for a vampire: How would they run a village/town?

Here's my question: How would one or multiple vampires use human villages/towns as cattle? How many humans are required to sustain a single vampire and how much space do the humans require? How can ...

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