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 weaponry and equipment would a 'demonic' race use?

I'm writing a short story, and one of the species are Material Demons. I plan on there only being a single Material Demon character, but I'd like to know what weapons the Material Demons might use. ...
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What could be the reasoning behind why Elves go into metamorphosis?

For my setting, I really want to push the non-human aspect of the other typical fantasy races. For Elves, I've been throwing the idea around that they go through a metamorphosis of sorts. I was ...
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If a hawk-person teaches a peacock-person to fly, what will the peacock-person ultimately be capable of?

Imagine two races, both of human-level intelligence: Hawklings are raptor-like (as in falcons, hawks, eagles, etc) flying humanoids who have six limbs: legs, arms, and wings. They live on high cliffs ...
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Why would Mermaids develop ships?

The Context My mermaids are amphibians that have legs that allow them to walk on land. They live in a lagoon similar to the barrier reef. The reef is roughly 1,000 square miles, and its average depth ...
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Where's the 'centaur of mass'?

This answer and my own both hint at centaurs being front-heavy or, as Separatrix puts it: Centaurs have a permanent curse by horse standards, they are, by design, permanently very heavy on the ...
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How would a medieval society treat and view Giants?

Giants in my world are fairly human-looking, besides being 14ft tall on average. Giants are unable to normally communicate (due to their constant heavy breathing) but instead communicate through ...
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Social effects of super senses

Vampires are often depicted as having enhanced senses all around: they can hear their preys heartbeats, smell blood and approaching people from miles away, see in complete darkness, pretty much tell ...
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Why to not create a warrior species if you can?

Inspired by the question Creating a Species purely for Warfare, there are plenty of reasons why someone who has the capability to create their own warrior race/species would want to do so... a rapidly-...
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Creating a Species purely for Warfare

A species genetically engineered/corrupted/bred for warfare is a staple of fantasy. Lord of the Rings' orcs and Wheel of Time's Trollocs come to mind, for example. Creatures created by the bad guys to ...
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Why are Orcs always at war for seemingly no reason? [closed]

Orcs are just as smart as humans. They have access to all the resources they need to survive in abundance. Why are they constantly at war? INFO Orcs are a society of roughly 0.8 Million people. Each ...
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Anatomically Correct Sciapod

The sciapod is a small humanoid creature, which is distinguished by a single large leg. This leg would be like a single leg, without duplicate structures. It would also be symmetrical. They move by ...
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What could feyfolk use for lighting?

In my setting diminutive races like fairies, gnomes, and gremlins exist and to handle of the cooler climates such as in Europe and protect themselves for their many predators many of them live ...
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What would be a good explanation for why Trolls eat Elves?

In my story trolls are a large humanoids (8-9ft tall) and are about as intelligent as humans. Elves are similar sizes to humans and are also as intelligent. If trolls are about smart as humans, then ...
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Could ectotherms keep warm in winter?

While ectotherms are generally able to operate at a wide array of temperatures, there are still limits This would present a problem to any ectotherms wishing to visit (or even live in) colder regions. ...
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Would lack of sexual dimorphism negatively impact a brutish humanoid species

In the world I am making I am wanting to portray the orcs as a race of testosterone filled and fairy hating frat bros, where the only difference between a man and a woman is the thing between their ...
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How could Giants hunt?

In my story giants are about 13-14ft tall and weigh usually a little bit more or less than 1,000 pounds. Giants communicate through stomping their feet, and while running or walking through ...
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Could language coexist with complex natural signals? [closed]

The species in question would have a humanoid level of intelligence and inventiveness Their abilities of language would be less developed than humans, but would still work well enough for a society ...
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How possible is my dwarf's biology?

One of the closest relatives of humans is unsurprisingly the dwarf, with a large disproportionate head and relatively short limbs. The dwarf weighs on average almost 150 pounds, with males being ...
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What would a good justification for my giants having a non-spoken language?

In my story, giants are about 14 feet tall with long, almost elephant-like legs and feet. The giants' language is not verbal, but is instead spoken through the stomping of the feet and individual toes ...
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How could the varying multiple colorful skin colors of a Fantasy race be explained?

In my Fantasy story I have decided to integrate gnomes which are about 2ft tall and have human intelligence, but most notably come in a variety of skin colors and hair colors. You have gnomes with ...
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How to conduct espionage in countries of different races?

Related to this, Main Character is running a multi-racial nation, whose members are persecuted by the religious authority of the humans of that world. And human nations--read Kingdoms and Empires--...
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How to encourage education, and an atmosphere of respecting knowledge and critical thinking for a multi-racial warrior nation?

Once up on a time, in a world not our own, there was a piece of land inhabited by seven races of animal-people (like cat-people/dog-people, bird-people, and mermaids/mermans and such). Being animal-...
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Nail to Claw: Evolutionary pressures for hominids to develop claws

In my question about carnivorous elves, one of the commentors pointed something about my elves that I had not really considered in depth before hand. My elves are a form of hominid, thus an ape. My ...
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Could 2-handed quadrupeds use tools as well as humans?

The quadruped would be a medium creature, roughly human sized, with the same intelligence and inventiveness of humans They have 4 limbs, with 2 forefeet and 2 more prehensile hindfeet, with equal ...
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Ecologically Correct Onocentaur

The onocentaur is a mythological creature that is, contrary to its name, not truly a centaur, but instead has become a quadruped They have a humanoid upper body, with arms and hands, and a donkey-...
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Anatomically Correct Multi-Faced Demons

Demons in medieval art were often depicted with many extra faces over their body. Specifically: The shoulders, knees, and elbows may be replaced with complete mammalian heads, with eyes, nose, and a ...
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Genetic Plausibility of All-Male Half Giants and All-Female Witches

So, this problem is kind of a two-in-one; arguably two different issues but very closely related, so I'm posting them as one question. I'm designing a lineup of fantasy races for a roleplaying setting,...
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What are the adverse environmental effects of using size enhancing vegetables?

The lilliputians have been growing magic cucumbers that, when eaten, temporarily lets them grow to the size of a normal person. They've all gotten addicted to their newfound gigantism, but either the ...
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Could this nauplius eat?

The nauplius of my world is a large pleustonic bivalve. It is around 3ft long. It floats belly-up on the surface, with an oddly-shaped shell that exposes the front and middle part of its ventral face ...
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What would this giant naturally eat?

The giant is a large humanoid with some paradoxical-seeming traits It is a mammal, roughly as heavy as a small elephant. Their mouth seems adapted for herbivory: Their lips are like that of a camel, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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