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 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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How to calculate a village's population size

I have the two largest towns of this smallish Kingdom's populations, but the first place the protags of my story are going to encounter is going to be village or hamlet sized. Most of the resources I ...
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How intelligent would a real life fairy be? [closed]

Because fairies are rather small, I'm assuming they wouldn’t be able to be all that intelligent. what I’m wondering, however, is just how intelligent? Let’s say that they’re about the size of a ...
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How would fairies in a human-dominated society handle money?

Fairies are small winged humanoids, about 10 cm in height at most. They can proportionally carry more than a human, but not much in absolute terms. Previously, fairies have lives in their own smaller, ...
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How could I explain the skin properties of a species that can be either fully land dwelling, fully water dwelling or amphibian like?

I'm working on a world for a miniature wargame, sci-fi/fantasy genre. One species will have the ability to live as fully land dwelling, fully water dwelling or like amphibians. I've given them both ...
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Cognitive behavioral therapy for Dwarves suffering from auromania

In a Tolkein-like world, I want to devise a rehab program for Dwarves to course-correct if/when they succumb to treasure-induced auromania. Symptoms include: Paranoia - mistakenly belief that others ...
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How do male vampire loses iron?

In my universe the vampire race all had pale skin due to low iron presence in blood and thus they had to constantly keep a certain level by feeding on human, the female vampire can lose a lot of iron ...
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How could a mighty Elven Empire be reduced to scattered bands of druidic nature-worshiping aboriginals, vulnerable to Colonization?

I've been laying the groundwork for a New World Campaign based off of works like Powdermage, Greedfall, and Colonial Gothic (and the Witcher- nothing beats the Witcher), and one of the integral ...
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In a Gunpowder Fantasy world, would shorter/taller races be able to use muskets just as effectively as a Human?

I just recently started my first proper worldbuilding project and I've encountered an issue. Most of the races in my world are pretty standard height, but some of them are pretty short or even very ...
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How could a feudal monarchy work with multiple species that cannot interbreed?

In monarchies and feudal societies the line of succession was extremely important, having an heir was one of the primary goals and creating familial connections was important to creating alliances. In ...
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What tactics would be employed by armies with different light preferences?

Say we have a men vs. orcs warfare scenario in a world with roughly medieval-type technology. The men can see well in daylight, but almost not at all at night. The orcs can see in the darkness of ...
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Horn placement on humans/humanoids

Let's say that in a different world, humans evolved to have horns (e.g. Demons in many fantasy stories). Where would those horns be placed on the head, in regards to actual creatures with horns? I've ...
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How fairies control the transition of seasons

I have a world of perpetual, consistent, and evenly distributed "daylight" (for purposes of this question, you don't need to worry about how this would be achieved). Left to its own devices, ...
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How would a horse-like animal fly using artificially engineered wings?

This animal is built similar to a earth horse. The bone structure is more like a deer or gazelle then a horse. The artificial wings were made by the people in my fantasy world, and they're more like a ...
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How would a race of horizontal lizard men fight, and how would humans fight them?

This question is inspired by the video essay series "Fantasy Re-Armed" by Shadiversity on YouTube, where Shad explores typical fantasy races and what weapons they and their opponents ought ...
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How can human and orcish tribes cooexist on the steppe?

In my world the south of the mountains is the crumbling empire, here orcs where driven out long ago, apart from a few mercenary bands and such. North of the mountain is the steppe, this grasland is ...
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Why do orcs have relatively longer period of immaturity?

Description of orcs: Adult healthy male looks like a wild boar walking on two legs towering at 4m tall and weights almost a metric tonne, average lifespan 150-175 years. Diet: Similar to a pig. Hobby: ...
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How would you differentiate between “humanoid” species and animal-like species in terms of names? [closed]

Basically I have multiple humanoid species (like elves, dwarves, etc) that are totally made up, and I also have animal species, like cats and dogs animals. Is there something I could call all my ...
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What kind of culture would an undead nation develop? [closed]

Imagine a high fantasy world where some powerful necromancy was developed. After a massive war, a few liches began raising undead from the bodies and souls of the fallen warriors using a lengthy ...
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How to explain high collar cloak's ability to withstand daylight when vampire undergoes transformation from bat's form?

The following is extracted from an account of a man proclaimed to be the last surviving member of the Hellsing clan which is so secretive that it buffers the Illuminati till today regarding their ...
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Keeping oral tradition accurate, and preventing language divergence, how long will it last? [duplicate]

So, this is the set up. Communities of wood elves spread out over a large area (think half a continent), with each community having several hundred to several thousand individuals. Communities are so ...
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could my Lizardfolk exist? [closed]

In a world I’m designing, a group of crocodile convergently evolved sapience becoming Lizardfolk. These are not D&D Lizardfolk, but something else. some basic characteristics of these Lizardfolk ...
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How would a species descended from dipterans become eusocial?

I am writing a script about a post-apocalyptic Earth. Technically, humans and many other sentient species survived, but almost all bee species are extinct. But mosquitoes survived and became the most ...
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How does a species with heat cycles deal with over population?

I'm at the very early world building for a potential story where I have a sort of humanoid feline species that I need to have been known as expansionist and/or war-like in the past but not be ...
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Can A Fast-Twitch-Muscled Humanoid Species Still Have Sentient Levels Of Intelligence?

I'm working on some biologically realistic interpretations of fantasy creatures, such as Orcs and Ogres. They're signature superhuman strength has been given a scientifically realistic reasoning to it:...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to a group of hominids with larger females than males? [duplicate]

races comprised almost entirely of females are a staple of many works of fantasy with the Greek amazons being the most well known. What I want to know is What evolutionary pressures would lead to ...
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What evolutionary pressures would lead to solitary hominids?

Solitary humanoids aren't uncommon in works of fantasy/cryptozoology with Bigfoot coming to mind. What I want to know is What evolutionary pressures would lead to solitary humanoids? Some ...
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What weapons would be used to kill giants by a viking era civilization?

(Vaguely related to What kind of equipment would a giant slayer use, but different premise enough) In a somewhat Northern-mythology inspired setting, "viking" villages and cities huddle in fjords, ...
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Could a human-spider hybrid develop by both human and spider embryogenesis?

The hybrid is a giant spider with a human-like closed circulatory system, calcified bones, a complete muscular system attached only to the bones, growing skin, kidneys, efficient lungs where the ...
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Name of scientists that study sapient life

In a fantasy world I'm creating, one of the characters biologist who studies the other intelligent beings. Originally, I was going to name them a Xeno biologist. But that would implies that other ...
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Humans In A Fantasy World [closed]

I am currently building a fantasy world that contains humans inside of it, but the problem I currently face or wonder about is what physical differences there might be in my world compared to the ones ...
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How can tengu avoid being conquered?

So, I decided to replace elves with tengu, a race of six-limbed humanoid birds. Firstly, because I'm tired of seeing Legolas everywhere. Second is that compared to a bog-standard human-elf romantic ...
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How to found a new independent city-state in a medieval setting?

This is for a future D&D campaign I’ll be DMing. I want to know how a rich and charismatic leader might create his own settlement and eventually turn it into a prosperous city-state. The world is ...
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Medieval military logistics with cannibalism and anthropophagy

General Urk is commanding an army of orcs in a pseudo-medieval low-magic fantasy world. Orcs are basically like humans in terms of smarts and toughness and equipment, but with one key difference: ...
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Is the existence of vertically shaped pupils, with a hawk eyesight, biologically possible?

The eyes with vertical pupils of small cats and some reptiles are very good at seeing better in the dark and avoiding being blinded thanks to their ability to regulate the amount of light that enters ...
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toilet for mermaid?

I want to know what kind of toilet design for mermaid is, considering they live surrounded by water and they poop through the anus (or whatever the organs name is) that located in the front rather ...
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How do different color eyes affect eyesight?

To put it simply. How would the color an eye affect what one could see? I ask this due to watching some of an anime called, "Somali and the Forest Spirit" If I remember correctly in episode 2 the ...
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Could a centaur eat something that is poisonous to humans but not horses?

I know theoretically the human stomach is above the centaur's stomach so the obvious answer would be no. But seeing as centaurs aren't real and we don't know what their internal biolody would look ...

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