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What level of phenotypic change is plausible over 10-15,000 years?

I'm developing a story with 4 distinct group of humans who inhabit 4 geographically separated and ecologically distinct islands (Iceland to Greenland sized). These groups descend from a single diverse ...
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Equivalents word for Human centric words in a world with multiple sapient species [closed]

In world with humans, elves, warewolves, cat people, dwarves, sirens, merfolk and other humanoid sapient species (Non-monstrous and peaceful) What terms would be used to convey meaning of Human-...
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What does a creature with green skin look like with more/less melanin?

First off, the creature doesn’t have melanin, as melanin is (from what I can tell) a dark brown pigment. However, the word “melanin” gets my point across well, hence why it’s in the title. Let’s say ...
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How does interspecies romance work between fantasy races? [closed]

In my world, most of the fantasy races are very different from the typical. While there are some like ghouls, trolls, etc., there are animal people races instead of elves and dwarves. At some point, ...
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A race created by a goddess of war

First things first: english is my second language, so I apologize in advance for every mistake. In a game of mine (D&D 5e) I've created a world, Eos, with a sentient race for each god. There are N ...
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Races based on zodiac signs: what would Libra be? [closed]

I am right now in the middle of designing a race for my world, but I have run into a problem. You see, the form a member of this race has depends on when they are born in the horoscope. I have a race ...
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How to "convince" the other nation to not enslave demi-human [closed]

The Main Character is the leader of a nation of demi-humans: Edit: It seems this is not what the Asker intended. A more accurate picture is this: Although the rest of the world is mostly in late ...
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How fast would 2ft tall people process alcohol?

I have a world both of normal humans and a fantasy race that are basically 2ft tall, with large heads and torsos and stubby legs if that's important. They typically weigh about the same as a housecat. ...
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What would Silicon-Based Aliens look like?

Would silicon-based aliens' biochemistry cause them to look any different than the carbon-based humans that we have in the real world? If so, what could they possibly look like? For further ...
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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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Racial slurs for multi-species nations: Specifically, modern age countries [closed]

This is a new question for Damarian's species: Link is here if anyone would like a description. Story time So, the setting is on Damarian, some years after a world-shaking event called the "...
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Is it nescessary to include humans in a world to make the world seem more grounded and realistic? [closed]

I am making a continent for a RPG that I am planning to run. I am currently running one on a different continent in the same world. That world has Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Halfings and a handful of ...
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How to prevent human inferiority syndrome? [closed]

We love to create people with "cool" abilities and traits. So much so that it is very common in sci fi and fantasy to have peoples (aliens, elves, etc.) with extra-human powers, and yet ...
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World of All Sentient Races, No Animals [closed]

In a world that has no form of lower life forms, only "sophonts" how would society evolve? I'd say it applys to all animals: land, sea and air. But not plants. Probably. Maybe? Given the ...
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Laws between humans and anthropomorphic dragons (WIP / Questions) [closed]

I am currently creating a society for a short CG film. My main character is a young a,thropomorphic dragon living in the same standards as humans (as you can see on the image). I would have wanted to ...
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How would a humanoid species adapt to live in a area that is covered in semiperminant mist/fog?

So I have been working on world-building regarding a humanoid race living in a sheltered archipelago. The archipelago is sheltered from the open sea by the edge of a mountainous, densely forested ...
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Most likely source of conflict between humans and werewolves?

So, my werewolves are a diet version of the classical lycanthrope. They have considerable strength and a thick hide, but a trained human can still overpower them. They can be hurt with regular ...
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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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Would it be logical for races to have their own colonies to preserve their cultures post-Apocalypse?

In my story, Earth was destroyed and about 19 million survive (from races and cultures from all over the world) and go to a new planet as their new home. At the start of my Sci-fi book, it's set 125 ...
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How would a species be unable to produce steel?

The antagonist of my story trades steel with a non-human, and non-humanoid, race, in return for a magical substance. They place great value in steel as they cannot manufacture it themselves. That is, ...
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Should languages ​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage?

Should languages ​​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage? I guess they should be similar for example in phonetics or in some other ...
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What are the possible ways of explaining the limits in cognitive abilities of evolution driven species?

For a story, I need to find a way to justify the limited cognitive capacities of an entire race that thrives on biomass, capable of eating anything that is inherently biological. This race is driven ...
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What physiological tools would a humanoid need to generate ultra-low frequencies?

I'm interested that some ULF (ultra-low frequencies, especially the 17 HZ zone) can cause humans to experience sensations of fear, trembling, or even claims of seeing ghostly apparitions. What an ...
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How to capture the dichotomy between "Ideal specimen" and an the species? [closed]

How to reasonably worldbuild a species that exhibits a set of qualities and principles (has a "hat"), but also doesn't view it as an ideal and would view that a perfect/moral specimen steps away from ...
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A Really Strong reason For a War - Fantasy extra terrestrial story [closed]

In my fantasy story, there is a very important flashback: centuries back, there were 3 humanoid races - always in war with each other. The third race is more evil, more powerful(both physically & ...
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Should a god have more or less power when in a physical body? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel titled "Seraphim Divided." In the novel, there is a god known as Thorolax (The Midnight Harbinger). I want to have him be introduced as an ethereal being who has to rely on ...
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How would a previously hidden nation form diplomatic relations with other nations and international bodies?

Assume that the events of this question begin in a current-day (2019) world. For the purposes of this question, let's base the scenario on Atlantis. The intelligent sea-creatures inhabiting the ...
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What are the implications of a race with multiple personalities [closed]

In my universe there is a race of proto-humans known as legionaries. They have a are a minority group and used to be even smaller, only living on one planet in the past. This race used to give birth ...
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What kind of places would goblins live in a fantasy setting with strong states? [closed]

So I got a fantasy setting that left the Medieval era and entered the Renaissance with strong states that can maintain both order and infrastructure across their territories. While there are 'wild ...
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In a world with multiracial creatures, what word can be used instead of mankind? [closed]

So, I've been trying to find a word which means all the people in the world. One would think of humanity, humankind, mankind, or just people, but I want something that can express the meaning properly ...
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Will a country ruled and dominated by women work?

I'm writing a fantasy comic, and in my comics, I plan to introduce a country/nation/race, where women dominate everything. Men from this race/nation are submissive to the women. Women have all the ...
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Societal issues stemming from having two sentient species that can interbreed generating infertile offspring [closed]

Premise: Both races are humanoid, covered with fur, similar in intelligence, dexterity etc... Evolved in parallel to fill very similar environments, and split off the other (genetically) relatively ...
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How can orientation-discriminating people keep their views when it turns out they live on a non-orientable surface?

In my world, there are two types of people, lefties and righties. They have opposite orientations, which means they are mirror images of each (they are Enantiomers of each other essentially). ...
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One Race in the Future? [closed]

My novel set in the future where everything is automated and fake: lighting, air, and food are all modified or simulated, and the government controls it all. This automated world is set on a planet ...
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Story arc for introduction of aliens with their own story [closed]

Apologies if this has been asked before, but it has been bugging me as I finally move toward the point of releasing my novels and not just writing for myself. Many of my stories involve humans ...
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What to name a race of rock people? [closed]

I'm looking for a good name for my race of crystalline/rock people. Preferably a fancy/sciency sounding one, as "rockulon" & "bouldera" don't really fit the tone of the story.
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What is a logical explanation for why a race of stone humanoids wouldn't become the dominant race on the continent? [closed]

So, I have a major problem with one of my fantasy worlds that I can't seem to figure out. I recently added a race to one of my worlds called the Athar, who are a race of intelligent humanoids made of ...
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Ant people polymorphism ( Queen )

(Perhaps termite people would be more appropriate) In my world, the Gbajumo (think race of semi-gods) decide that the humanoid beings of the world have become too cocky and comfortable in their ...
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How can I provide reasons for racism?

OK, I know the question sounds a little bit extreme, but I'm writing a story in which there are two races of a same species, both rational and civilized, with cities and everything an actual society ...
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What interaction is possible for multiple species of human like intelligence that live on the same planet? [duplicate]

I would like to know if possible, however I do not want to know how it would happen but what it would create and how stable that co-existence would be. I would like to know not how it would happen as ...
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How might a government pass a law without the population knowing?

I want to have a government pass a permit law without the public knowledge overnight. The story is set in the United Kingdom, where half the population are cat people. The recently elected government ...
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Elven life cycle and population

I'm currently brainstorming the rules for some Tolkien-esque elves. I'm trying to do some research to make them as realistic as possible, but all the science-y things go right over my head. I've ...
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Suggested steps for creating a new race?

For one of the novels I am writing, I want to create a race based off of the Chinese Zodiac. However, I don't know exactly where to start with creating said race, so I was curious to see if there was ...
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What relations of civilizations living on the same world but not the same living environment would be?

I've got a planet similar to Earth, with three species rising from prehistoric nomadic life to sedentary civilizations at the same time and learning speed, but in three different living environments: ...
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Creating Fantastical Race Without Using the Terms Magic/Sorcery

I have a world where I have anthropomorphic fantastical race that was created through ritual between the humans of that world and their spirit dragons (who are like gods in a sense). The ritual in ...
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How would be our society if it was populated by anthropomorphic dogs? [closed]

A dog has a great smell sense: while a human has about 5 million scent glands, a dog has between 125 to 200 million. The part that controls smell is also 40 times larger than in humans. A human can ...
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Biological explanation of age stopping in near-human aliens

There's a species called Foos. Foos are fairly similar to humans. In a primitive society, in fact, they would appear identical to humans in actual physical appearance, mannerisms, and base behavior. ...
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Species and Race diversity and names

what are the rules I need to follow to name different races of a specie and different species that have one ancestor in common ? Additionally how do i know when a race becomes a species ? Is an ...
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World Government: What Term Replaces "Nationality"

Today, we identify a person's "nationality" as French, English, Czech, etc ("I'm French" / "I'm from France" being the grammatical form of its use). But in a future World Government, "nationality" is ...
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Are intelligent races necessarily diverse?

Experience shows me that some people dislike when a given world has monolithic species. By this I mean the planet has one culture, language, empire or purpose that unifies all of its member. Most ...
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