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Beyond just Dwarves and Goblins, what other sentient, non-human races could both build and make prosperous a kingdom deep within a mountainous region?

One idea I've always wanted to try writing is the concept of vampires exploiting their lack of a need to breathe and generally low-maintenance biology to escape the brunt of the sun's rays by living ...

The Drow from Dungeons and Dragons are a race of elves with dark skin and pale hair that live mainly underground. How could these elves develop such a coloration when they live underground, away from ...

I had an idea for a humanoid species that has a significant number more female births than male births, how would this trait have provided enough of an advantage to allow the species to survive to ...

In my fantasy setting which I have been building, then there's a planet neighboring the main planet of my setting. I've taken to calling it Kazimar. On it, then there are two intelligent races that ...

This was a sudden thought during the world build I'm currently doing. What is the ecological purpose of a slime? Most monsters in a fantasy universe can be put into a food chain without much thought....

Phoenixes are sentient - willing allies, rather than beasts to be used. The size of a mature phoenix is comparable to a teratorn. They can do the usual resurrection thing, but a phoenix fresh out of ...

In some fantasy works there are races, like some interpretations of harpies and mermaids, among others, that are all female, and need to seek out other races, like humans, to reproduce, the daughters ...

So I'm making a story with the standard Tolkien races. Not terribly original, I know, but it makes for good practice fantasy writing. While I was planning out the history, I realized that orcs ...

One of the commonest depictions of elves are as incredibly long-lived humanoids, sometimes utterly immune from death of natural causes. They are also more graceful and more coordinated than humans, ...

There are two populations of beings in a world akin to prehistoric subsaharan Africa: lions and orcs. The orcs have essentially the same intelligence and physical capabilities as humans, but they are ...

TLDR: What believable real-world consequences can there be for killing orcs, goblins, etc. when such acts are not illegal nor necessarily frowned upon by one's society? I am preparing a Dungeons and ...

So I'm writing a story about humans of the modern world being given various superhuman powers by an unknown entity, which eventually causes society to partially collapse and turn into a bizarre mash-...

So I'm writing a story that has a species that's immune to being burned or suffering any kind of ill effect from being heated, functionally regardless of the temperature (I'm not planning on tossing ...

So, let's be real ... I totally suck at math. If a Human female can live to be 100 and her prime pregnancy years are from 20 years old to 40 years old AND assuming that Elves in this world have the ...

I shall present myself: I am Alfara Gal Strid, proud leader of a clan of Arat'nie - what you would simply call "winged humans". I come to you with a troublesome question. You see, for a long time we ...

So one of the biggest quirks of the world I'm building is that, along with supernatural powers suddenly becoming real in modern day, the human race is granted multiple separate opportunities to ...

So, one of the constraints I have on designing my world's fantasy races is that all of them used to be human, because these creatures only came about through humans getting access to supernatural ...

I have a race of humanoid species, who, like elves, have better senses than humans. They live in mountains and hills. They look like humans but have longer faces, smaller eyes and are most famous for ...

My question is « kinda » basic : Which are, for you, the points and basic rules when creating a credible and coherent FANTASY world ? By this I mean what’s for you the most important things to think ...

So in my urban fantasy story, among other things, new fantasy races suddenly start appearing in the modern world via the system I outlined in this thread: Reasons to voluntarily change into a ...

Orcs have been a staple fantasy enemy race for decades, but what could cause such a species to exist in real life? What would cause them to develop green skin like they're often depicted as having? ...

Edit: I have three amazing answers that I can't choose between so on the last day (saturday) I will have to decide randomly as I do not want the bounty to not be given but I am providing an overhaul ...

(This question moved originally from RPGs and pertains to the D&D game where individuals and societies may have explicit allegiances to good or evil.) A typical convention in fantasy settings are ...

So it occurred to me while developing the political landscape for my world, that throwing fantasy races into the mix in an absolute monarchy/feudal system and pretending they just fit right in may in ...

I want to figure out what kind of effects following physical attributes and in-universe conditions would have on Orc populations, society and warfare in a realistic low-fantasy setting: Physical ...

Asking because it's a major plot point in my novel, which I'm currently working on. The question is just what it is - heaven is closed to fallen angels because of course it is, but it's not the case ...

Considering there are at least several thousand depictions of trolls in the media, we’ll be talking about the traditional trolls from Scandinavian folklore. They’re usually described as being tall ...

I think we’re all familiar with the traditional vampire: pale skinned, blood suckers that drink blood through their fangs and have an aversion to sunlight and garlic while also resembling humans. ...

Kappa are creatures from Japan said to lurk in rivers and lakes. They are described as small humanoids resembling a cross between a monkey, a frog, and a turtle with either a water filled depression ...

Satyrs are creatures from Greek mythology said to resemble a human with the ears, horns and lower half of a goat. They are known for throwing wild parties, heavily drinking and a fondness for music. ...

Regular people are too big and heavy to fly on their own (i.e. without magic or internal combustion), but I'd like to have the fantasy equivalent of the Royal Flying Doctor Service so... Could ...

So in most fantasies elves and men are very similar in their physical appearance to where they look mostly the same, the only way they tend to be physically differentiated is by their ears and clear ...

Humans living a world of a vast pool of intelligent species doesn't seem easy for them. Creatures like centaurus, lamias, bearfolk, driders and so on, there are too many to list all of them. Humans ...

I’m planning on writing an urban fantasy story featuring humans living alongside fantasy races since the time of early man. While there is some magic (which is treated with the same caution as nuclear ...

I am developing a fantasy universe. In it, then there are 6 Continents (Excluding Mapiya, which is in the sky): Agricet (Asia), Aztlan (Pre-colonial Meso/South America), the Biting Glaciers (The ...

In many fantasy worlds, there is a "common" language spoken by the majority of all races. While there can be some dwarfs who reject to speak common and speak only dwarf, in many worlds these are a ...

I've read a number of questions about how a dragon would or could breathe fire, and what substances would allow them to do so, and alcohol or ethanol has always been mentioned and shot down as alcohol ...

Scenario: The world has suffered from near apocalyptic cataclysm from the new birth of a God. The nations of the world have teamed up and defeated the Evil God and have formed a new Alliance of ...

I always found the fact that dragons who possess superior qualities for leadership compared to humans didn't end up as overlords of humanity in many settings, or how cities were built, for that matter,...

Context Members of my race can live virtually infinite lives (they still have to drink, eat, and can be killed, but don't age and are immune/really resistant to disease) but are unable to reproduce. ...

So, this race of Wussname are a peaceful people. Each and everyone of them possess this weird ability of sympathy that allows them synchronize their emotions and share their knowledge with other each ...

If there were a group of primates very similar to humans, and they had vomeronasal organs, what should the sensitivity or accuracy of such organs be? The race has a lengthened face to accommodate for ...

So I've got a werewolf species inspired by this Tumblr post. Basically, the default form is somewhere between human and wolf, but gets hairier and more muscular over the course of a month as the full ...

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In a medieval fantasy world with low magic, humans and a race of horned humanoids (unnamed) exist. The world is similar to Earth with low magic and some creatures that don't exist, like griffins. ...

From the dawn of fantasy fiction, dwarfs have most often been described roughly in the same way: short and stocky, long beards, can smith stuff, good fighters, can live for hundreds of years aging ...

On my quest to make pretty much every single fantasy creature biologically feasible I have come across a hiccup. It wasn't angels, no you people helped me with that. Demons are easy, we have plenty of ...

Are there lists for magic spells where I can base my spells on? I found a site long ago but I can't find it anymore when I was about to use it on my story. Is there anything you can recommend where I ...

What factors could skew the sex ratio of an intelligent species, especially a humanoid/human sub-race? For example, say one race has markedly more females born than males, and another race has the ...

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