I blame The Elder Scrolls for this. Basically, my fantasy world is filled with "chop, cut and paste" real-world cultures stitched together in a clumsy way. Allow me to demonstrate: First, my character names. Mishu sounds like Japanese name, while her best friends Akeshia and Jelena do not. Jelena, especially, sounds like she could easily have come from one of the Scandinavian countries. Her father, Arjun, sounds like he could've come from India. Samula, another character, sounds like he comes from Spain, or somewhere in the Latin American part of the world. My thought was to have these characters come from different cultures, so Mishu's people come from one area of their world, and so does Samula's people. Their cultures are somewhat based off the real-world counterpart (Mishu- Japan, Samula-Spain, etc.) The bulk of the story is set in a country that's a sort of 'melting pot' and is ruled by a queen, which explains how they all know each other: They live in the melting pot country. Two problems: (a) This, to me, is sounding dangerously close to The Elder Scrolls, with people and countries representing/based off of different real-world cultures. Even though my lore is not at all like The Elder Scrolls, I can't help but feel like I'm making a half-assed version of this series. I mean, I even have cat-people! They don't look like Khajiits (the cat-people of The Elder Scrolls), but they're still cat-people. (b) I know this is fantasy and I can do whatever I want, I still can't help but think that this is just too clumsy, too stitched-together. If I did do what I outlined before with the making my characters from different cultures, it'd still feel as if I'm taking Japan, Spain, the whole of Scandinavia, and other places and just ramming them together and calling it my fantasy world. I'm not well-versed in the fantasy genre, but I don't think that's how it works. Even if my characters have their own culture that that's blatantly supposed to be a real-world culture, their names would still suggest something of that nature to the readers And don't get me started on the magic. All I know now is that they all say it's a blessing from their Goddess, everyone can do magic, but if you're poor and can't pay for schooling, you're S.O.L. So...thoughts on how I could fix up this messy setting I've created?