I'm currently working on the plot line for a new fantasy novel and really want to try creating a brand new race of beings apart from the typical dwarf, elf, human trifecta. One major aspect of the novel involves the identification of prophecy through death-bed visions (which is basically a concept that suggests the breaking down of the physical world when nearing death to allow for momentary sight into the unknown.) In order for these prophecies to be feasibly recorded, there would have to be a second party (aside from the dying individual) who could partake in this vision as well. So, I've taken to creating a race that I've coined the "Spectres." They were a long forgotten and ancient race of humanoids that live underground in small populations. The pretense is that they live their lives in a dream-like state. What would be sleeping to us is their preferred state of consciousness. They are adept lucid dreamers and can communicate and interact with each other in their dream world, which they refer to as their homeland. Each spectre's mind is their personal dwelling, which they craft without limitation. Spectres may enter each others' "homes," but only maintain complete authority over their own. Naturally, spectres are a very peaceful race, without the construct of war within their society. This fosters a very naive outlook towards the outside world. Spectres consider being awake as their resting state; it is the period during which they eat, relieve themselves, and perform any necessary survival functions. Physically, the spectres are very small, both in frame and in stature. This is due to their limited mobility, confined to only a few hours a day. They also experience stunted growth due to their meager nourishment, limited mostly to water, locally grown fungi, and small prey that survive in their dwelling. Lastly, they have extremely pale skin and hair, a byproduct of living centuries underground. Some years ago the spectres were discovered and enslaved by humans. The were originally deemed "Spectators" (their true name long forgotten), because it was believed that the race could be used to gleam information by viewing the unconscious mind. But the task proved impossible. As the spectres tried to explain, the dreaming mind is a dwelling not a data base; information does not spring forth unwillingly. The spectres grew to despise the human dreamworld they were forced to occupy, erratic and unstable, uncertain of its desire. Just when it began to seem as though the spectres were of no use, humans stumbled upon a new calling for them. The name spectator quickly whittled into spectre when the race began being used to decipher death-bed visions, prophecies that a land caught in civil unrest believed could be used to sway the odds in their favor. Now there are only a few dozen spectres left, but it is not unusually for major cities to have a spectre among its healers. The locals regard them much like they may the grim reaper, for they have received a false reputation for attracting death. Okay, so that's just a basic profile of the race. Since I intend for one of my main side characters to be a spectre, I wanted to get some feedback first to see if this seems like a plausible and not overly cheesy race.