Has anyone else made any interesting discoveries while doing research for their novels? For example, I had to do some research into New Orleans / voodoo for the setting of my novel, and I also wanted to include a main character that was a special being (non-human) - he started off as a vampire but I decided I wanted to go in a different route, and not a werewolf either. So I began researching shapeshifters. I decided I wanted a character who was not limited to the type of animal he shifted to, so I settled on him being a "therian" or "therianthrope". After having done more research into therianthropy, I never even realized that there is actually a whole philosophy (or religion or way of life - still not 100% on the specifics) that revolves around therianthropy. I'm shifting the lore of the "therian" a bit to suit my own purposes for the novel, but it's just interesting the things you discover while researching. The fact that therianthropy has such a following/philosophy attached to it may open even more possibilities for my story Any interesting discoveries you want to share?