1. WaffleWhale

    WaffleWhale Active Member

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    Fantasy species ideas?

    Discussion in 'Fantasy' started by WaffleWhale, Sep 18, 2018.

    I'm writing a story, and I can't figure out what species I want my character to be. I know it's a bit trivial, but I'm having a problem with it. As of now she's an elf, but I'm hesitant to stick with that because it seems like whenever there's a main female character in high fantasy she's an elf or a human. The other two MCs are a human and a dwarf, so I don't want her to be either of those, and I don't want her to be an orc, just because I'd feel like I was doing a knock off of a female orc character from a certain story I like. I'd like her to be humanoid, and that's basically all the cool humanoid fantasy races I know. So just a quick recap, I need a speaking humanoid fantasy race that is not humans, elves, dwarves, or orcs.

    Please help me.
     
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    MusingWordsmith Shenanigan Master Contributor

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    Well, she could be half-something? Maybe even an elf/dwarf hybrid- don't see many of those. Alternatively, make up your own fantasy race. Or find one that isn't humanoid- I personally think that fantasy could use more very distinctly not human fantasy peoples.
     
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    I'm partial to Nagas and Fauns.
     
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    DK3654 Almost a Productive Member of Society Contributor

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    Why do you wanna know, huh?
    You could do:
    • Some kind of merfolk
    • Faerie
    • Dark elf
    • Some kind of nature spirit
    • Some kind of undead
    • Some kind of shapeshifter
    • A part-demon race like Tieflings (from D&D)
    • A part-mammal race like Centaurs
    • A part-bird race like Aven
    • A part-reptilian race like Naga
     
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    Dive into mythology. There are a lot of mythological creatures that might be able to fit the bill and/or give you ideas.
     
  6. l nimbus

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    make your own. that's what i do.
     
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    Some Guy Manguage Langler Supporter Contributor

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    Goblin with wings?
    Demon- Fairy?
    Piers Anthony had a way with making creatures attractive, out of their stereotypes.

    Fairy Goblin Mother?
     
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    Wikipedia has a fairly comprehensive list of human-like mythological races to choose from. Take a meander through that list and see which ones you like.
     

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