1. ITBA01

    ITBA01 Active Member

    Jan 21, 2018
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    Worldbuilding Zoology

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by ITBA01, Jun 14, 2019.

    In the last few weeks, I've been further developing the world of my book. It's a fictional world which resembles a mix between Pre-Middle Ages (Late Roman Empire) and the Middle/Late Pleistocene (though there's no specific time period in regards to real world chronology).

    There's many classic fantasy races/creatures, but they appear more "realistic" than in classic depictions. For example, griffins are a type of quadrupedal bird (with hair-like feathers, like a kiwi), and various beastmen (minotaurs, satyrs, and centaurs) are evolved Chalicotheres. Evolution doesn't work exactly the same as in the real world (some races are bestowed with magic abilities), but I'm trying not to make anything to ridiculous.

    The problem I've run into now is how to incorporate nature spirits (nymphs) into the story. They're spirits of the water and plants, but I don't know if they fit in with the "semi-realistic" world I've set up (there's no way for them to evolve). Do you reading this think that it would mess it up if I included them?
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    I don't think it would necessarily mess things up if you can provide an explanation for them that is consistent with the rest of your world. Instead of spirits could they be some kind of energy being?
  3. TWErvin2

    TWErvin2 Contributor Contributor

    Nov 30, 2006
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    If some races have magical abilities, then magic is present, and thus it's not out of the realm of possibility that a wood nymph's spirit would be anchored to a particular tree in a forest, for example.

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