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How to Create Fantasy Races or Species, Part 1 |
In this three part series, we'll look at creating races in fantasy books. This entry focuses on the physical considerations, while Part 2 will discuss the mental ones. Part 3 includes a downloadable template you can use. While using the standard elves, dwarves, dragons, and other usual suspects in fantasy fiction is fine, and maybe even a wise idea, authors sometimes want to create their own races. As someone who's created seven species (I use that term instead), I've listed some considerations that may help you do the same. If you're trying to decide between calling them races or species, another blog may help you. Physical Considerations One thing to keep in mind is whether any fantasy race will be able to masquerade as another. A giant spider can't put on a cloak and sneak into a city as if it's a human. Less extremely, a seven foot can't do this as if they're a three foot one; two three foot tall ones can climb on top of each other and possibly imitate the taller one, but