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Fantasy Race/Species Template

This template is taken directly from Randy Ellefson’s Wordpress site - he’s a fantasy writer for those who don’t know.

The Template

  • Fantasy Race/Species Name:

  • Nicknames: “”

  • Famous For:

General Description

  • Overall Appearance

Include voice, posture, impression, sleep and eating habits.

  • The Head

Eyes, brow, ears, chin, jaw, nose, lips, hair styles (and colors), tongue. Heart-shaped, round, square. Bearded?

  • The Body

Discuss height, stocky/thin, details on hands/feet, athleticism, stamina, strength, common ailments. Can include clothing.

  • Special

Anything unique about them.

  • Gods

Which gods created them, influence them, or are worshiped by them? How does this affect them?

  • Characteristics

Intelligence:

Wisdom:

Charisma:

Strength:

Constitution:

Agility:

Dexterity:

Morale:

  • Specific Accomplishments:

Wars Won and Lost

Inventions and Discoveries

World View:

Culture and Customs:

Do they work every day? Take lunch naps? Includes marriage, death, challenges.

Society:

Do they build cities? Scavenge or farm and hunt? Live in tribes? Marriage?

  • Language

Do they have an oral or written language? Which languages do they typically know?

  • Relations with Other Races

Race 1

Race 2

The Supernatural

Magic

Can they do it? What kind, how powerful, what limits?

  • Habitat

Where a race lives determines many of their characteristics.

  • Terrain

Where do they originate from? Land with rolling hills? Mountains? Plains? Forests? The sea?

  • Climate

Hot or cold? Temperate?

  • Settlements (Towns/Cities)

Name important ones and develop them another template for this.

  • Homes

Where are they located? In trees? Underground? Underwater? How are they laid out and protected?

  • Styles & Materials

What are their homes made of? Wood? Brick? Straw roofs?

  • Combat

Do they fight at all or run? How do they fight? With what weapons and armor? Do they use cavalry, dragons? Any typical battle formations?

  • Ecology

Mating, birth

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This is good😃

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Arti Loftus
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Indeed, it’s a great basic template to get people thinking about all the things required in creating a race/species. Feel free to use it to your heart’s content, after all that is what it is for :)

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