This template is taken directly from Randy Ellefson’s Wordpress site - he’s a fantasy writer for those who don’t know.
Include voice, posture, impression, sleep and eating habits.
Eyes, brow, ears, chin, jaw, nose, lips, hair styles (and colors), tongue. Heart-shaped, round, square. Bearded?
Discuss height, stocky/thin, details on hands/feet, athleticism, stamina, strength, common ailments. Can include clothing.
Anything unique about them.
Which gods created them, influence them, or are worshiped by them? How does this affect them?
- Specific Accomplishments:
Wars Won and Lost
Inventions and Discoveries
Culture and Customs:
Do they work every day? Take lunch naps? Includes marriage, death, challenges.
Do they build cities? Scavenge or farm and hunt? Live in tribes? Marriage?
Do they have an oral or written language? Which languages do they typically know?
- Relations with Other Races
Can they do it? What kind, how powerful, what limits?
Where a race lives determines many of their characteristics.
Where do they originate from? Land with rolling hills? Mountains? Plains? Forests? The sea?
Hot or cold? Temperate?
- Settlements (Towns/Cities)
Name important ones and develop them another template for this.
Where are they located? In trees? Underground? Underwater? How are they laid out and protected?
What are their homes made of? Wood? Brick? Straw roofs?
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?