Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fantasy Races

Now instead of bogging myself down in the endless talking of the different races and their interesting idiosyncrasies, I shall look at a different angle. I assume that you, as a fantasy author, or at least avid reader know the difference between a dwarf and an elf, an elf and a human, a human and a goblin etc etc…So then, what am I going to tell you about the races? Geography and habitat. Something that makes the world come alive for me is how the intelligent races are laid out(assuming there is more than one). Do the dwarfs live in the lowlands with a sect of elves? Or perhaps there is a goblin tribe living on the same mountain that humans are and so causes perpetual conflict?  This is a place that the author can expand limited by only his imagination! In his world creation do the elves hold goblins who have renounced their brothers? In battle the complete knowledge of the other’s strategy bodes well for the elves. Do the humans ally with the dwarves to beat off the goblins on their mountain side? In how you position your races a plot is almost instantly coming, or at least, a strong side plot. After all, who is surprised when tension sparks between some of the races or alliances are formed because of a common need? When you craft your world, do not negate to look at the geography and habitat of the species carefully used they add infinite color to your world.


1 comment:

  1. That's one of the things that makes LotR so good...


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