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Offline Overlord

Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:05:11 AM »
We recently interviewed David Tallerman and discussed with him the fact that Giants kind of disappeared from Fantasy Literature for a while. I guess, in hindsight, they are more folklore and fairytale, but still - I would have expected more of them to enter books than actually have. It seems to me that Elves and Dragons have maintained the best presence in novels so far... but what fantasy races do you think should make more appearances?
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 10:08:49 AM »
One that I've discovered pretty recently and really, really enjoyed reading about were 'Banshees'. Mark Newton has them as pretty important aspects of his 'Nights of Villjamur' series and as a race they are really cool. I believe the general lore in regards to a Banshee is  that when someone dies or is about to die, you hear their screams. I think the race is a pretty creepy one - because they are omens of death and there is a lot to play with there. Do they react to death coming, do they know when someone is about to die, do they decide a person death, what is their role before and after death other than to scream? I'd love to read a bit more about them :)
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 11:22:34 AM »
More nymphs please!
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Offline AnneLyle

Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 11:31:58 AM »
I think giants are a problem because of their scale - unless they are rather small giants (say, under 5m) it's damned hard for human-sized folk to interact with them.

If we're going to have more nymphs, there should be fauns and satyrs too - maybe evil ones, like the Broo in Runequest :)
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Offline Mark Lawrence

Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 12:16:30 PM »
More minotaur! Help them out of the labyrinth I say!

Offline EDB77

Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 03:16:45 PM »
More nymphs please!

Hah!!

Kinda beat me to it - I was gonna say Amazon warrior women in fur bikinis!

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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 03:54:05 PM »
I think giants are a problem because of their scale - unless they are rather small giants (say, under 5m) it's damned hard for human-sized folk to interact with them.

If we're going to have more nymphs, there should be fauns and satyrs too - maybe evil ones, like the Broo in Runequest :)

So, what you are saying Anne is that we need smaller giants? :D
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Offline Dan D Jones

Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 06:04:17 PM »
I think giants are a problem because of their scale - unless they are rather small giants (say, under 5m) it's damned hard for human-sized folk to interact with them.

One of the few epics that features giants is The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.  They're about twice the size of a normal human, so fit that criteria.

So, what you are saying Anne is that we need smaller giants? :D

I suppose they live on a diet of jumbo shrimp?

Offline AnneLyle

Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 06:05:25 PM »
So, what you are saying Anne is that we need smaller giants? :D

Yeah, and bigger dwarves too!

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Offline Francis Knight

Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 06:59:42 PM »
Miniature giant space hamsters?
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2012, 07:13:04 PM »
More nymphs please!
+1

Fauns and Satyrs aren't bad either.

What about some gnomes? (the engineering, crafting, and inventing kind from Forgotten Realms for example)
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2012, 09:52:29 PM »
Centaurs. World needs more centaurs.
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2012, 10:01:01 PM »
Count me in for the nymphs too.:D

There are Frowth Giants in Farland's Runelords series. Like giant hairy things. And I think there was something similar in Tad Wiliams' Memory, Sorry and Thorn books.

Brownies, Centaurs, Furies, Griffins, Cyclops and Farm Boys that stay on the farm. All great mythical creatures we could do with more of.:D
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2012, 10:14:57 PM »
Nixies. I read a fairy tale years ago about a nixie, and hardly anyone ever writes them now.
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Re: Which Fantasy Race would you like to see more of?
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2012, 02:10:23 AM »
Apparently Patrick Rothfuss was just surfing the web, checked out the forum, and will now be putting nymphs in the third volume of King Killers Chronicles. So result there.
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