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12th Jul '16 12:47:39 PM SantosLHalper
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*** One also must be careful of invoking [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate real-life racial imagery]] when deciding to go for an AlwaysChaoticEvil angle for an entire race of people; the ''other'' part of the discrediting noted above stems from the fact that in recent times there has been substantial criticism of seminal works like ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' from a civil rights perspective. All things considered, this is territory you likely want to ''avoid'', so stay conscious of it.

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*** One also must be careful of invoking [[UnfortunateImplications [[SpaceJews unfortunate real-life racial imagery]] when deciding to go for an AlwaysChaoticEvil angle for an entire race of people; the ''other'' part of the discrediting noted above stems from the fact that in recent times there has been substantial criticism of seminal works like ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' from a civil rights perspective. All things considered, this is territory you likely want to ''avoid'', so stay conscious of it.
28th Sep '15 6:31:05 AM NoSpoilerz
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Or not. Chose the races you want. Or invent your own. You can even chose no non-humans at all -- PeopleOfHairColor is common to tell humans apart -- or no humans.

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Or not. Chose the races you want. Or invent your own. You can even chose no choose to forgo non-humans at all altogether -- PeopleOfHairColor is common to tell humans apart -- or no humans.
19th Aug '15 7:35:12 PM Galacton
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* Making [[PlanetOfHats Races of Hats]]. All too often fantasy setting have [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves be...]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly alike]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elves be stuck up snobs]], [[strike:Hobbits]] [[{{hobbits}} halflings]] be child-like or tricksters, and such. While [[LordOfTheRings Tolkien]] did show there were different kinds of people in each race [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], others have copied these designs to the point where they have become cliche. Nowhere in nature is there an entire race of stuck up snobs (well, maybe [[CatsAreMean cats]]). This is easily avoided if you are making races from scratch, but if you are using mythical races, [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch showing races aren't all clones of one person]] (that is, unless they [[CloningBlues are all clones of one person]]) is a good idea.

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* Making [[PlanetOfHats Races of Hats]]. All too often fantasy setting have [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame all dwarves be...]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly alike]], be gold-obsessed drunkards]], [[OurElvesAreBetter all elves be stuck up snobs]], and all [[strike:Hobbits]] [[{{hobbits}} halflings]] be child-like or tricksters, and such. While [[LordOfTheRings Tolkien]] did show there were different kinds of people in each race [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], others have copied these designs to the point where they have become cliche. Nowhere in nature is there an entire race of stuck up snobs (well, maybe [[CatsAreMean cats]]). This is easily avoided if you are making races from scratch, but if you are using mythical races, [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch showing races aren't all clones of one person]] (that is, unless they [[CloningBlues are all clones of one person]]) is a good idea.



* Morals. BlackAndWhiteMorality is common. But shades of gray among the heroes often work. (Lighting up the EvilOverlord generally moves you out of the genre entirely.)

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* Morals. BlackAndWhiteMorality is common. But shades of gray among the heroes and lower ranking villains often work.works. (Lighting up the EvilOverlord generally moves you out of the genre entirely.)



* War! An EvilOverlord bent on world domination is razing every kingdom in his wake. The heroes must unite the ever-bickering races of the world to stand against him!

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* War! An EvilOverlord bent on world domination is razing every kingdom in his wake. The heroes must unite the ever-bickering [[FantasticRacism ever-bickering]] races of the world to stand against him!



* Remember the readers are often expecting the FisherKing. If the land does not match the inhabitants' character, this must be brought out.

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* Remember the readers are will often be expecting the FisherKing. If the land does not match the inhabitants' character, this there must be brought out.
a reason for it.

15th Apr '14 7:57:20 PM Sabo88
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* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]. [[HereThereBeDragons There will most likely be dragons]]. If you do include dragons in your story, there are a lot of necessary decisions to make. Are the sentient? Do they [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]]? Do they bring rain? Do they hoard treasure? Are they AlwaysLawfulGood, AlwaysChaoticEvil, or does it vary based on individual? [[DinosaursAreDragons Are they descended from dinosaurs]]? Do people [[DragonRider ride them]]? And honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]]. [[HereThereBeDragons There will most likely be dragons]]. If you do include dragons in your story, there are a lot of necessary decisions to make. Are the they sentient? Do they [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]]? Do they bring rain? Do they hoard treasure? Are they AlwaysLawfulGood, AlwaysChaoticEvil, or does it vary based on individual? [[DinosaursAreDragons Are they descended from dinosaurs]]? Do people [[DragonRider ride them]]? And honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
4th Mar '13 8:27:03 PM SpaceDrake
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*** One also must be careful of invoking [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate real-life racial imagery]] when deciding to go for an AlwaysChaoticEvil angle for an entire race of people; the ''other'' part of the discrediting noted above stems from the fact that in recent times there has been substantial criticism of seminal works like ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' from a civil rights perspective. All things considered, this is territory you likely want to ''avoid'', so stay conscious of it.
8th Feb '13 3:06:56 AM LanceOmikron
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* FarmBoy saves the day! But the danger is that it can be too contrived. The innocent young hero has many virtues, but you have make convincing reasons why he happens to be the one to do it.

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* FarmBoy saves the day! But the danger is that it can be too contrived. The innocent young hero has many virtues, but you have to make convincing reasons why he happens to be the one to do it.
14th Jan '13 10:28:24 AM Xtifr
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* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions''

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* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions''''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions''
11th Dec '12 9:12:49 PM TwoGunAngel
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* Tunics and cloaks are common, mainly because they were worn in medieval Europe.
* Wizards sometimes wear pointy and/or raggedy hats. These sometimes have plot significance.

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* * Tunics and cloaks are common, mainly because they were worn in medieval Europe.
* * Wizards sometimes wear pointy and/or raggedy hats. These sometimes have plot significance.
11th Dec '12 9:11:12 PM TwoGunAngel
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You may want to also read SoYouWantTo/WriteAHeroicFantasy-- the lines between that subgenre and this one are not fixed in concrete.

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You may want to also read SoYouWantTo/WriteAHeroicFantasy-- SoYouWantTo/WriteAHeroicFantasy -- the lines between that subgenre and this one are not fixed set in concrete.
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11th Dec '12 8:48:57 PM popculturefanatic45
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