Wednesday, January 30, 2013

meet the beasts!

This is Day 3 of the World Building Blogfest - Religion and/or Magic

I did not incorporate any religion into BROKEN BRANCH FALLS - too complicated! But there are many touches of magic, including the creatures themselves. So here is a look at the twelve species... I give you the inhabitants of the Southeast Sector, Land Mass 4, Earth

Centaurs – equine bodies with humanoid torso and head, neutral in coloring, most intelligent beasts

Dragons – large reptilian bodies with strong scales and wings, vibrant colors from orange to purple, ability to convert brimstone to dragon fire which is five times stronger than normal fire and necessary to sustain life, above average intelligence

Elves – smallest humanoids averaging 4 feet tall, pointed ears, pastel colored skin tones, lithe and flexible, average intelligence, optimistic nature, special bond with tree they live in, the gift of an elf eyelash grants a wish

Giants – largest humanoids up to 25 feet tall, below average intelligence
Gabe Thorntry

Goblins – medium sized, average build humanoids, averaging 5 feet tall, all shades of green skin tones, large pointed ears, high intelligence

Harpies – avian bodies with humanoid torso and head, averaging 5 feet tall, shiny, metallic colored feathers (bronze, copper, silver, gold, etc) – when feathers fall out, they are used for tools or building nests, never discarded, emotion pheromones project to each other, hold special bond to trees they live in, average intelligence

Merfolk – ichthyoid bodies with humanoid torso and head, 6 feet average length, all shades of blue and green protective scales, tears have healing properties, tails can change to legs for walking on land, above average intelligence

Ogres – extra-large, muscular humanoids averaging 8 feet tall, mostly gray skin tones with hints of other colors, below average intelligence

Pixies – medium sized, average build humanoids averaging 5 feet tall, dark, colorful skin tones, pointed ears, average intelligence, their dust is explosive

Trolls – talpidae humanoids averaging 5 feet tall, hunched posture makes them look shorter, dark brown and gray skin tones, long fingers, heightened sense of smell, ornery dispositions, below average intelligence

Vampires – chiropteran humanoids averaging 6 feet tall, pale skin with black, red or white hair, nocturnal, convert blood to energy, above average intelligence, can morph into bat form

Werewolves – canidae humanoids averaging 6 feet tall, covered in fur, all shades of brown, nocturnal, special bond with trees in forest where they live, heightened sense of smell and ability to read emotions from scent, above average intelligence

So there you have it! Friday we are posting excerpts that show our world building skills. Very curious to see what other entries there are! Thanks for reading!

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Stina Lindenblatt said...

I like Tolkien's version of Elves. They are sexy. Or maybe that was just Orlando Bloom. :)

Elise Fallson said...

LOL Stina. I think it was just Oralndo Bloom. (;
Nice list of beasts you have up there Tara, and love your GOT countdown widget!

mshatch said...

looking forward to your excerpt!

LD Masterson said...

I like dragons. Especially in movies when its voice sounds like Sean Connery. *grin* My son likes dragons so much he named my eldest grandson Drake (Middle English for dragon).

But I just can't think vampires as sexy. Or sparkly.

Sherry Ellis said...

I'm glad you explained Harpies, because they're not characters I'm familiar with.

Carrie-Anne said...

I love dragons and centaurs. My favorite dragon will always be Mr. Dragon from the classic Mac game The Manhole (from the makers of Myst), and I love centaurs since I'm a Sagittarius, sign of the half-human, half-horse.

Anonymous said...

That's quite a lot of different intelligent species to interact. Sounds like fun!

E. Arroyo said...

Dragons are my favorite. =)

Linda King said...

I admit to being in love with vampires, but it has nothing to do with Twilight. I found Gary Oldman sexy in Dracula - possibly because I knew it was Gary Oldman... Actually, I think it goes back to Hammer House of Horror days - I wanted to be a swooning beauty completely at his mercy!

Dana said...

Looking forward to your excerpt!

VikLit said...

'canidae humanoids'! I love it. And the characters in your book.

Yolanda Renee said...

Sexy Orlando Bloom, as an elf or a pirate, hell, just as he is! :)

Great post, love the magic, and the excerpts will be the most fun!

Christina Lee said...

Stina, SNORT-- it had to be Orlando!

VERY COOL and I love that title!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Sounds like my kind of book! I love fantasies. :)

Nicole said...

Elves and Pixies and Merfolk, oh my! :)

You've got a great mix of creatures.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm still laughing at your little goblin - he rocks!!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cool world building post!

Emily R. King said...

With a line-up like that, how could you go wrong?

Tara Tyler said...

Stina, sexy, baby! ha ha!

Elise, love GOT!!!

Marcy, thanks!

LD, me too - yeah Sean Connery!

Sherry, they're pretty nasty creatures...

Carrie-Anne, those beasts are my favorites too =)

Meredith, it IS fun =)

Elizabeth, mine too!

Linda, Gary Oldman is the man - Sirius Black!

Dana, thanks - have to pick a good one!

Vikki, thank you =)

Yolanda, I know, right!

Christina, ha ha! and thank you!

Rachel, great! ARC?

Nicole, seems unlikely, but they blend well!

Alex, hee hee - thanks!

Tyrean, thanks!

Emily, exactly!

Nicki Elson said...

Hooray for Pixies!!

Allison said...

I love fantasy creatures! I've looked up some more obscure ones before, and they are fun to read about. But the classics are great too. Dragons are probably my favourite. And maybe werewolves, before they got all, you know, popular and overdone.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Aldrea Alien said...

Love what you've done with them all!

And every dragon should sound like Sean Connery ... okay, maybe not the females, but definately the males!

Brinda said...

I really want to write about merfolk someday. Those are all fun creatures.

Rena said...

Can I just say how awesome it is that you used the word icthyoid? I mean pure awesome since I know EXACTLY what your merfolk look like now.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks for the education!! :)

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Nice list of definitions of fantasy creatures.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I agree with Stina - I love Tolkien's version of Elves!!

p.s. I just added you on FB through the link!

Christine Rains said...

What a rich and varied world!

Millie Burns said...

My elves are shortish like yours : ) And your right, we share some fantasy friends in common! Loved your descriptions : )