Creating Original SpeciesSo, hello and welcome, once again, to one of my long-as-longcat text tutorials. This one here is going to be on the creation of original species. Unlike my other tutorials, this one is going to be better organized and hopefully make more sense, although, like all my other tutorials, it's going to be more a guide, than anything else. After all, you might not like, or even have to follow, everything I do, though I hope I can at least lay down a good path for you to follow, least you decide you want to follow it at all.
For this tutorial here, I will be using one of my own, nearly-original species, my biological vampires. These are simple characters, more humanoid than anything, and a very good springboard for showing one what developing an original species can do for you, your story, or anything else you plan on using these species on. Along the way, though, I will also be stating things that might apply outside my vampire species, and might apply to your species. Whether you use them or
Species Design GuideDESCRIBE THE ENVIRONMENTSpecies Design Guide5 years ago in Writing More Like This
What is the weather like?
Is it mountainous, more like a plain? Describe the landscape and be as detailed as possible.
What is it rich in? And lacking in?
Anything else you want to add?
How do they get water? How often and how much of it do they need? This has to do with evolution of the species. (if your species does not require water to survive, explain)
What is their food source? How do they gather, harvest, or hunt it? Establishing their diet is important in shaping their lifestyle, so be thoughtful with your response.
Are they nesters, building a home in a permanent place, or are they nomadic? If nesters, in what sort of home do they dwell? How are they built or prepared? Where, geographically, do they choose to place their housing? If nomadic, what keeps them on the move? Are they following something or avoiding something? How do they find shelter when they stop to rest?
Are there other species they compete with for survival? (such as for resourc
Ultimate Species ProfileI tried to cover everything possible, but there were so many questions that fit into more than one profile sheet. This was ultimately designed for developing a creature of your own (that is not a real animal or well known fantasy creature) to the point where it has its own civilisation. If your creature was intended to be just an animal in your world, then ignore all the complex civilisation questions. I intend to make a profile for societies and world/planets later on.Ultimate Species Profile5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Age (how long has the species existed?):
Defence Mechanisms/Strategies (how do they protect themselves against predators?):
Locomotion (how do they move? Eg. humans walk, snakes slither):
Herbivore, Carnivore or Omnivore?:
Diet (specifically what they eat):
Illnesses (any unique diseases that the species is vulnerable to?):
Problems (any p
Making an Orig. Species - FAQ and GuideOkay, so I have gotten numerous notes and comments asking me for critiques and suggestions on their up-n-coming original species'.Making an Orig. Species - FAQ and Guide6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now, a lot of you guys out there are probably saying,
"Ugh what's she trying to say her dogs are just fat with swirl tailz!11"
Well, that may be, but if they were really as plain as a fat, swirly tailed anthro, they probably wouldn't sell as well nor be renowned for the traits that set them apart from the rest, which I'll delve into later.
So, here are some tips to creating something fun, successful (if you put in the work), and original!
For starters, pick an animal or creature to base your species off of.
Pick an animal you don't see used too often, OR pick something you KNOW you can give original traits.
What I mean by the above statement, is that if you pick a common animal, like a dog or cat, and basing them off of drinks or biomes (desert, forest, beaches), ec
How to Make a Good RP Plot 2Plot ideas - an in-depth look at my suggestions.How to Make a Good RP Plot 24 years ago in Scraps More Like This
1. Changing genders.
What makes this a compelling plot hook? Well, in real life, gender swaps are rare and even more rarely unintentional. Usually they come about after many years of internal conflict, psychological testing and expensive surgery. But in speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi and anything else not quite "real"), it can as simple as an awry spell, a cursed piece of jewelry, you name it. It can even happen by swapping bodies with another person, possessing someone in some other manner, or by simply being a shapechanger. Usually, it will be unintentional.
But why is it interesting? Because of the way it changes how a person feels about themselves, the way others see them, and the way society treats them. Suddenly being thrust into a different social caste with new expectations on your behavior can be stressful (and stress = drama = fun, in RP terms). Looking down at yourself and seeing a different body, having to refit your cl
Sentinent Species Template EtymologySentinent Species Template4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
- Such as the scientific, common and self-identified names, their pronunciation and usage
- First recorded, age
- First existence, creation (evolution/man-made/deity-made/cross-breed),
[2.5] Current Events
 Habitat and population
- Planet, location, adaption
- Body structure, body type, skin colour range, hair colour, hair type, hair area range, eye colour range, ear, tail
- Lifespan, maximum age, average height, average weight, physical strengths and physical weaknesses
[4.4] Life cycle
- Development, speaking age, walking age, reading/writing age, puberty, puberty changes, maturity, maturity changes
- Periodic eating timeframe, drinking timeframe, food starvation timeframe, dehydration timefra