Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

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Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Post by eldin raigmore » 20 Dec 2018 20:23

Firebird766 wrote:
20 Dec 2018 07:19
Essu Beti is a mix of roughly 30% human and 70% elven. Naturally, I’ve followed my usual trend of making unusual variants of said classic fantasy species by making Betian elves marsupial hypercarnivores with prehensile tails. But they can still be called elves because they’re humanoids with pointy ears.
Elven hypercarnivores! 😲😯😮
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How are you defining “hypercarnivore” in this use?

Modern-day H. sapiens sapiens tend toward about 15% meat and 85% other stuff.
But H. sapiens neandertalensis supposedly ate about 85% meat and 15% other stuff!
Would that make R.L. Neanderthals hypercarnivorous?

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Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Post by Firebird766 » 22 Dec 2018 05:05

Their diet needs to be 70% or more meat. They’re prone to taurine deficiency otherwise. They also, incidentally, have a rather broad variety of sensitivities and restrictions. Onions, garlic, chocolate, and grapes among other things are straight-up toxic, and they’re much more sensitive to alcohol and caffeine than humans are.

They also can’t get scurvy, because they can synthesize their own vitamin c. Which is one of their very few benefits, diet-wise. Seafaring nations quickly found that elves tend to make excellent sailors for this reason.

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Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Post by Random8k » 24 Dec 2018 16:57

My conpeople (Kisians) are essentially humanoid catfolk in terms of species. They've got prehensile tails, their fur color and thickness changes depending on season; they're also rather tall, with a range of heights from about 7'2" to 8'5".
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Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Post by elemtilas » 24 Dec 2018 18:06

Random8k wrote:
24 Dec 2018 16:57
My conpeople (Kisians) are essentially humanoid catfolk in terms of species. They've got prehensile tails, their fur color and thickness changes depending on season; they're also rather tall, with a range of heights from about 7'2" to 8'5".
Wow! Big Cats indeed!

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Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Post by KaiTheHomoSapien » 26 Dec 2018 18:44

I'm not very imaginative with my conworld; my conworld is basically just an alternate earth but with different continental arrangements and less plague.

My conpeople are human, though you will find unusual eye colors like purple and orange. Racial differences are also not the same as earthen ones. You will find blond hair and epicanthic folds, tan skin and light eyes, etc. There's more variation.

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Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Post by Pabappa » 26 Dec 2018 19:28

Human civilization has been declining for about 4500 years, and various sentient animals have extirpated humans from their habitats. Thus humans today live in discontinuous regions of the planet, widely separated from each other, unable to communicate except by crossing through territory dominated by a different species of animal. These animals are also confined to discrete and widely separated habitats, however, so humans are on the same level as the other four powerful species: dolphins, penguins, firebirds, and crabs.

Thus humans comfort each other with myths of ancient human civilizations stretching clear through the wilderness, where humans could travel from one city to another without the fear of being eaten by wild animals or attacked by packs of clustered ones. Wild animals such as wolves cause humans more trouble on land than the other three sapient species, since all three are confined to areas near water. However, most deep inland areas are overrun by predators for whom humans are no match, and therefore humans are also clustered mostly around bodies of water. By contrast, the other sapient species are never preyed upon: the firebirds, dolphins, and crabs are all apex predators far too strong for other animals to attack, while the penguins live in isolated areas where few other animals can survive.

Along the coasts, humans coexist with the various other species, just as these other species coexist with each other . The only exception is that the habitats of the penguins and the crabs do not overlap: penguins are bound to the glaciers and islands that are near glaciers, whereas crabs live in temperate and tropical regions but avoid water which becomes seasonally frozen.

Humans living in close company with other animals are at a disadvantage because they cannot own weapons, and of the five sentient species, humans are the most physically delicate. In most areas, humans who attempt to fashion weapons to protect themselves will be quickly attacked by other humans, as these other humans know that if they were to tolerate the presence of the weapons, a pack of the dominant species would then attack the weakest and most vulnerable humans. Thus these other species perform the role of police in some symbiotic settlements. The one case where humans are allowed to own weapons is that of humans cohabiting with crabs: no humans have ever succeeded in manufacturing weapons that can harm the exoskeletons of the crabs, so crabs have no reason to fear armed humans.

Each of the four species has different subspecies within it, with the penguins being the most internally diverse. Smaller penguin species can fly, while larger ones dive into deep water to find food. The penguin species as a rule cohabit with each other, with each subspecies performing a different role in society. There are no examples of penguins fighting wars against other penguins based on subspecies divisions: although penguins have occasionally fought wars, each side always has an internally diverse army that fights the other's.

By contrast, the subspecies of the dolphins, crabs, and firebirds tend to live separate existences and maintain territorial limits. Race is the most comparable division of the human species, but human races are more similar to each other than any of the subspecies of the various animals, and racial boundaries are difficult to discern. In general, the tropical subspecies of all animals are smaller than the polar morphs but rely more on their anatomy's sharp parts — claws and teeth — to hunt and to protect themselves from attack.

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Ive posted here before but I felt a new writeup might explain things more clearly, particularly that humans have been in decline for a long time and are making no progress at getting back on top.
Sorry guys, this one has the worst sting.

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