Who doesn't love a foxy catgirl? How can a character with eagle wings not be fun? There are lots of benefits and fun times to be had when roles are available that aren't entirely human, and the half-animal approach is a tried-and-true fan favourite. So today we're going to talk about not fucking it up! Learn about the species you're using Do a little research! Even reading a couple of wildlife journal articles on it can treat you to some fun trivia and facts that can add new dimensions to your species. Incorporate some traits of the animal Many half-animal races are essentially extra-agile/sensitive humans with ears and a tail tacked on. Not a lot really wrong with this, it's a fun, simple way to add a gimmick to a race, but you can add a lot more depth and identity to your race by connecting them more solidly to the animal you incorporate. How about cat people being lactose intolerant? a half-mouse who has to gnaw at things to keep their teeth from overgrowing? Creation story How did half-animals happen? Are they from an evolutionary line similar to humans, but came from something besides apes? Were they created by a divine being? The result of mass lab experiments reproducing? Any time you create an unusual species or race, it doesn't hurt to think about how they got there. Culture How does this connection to animals affect their culture? If applicable for the species, are they vegetarian? How do they view the actual animal? As a holy creature? As kin? An (un?)welcome reminder of their roots? These are definitely not the only things you should consider while creating an anthro/half-animal race, nor is it a creation process (talking about steps of how to create is for another thread!) There are always TONS of different ways to come at any element of worldbuilding, and I want to hear all of them, so it's sharing time! Do you have anything else you think should be considered when making a half-animal race? Go ahead and comment it below!