The most fun I ever had with a conculture was my race of sticks. Yes, that's right: sticks. I shit you not.
I want to know more about this.
Race of sticks? Sounds a little like the "sapling army" that appears towards the end of
the Russian folktale Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Kewl idea, no matter the folk who tells it!
BTW, my conraces include Sasquatches, sentient marmoset\Homo florisensis people, and goblin~like folk who possibly descended/were fused from one or all of the following: baboons, cynognathus, world's ugliest dog, Uncle Deadly from the Muppets.
However, the protagonist's race is human. I have vacillated between human/elven/Homo florisensis/eloi. Yeah, I know, pretty milquetoast/oatmeal/vanilla. No blue skins, though. They're people who have survived a long while into Earth's future, or an Earthlike colony in the future. Most of these folks, and all sentients for that matter, are ignorant of the technology present. To them its essentially magic, and frankly, if we were catapulted about 300 million years into humanity's future (presuming humanity still exists and continues "progressing") technology would appear as magic to us. An idea that I have toyed with, and will probably use, is some theory of how Earth Scientists created small moon-sized space colonies that are "reverse yo-yoed" (sorry for the lack of lacklustre syfy terminology here) through wormholes. They do this so that on the colony in question, 300 or so odd millions of years pass, while virtually no time has passed on Earth. The purpose was originally to fabricate some kind of drug/elixir, or to come up with the answer for everything. It may just become a crazy amusement ride for an extremely bored futuristic human super-race. ?
There are also a Preakness of sentient Ligers, Walpertingers, Giant Spee-eyeders (Arachnis deathicus! No, really they're called Malmignotta), and a very big and malicious Squonk with a chip on his melting shoulder. No unicorns or MLP (sorry, had to draw the line somewhere). But rabbits play an important, non-speaking role (Huzzah, Thaen!).
Deities include The Goddess of the Moon and Rains, a trio of Werewolf Storm-Gods, a kind of Wereboar god of War (who also manifests himself as a bratty little child), his servant an unctuous shapeshifting Manbat-thing who likes to meddle, the three "Gods of the Shore", who take the form of a sort of Japanese Zen master, a giant dragon-turtle, and a kind of Merman.
There should be a sort of elk-headed God of the Hunt, kind of like Cernunnos and that Cro-Magnon painting of the half-deer half-person hybrid. He seemed like a cool idea, he just did not seem to pleach himself into the story...yet.
Ooh, my prolixity got the better of me...agayne.
And I probably ninja'd thaen again in the process.