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WIP Update: Why Ghouls Make Great Detectives

You may have read my post from earlier this week about Detectives.If not, click the link above and check it out. Don't worry--I'll wait.Now, where were we?Oh, yes! Works-in-progress!I have a couple WIP running just now. One includes Detectives. In this particular universe, the humanoids include a race of beings that are suggestive of ghouls: they have crazy-sharp teeth, prefer to hang out in dark places, and have an odor that would make a garbage dump get up and move to the next town. Members of this race typically go into service as Detectives; their sense of smell is extraordinary and they are willing to go to ehem...interesting lengths to collect evidence.I was reading a forum post about fantasy/science fiction characters; here is a list of the typical ones we find in these genres and their related crossovers:

  • Wizards
  • Dragons
  • Princes/Princesses
  • Kings
  • Vampires
  • Elves
  • Dwarves

Werewolves and witches were left out, but I certainly add them to the mix. Notice anything?Yep--you guessed it. Ghouls were not picked for the team, and that's just not right.This work in progress is designed to bring these unusual and oft-ignored creatures to the top of the list.Stay tuned.ghoul_by_aquascale-d5a1f9i.png 

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