I've had this discussion with several friends, but why is every single fantasy race white or Caucasian with a different paint job(D&D's Drow for example). If you buy into the idea of an entire world populated with races alongside humans where are the rest of them? I want to expand beyond one race that wears one hat that represents everyone of them that ever lived. Why wouldn't there be Elves in the plains of America, or Naga slithering through the rainforests of South America? I've tried looking for parallels in other culture's myth and folklore, but I can't cover everything, so if anyone has a cultural variation of a classic fantasy race let me know. For Example: The Abatwa- Tiny beings that are the perfect miniatures of African tribespeople and maintain a clan and family structure similar to that of the tribes. They live underground, but are not warlike, and spend most of their time foraging,and helping the ants with whom they share their underground homes. Tweaked a little, that makes for a very interesting version of the classic Dwarves of fantasy. Anyone got any other examples?