A staple of fantasy literature are things that deviate from what we see in the ordinary world, whether it be in contemporary world or in the retrospective view of things in the historical world. Something I've struggled with, is allowing myself to include more and more supernatural elements. Elements that include effective magic beyond the ritual, supernatural conditions similar to lycanthropy and vampirism, and races like orcs, elves, or whatever you want to invent. I just am partial to humans as a default lately, and relate more to them for reasons that ought to be obvious. It's a weird thing to create parallels from my own perceptions of baseline 'normality'. So when do you think it's necessary to bring in 'others' to the story, whether it be magic, otherworldly beings, or anything else you can imagine? Is there a point to their being there? Are they simply there because they are? As an aside, the reason I got into speculative settings at all was because my knowledge of history and the real world was woefully inadequate to write with any authority on specific places. I like creating spaces in my mind, but I like linking it with ethos, logos, and pathos in the real world that the reader can look at and take something away from, even if it's something that wasn't intended.