Aarakocra are already reptilianDracotaurs - Centaurs
Pterafolk - Aarakocra
Sahuagin - Tritons
Kobold = halfling or goblin?
Nah, the fun's actual worldbuilding. Less 'Oh yeah let's just slot these into the tried and boring generic fantasy races" and more exploring how it can be fun.I could be wrong, but I think your missing the point. The fun is in making these analogies and seeing what others come up with.
Agreed, but it is what the OP asked. It seems to me developing completely new cultures is a great idea best explored in another thread.
Why make it dwarves/humans/elves in cosplay?
Sure, I know.Birds are dinosaurs.
If we're including 'dinosaur' in definition of 'reptile', then birds are included by default
See Chromasaurs prove it, Aarakocra are obviously evolved ArchaeopteryxSure, I know.
But if I'm looking to populate a world with reptilians, chickens and peacocks may not be the 1st thing that comes to mind, if at all really.
Except of course, Chromasaurs! (velociraptors with predator camouflage and some can cast color spray. They have lots of camo feathers, in my campaign.)
I know biologically it makes sense, but I still probably wouldn’t include them as part of my reptile world. But I haven’t given it much thoughtSee Chromasaurs prove it, Aarakocra are obviously evolved Archaeopteryx
Birds are also more closely related to Crocodilians than Crocs are to Lizards, Snakes, Turtles or Tuatara
and if you’re willing to include Fish people and Amphibians then bird people should make the cut too
When I did a homebrew race of anthropomorphic snapping turtles, they were a cultural and mechanical amalgam of halflings and dwarves.Tortle dwarfs?