The story Experiments is one I created about how sometimes science does more harm than good in the wrong hands. The setting itself is post future/semi modern- a nuke plant blew up causing five towns to become contaminated. The people who lived there become infected with radiation...but don't die. They instead mutate DNA with various creatures around them by mistake, causing them to become humanoids in a fairly painful manner. This transformation helps them live and adapt. The five small towns heal over time but most of its residents are permanently stuck as humanoids. The story takes place many years after that event, in a valley surrounded by a thick forest and a large canyon drop off.
The Manor: Haven Manor is home to nearly half the humanoid population. It houses those who have been hurt, abandoned and even crudely mutated. The scientists there are the ONLY ones the mutated beings trust and are slightly humanoid themselves (cyborgs)
The Forest/Canyon: home to many species of humanoid. The two categories these species fall under are Night/Nocturnal and Day/Diurnal.
The Towns: the homes of the loving accepting folks who welcome weary travelers. They share a strong bond with the humanoids and even care for them in return for the food and other items they provide. All of the townsfolk do get seriously peeved at any who show hatred towards humanoids and have been known to chase people like that into the forest to be hunted down by predators.
The Humanoids- the humanoids themselves fall into many groups. Most are very common while others are very rare. Each humanoid has parts of the creature they are named after, species wise. Extra limbs, tails, scales, feathers, fur and wings are always present. Due to still being part human, they CAN grow facial hair and do have normal hair on their heads, along with appearing fairly human like.
Butterfly/ Moth- these humanoids are known for Grace, beauty, style, fashion and being snooty to some. They are fairly friendly and are willing to talk for hours if you want to chat with them. They do not fight and are the weakest species.
Bee/Ant/Wasp- these are worker humanoids. Known for loving a hard day of work, they are masters in their craft. Some farm land to grow food or make honey while others do tough jobs like welding/blacksmithing, mining, mechanical engineering and even run the railroads that connect the towns. Though hardworking, they tend to be slightly temperamental, so stay on their good sides.
Bird- the birds have only three types (jungle, forest, savannah) and are more skittish like the Butterfly and Moth humanoids. Most can be quite prissy until they get to know you. The vulture humanoid species is the ONLY carnivorous bird type. Robins, Blue jays, Parrots, Parrakeets and peacocks are the only other types. ALL Bird humanoids can fly.
Bats- bat humanoids are a weird species and fairly big. Vampire and Fruit are the only two present species but both do eat insects as well. Bat humanoids have a special skill to "hypnotize" prey with a bat song that can only be heard by the pitch the humanoids can hear. They mainly come out at night but have been seen wandering during the day. They can walk like a normal human but prefer to fly and hop to their destination. They, milipede and arachnid humanoids are the only ones who can survive living underground. Bats use their screech to stun enemies and alert danger. They can be quite violent and are not afraid to drop kick attackers into the ground.
Milipede- these humanoids aren't seen very often because they are shy. They are the biggest ones known in the land (ranging from 9'9" to 15" long in length/height. They look almost naga like and are the fastest humanoids there. They can use their bodies like a boa constrictor does to get their prey or use a powerful bite. Their scales are tough, like rhino skin, so it's hard to actually stab them...especially if they can curl into a ball and roll after you like a boulder. They are very secretive and prefer not to be around many, but are surprisingly curious. Violent when they need to be.
Arachnid- these are the most deadly humanoids on the land. They have strong poison, a very powerful bite and claws strong enough to break down a thick oak door. They are usually seen in the canyon or in the forest. Only some in this category can make webs, which are not sticky since they know how to hunt. Like a lion pride or wolf pack, they hunt in groups (of about five) and leave at least seven adults behind to guard the young. These humanoids always go for the throat when attacking and will not let go until the body stops moving. They are cannibals by nature and are pretty much the creepiest ones there. (All but the seven prototypes/psychos (Rene, Eti, Arik, Houdini, Sage, Johnny and Jackson) are naturally born). Arachnid, Milipede and Bird humanoids are the only ones who lay eggs.
Every humanoid type has its own unique calls/sounds, just like real animals. They rely heavily on scent and sound for mates, family and friends. Each one has its own little quirk- salt licking, hair braiding, burying themselves under dirty laundry, etc that is unique to that species. Grooming is very healthy- humanoids are built differently than humans and don't need to shower or worry about other problems (they suffer heat/rut depending on the season). And yes in this story, humans and humanoids can bear children together- the stronger genes will determine how the baby looks.
Animal (minus flying ones) based humanoids are very rare in the story world but there are a few there- rabbits, chinchilla, deer (centaur, very rare) and extinct species (Slow Loris, seal, wolf, hyena,etc) can be seen ONLY in the Manor. They are not hunted due to their rarity. They also have lots mental or physical health problems so they need constant medical attention.
The Seven Prototypes are the only lab made arachnid humanoids- they are defective and prone to "glitch" often (bone rip out of skin and bizarre stuff like that). They are also the only ones who can't feel any pain in their backs and have an almost all metal skeleton. They have lots of mental and physical health problems as well, like the rare humanoids, but don't need constant medical attention. They do have to be careful not to hit their heads or their bodies shut down (they have small but powerful generators at the base of their skulls that act like second hearts and keep them alive. They also have a strange but helpful parasite under their scales that protects their spines and brains)
Well that's all I have for the story! Comment with questions or even a few kind words. Thanks for reading!