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The Fictional Species Catalogue wiki is intended to be a repository of articles about fictional, non-human races (and groups thereof) that populate different works of fiction. This article outlines the FSC Wiki Format that is used in creating articles suited for this wiki.

Subject MaterialEdit

The subject material of FSC is to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Fictional Species / Race
  • Fictional World / Universe they Inhabit
  • Group of Fictional Species / Races

This wiki is not meant to be a repository for real-world information regarding source material, authors, creators, or anything of that manner. If any information does not fall into one of the above categories, it is not to be made part of this wiki.

Species / RaceEdit

Any fictional, non-human (or near-human) species / race from any work of fiction makes a perfect subject for an article in this wiki.

The material to be used in the article about this species / race is to include any physical, biographical, physiological, sociological, etc. information available. Information relating to the progress or framing of a particular story is not to be included. Information regarding subjects related to this particular race (such as technological advancement, etc.) is to be included in the article itself.

World / UniverseEdit

Fictional worlds / universes can be detailed in an article as a mechanism to relate multiple races / groups together and explain some sort of environmental / sociological inter-connect between the races that inhabit it.

Just as with the species / race, story-related information is not to be included.

For fictional universes, the literary convention or author's name for that fictional universe is to be used as the name. If the only useable name coincides with the name of the source itself, then that fictional universe article is to use the title "<name> (Universe)"

GroupsEdit

Many races populate related groups / organisations in their fictional universe. These, too, are suitable subject material for an FSC article.

Relation to Real WorldEdit

Subject material that relates a fictional race or group to a real-world species (including humans) is allowed so long as that relation is part of the fictional universe. Cross-universe similarities are not to be used (see Language below).

VariationsEdit

In most cases, variations within a single subject should all be kept within the same article. The different ethnicities or breeds of a particular species should only be separated if there exists wildly diverging historical, behavioral, sociological, and at times physiological differences. An example of this is how the two post-human races Eloi and Morlocks would have their own articles despite the fact that they are both essentially human due to physiological, behavioral, and social differences.

Source MaterialEdit

The primary purpose of the FSC is to be a repository of information regarding fictional races and beings and the worlds they inhabit. As such, the primary source material must be some work of fiction:

  • Books (Novels / Novellas)
  • Poetry
  • Stage
  • Art
  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Comic Books / Manga / Webcomics
  • Video Games / Tabletop Games

Extent of Source MaterialEdit

Articles in the FSC require a certain extent of available information. This means that the fictional race, group of races, or fictional universe must be detailed enough to populate an informational article. This means that biographical, physiological, sociological, etc. information must be available. Without this, the body of the article would be naturally limited.

To qualify for this wiki, the race must be real in the fictional world it inhabits. This falls apart in certain references where those "races" are used to represent concepts. One prime example is in card games and tabletop games that the different playable / enemy races use well-known archetypes to fulfill a needed role. These archaetypes are NOT suitable subject material for an FSC article.

Use of Legendary CreaturesEdit

In certain cases, legendary creatures fit into this same category. These are treated as mythology, and can be referenced to the natural aspect / concept to which they relate (if applicable).

Many legends come from mythologies that were once practiced religions. If such a belief is not abandoned, it falls under the category of religious reference (see below).

Use of Religious ReferencesEdit

In the case of religious reference (i.e., Angels in Judeo-Christianity as described in the Bible), all effort must be made to treat the subject material with respect. No material to dispute, disprove, criticise, etc. the source or subject material will be allowed anywhere in this wiki, specifically on the article and its accompanying talk page. To facilitate this, any articles that feature a subject of religious reference must be marked at the very top with the template {{religiousref}}. This will put a banner on the page to clearly state the FSC wiki's policy on subjects of religious reference.

This rule cannot be stressed enough: RELIGIOUS REFERENCES ARE TO BE SACROSANCT

Violations of this rule will not be tolerated. A wiki is a source of information, not a forum for religious criticism. Such criticism generally stems from or leads to personal insult. The only instance in which dispute is permitted is over the accuracy of the article's information itself with respect to its source material.

The only time that a subject of religious reference should have an article on this wiki is when it has one or more counterparts in works of fiction. This is to facilitate comparison between the religious and fictional references. The article must have a disambiguation that specifies it as religious - "<title> (Religion)" - and should present an over-arching view of the subject, detailing specific differences only where needed.

ExceptionsEdit

There are exceptions to the above rule. These exceptions are for the works of fiction in which these religious references are used as the basis of a fictional counterpart (i.e., "Angels" in His Dark Materials). These counterparts are to be detailed in a separate article, and references recognized as fiction are not sacrosanct.

NamingEdit

This section deals with the usage of names in articles.

Article NameEdit

In determining the name for an article, the name of the fictional species or group is to be used for the title, obviously. However, some more complex story-telling features the same race known by many different names. In this case, the article is to be titled by the most common or well-known title.

For example, in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, many races have multiple names, due to Tolkien's use of several fictional languages:

  • "Elf" (English) - The common name for this race in English
  • "Quendi" (sing. "Quend") - Name for all elf-kind in the elvish language (Quenya)
  • "Eledhrim" - Equivalent for "Quendi" in the another elvish language (Sindarin)

However, only one such name can be used for the article title. In this case, "Elf" would make the best title, since it is the most common and well-known. The others will likely make good re-directs to this one article.

Usage in Article BodyEdit

The first use of a name in the article body must be in bold font. This signifies that the usage of that term (a la search engine) will lead to this article either directly, through a re-direct, or via a disambiguation page.

In the article title, due to the technical standards of the wiki, the first letter will always be capitalised. This is not actually appropriate in the case of certain names. Language convention stipulates that only proper names should be capitalised. This extends to the name of any fictional universe or group / organisation of races.

So what about species / racial names themselves? For this, the FSC wiki will make use of a literary convention that separates a "self-name" from a "given name". Self-names are always capitalised, while given names are not. A self-name is a title that one calls oneself, which is what a proper name is. A given name is a title that is bestowed, but is not used by the one it addresses.

Such is the case between species that are sentient and those that are not. A sentient being will use a title to describe itself - Elf, Vulcan, Dæmon, Wookiee, etc. However, it will also have other titles by which it is referred: humanoid, reptilian, biped, and so on.

A non-sentient being, on the other hand, will not have a self-name, since it has no self-awareness. A dog is not referred to as a "Dog", obviously. So, names of non-sentient creatures - krayt dragon, tribble, xenomorph, traeki - will be left un-capitalised. (Notice in the link to "krayt dragon" that it has been formatted to match the proper article title.)

Of course, these rules give way to the language convention of when a word is capitalised at the beginning of a sentence:

The Galactic Federation has long feared the metroid scourge.
Metroids are considered the most dangerous species in the galaxy.

(From the video game series Metroid)

This capitalisation applies to all parts of a multi-word name, with the exception of common words such as prepositions (i.e., of) and articles (i.e. a, an, the) when they are not the first element of a name.

PluralityEdit

In determining the name of the article, the singular form of the best / most common name is to be used.

Either the singular or plural form is used at the beginning of the article itself in the introduction, whichever makes more sense, and must be bolded. If the singular is used in the introduction, it must be followed with an indication of the plural form of the same name: (pl. <plural form>)

Other Names / RedirectsEdit

The other names (singular and plural forms) that apply to a particular subject in an article can and should be used as redirects, including the plural form of the article title itself.

In the article to which the re-direct points, the alternate name(s) must also be bolded on the first use.

Title DisambiguationEdit

If there are multiple subjects that would have the exact same article title, they cannot logically all have the same title. Disambiguation subtitles are used in the article title in this case: "<title> (<subtitle>)"

For example, for a race known as "Elf":

  • An article considering the original Germanic legend would be titled "Elf (Germanic Legend)"
  • An article(s) about Tolkien's elf race would have the title "Elf (Legendarium)", since "Legendarium" is the fictional universe name - albeit that of literary discipline - of Tolkien's works involving Middle-Earth. (This is a rough case, as "Middle-Earth" could also be used as the disambiguation.)

For articles that are redirects to another article, they, too, may require disambiguation subtitles, and the same rules apply.

In cases where there are multiple articles with the same main title, there should to be a disambiguation page. This page will list all of the articles that use that same name in their unambiguous form. All disambiguation pages must have the {{disambig}} template embedded at the bottom. Its title is to be the ambiguous name itself, as opposed to "<title> (disambiguation)" as is used sometimes on other wikis. The reason for this is there should never be an article that uses the ambiguous name without a disambiguous subtitle. For example, the disambiguation page Android would feature links to Android (Asimov) and Android (Star Trek) with short, differentiating explanations for each.

Wiki FormatEdit

LanguageEdit

SpellingEdit

The spelling of words is to use the British English form rather than American English ('specialised' instead of 'specialized'). The reason for this is due to the sheer amount of source material, particularly in literature, that is European in origin.

TenseEdit

All articles are to use the proper tense, considering the fictional universe the information resides in. (This relates to the "in-universe" style; see below.) The usage of past tense should be used to relate historical information about a race or group. The only other time past tense is acceptable is when the information would be used past tense in that universe, such as if a particular species went extinct. Beyond this, all articles should use the present tense.

When using out-of-universe information (see below), the present tense should always be used except when relating historical information.

In-Universe StyleEdit

Within the bounds of the article itself, information about the fictional race or group is to be written in an in-universe style, that is, as though the race or group actually exists (or existed).

As an example:

The second example shows Wikipedia's proper use of language, which does not apply to the in-universe style used by this wiki. This same rule applies to legend or religious source material, despite the associated universe being the real world. All articles regarding species, races, groups, organizations, planets, etc. are to be written in in-universe style. Writing about a fictional universe itself is another matter.

Out-of-Universe StyleEdit

Articles about fictional universes cannot be logically written in an in-universe style. Therefore, they must be written in a "active" out-of-universe style. This means that the style is out-of-universe, but actively prevents relation to the real world. Such instances, just as with in-universe information, should be marked as being out-of-universe information.

Out-of-Universe InformationEdit

For articles that require or can be related to out-of-universe information - that is, information relating the subject to the real world - such information cannot be written in an in-universe or active out-of-universe style. This information is to sit in its own section in the article, marked by the {{outofuniverse}} template below the heading. This marking is not necessary in an article regarding a fictional universe except in a section where that universe is related to the real world.

CategoriesEdit

All articles should fit into at least a single category. Part of the creation of a article includes categorising it.

TO BE CONTINUED...
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