I've many times said that I love a good Pleistocene megafauna, and that (more or less) the North American Pleistocene megafauna is the wildlife that populates the DARK•HERITAGE setting. This is a little bit of an unusual move for a fantasy book--where a Medieval European (with a few exceptions) megafauna is usually assumed. It's perhaps more common in the micro-genre of anthropological fiction, which includes such books as the Gears' People of the Wolf or Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear--although I should point out that neither is really exactly what I'm doing. (Wolf is the right time period--more or less--but too far north. I'm doing sub-glacial North American Rancholabrean fauna. Cave Bear is also the right time period--more or less--but wrong geography.) However, as I said in a recent post, I've got to be careful about making that too important to the setting. It's just a bit of color, flavor, and an opportunity for some adventure.
How so? In three ways:
And that's it.