: produced, living, or existing naturally in a particular region or environment
So, I am in the midst of writing my first novel, a young adult science fiction novel, and everything is working out for the creation of a new species. It is a challenge. Not only am I “expanding” upon scientific fact to create this futuristic tale (nice theme for a blog, eh?) there need to be items unique to this extraterritorial setting, indigenous to this new race.
I also think about indigenous being a motivating factor for conflict and tension between species meeting each other for the first time. In The Lord of the Rings, Gollum is completely unaware that showering in a waterfall is a crime, punishable by death. We have talked before about establishing communication with a new species, and what Gollum did was not the best choice of ways to start.
Species take great pride, and they should, in things that are unique to their homeland and heritage. Finding the good, positive things that can be used to build trust can help new friends from different worlds bond and grow together. And on the opposite side, finding the negative things like poison or armaments to use again their own species is always an enticing plot premise.
I am really enjoying writing right now. Hope you are as well!