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This is a story sent to me by a fellow named Digimonkey. I have no idea if it is true, but it does make for compelling speculation!
Subject: Wemic Creation
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 19:18:08 -0400
This may or may not be what you are looking for, but this is what I once heard at a DragonCon table while talking to someone who worked at TSR. I don't remember his name but he wasn't anyone particularly famous. I think he was an assistant editor, or page layout guy, he was just there to promote Baldur's Gate.
Anyway the discussion was between my best friend Patrick and him and it originally started with the question on Centaurs. Centaurs were originally part of the Greek Mythology system and combined, as you know, the top half of a human and lower half of a horse. When fantasy literature started getting popular again Centaurs began appearing all over stories. There were a lot of other races added as well (elves, hobbits, dwarves, etc.). Anyway several writers (I am not sure who started it) started making up new Centaur-esque combo's for all the new races. Dwarves had a half mule counterpart (I think they are called Darvish's), Hobbits were half pony (don't remember name), Dark elves, half spider (Drider), wood-elves half Zebra (completely forgot name), Lizard men had scorpions (only seen them in EQ), and Barbarians were half Lion (Wemics). Barbarians were actually considered a seperate race from humans in both 1st and 2nd ed and so got there own subrace thing...
Now having said all that I think you might have heard that all before and I admit that I could be completely wrong, but that's just what I heard. Hope it helps.