Sensory details always bring the reader a more entertaining experience. Work them in when possible.
The common scents and smells of an area will help the reader get to know the setting. This can be simple, such as the scent of baked goods at a bakery, or the smell of rotting garbage at the local trash dump. Maybe the elves have a forest that smells like an orchard, and the ogres have cave that smells or rotting flesh and brimstone.
Touchable textures that stand out in the setting should also be noted. Perhaps a palace has everything and everyone covered in silk. Or maybe a village is so poor that all the people are wearing clothing made of burlap. These examples make a setting feel like a character because they are unique to the area and help flesh out the story for the reader.
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Question of the day: What is your favorite scent? (Perhaps a candle fragrance?)