A special attribute would be one that makes this setting different from the others. Antarctica, for example, has unique climate conditions and wildlife.
Unique visual oddities are ones that could not possibly be found anywhere else. A house with view of the Great Pyramids has to be in Egypt, for example. A pantry door with my cousin’s height growth marks carved into it has to be at my Aunt’s house. That setting feels like a character because it cannot be replaced by anywhere else.
Something unique to a place that is overlooked by others, but is noticed or known about by a main character, will really make your setting stand out. If your story is about a prince, he alone might know where the secret passages of the castle are located. These passages might be vital enough to the story to make that setting feel like a character.
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