The setting of a fantasy novel is a country whose people are brown. There's an Evil Empire (tm) nearby. What color are the people in the Evil Empire (tm)?
The heroine is a brown person, native to the setting; the hero is an outsider, formerly oppressed by the Evil Empire (tm). The hero's color is
When I write fantasy, I think about the color of the various characters.
I think character color in fantasy novels is linked with real-world issues.
My favorite fantasy novel with non-white people is: