This is the one bug or idea that I haven't seen posted by someone else first, so I'm finally putting it up!
Quoth Frogboy from Understanding The Fallen, Elemental, and Middle Earth:
They’re called “Fallen” because the history books are written by men and have a man-centric bias. [...] Obviously, Elemental takes place in a totally different universe. But hopefully this helps players understand where some of the terminology comes from and how it is relatable.
Speaking of man-centric bias, Tolkein really kinda had one. So it's unsurprising that he, like many folks, called humans "the race of men". But it does surprise me that Elemental is calling it "races of men", given that we've gotten to the point where we realize that the essential characteristics of humanity include women, too. Also, "The (fantasy) Race of Man" been repeated to the point of risking being more tired trope than anything. Given all that, the race option "Men" has stuck out like a hammered thumb that got stuck into a pot of boiling oil and then caught on a rusty nail every time I've started up a new game.
Yeah, yeah, I know "that's just the way humans were called", but while it's not a huge deal, it remains a deal. It won't keep me from playing (I've been off/on since day 1 of beta), but it's the one big scuff on this stellar game, and it's jarring every time.
So! This isn't just a gripe, it's an honest suggestion -- Given the lore, how's this for some ideas on things that might work as a decent replacement for Men/the races of men?
- Vitalis/the vital races (hey, it's human-centric)
- Hominids/the hominal or hominid races
- Anthropi/the anthropic races