I find the term Humanoid to be (obviously) human centric, and am looking for a more generic term to use in place of it to define all intelligent creatures that exist in standard society of these fantasy worlds. A few examples of what I’m looking for:
- A small hamlet town consisting mostly of gnomes, halflings, dwarves, and a small spattering of humans likely wouldn’t refer to themselves as "humanoids," so what would they call themselves?
- A human player character is new in town and walks up to an elven resident, the elf would find it quite rude to be asked "What humanoids make up the general population here?" I suppose ‘races’ or ‘species’ might work here, but I think those would also be taken offensively.
- A Beholder looks down on the intelligent residents of the realm and laughs at "those pitiful humanoids!" What if the beholder had never met a human, only the more rare races; where did it get the term ‘humanoid’ then?
My campaign is DND 5e set in Eberron, but any term from any setting or TTRPG or otherwise would work.