And I'm not really advocating for making different fantasy and sci-fantasy races more alien . . . go to far with that, and they become unrelatable. Perhaps a bit more alien than is traditional, perhaps. For me, it's about being more mindful about understanding the difference between "people", "monsters", and "spirits". Is it okay to slaughter all the orcs? Well, are they "people" or "monsters"? In D&D, they traditionally are coded as "monstrous people" but evil, savage, violent . . . . the same language humans use in the real world to demonize other groups of humans.
I think I got it, but not 100% sure! At some point, I would like to revisit this. At this time, it does not feel like a good time to get back into this, not because of you (you've been great), but because of certain other posts here that I don't think are useful or helpful. Maybe if/when things calm down