I made it vague intentionally where you all have a chance to make whatever type of salacious(purely optional) character you want! But notice how I said Bastions of Man, kingdoms of Man. Yes, your astute observations are correct! Fantastical races do exist but they have retreated into the background. Man has the dominance in this particular region, though some stubborn little sea elves like to wayside the so-called progress of mankind with their flexible trade routes.
EDIT: Going to the doctor's! Be back in a few (hours).