I got into a mental funk while I was thinking about the prefixes for the Mer (Dun, Mao, Chim, etc), which got me wondering why Men don't have any prefixes and that led me to the question I want to start a discussion here for:
I know most of the lore is pretty solid on the Altimer (and therefore most Mer) being directly descended, one way or another, of the various Aedra, but 1) I forget what the lore for origin(s) of Men is and 2) (the main question) are Mer officially considered demi-human in any way or does their coming from Aedra completely set them apart? Bonus crackers: why don't Bretons have a prefix anywhere lol.
My main idea for supporting the fact that Mer are demi-human comes from Men and Mer being able to use magic. I know there are thunderbugs, and probably a ton of other wildlife that use magic also, but I'm saying that, generally, the average Mer is far more proficient at magic then the average Man, but they still both use the same type and perform it in much the same fashion across the board. I think there are and handful of books in TESV that illustrate the inherent structures of magic itself, ect, etc. Also, I don't think there is anything Aedric regarding Khajiit and Argonians, so open forum to any ideas. I'm also going to tend to shy away from dragon magic because it mostly seems that all dragon magic is to suit dragons themselves, ie I'm pretty sure they never learned magic from an outside source they've just always had their own and it is always reflective of the individual dragon.
Karliah, when will you learn?!!