I’d like to see something genuinely interesting that isn’t like say…elves which are just humans with pointed ears.
Like fairies for instance are cute, and unique enough that are definitely their own thing. Not all of them being necessarily as cute as they look(Or cute at all), if you know anything about the old stories about Fae Folk, but if we are assuming the most standard versions of fairies, then they are cute creatures with dragonfly like wings and serious magic power.
I’d also be interested in something like a dijiin. A seriously powerful fire demon/genie with next to no limits to what it’s capable of and has a true form that it rarely uses in contact with mortals.
Even though they look similar to humans, they aren’t in any capacity. Yet, it seems like most people want to just make ROs that are basically humans with a dye job or slightly varying in height and call it a new and unique creature.
But really. Other than an overblown sense of self worth, all elves really manage is boasting about powers that don’t seem to ever accomplish anything and having generic styles. A blonde elven archer? Never seen that before.
That is not to say, you couldn’t take a base fantasy race and make them interesting. But I feel like for me to get personally invested, it has to be with them having more characterization than, the aggressive dwarven warrior, or human noble who is somehow the leader despite their distinct lack of talent, and the elven mage/archer who has the power to be more generic at three times the speed of human characters.