Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson once said that he was upset with science fiction films and television because all the aliens looked so "human." As though writers and directors with giant budgets failed to look at the extreme diversity of life on Earth to draw inspiration from and instead just added a different skin tone and some longer ears to a humanoid frame to make an "alien."
I hope to make Dr. Tyson proud with the approach I've taken to every creature Miranda deals with on the scale of an archmage. From M'ur'i, to Alduraithel, to (a lesser extent) the silent hermit on the Planar Pathway, and to the other Circle Archmagi I've made it a point for her acquaintances to be as least human as possible. I think it makes for a more fantastical world in the long run.
That being said, I still love my classic fantasy races. As humanoid as it may look, long ears and tusks rule.
That's all from me for now.