Humans existed and evolved along-side Fae
back in the Fused Earth
era. While Fae roamed the floating isles, humans made their homes on the surface of the planet. Their inability to fly meant that accessing and traversing the isles difficult.
When the gods split the planet into New Earth
and the Fantasme
, Alpha favored humans for their practicality and non-reliance on magic, and made New Earth exclusive to them. The New Earth humans would proceed to populate the world and build it as you know it today.
Meanwhile on the Fantasme, as society became even more reliant on magic, humans began to struggle to find economic stability and place in the world. This eventually led to a very tense and oppressive relationship between Humans and Elves.
The humans founded their own country known as Suhkorium
, but after the The Hundred Year War
relationships between them and the empire went south. After Suhkoriums collapse, many refugee humans fled to the Empire to quickly find they were unwelcome, seen as inferior due to their lack of magic, and devil worshipers for their support for Suhkor.
While many humans left the Empire to find a better home, those who stayed were left in a society that oppressed and mistreated them. Those who tried to establish peace were declared terrorists and arrested. Rebellions cropped up here and there, but most were snuffed out it was only after Vahit that relations started to turn for the better.