In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, there are two races; beorc and laguz. The beorc are also known as humans, or 'children of wisdom'. They have less strength than the laguz, so they use weapons to fight. Beorc, unlike laguz, cannot shapeshift. The beorc, with a few exceptions, are very hostile toward the laguz. They consider themselves superior to them and call them 'sub-human'. The laguz, to counter that insult, call the beorc humans, even though the beorc do not know that they mean it as an insult.
The beorc can have children with the laguz, but the laguz will lose their abilities doing so. Their children are known as 'Branded'. Micaiah, Soren, Amy, Stefan and Zelgius are known brandeds, as well as Misaha, the first apostle.