A CREATION OF THE ENGINEERED LIFEFORMS LORE
“They created us… Molded us, shaped us- The Geneweavers made us to serve. We were their tools, their pitchforks and shovels. Now, we are the dagger in their back. We are the heirs to their empire, the reaper come from the dark..” -Freemason Jordi An-Alaas, 3283.
The Subhumans of the Fringe are an experiment gone, in the eyes of their creators, horrifically awry. Birthed to be a servant race, a collection of subdomains bound to a single origin, the Subhumans are the heirs of an age long past. Now, in government labs and garage-clinics alike, their race continues to grow, adapt, and die each and every day, in a vicious cycle of eternal evolution. The Subhuman race consists of several generalizations, each consisting of several subtypes spliced from humans and the Fringe’s other races. All Subhumans, however, share common features, most of which stems from the inclusion of human DNA in their creation; Two arms, two legs, the whole ‘humanoid’ shebang, is almost essential to their classification as “Subhuman”.
A Subhuman is not particularly different from a Human in any regard save for their appearance and actions, although some may possess a level of augmented strength akin to a human born with a higher threshold for such. Their brains, while similar to their origin species, are the most glaring difference; Each is instead produced in a very specific way, microtechnology installing various implants directly into the matter of the mind before it has a chance to develop without. This gives them their abilities, specific appearance, and in many cases, their truest identity. Without these implants, the organism would simply develop as a hideous hybrid of human and alien DNA, and eventually either kill itself from malfunctioning, go insane, or otherwise fail.
The appearance of the Nas’beru varies greatly by type. Each has their common features, however; All of them have two arms and two legs stemming from the central torso, and a head to match, although hands and feet will vary as well. Being a synthetic race- More on this in a further category- They all feature heavy augmentation from their creation, mechanical and organic implants throughout the body. All subhumans also feature a heavy ‘fantasy’ aesthetic to their appearance, the blueprints of their creation being forged by some RPG-obsessed nerd.
Much like Deadbeats, Subhumans may be modified in the table below, by selecting a single breed and utilizing it as such. Breed is heavily differential cosmetically, and only modifies ingame behavior slightly. One must be selected.
You’re a fucking elf.
Elfen; Human, with pointed ears, angular features, and a wider range of eye colors and lighter hair colors.
Turns to stone in extreme sunlight. Genetically programmed to be cowardly.
Green-to-brown skin coloration, with rough, leathery skin. Often lanky and wiry in build, while rarely muscular and tall.
Must consume rocks, minerals, and fuel to survive. Cannot survive in the cold.
Rocky, sand-like skin. Taller and more physically built than an average human.
Violently ill when exposed to light. Painfully accurate hearing.
Shorter and wider than your average human. Rapidly grows facial hair.
Cannot travel in space. Honorbound to not retreat, despite imminent death or bodily harm.
Cockroach-esqe bipedal insectoid. Beady black eyes. Range from the size of a medium-sized dog to a tall human.
Cannot survive darkness or fire. Cannot eat save for photosynthesis.
Wooden, bark-lined skin. Golden eyes and vined hair. Taller than the average human uniformly.
Cannot survive in oxygen. Must wear a suit at all times to remain alive.
Gelatinous, purple skin, liquidizing if exposed to oxygen. Black orb-eyes. Lacks mouth. Medium height and build; Weaker than the average human. Skin appears translucent when exposed to light, revealing skeletal muscular system.
“The idea to integrate the genetic profile of the Floran was… Unfortunate. The first few subjects were little more than Agaran, overgrown corpses with little to do and little to prove their worth. Only when we moved the location of our efforts to [REDACTED] did we create… Hybrid, Director.”
- Senior Genespinner Arnold Barthur
[There exists more to the story. Contact Waffles if you wish to organize an expedition with your fellow players.]
After nearly two centuries of isolation after their creation, the Subhumans were finally found. Purgatory had grown into a bustling metropolis, unknowing of their neighbors and the growing masses they possessed. When the first craft arrived to scout out the system, they found a civilization of poverty-struck, unfortunate creatures coexisting under the same racial banner, all based off of human DNA and that of the native creatures. The Empire saw opportunity. The Subhumans saw freedom. So began the Freedom Lease: Subhumans would submit themselves as a colony of Purgatory and be granted citizenship, and thus freedom from their exhausted world if they so chose. Subhumans flooded into the galaxy, and began to spread, finally free. Their origins, and birthplace of their species, remains their shadowy, fortified holding at the point of Nas.
After their freedom from their mysterious homeworld, the vast majority of subhumans settled within the borders of the Purgatorian Empire. They currently make up about thirty six percent of the total population due to rapid breeding, while at the same time expanding still to places such as Haven and Maladh while simultaneously avoiding both the Black Empire and Civspace. Their origins remain shrouded to this day… But maybe the adventurous could reveal the truth.
IN THE FRINGE
Subhumans have been in the Fringe a very short time. In the Undercrypt, for instance, they were introduced a mere hundred years ago when a portal was discovered on Nas to the Undercrypt. There an occasional group will stumble in, fortifying from the ancient gate and leading to their population in Erebus and Djarus rising exponentially. Now, Subhuman Spacers begin to take to the stars, exploring their origins and their new, intergalactic home alongside all the other races of the Fringe.
Subhuman culture widely depends on the nation in which they reside, although their heritage provides some unique grounds. They believe in an afterlife of eternal suffering, where they will be judged and sentenced accordingly to their enjoyment of mortal life. Those who lived in utter agony will be awarded a glorious seat in the towers of their gods, while those who existed in luxury will be forced to live amongst the demons and angry spirits of those wrongfully slain. The ultimate sin is to speak to an outsider as if kin, for the only kin is those of their breed; This has faded with their introduction to the galactic community, although some extremists still refuse to even look upon the aliens.
Subhumans, being depraved, unfortunate savages of the galaxy as a whole, are intelligent, but not smart. They design advanced weaponry and ingenious contraptions, but taunt aliens and possible allies from afar with infuriating language and heartless heckling.
Subhumans use an almost universally advanced-yet-simple design of melee weaponry edged in plasma and hard-light, alongside an arsenal of laser weaponry based around the appearance of bows and crossbows. Some even hurl spears of hardlight, although these are exceptionally rare and unconfirmed sightings. Their own technology features a range of cybernetic implants that allow their biology to exist, such as the necessary brain implants to meld human and alien genetics in their creation, or the lobe implant enabling them to speak their language. Some of the extremists even further augment themselves with cybernetics, some still further becoming mere nervous systems suspended in machinery.
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