SPECIES

Human

Size

Human adults are generally 1.2 to 1.4 meters tall.

Home Star System

Sol

Home Planet

Earth

Natural Environment

Although warm climates are where this species started, they’ve become one of the most adaptable species in the galaxy and can be found living comfortably in nearly any environment with the right breathing apparatus.

Ability Increases

Any two

Sensory Abilities

Humans have no extraordinary senses.

Species Ability Skill

Any one

Species Background

Any one

Species Physical Description

Human beings are descended from apes that lost most of their hair. They have no natural defenses, and many species marvel at the fact that their species survived so long on a planet with so many vicious predators.

Species Psychological Description

Each human is different. Astro-neurologists have spent more than a hundred years studying the complexities of the human brain. Some claim those studies went on secretly before humans were contacted.

Species History

By the end of what was the 21st century, humanity was amidst a growing crisis of climate change and global disruption, nearing a final war for the species. It was in that moment that the higher life form which resided within humanity’s home star made its presence known. It connected with humans and granted them amazing powers of healing and destruction. These first Solar Templars brought down the corruption of nation and corporation, bringing a golden age to the human race.

The higher life form, Suhlsta, taught humanity about the beings that resided in each star and how they sometimes guided their systems into the rest of the galaxy through sentient beings. During this time of growth and expansion, humanity discovered the powers of both quantum connection (using the electricity in one’s mind to influence people and technology around you), and Gravimancy, a force of presence coming from great gravitational forces like black holes, ancient entities whose mass pulls the universe in its directions.

During their first two hundred years of space exploration, humans found only one alien civilization. It was a planet that had been destroyed by warring factions from within. Humanity was saddened to know they were not alone in the galaxy through their discovery of a dead civilization. By this time the empire had become known as the Human Hegemony (HH). They had built humanoid androids and put them to use performing the most dangerous and demanding tasks their civilization had, not quite slaves but not quite having freedom. To humanoid androids, this period is known as Android Apartheid, referencing a period of deep shame to the humans from their pre-Suhlsta history, and it lasted until the humans were forced to concede their rights by outside forces.

After four hundred years, the HH encountered the Ilchari. They controlled a council of civilizations, known as the Convention for the Safety of Sentients, united in what they called the Endless War against the Korruk. They asked humanity to join them in mutual defense, but the humans did not want to take sides in the first war they encountered galactically. This was to be a terrible mistake.

Less than five hundred years after Suhlsta made its presence known, the Korruk arrived at the edge of human territory. Massive ships made landfall on their planets and poured forth an army genetically bred for war and led by a powerful Gravimancer who many whispered was eternal. The humans took severe losses during the first decades of the encounter.

Realizing they were in desperate need of the Ilchari’s help, the humans agreed to join their federation under less than optimal arrangements for the HH, and war began in earnest. The biggest concession the humans were forced to make was full citizenship and rights for all androids in their territories. A great number of humanoid androids, out of gratitude for their freedom, began serving tours in the Ilchari Defence Force like any Ilchari citizen. Some have even now achieved citizenship within the Ilchari Collective.

The Ilchari ships and troops had been fighting the Korruk for generations, and were able to stem the tide of the advance, though more than a dozen systems were lost to their control. It was a fifty year struggle to end the conflict.

Humanity began to value warfare once more, and soon were sending out long range expeditions into the furthest reaches of space seeking allies, technological advances, and the secret to the Korruk war machine.

Spanning thousands of systems, with pockets in the furthest reaches of the galaxy, the HH presents a united front for their species’ empire. Though other sentients live in their territories and are considered full citizens as required by treaty, the Hegemony has a population that is overwhelmingly homosapien. A relative newcomer to the galaxy’s affairs, the Hegemony is often looked down upon for their extreme expansionist ways. Groups with the support of the Hegemony seek out unclaimed star systems where terraforming of planets is possible, then found a colony on some lifeless rock and turn it into a paradise for humans in a matter of decades. Many sentient species view this as stifling the natural cycle of Stellar Patrons, though all accept that if a Stellar Patron truly wishes the humans gone they will do something about it… which has been hypothesized to happen with rogue solar flares burning clean a planet just after terraforming has been completed and other such star-related disasters befalling human colonies far more often than those of other species.

Affiliations

Human Hegemony Structure

The Human Hegemony is ruled by a governing council made up of the highest representatives of the HH Systems Congress, HH Trade Commission, HH Science Bureau, HH Military Command, HH Noble Houses, and the leader of Suhlsta’s Chosen. It is led by a president elected by popular vote among every citizen of the HH. This governing body makes decisions involving other civilizations and overarching domestic policy. The entire framework for their system of governance is one of elected officials serving at the pleasure of those who put them in office. Thanks to staunch anti-corruption laws dating back to the early days of Suhlsta’s revelation, there is surprisingly little corruption at the upper tiers of the HH’s governance.

Human Hegemony Systems Congress

This governing body allows each system 1 elected official per 5 billion sentients residing within its borders, or part thereof. This massive political body uses countless AI’s to move items through a voting process in a surprisingly swift manner. Each system has a similar democratic institution governing them down to the city level, with officials elected by those directly impacted by their governance. A great many humanoid androids have joined the body politic in an effort to ensure android citizens, which make up almost 20% of the HH, have a voice in their government and are never oppressed as they once were.

HH Trade Commission

This organization is half corporate board, representing all trade decisions, and half consumer board, ensuring such decisions don’t have negative impacts on consumers and citizens. Each side has twelve seats on the Commission, with lower branches at the sector and system level. The Commission has smaller versions of itself throughout every level of society down to local Commissions for small space stations.

HH Science Bureau

This is an organization that represents scientists and academics. At its pinnacle is a collection of 101 of the brightest minds in the galaxy, with no single elected leader of the body politic. The number of members vary, but every sector, system, and civilized outpost has some HH Science Bureau academics advising the local government and researching their own innovations.

HH Military Command

The HH Military Command is organized as a single military force with outposts across human territory. Sector and system commands exist in every system claimed by the HH, with further command structures based on the quantity of assets assigned to systems and sectors. Rank within HH Military Command is based entirely on merit.

HH Noble Houses

As the dust began to settle after Suhlsta’s revelation, many of the old noble houses of Earth had enormous amounts of wealth at their disposal. Collectively, they leveraged those resources for a seat at the governing table, forming a council of noble families that all trace their lineage directly back to a King or Queen in pre-Suhlsta history. Their current representative to the Hegemony’s governing council is Prince Mswati Dlamini XII of the Swaziland Systems Empire. Noble houses act as their own governing bodies within territories they’ve claimed, provided they do not violate laws passed by the HH Systems Congress.

Suhlsta’s Chosen

This is a loosely organized group of those touched by the homosapiens’ stellar patron Suhlsta. They use their powers to further their patron’s agenda in the galaxy at large, with hubs in most systems of the empire. Once a century the most powerful of Suhlsta’s Chosen gather together, and through a combined use of their power, allow Suhlsta to select their new leader. There is never any dissent about the decision, and those not chosen go away knowing their patron has different designs for them.

HH President

This is an elected office held for 50 year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms, though once out of office for a full term a leader can once more run for office.

Human stats

Humans are among the most diverse species in the galaxy, with no two seemingly the same. Humans may select any two separate Abilities to increase by 1, any one ability skill as their species ability skill, and any one background as their species background.

 

Sol System

Stellar Patron

Suhlsta

Description

Suhlsta guides its followers to expand and colonize across the galaxy anywhere it’s light has touched.

Sentient Population

22 billion, mostly human.

System Description

Suhlsta has eight planets, two of which house life, though only Earth had life that made the cycle to space. The system also has a large asteroid belt, as well as several dwarf planets.

Planets

Planet 1. Mercury

Mercury is both the closest planet to the sun as well as the smallest.

Moons

0

Planet 2. Venus

Venus is the second planet from the sun and inhospitable to most forms of life due to heat and atmospheric conditions.

Moons

0

Planet 3. Earth

Earth is a terrestrial planet and home to a species known as humans. Humans, while unified, are individually very different compared to the uniformity of character and form found throughout most species. Their planet is a combination of technology and military order. After losing territory to the Korruk, and with the threat so close, the military arm of the Human Hegemony has become the most prominent and notable force.

Moons

Moon 1. Luna

The only moon orbiting Earth, modern scholars found that it was hollow with an Incipient device of unknown purposes hidden under its surface. Many domes of various sizes exist on its surface, both government and civilian.

Planet 4. Mars

Mars was once a lifeless planet, but after hundreds of years of terraforming it is now lush and even has a small ocean.

Moons

0

Planet 5. Jupiter

Jupiter is gas giant. Mining operations have been established there to extract valuable resources from within its depths.

Moons

Moon 1. Io

Io is the densest moon in the solar system, and is extremely geologically active. No mining sites have been set up due to stability issues.

Moon 2. Europa

This frozen moon was found to have a pre-sentient species living below the surface. They have been under study since their discovery, and all outside access has been restricted.

Moon 3. Ganymede

The largest in the solar system, this moon’s surface has been scoured for resources.

Planet 6. Saturn

Saturn is another gas giant in the Sol system. Many pay great sums of money to view its rings through the windows of luxury liners. Mining operations exist both in the depths of the gas as well as throughout its rings.

Moons

0

Planet 7. Uranus

Uranus is a gas giant, but also an ice giant due to the composition of its atmosphere. Several mining operations exist extracting resources from the planet.

Moons

Moon 1. Miranda

Miranda is a small moon with an inner core of rock and an outer crust composed of accumulated ice. Ice harvesters for big projects often come to Miranda for easy and available solid H20.

Moon 2. Ariel

Ariel is a moon similar to Miranda, and another favorite location for ice traders.

Moon 3. Umbrial

This moon’s surface is pocked and cratered, and it is devoid of atmosphere.

Moon 4. Titania

Titania has almost as much ice as it does dock. Researchers discovered a liquid mantle that exists between the outer ice layer and the rocky interior created through pressure.

Moon 5. Oberon

Oberon is made up of ice and rock in a very similar manner as Titania, yet for some unknown reason it does not contain a layer of water between its ice and rock.

Planet 8. Neptune

Neptune is the final gas giant in the system. The Human Hegemony has banned access to the planet for the last 80 years, and enforces this ban with military patrols. No reason for the ban was ever given.

Moons

Moon 1. Triton

This moon has a frozen, icy surface, but below the surface is composed of rock and metal. Metals rarely found elsewhere are common on the moon, and mining operations have become sprawling.