Humans

Written by Sierra Brown.
Artwork by NovaCandy.


A resourceful and surprisingly resilient sapient race. Humanity makes up for a large portion of the galaxy's known population and is known as the source of most current day wars.

 
 
UPDATE

This article was last updated on August 23rd with finalized RPG system stats for both Starfinder and Ethnis Lite.

 
RPG

This article contains information relating to RPG systems and using Galaxies End as a setting for a table top RPG campaign. See RPG Systems below for more details.

 
 

In all my time of studying histories and nations, never have I learned of a race more resilient, more adaptable. It is almost as frightening as it is intriguing, but the calling of my sect drove me to learn everything about these people that call themselves 'human'.

The diversity of the Human race in both culture and nation forbids me from containing them to a single section. For example: The differences between a Terran and an Arshan are so wide, it would be easier to write of them as separate races instead. Here, I will summarize the species, and in following chapters, describe each the Arshan, Sionian, Solus, and Terran.

K'ta'kr'tee, Dovolish scholar Excerpt from N'taka-D T'la'sopa
 

A highly adaptive race in the Galactic Theatre, Humans account for the entire population of three of the most powerful nations in the Milky Way. These nations are the United Arshan Federation, Sol Empire, and Republic of Sion. Humans even make up a portion of the Varkesh as the Democratic Republic of Terra.

Humanity can be divided into four main groups, each with their own history and culture: Arshan, Sionian, Solus, and Terran. Generally, humans are well known for their quick thinking, wide array of skills, and adaptability to various environments and situations. This contrasts with the public image of other races, who tend to be stereotyped as more specialized in specific areas.

Basic Information

Anatomy & Morphology

 

The Human body consists of a torso, a head, and four limbs: Two arms and two legs. The galactic average height for an adult human male is about 5'7" (172 cm), while the average for an adult human female is about 5'2" (158 cm). Humans are a bipedal species, with a plantigrade leg structure and no tails.

 

Augmentations

While the entirety of the human race has not adopted forms of cybernetic and genetic augmentation, it can be a common sight in some cultures. The Sol Empire, for example, is well known for using cybernetics to replace amputated or disabled limbs and organs. This practice has also started to bleed into the Republic of Sion, through the link provided by the Sol-Lassi Tribe. There are even rumors of genetic experimentation in the more isolated Sionian tribes, though nobody, not even the Republic Council, has verified this.

Other cultures such as the Arshans and Terrans, are far more conflicted about augmentations. For the Terrans, many believe you lose a part of yourself and your humanity, while others see it as the next step forward in Human evolution. The Arshans, however, consider both cybernetics and genetic manipulation to be a federal crime following old policies enacted for reasons long forgotten.

Despite this, however, the Arshans are known for a form of selective population control: Infants found to have defects, disabilities, and other potentially debilitating deformities are euthanized. While the Arshans view this as a merciful act, believing that it would be cruel to allow such a person to live in a community they cannot contribute to, the Solus are quick to point this out as inhumane and "evil" in their propaganda.

Biological Traits

 

Skin tone, hair color, eye color, etcetera all vary among humans. Their genetic origins from before Earth was destroyed plays a part in the physical appearance of a Human, but are more commonly (and falsely) associated with one of the major cultural groups that exist currently. Sionians, for example, are known for tanned skin, eyes of blues, greens, and browns, and their lighter colored red, brown, or blonde hair. The Solus, however, are more known for their dark hair tones, dark eye colors, and olive skin due to their Asian heritage.

Generally, a Human can be seen with hair colors ranging from blacks to browns, reds, and golden blonde shades. Eye colors range from black to brown, green, blue, and in some cases even gray or amber, while skin tones are varying shades of white, olive, tan, brown, and near-black.

In some environments, especially those with higher sun exposure, some lighter-skinned Humans can be seen with freckles covering their faces, arms, necks, and other body parts commonly exposed to sunlight.

Dietary Needs and Habits

 

Humans are an omnivorous race - Capable of consuming both meats and plants. The typical diet of a human varies widely from region to region, ethnicity to ethnicity, but can generally be summarized as anything and everything that can be hunted or farmed and isn't poisonous to the human digestive system.

Additional Information

Geographic Origin and Distribution

 

Sol Empire Flag
Sol Empire Flag by Sierra Brown

Originally hailing from Earth in the Sol System, Human populations cover the majority of known space in the Milky Way galaxy, most prominently in the territories of the Sol Empire and United Arshan Federation.

Humans also make up the entire population of the smaller Republic of Sion and account for a portion of the Varkesh's population through the Democratic Republic of Terra.

Civilization and Culture

Major Organizations

 

In the Galactic theatre, Humanity is most well known for the two largest nations in the quadrant: The Sol Empire, and the United Arshan Federation. These two nations together are estimated to account for at least 60% of all humans in the galaxy, with the Republic of Sion pulling a close third, and the Democratic Republic of Terra holding the smallest human population.

Smaller organizations known for their Human origins and influences include the Unaligned Medical Relief Corps and the Liikar-Mobius Foundation, both of whom operate within the Varkesh.

History

As The Third War broke out on Earth, Humanity tried to save itself through launching colony ships of varying levels of quality. Most failed to survive, but a small number of those ships managed to find habitable planets or hospitable alien cultures. Those colony ships, coupled with the surviving Mars colony and orbital stations around Earth, eventually formed into the present-day nations of Humanity: The United Arshan Federation, the Sol Empire, the Democratic Republic of Terra, and the Republic of Sion. These nations grew and developed relatively quickly over the next several hundred years, re-discovering each other and, as has been proven time and time again as innate human nature, developed new conflicts and, eventually, war.

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

 

How others view Humanity

To most other races within the Varkesh, there are two types of humans: Terrans and non-Terrans. Terrans are thought of as adaptible, curious, and dependable, while Non-Terrans are viewed as war-mongering, xenophobic, hostile and potentially even the biggest threat the Varkesh has ever faced to its own ideals of peaceful co-existance.

 

How Humanity views others

Terrans

Likely having the most positive view of aliens of all Human cultures, many Terrans feel they owe their survival and existance to the Dovol and Hydari races. Their long-standing membership within the Varkesh also means the Terrans have the most widely varying opinions of the differing races - A Terran from Terra looks at a Hydari and thinks of a heavily commerce driven culture of both merchants and pirates, while a colonist from a frontier world may see a Dovol as a withdrawn, intelligent, and almost condescending person.

Arshans

The only real contact with aliens the Arshans have is with the Dovolish, whom they were once in negotiations with to possibly become a part of the Varkesh. That ended abruptly when Ambassador Puskov and his escort were assassinated during a meeting with Dovolish and Terran ambassadors in Varkesh space. The Arshans blamed the Varkesh for the attack, locked off their borders, and cut off communications, viewing the Varkesh as a bordering nation they couldn't trust - Especially not when the Federation was already part of an ongoing war with the Sol Empire.

Solus

The Solus people are probably the most hostile group of humans to alien life. Many many years of propaganda has led most, if not all, Solus people to believe anything non-human is out to dominate or even exterminate all human life. The Solus propaganda machine has even convinced the people that the Arshan and Terrans are both indoctrinated by the alien Varkesh, and the Sol Empire stands as the last great defense for Humanity's freedom against the alien threat. They are known to be extremely xenophobic as a result of this.

Sionians

With the Republic of Sion being located in a region of space cut off from any and all contact from known alien races, the Sionians only know of aliens through stories and information passed on by their Arshan and Solus neighbours. To a Sionian, an alien race is still primarily the construct of human imagination, and even still a common part of fictional literature and media, albeit mixed in with Solus propaganda flowing into the Sol-Lassi tribe.

RPG Systems

Humans are provided as a playable race for players and NPCs. Exact stats depend on the RPG system in use, but generally, Humans are intended to be an adaptable race. Humans are divided into four cultural archetypes portrayed as either Sophonts (Ethnis Light) or subraces (Starfinder), each with unique feats and abilities. Any ability or effect that targets humans affects all human subtypes/subraces unless otherwise stated.

 

Starfinder Race

Human

Vital Stats

Ability Score
+2 from Cultural Archetype
Hit Points
4
Average Height
5-6 ft.
Average Weight
100-200 lbs
Age of Maturity
18 years
Maximum Age
80+2d20 or 120 years (Average 101)

Traits

Size and Type
Humans are Medium Humanoids with the Human subtype.
Racial Bias
Humans are generally distrusted and disliked by other alien races and take a -2 penalty to all Charisma-based skill checks targeting a non-human character.

Source: Galaxies End | Humans

Arshan

An Arshan character gains +2 to either STR, CON or WIS at creation. This represents the typical Arshan's mental and physical conditioning as a Federation citizen-soldier.

Sionian

A Sionian character gains +2 to either CHA, DEX, or WIS at creation. This represents the typical Sionian's space-faring experience and negotiating prowess as an explorer, trader, and pirate.

Solus

A Solus character gains +2 to either INT or CON at creation. This represents the typical Solusian's higher education, or ability to withstand poor conditions, depending on where in the Empire they come from.

Terran

A Terran character gains +2 to either CHA or INT at creation. This represents the typical Terran's higher education and better foreign relations due to membership with the Varkesh. Additionally, Terran characters do not take a penalty to Charisma based rolls against other races. Instead, this penalty is applied to rolls against Solus, Sionian, and Arshan characters.

 

Ethnis Light Sophont Group

Human

UBS
0
LBS
0
VIT
0
RFX
0
PER
0
MTP
0
NRV
0

An adaptable, hardy race of sapients. Humans make up a large majority of the known population.

Human attributes are determined by their cultural archetype.

 
Racial Bias

Humans are generally distrusted and disliked by other alien races and take a penalty to all negotiation based actions targeting a non-human character.


 

Arshan

An Arshan character gains +1 to either UBS, LBS, VIT, or NRV at creation. This represents the typical Arshan's mental and physical conditioning as a Federation citizen-soldier.

Sionian

A Sionian character gains +1 to either NRV, RFX, or PER at creation. This represents the typical Sionian's space-faring experience and negotiating prowess as an explorer, trader, and pirate.

Solus

A Solus character gains +1 to either PER, NRV, or VIT at creation. This represents the typical Solusian's higher education, or ability to withstand poor conditions, depending on where in the Empire they come from.

Terran

A Terran character gains +1 to either NRV or PER at creation. This represents the typical Terran's higher education and better foreign relations due to membership with the Varkesh. Additionally, Terran characters do not take a penalty to negotiation based actions against other races. Instead, this penalty is applied to actions against Solus, Sionian, and Arshan characters.

 

Appendices

Common Colors

Skin Tones

Eye Colors

Hair Colors



Cover image: by WorldAnvil

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12 Jun, 2019 12:10

Ethnis Light HYPE!

23 Jun, 2019 04:29

WOOOOO

23 Jun, 2019 04:03

Well wow! That was one helluva article to read! For the second time only, an article about something that already exists irl ( mankind) has managed to grip my interest! I’d say the formatting here contributed to some of that as well as your prose skills in making the article more gripping and interesting to read. And the artwork usage highly compliments this as well!   As for the feedback part, i think I should go with formatting first. In the beginning of the article, you could rework the quote to fit it at the top and the vignette at the bottom so that the quote is a bit easier to read ( I’m on phone rn so might only be just me).   As for the content part, I have to ask though. What made humanity split and schism into so many factions? Has there ever been any attempts at diplomatic relations and reconciliation events amongst the various cultures and factions within mankind? What relationships do mankind and the various alien races of the Milky Way galaxy have? What do the humans think of them and vice Versa? I wrote all of this without taking my morning breakfast ( or even coffee and tea) so my feedback might sound dumb ( you’re free to discard it!). But I’ll say that this article managed to leave a big impact on me with the way how you formatted, wrote and put so much effort into it. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

23 Jun, 2019 04:40

Gonna go through these one question at a time because my brain gets distracted easily.

    What made humanity split and schism into so many factions?

It's mostly just a matter of circumstance - As The Third War broke out on Earth, humanity tried to save itself through launching colony ships of levels of quality. Most failed to survive, but a small number of those ships managed to find habitable planets or hospitable alien cultures. Those colony ships, coupled with the surviving Mars colony and orbital stations around Earth, eventually formed into the 'Present day' nations of Humanity. Each nation developed in its own way, with its own history, cultural influences, etc, and there's varying levels of friction between the cultures when they re-discovered eachother.

    Has there ever been any attempts at diplomatic relations and reconciliation events amongst the various cultures and factions within mankind?

Yes - In nearly every case, first contact began with peaceful negotiation. But, in most cases, these meets turned south due to one event or another that can be read about in each nation's history sections. Events such as the loss of the Sol Empire's Jameson Expedition following first contact with the Varkesh, or the sudden, unexpected fighting that broke out at New Sibir along the Solus-Arshan border that sparked the Sol-Arshan Unification War.

 

Outside of first contact, the Varkesh (Of which the humans calling themselves Terrans are a member) have attempted to open up negotiations with both the Solus and Arshan nations, with little to no success - the Solus being extremely xenophobic following many years of propaganda, and the Arshans still viewing the Varkesh as backstabbing, untrustworthy people after Ambassador Puskov was assassinated.

    What relationships do mankind and the various alien races of the Milky Way galaxy have? What do the humans think of them and vice Versa?

I'll divide this up between the four main national cultures, with the caveat that subcultures and groups within these nations may also have varying views. As far as most alien races in the Varkesh are concerned, there's two types of humans: Terrans, and non-Terrans. Terrans are thought of as adaptible, curious, and dependable, while Non-Terrans are viewed as war-mongering, xenophobic, hostile and potentially even the biggest threat the Varkesh has ever faced to its own ideals of peaceful co-existance.

  The Terrans

Terrans probably have the most positive view of aliens of all Human cultures - The fact the Democratic Republic even exists is thanks to the gracious generosity of the aliens their colony ship encountered, and they're a member state of the Varkesh, an alliance of varying races seeking peaceful coexistance. This also means the Terrans have the most widely varying opinions of the differing races - A Terran typically looks at a Hydari and thinks of a heavily commerce driven culture of both merchants and pirates, while seeing a Dovol as a strange, withdrawn, extremely intelligent and almost condescending person.

  The Arshans

The only real contact with aliens the Arshans have is with the Dovolish, whom they were once in negotiations with to possibly become a part of the Varkesh. That ended abruptly when Ambassador Puskov and his escort were assassinated during a meeting with Dovolish and Terran ambassadors in Varkesh space. The Arshans blamed the Varkesh for the attack, locked off their borders, and cut off communications, viewing the Varkesh as a bordering nation they couldn't trust - Especially not when the Federation was already part of an ongoing war with the Sol Empire.

  The Solus

Probably the most hostile group of humans to alien life. Many many years of propaganda has led most, if not all, Solus people to believe anything non-human is out to dominate or even exterminate all human life. The Solus propaganda machine has even convinced the people that the Arshan and Terrans are both indoctrinated by the alien Varkesh, and the Sol Empire stands as the last great defense for Humanity's freedom against the alien threat. They're /extremely/ xenophobic as a result of this.

  The Sionians

With the Republic of Sion being located in a region of space cut off from any and all contact from known alien races, the Sionians only know of aliens through stories and information passed on by their Arshan and Solus neighbours. To a Sionian, an alien is still just an imagination of literally anything, and even still a common part of fictional literature and media (Albeit mixed in with Solus propaganda flowing into the Sol-Lassi tribe).

23 Jun, 2019 04:45

And with that massive text-bomb of a response. I was experimenting with putting the quote to the side, instead of on top like in every other one of my articles - But I'll go back to my old standard since I since went and put every section after that into columns. This being a full-width block will probably better break up the monotony of the layout.   I'm probably going to add some more sections relating to interspecies and intercultural relations, or at least summarizing them to provide more detail in culture-specific articles, but I'm glad you enjoyed what was there!

23 Jun, 2019 07:34

And added the above details to the article proper.

24 Jun, 2019 05:44

I like it and i'm very interested how you were able to format 'How Humanity Views Others' section. Very sleek and smooth. That said, i'm curious why you bold certain words like 'Earth', or why you bold words like 'Terran' once but don't bold them again. The inconsistency and frequency was a little jarring.   Otherwise a very well written article and detailed. I enjoyed the read and look forward to seeing more of what you have to offer.

24 Jun, 2019 05:45

Sorry for the double note, but I also wouldn't mind seeing a few more reference pictures to help make the article pop. Humans in other settings, or a glimpse of what their settlements might look like would definitely add to the article.

24 Jun, 2019 06:47

The bolding is just how WA handles article links if the articles aren't visible to you - Alot of them are still drafts.

24 Jun, 2019 18:04

Sorry for the short answer last night - I was half asleep when I replied. The reference pictures are things I have planned for some point in the (Probably far) future. including some generic portraits for every race's page, some cityscapes from the different nation's capitals, etc.

24 Jun, 2019 20:01

It's ok. It was rather late. Thank you for explaining the bold words. I didn't know articles that weren't published yet would be boldened (On my end it shows a working link). I look forward to seeing more of your work.

28 Jun, 2019 11:44

Here you go! :D  

A highly resourceful, and surprisingly resilient sapient race. Humanity makes up for a large portion of the galaxy's known population.
  I like this overview, but between the text color and size, it can be a little difficult to see. Is it the subtitle? Or is it part of the vignette?  
A highly adaptive race compared to most other space-faring species, humans account for the entire population of three of the most powerful nations in the Milky Way galaxy - The United Arshan Federation, Sol Empire, and Republic of Sion.
  Two things here: 1. You repeat "highly" 2. It's a long sentence, clocking in at 38 words.   I'd consider either chopping it up into a couple of sentences or tighten up what you have. "compared to most other space-faring races" could probably be cut down or rewritten. You have the advantage of tropes on your side here: "more adaptable than everyone else" is almost always humanity's big advantage in sci-fi settings.  
Humans even make up a portion of the Varkesh, a powerful alliance of varying races, as the Democratic Republic of Terra.
  English isn't my first language so I can't tell for certain, but it feels like "various" or perhaps "different" or something would be more appropriate than "varying"?  
Humanity can be divided into four main cultures, each with their own cultural archetypes: Arshan, Sionian, Solus, and Terran.
  The "each with their own cultural archetypes" feel like a little bit of a strange addition. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by archetypes and cultures generally speaking are different. Maybe give it a second look and see if the description can be punched up?  
Generally, however, humans are well known for their quick thinking, wide array of skillsets, and adaptability to various environments and situations.
  I would suggest removing the ", however," as it doesn't add anything besides a bunch of commas and a clunk.   Also "skillsets" rather than "skills"? Although even that sounds a little strange: I don't imagine any sci-fi society with FTL capability will exactly be unskilled. What is it you are trying to tell the reader with that? :)    
Anatomy & Morphology
  Has there been no evolutions since they went into space? Nothing about integrating cybernetics or adapting well to various environments (maybe with the aid of genetics)?   (You could probably also nuke the comma after "bipedal species")  
Biological Traits
  There's some repetition here between the two columns ("Skin tone, hair color, eye color, etcetera all vary among humans." and "Generally, a Human can be seen with hair colors ranging from blacks to browns, reds, and golden blonde shades.") that could be condensed.   There's also what I would probably consider redundant information, such as that humans have freckles. It's safe to assume people know this, generally speaking. Are there no interesting bits and bobs related to technology or genetics or weird planets they live on?   In general, the humans of Galaxies End seem sort of untouched by technology. If that's what you are going for, well then never mind! Otherwise, something to think about. :)  
Their genetic origins from before Earth was destroyed plays a part in the physical appearance of a Human, but are more commonly (and falsely) associated with one of the major cultural groups that exist currently.
  Besides most societies today getting more and more mixed up to make that a little unusual, it's a big sentence at 35 words. Might be worth splitting up. :)  
Generally, however, for a majority of a human's life, they are considered an adult and reach this stage after 18 years as measured by the Terrans and Solus.
  Another however that you could probably nuke to make the sentence flow better.  
Humans are an omnivorous race - Capable of consuming both meats and plants.
  Don't think capable need to be capitalized here?  
isn't poisonous to the human digestive system.
  And some things that are! :D   On that note, that kind of goes without saying. Perhaps there is a different way of phrasing it that brings a more evocative tone to humanity's omnivorous nature?  
Originally hailing from Earth in the Sol System, Human populations cover the majority of known space in the Milky Way galaxy, most prominently in the territories of the Sol Empire and United Arshan Federation.
  At 34, this single sentence forms the entire paragraph. It could be worth rewriting it slightly and splitting it in two?  
, and the Democratic Republic of Terra holding the smallest human population.
  I would consider letting this stand as its own sentence, to bring down the wordcount of the previous sentence and the plenitude of commas :)  
As The Third War broke out on Earth, Humanity tried to save itself through launching colony ships of varying levels of quality.
  This sentence works as it is, but it feels like there should be some more evocative way of describing it than "varying levels of quality"...  
Those colony ships, coupled with the surviving Mars colony and orbital stations around Earth, eventually formed into the present-day nations of Humanity: The United Arshan Federation, the Sol Empire, the Democratic Republic of Terra, and the Republic of Sion.
  Besides being a bit long (39 words), I would consider starting with the colony bit: "Together with the surviving Mars Colony and orbital stations, these colony ships/colonies" ... Lets you get rid of a comma and flows a bit better.  
These nations grew and developed relatively quickly over the next several hundred years, re-discovering each other and, as has been proven time and time again as innate human nature, developed new conflicts and, eventually, war.
  This is another kind of long (35) sentence with a lot of commas. I'd suggest giving it maybe a spit and polish, breaking it up and trimming some of the fat (like the ", eventually")  
Terrans are thought of as adaptible, curious, and dependable, while Non-Terrans are viewed as war-mongering, xenophobic, hostile and potentially even the biggest threat the Varkesh has ever faced to its own ideals of peaceful co-existance.
  The entire paragraph under how different races view humans are two sentences and this one is like 90% of it (another at 35). I'd consider splitting it up. (also: adaptible = adaptable?)   Second, it feels a little underdeveloped. Beyond the Varkesh, we don't get any idea what the other races think of humans or any subtleties in that relationship. It could be something worth adding a bit on :)  
Their long-standing membership within the Varkesh also means the Terrans have the most widely varying opinions of the differing races - A Terran from Terra looks at a Hydari and thinks of a heavily commerce driven culture of both merchants and pirates, while a colonist from a frontier world may see a Dovol as a withdrawn, intelligent, and almost condescending person.
  Here we have the biggest sentence yet, at 60 words long. I would consider breaking it up into a few sentences :D  
The Arshans blamed the Varkesh for the attack, locked off their borders, and cut off communications, viewing the Varkesh as a bordering nation they couldn't trust - Especially not when the Federation was already part of an ongoing war with the Sol Empire.
  Another big chunk at 42, with a few too many commas and interruptions for my liking. Also - how do you lock your borders in space? :thinking:  
Many many years of propaganda has led most, if not all, Solus people to believe anything non-human is out to dominate or even exterminate all human life.
  One many is probably enough or trade them both for something more evocative. Generations of, or Ceaseless campaign of... For example.   You also repeat "propaganda" just the next sentence or so: also also, the column/row divider you have here is super dope.  
To a Sionian, an alien race is still primarily the construct of human imagination, and even still a common part of fictional literature and media, albeit mixed in with Solus propaganda flowing into the Sol-Lassi tribe.
  Another kinda long sentence at 36. There's also a bit of a contradiction there: they don't think aliens are real, but they also listen to Solus propaganda. I'm not familiar with the setting, but is there no FTL communication? It seem like they would have picked up on some of that from all the space-nations going around.   Phew!   Okay, final thoughts: there aren't really any surprises here which can work for and against you. There's no strangeness for new readers to have to wrap their head around, but it also means they read as pretty standard fare space-humans. That may very well be intentional and it can be immensely helpful for new readers. The only thing that stood out to me was how little humanity seem to have been effected by technological progress, meeting aliens and going to the stars.

28 Jun, 2019 18:20

For those curious, I'm going over this on discord with Q. Article's receiving some tweaks and updates to reflect the feedback.