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Humans are native to the moons, but found all across the Sol System. Despite humans being the most plentiful humanoid of the Sol System, they wield very little institutional power. As a lunar people, they often fall under the political domain of planet superpowers. Humans sit in an interesting niche as the "majority minority" and live on the margins of society, oribital or otherwise.   Most humans are some shade of brown. The melanin in their skin helps give them some natural protection against light and solar radiation. Humans are frail, but they more than make up for this weakness with their inventiveness and resilience. When living in locations humans would not naturally thrive, they invent adaptations either for themselves or for the enviroment.

Human Migration

  Most archeologists agree that Humans originated from the middle Solar system and spread outwards from there. Some of the oldest known evidence of human civilization can be found on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. The Heller Cave Paintings on Rhea are not just the oldest evidence of humans, but also the oldest known figurative art by humanoids in the sol system.   There is a plethora of archeology that suggests that humanity is even older. Tools and statues are not uncommonly found in lunar regolith, and Luna has ancient rock circles that date before the Rhean cave paintings. None of this evidence is confidently attributable to humans, however, and though there is circumstantial evidence, the smoking gun proves to be elusive.   Humans have certainly existed on the moons, and several of them, long before the invention of the wheel, much less anything capable of spaceflight. The question of how remains unanswered. In some human traditions there are stories of distant ancestors walking on aurora to travel between moons, travelling on the backs of great beasts, or creating and using primitive rockets. These myths may perhaps be closer to the truth than more modern theories such as the rise and fall of a great advanced interplanetary empire, progenitor theories, or interstellar generation ships.

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Dec 7, 2023 18:47 by Mochi

I love this, a fresh and intriguing interpretation of humans :D

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Dec 7, 2023 19:21 by Annie Stein

Thanks! I like how wiping the sci fi slate means I can change things up a bit for humans too.

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Dec 7, 2023 19:50 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is fun. I like that you're exploring humans in a different way to normal.

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Dec 7, 2023 20:17 by Annie Stein

Thank you! A lot of people, you included, have written some good breakdowns of humans from a non-human perspective. I don't think I could do it anywhere near as well, so I thought it would be better to focus on what was different about them in Solaris.

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Dec 7, 2023 22:52

I like how you went with a more mythological and uncertain route with humans.

Dec 8, 2023 08:36 by Annie Stein


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Dec 8, 2023 15:54

Hi, I have a question on how you do your formating stuff. Specifically how you do the skin coloration part. Do you use an image or do you have some other method?

Dec 8, 2023 16:45 by Annie Stein

Hi! I'm sad to say I'm using grandmaster tools, by which I mean sections and colour bb code. I think you could definitely make something similar and just as cool with images. I've seen some people make gradients and use those to show a spectrum of colour.   I'll still share the bb code for one of the squares, but it'll sadly only work for people with grandmaster or a higher tier. I basically just do like a whole bunch of the code below in a row, usually picking colours from the extended html colours

[color:peru][section:fas fa-square fa-lg] [/section][/color]

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Dec 9, 2023 23:46

Ok, cool, I'll fiddle around trying to figure out how to do it with images, thanks for the code tho

Dec 8, 2023 16:59 by Chris L

I love your insignificant and slightly shlubby humans! This is a great take and I'm a big fan of how you're de-centering humans/"Earth" in your world building.

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Dec 8, 2023 17:23 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I wanted to put humans in a slightly different role than we usually see them in science fiction, and hopefully encourage people to come at Solaris from a different perspective.

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Dec 9, 2023 10:43

I love who you took a completely different interpretation on humans. I also love the idea of ancient humans riding beasts across the solar system, even before the invention of even primitive technology.

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Dec 9, 2023 10:58 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I love that idea too, it's very cool to think about our own myths and see how they can be adapted for an interplanetary setting.

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Jan 5, 2024 18:19 by Chase

I resonate most deeply with this species, for some reason.

Jan 7, 2024 09:44 by Annie Stein

Hehe, understandable!

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