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A Brief History of HumanityThe Star Age: The earliest and most mysterious era of human history. A few fragmentary records exist, although those in the hands of reasonable, scholarly institutions are mostly copies of copies. Not much is known about this age, except that humanity spread itself out through the stars via technological means, and that humanity's control over the material universe became almost godlike. Indeed, the Old God Motlogu claims that it and the other gods are humans or other sapients originating from this era and avoided its fall.
The Cog Lord Era: The fall of human civilization in space and the isolation of the Olmova system. Legends and fragmentary records say that the Cog Lords, artificial intelligences created by humans to manage their empire, were either corrupted or rebelled, for unclear and differing reasons. Ended with the total collapse of human civilization, at least near the Olmova system.
The Unending Winter: A period of barbarism and technophobia among the hu
DiggersOne of the more enigmatic human species, diggers are restricted to the caves of Elun. Their origins are unclear; some contend that they were created by Star Age humanity as miners, others say that they mutated from standard humans thousands of years ago. Diggers are native to Senzygor, but some non-native populations can be found around the world, descended from diggers brought in as curiosities or as slaves.
As they spend their entire lives underground, diggers are pale compared to baseline humans. They are also of a much shorter stature; the average height for males is four feet, while for females it is three and a half. Diggers are typically covered in blond or white hair, and digger females have facial hair. Both of these adaptations have developed to aid life in the caves. Diggers also have much greater physical strength than baseline humans of a similar size, although they have weaker endurance.
As diggers are nearly blind, they do not have much in the way of appearance tradition
Human Species of ElunDespite the best efforts of the human majority throughout history, Elun is the home of several sapient species. There are two categories of sapients: those that are related to humans and those that are not. These categories can become very important, as many states in Elun have less (or, in the case of Oaran, more) strict discrimination laws against sapients of human genetic origin.
As separate species, the different sapients of Elun cannot mate with one another, even those derived from human stock, although Oaranic scientists have had limited successes with artificially-created "hybrids." The inability to interbreed is what separates two species from one another, as opposed to the separate "races" within each species, but many regimes in the past and present ignore this and consider racial and species differences to be the same either in biological or in practical fact.
The origins of these human species is unknown, although what sparse records there are from the Star Age indicate tha
United Republics of Atlene
One of the youngest countries in Atlene, the United Republics is also the most powerful and the de facto leader of the Confederation of Atlene. Formed from the various Volksche polities in southern Atlene, the United Republics expanded slowly over the centuries, taking advantage of the rivalries between Atlenian nations prior to the rise of the Oaranic Empire. An economic, military and cultural juggernaut, the United Republics is widely regarded as one of the greatest powers on Elun.
The area making up the United Republics began as the various Volksche states that made up southern Atlene. Descended from raiders from the island of Belwyn, the Volksche settled on the Rhodennian coast of Atlene. intermingling and getting into conflicts with the native South Atlenians. While settlers from Dhrum and Jinquo also arrived along the Rhodennian coast, the Volksche remained dominant and the majority in the coastal areas. Indeed, it was not long before a racial hierarchy formed, with the Volksche
Inspector Wolf The old lady was dead. I could smell it before I even got into the house. The whole place reeked of adrenaline, sweat, fear, copper and steel. He’d dropped her right in her living room. Chopped and chopped until she stopped moving. But I could tell I was getting close. This had been done in a hurry, and the killer didn’t have the time to clean up after himself like he usually did.
Across the room, the phone rang. The shrill sound set my teeth to grinding, but I ignored it. Instead I followed the killer’s bloody footprints into the back bedroom. He’d climbed out the window. If I hurried, I could catch up to him and end this disgusting spree he was on.
Then the answering machine kicked in. “Hi, Gramma! It’s Red. Sorry I’m running late. I kind of lost track of time. But don’t worry. I packed the picnic and I’m heading out the door right now. Love you.”
She’d been expec
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