- For Humans that exhibit properties beyond that of a typical member of the species, see wizard and metahuman.
Humans or Homo Sapiens Sapiens, are the predominant intelligent life form on the planet Earth. With a population of 8.1 billion, the human race is the most populous on the planet and so far in the known universe. Humans are a humanoid bipedal race remarkable for their adaptability and status as one of the few species that is able to manipulate Red Matter. Present on almost every continent, humans come in a wide variety of cultures, speak a wide variety of languages and are the dominating force of politics on their homeworld.
Other Homo Sapiens offshoot subspecies include Elves and Dwarves. Humans are less likely to have magical abilities compared to the two other humanoids, but their sheer numbers mean that most magical individuals are human.
Modern humans deviated from other primates around 1.8 million years ago and first came into being on the continent of Africa, initially coexisting with Neanderthals and forming primitive hunter-gather tribes, forming rudimentary language and art while living in cave dwellings.
Bronze and Iron Age
Human civilization rose in the Mesopotamian era. Culture, religion and language arose and became the species' defining traits. From the cradle of civilization, humanity branched off into many other civilizations, forming an extremely diverse array of cultures as they spread across the Earth. Over time nations developed, and from nations were spawned empires. Two of the most powerful ancient empires spawned were the Egyptian and Roman empires.
Though it is not confirmed, the first discovery of Red Matter may have occurred during this time period. At the time of its discovery it would not have been very well understood, and like steam power, treated as a mere novelty or perhaps sorcery, given the lack of knowledge regarding its magical potential and the special containment it required.
The Roman Empire collapsed in 476 CE. Its collapse sent shockwaves throughout the Western world, which entered a dark age, though Eastern civilization continued to flourish for some time. Religion began to play an increasingly more centric and powerful role in the affairs of nation-states, and many of the Roman Empire's successors both claimed and exercised authority through religion. Crusades were common, with the rise of Islam, and lasted well into the following centuries.
During the 11th century, the first confirmed manuscripts making reference to Rm were created, detailing the use of a 'crimson aether' that had mystical properties. Wizards began emerging during this time period but were often persecuted and declared enemies of the states they lived in.
During this period encounters with the reclusive and far less widespread Dwarf and Elf species became more commonplace, leading to social interactions such as trade, commerce, cultural exchange, religious missions and most regrettably warfare and genocide.
Age of Sail and Renaissance
Humans are known for their incredibly adaptive and resilient biology, which some scientists believe to be one of the key factors granting them the ability to not utilize magic but also manifest as parahumans, a trait not seen in other humanoid races. Humans, compared to other humanoid species on Earth, have great stamina and potential for strength given training and exercise. Elves and Dwarves are not as adaptable as Humans.
They are also highly innovative, constructing civilizations with advanced technologies and cities in order to make life easier, building complex societies and machines to fulfill basic needs, as well as being capable of adept problem solving skills on an individual level.
- The typical human is classified as a Type-I Human due to not possessing any extraordinary powers and in effect representing the typical example of the species.
- Humans with the disposition to manipulate Red Matter are classified as Type-II Humans. Wizards have been believed to have existed throughout all of human history, though not many were able to use their powers until the Industrial Revolution era where Rm became more commonplace and more easily accessible.
- Humans who are able to perform reality-bending feats of supernatural nature without the use of even Rm are considered 'metahumans' and are classified as Type-III Humans. This third type of human is a recent development in human history with the first known cases appearing in the 1980s.
Humans enjoy more protections, rights, and privileges than any other species on Earth, due to their sapience and dominance in nearly all fields, and are virtually guaranteed preference over animals, Anthro-feralis and even other humanoids in most jurisdictions.
The UN Declaration of Universal Humanoid Rights explicitly outlines rights that must be guaranteed to all human beings regardless of their origin, social status or creed. However this declaration is not enforced nor is it respected by all of the UN's member states, resulting in some countries whose human leaderships are notorious for suppressing even their own human populations.