Gods of Terra Primer | The Wavetouched: Children of Terra


Gods of Terra actually has little to do with any sort of truely supernatural forces or supreme beings, beyond the fact that religions that promote belief in them exist. So though there are beings in the setting with tremendous power, ultimately, even they have limits, and even they can die. 

So, Gods of Terra is really about false gods, and the evolution of humanity, of  beings with sometimes remarkable powers and abilities whether aliens, new emerging hominin species, or technologically weaponised humans. 

One such hominin species, a new side-branch of Homo sapiens, is the wavetouched, H. mirus, and its three stages, each its own subspecies, and each progressively further isolated reproductively from H. sapiens. I’ll hereafter refer to Homo sapiens as baseline humans as they are the standards against which all other species in  the setting are compared for admittedly humanocentric reasons as well as game-balance in an RPG setting.

Each stage is as follows, with each having its own taxonomic name, with in fact a rather tangled web of descent from baselines, and in fact much intermixing going on between these to the chagrin of so-called “race realists:” 

Stage I: (H. mirus mutans

Called mirants, these are not strictly mutants despite the nomenclature, but the offspring of mutants, and are the first stage to breed true with itself or with baseline humans to produce hybrid offspring sharing the robustness of both parents. Mirant genes tend to be dominant, though in no way necessarily “superior” to baseline genes, but seldom bearing recessive traits. Offspring are fully fertile with baselines. 

About 50% of the subspecies have some potential for psi-abilities, but without a hyperseed, a submicroscopic quantum hypershard that grows and unfolds  to coexist with the developing brains of such talented individuals, there is no energy source available to fuel this potential and put it to use beyond the latent stage. The law of conservation of energy applies here, and only a fully developed, unfolded, and active hypershard can tap into an external energy source for the psionic latent to achieve a fully active stage. 

Mirants have less of the usual baseline human psychological weaknesses, and more of the strengths. Mirants find it easier to pick up effective reasoning skills on average than baselines, and though possessing many of the same psychological biases and heuristics, tend towards better insight and more efficient ways of countering them. Abstract reasoning and critical thinking come to them more readily, more naturally, though they must still be trained in these to do them with skill. 

As well as that, mirants have the full range of human emotions and expressiveness, but are less prone to fuzzing the clarity of their thinking under stress and strong emotion. The first four Gods of Terra were all Stage I’s weaponized with Prime hypershards, without significant innate psi-ability of their own. They were beings of tremendous power even then. 

Stage II: (H. mirus miradi) 

With higher on average psi-q scores than even mirants, and known as miradi, this stage is reproductively less compatible with baselines, and only about 60% of the time will such mixes produce fertile offspring. All wavetouched are fully fertile with each other across subspecies. 

Wavetouched are across all subspecies about 99.9% genetically similar to baselines, with most of the difference going to their cognitive strengths and psionic potential. Stage II’s still require an active hypershard in their brains to power their psionics, having only baseline metabolisms though with more robust physiques and fewer of the hereditary disorders common to baselines on average, while they sometimes have others of their own that can cause problems.  

Stage III: (H. mirus hyperiadi

This subspecies, called hyperiads in common parlance, are almost fully reproductively isolated from baselines, and have the highest degree of neurobiological distinction. They cannot serve as hosts to a hypershard implant, either imposed from without or inherited by hyperseed. They also have the highest average psi-q’s of all wavetouched, and one other important feature that allows them to use it: a brain structure similar to a third prefrontal lobe, situated between the left and right prefrontal lobes, with specialized neural and glial tissues permitting the transduction of energy from an external source to a psionically useful form. 

They can draw power to fuel their abilities merely by being physically near, or better, touching an external source and willing the transduction process. Geothermal taps, high-intensity flood lights, and high-voltage electrical sources are good for this. 

So long as transduction occurs, no injury or harm from the source will result to the user, though the energy source must continually generate output, for while a Stage III’s remarkable brain structure can transduce energy, it cannot store it like a capacitor. 

Stage III wavetouched are estimated at one out of a billion humans, though none have yet been unambiguously identified in observations of any known world’s population.

Conclusion: 

These three subspecies may even diversify further, and are at present already beginning their ascendance in human planetary demographics since H. sapiens began its decline during the Shutter era more than five centuries ago. Baselines are on their way out, and it is projected that they will be supplanted on their own worlds by Stage I wavetouched within the next thousand years or so.

Evolution marches on, and that of humans can be no exception.

Evolution of the Milky Way


A simulation of our galaxy’s evolution since the Big Bang, put together by astrophysicists from the University of Central Lancashire with assistance from colleagues from Germany and the USA.

Symphony of Science – The Greatest Show on Earth! A music video about Evolution


Uploaded by on Jan 17, 2012

mp3: http://bit.ly/xqVD4J – A musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more. Featuring David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye. “The Greatest Show on Earth” is the 13th video in the Symphony of Science music videos series. Materials used in this video are from:

Richard Dawkins’ “There is grandeur in this view of life” speech
BBC Life
BBC Planet Earth
David Attenborough’s First Life
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
Bill Nye Evolution episode

Visit http://symphonyofscience.com for more videos!

If you enjoyed the video, consider checking out Dawkins’ book of the same name, The Greatest Show On Earth, as well as the other mentioned source materials. Special thanks to everybody who’s donated to keep the project alive and to those who helped track down the materials used in this video.

Lyrics:

[David Attenborough]
How could one species turn into another?

[Richard Dawkins]
How is it that we find ourselves surrounded by such complexity, such elegance?

[Bill Nye]
The genes of you and me
They’re all made of DNA
We’re all made of the same chemicals
DNA – we’re all made of DNA

[Attenborough]
Only the fittest survive
And that is the key
Natural Selection
That is the key

[Dawkins]
We are surrounded by endless forms
Most beautiful, most wonderful
Evolution – the greatest show on Earth

There is grandeur in this view of life
Evolution – the greatest show on Earth

[Attenborough]
The history of life can be thought of
As a many branched tree
The five kingdoms of life
were established early on

Bacteria
Protists- amoeba like creatures
Fungi
Plants
And animals

[Dawkins]
We find ourselves perched on one tiny twig
In the midst of a blossoming tree of life

[refrain]

We are surrounded by millions of other species
Walking, flying, burrowing, stalking, chasing, fleeing,
Outpacing

[Attenborough]
Animals strive to reach this one ultimate goal
To ensure the survival of the next generation
This one ultimate goal
To pass on their genes
That is what life is all about

[refrain]

[Dawkins]
As we look back on the history of life
We see a picture of never ending,
ever rejuvinating novelty

[Attenborough]
Those animals may seem to us to be very remote,
strange, even fantastic

But all of us alive today
Owe our very existence to them

Evolution of Technology – HQ (Saturn Commercial)


Here’s something that’s been sitting in my draft-box for a while — a cute little German commercial for the now-defunct Saturn automobile company — I just love the animation…and the T-rex with a smokestack is cool too…

Client: SATURN
Advertising Agency: Scholz&Friends, Berlin, Germany (www.s-f.com)
Creative Director: Oliver Handlos
Art Director: James Cruickshank, Michael Hess
Copywriter: Felix Fenz, Sebastian Plum, Bastian Engbert

Management Supervisor: Uli Schuppach
Account Supervisor: Sandra Ortmann, Jürgen Fink
TV-Producer: Claudia Knipping, Nina Heyn, Mathis Rekowski

Director: Carl Erik Rinsch
Executive Producer: Lutz Müller
Producer: Tobias Steinhauser
DoP: Javier Aguirresarobe
Postproduction: Alex Grau
Charakter-Design: Jeff Julian, Big Lazy Robot

Sounddesign: Audioforce