Grasers
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Throughout the early era of interplanetary exploration humanity also explored within, decoding their complex genetic codes and their underlying functions. Gene-engineering saw extensive use by dedicated space explorers, who found ways to enhance their resitance to radiation, vacuum and (most importantly) radical shifts in gravity. Baseline humans are unable to inhabit microgravity environments, such as those found on immobile asteroid bases, for much more than a standard year. Beyond this risks of bone degeneration and cardiovascular diseases increase in direct relation to how long one stays in microgravity.

Most explorers saw these methods as a simple tool that were necessary to complete their job and opted to enhance themselves while still striving to remain human. Others though saw a much more significant potential, and wanted to discover the limits of self-enhancement. While there were several branches of such extremist gene-tweeks, the Grasers were one of the most prolific.

The modern Grasers appear quite fearsome to those unaccustomed to living among non-humans. They stand on average at 7 feet tall, have no hair (an undesirable nuisance in freefall), and very dark skin almost as thick as toughened leather. They have inch long fangs protruding from their lower jaw, a trait which often grant them the nickname “orcs”. All these magnified biological traits do come at a cost though in the Graser’s hyperactive metabolism. They need a calorie intake about twice that of what humans need.

In addition to this, their mangled genetic material is far from perfect. Once a Graser reaches maturity he/she is extremely resilient to radiation and to many other hardships found in space. But the inverse seems to be true for their infants in utero, they are so vulnerable to infection and radiation at this period that pregnant Grasers may only come to term in special clinics (generally known as “labs”). In time some work has gone into stabilizing the fragil graser genome, but it has taken secondary priority to maintaining their superior outward strength and resilience.

Contrary to popular belief though, Grasers are generally not an aggressive race. They have a pride as soldiers primarily to defend or aid the rest of humanity in its conflicts, but they also have a passion for astronomy and cosmology, the study of stars and planets (which surround them constantly in their space-domain). They are also skilled zero-gravity engineers and architects, excelling in environments that humans would find untameable.

Grasers don’t generally have a home world, but the largest ground-side population is located on Provos, in theRime system.

Species Origins

Homeworld:
Class: Mammalia
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens astrodurans (Human subspecies)
Evolutionary History: Split off from humanity in _
Earliest Evidence of Civilization: _
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Enlightenment Date: 2392 CE

Biology

Anatomy: Standard human bodyplan
Physiology: Human standard
Genetics: Carbon-based DNA
Reproduction: Human standard
Gestation Period: <Duration of Pregnancy basically… if Applicable>
Life Cycle: <Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood… if Applicable>
Diet: Omnivore
Sleep Cycle: <How Long They Sleep>

Psychology

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Society & Culture

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Language: Varies, dialects of Jovian and Anglic are most common
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Philosophical Concepts: <The Dominant Philosophical Concepts of the Species>

Psionics

Psionic Potential: Yes
Rate of Occurance: Rare
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