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Human (disambiguation) Edit

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The cover of Human, depicting Captain Çrom Skelliglyph standing in the observation / recreation dome of the Astro Tramp 400 and looking upon an artist's impression of previous story-related locations.

Human might refer to:

- The eighth and last book of Andrew Hindle's science-fiction series The Final Fall of Man. Available in e-book and paperback.

- A primate species.

"So here it is. The eighth and final book in The Final Fall of Man series, mirroring the first book – Eejit – in a number of small ways that might bring joy to the sorts of people I tend to gather around me. By which I mean, wonderful people." - Edpool

"I think the prevailing opinion is that if we start using ables to do too much of the challenging stuff, the entire human race will just collapse onto the nearest planet and begin throwing poop and masturbating furiously." - Çrom Skelliglyph

Human (species) Edit

The human race is a common and widespread species. They are the sixth and final member-species of the Six Species alliance. They are known for their small stature, aggression, imagination and the fur on the tops of their heads.

Six-species (3)

Artist's depiction of a human in AstroCorps uniform.

Human beings are classified as conditionally reasoning non-sentient by official Molran standards and measures. This means that they are capable of flawlessly replicating and communicating the illusion of sentience - often for the course of an entire lifetime - but are not technically self-aware. This is, of course, a classification that humans protest at every opportunity ... but protests have not as yet resulted in the revision of the classification or promotion of human to proper-noun status.

Species origin Edit

Finally, from the human beings, He took something unseen, unknown. He took away a thing that not even the humans had been aware they possessed, and which thenceforth they knew only by its absence, an absence that could not be undone. Like a glimmering jewel, Nnal snatched it away and all the human beings knew was that something was gone, something had been stolen from them and they remembered not what it had been.

And they would spend all eternity trying to find it again. - A Pinian History of the Urverse, an excerpt.

The ultimate origin of the human species is The Centre, a Dimension - a universe in itself with its own attendant set of physical laws - in the absolute centre of the urverse. The species rose to sentience in Capital Mind, "the city in the centre of the universe" as some Molranoids of the Thirty-Ninth Century YM refer to it. Specifically, they evolved in the Capital Mind Forest Gardens, a broad habitat of native plant and animal life surrounding the capital. The Forest Gardens remain in human ancestral memory and culture.

As the human race approached higher levels of development, their species expanded into the territory of a large predatory bird species. The resultant mutual aggression provided the trigger for both species to advance to sentience-adjacent levels. It also set a precedent of aggression and persecution in the humans.

The species proved unpopular in The Centre, as was the case with most perceived "rising pests" from the Forest Gardens. Later, for various reasons and according to myth, humans were adopted as the chosen species of the Ghåålus Ith. Subject species and authorities were obligated to take in communities of human beings, and so the species spread across the Dimensions of the Corporation. They remained unpopular, however, and this perception was exacerbated by numerous conflicts. Human beings were ultimately exterminated from most of their native and adopted habitats.

One of the last remaining populations, on Earth in the Pinian realms of the Void Dimension, isolated itself from the rest of the urverse until finally re-encountering Molranoid life when the Five Species as represented by the Molran Fleet arrived at Earth from the Cursèd's Playground galaxy.

Some humans joined the Fleet as it retraced its steps back into space, and ultimately became members of the Six Species. The rest of the human race remained behind on Earth, and perished when the world was destroyed.

When Cursèd's Playground was cut off from the outside urverse and vanished to all outside observation, the human race was declared extinct.

Characteristics Edit

Humans are a bipedal, so-called perfect humanoid species. It is unknown whether their designation human predates the designation humanoid or vice versa. Human beings are mammals of the primate order.

Humans are social animals, although highly aggressive and prone to delusions. They are reckless consumers and polluters, and tend to destroy ecosystems into which they are introduced in the absence of higher orders of controlling species.

Humans are creative, imaginative and unorthodox thinkers, with a capacity for tactics and invention that is matched only by their drive to fight internally over said tactics and destroy said inventions rather than share them. They are defined by selfishness, short-sightedness, tribalism and a lack of empathy, combined with overactive intellects, arrogance and a fondness for bragging about themselves and their achievements.

The question of human unsuitability Edit

Almost uniquely among the organic species to evolve in the Forest Gardens, human beings are not suited to living in the environmental conditions found in The Centre, as they require sleep and appear to have dietary and atmospheric needs that are not met in their native Dimension - or in any other Dimension and world to which human beings have been transplanted. This condition of perpetual alienation and confusion has been identified as a founding psychological / physiological trait contributing to human development and behaviour.

As yet, no explanation has been found for this complete mismatch of physiology and environment. The prevailing theory is that the primitive human race was introduced to the Forest Gardens from some other world, or that the earliest stages of their evolution took place in a deeper part of the region that had faux-diurnal lighting conditions and accompanying nutrition and predation characteristics.

Otherwise, the human failure to fit into any known Corporate ecosystem has been linked to the myths of Nnal's Third Dominion, wherein Nnal robbed the human race of an unknown element and doomed them to an eternity of dissatisfaction. Similar myths, related to human curiosity and constant questioning which is a generally-disliked attribute according to other species, involve humans taking on knowledge beyond their ability to happily process, resulting in their perpetual feeling of frustration and discontent.



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