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Forms > Humans
(Homo sapiens sapiens)
the fall of the Commonwealth, humans have become pariahs
throughout much of known space. Many sentients from other
species blame humanity for giving birth to the Nietzschean
subspecies that brought about the fall, and view Homo sapiens
sapiens as responsible for the sins of their invictus cousins.
But despite the prejudice and many other hardships, humans-both
genetically engineered and unaltered-remain common, eking
out the same hard lives endured by most sentients in these
Mostly-hairless bipeds standing just under two meters tall,
Humans form one of the principal races of the Systems Commonwealth.
Humans most commonly procreate through sexual reproduction
involving two pair-bonded individuals, one from each human
gender. Cloning, artificial insemination and in vitro gestation
are not, however, unheard of. Neither are a wide variety
of alternative bonding and child-rearing practices from
same-gender pair bonds to Than-like neo-kibbutzim.
Humans hail from Earth,
a small, relatively insignificant world located on the outer
edge of the Milky Way galaxy. Despite being admitted thousands
of years after the Commonwealth's founding, humans proved
clever, adaptable and vigorous. They quickly spread throughout
the Known Worlds to their present near-ubiquitous state.
Humans have embraced genetic engineering and nanotechnology
with gusto, using these tools to reshape themselves to fit
into a variety of hostile environments. This has resulted
in many variations of the human form, including aquatic
humans, humans engineered to live in space, humans adapted
to heavy gravity worlds and ultimately, to the Nietzschean
subspecies (see Nietzscheans).