Cynos Union Databank





Overview: Humanity is one of the six original founder species of the Cynos Union, and the owner of several colony worlds throughout Cynos space. In fact, through partnerships with other species (such as the n’kaf and yowason in the case of Kandul-4), humanity either fully owns or co-owns more colony worlds than any other founder species, even the vossarulls.

There are many theories as to why this is, but the simplest explanation is that humanity was hit hard during the Abyssal War, with their planetary population (they had not yet joined the larger galactic community at that point) reduced from seven billion down to a mere one billion. Although they are recovering their numbers quickly, their overall population still only stands at two billion individuals, and many believe this has left humanity with an intense desire to spread out as much as possible, to ensure they can never be wiped out in one hit. Despite this, they remain major players in the Cynos Union.

Overview: The recorded history of ‘modern humanity’, before the Abyssal War brought many new facts to light, was woefully incomplete. The basic principles were correct, in that humans evolved from chimp-like ancestors, but the timescales involved were way off the mark. Until the Abyssal War, modern humanity knew nothing of the Aztlani, the first human civilisation to call Earth home, so their records had a gap of roughly two hundred thousand years. During this time it was wrongly thought that humanity had been in a transitional state between apes and true hominids. With the revelation that the Aztlani had existed during this period (before experiencing an extinction event twelve thousand years ago during the first Abyssal War), records were pushed back further.

Human beings first evolved on their homeworld, Earth, in the continent known as Africa, before spreading out around the globe and coming to dominate the entire biosphere. They are adapted to be the ultimate generalists, and as with most Cynos species, they are omnivorous.

Perhaps most striking of all is the similarity between humanity and those willowy beings from the planet Tessitura, the music-obsessed vossarulls. Everyone who witnesses these two species comments on how they are almost identical, with the only surface difference being that the vossarulls, having evolved on a homeworld with a slightly lower surface gravity, are naturally taller and more slim. This similarity extends down to a genetic level, however, with humans and vossarulls sharing 98% of the same DNA, with the inescapable conclusion being that they must have evolved from a common ancestor.

Research has thus far failed to clarify what this ancestor was, or how two species could have evolved from one single ancestor when their homeworlds are around two thousand light years apart, but the default reaction when confronted with such an anomaly is to say the magic words, “the Skaperen did it”.

Overview: Human history is divided into two distinct categories, ‘Aztlani’ and ‘modern humanity’, and modern human history began with the fall of the Aztlani. As modern humanity almost fell during the second Abyssal War, their timeline was almost split into three categories, and although this fate was avoided, humanity is still in a prolonged period of rebuilding and recolonisation.

This event, the second Abyssal War, also marked a shift into becoming a more unified civilisation, much more like the other member species of the Cynos Union. Before this event, the best word to describe human civilisation would have been ‘disparate’, but being left on the edge of extinction had an irreversible effect on the human psyche, finally bringing them together into a unified, global civilisation.

The second Abyssal War left an indelible mark on human history, and most humans now agree that it is vitally important that they remember the event that brought them all together.

Even now, though, with their unified civilisation, humanity still bears the traits of their evolutionary history; they still specialise in being generalists, the stereotypical jack of all trades. However, their culture has undeniably been influenced by others, taking inspiration for their medical and educational technology from the koetaani, artistic inspiration from the vossarulls, and military strategy from the sookas. In return, humanity gives back much to the galaxy (for example, the vossarulls adore human music, especially the genre of heavy metal).

The Aztlani: As they found out during the Abyssal War, modern humanity was not the first civilisation to inhabit Earth; that honour went to a civilisation known as the Aztlani, the first and grandest human civilisation to inhabit that little blue planet.

Modern humans existed on Earth for thousands of years without ever knowing about their precursors, although some people did suspect the existence of an advanced civilisation in antiquity. The problem, since the first Abyssal War did such a thorough job of wiping out the Aztlani, was that actual evidence of this grand culture was virtually non-existent, the records of the Aztlani relegated to myths about ‘lost Atlantis’. The koetaani could have helped to rectify this situation, but they were embroiled in a vicious war with their progeny, the kochanqa. Without evidence to prove the existence of the Aztlani civilisation, modern humanity almost suffered the same fate as this great culture of antiquity.

Twelve thousand years ago, in spite of having close ties with the Koetaani Imperium, and being on diplomatic terms with the then-young Vossarull Ensemble, almost the entire Aztlani civilisation was wiped out by the opening of the Abyssal and the return of Ragnarok, the Great Beast. Although the Aztlani managed to push Ragnarok back into the Abyssal from whence he came, their civilisation was lost in the process. The last survivors went into Nadir stasis, or built markers to warn humanity to come, and the Aztlani faded from history.

Ragnarok & the Broken Messiah: Earth was the site of one of the most important conflicts in the history of the galaxy, and humanity was the primary force involved. That conflict was the Abyssal War, and the end of this devastating fight for survival came about when Ragnarok was finally vanquished by the entity known as the Broken Messiah, whose prophesised return marked the final end of the war with the Abyssal. To this day, little is known about the beast known as Ragnarok, only that it was a creature of vast power, and combined with the energies of the Abyssal, it was capable of corrupting the minds of human beings, bending them to its perverse will, in an effort to free itself from its endless prison.

Through the machinations of a man called Marcus Cady, the Abyssal was once again opened, its corruption pouring forth across the land. In the space of one day, two billion people were killed, and inside of one week, that figure had risen to five billion. With only one Sekhmet unit (a technology originally left for the galaxy to find by the Skaperen) at their disposal, and one koetaani corvette, hope seemed lost for the galaxy. On the final day of the Abyssal War, however, the prophecy came true. John Harley, the man foretold to bring about the end of the war, finally achieved his destiny. On that day, the Broken Messiah was born. The people were finally free. The galaxy finally knew peace.

For a time, at least...