Humanity

Traders, tinkers, explorers and conquerors, the human race, though one of the youngest civilizations to exist on Midera, has had an unprecedented influence on its recent history.

While genetically similar to the fjell, humanity lacks the ability to manipulate raw elemental power. This fact puts them at a severe physical disadvantage against almost any other race of Midera; without the natural hardiness and armament of the gozrak, the sheer brute strength of the maulik or the divine grace of the teno'avum, humanity has survived and thrived due to one key trait: innovation.

It was during the age of rebuilding, after the weakening of the teno’avum and the disappearances of the mother and the cult, that humanity first descended from the mountains and made contact with the rest of Midera. They spread like fire, wildly and rapidly, and while initially killed and enslaved by the senior races, their talent for crafting unique goods and devices was enough to persuade most groups to barter rather than to battle. Humanity began to carve a place out for itself in the world, exchanging inspired luxuries and utilities in exchange for mercy and minor resources.

Then, without warning, the humans lashed out against their oppressors. Wielding devised weapons of gears and steam the likes of which have never been seen before, the elder races found themselves unprepared for such a sudden display of resistance. Within generations, humanity had secured for itself a swath of Midera to call its own, no longer subject to the rule of elder races.

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Similar to their volatile position among the races of Midera, the form that human society takes is equally chaotic. Much to the frustration of the teno’avum or gozrak, whose societies are based off of the notions of destined rule and brutal meritocracy, respectively, humans have chosen to completely eschew these more traditional power structures. Instead, they’ve developed an incredibly complicated corporatocracy, where trade, innovation, cunning and guile determine one’s place in society. Instead of obeying lords or residing in kingdoms, a human pledges allegiance to captains of industry and belongs to a guild — and even then, these oaths of fealty often only last as long as it takes for the individual to find an opportunity to advance his or her own standing.

This nebulous, ever-shifting power structure confounds the neighboring races, who have grown used to the certainty of traditional rule. However, despite the obvious distrust that humans have encountered — and some would say rightly deserve — humans have created a thick web of treaties, trade agreements and alliances that would sever any society that crosses the Great Human Coalition from the rich economic benefits they can provide. That being said, these treaties have done little to deter the gozrak from declaring open war on the humans, openly defiant of their trinkets and unnatural augmentations.

The very existence of humanity as a major power is an insult to all races who believe in the order of nature or the divine, and many seek to covertly weaken the coalition, probing the humans for an opportunity to re-subjugate them — not to mention, claim the rich bounty of their cities as a prize. Because of this, human intelligence circles must constantly defend from all other sovereignties. Even then, there are intrepid human individuals who see a foreign takeover as something that could be profited from.

The lust humanity has for resources and trade has only grown in response to the awakening of the gates of Midera. Now, with an entire galaxy to plunder, humanity is prepared to spread its cities across the galaxy and claim the rich resources that the universe possesses. Not only shall they be free from the control of the elder races; the age of humanity is now, and the stars themselves are theirs for the taking.