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== The Anima Strain ==
 
== The Anima Strain ==
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The Relic had many wonders, but two of them in particular stood out. The first of these to have an impact on humanity was eventually termed the Anima Strain. A virus with an extradimensional component, it returned with the surviving explorers and transformed humanity.
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Millions died. Over a billion were immune, or managed to render themselves so - or at least they believed such at the time. The overwhelmingly vast majority of humanity grew acclimated to the virus, transforming them in subtle and minor ways. People were a bit faster, a bit stronger, a bit more cunning, but still human.
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Some reacted more strongly than others. It tended to affect those with the least amounts of genetic engineering the strongest - those who had remained 'true' to the human form. It did not discriminate against wide-scale changes, however - many who were effectively immortal were still effected, and as that man-made creation spread throughout the process, the Anima Strain itself seemed to adapt.
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Most of these more powerful types - while impressive, were at best curiosities. They changed things, sure, and they were definitely gifted individuals - but, if that were all that the Anima strain had done, then Earth would not have changed so.
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A few - initially less than three thousand - were transformed well beyond the others, however. Called the Chosen, these humans held levels of personal power that would shake the foundations of the world.
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=== Anima Ratings ===
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'''0: Unthinking''' Anything capable of self-reflection, linguistic development and complex goal construction was in some way affected by the Anima Strain. Anything sapient that returns a 'zero' to any form of detection is one of the Hidden - which is actually somewhat common, making up nearly a sixth of all sapient beings.
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'''1: Normal''' Most humans, and nearly every animal and AI with an Anima rating is assigned a 1. Making up two-thirds of humanity,
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A few thousand

Revision as of 05:38, 2 June 2008

During the 21st century, what looked to be a long-period comet reentered the Solar System. Early observations suggested that it was not quite what it appeared to be, but then, oddities were commonplace. Probes were launched to investigate the interloper, but little attention was paid during the intervening months.

The excited chatter of the artificial sapience guiding the first probe caught Earth's attention - the first high-resolution images made it clear that this object was not natural. It was immense, however, some three hundred kilometers in diameter. It was once a much larger craft, but time - and war, from the look of it - had taken its toll.

Almost overnight, Earth's entire social, political and religious dynamic was transformed.

Compared to the technology they were investigating, humanity's manned investigation was laughably slow, and primitive. The owners of the relic they were exploring were nearly a billion years dead, however, and most of the vessel's defenses had long since corroded into impotence.

That is not to say that there were not casualties. Some would say that the entirety of the human race was a casualty.

The Anima Strain

The Relic had many wonders, but two of them in particular stood out. The first of these to have an impact on humanity was eventually termed the Anima Strain. A virus with an extradimensional component, it returned with the surviving explorers and transformed humanity.

Millions died. Over a billion were immune, or managed to render themselves so - or at least they believed such at the time. The overwhelmingly vast majority of humanity grew acclimated to the virus, transforming them in subtle and minor ways. People were a bit faster, a bit stronger, a bit more cunning, but still human.

Some reacted more strongly than others. It tended to affect those with the least amounts of genetic engineering the strongest - those who had remained 'true' to the human form. It did not discriminate against wide-scale changes, however - many who were effectively immortal were still effected, and as that man-made creation spread throughout the process, the Anima Strain itself seemed to adapt.

Most of these more powerful types - while impressive, were at best curiosities. They changed things, sure, and they were definitely gifted individuals - but, if that were all that the Anima strain had done, then Earth would not have changed so.

A few - initially less than three thousand - were transformed well beyond the others, however. Called the Chosen, these humans held levels of personal power that would shake the foundations of the world.

Anima Ratings

0: Unthinking Anything capable of self-reflection, linguistic development and complex goal construction was in some way affected by the Anima Strain. Anything sapient that returns a 'zero' to any form of detection is one of the Hidden - which is actually somewhat common, making up nearly a sixth of all sapient beings. 1: Normal Most humans, and nearly every animal and AI with an Anima rating is assigned a 1. Making up two-thirds of humanity,

A few thousand