Species

Major species

Human

Humanity makes up over 95% of the galactic population. Racism still runs as rampant as it did in the twentieth century - humans tend to hate the other races and walk over them. Humanity tends to avoid friendship wherever possible, clustering themselves together around the galaxy's center, which is a better place for trade.
Stats: Entirely normal. The only species capable of utilizing REKT's medical injections and salves.

Baxian

Baxians are slender, fragile creatures, quite similar to the "grays" popularized in urban legend throughout the 20th century. Originating on some unknown planet in the Bax star cluster, they quickly proliferated and filled the nearby star systems, utilizing their long lifespan to make long voyages across the stars prior to developing any form of FTL travel. Tremendously intelligent, and startlingly efficient, they require less food than other species. Their primary strength lies in their logical minds and innate ability to manipulate computer systems. However, they are also clumsy, weak, and have disturbingly low pain tolerances. "As hard to find as a strong baxian" was a common phrase in the early third millennia, prior to the hiltorel taking over Earth and subjugating humanity.

Hiltorel

The race that enslaved humanity. Humans almost universally hate this species with an almost instinctive prejudice. Originally our first friend, they enslaved humanity when humanity began pushing to expand. Humanity eventually broke free and nearly wiped them from existence. Walking on six tentacles instead of legs, they require gravity alteration tech to adjust the gravity to 0.5 Gs or less, or they collapse in a heap on the floor. Four-armed, they're very weak and unsuited for melee or ranged combat, relying instead on (primarily) hacking and psionic attacks - and most often, their famed charisma that made them the "peacekeepers of the galaxy".

Rii'shian

Hailing from the dry, barren planet of Rii'shak V, one thing you'll never hear of is a thirsty rii'shian. Incredibly strong, they do not sweat, and, in fact, can store enormous amounts of liquid and/or fat in special sacks around their waists. They have four arms, all of which are of equal strength, which makes them particularly good at wielding ranged weapons or heavy bashing weapons. They are typically quite an emotional species - typically ranging from anger to, more frequently, blind rage. Rii'shians, in their mother tongue, do not possess a word for "happy"; their equivalent means "content that things are going as they should". Likewise, they also fail to possess words for things like "sad", "depressed", or "anxious". It goes without saying that they have a difficult time conversing with many other species. A less well-known fact about Rii'shians is that although they breathe oxygen, they require O2 concentrations much higher than most other species.

Wralk

Known only as the "Wralk", they are a mysterious species with unknown origins. Built something like a bizarre cross between a dinosaur, crab, and bear, they have a language rudimentary enough that it's been speculated that they are an "uplifted" species. Towering, bulky, and brutish, they have little patience (or capacity) for academics, but unlike the Rii'shians, have a fairly diverse (albeit simplistic) range of emotions. Once teetering on the edge of extinction due to their odd mating habits and instinctive inclination toward exploration, they have been "brought back" by human fringe groups operating in the rim over the past few centuries, using them as soldiers to reclaim reservation territory. This practice has drawn media attention and heavy criticism from aliens and humans alike. The wralk seem to protest this treatment as well - but only when paired in groups, which makes them fairly unhappy.

Lesser species

Boarbear

Originally a species that came from another world, the boarbear was modified by Mimir Inc. to possess an anomalous exoskeleton and superhuman strength. Loosely resembles a bear with a rancor-like head, long claws, and most notably two large saber-like lower tusks it uses to gore prey, somewhat reminiscent of a boar. A non-chitinous version exists in the wild.

^kö

The ^kö are one of the few intelligent (more or less) species in the galaxy apart from humans.
Physically they are fairly small (think 12.5 cm), squat and have many appendages. They multiply via meiosis.
^kö survive by fusing two anions of Barium and obtaining the energy by transmuting and absorbing 20 protons. This produces uranium. (They can eat pretty much any metallic substance or ions if they want to, though.)
^kö generate their timelines out of sync of other sentients, therefore they seem sometime (but very rarely) hyper active and fast, while usually they seem barely aware of his environment and to act only by instinct of conservation, which involves usually avoiding sweet drinks and licking sources of Barium anions, and sleeping close to a source of heat.
^kö are sometimes found near nuclear reactors or kept as pets, although this is not very advisable since both what they eat and the waste they produce is highly radioactive.

Quantum

Quantums are a race of humanoid aliens with three eyes instead of our two. Somehow they live in four dimensions instead of three despite being in the same universe as us - we just perceive one "slice" of their multiverse.
A lot of their equipment does the same, making it rather incompatible with human physiology - touching it causes parts of your body to scatter along the fourth dimensional axis, which is not a good thing to happen to half of your hand.
Since the Quantums produced the Orbs, it is likely that at least some of them had some kind of psychic abilities.
A very small handful of Quantums are still alive in our universe, as discovered by Platoon 56 of Tartarus. One Quantum in particular, Lin'shih, joined Platoon 56 as a member.
Stats: species-dependent. Absurdly intelligent; learns with great rapidity. Gains the equivalent of two levels upon each level-up.

Dark Space

Very little is currently know about this entity. Humanity had never observed one from close until the REKT mission in Chilendorn - they are very hard to detect if they don't move, since they only emit slightly in IR.
Somehow it has the ability to completely erase matter from existence as observed before the Tartarus fled Chilendorn.
The fact that the Dark Space uses spacecraft (such as the one recovered in Sedirmar) suggests that this is not a purely (super)natural entity but rather something made by an intelligent species.

Android/Cyborg/Cymek

Synthetic artificial intelligence is the crux of a galaxy-wide taboo. The androids in the universe are no more than robots that execute commands without a free will of their own and without self-awareness. For unknown reasons there are currently two known exceptions to this rule, namely Unit 000000004965 and Payback-13.. Despite being an older model Unit 4965 seems to have somehow reached self-awareness. Payback, despite being preprogrammed for a certain, unknown task, also seems self-aware, although both his origins and goal are, at the moment, unknown.

Next to Androids we can find humans or aliens that have received a series mechanical modifications. There are different reasons why people modify their bodies, the most common ones are modifications to treat medical conditions or as a replacement for amputated limbs, but modifications to enhance natural possibilities are also in the range of possibilities. Modification can be found in many gradations, going from simple implants that let people see more wavelengths of light to the replacement of whole body parts. In the most extreme form, the brain of a biological organism is removed and placed in a mechanical shell. The latter are called cymeks, whereas people with implants in their biological body are called cyborgs.

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