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Subspecies: Raé

Published on 27.06.2017

The mystical forces of the universe have a direct influence on the human genome. Humans born in the presence of a mystic field, which before the invention of mystic field generators meant those born on a planet with a mystic cycle, sometimes belong to a subspecies.

In the Equinox Universe, many different subspecies have arisen and become extinct over the course of history. This article series features the accounts of members of the various subspecies, each discussing his own people. Naturally subjective and colored by individual experience, we picked those holding true to the most common opinion.

The Raé

—By Slynnian Marelas, Sage of the In’Rain Circle

We are but a shadow of what we once were. So much lore was lost during the war, never to be recovered. We have even lost ourselves. The raé that sits before you is not the same as one hailing from Sylvaar. True, our physical form has changed little, but our way of thinking is vastly different. There is much distrust directed towards the raé; we are considered mysterious by many other subspecies, due to our vast knowledge of ancient lore. Rumors run rampant, accusing us of hoarding ancient Nethertech and even developing our own. Such claims are baseless and aren’t even worth addressing, much less give credence to.

 “Notice how he avoids the question? Slippery bastard.”

—Ssasaar, Kiruan Pilot

As a result, many a misguided soul has attempted to explore the shattered remains of Sylvaar, presumably to discover a lost cache of Nethertech. No one ever returns; the demons have an insatiable appetite.

As a practical species, we value knowledge above everything else. Knowledge defeated the demons. Knowledge created hybrid ships and the ability to pierce astral space. Knowledge helped us escape and survive. A well-trained mind is infinitely more effectiveand dangerousthan a brute with a gun. The mind has vast potential that has barely been tapped, much of it still a mystery to be solved. This is why we strive to learn more, to study more, and to question more. Answers will be gleaned, which in turn lead to more difficult questions, and the cycle continues anew. This process promotes growth and evolution of the mind; it can be said that the raé are constantly evolving. Without growth, there is stagnation and eventually death. We came perilously close to extinction before. It will not happen again.

“Much of this applies to Sylvaan society in general rather than to the raé subspecies, but the raé subspecies is uncommonly influential in Sylvaan society, similar to and perhaps exceeding the status of the haryani in Haryan. What the haryani achieved with business acumen, the raé inherited. They are the only subspecies known so far that were able to make the jump from one world to another and survive with a more or less intact culture, thanks to the similar astral fields of Sylvaar and Syn IV. Getting technical again, the raé of today are a subspecies of the original sylvaan raé. Being well established and not a minority springing up on some planet, there wasn’t as much mistrust towards them.”

—Doc Bonebreaker, Phobos Rising

“The truth is that the raé aren’t a product of the human exodus to the colony planets. When humans from Earth arrived on Sylvaar, there were already raé living there. The humans were just guests, and despite being welcomed as equals and eventually becoming more numerous, there are still old families of raé pulling the strings in the background, playing gray eminence.”

—VanSent, Nim Geneticist