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Subspecies: Zerog

Published on 24.10.2017

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 Zerog

—By Chanda GW, Gateway Station Security Officer

We shall now talk of what you call zerogs. We do not come from any one planet or its astral field. We come from the mystic fields created by shanrazi technology. After the Great Netherwar many stations were equipped with this technology, which generated the mystic fields necessary for mystics to survive. As a result, mystics maintained their sanity, and prolonged exposure led to zerog births. We were first labeled as a subspecies of shanrazi, and were treated as such. We don’t know why this was done, since we have no similarities to the shanrazi, including our astral signature. We suspect it was because of the recent war and the fear associated with it. Regardless, we were treated as traitors and life for us was very difficult in the beginning. We could not foresee that it would only become worse.

“I am not convinced that these so-called zerogs are nothing more than an aberration. There are no traces of vestigial DNA, which implies that there has been no Mystic Activation. Of course, this contradicts the fact that they are able to produce astral fields, a trait that can only be reproduced by mystics and technology.”

—VanSent, Nim Geneticist

Scientists conducted tests on us, many of which were questionable. This was done under the guise of keeping the Consortium safe and no one thought to ask any questions. It was discovered that we had the ability to generate a personal mystic field, as well as sense otherwise-invisible astral energies. This made us invaluable to the Consortium.

“I’ve heard about some of the atrocities that the Consortium commits against the zerogs. It’s amazing what one can get away with in the name of peace and prosperity.”

—T’gartis, Rumormonger

Laws were quickly passed, declaring that we were indeed an aberration of nature and not classified as a legitimate species. As a result, the Consortium had the legal right to do what it wanted to us. Zerogs born in Consortium territory are immediately assigned to one of the Mystic Orders for processing and education, serving as veritable slaves for the remainder of our lives. We try to escape to Sol space, where life is marginally better. At least we have options out here. We are trying to find our place in the universe, but the Consortium has plans for us. Plans that we do not want to take part in. We hope that we can survive, but we are having doubts. Perhaps our accidental existence will eventually be erased. We hope not.

“Zerogs tend to congregate when they encounter one another, forming large groups temporarily. No one is sure why zerogs feel compelled to do this, but it seems these groups gather for a short period of time and then disperse just as suddenly. It is theorized that they engage in some form of group communication during this time, but this has yet to be confirmed.”

—Jedah Torvus, Anthropologist