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A race of genetically augmented humanoids created from human stock in order to create a race more capable of surviving in the harsh environments of space.
- Creature Type: Humanoid (Human, Mutant)
- Homeworlds: None (see below)
- Also Found on: Macada II, Corin (second moon of Macada II)
- Mechanical Identity: Mendels are a varied race. Mechanically, a Mendel may be any of the Moreau races presented in the d20 Modern handbook, or any of the Frank races presented in the d20 Future handbook. Furthermore, any character with more than 10 MP worth of mutation can be considered a Mendel, although they are racially human. A character with 10 MP of mutations does not need to be considered a Mendel, however- particularly if these mutations are explained as a result of genetic augmentation occurring after birth.
In the year 221 PF, famed geneticist and founder of the House Axolotl genetics firm James Kazehara created an advanced subrace of human from a cloned fetus created from a parent unit containing what were then considered to be the strongest qualities of the various human subraces. This idealized human was named Mendel, after the father of genetics, Gregor Mendel.
Mendel was cloned en masse in order to provide a steady supply of genetically superior workers to begin work on space colonies in high risk sectors of the galaxy, but within time, the term Mendel changed as it was applied to any number of genetically augmented humanoids created by House Axolotl in order to fill the needs of space colonists in harsh environments.
Within 80 years time, the original Mendels had propagated many times over within their isolated communities, until it became apparent that this strain of humanity had not only begun to breed true, but had become the first artificially crafted race of humanity to form their own population.
Furthermore, due to the severe genetic alterations, many of these Mendels exhibited potent abilities that were tied to previously unexplained chromosomes hidden within the human genome- psionic talents, increased stamina, and other forms of extrasensory perception. As the small society of Mendels began to form a cultural identity, many among the previous strains of humanity became paranoid and fearful. They had relied on the Mendels to terraform a large planet in the Macada system, with hopes of using the world to solve Earth’s current population and resource crises. However, as the Mendel people began to expand in numbers, tension between the races grew.
Mendels felt disenfranchised by their creators, and wished to escape their lives as second class citizens. Over time, a great social upheaval came about, and ultimately, the much more powerful Mendels segregated themselves from common humanity despite a notable disadvantage of numbers. They claimed the newly terraformed Macada II as their “home world”, and separated themselves from humanity altogether.
This distinction was finally made official in 340 PF, when Mendel governing bodies proposed the Declaration of Emancipation, a legal document that isolated Earth and Mars from Macada and all nearby Mendel colonies from Earth contact through military blockade.
The Mendels remained apart from the other races of the galaxy up until 450 PF, when they were approached to become part of the Galactic Coalition during its inception. During the past several hundred years, Mendel society has come a long way, separating itself from traditional Earth culture and asserting itself as a anthropological phenomenon all its own.
Mendels, as a people, value work ethic and a sense of community. They also exhibit an extreme distaste for willful genetic augmentation, citing a belief that evolution should not be prevented from taking its own courses. As a people, they are widely atheistic, but a humanized adaptation of Darwinism is a popular philosophy among Mendel society.
As the years have passed, the preternaturally advanced genome of the Mendel people has only continued to grow. As Mendels continue to create new generations, more and more adverse mutations have become common among Mendel children.
This has led to the use of the term “High Mendel”, which is used in regards to Mendels with strains of mutations so severe they allow the individual to perform almost supernatural feats. High Mendel abilities include advanced spatial control abilities, heightened telepathic skills, and even the ability for an individual to modify his or her own cellular structure at will. The term High Mendel is somewhat controversial, and is commonly used only by non-Mendels and High Mendel supremacists.
It is worth noting that, while genetic diverse from modern humans, Mendels maintain the ability to interbreed with humans through hybrid speciation. Children produced in such a union may retain some genetic qualities of the Mendel race, such as enhanced physical qualities and an increased immune system, but typically favor their human parents. While counterintuitive, such children typically do not exhibit mutations, even of the smallest variety.