Aliens in Great Responsibility

Known Species

There are a total of ten sentient, spacefaring species known to exist in the universe of Great Responsibility, including humanity itself. As of Volume 7, Issue #4 of Great Responsibility, the list has been expanded to included the Gehennites, who are capable of interstellar travel but limited by the conditions on their planet, and the Ran, who are just beginning to explore spaceflight in their home system.


Home Planet: Firstweb, Triangulum Galaxy
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Superhuman physical attributes, exotic/unusual webbing or venoms
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: None
Aranites are a hexapedal, octocameral species descended from earlier arthropod species. Aranites are covered in fine hairs that exhibit color variation across whites, blacks, grays, reds, and browns, with some groups displaying distinct colored markings in greens, oranges, or reds on the head or thorax. Aranites are an egg-laying species that reproduce sexually; the population is largely male, with female “queens” being cherished and august members of their communities. Aranites are known as a rigid, formal species, with a strong military cast to their culture; most Aranites met off-world are soldiers or mercenaries, though they also find employment as engineers, medics, and other skilled service jobs.


Home Planet: Ratosk, Milky Way
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Invisibility, hallucination inducement, and other perception-altering psychic powers
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: Humans
Bryggons are a bipedal, bicameral species descended from venomous native reptiles. Bryggons are halrless, with small horns on their foreheads and coloration in the red and orange ranges, with some occasionally demonstrating coloration closer to yellow. Bryggons are innately intersexed; mating produces litters of infants. Bryggon culture is barbaric and warlike, with the species organized into “warclans” that are governed in a form of monarchic semi-anarchy; the culture is based around the idea of the strong subjugating the weak, with “strong” meaning “powerful, cunning, and/or ruthless enough to subdue others.” Bryggons have few if any skilled laborers, and if encountered outside Brygg are nearly universally either mercenaries, pirates, or other criminal groups. Bryggons are also subject to universal trade sanctions preventing any legal sale of military technologies to any member of the species that is not currently operating under the auspices of another government’s military.


Home Planet: Tau Ceti c, Milky Way
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Psychic powers, particularly those related to telepathic reading, manipulation, and control; Cetian precognitives play a spiritual role in the primary Cetian religion.
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: None
Cetians are a bipedal, bicameral, amphibious species descended from earlier anuran species. Cetians are hairless and black-eyed, and exhibit skin tones in grays, browns, and greens. Cetians have two sexes, with no secondary sexual characteristics; they reproduce by laying clutches of eggs, with very few of the eggs surviving to hatch into infants. Cognition, perception, and organizational ability are the species’ hallmark traits; Cetians are universally regarded as superb thinkers and managers, and often work as merchants, architects, scientists, and other professions where these traits are valuable. The Cetian Union of Worlds is one of the largest governing bodies in the universe, encompassing all five worlds of Tau Ceti c as well as a few far-flung colonies; the Union is a representative democracy with socialist economic policies, with each planet electing a Premier who oversees a Senate governing that individual planet, and an Ambassador who represents their planet in Union-spanning matters decided at the Progenitors’ Hall on Tau Ceti c.


Home Planet: Sirri Prime, Andromeda Galaxy
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Elemental kinetic powers: pyrokinesis, cryokinesis, electrokinesis, and variants on these abilities; above-average population of magically gifted individuals
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: Humans, Krellians, Vargr
The D’sirri are tall, thin, bipedal and bicameral humanoids. They have hair much like humans, ranging along various metallic colors, and skin in various shades of yellow. D’sirri have two biological sexes, and reproduce like Earth-born placental mammals. Hallmarks of the D’sirri race are their longevity (D’sirri can live to be nearly 2000 years old, reaching maturity around 200 years), reasoning and cognitive skills, and their aptitude for magic. (D’sirri technology is largely magical in nature, supplemented with trade from other species; they do have some advanced technology but nearly all of it is supplemented by magic.) The D’sirri have a reputation for arrogance, but personalities vary within the population as much as any other species; they do often seem detached due to their longevity allowing them to consider events at a slower pace.
The D’sirri Republic is the largest governing body in the universe other than the Council of Worlds, spanning three solar systems and around 20 inhabited planets; it is the outgrowth of the old D’sirri Imperium, an empire that reigned between 6000 and 3000 years ago, collapsing due to internal corruption and excessive and aggressive military campaigns. The D’sirri Republic is a constitutional monarchy, with a hereditary Queen who rules as a figurehead, with day-to-day governance instead handled by a parliamentary system of elected officials known as the Quorum.


Home Planet: Gehennom, Andromeda Galaxy.
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Psychic powers
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: None
Gehennites are a bipedal, bicameral species descended from earlier primate species. Gehennites present massive diversity in skin tone, very clearly diverging along the equator; Gehennites from the southern hemisphere, locked facing away from their sun, are pale-skinned, while Gehennites from the northern hemisphere, locked facing toward their sun, present varying shades of brown and black. Gehennite hair can be many shades of black, brown, red, or blonde, graying or turning white as they age age. Gehennite eyes are one solid color, presenting in all colors of the rainbow. Gehnnite lifespan is approximately 100 years, with children reaching maturity around 20 years. Gehennites have a spectrum of sexes, largely defined in terms of male and female, though intersex individuals do exist and gender identity is diverse; Gehennites are placental mammals who reproduce sexually. Gehennites are known for their orderly, serious natures, and for also possessing very strong emotions, owing to unusual rapid shifts in their hormonal balances. Their Southern hemisphere is entirely dominated by the fascist dictatorship of the Dread Emperor, Exterrus, who has instituted a rigid caste system of Workers and Soldiers, with Exterrus and his officers at the top. Southern Gehennite weapons and agricultural technology is massively well-developed, equaling that of Council cultures, but they are otherwise very underdeveloped technologically, with a focus on efficiency mass manufacturing over innovation. Northern Gehennite culture is still isolated from the galaxy and poorly understood.


Home Planet: Earth, Milky Way
Known Super-Genetic Variants: See below
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: Bryggons, D’sirri, Krellians, Vargr
Humans are a bipedal, bicameral species descended from earlier primate species. Humans present massive diversity in skin tone, from dark brown to nearly white; hair can be many shades of black, brown, red, or blonde, graying as humans age. Human lifespan is approximately 100 years, with children reaching maturity around 20 years. Humans have a spectrum of sexes, largely defined in terms of male and female, though intersex individuals do exist and gender identity is diverse; humans are placental mammals who reproduce sexually. Ingenuity and adaptability are the species’ hallmark traits; commensurately, they are also known for their risk-taking and unorthodox problem-solving. Humans also have the largest diversity of super-genetic expression; humans with the super-gene have displayed literally every power catalogued by interstellar biologists, as well as some that do not present in other species at all.


Home Planet: Jidoor, Triangulum Galaxy
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Mass- and gravity-manipulation powers.
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: None
Jidoori are a large, mineral- and-plant-based species that evolved on a distant planet under unusual ecological conditions; they appear to be nothing less than massive, bipedal collections of rocks, held together by mysterious internal gravity. They reproduce asexually, with portions of a parent Jidoori “budding” off and growing over the course of months into an infant, which eventually accretes into an adult. Jidoori vary as widely as rocks, with colorations and striations across all color spectra, and do not appear to have any concept of gender. Jidoori hallmarks are strength (even the weakest of them exhibits lifting power and force in the superhuman range), honor, and introversion. They are largely a clannish, militant people, often finding work as mercenaries, but as they have expanded into the universe at large the Jidoori have proven very capable scientists and artists, arriving at conclusions and epiphanies slowly, but reliably.


Home Planet: Ginnun, Andromeda Galaxy
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Personal size, mass, and density alteration; shape-shifting.
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: Vargr
Jotunns are a massive bicameral, bipedal species descended from primates roughly equivalent to Earth’s great apes. They are a hirsute species, with thick body hair not unlike a gorilla’s, with coloration varying by continent of origin: species are generally darker-furred closer to the northern pole of Ginnun and lighter closer to the southern pole, leading to classification as either “Snow” (southern, closer to white) or “Stone” (northern, closer to black) Jotunns, though a somewhat rare mutation leads to some red or “Fire” Jotunns, especially among descendants of the former royal families, who prized this trait. Jotunns have opposable thumbs on their feet and engage in knuckle-walking, though they will move bipedally over short distances; they have two biological sexes, and their reproduction is that of a placental mammal. Though Jotunns are physically the most powerful species in space, they are also the most peaceable, having evolved away from a more tribal and warlike culture over the course of their long existence into a peaceful, communal existence, with a Council of Elders composed of all Jotunns in their last century of life (Jotunn lifespans are about 400 Earth years) who nominate younger leaders for specific tasks or goals. Jotunns are known throughout the universe for their insight, wisdom, and calm; spacefaring Jotunns are generally either itinerant priests and monks, or scientists and magical scholars seeking more information among the stars.


Home Planet: Krell, Andromeda Galaxy
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: D’sirri, Humans
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Psychic powers, both telepathic and psychokinetic.
Krellians are a bipedal, bicameral race descended from an amphibious, piscine species. They are human-sized, and hairless, with skin coloration ranging in blues and grays. Krellians are known as an introspective, lawful, cultured people, having never engaged in interstellar wars for their own advancement or gain, though many races and empires have attempted to invade Krell in an effort to harvest its native “psi-gems,” crystalline structures which react to and magnify psychic energy (also known in some slangs as “Compound Negative Thirteen”). Krellian society is democratic and communist, focused on advancement of the common good over individual gain, an attitude believed to be a byproduct of a savage early existence on a planet with an overabundance of natural predators and volcanic activity. Modern Krellians live in aerostats hovering above the planet’s surface, and are largely focused on further technological and magical advancement to help maintain and improve their habitats; Krellian science is considered some of the most advanced in the universe.


Home Planet: Eradar, Triangulum Galaxy
Known Super-Genetic Variants: None
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: None
The Ran are a bipedal, bicameral species descended from a hircine species similar to an Earth goat. The Ran range from 1-2 meters tall, with hooved, digitigrade legs and fur all over their bodies; males present beards, which different cultures style in different ways, while females do not and intersex individuals may or may not. The Ran live around 80 years, achieving maturity after about 10. The Ran are only recently discovered and are still being allowed to develop before they are introduced to the intergalactic community; all that is known of their planet and their species is that their planet is one of extreme weather patterns, and it has led to both a lot of development in areas of environmental regulation technology and to a large number of religious groups dedicated to appeasing the beings seen as being in charge of the weather.


Home Planet: Kangell, Triangulum Galaxy
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Energy manipulation powers
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: None
The Sphenos are a bipedal, bicameral species descended from flightless waterfowl. Their appearance is very similar to that of the Earth-native Emperor penguin, with their feather coloration ranging from black to blue, with splashes of orange or yellow around the beak, eyes, and belly in some instances. The Sphenos are a relatively short-lived species, living around 50 Earth years, reaching maturity in about 5, and they are also a relatively recent addition to the spacefaring species, having only achieved spaceflight in the last century. The Sphenos are known for their optimistic outlook, curiosity, and overall kind nature, though they are also known for by and large being a lawless, independent species that values family units over larger governments; the Sphenos homeworld has no world government, instead preferring a series of smaller governments which work with each other through treaties and diplomacy. Sphenos are also a mostly pacifistic, agrarian group in their natural habitat, but their curiosity and joie de vivre have led to them occupying all walks of life in the larger universe; the only constant is that they do whatever they do with relish.


Home Planet: Barverk, Andromeda Galaxy
Known Species Capable of Cross-Breeding: D’sirri, Humans, Krellians
Known Super-Genetic Variants: Super-genius-level minds, technopathy, magical aptitude.
The Vargr are bipedal, bicameral humanoids descended from cave-dwelling early primates. Vargr are among the shorter species, with copper, gold, or silver hair and beards (on both sexes), and skin coloration of varying shades of green. Vargr reproduce sexually and are placental mammals. Vargr are known for being antisocial, obsessive, and intellectual; Vargr culture enshrines logic and discovery above all other values, and tends to be slow-moving, but innovative. Vargr technology is considered the most advanced in the universe, with merchants of all stripes tripping over each other to be the ones to peddle Vargr wares; an adage of universal sages says that, while the D’sirri mastered magic, the Vargr mastered science. Vargr find work across the universe as researchers, engineers, doctors, professors, and other technical pursuits. Vargr government was absorbed into the D’sirri Imperium during its heyday, and the species has never bothered to divorce itself, though Vargr independence movements have remained popular since before the fall of the Imperium. Within the last few centuries, the Vargr have been allowed to have representatives in the D’sirri Quorum, a major coup for those seeking Vargr independence.

Human Contact with Aliens

Prior to the space-ward expansion of humanity in 2016, Earth had made contact with, and had visits from, the Krellians and D’sirri; the Bryggons had also made scant contact, mostly with astronauts tasked with treating with alien diplomats. Plans were beginning to brew for human expansion into space in the 1980s, but withered on the vine after the attack by the End; concerns about interstellar threats, especially now that superheroes were not around to respond to such threats, led to more insular thinking, and the lack of further extraterrestrial visitors made many scholars believe the galactic community had decided to ignore them.

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