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Underwater colonies tend to be built into sturdy cliff sides, with massive trade districts behind huge thirty meter tall triple-paned walls of glass which give a view of the exterior seas and their submarine docking facilities, showing the bounty of the ocean as well as the beauty of the undersea forests in the sub glacial Sea of Asgard.

 

Aquilon was born alongside the first generation of humanity to never see earth. It began life as a research station situated on the Perpetua Glacier. At that time it was simply known as Glacier Run. The facility dug into the ice below for storage space, and eventually was forced to use that same space for living quarters as colonists moved north.

 

Aquilon's defining moment came when an outbreak of animus caused the residents of Glacier Run to seek shelter in their buried storage facilities. Trapped beneath the ice for more than a year, the colonists were forced to make due with whatever they had available. Necessity saw the invention of space and resource rationing techniques that would turn a casual scientific outpost into a culture of extreme efficiency. When the animus threat was cleared from the surface, many of those underneath the ice decided not to return. These one time storage facilities were expanded into the city of Deep Aquilon. Those who chose to return to the surface began to explore the furthest reaches of their frozen homeland while the inhabitants of Deep Aquilon set their sights on the bottom of the ocean.

 

The Aquilonians were earning a reputation as explorers and visionaries, with many other colonists admiring them. They lost much of their appeal when they drafted a national military spearheaded by their recently formed knightly order, the Templar Aquilonia. Turning their scientific might to the development of high energy weapons, the Aquilonians earned a reputation as warmongers among some factions as these developments were widely unpopular outside of the Kingdom of Ice. These fears proved mostly unfounded, as Aquilon focused more on internal protection than external violence.

 

In more recent times, Aquilon has worried the global community with its ever increasing rivalry with Xanadu. As two of the most powerful factions on the moon, an impending war between the two could be disastrous for more than simply the factions involved. The Nations of Aquilon and Xanadu have an uneasy relationship. Both are members of the Avalon Council, but they are often at opposite ends of discussion. Making things worse is the fact that both factions compete in the production of state of the art technology, and each has some of the best academic institutions in the world. The factions see each other as rivals both economically and culturally.

 

For now, Aquilon seems content to be seen as the slightly eccentric visionary of the world. They still push the bounds of science. Though they do not always go as far as the Quisivati, their wares are often much more useful in daily life.

 

What few outside of the frozen north are aware of is that Aquilon cannot claim credit for all of their advancements. As the Deep Aquilonians dug ever more into the glacier beneath them, they began to discover a network of tunnels already present. These tunnels appeared to be crafted as living arrangements for some civilization of the past, one that has left behind many artifacts buried in the ice. Some of Aquilon's biggest scientific advancements were simply the result of researching the many strange finds that they dig up in their ever expanding empire.

The heirs of Homo Sapiens

Olympians

 

Proper Name: Olympian Human.

Slang Names: Progenitor, makers,

Derogatory: Apes, monkeys, meat, meat bags, breeders,

Height Range: 1.52 to 1.95 meter (females), 1.71 to 2.07 meter (males).

Weight Range: 45 to 100 kg (females), 65 to 125 kg (males).

 

Olympian humans, or simply olympians, are the most recognizable of the races, despite their differences from humans of the past. For most intents and purposes, they are humans. What separates olympians from modern day humans is hundreds of years of medical advancement and changes in lifestyle. Olympians are stronger, faster and smarter than the humans of the 21st century. They are more resilient to cuts and bruises, and much more resilient – almost immune, in fact – to most common diseases. Olympian humans can go without food, drink or sleep for longer periods than what was possible for previous humans. They also live longer, in general close to 150 years, as their cellular breakdown process has been slowed down drastically.

 

Origin

 

In the early 21st century, mankind tried to destroy itself. The sabotage of clean energy production by many who stood to profit led to what would become known as the Subsistence War. The full military might of the world turned toward this war, bringing to bear vast numbers of soldiers, and all the power of the atom. Over the course of more than a decade, this massive world war saw many nations destroyed, and the rest left limping. Large tracts of land were left as blasted irradiated landscapes, and the mutated diseases of wartime lurked in the shadows.

 

Even after a rudimentary peace was formed, it took many years for the effects of the war to begin to reverse. This reversal would never have happened if not for the development of a deuterium based cold fusion. With clean and abundant energy now available, fighting over energy resources ceased. Mankind was left to clean up a world that they had nearly destroyed. Technology and medicine began to advance once more. Science and biology became the pillars which supported the newly developing world order. The survivors of the Subsistence War spent the next fifty years slowly restoring world and rebuilding civilization. A decade later, they developed wafans.

Within a quarter of a century of creating their sister race, humanity found themselves at war with them. Physically outmatched by their synthetic counterparts, and having to contend with mutated diseases recently released from the uncovered ruins of the last war, mankind began to look for an answer. While many turned towards attempts at peace, there were those who sought answers in biology. Scientists focused on new medical advancements, trying to strengthen the human species. The rapid spread and mutation of disease was their first hurdle. Dedicated research would eventually see the human immune system strengthened to fight off such plagues, curtailing the massive deaths that were so common.

 

The human body was made more durable. Their muscles were strengthened. Their lungs became more efficient at drawing oxygen, even from depleted environments, and their bodies utilized it more effectively. Their digestive systems became increasingly adept at drawing even the tiniest amount of nutrition from any source. Overall, their bodies and minds were strengthened to deal with harsher environments. The improvements to the human genome were administered to the population through gene therapy and special screenings. After years of forced evolution, mankind began to look back and compare themselves to what they had been. They realized that they were no longer simply homosapiens. They considered themselves superior in every way. In order to differentiate themselves from the previous generations, they adopted the name olympians.

 

Appearance

 

The different racial features of humanity are still found among olympians, but centuries of interracial marriage and genetic engineering means that the typical olympian exhibits an appearance of highly mixed ancestry. Hair and eye color still runs the gamut of those that were around during the 22nd century, and genetic engineering has included a few more shades that were not commonly seen, but are not so far different as to be distracting. These include darker and lighter shades of the standard colors, as well as modified versions that produce new shades. Among the new colors is a modified brown eye gene that lowers the green balance causing the eyes to appear slightly red. Yellow and various shades of green are now seen as often as most other colors. As far as hair goes, the standard is still various shades of black, brown, red and blond, yet there is also a shade of white beginning to make an appearance that is similar in color to a pearl.