What can be said about humans in the future? They are more or less the same as humans today
with all of the aptitudes, failings and diversity that we see in today's world. It would be
fun to imagine that we will at some point transcend some of our less desirable traits, but
the events in the books do not happen that far into the future. There is still hope, but in
the Limitless Dark we haven't quite got there yet. Perhaps it is not necessary that we
achieve enlightenment as a species, but strive towards it according to our individual ability
Humans from the Sol system (wherein Earth can be found) were surprised when first-contact
was made by other humans. It turns out that there have been humans living in the Proxima-CB
system for as long, or longer than they have on Earth. The discovery caused much consternation
in the scientific and religious communities as a result.
Relations between the cousins has been peaceful historically, with a general willingness
to exchange technology, culture and 'snaps'.
A plant-based species originally hailing from the Flur-Mannana systems approximately
thirteen-thousnad light years away from Sol. As a species they are much older than humanity.
Many Flur appear to be bi, tri or quadrupedal with those in alien space more often than not
attempting to conform to a typical bi-pedal posture. In truth, their biology is much more
complex than other organic species and they have the ability to change their forms over time
if they so choose (within limitations determined by their sub-species).
Little is commonly known specifically about their biology in terms of reproduction and
gender. The usual rules seem not to apply. Individual Flur assume whatever physical and
personal characteristics that best describe their current stage in life.
Flur are very spiritual creatures but are reluctant to discuss religion or politics with
members of other species. While all this may seem anti-social it has more to do with their
ability to adequately translate their complex language and ideas into a form that other
species can understand.
Despite their close ties to nature, the Flur have advanced technology and were space-faring
long before humanity had realized that space was even a thing (or lack therof). The primary
distinction from humans is that the Flur are not defined by their technology as humans are.
Bear like and originating from the Edoxos system almost twenty-seven thousand light years
from Sol and almost twice as distant from the Flurian home-worlds. Biologically they are
generally gender binary into what may classified as male and female variants. Huge by human
standards, adults can tower to almost four meters (thirteen feet) tall on their home-world,
though the space born Horuken tend to top out around three meters tall (a bit under ten feet)
with the majority a bit smaller respectively.
They are covered in thick fur that ranges from short to long and in a variety of colours.
Greys, blacks, white, browns, reds and golds are all possible naturally and a wider range
through genetic manipulation or dyes. It is often joked that Horuken have two muscles for
every hair on their bodies and that is to say they are strong like you wouldn't believe.
They are an aggressive species and frequently war amongst themselves when they aren't bent
on total galactic domination. Their home-world and borders are relatively close to the
Rodan's territory and their near constant conflicts have kept either species from
dominating the galaxy. The Governance was able to
consolidate it's power as a result of those wars.
Ant like. Evolved from insect like fore-bearers with a communal society. Modern Rodan culture
is heavily influenced by hive mentality but has diverged from that way of thinking for
sufficiently long that it no longer defines everything that they do. They are shorter and
sturdier than the other races and covered by a leathery and sometimes hard and chitinous
skin or carapace. The are multi-dextrous and are capable of wielding tools with any of their
limbs which range in six to eight in number. In multi-species environments they tend to adopt
a more or less bi-pedal stance (usually on two to four legs) in order to fit in with galactic
culture. In their own districts they tend to rest more like ants do and cling to any available
surface and in any orientation.
Rodans are neither claustrophobic nor are they especially fond of solitude, with some notable
exceptions. The species is not known for their compassion and their morals may sometimes be
considered incompatible with human ideals. There are few humans that live on or near Rodan
settlements by choice. They are arch-enemies in a sense to the Horuken and get little love
even from the Flur who generally like everyone that doesn't set foot on their worlds.
Robotic. Metallic. Mysterious. Ancient. The Sparq are an enigma. They appear to be very old
but there's no way of telling how old they might be. Believed to be older than the living
races but possibly not older than the D'esht. The jury is still out on that account. They
are robots who possess an intelligence which is greater than the known races. Combined with
their considerable physical abilities they could likely dominate the galaxy with ease if
they ever decided to do so. As it is they are rarely encountered and almost nothing is known
about their origins, motivations or desires (if any). Throughout known history the Sparq
approach the leaders of any world that discovers faster than light travel soon after their
initial forays into the wider galaxy. What the Sparq say to the leaders is known to very few.
The civilian population is extremely suspicious of their motives and awesome power.
Sparq can take on any form that suits their purpose and come in hundreds or even thousands
of varieties. While Barker is bipedal and looks person-like, his ship takes the form of well,
a ship. His spherical drones are also Sparq and so is a mainframe unit that never moves and
takes the form of a large cube. To the Sparq, all technology that the use and produce is Sparq.
There is very little distinction between what you might call the individual and a machine or
a tool or a vehicle. At the heart, they are all the same.
Further fueling suspicion and the general unease toward the Sparq is that they speak
infrequently, move only when necessary and are nigh indestructible. Certainly nobody has
ever found an injured or incapacitated unit. Even the smallest bits of Sparq technology are
un-hackable, indecipherable and generally frustrating from a reverse engineering standpoint.
A race that lived and died (or disappeared) well before the advent of the living races
ability to travel faster than light. The D'esht civilization seemed to have been widespread
but sparsely distributed over the galaxy. A great deal artifacts and D'esht ruins exist
today but all known sites are controlled by the mega-corporations that guard them jealously
and mine their secrets for profit. There is also ample evidence that the D'esht had relations
with the Sparq.
An even more ancient race than the D'esht. Very few archeological sites are known and very
few artifacts or installations survive. The D'esht studied the Builders, that much is known.