In 2117, humanity has reached the point where the word “human” is almost irrelevant. Human DNA is no longer a mystery; It’s a mathematical code re-writen and copied at will, producing genetically superior beings: the Neo Human 2.0 . Others snip and paste animal DNA and splice it with human DNA to create genetic hybrids: a fusion of man and animal.
Science has even advanced to such an extent that we can create entirely new life forms—living beings known as Synthetics — grown in amniotic vats, until they have maturity, and imaged with filling their synthetic brains with memories and skills they’ll
need to do the jobs for which they were created.
SYNTHETIC [Para-Human, Cyberform]
Synthetics bleed, have to eat and drink, get fatigued when they don’t sleep, and function largely like humans. But they ARE vat-grown humans who have a computer phantom brain imaged unto neuro-gel in their brain pan. Those Synthetics marked with a matrix barcode genetically grafted to their skin somewhere are still allowed in many countries (most notably Japan, who prefer Synthetics over Replicants because of their relative longevity).
NUGEN [NEO HUMAN]
"Breaking the ladder" is a term referred to a new generation of genetically engineered people. Couples, hoping to offer their children the best chance in the world, spend exorbitant amounts of money to have their offspring custom designed. Sperm and ova are extracted from the parents and technology removes inherited disease, unwanted mutations, propensity towards obesity and substance abuse. Their intellect can be increased but, despite numerous attempts, physical characteristics are unable to go beyond the limits of what can be produced naturally. This has created a new breed of intellectual elite, as the upper echelons of society are increasingly populated by this growing demographic. You are simply better than the herd of the so called 'True' Humans, and you know it.
HYBRID [Moreau, Transgenic, Promethean]
All hybrids, their genes spliced with animal DNA, exhibit the abilities (and occasionally looks and demeanor) of the creatures they have been crossed with. Rather than providing a hundred diﬀerent animal templates, hybrids can instead generally be broken down into about five diﬀerent categories, with the actual animal type (a tiger, or a bear, etc.) simply trappings.
AQUATIC – Splice Strain: Dolphin, Shark, Crocodile
FIERCE – Splice Strain: Honey Badger, Tiger, Wolf
QUICK – Splice Strain: Fox, Hawk, Mongoose, Monkey, Snake
TOUGH – Splice Strain: Rhino, Bull, Bear, Warthog
STEALTH – Splice Strain: Bat, Rat, House Cat
While you may not know it, you’re a vat-grown biological construct, built in man’s image. You have memories of a life that never happened, of parents and friends that don’t exist. For all intents and purposes, you are human. You feel pain, pleasure, and frustration. You laugh, cry, and question the world around you. In many ways, you’re better, more human than human.
Geneticists encoded your body to perform specific functions better—athletics, combat, espionage, security, and various types of manual labor including deep space mining operations. In addition, you have a personality to match your purpose.
You might even still be in the employ of your company, working oﬀ-planet on a mining asteroid, in some factory, or even performing black-ops missions in foreign countries. On the other hand, you may have discovered the truth about your shortened lifespan and decided to leave, disappearing into the concrete jungle to make your own future. In the shadow of what's left of your life.
LABORER MODEL: The most common simulacrum type, laborers handle jobs considered too hazardous or menial for humans to do but that still require the ﬂexibility of the humanoid form. Most laborers are built for durability and loyalty, and batches tend to look a lot alike.
LUXURY MODEL: Are the second most common type, and come in a staggering variety of humanoid shapes, ethnic types and looks. Anything from kid-sized 'made to order' friends to advanced prostitution models
SOLDIER MODEL: Built to save human lives by fighting humanity’s wars for him, combat replicants are state-of-the-art fighting machines custom built for whatever theater of operations they might be placed in.