History of Humans and the Planet "Earth"
Part of a fascinating ancient lore, humans are one of the youngest species traversing the universe, only having mastered deep space travel a few hundred thousand years ago. Despite their relative newness to the galaxies, much of their history is steeped in legend and myth, since humans themselves are a short-lived race, and experts have had to rely almost exclusively on the testimony of these humans, who have shown to be prone to exaggerations and emotional bias as part of their natural biological makeup, making conclusive information hard to come by.
The human species themselves were initially resistant to testing of their physiology, and historical reports indicate that it was inadvisable to perform experiments without the consent of a human subject, as numerous injuries and several deaths were the result of the few initial attempts made. After some social study, the trust of these suspicious beings can be gained, leading to the valuable research that was finally conducted.
Humans are a bipedal species, with distinctively small heads compared to most other bipedal creatures we know of. They are extremely variable, with any manner of drastic differences between individuals, both males and females. Most humans seem to have a strange patch of hair growing only on the tops of their heads, the females generally preferr to let this patch grow, while the males like to groom it down to a shorter length. Males can also grow a patch of hair on their face, beneath the nose, around the lips and over the chin and jaw, with varying methods of styling this tuft, although many males opt to remove this hair. Other than that, humans are suspiciously void of much other body hair, and often shave off what little there is of that. Instead, they are covered in flesh, very soft and weak. This skin varies in tones, from very white, to shades of tan and brown, to very black. Some humans have markings on their skin, called “freckles”, found most often in the red-haired and light-skinned members of the species.
Tests of the faculties of the human species were disappointing for the members of their race, as compared to most other life forms they were sorely lacking. Many humans have defective vision, compensating with surgical procedures or corrective lenses of some form, and even those with what the humans call “20/20” vision are shown to be unable to see in low-light or dark conditions very well, and are easily blinded by excessive light. Human sense of smell is virtually nonexistent, and it seems that very few members of the species break that mold, although there seems to be a correlation in improved sinus function and a female carrying offspring. This decrease in smell also has a negative effect on their sense of taste, making it more difficult for them to detect subtleties in food. Hearing varies from member to member of the human species, and is shown to decrease with age or exposure to too much loud noise.
In spite of these drawbacks, humans do seem to have a sort of intuition about them, known in their culture as a “sixth sense”, which, in addition to a naturally paranoid nature, makes them difficult to deceive.
While some have criticized the human race as being primitive or brutal beings, they are actually a very versatile species, with both great military leaders and prowess in their history as well as a good many inventors and deep-thinkers. The Odyssey, for instance, is a work of fiction that has gained universal recognition as a literary work of art, and was written by none other than an ancient human author. This versatility is the human races’ “claim to fame”, and has contributed to the surprising longevity and durability of humanity.
Despite being physically inferior in some ways, the human species is incredibly resilient, showing extreme tenacity and willingness to fight for survival. They are a curious people, and very effective at integrating and adapting new information into their routine.
Humans, in their curious nature, have spread to nearly all parts of the known universe, and can be found in almost every galaxy. However, their rapid expansion is not only the result of an inquisitive spirit, but also because their home planet, known in their history as “Earth” is no longer considered hospitable, along with the remainder of their solar system.
Pre-spaceflight humanity’s history is limited and questionable at best, as even their own records of their history has been destroyed in the various wars waged on their small planet, as well as being full of corrupt data, biased by the leadership of the time it was written. However, there are several things that remain consistent facts. Most accounts agree that Earth consisted of around 70% water, most of which contained salt. The climate varied from place to place and season to season, as with most planets, based on their revolution around their star. During Earth’s “golden age”, the planet was ripe with resources like an abundant natural food supply, ample energy harnessing technology and adequate medicine.
However, over time the humans found themselves overpopulating, destroying vast amounts of resources in war and conflict, and subjecting themselves to the whims of corrupt government. Accounts regarding the specifics of these catastrophic events varies, with some blaming the whole of humanity for the fall of their Earth, while others insist it was simply a matter of bad timing. However, the result remains the same no matter how it happened – the Earth became recognized as a planet no longer suitable for sustaining life, and humanity scrambled to perfect even rudimentary scientific advances to make the finding of and colonization of new planets feasible as their home died.
Human records of this period are even more scattered than the rest of their already-broken history, but eyewitness recounts and the few scraps that have survived described this frantic struggle as a time of turmoil. Various governments were disbanded, while others hurried to sign treaties into place in an effort to simply survive. Anarchy was prevalent among the humans, many frightened for their lives. Their fears seemed to be justified, as in the end, less than a quarter of the population of the entire planet made it off-world, headed first for a desolate red planet known as “Mars”, and from there, they expanded and rebuilt until they could travel beyond their own solar system.
Today, Earth and the solar system in which it resides are all barren and empty, the humans having given up their various colonies in the system in favor of better and safer homes throughout the galaxy. The humans’ home planet has never recovered from whatever catastrophe befell it, and the most recent scouting expedition to Earth returned with reports of a barren landscape, buildings and strange technology laying abandoned among heavy dust and intense smog. However, it seems that humans have learned from the mistakes of their past, as the planets they inhabit are treated with the utmost dignity and respect for its health and resources.