Humans with diverse features that aren't part of any other species.
Jalarians usually don’t differ much from usual humans. This classification includes a wide array of different presentations. Being a jalarian includes having one or more characteristics of any other species without actually being part of this other species. This can present as, but not limited to, having telepathy, membrane wings, scales, or horns.
They used to be called Mutations or Anomalies, as it was believed that a mutation on some genes caused this variability. Now, even if it isn’t very well elucidated, it is known that this variability isn’t caused by point mutations, instead it is caused by recessive genes from other species that had children with humans. The characteristic doesn’t need to come from one of the parents, it could come from many generations before.
Origin and Myths Hide
As long as humans have interacted with other species, jalarians were present. As it is very common for a jalarian to be born after many generations of pure humans, often they were taken as proof of infidelity. Nowadays people know it’s not true, but some may still refer to jalarians in such a pejorative way.
The name comes from an old legend, about how Jalara betrayed her siblings, the ones that founded the Five Domains. Jalara allegedly killed thousands of beings and was sent to exile, to a place that now is called Soul Island. It was a name used in a pejorative way, but that stuck. In recent years, with the discovery that Jalara was framed by her siblings and was in fact innocent, the term Jalarian is used proudly.
History and Society Hide
Jalarians were historically considered second-class citizens. Nowadays they have all the same rights as any other species, as well as specific legislations, in many countries, to protect them against any prejudice.
Cities born from a gathering of Jalarians, outcasted from their origin cities, are somewhat common. Nowadays that only means a higher amount of Jalarians at those cities, with other species being present as well. Sometimes, those cities may be wary of foreigners.
Biology and Abilities Hide
The only way to be a jalarian is to be born as one. It seems hereditary, by an undefined number of recessive genes.
Jalarians can be killed by anything a human can.
Jalarians can become vampires, and they seem to make the most powerful vampires. Their jalarian powers only add to their vampire powers. Vampire jalarians are very respected and feared.
- The term mutation and anomaly are considered slurs, and deeply pejorative.
- Oftenly Jalarians have an animal form alongside their powers.