More than one person may have noticed that humanity and the ‘warriors’ share a very far reaching number of genetic and even biological traits, this is not unsurprising given that both come from a common ancestor and both were born of Earth, Warriors or Homo Sapien Unitious where taken from earth by Luc’in approximately 214,000 ago, and subjected to extensive genetic modification both on the physical and mental level. This has led to several major changes between the two species.
Warriors, even those of the worker caste are all taller, stockier and by far fitter than any human counterpart. The shortest known member of their race stands at 6’5” or 1.9558 meters, while the tallest is known to have reached 9 foot or 2.7432 meters, making them easily giants compared to normal humans, this increase in height is also reflected in their body mass and structure as is the role that they were genetically engineered into. Every member of the species has a bone density at least twice that of a normal human and within the warrior caste this density tends to actually be on the order of four to five times, their muscle structure is more robust capable of feats that most humans would consider super human and most of their senses are significantly more effective. As well as the core human genetic features many aspects have been taken from the Cathyian genome and spliced into the warrior genetic code, things like the ‘pheromone’ and enhanced psionic traits and the inclusion of the genetic memory.
Maturity wise both mentally and biologically the warrior develops far quicker than their human counterparts, where the average human hits puberty at the age of 12, a warrior hits the same point both in terms of physical and mental development at the age of 5, by the age of 9 they have developed to the same level of a twenty one year old human, at which point genetic aging appears to go into a state of stasis as their own genome appears to be self-correcting when it comes to dna repair at least for approximately 200,000 human years, as Ker’an the oldest genetic warrior is known to be the first of their kind to suffer the effects of ‘dying of old age’.
This long life span meant that several changes are also apparent in their reproduction; the species is capable of selectively turning on and off their reproductive cycles much like some human species through the use of pheromone. There ‘cycles’ are termed simply mating among their own culture and occur first by the introduction of pheromone of a set chemical make up being emitted into the air, this tends to cause a response of arousal in both parties if it is returned. At that point the biological processes begins within the female member of the species, their body instantly prepares to ovulate, at a point during the mating one individual will ‘bite’ the other member in the general area of the scalene muscle, resulting in the puncturing of the skin and a direct transmission of pheromone by saliva into the others lymph system. The result of this interaction is the release of a further set of pheromone markers which in both male and female immediately results in biological responses that are conductive to a successful contraception among their species.
A further level of this that involves both psychological and biological responses can occur between two warriors, much like a marriage signifies within humanity that two members of the species are a couple a full joining or bond as they call it is in effect the same thing, however unlike a human marriage which is simply a promise, with the warrior species it is a true union that occurs during a mating. Rather than a simple bite and release, a large amount of pheromone is released into the lymph system of one member of the union, this results in an aggressive response and a return ‘bite’ which sets of a set of biological changes that occur at the genetic level, material from both members is transferred to the other, causing their bodies to recognise only the specific pheromone markers of the other from that point on, while on a mental level, a union beyond that normally capable between warriors occurs (see below for more details on warrior psionic capability). This ‘bond’ once formed cannot be severed and as such it is not something taken lightly by members of their race, what is however surprising to many within the human medical society is the fact that some humans are actually both susceptible to the pheromone given off by warriors and in at least three known cases have formed actual bond or near bond like links with a warrior, while genetic compatibility was always considered possible given the close lineages it was not believed that humans would be susceptible to the pheromone, however the actual cause of the human genetic lines susceptible to such is not fully known, except that most tend to have ancestors from the Mediterranean or Indian regions of earth.
Mentally warriors are on a level beyond that of 98.5% of humanity, their brains work faster and they are considered class B meta-psionic beings, capable of telepathy, telekinesis and other simular abilities one of which is the signature psionic ‘blades’ that they tend to form for close combat fighting.
- Excerpt from TC.1.A.0007 (Terran Confederation Naval Cadet Manual) Interspecies Primer.