First appearing in may of 1963, in the wake of the Aldaar arrival and subsequent destruction due to unknown factors, which has lead to many still unsubstantiated theories about the appearance of mutants and the Aldaars.
Through the 20th century mutant-human history and relations have often been shaky; several countries enacted discriminatory policies fueled by hysteria including internment, forced conscription, sterilization or watch lists, which in turn fueled parahuman supremacist ideology.
Abilities & Biology
Mutants abilities are varied and rules on what they can and cannot do tend to be highly variable. Unless paramorphic, mutants are biologically identical to baseline humans with the exception of the addition of a new type of antigen in their blood unique to them typically referred to as V-type. Mutants may be of any other blood type. Thus a mutant with A+ blood would be AV+ Positive.
This allows mutant status to be tested easily by dropping V type antibodies in a blood sample; the presence of V-type antigen will cause the blood to clot. However only mutants whose powers have manifested develop the V-type antigen.
Manifestation & Lineage
Mutants abilities typically manifest during early adolescence although adults and children as young as six have been known to manifest powers. They are however the minority with an estimated 80% of mutants developing their powers within the ten to sixteen age bracket, with the average age being thirteen.
First generation mutants tend to manifest only as a response to stress, danger or trauma. The stimuli that cause first generation mutants to manifest typically will influence their powers. Second generation mutants however generally manifest without any notable stimuli or minor ones and generally younger than their parents have.
Parentage seems to play some part in the abilities developed by children of mutants who often develop similar abilities to their parents, although rarely identical ones, but many (est ~30%) mutants born of mutants develop abilities completely unrelated to that of their parents. Some lineage are stronger than others and even when mixed will result in children with the dominant lineage abilities. Extremely rarely, a child will develop abilities of both their parents.
Powers are however only rarely identical, keeping in with the general idea but manifesting differently. As such an electrokinetic that shoots lightning may have a child who instead absorb electricity to become stronger.
A common weakness of mutants is a type of mental block limiting their abilities the source of these blocks are varied but include; self protection, low-self esteem and moral convictions.
The most common of those block is the inability or reduced ability to directly affect living beings with powers that do not rely on projectiles such as telekinesis. For example it is common for telekinetic to be able to lift a person whole but not use their power to crush or otherwise inflict direct harm while being able to do so to inanimate objects. The reason is generally more psychological than a feature of powers as mutants can encounter the same block when attempting to affect cybernetics as if they were living.
Mutant powers are limited in the capacity that they may be used before running out of energy. Once this happens, a mutant enters a refractory period during which their powers are weakened or even inaccessible.
The more a power is used, the better a mutant becomes able to use them and the longer they may go on before crashing. Power endurance however is tied to specific task; a telekinetic might find macro-scale projection easy but be easily exhausted by fine manipulation. Unless truly pushing beyond their limit for extended periods, refractory period crashes are delayed by adrenaline. Depending on the level of exertion, refractory may last to a few minutes to over a day. During which mutants will typically feel the need to gorge on food (particularly high-calorie foods) and rest.
Mutants are estimated to number around under forty million or 0.5% of the world’s population. Mutants are slightly more common (in terms of mutant-to-baseline ratio) on the areas that touch the Atlantic ocean.
Although the mechanism governing how mutants obtain their powers and how those powers manifest is still not understood, the Von Neumann gene was discovered in 1972 by the eponymous doctor through a wide scope DNA sequencing of mutants through the globe.
The effect of the gene itself are mostly unknown but are currently believed to one of the requirements that allow the transition from baseline human to mutant to appear. As a recessive trait, all mutants possess two identical copies of the gene with those with a lone gene merely being carriers. And so the chance for children of a mutant or carrier to sire a mutant child are variable depending on the status of their procreative partner. The chart below detail the inheritance pattern of the VNG
Von Newman Gene Inheritance
|Mutant + Mutant||
|Mutant + Carrier||Carrier 50%, Mutant 50%|
|Carrier + Carrier||25% Mutant, 50% Carrier, 25% Normal|
|Carrier + Normal||50% Carrier,50% Normal|
|Mutant + Normal||100% Carrier|
|Normal + Normal||100% Normal|