Parahuman is the united nations choice of word to designate beings with extraordinary abilities. Although first used exclusively to refer to mutants and imbued, the term has been expanded in recent years to include xenoforms and capes or extra-normal individuals regardless of whether or not they have paranormal abilities.
Parahumans are estimated at forty millions worldwide, with the vast majority being mutants. An estimate of four million xenoforms live on earth, primarily Itharii along with an estimated three hundred thousands Gimelians, a six thousand Tzaries and twenty thousand Venusians.
The world’s most common type of parahuman, Mutants are beings who develop paranormal abilities due to the presence of the matched Von-Neumann genes. Although most mutants manifest around puberty, some develop their powers earlier or later in life.
Mutants are capable of breeding and passing their abilities onto their children provided those children have a matching pair of VN genes.
See verse entry Mutants for more information
Although mutants are the most common, a select few human beings (and aliens) have obtained powers through different means. Commonly through exposure to mutagens or alien artifacts, taking part in scientific experiments or rare freak accidents.
Although many countries have or have had programs to create superpowered beings the processes are typically extremely expensive and reserved to enhance already elite agents and soldiers.
By and large imbued powers do not transfer to the imbued’s children and often harm the imbued fertility. However exceptions exist.
A more technical term rather than common jargon, Xenoform was adopted as a neutral appelation toward extraterrestrial beings in response to the 2002 settlement of Earth by Itharii. Although ‘alien’ or E.T. remain part of popular parlance, some xenoform, especially earth-born ones, dislike the use of those terms (although often consider it acceptable when used by xenoiforms to refer to themselves and others.)
Xenoform has also recently been altered in the UN guidelines to allow the classification of non-mutant genetically or morphologically divergent human beings such as human chimeras.
Not strictly a parahuman by the word’s original meaning, Technological parahumans are baseline humans (or xenoforms) who use advanced technology to compete with parahumans.
The term was added to classification as a way to combat high-technology assisted crime committed by supervillains. The classification however is subject to debate as to what is or isn’t considered ‘advanced technology’
Much like technological parahumans, Talents are not strictly parahumans in the biological sense but have been classified as such legally. Talents are baseline human capes who do not rely on advanced technology.
Rarest of the parahuman classifications only around a hundred individuals worldwide have been designated as such since the term’s inception.
An unrecognized category, magical beings and practitioners of magic are technically parahumans but due to the the magical world remaining hidden few believe magic is real, with arcane heroes such as Arcana being simply believed to me a thematic gimmick by the public.