Meaning: "half-men", the Ba-lu are short, thinly built humanoids averaging around 3 feet tall. They have dark pigmented skin, course black hair, black eyes and mouths full of tiny sharp teeth.
The Ba-lu were initially created by the Ba-za (Albino-Dwarves) of Nidavellir for work in the cramped tunnels of the gold mines of Ki. Because of their small size, they were often used as tunnel scouts or to bring food and equipment to trapped miners. The Ba-lu have exceptionally large pupils, which allow them to see well in near total darkness, and gives their eyes a characteristically ominous appearance. They have a well known penchant for "shiny objects" and often carry a pouch full of colorful shells, semi-precious stones and bobbles. They have a habit of eating anything that they can catch, their favorite meal being swamp rat. Their generally feral nature has earned them the derogatory name of "Hulu" which roughly translates as "Rodent". Ba-lu are exceptionally Agile, and as such have a minimum Agility Aptitude requirement of 3. Because of their small stature and slight build, they also have a maximum Brawn cap of 2.
The second most common species on Ki, these tough, combative Lu-ki are bred for their Brawn and Vitality, they are used almost exclusively as soldiers by the various city-states of Ki. They are known by their characteristic protruding brow, short, thick neck, and stocky build. Their bones are denser and their skin is thicker than most other species, giving them quite an advantage in battles of attrition. Though generally not as strong as an Enkidu, Gurmah are slightly stronger than your average Adamu. Those Gurmah not a part of the Soldier caste often find themselves working as gladiators, builders or members of the militant branch of healers; "the shields of Ningishzidda". Gurmah have minimum Aptitude requirements of 3 in both Vitality and Brawn. This makes them strong and gives them more hit points to start but at a cost to other stats.
The Mahdi are known as the illustrious or exalted ones. They are characterized by their elongated craniums, and spindly, ectomorphic figures. Members of the lower classes call them by a somewhat less respectful name: "Amam-sang" or "jar-head" because their heads resemble large beer amphora. Mahdi have something of a superiority complex, believing themselves to be closer to the Dingir than their other Lu-ki brethren. The gods however, don’t share this sentiment, and look at them as they do all Lu-ki, as inferiors.
The story of the Mahdi’s creation is one of necessity. The torsion field created by the spin of Ki's magnetic core shortens the otherwise immortal life spans of the Nibru-ene workers who stay there for long periods. For this reason it has never been a very desirable post, and circumstances require that Nibru-ene workers have frequent rotations off world. Scholars, and highly skilled technical workers have always been in short supply. Additionally, the great flood caused casualties, adding further strain upon this already limited niche. Eventually, prejudice, and fear gave way to necessity, and the Mahdi were born. The Mahdi are essentially Adamu with augmented mental capacity, and a somewhat decreased physical prowess. They excel as Dubsar, Shidim, Lagaru, and Irhandi, though a few have been known to prosper as brilliant military tacticians as well. Mahdi characters have a minimum Intelligence Aptitude requirement of 4 and a maximum Brawn cap of 2.
Though all sentient Earth creatures are categorized as Lu-ki, Adamu represent what we would call modern Human beings. They are also one of two species that has been most heavily mixed with Nibru-ene genes, and as such most closely resemble their creators. Named for the first of their kind, Adamu translates as: "offspring or progeny of Adam". Because of the paternal traditions of Nibir, female humans are also called Adamu. Adamu are jacks of all trades. They have been bred with a sufficient amount of intelligence and agility to adequately perform any task for which they are trained. In fact, early versions were seen as too much of a threat, so subsequent generations were limited to only 10% brain and muscle function as a precaution. Adamu neither have bonuses nor penalties to any starting Aptitude scores.
En-ki-du: "creation of the lord of Ki". These creatures were designed personally by Ea , first born son of Anu, and lord of Ki, to fill a once great need for stronger workers who could carry monolithic loads. However, their less than impressive intelligence, quick temper and the advent of hand held levitation devices has made them all but obsolete in that capacity. Since the Great flood, many of them have gone to the mountains and forests, leaving their former masters behind. They are most often seen in cities as body guards or porters for the more eccentric employers. Enkidu characters have a minimum Brawn Aptitude requirement of 4, giving them super strength, and making them formidable opponents in melee. However, they have a maximum Intelligence cap of 2, making skill progression slow.