Mass Effect: From the Ashes
Humans, from the planet Earth, are the newest sentient species of notable size to enter the galactic stage and are the most rapidly expanding and developing. They independently discovered a Prothean data cache on Mars in 2148, and the mass relay networks shortly thereafter.
HUMANITY (+1 REFRESH)
- UPSTART SPECIES (+1)
Many races resent the fact that humanity gained a seat on the council so soon after first contact. The batarians in particular clashed with human interests in the Verge, blaming them for depriving them of valuable resources. Because of this humans suffer a penalty of -1 in social conflicts.
- GENETICALLY ENGINEERED (-2)
While genetic engineering has been a long-practiced area of science amongst humanity for many centuries, it had fallen into disservice, primarily with the realization that humanity was not alone in the universe and “perfection” within that context was not possible. Minor tweaks to the genome have already eliminated most genetically-passed conditions and allow parents to tailor their child’s eye or hair color prior to birth. However, some still practice genetic engineering at an invasive level: expanding mental and physical capabilities, neural responses, and even the addition of biotic controls. A character with this stunt receives a floating +1 bonus to a skill roll usable once per session as well as a permanent +1 skill point of their choosing which may exceed the campaign’s maximum skill cap for power level.