Parahumans in GaiaSPΩRE
Parahuamns in LegacySPΩRE
Parahumans are categorized into three basic groups, based on the reason for their development: Deliberate Experimentation, Genetic Anomaly, and Exposure. During WWII, the most common category was deliberate experimentation; while exposure was more common in the years following that war. Over time, as each new generation inherited mutation from its parents, the most common parahuman category has become genetic "anomaly."
In recent decades, parahumans have started to develop a cultural identity. Over half a century of being feared and held to a different standard has caused a movement called the Parahuman Homeland Initiative. Both individuals and organizations participate in this movement--and not all agree on the methods needed to achieve the ultimate goal. While Dr. Brian Stoker and his Firebird Institute work within national and international law, the Parahuman Liberation Army discards all but their own laws.
Ultimately, this will lead to LegacySPORE's version of the Century War.
Parahumans in EldritchSPΩRE
S/PIRe was the first organization to categorize these beings. They have done so to establish investigation and response teams tailored to the specific needs of a given "threat": Revenants (aka. "greater undead;" inc. vampires, liches, and mummies), zombies ("reanimations," though living zombie are also recognized), spirits ("hauntings"), therianthropes, and daemons. The revenant, therianthrope, and daemon classifications are considered parahumans.
Revenants are created through exposure (vampire) or arcane experimentation (liches and mummies). Similarly, therianthropes are also created through exposure--though often a preexisting animal nature is amplified. In both cases, the existence of these beings is rooted in folklore. While individuals may show variation, each class of these parahumans shares common traits that can be exploited.
Daemons create themselves through acts of personal greatness. However, in the process, they are removed form the mortal world in favor of the Overworld, the Otherworld, or the Underworld. Once ascended, they are bound to their new plane. The only way daemon blood may re-enter the mortal world is though birth to human parents: half-eudaemon nephilim, half-agathodaemon changelings, and half-cacodaemon cambions. These parahumans are relatively rare compared to their super-human counterparts.