About Gekin


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Race Name: Gekin (Gekin is the plural)
Homeworld Name: Rojeria
Religions: ??

Gekin are a strange race which seem to lack any official origin. If those who saw them first are to be believed, Gekin simply popped into existence fully formed, looking suspiciously similar to the locals and speaking the local language fluently. This is why few people believe the Rojerian story on Gekin.

While there are two identifiable subspecies of Gekin, they share several traits. They walk bipedal and digitigrade, with enormous two-toed webbed feet and powerful hind legs. Their bodies lack hair, except for the heads, and their skin is smooth and shiny. They have long muzzles, pointed ears, thick tails and eyes made up of parts uniform in colour. Though males are typically lighter in weight and muscle tone than females, both sexes posses singularly formidable strength which defies evolutionary logic.

Females have visible mammary glands, but as far as reproduction and functional sexuality, very little is known. The Gekin themselves seem puzzled by the concept, and most can not give a solid answer. To Gekin, reproduction remains a mystery and sexuality an ongoing fluid experiment.

Subtype A and B Gekin are easily and immediately distinguished from one another. Type A Gekin have a fairly uniform purple colouration, while Type B Gekin have green skin and blue hair. Slightly more subtle physical differences between the two are the number of digits on the hand (Type A have only two functional digits, Type B have three) and the number of eyes (Type A Gekin have a third central eye on their faces). There are generally fewer Type A Gekin than Type B. While the Type B Gekin number possibly in the hundreds, there are maybe only a dozen or so Type A Gekin documented in the known universe.

Behaviorally, both Gekin subtypes are similar. Gekin are cheerful and perky, almost to a fault, as if conditioned to be pleasant to work with. While the Type A Gekin appear to be slightly more intelligent than Type B, both types have fleeting attention spans. They do not appear to have developed or created any technological breakthroughs on their own, but take to technology like fish to water. What few Gekin are accounted for can be found in fields of horticulture, social services, the arts and computer system upkeep. Both subtypes of Gekin seem to adore unique and quirky clothing, though they often seek something form fitting over something baggy.

Anyone who has given more than a passing glance to Gekin notes their physiological similarity to Rogers. Say this to a Roger, however, and you are likely to hear some colourful language in reply. Rogers deny any and all relation to Gekin and will take immense offense to anyone drawing a parallel between the two species.

This is, of course, highly suspect behavior. Rogers were the first species to have any records of contact or interaction with the Gekin - first of the exceptionally rare Type A, and later the more common Type B. Each and every individual Gekin contacted and interviewed remembers their childhood as being surrounded by Rogers, and most have clear memories of Rojeria itself. However, Rojerian culture and landmarks bear absolutely no record of Gekin evolution or development.

The Rogers say they despise the Gekin and are unrelated, and yet the Gekin appear to have simply sprung into being in the presence of Rogers. The Rogers are adamant this is mere coincidence and has nothing to do with them, but genetic evidence would speak to the contrary.

Recent examination of Gekin DNA has revealed that the Rogers should, indeed, know a thing or two about Gekin. The two species are almost identical with only slight differences. It would also appear that Gekin share genetic similarities with an indigenous amphibian found only on Rojeria.

While there is no undeniable proof of it, the current ruling theory is that the Gekin were genetically engineered by the Rogers for use as a servile worker race. Considering that it is highly illegal to create a new self-aware species - let alone enslave one - it is no surprise the Rogers vehemently deny involvement and have scrubbed away any evidence of it. However, experts are fairly certain that the easy-going Gekin are GMOs. Why they were released or abandoned is unknown, but it is suspected their strong individual personalities may have had a hand in the decicion. This would account for their collective lack of culture and evolutionary history, their mysterious origins and their low numbers.

It has been proposed that the Type A Gekin were in fact a prototype species, found either to be too functionally awkward (lacking thumbs) or visually offputting (tricloptic) for continued production. Type B Gekin may, therefore, be the "field model."

Unsurprisingly, both the appearance of the Gekin and the subsequent theories of their origins resulted in enormous impacts on GMO laws. Prior to the arrival of Gekin, the only laws related to sentient GMOs were laws which penalized their creation - not protected them in the event someone made one anyway. The Contura GMO Protection Act was one of the first and most well known laws which preserved the rights of Gekin, stating that all sentient beings had a right to life and pursuit of a place in society, regardless of their origins. Under the act, no GMO could be removed or held against their consent, except in the event of public safety or preservation of the peace. In essence, a fancy way of saying that as long as Gekin did not break local laws, they could not be claimed, bought, sold or restrained regardless of who created them. GMOs can also file for assistance under the protection act which entitles them to food, housing and medical support until they are able to self-sustain within Conturian society.

This model is gradually being adopted by other worlds and colonies to protect Gekin and any further GMOs like them which may be created.

05/14
credits: Gekin were designed by J. McGahan for use in the Inhuman universe,
Type A Gekin are inspired by the designs of ksilebo/haxardagron and scribbles