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15th Dec '15 11:08:05 PM Divra
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** One of the largest stories spawnned by HFY, ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' veers into {{Deconstruction}} instead. Humans are much stronger, faster and quicker-witted than nearly all species in existence, due to evolving on a (by the standards of life-bearing planets) insanely dangerous DeathWorld. However, this comes at the cost of our finely tuned biology existing on a much narrower comfort curve. ** Humans have dietary needs far beyond other sapients, both in terms of calories and micronutrients, and deficiency diseases like beri-beri and scurvy (or their equivalents) were unknown on the galactic scene before humans showed up. ** The human nervous system, while a finely tuned and highly efficient machine when functioning, is far more prone to instability an malfunction than any other sentients', with levels of mental illness unheard of in other species, and can be incapacitated by simple flavorings like ethanol. Standard fire-suppression foam turns humans first psychotic, then comatose. ** Humans have difficulty spending large amounts of time in the lower galactic standard gravity, needing to spend time in the high-gravity of their homeworld or risking organ failure. ** Humans also find it difficult to breathe galactic standard atmospheres, the lower density and oxygen content compared to earth's leading to altitude sickness. Meanwhile, most sapients have no trouble operating in an earth-standard atmosphere.
5th Dec '15 5:59:59 PM Psyclone
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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]].instructions]], meaning that their entire doctrine is a lie. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
19th Nov '15 11:22:43 PM LordInsane
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** In the sequel, the human Federation is engaged in an active war with the ruthless [[AliensAreBastards Voinian Empire]]. According to the backstory, humanity was losing home worlds left and right when the invasion began, but by the time the story begins... the Voinians really aren't doing so hot anymore. Not only have the aliens repeatedly been beaten back by the human alliance, the game's [[TacticalRockPaperScissors unusual ship balancing]] ensures that the Federation's particular composition of shielding and mobile ship engines gives them a significant edge against the Voinians in nearly every engagement. The Crescent Strands, another group of aliens who similarly counter the Federation ships, are too busy ''killing each other'' to influence the war one way or the other.
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** In the sequel, the human Federation United Earth is engaged in an active war with the ruthless [[AliensAreBastards Voinian Empire]]. According to the backstory, humanity was losing home worlds left and right when the invasion began, but by the time the story begins... the Voinians really aren't doing so hot anymore. Not only have the aliens repeatedly been beaten back by the human alliance, the game's [[TacticalRockPaperScissors unusual ship balancing]] ensures that the Federation's United Earth's particular composition of shielding and mobile ship engines gives them a significant edge against the Voinians in nearly every engagement. The Crescent Strands, another group of aliens who similarly counter the Federation United Earth ships, are too busy ''killing each other'' to influence the war one way or the other.
14th Nov '15 11:33:44 AM nombretomado
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
4th Nov '15 2:58:36 AM thatmadork
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*** Hilariously enough, by that yardstick, da Orks are superior to both. They're strong enough to tear members of either race limb from limb and tough enough to easily survive injuries that would kill either outright, they can theoretically live forever (though their BloodKnight[=/=]FearlessFool[=/=]MadScientist[=/=]DrivesLikeCrazy tendencies tend to put an end to their lives rather quickly), they breed asexually via spores and hence are the most numerous and widespread race in the galaxy (except possibly the Tyranids), and their latent ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve psychic potential puts their technology on par with the Imperium's. The only thing holding them back is their animosity to absolutely everybody ''including themselves'', leaving them disorganised and almost constantly in-fighting.
15th Oct '15 8:20:34 PM intastiel
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This is more a case of Screw You Elves, since humanity isn't set above all the other races.
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', while [[TheFairFolk the Elves]] are prettier, more graceful, and have stronger magic than humans, they lack wisdom, intuition, and the ability to create new things-- areas in which humans will always be superior, giving them the upper hand over Elves every time. Properly speaking, Elves ''aren't'' prettier and more graceful than humans, they just ''make you think they are'' using their stronger magic. When Magrat Garlick got literally right in the face of the Queen she may have momentarily seen her true face due to iron-induced GlamourFailure, which matches the description of TheGreys. It's also made clear that the Dwarfs and Trolls not only share the traits that make Humans superior to Elves, but for cultural reasons they are completely immune to the tactics the Elves favored in their invasion.
15th Oct '15 8:17:29 PM intastiel
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Condensing and removing natter.
* Generally, humans are the dominant race in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Guess that bonus feat really does help. ** It's NOT as prevalent as it was in 1st Edition though. Races like dwarves and elves were flat out barred from all but a handful of classes, and even then could never level up as high as humans. Most humanoids (orcs, goblins, ogres, etc.) in the Monster Manual got it even worse, being little more than [[AlwaysChaoticEvil savage brutes that deserved to be exterminated to the last man]] whose only spellcasters were "shamans" and "witch doctors". Gary Gygax flat out stated that the game was meant to favor Human Player Characters in the DMG. ** Bonus feat, bonus skill point per level, no attribute penalty (often more problematic than the bonus), no permanent crippling of level competence and spellcasting ability (in a game where spellcasting progression is [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards essentially quadratic to a nonspellcaster's linear progression]])... ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has been designed to exemplify this trope, barring system breaking exploits. Even in 4th Edition, they retain large advantages in anything they want to follow, and are the baseline no other race shall surpass. *** They still CantArgueWithElves though. **** Tell that to a human with a high enough Charisma + Intelligence! (Or a big enough Fighter.) ***** While the fluff treats elves as awesome, mechanically they are a horrible race for any kind of optimizing. ****** 4th edition improved elves a great deal, but at the same time half-elves were RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and are now better than elves in many respects. We're just ''that'' good. (Oh, and humans are still better.)
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* Generally, humans are the dominant race in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Guess that bonus feat really does help. ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', thanks to extra versatility with none of the mechanical drawbacks other races suffer. While other races have intrinsic advantages, humans can always pick up the right skill for the job. ** It's NOT as prevalent as it was in 1st Edition though. Races In 1[[superscript:st]] Edition, even friendly non-human races like dwarves and elves were flat out barred from all but a handful of classes, many classes and even then could never had a lower level up as high as humans. Most humanoids (orcs, goblins, ogres, etc.) in the Monster Manual got it even worse, being little more cap than [[AlwaysChaoticEvil savage brutes that deserved to be exterminated to the last man]] whose only spellcasters humans. Humanoid races like orcs were AlwaysChaoticEvil cannon fodder with spellcasting limited to "shamans" and "witch doctors". Gary Gygax flat out stated doctors". Creator/GaryGygax confirmed that the game was meant to favor Human Player Characters in the DMG. ** Bonus feat, bonus skill point per level, no attribute penalty (often more problematic than the bonus), no permanent crippling of level competence and spellcasting ability (in a game where spellcasting progression is [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards essentially quadratic to a nonspellcaster's linear progression]])... ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has been designed to exemplify this trope, barring system breaking exploits. Even in 4th Edition, they retain large advantages in anything they want was built to follow, and are the baseline no other race shall surpass. *** They still CantArgueWithElves though. **** Tell that to a favour human with a high enough Charisma + Intelligence! (Or a big enough Fighter.) ***** While the fluff treats elves as awesome, mechanically they are a horrible race for any kind of optimizing. ****** 4th edition improved elves a great deal, but at the same time half-elves were RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and are now better than elves in many respects. We're just ''that'' good. (Oh, and humans are still better.)player characters.
13th Sep '15 9:14:57 AM ragnarok235
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* A small but certainly present aspect of the Purity philosophy in ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', combined with GoodOldWays. The Purity affinity is all about terraforming the alien world (and exterminating the local alien fauna wherever appropriate) and making it more like dear old Earth, and likewise, rejecting the rampant transhumanism of the [[HalfHumanHybrid Harmony]] and [[{{Cyborg}} Supremacy]] philosophies and instead aiming for more moderate genetic augmentation to create an "optimised" humanity freed from the shackles of disease and defect. The military utilises a variety of conventional arms alongside cadres of elite battlesuits, arguing that the human form is already well-suited for combat and only needs suitable weapons to capitalise on it. In the ''Rising Tide'' expansion, this dynamic is also played by Purity/Supremacy hybrid civs, except without the cybernetic enhancements of full-Supremacy and instead venerating the relationship humans have with machines - basically, replacing the GoodOldWays aspect of full Purity and going with ScienceHero, claiming that human technology and ingenuity can challenge and overcome any obstacle.
29th Aug '15 4:08:55 PM Lopiny
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them.]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them.them (individually lambasting each and every one of them for good measure).]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
28th Aug '15 7:02:01 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Ecclesiarch Decius is faced with the near impossible task of telling the rest of the church that the Emperor [[AGodIAmNot isn't a god, as per the Emperor's instructions]]. How does he avoid being lynched on the spot? By [[https://youtu.be/Pq-6aj9sNvo?t=1m45s launching into an epic speech]] about how [[spoiler:there are around a dozen gods in existence, and that it is insulting to compare the Emperor to them when he is ABOVE them.]] His voice starts clearing up as he delivers the point that [[spoiler:the Gods and their false promises of power are for fools and weaklings and certainly not above Man, and by the time he states Humanity is the greatest race in the Galaxy, and the Emperor, the first and finest of them all, shares their blood with them]], he's speaking in a clear, powerful voice. It's enough that they accept his words.
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