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Humans are a species that originated on Earth and play a central role in the Unreal games.
Human presence in the universe is mostly known through the NEG, Earth's government, and the corporations started by Earth's people:
- Liandri, originally a mining corporation, famous for their invention of the Liandri Grand Tournament
- Axon Research Corporation, research corporation, supplier of weapons and military vehicles for the NEG as well as the Tournament.
- Izanagi Corporation, known for its involvement in the 2251 incident involving ancient Artifacts.
- FenTech Incorporated, active in the areas of bioengineering and chemical enhancements, creators of Zanna and the famous Malcolm.
- Inuit Corporation, sent the ISV-Kran research vessel.
A large reason for the humans' importance is the fact that the Liandri Grand Tournament was invented by humans. Most corporations featured in the Unreal games were started by humans. Most weaponry and vehicles found in the Tournaments are of human design.
Humans still live on Earth, but have also colonized many other planets and moons. A notable example are the Nakhti people, whose culture diverged from other humans a long time ago. The Nakhti emperor lives on the Nakhti homeworld, but the Nakhti have colonized a number of other planets on their own.
A great number of uncolonized planets other than Earth is also used in the Tournaments.
The human race produced a number of offshoots, mostly due to technological advancements, such as gene-boosting and cybernetic prosthetics. Almost every Tournament competitor is enhanced in one way or another, the Juggernauts being a good example. More extreme examples are the Nightmare and Skaarj Hybrids, having little humanity in them left.
Not much is known about the Necris, other than the fact that they are dead humans who have been resurrected by the Phayder Corporation using Nanoblack, a black liquid filled with nanobots. Necris are white-skinned with many black, angular tattoos, and may or may not remember their former, human lifes.
The 523rd Nakhti Ascension Rites were visited by Raiden, who came looking for competitors to fight for w:c:mortalkombat:Earthrealm in the w:c:mortalkombat:Mortal Kombat tournament. Raiden appears human but is actually a Thunder God from another realm.
Involvement in the games Edit
It was a human who killed the Skaarj Queen, alerting the Skaarj of their existence. This began the Human-Skaarj War which forced the organization of the NEG in order to present a unified front to their attack. The war ended in 2216, although it can be argued that it is still going on through the Tournaments as late as Unreal Championship 2.