Earth Zero

THE MATO'NAI

Thrown through time and space by a collapsing wormhole, 65 million years ago a damaged alien spaceship reaches prehistoric Earth. While the crash pilots manage to flee in an shuttle and make an emergency landing on an island in the western Atlantic north of the Caribbean, the rest of the ship crashes in Central America on the northern Yucatán Peninsula where its already damaged warp drive in conclusion runs out of control once and for all.

After producing contortions in the space-time continuum and creating dimensional rifts ("crannies") all over the world, the warp drive finally explodes in a massive detonation that causes - along with a crater of about 112 miles (180 km) in diameter - a climatic disaster which in turn eventually leads to the third-largest mass extinction in Earth's history and thus the end of the dinosaurs.

Displaced in time by millenias and thus cut off from the necessary materials to build a new warp drive, the Mato'Nai - unable to return home and now stranded on Earth - are forced to settle on the remote island they landed on and try to bridge the time in cryogenic stasis until a return to their homeworld will be possible.

After creating a self-contained ecosystem inside an artificial biosphere by sealing off their island with a strong energy force field that puts their new home slightly out of sync with the fabric of reality surrounding it (similar to the "crannies") making ​it effectively invisible and, as a side effect, causes distortions and anomalies in a triangular sea area between Bermuda in the north, Florida to the west and the island of Puerto Rico in the south (the base of the legends of the "Bermuda Triangle") in order to protect themselves from the environmental changes that began to emerge in the outside world, only a handful of Mato'Nai would stay awake to watch the sleeps of their brothers and sisters and study this strange new world.

Starting their studies of earth on its dominant lifeforms by artificially accelerating their evolution, the remaining Mato'Nai first created a race of advanced, intelligent and humanoid dinosaurs called as protector of their home island against external threats of any kind.

This new species called "The Risen" should be followed by five other mutated tribes in the course of time, all of which were later worshiped and feared by humans as gods and demons.

Infos

  • Anatomy

    The Mato'Nai are human-like creatures and belong to the class of mammals. Their body shape is humanoid with the same number of limbs as humans to whom they are genetically related to 99.5% for yet unknown reasons. Differences to humans are mainly in body size, limb length, number of organs (they have 2 hearts and 4 kidneys), size of the brain volume, skin color and number of the sexes.

    Most notable is their in comparison to humans larger head with almond-shaped, big eyes, two breathing holes and hearing openings without outer ears, and their gray skin color, which is why they are also called "The Greys". Their mouths are narrow and nearly lipless and their teeth are not visible at first glance.

  • Sexes

    While in humans, the number of X-and Y-chromosomes determines the sex, there are three Mato'Nai gender depending on one single gene. These genders are called Type I, II and III.

    Sex Type I and II are similar to male and female organisms that can reproduce with each other. Type III is less picky and can combine with each other two types. Due to its genetic structure this type can also reproduce through self- fertilization.

  • Reproduction

    While the reproduction takes mostly place in a two-sexual (oogamous) manner, it can also be three- sexual and, in rare cases, even uni-sexual by autogamy. The mode of reproduction alternates within the relatively long life span of a Mato'Nai of about 800 years and is mostly dependent on external influences.

    Since three-sexual reproduction has the advantage that the genetic variation of the offspring is considerably larger than in the two-sexual reproduction, this form is used when the genetic pool of the Mato'Nai needs to be refreshed and to generate new gene combinations.

    Autogamy, also called self-fertilization, however, is a form of sexual reproduction in which only one parent - in this case the Type III - is present or genetically contributing to reproduction, which leads to genetically closely related but not identical organisms.

    The main advantage of autogamy is that largely advantageous gene combinations can be obtained. Compared to sexual reproduction using a sexual partner the Autogamy also doesn't require the sometimes time- and resource- consuming search for sex partners and so the population can be increased in a short time.

  • Differences between the sexes

    Since they have no visible secondary sex characteristics and the same androgynous physique with long, thin limbs, one can distinguish the three types of Mato'Nai only by their head and body size, and the number of fingers.

    Type I ("male") and type II ("female") are both between 3'11" and 5'2" in size but have a different number of fingers: Type I has five on each hand, Type II only four. Although Type III has sometimes four and sometimes five fingers on each hand, it is substantially taller than the other two types at about 5'10" to 6'6" and has a slightly narrower head.

  • Powers & Abilities

    The Mato'Nai have developed higher functioning brain areas, which give them, in addition to a highly developed intellect, increased mental capacities, that allows them to think on various different levels at once while multitasking at the same time.

    In addition each single individual of the Mato'Nai has the following mental abilities:

    • Telepathy: The ability to read minds and project its own thoughts into the minds of others within a radius of 250 miles.
    • Illusion: The ability to create realistic telepathic illusions and cause people to experience events which are not actually occurring.
    • Cloak: The ability to mask its presence from being detected by others.
    • Camouflage: The ability to mask itself, and other peoples' presence from those around him. Can telepathically disguise itself, making his appearance to those around it quite different.
    • Mind Blast: The ability to place large amounts of information in another's mind.
    • Memory Alteration: The ability to alter particular memories in another person or even in a group of people by force of will.
    • Detection: The ability to sense the presence and the nature of (potential) superhuman or supernatural powers within others.

    The Mato'Nai also own reactive genetic characteristics by which they are able to willingly adapt their bodies to different environments or to respond to immediate hazards, eg by spontaneously developing the ability to breathe underwater using gills or to slide through the air with the help of skin between their arms and legs or whatever the circumstances require at the moment. However, this adaptive ability only works as long as they are conscious.

  • Language

    The native language of the Mato'Nai is an agglutinative language, meaning the root words are not inflected (bent). The basic grammatical units do not consist of single words, but word complexes, which usually retain their independent structure.

    The sound inventory has five vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and 15 consonants b, c and ch (like k), d, g, h, l, m, n, r, s , t, v, y (as j), z and sh (as sch) whose respective length is phonological very relevant. Most root words consist of only one or two syllables. It is also important to take note when pronouncing that two consecutive vowels are not connected to a double sound, but treated independently.

    Examples:

    Ca = life
    Cun = fate or destiny
    Em = human/s
    Luan = home, cradle (pronounced: lu-an)
    Luun = city, stead, location, place (pronounced: lu-un)
    Ma = ancestors
    Noi = matured in sense of "adult" oder "wise" (pronounced: no-i)
    Nai = child/ren (pronounced: nu-i)
    Ran = world, planet
    To = much, a lot, very
    Tish = new
    Torh = resistance
    Tu = high, tall

    Individual root words can be connected to polysyllabic words. Words that are of great importance can become sovereign root words. Most nouns are compound words, whereby individual vowels or consonants can disappear. The emphasis is usually on the last syllable.

    Examples:

    Ca'Luan = Home/Cradle of Life (pronounced: ka-lu-an)
    Cun'Luun = City of Destiny (pronounced: kun-lu-un)
    Mata'Noi = Wise of many Ancestors (starting from an age of 600 years - pronounced: ma-ta-no-i)
    Mato'Nai = Children of many Ancestors (pronounced: ma-ta-nu-i)
    Ma'Tu = The High Ancestors (which are worshiped like gods)
    Matu'Ran = World of the High Ancestors (pronounced: ma-tu-ran)

    The language of the Mato'Nai has four grammatical genders (Type I, Type II, Type III and neuter), but no clear distinction between singular and plural. Abstract concepts are formed with "Da" like Da'Em in the meaning of "humanity" or Da'Nui for "childhood".

    Alphabetic characters:

    a
    a
    b
    b (p)
    c
    c (ch/k)
    d
    d
    e
    e
    g
    g
    h
    h
    i
    i
    l
    l
    m
    m
    n
    n
    o
    o
    r
    r
    s
    s
    t
    t
    u
    u
    v
    v (f/w)
    y
    y (j)
    z
    z
    sh
    sh (sch)

     

    As separator of any kind:

    Trennzeichen
    ', -, /

     

    Numeric characters:

    0
    0
    1
    1
    2
    2
    3
    3
    4
    4
    5
    5
    6
    6
    7
    7
    8
    8
    9
    9

     

    Some Mato'Nai words written in their original language:

    Ca'Luan: caTrennzeichenluan

    Cun'Luun: cunTrennzeichenluun

    Mato'Nai: matoTrennzeichennai

    Matu'Ran: mataTrennzeichenran

  • Habitat

    Habitat: previously the planet Matu'Ran in the Ca'Luan solar system of the Antlia dwarf galaxy (prior to the annihilation of their civilisation); currently Cun'Luun - a futuristic city on the cloaked island "Feral Island" in the Bermuda triangle.
    Gravity: slightly lower than on earth
    Atmosphere: earth-like with a higher proportion of nitrogen
    Population: previously 1 billion (prior to annihilation); currently about 200

  • Miscellaneous

    Type of Government: technocracy
    Level of Technology: superior to Earth: Advanced warp-drive starships, robots, cyborg, and cybernetic technology, genetic engineering, psionic technology, and energy weaponry
    Cultural Traits: explorers

The Mato'Nai are my own copyrighted creation and an original character concept.
Copyright © 2015 by M. Jack Schiltz. No use without permission!
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