The Endless Blue
Humans are in a peculiar position among their fellow sentient races. They were the last known race to discover Etherspace, but spent centuries sending airships out into The Void, where they made first contact with the Dwarves and, through them, the rest of the galactic community. Much of their technology and magic is inferior to the standards of the rest of their peers. However, millenia of experience using “less advanced” means of propulsion have made them by and large some of the most skilled sailors in the galaxy, and their ignorance to etherspace gave them plenty of incentive to develop advanced realspace propulsion systems where other races, spoiled by etherspace, didn’t bother; though their ships may be more powerful, rare is the nonhuman who can outmaneuver or outrun a human-built vessel, in both real and etherspace. Many humans with arcane or psionic talents have also proven adept at anticipating and “reading” gravity currents in the Endless Blue, lending even more to the reputation humanity has garnered as skilled navigators. Expansionist explorers by nature, they have crept out to every unclaimed corner of the galaxy (and a few claimed ones too) in search of the new and exciting. They are friendly to every other race that doesn’t openly want to kill or enslave them, having a strong cultural bent towards freedom and community, and eagerly pursue both commerce and camaraderie.
A subspecies of humans exists, roughly 20% of the population, known as halflings. Quick-witted and nimble-fingered, though prejudice and abuse existed long in Earth’s turbulent past, they long ago fought for and earned equality and a place among their cousins in the stars. More than any other races, humans are also open and capable of interspecies breeding, and accept everything from half-elves to half-orcs as their own kin.