For as long as humans have been around, there have always been other races that have hidden among them. For the Māji, this was in secret to the humans, living isolated from society in their own close knit communities. While much is not known about how the Māji came to be or how they kept themselves isolated from the humans for so long, they have shown themselves occasionally in history. From past urban legends such as Sasquatch to the times of the Egyptians and those that resembled the gods they worshiped, Māji have made small imprints on history from time to time despite never truly showing themselves to society, and in fact they never did till the chance arrived in the early 2000's.
In the year 2018, the Māji began to show themselves to world. During this time many other non human races were doing the same, the timing seeming right with the current events of the new era. For the Māji, several species saw this as a way to work themselves into society and live an easier life than that of their hide-away ancestors. Others saw no need in doing so and stayed hidden from society. Eventually some of these species made their way into the cities and started socializing more.
Like history has shown with change, the people of the world showed many emotions towards the new animal-esk race. Some loved them, seeing Māji as a happy new addition to society, while others feared and hated them as some with other new species appearing. Some cultures were quick to accept the Māji in particular, with some powerful factors like popular media, spiritual and religious beliefs, cultural norms. Others were not so quick, the same reasons for accepting them being another's reason to look upon them with disdain and indifference. Another race for others to judge.
For nearly the next fifty years, the Māji would face the societal pressures seen before in history. Even while many of the race were treated fairly and even given special treatment in some countries, Māji were seen as outsiders and segregated by others. Places like America, Australia, and the Middle East were soon going as far as segregation against the Māji and other non human races after several years, with some doing so after the first year they appeared. As quick as there was people to put them down, there were others ready to support the Māji with rallies and peaceful protest.
These sort of happenings, from the segregation to the Pro-Māji protests occurred for several years, nothing ever really being new news to the world amongst everything else going on. It was till around 2024 or so that governments began to take sides on these matters. For some countries, the opportunity saw the events as ways to improve the self image of the country amongst others and helped the not so new race get the equality they deserved. Others saw no need in aiding the new race and took the side against them, with several countries making the local segregation laws city to nation wide. These would eventually lead to the trigger for what would be called the Māji Rights Revolution.
It was the year 2049 when it first happened, the tension between nations and the Māji race and those that supported them was building faster. Rallies for Māji rights were turning hostile in several countries, several governments were fighting back with private and public security, and it was a common occurrence for fights to start from either side. This was especially common in countries of high Māji segregation oppression. In other countries where Māji were treated fairly, there was always uneasiness when the news carried word of the events.
All of these were recurrent for the next five years, until something out of the ordinary happened. It was in July of 2054, when several major Pro Maji organizations joined up and walked the streets towards their capitals. It was similar to marches of black rights, but what made this extraordinary was this occurred in every country where Maji were being segregated. It was simultaneous, but it was within hours of each other that cities across the world were seeing a culmination of those for Maji rights, eventually called "A Pride's March".
It was soon after this event that things would change, not for good immediately, but eventually. It started with increased violence towards protesters, no matter if they were Maji or not. This didn't stop the protest, the continued efforts finally seeing change in 2057 when America finally agreed to give Maji the same rights as others. Other countries followed over the next few months, eventually ending the revolution in 2058 when every country gave Maji the same rights as others.
For the Māji, what makes each of them different from each other is the range of animal species a Māji can be born as. Like all species and hereditary traits, a Māji's species is determined by it's chromosomal map work and what species the parents hand down. Like how most traits work, a punnet square can be used to help figure out a Māji child's species based on the parents. Much like the animal kingdom is with breeding, Māji species are subject to crossbreeds with the same species and hybrids across species. The only crossbreeds and hybrids seen amongst Māji are those seen in actual animals, either in nature or captivity.
The species of animals Māji, like animal species, are regional in where certain Māji may make their homes. Good examples of this are bear Māji choosing mountains as homes or lizard Māji being more comfortable in warmer environments. While the modern technology of architecture and home living make it easy for some species to live out of the norm, some Māji may find this harder because of the expense or the climate may just be too difficult to live in.
It's also been seen that all recorded species of Māji are still living animals, and while there have been recorded Māji species of recently extinct species, there has been no way for current day Māji to be born of extinct species. Amongst all the current species, Māji fit in certain races within the species as a whole:
- Mammalian - Practially most land animals, they typically have better speed and nightvision
- Avian - This includes normal birds and foul, they can have functional wings as a physical trait and tend to have better overall eyesight
- Reptilian - scaled Maji that fall under various lizard types. They are quite flexible, some even able to climb up walls and limitedly run on water. Tend to be cold-blooded however, but can regrow limbs are able to see their environment more clearly.
- Insectoid - Nearly any insect or bug that can be thought up fall into here, most tending to be somewhat unsettling and unnerving to look at for that very reason. What they're given largely depends on what type they are, they're versatility covering most things.
As a note, no matter the type, all Maji age the same. It follows very closely with how Humans age.
Inherent Abilities Edit
Due to Māji having natural animal traits such as ears, claws, stingers, teeth, tails, etc., they have innate abilities based on the trait they possess. These can range from better hearing from a set of animal ears, to sensing ones surroundings by flicking one's lizard tongue, to better balance because of a tail or whiskers.
Animal Transformation: All Māji, along with the innate abilities their species gives them, also have the ability to transform parts of their bodies into that of their animal species. This gives them the ability to use the body part as the animal would (for a short period of time). How long the transformation last is based on how large the body part is. An example of this would be a scorpion Māji being able to gain armored plating along its arm. This sort of transformation is something small body wise, so the transformation time lasts longer. An example of a shorter transformation time and bigger body part would be an a chameleon creating the necessary cells for his skin to change color, or a lion gaining large ripped muscles along its entire body as well as fur.
Small transformations tend to last about two minutes to ten at base, depending on the Māji, while larger ones last about one minute to 5 at base. Those with determination can train to maintain their transformations for longer periods of time, if not permanently. These Māji, however, are extremely rare, most being quite aged.
The animal transformation does have two side effects. The first is the pain the Māji goes through when transforming the body part, as well as similar pain for transforming back (unless the only way to be rid of the transformation is shedding fur, skin, or flesh, which may or may not have pain based on the species). The larger the transformation, the more pain. The second side effect is a cool down for when a Māji can transform again, which again is based entirely on the size of the transformation with larger ones having longer cooldowns and vice versa. Typically, smaller transformations take about 3 minutes before they can be done again, while larger ones are about 10.
Māji Today Edit
In the current day world, Maji are treated much like how any non-human species would be, with the same rights as humans do. They walk amongst others in society as equals, or at least that's how the laws and rights set for them say they should be. Like any race, there are others who look upon them with disdain and hate, with Maji racism present in several countries around the world. This is primarily in the same areas where they were segregated against, as well as other small population areas which were never part of the Maji Rights Revolution.
For most of populous countries and society, they are like any others, unique individuals amongst the crowds of humans and non humans alike, despite what some others may see them.