As core citizens of the Empire of Tai Pan, the Taianese are descended from augmented humans made for slavery, and yet, have changed themselves over time to the point of being distinctly different. Androgynous by default, each and every genetically modified individual has been pushed up to, and many cases, beyond the pinnacle of human intelligence and physical fitness. Lithe yet powerful, the quick minded Taianese serve the empire faithfully, with their emotions kept on a tight leash as they efficiently perform in even the most arduous duties. Due to the various refinements that the Taianese have undergone over the years, the core citizens of Tai Pan are capable of having their genetic structures rewritten, modified and edited by the government as needed for their occupation, splicing in traits otherwise seen in various animals to increase efficiency.

It should be noted that being Taianese in body does not mean being Culturally Taianese however. As a result, those with the money or the connections can easily purchase their gene mods of choice assuming the price is right.


In general, the common Taianese citizen has the basic appearance of an attractive yet androgynous human of Asian decent, and of modest height, appearing to be neither male, nor female at cursory observation. This is however, only the basis of their appearance. Depending on their place in the efficiency orientated caste system, individuals may have genetic material from other species spliced in to improve combat performance. Front-line soldiers, for an example, have various traits associated with tigers, while high ranking governmental officials appear to be the descended from Dragons, both complete with tails used to place additional sensory organs. As each caste has different requirements, their physical builds and sexual dimorphism changing as needed for their roles.

These various forms that the Taianese come in are inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, which the Taianese are created as. Despite this, and the specialized training they can receive for their mandated job, they are capable of assuming any other should the need arise. Each is tailored to its place in the caste system and the specific tasks or roles they are expected to perform in. As a result, their appearances can vary greatly from one to the next. For an example, Tigers look relatively tall and strong, with sexual dimorphism intact should they be captured, and a physique at the peak of human performance, while Rats appear completely androgynous and meek.

Anatomy and Physiology

Though human in origin, the Taianese are in every way superior, having been augmented beyond human limits. The average citizen has physical capabilities comparable to a human Olympian athlete on an unrestricted regimen of performance enhancing drugs, though they may not appear to. More specialized caste members go above and beyond this however, with added anatomy and physiology coming from other genetic sources, natural or artificial.

Nervous System

Taianese citizens posses a drastically improved nervous system, and is likely the second-most important improvement over baseline humans that they possess. Their brains alone are capable of processing more information, allowing for easy, direct links to machines without overwhelming the individual. Perhaps most importantly, their mental capacity allows for seamless integration of augmented reality and the use of digital mind-spaces. While their bodies labor, the Taianese themselves can participate in other activities through their networks. In general, the Taianese are also capable of higher thought and reaction speeds, and like with their memories, this can be obtained consistently and without strain with only some practice, a minor limitation meant to be overcome in order to prevent insanity among younger, inexperienced individuals. Finally, the Taianese possess an improved pain threshold - though surprise pain will initially cause a typical reaction, their ability to tolerate pain that is expected or felt over long periods of time is much higher.

As an extension of their nervous system, the Taianese also feature interface organs located at key points on their bodies. This includes anywhere from four to ten coin sized spots on their scalp that can be electronically synchronized within close proximity or by contact, as well as their tails. Though longer tails can be interacted with electronically along their entire lengths, their very base is typically the standard sampling area to allow for ease of equipment standardization.

Wireless Communication

The Taianese are capable of wireless communication using a small, specialized region of their brain created for and dedicated to the task. Though limited in range and bandwidth by default, this ability is a key stepping stone and entry point into Taianese culture proper. With the appropriate range and bandwidth boosters integrated into their clothing, armor or personal accessories such as earrings and necklaces, individuals have access to ultra-high speed, high bandwidth communication. Lacking that however, direct contact can also suffice, forming the necessary connection for such an exchange.


In order to improve strength, the Taianese feature denser muscles that do not atrophy from disuse and remain well toned regardless of physical activity levels. In exchange however, their bodies are neutral buoyant, and only float to the surface slowly due to the air that is inside their lungs. Other improvements include improved oxygen storage and efficiency of use, allowing the Taianese to sprint for far longer periods of time in comparison to the average human. Their muscles also have a faster contraction time and precision, better allowing their bodies to keep up with their improved reaction times.


Though the average Taianese citizen still only sees within the visible light spectrum, their visual acuity does not decay with age or living in confined spaces. Instead, their visual acuity is generally 20/10; in order for both a Taianese and a baseline human to see something with the same degree of detail, the Taianese citizen may stand 20 feet away, while the human must come to within 10 feet. In addition to these differences, their peripheral vision has improved clarity.

Circulatory System

The circulatory system has also seen a number of improvements in addition to being in peak physical condition throughout their lifespan. Besides preventing aneurysms and the like through having more durable, elastic arteries, veins and capillaries, the Taianese are also more resistant to both positive and negative g-forces, especially due to the addition of specialized valves. Located in key places, these help to prevent the loss of or excessive blood pressure changes during high-g maneuvers or even acceleration during freight transit.

Aging and Lifespan

Unlike many other species, the Taianese remain in their prime throughout the entirety of their lives once they reach adulthood at the age of 9, roughly half of the baseline human's development time. Once in their mid to late teens, they appear to be in their mid-to-late 20s, where the aging process stops save for minor cosmetic markers such as greying or silver-white hair. Though not immortal, this is perhaps the very most important improvement the Taianese have over baseline humans, as they can remain productive throughout their roughly 130 year life-span rather than becoming a drain on resources as they grow old. When death nears however, the aging process is quick and sudden, where the individual will physically deteriorate over the course of a month before finally dying.

Regeneration and Immunity

The Taianese possess the ability to regrow entire limbs and recover from neurological damage that the average human would not. Given enough time, any injury will heal, with cosmetic scarring being the only indicator of any previous injury. Additionally, blood loss is slower due to a more advanced and selective coagulation process. Though it prevents and slows bleed-out when injured, the process does not increase the risk of thrombosis, and can also deal with fatty embolisms in a quick, efficient manner to prevent neurological damage to the brain. In general, the Taianese remain susceptible to diseases, but with the symptoms far better managed as to almost never be debilitating or lethal - in time, the vast majority of disease will resolve themselves.

OOC Notes

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