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3/31/2013 8:31:36 PM
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Alternate Races: Exo, Awoken, and the Excluded Tigerman

The exclusion of the Tigerman probably points toward the Awoken and Exo not being aliens, as the Tigerman (obviously alien, am I right, guys?) did not fit the vibe they were going for. The two that made the cut are most likely human variations, The Food Chain pointed out that the existence of aliens with similar facial features is highly unlikely. This is a little long but almost all of it hasn't been gone over. As ShadowSlayer218 and a few others alluded to, this is a mythic sci-fi game, the Awoken clearly represent the Elven element of this mash-up. Evidenced by the screenshot from the Destiny Character Development video, they appear to be identified with the Hunter, a ranger-esce class (note the yellow hued warm colors, and the left variant doesn't even have an exposed face). As for the Exo, previously we couldn't see the full concept but The Exalener has provided us with a [url=http://puu.sh/2pNg2]suitable reference[/url]. That helmet doesn't appear to have enough room for a full skull, notice the back top portion appears either blown out, broken, or stylized to have a chunk missing from what would be a full head. Also notice the hands, particularly the the thumbs, where the webbing and muscle should be instead there are mechanical tendons and a blacked out gap. To me the hands appear mechanical with the legs and feet simply being armored, indicating the Exo is not fully machine. Where does this put the Exo? [i]outside, external, turning out, outward[/i]- medically and scientifically this term is used to prefix something that produces something else, such as energy or waste, or something that lays outside of something else. The most prominent term we might think of is [i]exoskeleton[/i] but we know that all classes utilize some form of armor, so maybe this is an external skeletal feature or replacement that does not supplement but attaches at the end of the body as prosthesis. With human civilization facing annihilation it could make sense for recovered casualties to be repaired and sent back into battle, their disabilities replaced with prosthetics, their damaged brains/humanity sutured and cropped (offering a more useful disability: a mental familiarity with and propensity for violence). Or perhaps they've willingly subjected themselves to medical procedures and cybernetic alterations aimed at enhancing their [i]physical[/i] or [i]outward[/i] presence on the battlefield, whereas the Awoken (filling the role of the Elves) might have more of an intellectual/spiritual prowess, scrying abilities or mental connection to physics, or similarly, as most have proposed, a more intense magical presence. What do you think of this speculation, it's effect on story, and the gameplay implications of this may be?
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  • While we now know that a lot of this stuff is not true its still interesting to hear peoples ideas
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    • Awoken could be a branch of humans that has evolved separately to homosapiens, perhaps because of the influence of the Traveler? To me the name "Awoken" suggests that they are the result of an event. I ways imagine the Exo to be cyborgs built from dying Guardians.
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      • Edited by TheEyeOfOdin: 4/6/2013 3:23:51 PM
        I disagree with the point about aliens not being likely to have human features. This would be due to something called Convergent Evolution. This is where two totally separate species isolated from each others have developed the same adaptations in order to accomplish the same problems. This can be seen with ants and termites, thylacine and dogs, kangaroos and deers and many other species. So if aliens on other planets needed to accomplish similar tasks to humans then it is likely they would adapt in similar ways.
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        • Your are on track with other discussions on the Exo and Awoken, "poll: is this human" and " huh - races". I like that you showed the three plate of the fallen. One of the plates (left) has been seen with the two other classes(thinking that this is a human, not Awoken). What I find interesting is that all three are female, suggesting that the Awoken are only female. Good!!
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          • Edited by CaptKrunch: 4/6/2013 2:49:55 PM
            Not gonna lie the awoken looks amazing. Reminds me of Aurra Sing from Star wars a bit, except with hair. Also, I hope the Exo sound like Legion from Mass Effect. <_<
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          • When i think of race, i think of how they differer from humans. Are they able to reproduce those sort of things. And with human and awoken to me it makes sense there , there own race. They reproduce and theres most likely just as many awoken as they are human. With EXO and even after reading your speculation i just don't understand how they can be considered a race, they don't reproduce as far as i know, there may not be as many as them how do they stand out from a human who may have robotic limb does that mean that human is an EXO. I maybe overthinking it, but there so confusing to me.
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          • Why's it gotta be Elves? It's a well known fact in Neo-Tokyo that being an early-gen psychic mutant turns your skin blue and hair white.
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            • The Awoken and the Exo are simply races split from humanity over the course of Destiny's history. The Exo are clearly transhuman or cyborgs, for those who don't know, to be transhuman is to exchange your human body for a fully mechanical one, the only thing human would be their consciousness, thus destroying the line between what defines man and machine. The Awoken are more biological in their terms of evolution rather than technological like the Exo. You can probably classify them more along the line of mutants or psionic humans. Just like we've seen in our own evolution, our species has split multiple times. With the current rise in speed of technological development and massive population, the Exo/Awoken evolutionary paths are possible within Destiny's time frame.
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              • My theory is tht the Awoken are a race that resided in the Earth's crust, perhaps in some state of dormancy, and perhaps the arrival of the Traveler, or the apocolyptic event itself, woke them from their sleep. Additionally I do not think that the lack of images of male Awoken does not mean that they do not exist.
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                • I feel like the awakened are some sort of supernatural. Vengeful dead? The Traveler could have resurrected the souls of ancient humans who have died, thus creating the "Awakened," this race of spirit-elves.
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                  • Just to let you know as the team said you will be able to chose between a male or a female I doubt that the awoken is only a female "race". (especially if Edward from Twilight is an inspiration)
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                    • I think that The Awoken are humans that have immersed themselves in the Traveler's Magic. This immersion has"awoken" a part of our brain that was dormant; however, this immersion has weakened their physical bodies and also changed their appearance. Humans (as per usual) are this happy medium. They are the jack of all trades: good at everything, but great at nothing. They have access to the Traveler's Magic, but they haven't allowed it to define them. The Exos are cyborgs. They are part machine, part human. They are still connected to the Traveler, but not nearly as much as the other two races. The rely on their physical improvements to accomplish their goals. They are still human and have the same mental capacities and outlooks, but they have changed their body.
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                      • Edited by DaDerga: 4/1/2013 11:33:02 PM
                        I don't believe that the oddness of Tigerman is proof of his being "an alien" as opposed to just [i]alien[/i]
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