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Biont

Children of Terra
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The wide range of sizes and forms that humanoid bionts can take in the Terragen Sphere

Any organic life form, Terragen or otherwise, whether natural or engineered. Often this term is used exclusively for organic beings of sophont-grade intelligence, many of which are of humanoid form, although there are many other body-plans.

 
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Development Notes
Text by Stephen Inniss, based on the original by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 26 January 2009.

 
 
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