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. Most often this term is used exclusively for organic beings of sophont-grade intelligence, since the root of the word is "biological sophont". Among Terragens, many bionts are of humanoid form derived from the original human baseline shape, either by descent or imitation, 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.