A presapient entity is one which is considered sentient but not fullysophont. That is, they have a complex awareness of their environment but only limited self-awareness, plus some advanced problem-solving abilities and other marks of complex intelligence.
Presapients may have any substrate: biological (sometimes called b-life), m-life, or a-life, or some combination of those. Presapient entities might be naturally evolved or they might be the result of a design process. They may be Terragen or xenobiological in origin. Presapient life has evolved independently on several life-bearing worlds, and may take numerous different forms; in a number of cases, these presapient entities have been provolved, or are currently undergoing provolution.
Examples can be found that are organic, cyborg, aioid, virtual, or robotic. In many cases a presapient entity may have quite sophisticated language understanding, and often will have the capacity for speech; many presapient vots, aioids and robotic devices have user-friendly language-based interfaces, so may appear to be fully sophont even when they are not.
Agrimonkey - Text by Stephen Inniss An ancient superclade of presophont splices, derived from a variety of Terragen baseline monkey species and originally designed as specialized labourers and servants.
Australopithecine - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Any of a number of extinct hominid species that lived in Africa between about 4 and 1 million years ago, and combined a fully erect posture and bipedal gait with a small and apelike brain case.
Barkbat - Text by Todd Drashner A large predator, the barkbat clings to the trunks of the skywracks and uses its wings in a gliding flight to hunt other creatures that live in the canopy.
Calebs (Talking Dogs) - Text by Mike Parisi It was perhaps inevitable that the first species domesticated by humans would also be the subject of some of the earliest attempts to increase intelligence in a non-human species.
Cetacea - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Clade of highly intelligent marine Terragen mammals from Old Earth that includes dolphins, and porpoises and baleen whales.
Chimpanzee - Text by Stephen Inniss Chimpanzees are a species of ape originally indigenous to Africa, Old Earth, where they lived in equatorial rainforests. Closely related to humans, and to bonobos.
Cookie Fiend - Text by John B A subsophont predatory lifeform native to the planet Elmo resembling a giant chocolate chip cookie with legs.
Dolphins - Text by Anders Sandberg Aquatic mammals from Old Earth; like other cetaceans they are ancestors through provolution of a number of Terragen clades.
Familiar Perentie - Text by Luke Campbell A popular reptilian pet dating back to pre-Technocalypse Earth, descended from monitor lizards. It has expanded with humanity to the stars, typically fulfilling a role as a pest-control predator or a companion animal. The clade has diversified to many different breeds, including a number of provolve lines.
Gorilla - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss Originally the largest (135-240 kg in males; half that in females) species of ape; indigenous to Africa, Old Earth, where they lived on the forest floor of the tropical rainforest.
Hobo Sapiens - Text by Steve Bowers Tweaked and provolved space spiders Hobo sapiens that can produce buckytube from their spinnerettes.
Hominid - Text by M. Alan Kazlev; additions by Stephen Inniss An informal term for the most human-like primates, the bipedal apes, as opposed to apes in general. They are similar to other advanced primates in terms of their genetic makeup and are distinguished culturally (most markedly in Homo sapiens) by their more extensive creation of technology, including art and language. They also have certain common physiological traits such as hairlessness, erect posture, and fine manipulation (precision grip). Human baselines were the only surviving members of this group on Old Earth prior to various lazurogenic efforts.
Hylobatidae - Text by M. Alan Kazlev The family of apes that includes gibbons and siamangs.
Infrabaseline - Text by M. Alan Kazlev based on Creating Friendly AI A sentient being (whether an ai or a pre-provolved organism) of below-baseline human ability and intelligence. "Prehuman" is usually referred to use to an infantlike or tool-level AI, so that "infrahuman" usually refers to a fairly mature ai, capable of general cognition, which is still not in the vicinity of human intelligence.
Khowagong - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Large aquatic animals not unlike a Terragen sea slug crossed with a dugong, native to the Pelagic planet Tamarinde (Phoebus Prefecture, Solar Dominion).
Macroameoboid - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Rhizopodus enigmaticus, a highly intelligent but uncommunicative amoeboid aquatic lifeform native to New Poseidon.
Mamster - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Small, short-haired rodent, originally a modified mouse-hamster zoosplice that was a popular pet during the middle Federation period, and since established wild colonies on a number of planets and habitats. Averaging 10 cm in length, these tailless animals are prolific breeders, producing litters of ten to twenty young in as little as 4 weeks under ideal situations. Notorious for their voracious appetites, mamsters can do appreciable damage to warehoused foodstuffs and agriculture on ludd and medium tech worlds and habitats. They are much less of a nuisance in high tech environments. When bioborged or augmented they are also usefully employed on ships as maintenance crew.
Micromastodon - Text by John B Micromastodons, aka M&M's were a pet/food creature generated for use in cold oxygen-atmosphere environments. They had a distinct similarity to their legendary predecessors from ancient Terra's ice ages. They were heavily furred, with prehensile trunks and columnar legs. Unlike their forebears, they were typically between a half-meter and meter high at the withers and lacked tusks. They had been designed as a high-efficiency ice-plankton feeder, and their wastes had been engineered to be highly beneficial to ice plankton.
Monkey - Text by Stephen Inniss A primate, a member of one of two major primate groups that are neither apes nor prosimians.
Rat - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Any of several species of adaptable, intelligent terragen rodent. All through history rats have proved adaptable and were one of the few types of animals to thrive with the ascendence of baseline hu. Easily kept and bred, they are popular with geneers and spacers, and it is estimated that several million species have been created, hybridized, or have evolved naturally, in the period since mindkind first ventured into space. Rat splices, rat tweaks, and ratborgs have proved their worth on ships, especially relativistic and pioneer vessels, many time, and often develop into unique and indigenous ecosystems. Rat provolves are also common, although not as common as cat or dog provolves.
Sentient Ships - Text by Stephen Inniss Interplanetary or interstellar vessels that are aware and may be quite intelligent but, like robots or animals, do not have the full suite of faculties that characterize sophonts.