XXVc: The 25th Century
Lowlanders are a race of genetically modified Humans that call the surface of Venus their home. Especially designed by the Indo-Asian Consortium (I.A.C), Lowlanders produce a valuable commodity, Gravitol, that is essential to space travel as it aids in surviving long periods of weightlessness. They tend the new fauna on modestly terraformed Venus, and can withstand high temperatures and breathe chlorinated gas. This however requires them to wear breathing apparatus when outside of their homelands. Going without their native environment or a breather for more than minutes at a time can be deadly.
Lowlanders are supremely well adjusted; they like the way they are, they enjoy the weather,and they think their culture is wonderful, but they do not like change of any sort. This includes plans by the “Uplanders” to terraform the entire surface of Venus thus making it uninhabitable for themselves and deadly to the Lowlanders. For this reason, Lowlanders have become very belligerent when non-Lowlanders enter their domain unless someone can convince them that the visitors mean no harm.
Physically, Lowlanders have a slightly serpentine appearance. Most have black hair with some facial ridges and green to yellowish skin. Special genetic alterations in their eyes occasionally cause odd colored reflections. Extra vertebrae allow them to turn their heads 180 degrees much like owls.