years ago and breathed sentience into the great apes, creating a newrace called
Homo Sapiens Sapiens
. But they ignored Earth for nearly aneon after that, distracted by the war with the Elders.It was the Elders who first sought to influence the evolution of humanity, working selectively with ancient peoples in Asia andelsewhere to improve the powers of the mind through scientificmethods. Their science became so advanced that its practitioners,called the Diaboli, often explained it to others as mere 'magic'. The so-called witches and sorcerers of the ancient occult were enhanced byElder blood. They were able to read the thoughts of others, and evenchange them, and they have at times been a very powerful force onEarth. They were given more subtle differences as well. The Diaboli donot have a uniform look but a great many of them have green eyes. They were meant to be able to blend in almost anywhere. They havegenerally higher intelligence than normal humanity and a predilectiontowards the abstract and theoretical. They generally distrust authorityand have trouble working together in large groups. Most weretransported to other worlds, especially New Atlantis. The Galen, too, returned to Earth in classical times, engaging ingenetic manipulation of human stock to create prototypesuperhumans. These became known as the Proto-Supremis (or Protos). They were the gods of human mythology, with the Egyptian, Greek,Roman, and Norse cultures being the most familiar to most of those inthe West. Indeed, Protos were involved in a hundred Terrancivilizations. Such seemingly legendary figures as Gilgamesh, Hercules, Thor, Vainamoinen, Hiawatha, Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Odin and manyothers were in fact Protos.