“Mercurial” is a catch-all phrase for sapient life that did not start out as human. The two main groups that fall under this heading are AGI’s and uplifted animals.AGI
- Artificial General Intelligences
- Although human brains are the some of the largest proportionally, other animals also have high-level nervous and cognitive systems. These species, after decades of experimentation, were given full sapience (“uplifted”) shortly before the Fall. They include:
- Apes (mostly chmips, gorillas, and orangutans)
- Avians (mostly ravens and members of the parrot family)
- Cephalopods (mostly octopi)
- Cetaceans (mostly whales and dolphins)
- Today, the uplift community faces a series of societal challenges.