Shadowrun: The Wilson Hall Irregulars
Humanis in General
One of the more infamous UCAS policlubs, Humanis has been around in one form or another since the early days of the Awakening. Early on, many in the movement were religious radicals who believed the first dwarfs and elves were signs of the End Times. Things for Humanis really got going following Goblinization Day and the dramatic appearance of the first orks and trolls. From the start, the Humanis position was simple: somebody had to stand up for the rights of “ordinary” human beings, which is to say Homo sapiens sapiens, and bring to the public’s attention the “dangers” posed by metahumans and, to an extent, the Awakening as a whole. Greater mainstreaming of the magical arts since then has diminished much of the policlub’s religious fervor and anti-magical bias, but both are still present to some degree.
Humanis in Seattle
Seattle’s Humanis chapter is one of the oldest and largest in North America. It got its start as a “community organization” during the Ghost Dance War, when veterans and refugees in the newly isolated Seattle area came together to “protect ordinary people” from the depredations of spooky Indian magic and those weird “changeling” kids. People were scared and their government had just surrendered to an enemy they were surrounded by, setting the stage for the fearmongers to rally everyone around their banner.
Goblinization Day gave the Humanis a huge boost, as one person in ten transformed into a “monster.” Humanis-organized “citizen watch groups” set out to keep the “contagion” from spreading. The idea that the government would protect these freaks stoked the fires even more. What became the Night of Rage was supposed to be Humanis’ greatest achivement, but finally all but the most hard-core members dropped their support for an organization that inflicted such fates on real people who suffered and died.
The generation born and raised since the Night of Rage has a different view of metahumans. The past three decades have forced the Humanis movement to change, but not for the better. They’ve gone from an organized lynch mob to an entrenched political interest group. In particular, they’ve focused on “community service”: they sponsor schools, free clinics, youth sports teams, even their own trid and net-cast channels. Being “for humanity,” they say, is a civil right and claim that metahumans are trying to steal their rights with their demands for “special treatment”. The policlub’s endorsement of Kenneth Brackhaven should have been a scandal, but it helped secure his election. Governor Brackhaven, while not an official member of Humanis, has clear ties to the policlub: his uncle Karl was its head for most of the younger Brackhaven’s life. The one area where Brackhaven departs from the Humanis line is the issue of secession: they support it and he does not (perhaps because he plans another try for the Oval Office.)
Behind the scenes, Humanis serves as the public face of a network of hate groups like Alamos 20,000, Human Nation, and the infamous Hand of Five in Seattle (the group believed responsible for the Night of Rage.) They funnel money, information and resources, and serve as a recruitment center where the hard-core radical groups can find new martyrs for their cause.