During the 1st Age your species’ origins are developed and defined. There are no Species Variant traits in the 2nd Age, instead this is a time of danger and crisis, where modifications can alter and change your race.
Species Modifications are changes to your current species and include traits such as Cybernetics, Genetic Manipulation, etc. Each one comes with the trait Modification, which can stack with increases from Species Variants. Modifications do not stack with other modifications from other evolutionary branches.
8.2 Biological Mutation
Biological Mutations are occurring naturally in the genetic sequence often drastically changing the form and functions. It is theoretical that outside pressures have caused these mutations to occur and accelerate, but these mutations signal a change in the evolutionary course of the species.
Cybernetics takes and enhances the neural functions of a humanoids nervous system, processing information faster and more precise than a non-augmented body can. Artificial Intelligent applications interface with organic components greatly enhancing cognitive ability.
8.4 Electromechanical Bioengineering
The replacement of organic parts with mechanical ones is often referred to as bionics. The replaced body parts can be used to upgrade the body with faster, stronger components controlled by the neural synapse relays surgically implanted in the body.
8.5 Genetic Manipulation
Scientific Genetic Manipulation has allowed for increased lifespans, and immunity to diseases. With controls in place, genetically built genomes can result in superior soldiers, creating the next wave of evolved humanoids.
8.6 Pharmaceutical Enhancers
Long term use of performance enhancing drugs can have serious side effects, but for the soldier, the benefits are enormous. Even more damaging though are the use of powerful stimulants meant for instant use to alter the chemical compositions of adrenaline for immediate effects.
8.7 Viral Strains
The birth of the 2nd Age brought about huge population growths. While the sources of these mutating viruses are up to debate, their strength to mutate the Humanoid Genome is undeniable. Victims of these strains lose upper brain function and are overcome with homicidal aggression.