The term Mutant, as it pertains to this campaign, refers to a person born with Powers not normally possessed by members of his or her species. Although Power granting mutations can occur in any species, the phenomenon is far more prevalent in humans than in any other species native to our universe.
Reports of humans with mutant powers date back hundreds of years, and some historians think the phenomenon may be even older. However it was incredibly rare until after the industrial revolution, and has become even more common in the atomic age. Many experts think the increasing occurrence of mutation is connected to industrial pollution and radiation; this hypothesis is supported by several documented cases of non-mutants gaining Powers from Genetic changes caused by exposure to the same things. Many others, expecially among the mutant community, believe that mutants are the next stage of human evolution. Some think that both of these ideas are correct. However, none of these ideas have been proven.
Place in Society
Though their numbers have been steadily increasing, mutants are still a minority and have been subject to much prejudice and discrimination. There situation becan improving in the 1950s due to the national praise for Jenny Justice, a war hero who was one of the first famous out of the closet mutants. The situation for mutants improved even more in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. Today society’s treatment of mutants is more or less on par with other monorities, but their situation is complicated by The Federal Superhero Registration Act.
Powers with the Mutant descriptor differ from Powers with the Genetic descriptor in that Mutant Powers are a circumstance of birth, whereas Genetic powers result from genetic alterations a character underwent after birth.