Godspawn theory (Apalose: suhrsegh siuns) is a field of study that attempts to explain widespread similarities between unrelated living organisms throughout the First Gigaquadrant, usually through Essence-based means. "Godspawn" life can be contrasted with "truly alien" life, which are organisms from those rare instances of biospheres that are unaltered by the underlying cause of these similarities.
The name "godspawn" comes from the common religious belief of all life ultimately being created by a single deity, which has been viewed as one possible explanation as to how all life in the universe was so similar. However, it is widely regarded as a poor English translation of surhsegh, not for technical inaccuracy (although "god's eggs" is more precise) but because it is perceived as carrying an insulting or demeaning connotation that the Apalose original lacks.
Philosophers and scientists of most sapient species engage in speculation that life on their homeworld originated from elsewhere, even long before they become aware of the existence of alien life. These early ideas fall under the banner of panspermia, and in many cases turn out to be accurate accounts of the origins of their homeworlds' biospheres. These theories become boosted upon discovering alien life, after which real similarities between the biochemistries and physiologies of organisms on many different planets are noted by astrobiologists.
In several cases, conclusive evidence of a common cause to these similarities is discovered. For example, the Capricyránae of the Cyrannus Galaxy became aware of their genetic relationships over time, while the inhabitants of the Girdo Galaxy came to accept that the Xyanxes were responsible for seeding most of their worlds with "Spodian" life. In particular, the Girdo Empire developed a sort of obsession with finding "truly alien" life under the psychic influence of Emperor Ghelax, which led to them conducting a disproportionate amount of research into the topic. The Girdo Empire found a few anomalies in their home galaxy, such as the Girdo Humanoids, Grox and Conqrix, which seemed to have features of Spodian life but did not fit entirely. It was upon exploring the Milky Way Galaxy and finding that these species were not native to Girdo that they realised that their concept of Spodian life was but one aspect of a larger phenomenon of "godspawn" biota.
Also in the Milky Way, the Cephalodians held a belief in Cosmospawn, whereby primordial life at the dawn of the universe collapsed a quantum superposition to make the universe a life-friendly place. In the original conception of Cosmospawn, all life was descended from the Cosmospawn, but much like the Girdo Empire, the Cephalodians soon discovered that this could not be the case, for many planets in the Milky Way had experienced independent abiogenesis events.
Godspawn theory Edit
Godspawn theory was formally established as part of the Seven Starr Alliance's research collaborations shortly after the War of Ages, when knowledge about extragalactic organisms flowed into the Alliance's databases. It experienced a surge of activity in the late 2760s, but slowed as the dominant Girdo participation decreased when new forms of truly alien life were discovered throughout the 2770s, and Girdo astrobiologists instead focused on studying them and filling up nature reserves in the Girdo Galaxy.
It was not until the civilisation of the Milky Way recovered from the Annhilation that work on godspawn theory resumed, with the Cephalodians taking a new practical approach: in a mission that would come to be called "the Quest for Cosmospawn", a Cephalodian ship augmented with Apalos technology travelled back in time to the dawn of the universe to see the Cosmospawn for themselves. What they witnessed was the interaction between the first epoch of Vida'Rra and a corporealised form of Xhodocto; they also learned about the role played by the Vida'Rranlora in recreating the Vida'Rra once the first planets formed. The information gained in the Quest further fueled further debate on the godspawn phenomenon.
Godspawn organisms share many key physical characteristics. One of the principles of godspawn theory is that these features are statistically improbable to have evolved so many times independently, since there are so many other forms of life that are equally possible. These alternative forms of life are not merely theoretical: several truly alien biotae are known to exist, but they do so in far fewer numbers than the equivalent godspawn.
The most conclusive way of determining whether a creature is godspawn is on a microscopic scale. Most carbon-based godspawn cells have a similar structure, with eukaryotic ones in particular including a nucleus, mitochondria, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, and other organelles, although they vary in appearance and location. Furthermore, they tend to make use of DNA and/or RNA. Even more strangely, there are many non-carbon-based godspawn that have similar structures and nucleic acid-like molecules, although they are based on alternative elements to carbon.
Other, large-scale features are also common amongst godspawn life, from the way that tissues are formed and arranged to various details and structures of creatures' external anatomy, all of which are remarkably common across the universe.
Another anomaly that godspawn theory attempts to explain is that life is more common that it should be. Although exact figures are only estimates, the least extreme results say that three times as many sapient species have evolved than should have naturally occurred, and it should also be noted that godspawn biospheres outnumber truly alien biospheres by more than a hundred to one.
The reason why godspawn life is so common in the universe is debatable, and no clear answers have emerged. Most researchers in the field believe that they are the result of Ultraterrestrials or Essentials ("godraces", hence the theory's name) somehow tampering with nature.
Panspermia, and other forms of direct transferal of organisms, is known to have occured throughout the universe, but it is rejected as being the sole cause of all godspawn life for several reasons. Most damning is that there are also many planets which have records of abiogenesis in the fossil record. Furthermore, the existence of non-carbon-based life with godspawn features would require the primoridial ancestors of such organisms to have been designed alike to carbon-based ones, which is widely considered to be an inefficient means of biogenesis.
After the Quest for Cosmospawn, the events that time period have become the most popular source of explanations for the ubiquity godspawn life, usually invoking Essence-based mechanisms. The "angel plasma" theories state that the actions of either the Xhodocto alone, the interactions between the Xhodocto and the quark-based Vida'Rra, or (less often) the Vida'Rra themselves, altered the very fabric of the universe to engender a tendency for godspawn life to arise. It is often expected that Life Energy is the force that would be responsible, although the vessel used in the godspawn mission apparently saw no signs of its use. Alternatively, the Vida'Rranlora theory maintains that the use of Dream Energy to create the second epoch of Vida'Rra had side-effects across the entire universe, either deliberately or inadvertently, inducing material lifeforms to appear with analogous characteristics via morphic resonance.
- The idea that phyiological similarities between organisms on different planets can be explained by alien interference in the distant past originates in other sci-fi, such as the origin of humanoids in Star Trek. Furthermore, Spore is shown to feature panspermia at the start of the game.
- Ghelae applied this concept to the origin of humanoids in one of his Spore games, with a non-humanoid species - spiritual precursors of the Tentekh - exterminating all humanoid life they came across. The concept was soon extended from humanoids to all species made using the Creature Editor, which should be thought of as the out-of-universe description of most godspawn life.