Designer Children refers to children who have been genetically enhanced early in life by the Galaxy Federation. The term "Designer Children" also still applies to adults; for example, Dmitri Yuriev is hundreds of years old but he is still classified as a Designer Child.
These children have been literally designed by their consenting parents or creators to conform to a specific template. Designer Children typically live longer (possibly hundreds of years longer), are more intelligent, more athletic, more "visually pleasing", more healthy, suffer from less diseases and illnesses, are more charismatic or even have special abilities not found in unmodified humans. Their physical attributes have been enhanced. They are referred to as Salvator (Savior).
Xenosaga: Pied Piper deals heavily in the issue of Designer Children and the legacy of Dmitri Yuriev. The Salvator Faction is a group within the Galaxy Federation government composed entirely of grown-up Designer Children and is devoted to maintaining the affairs of Dr. Yuriev, as well as representing the interests of Designer Children.
Their widespread creation was designed to counter the Immigrant Fleet of Ormus, which is able to use a part of the Zohar's abilities. The Life Recycling Act, approved in T.C. 4591, was actually created in order to mask this process as it allowed for the birth of more Salvators. The first Salvator, Dmitri Yuriev, was behind this action.
Überhumans are Designer Children humans who had artificial modifications made to their bodies and brains during the heyday of the Life Recycling Act, giving them certain types of special abilities, as are the offspring of Überhumans, called mutants. Andrew Cherenkov, Shelley Godwin, and Mary Godwin are a few mutants. Their outward appearance does not differ from that of humans in any way.
At present, discrimination against mutants is strictly prohibited by Galaxy Federation law. In reality, however, discrimination and prejudice is still rampant in all corners of the galaxy. Even Allen Ridgeley says "I heard that place is crawling with mutants!" which Shion Uzuki finds racist.
The Kukai Foundation protects victims of the Life Recycling Law and provides them with a place to live.
Known Designer Children Edit
- All U.R.T.V.s, like Jr. (Rubedo), Gaignun Kukai (Nigredo), Albedo, Citrine, etc. They are "Designer Children" because of their nature as genetically modified and weaponized humans.
- All Überhumans (and mutants), like Mary Godwin, Shelley Godwin, Andrew Cherenkov
- Erich Weber (Voyager)
- All Realians, such as MOMO, Canaan, etc
- Dmitri Yuriev
- Pierre Ruryk