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Helovxi (hell-o-viks-ee) are a branch of Hominini belonging to the family of great apes. They are characterized by erect posture and bipedal locomotion; manual dexterity and increased tool use, compared to other animals; and a general trend toward larger, more complex brains and societies. Helovx refer to themselves as human.
The spread of helovxi and their large population had a profound effect on the environment, and the native species, of pre-impact Ramaxicon. Helovx use tools to a much greater degree than any other animal, and are the only extant species known to build fires and cook their food–they are the only extant species, pre-impact, to clothe themselves and create and use numerous other technologies and arts. In 2021, helovx population figures were counted at roughly 7.7 billion. The helovx underwent a population bottleneck in the 21st century, following a destructive impact event and the subsequent eruption of a supervolcano.
Many key helovx cultures survived decades of impact and volcanic winter by way of conservation efforts like the Whakaari Koru, the Ural Wall, Project Noah, the Saharan Exodus, and the organization of the Jungwa Collective. The helovx quality of life rebounded during an age of outreach that bolstered trade with the femmar of Ramaxia, until the ascension the Ninth Generation, and the 2184 genocide perpetrated against the Australian people.
As of 2225, there are approximately 17,000 helovx (it is estimated there are over 1,700 helovx at sea and on land, outside the protection of organized populations).