The People of Rifts Earth
For thousands of years, the only known intelligent life on Earth was humankind (though late Pre-Rifts science had found ways to enhance the intelligence of certain animals). All of that changed with the Coming of the Rifts.
All manner of creatures came through the Rifts: demons, monsters, aliens, even creatures from folklore. Most of the creatures that are somewhat similar to humans are known as D-Bees, or Dimensional Beings. Though the Coalition holds them no better than demons, in many communities they live peacefully alongside humans.
Humans & Mutants
Over time, even Earth’s natives began to change. Over the generations, exposure to the mystic energies of the Ley Lines, radiation, and chemical toxins led to a number of mutations. While many look no different from their cousins, others are deformed or alien in appearance. In some places, such as Lone Star, experiments in genetic engineering have led to new strains of human and animal.
There are likely thousands of species of D-Bees in North America alone. Most come through the Rifts in small numbers, under a few dozen, but some come through in greater numbers, allowing them to spread. The Dimensional Beings below are the most widespread or well-known in North America.