A Galactic Menace…And An Enigma
No historian can say with any accuracy when the M’tait first appeared. The first recorded raid happened sometime early in the human diaspora, but given the distances involved and the difficulties in communication and in collating all the information floating around the spaceways, there could well have been incidents well before that.
They have no known homeworld. Incidents have been reported across the Orion, Crux, Carina, and Perseus Arms. As relatively sparsely-populated as the Outer Arm is, there have even been stories filtering in across the Interarm Deeps of even worse.
The M’tait have never attempted to communicate with their victims. Any attempts by the defenders to communicate, even to offer surrender, have been met with silence. Some survivors have recorded what they believe is M’tait speech, but it has so far defied analysis. Continue reading
A race of long-lived centauroids, the tehud have been slowly spreading across the Carina Arm for the last ten centuries. No tehud faction has ever been considered a powerhouse in galactic history. Some have been rather more ambitious than others, but rarely with any great success.
The tehud arose on Marageesh, a large-diameter but low-density world near the coreward edge of the Carina Arm. Tectonically inactive, low on heavy metals, and at the outer edge of the system’s habitable zone, it would seem to be an unlikely birthplace for any sort of sapient race at all, let alone a starfaring one.
But the tehud, being a mostly herd-based society, seem to have managed it through slow, plodding patience. Wars between tehud herds tended to be over scarce metals or richer feeding grounds. The temperate areas of Marageesh have very short growing seasons, and the ice caps cover over a third of the planetary surface. These wars tended not to be of the level of savagery seen among other races, but more simply a matter of forcing the opposing herd away from the contested resources. Continue reading
A Strange And Tragic People
The Triamic are not the first sapient race in the galaxy to go extinct. They are, however, one of the most recent, at least as far as is known to students of alien anthropology. Even more tragically, they were well on their way to becoming the first true galactic superpower, just before the collapse.
Having independently developed their own version of the Bergenholm field before they attempted their own diaspora, the Triamic exploded out of their home system almost overnight. As a pack-based society, they had already established the Hegemony in their home system, with a complex system of dominance and patronage that kept the myriad packs from each other’s throats. They had a highly sophisticated civilization, and when they made first contact with an alien race, the ekuz, they were actually the more technologically advanced of the two. Continue reading
In this latest installment of the Alien Anthropology series, we meet the yeheri. These beings appear in the opening chapters of The Fall of Valdek. As before, this post will be linked to the Alien Races page under History and Background.
A cruiser from Enekosh made first contact with the yeheri. Enekosh is a prosperous sefkhit world, known at the time for its idealism. In large part due to this idealism, the cruiser’s captain was completely unprepared for what they encountered.
The Yaahaag system was split up between three major empires. All three had been intermittently at war for over a century in Yaahaag reckoning. (Yaahaag orbits its sun in roughly 7,400 hours.) They had also expanded throughout their system, colonizing outer worlds and asteroids. The wars between empires often flared up on and between those outer worlds and asteroids, even when uneasy peace reigned on the homeworld.
Without understanding the yeheri languages, or the dynamics of the three empires, the sefkhit made contact, seeking to make new friends and welcome a younger race into the loose galactic community.
Exactly what happened has never been adequately explained; the ship never returned to Enekosh, and the yeheri have never been forthcoming with the details. But certain details have been determined by context and study. The sefkhit cruiser made contact with the Kahapar Concordiat, the most militant and totalitarian of the three empires. Continue reading
This is the first of a series of posts that will dig deeper into the lore and background, to be later linked to the History and Background pages. The Alien Anthropology posts will be linked directly to the Alien Races page.
The ekuz diaspora began about three centuries after the human (by ekuz reckoning; their homeworld’s year is approximately 9,992 hours, as opposed to the 8,766 hours of the Terran standard used by most human historians). The extent of ekuz worlds is still considerably smaller than the human worlds. They are thickest through the Norma, Crux, and Carina arms of the galaxy.
According to some ekuz sources (though the veracity and details are in doubt in some circles), the diaspora started due to a looming interplanetary war in the ekuz home system. (There are hundreds of different names and nearly as many guesses as to the homeworld’s location). One or more of the factions, rather than risk a cataclysmic war that would have involved both nuclear and asteroid weapons, instead built sublight arks from hollowed-out asteroids and fled the system. Some ekuz historians suggest that the tensions leading up to the war might even have been due to one or more factions observing the construction of the arks and believing them to be first-strike asteroid weapons. No one really knows. Continue reading