Before there were humans...
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, before the species homo sapiens even
walked the earth, there were two space faring civilizations. The evil
Drengin Empire and the Arcean Empire sent out probes across the galaxy.
Between the two of them, they invented a city-sized device called a star gate.
The star gates allowed a star ship to travel great distances between the two
star gates. The Drengin and Arceans each constructed one of these massive
devices and were able, for a time, trade with one another.
The Drengin squandered their opportunity by attempting to invade Arcea
through the star gate. The Arceans, who are not that unlike the Drengin in
cunning, were well prepared for the Drengin attempt and allowed the initial
invasion fleet through the star gate and then deactivated it -- trapping the
Drengin fleet thousands of light years away from their home world. The
Arceans crushed the Drengin invasion fleet and never again opened their star
gate to the Drengin.
Both civilizations looked for other civilizations to interact with. The
Arceans came into contact with the Altarians, a race of beings quite unlike the
Arceans but still very advanced. While not as powerful as the Arceans, they were
sufficiently advanced to control their own star gate. With the help of the
Arceans, the Altarians constructed their own star gate and basic levels of trade
Meanwhile, Drengin probes had come into contact with a reasonably advanced
alien civilization that called themselves the Toria. The Drengin, having
learned from their experience with the Arceans, were not about to help the Toria
construct a stargate. Instead, the Drengin built a stargate and then sent it out
unmanned to Toria. The process took over 70,000 years for the star gate to
get there. The Drengin, while cruel beyond human imagination, are, if
nothing else, a patient species. Once the star gate had arrived, a
Drengin invasion fleet quickly conquered Toria and enslaved its inhabitants.
It was during this time that the Drengin and Arceans first encountered the
Yor. The Yor were a synthetic race that had been created by what was
thought to be an extinct race called the Iconians. The Yor, not being
biologically alive, simply explored the galaxy in huge ships flown by a single
Yor. In an ironic twist, while the Yor do not age, they were designed to make
use of biological-based energy sources -- food -- to replenish their energy
reserves. Over time, they too learned the secret of the star gates.
The problem with star gates was largely economical. The amount of power they
required to operate was so enormous that it made anything but the most valuable
of trade largely impractical. It was this factor that led to the
liberation of Toria. For the Toria learned, at length, of how costly it
was to bring in support to Toria. The Torians leveraged this advantage to
wage a guerilla campaign that eventually forced the Drengin to abandon the
planet. The Drengin had long exhausted any inate value in controlling Toria and
the cost of maintaining control was too high. The Drengin are not driven
by pride or honor, only cruel calculation and meticulous planning.
The Humans Arrive
In the year 2117 an Arcean probe arrived at Earth. The humans had
become a relatively united planet that was prosperous and had a wealth of energy
thanks to the development of fusion power. The Arceans saw the value in
fusion power for none of the other races had developed such an advanced form of
energy despite their advancement in other areas. As a result, the Arceans
quickly transferred the plans of a star gate to the humans.
The Arcean star gate plan didn't include a way to turn off the star gate.
In essence, once turned on, the humans would not be able to turn it off.
Whether the Arceans were planning to conquer Earth or not remains unknown.
However, the star gate was never built. The star gate plans confirmed
countless theories on space travel. It also become quite clear the leading
scientists that the star gate was limited in use because of its size and cost.
But they also concluded that the problem with the star gate was purely because
it was designed around a lack of power -- a problem the humans did not have.
Research firms across the planet quickly concluded that a propulsion system
could be developed, using the theories from the star gate, that would enable
individual ships to travel on their own. Those same individual ships would
also be able to travel much faster than they could through a star gate. A
ship going through a star gate would still take months, even years, to go
relatively short distances. With this new drive system, that time would be
halved with improvement for even greater relative speeds.
The new drive system was called Hyper Drive. And what was probably one
of the most generous and costly mistakes in human history, the reckless humans
did not secure the secrets behind fusion power or hyper drive. Politicians
and activists considered nearly unlimited energy to be a basic "human" right.
Fusion power had nearly eliminated poverty and a whole range of human
weaknesses. With energy being free, food production, manufacturing, and
transportation became far less expensive. Sharing fusion technology with
the other races seemed like the "human" thing to do. Hyperdrive really
wasn't much of a leap once the mechanics behind the star gates were understood
combined with fusion power. In short, all six of the major races soon had
The humans were shocked to learn that hyper drive did not create a galactic
utopia but rather a galactic race. All of the races quickly ended
communication with one another (having eliminated their star gates) and began
building colony ships as fast as they could to go out into the galaxy and claim
worlds. Unfortunately for the humans, the aliens had long since mapped out
the galaxy -- they knew where they best planets were. The humans would have to
blindly go out and explore and colonize at the same time. In 2178, the
humans sent out their first colony ship.
The colonizing race wasn't the only race occurring. The technological balance
in the galaxy had remained rather stable for hundreds of thousands of years.
Contact with the humans changed everything. Humans provided the technology
for immense amounts of energy along with the concept of mass communication
across the planet. The other civilizations had long been united and
communication technology had not advanced as quickly as it had on Earth.
These two factors helped start a technological race.
The humans were at a disadvantage on the colonizing but maintained an
advantage in technology. The humans could be ruthless when necessary and
demonstrated their own brand of cunning by quickly catching-up to the older
The Altarian Prophecy
When the humans came into contact with the Altarians, it was quite a shock.
The Altarians and the humans look nearly identical and even DNA tests showed
that they were the same species. The Altarians were a very spiritual
people and their high priest read a prophecy that had been made over 100,000
years ago that one day the Altarians would meet their cousins and that amongst
them they would come to learn how the beginning of the Altarians had come to be.
It also hinted that the Altarians were the result of the interference of a
powerful being called a Mithrilar -- but that the humans were not (i.e. the
humans arrived naturally). This Mithrilar had apparently created another
race in his own image as well that was thought to be extinct known as the Arnor.
The humans and Altarians, naturally enough, found their common traits lended
themselves to building a trust and a friendly diplomatic relationship.
This friendship came in handy when the Korx, a minor race that had grown
increasingly powerful through its mercenary tendencies, had begun invading
Altarian worlds. Eventually, it was learned that a hidden civilization
known as the Drath were responsible. The Drath were apparently the
original inhabitants of Altaria but the rise of the Altarians had forced the
Drath to leave. The Drath, however, claim that they didn't leave (as they
had no space travel at the time) but were rather transported to a distant world
by the last of these "Mithrilar".
Most human analysists doubt the entire Drath scenario. The entire
scenario sounded too much from a "science fiction" story. The Drath, not unlike
other civilizations, simply were looking for ways to justify their aggressive
behavior. By 2200, the entire affair had passed into history.
The Drengin Menace
The growing military strength of the young humans did not escape the notice
of the Drengin Empire. The Drengin Empire had made good use of hyper drive
and had carved an immense interstellar empire. They also had occasionally
come across evidence of a civilization labeled blandly as the Precursors.
The Precursors had apparently once inhabited -- possibly terraformed -- most of
the inhabitable worlds in the galaxy. But they had long since disappeared from
By 2220, the Drengin had concluded that the humans were the real threat.
The humans were coalition builders they concluded. The Drengin knew that
they did not possess the native ability to cooperate with a group of sub-Drengin
species. The time to strike was coming but first they would need to be
able to defeat the Arcean Empire as well. The Arceans, being an ancient
warrior race, had to be contended with. The humans had befriended the
Arceans and as a result were unlikely to stand by and allow the Drengin Empire
to crush and exterminate the humans and their Altarian allies.
As 2225 arrives, the Drengin have launched a massive surprise attack against
the Arcean Empire with devastating results. The humans have responded by
beginning talks with other races in an attempt to bring them together to defend
the Arceans. But the other civilizations had never cooperated with each other.
The humans will have to put all their diplomatic skills to the test.
But what none of them knows is that there is something else out there lurking
that is far worse than any of them..