The Altarian Prophecy
When humans came into contact with the Altarians, it was quite a shock.
The Altarians and humans looked nearly identical, and DNA tests showed
that they were essentially the same species with only a few hundred
thousand years of genetic drift. The spiritually inclined Altarian
civilization was shaken to its core when their high priest read a
100,000-year-old prophecy: One day, the Altarians would meet their
cousins and that would lead them to the knowledge of how 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 evolved naturally. According to the prophecy, this Mithrilar
had also created the Precursors in his own image.
Humans and Altarians easily built a trusting and friendly diplomatic
relationship on their common traits and values. This friendship served
both races well as more and more races began churning out their own
fleets of hyperdrive-equipped ships. Over the next few decades, several
more spacefaring civilizations began to make contact with one of the
original six (Human, Drengin, Arcean, Altarian, Torian and Yor) races.
The long-lived Korx were among the first of this second wave of civilizations
to gain access to hyperdrive. They had previously traveled
through their part of the galaxy in sleeper pods to conduct trade. The Korx’s
longevity motivated them to conduct trade missions that would normally take
many lifetimes of other races.
More and more races began churning out their own fleets of hyperdrive-equipped ships
Armed with hyperdrive, the Korx began invading Altarian colony worlds.
The Altarians and humans worked together to drive the Korx off these
planets, but the Korx actions did not make sense – unless someone was
paying the mercenary Korx to further some unknown agenda. Following
the trail of intrigue behind the Korx attacks, the humans and Altarians
learned that a civilization known as the Drath were responsible. The
original inhabitants of Altaria, the Drath were forced to leave their
home world by the rise of the humanoid Altarians . The Drath claim
that they lacked space travel capabilities at the time, and were
instead transported to a distant world by the last of the mythical
demigods known as the Mithrilar.
The Drath and their Korx allies were driven back. Realizing that the
humans and Altarians together were too powerful when working together,
they agreed to an armistice and were added to the covenant that bound
the major civilizations together into peaceful coexistence, which now
counted eight member factions.