The Xendar Incident
The Milky Way galaxy is a large place, but there are nonetheless very
few habitable worlds within it. As empty habitable worlds for
colonization became fewer and farther between, the military-minded
Drengin became more restless for conquest. The Drengin determined
that the Terran Alliance of Earth and its colonies were the best
candidate for conquest.
The Drengin assumed, wrongly, that because the humans were presenting
themselves as the benevolent diplomats of the eight major civilizations
that they were cowardly and weak. This mistake would have tragic consequences.
In 2215, the Drengin discovered an incredibly malevolent pre-spaceflight
species called the Xendar. The Xendar had recently fought a world war to
unite their planet under the rule of a tyrant. Throughout their history,
the bloodthirsty Xendar had focused much of their cunning on inventing
new ways to kill things.
The Drengin found kindred spirits in the Xendar, and the feeling was mutual.
The Drengin quickly upgraded the technology of the Xendar and helped them
construct hyperdrive-enabled fleets.
Throughout their history, the bloodthirsty Xendar had focused much of their cunning on inventing new ways to kill things
The goal was for the Xendar to soften up the humans sufficiently for the
Drengin to move in for the kill. The Xendar, for their part, would gain
access to several human colonies that were near the Xendar home world.
The end result was the annihilation of the Xendar race. The humans
responded to the unprovoked attack with bloodthirsty vengeance that
startled even the Drengin. Humans used their diplomatic skills in a
way that the Drengin found frightening – they represented their
genocide of the Xendar as a war of self-defense.
The humans displayed a military cunning to match for Drengin and quickly
determined that the Xendar would have to be utterly defeated for any
lasting peace. The Drengin soon realized that the humans would be a