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Just for kicks: A story-profile for B5 races

Post#1 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:07 pm

Yea, I know that there really isn't a B5 project going right now. However, I thought the story profiles for the VGA Planet races on the main site were kind of cool, so I decided to start writing a few.

Ideally, VGA versions of B5 races wouldn't be the B5 races, but modified versions.

For your approval:

The Terran Force

It has been speculated that there are beings who exist outside of not only our galaxy, but time and space itself. These beings control the fates of the stars, and occasionally play a role in the development of civilizations. Often, they practice strange behaviors that are puzzling to mortals like you and me.

The Terrans seem to be the product of such super-beings. They come from an insignificant planet of an average yellow star, and they developed normally like any average race- veering between times of dainty civilization and rabid brutality, near-utopia and the edge of collapse. Now, all of this seems pretty normal. However, the Terrans are not from the Echo Cluster. In fact, they are not from our universe at all, but a parallel one. They are a different version of homo sapiens. How they came here is a great mystery lost in time. But it is certain that they are destined to have an important role in the galaxy- already it is known that they are one of the few who are immune to dark sense.

This race slowly overcame its own weaknesses after a few global wars, and formed a one world nation out the ashes of war. Momentarily declaring a race-wide truce, the Terrans expanded to populate its entire home system, and then invented interstellar travel. Along the way, they discovered their first alien race, the Hedonists.

After making first contact with the Hedonists, the Terran Force saw massive growth. With new technology, they were able to jump forward hundreds of years in development. Terrans began establishing footholds in other star systems. After the expansion brought them into conflict with a number of lesser alien races, the Terrans militarized for space combat. Defeating several other aliens, they soon became a regional power in their own right.

However, the Terran Force had a disastrous first contact with the Zealots, resulting in a bloody holy war. After the conflict, the Terrans decided to make a lasting peace, creating a space station, the Babelfish, that would serve as a neutral zone between all of their neighbors. But not all of the Terrans were in favor of it. Some had become highly xenophobic after their wars, and against all other races other than theirs. A split began to form within the Terran Force, centering at Babelfish. As a controversial new President is sworn in as the leader of the race, the Terrans continue to expand outwards, but not all is well within...

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Re: Just for kicks: A story-profile for B5 races

Post#2 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:36 pm

BattleHymn REpublic wrote:Yea, I know that there really isn't a B5 project going right now. However, I thought the story profiles for the VGA Planet races on the main site were kind of cool, so I decided to start writing a few.

Ideally, VGA versions of B5 races wouldn't be the B5 races, but modified versions.

For your approval:

The Terran Force

It has been speculated that there are beings who exist outside of not only our galaxy, but time and space itself. These beings control the fates of the stars, and occasionally play a role in the development of civilizations. Often, they practice strange behaviors that are puzzling to mortals like you and me.

The Terrans seem to be the product of such super-beings. They come from an insignificant planet of an average yellow star, and they developed normally like any average race- veering between times of dainty civilization and rabid brutality, near-utopia and the edge of collapse. Now, all of this seems pretty normal. However, the Terrans are not from the Echo Cluster. In fact, they are not from our universe at all, but a parallel one. They are a different version of homo sapiens. How they came here is a great mystery lost in time. But it is certain that they are destined to have an important role in the galaxy- already it is known that they are one of the few who are immune to dark sense.

This race slowly overcame its own weaknesses after a few global wars, and formed a one world nation out the ashes of war. Momentarily declaring a race-wide truce, the Terrans expanded to populate its entire home system, and then invented interstellar travel. Along the way, they discovered their first alien race, the Hedonists.

After making first contact with the Hedonists, the Terran Force saw massive growth. With new technology, they were able to jump forward hundreds of years in development. Terrans began establishing footholds in other star systems. After the expansion brought them into conflict with a number of lesser alien races, the Terrans militarized for space combat. Defeating several other aliens, they soon became a regional power in their own right.

However, the Terran Force had a disastrous first contact with the Zealots, resulting in a bloody holy war. After the conflict, the Terrans decided to make a lasting peace, creating a space station, the Babelfish, that would serve as a neutral zone between all of their neighbors. But not all of the Terrans were in favor of it. Some had become highly xenophobic after their wars, and against all other races other than theirs. A split began to form within the Terran Force, centering at Babelfish. As a controversial new President is sworn in as the leader of the race, the Terrans continue to expand outwards, but not all is well within...
Good start. 5 more to go and you'll have Babelfish Echocluster
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Re: Just for kicks: A story-profile for B5 races

Post#3 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 5:00 am

The Terran Force


This race slowly overcame its own weaknesses after a few global wars, and formed a one world nation out the ashes of war. Momentarily declaring a race-wide truce, the Terrans expanded to populate its entire home system, and then invented interstellar travel. Along the way, they discovered their first alien race, the Hedonists.

It is a well known fact that New Zealand conqueroed the rest of Earth and by might of our victorious army, melded the rest of humanity underneath us.... :D

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Post#4 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 5:38 am

The New Zealanders managed to take over the world with the use of thier genetically modified Battle Drones.

These horrific beings accomplished this feat because at first glance they looked warm and woolly and people had an overwhelming urge to cuddle them. It was at this time the Drone's darker traits came to the fore and the they then exploited these moments of weakness by performing unspeakable twisted acts that are too terrible to describe here....... :shock:
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Post#5 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:02 am

hahahah, thank you fletch - what a good start :D
have fun!

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Re: Just for kicks: A story-profile for B5 races

Post#6 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:58 am

Cardno wrote:The Terran Force


This race slowly overcame its own weaknesses after a few global wars, and formed a one world nation out the ashes of war. Momentarily declaring a race-wide truce, the Terrans expanded to populate its entire home system, and then invented interstellar travel. Along the way, they discovered their first alien race, the Hedonists.

It is a well known fact that New Zealand conqueroed the rest of Earth and by might of our victorious army, melded the rest of humanity underneath us.... :D
You have to play the game and win first Cardno \:D/
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Post#7 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:59 am

FLETCH wrote:The New Zealanders managed to take over the world with the use of thier genetically modified Battle Drones.

These horrific beings accomplished this feat because at first glance they looked warm and woolly and people had an overwhelming urge to cuddle them. It was at this time the Drone's darker traits came to the fore and the they then exploited these moments of weakness by performing unspeakable twisted acts that are too terrible to describe here....... :shock:
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Post#8 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:00 pm

Like with other VGA Planet races, my B5 story profiles have a watered-down, modified version of the stories of the original factions they're based on. Also, if you ever want to play a B5 mod with more than just the four (non super-powered) B5 races, there's story-room to add other ones. So there's both a homo sapiens Solar Federation, and a Teran Force.

Okay, the next ones:

The Zealots

Within the Babelfish Sector of the Echo Cluster, no race is as old or as technologically advanced as the people of the Zealots. Having possessed faster-than-light travel for almost a thousand years, the Zealot left their homeworld and gradually colonized their neighboring systems, spreading their beloved faith. Though generally peaceful, they will viciously defend themselves if provoked.

They are a devout- some would say fanatical- people. Their religion dictates their culture and society, assigning each Zealot into a clade: worker, warrior, or the wise (their religious leaders). The Zealot religion teaches that if they follow their religion, defend their planets, and spread their Way to those who would accept it, the universe will be well, and there will be harmony.

Unfortunately, there was no harmony when the Zealots first met the Terrans. Due to a misunderstanding, defense ships of the Terran Force accidentally destroyed a Zealot vessel bearing their supreme wise man. A decade-long war resulted, in which the powerful Zealots nearly wiped out the Terran Force. However, due to the ingenuity of the Terrans, they were able to adapt and backwards-engineer certain Zealot weapons, grinding down the Zealot military in the process. The Zealots finally stopped their war when they surrendered, but mysteriously; though they had been severely hurt by the war, they were close to completely destroying the Terran Force.

In an effort of good will, a Terran-Zealot project was created in the aftermath of their tragic war, to build the great space station Babelfish, a symbol of peace for all races in the Sector. Interestingly, while the project was vehemently objected to by certain segments of Terran society, since they had just been at war with this race they now call celestial siblings, every clade of the Zealots agreed to the construction of the Babelfish, and the strange peace that led to it. Though it is unknown to almost all outsiders why they surrendered, some have rumored that the original Zealot wise man, the great Zarquon, miraculously returned to the Zealot homeworld and told them to cease fighting.

Since the Terran-Zealot war, the Zealots have had good relations with all other neighboring races. Though they possess great technologies for colonization, they only colonize when most of the natives of their target planets agree to their presence, unless they are thought to be corrupted by the Darkness. They never spread their religion by force conversion, because they feel it cheapens their way, though they have fought wars over it, such as when other races attack them. That is because one of the central tenets of the Zealot faith is self-preservation of their race at all costs, and so defense is part of the way.

Another important thing to note is that the teachings of Zarquon stress defense against the Darkness, who is the enemy of all life and goodness in the universe. Since the Darkness is literally an alien race of its own instead of an abstract concept, the Zealots are able to continuously fight their enemy by conquering Darkness-corrupted worlds. Though millennia ago, the Zealots were led by their great wise man against the Darkness's assault upon their planet, since then they were never able to fight them in space in any great effort, for the powers of the Darkness (like that of the Seraphic) are immensely great.

The Zealots are human-like in appearance. They possess light toned skin and a large external bone structure on the back of their heads, which have a special role in determining what clade each Zealot is in. They are comfortable in cold surroundings. They have good sense of hearing, but a less developed sense of taste. Zealots of the warrior clade have good physical stamina, and make excellent fighters in ground combat.



The Hedonists

Almost all ancient stories of sentient species tell of trickster spirits. Whether in the form of local wildlife or even celestial deities, these tricksters exist to provide the universe with an endless source of mischief, humor, and wit. If there was ever a race that embodied the qualities of a trickster spirit, it would be the Hedonists.

The Hedonists are a humanoid race that started with a lifestyle very similar to the ancient Terran concept of utilitarianism. Though they have no formal code for it, the Hedonists seek what all other races ultimately desire- fun, happiness, and profit. They united as a people early on when they defeated another species, the 'Gon, on their planet. Spurred on by this win, they entered a scientific renaissance, eventually developing space travel.

However, all was not well. The Hedonists enslaved the 'Gon after their victory, but as they were preoccupied by science and technology, the 'Gon revolted, killing many Hedonists. After another war, the Hedonists managed to utterly annihilate their former slaves with ingenious strategy, and reshuffled their society. Their government became a feudalistic oligarchy ruled by the families of the greatest soldiers in the war, with the foremost family as the emperor. This noble class promoted further expansion of their territory, and thanks to the fortuitous discovery of a derelict alien ship containing technology for interstellar travel.

After several centuries, the Hedonists had created a colonial empire based on exploiting the resources of raw material planets to create luxuries and to promote leisure. With trickery and malfeasance, they conquered several lesser races. When they deigned to use force, they traded with natives for rarities and whatever they needed to fulfill their pleasures. They had even enslaved another race, the Persecuted. However, their proud and aristocratic society had become decadent and self-indulgent. Slowly, they stopped expansion, choosing instead to use their tricks to secure what they wanted through one-sided trading.

The Hedonists even inadvertently hastened their empire's decline by trading with the Terran Force, exchanging technologies for rare fancies that were cheap in comparison. The growth of Terran power empowered certain Terran humanoid rights groups horrified by the Hedonists' previous extermination of the 'Gon and its current treatment of the Persecuted to aid in their struggle against their slavemasters. The Persecuted's insurrection suceeded, freeing many worlds from the Hedonists, with near-disastrous consequences. Though the role of certain Terrans in this was never uncovered by the Hedonists, this accelerated their decline.

Though the Hedonists' colonial empire has dwindled away in recent centuries, the pendulum that governs all factors in civilizations is swinging back. A younger generation has called for a return to the old days, when the Hedonists would conquer other planets for what they wanted, instead of merely trading and negotiating for them. Fearing the power of these revitalized Hedonists, the old aristocracy has begun the steps toward recolonization. They are determined to recreate the glories of their empire. While they aren't rash enough to start a major war with other great powers, some they are willing to use any trick, even allying with the Darkness. This certainly does not bode well for the future of the Babelfish Sector...

There are three myths commonly attributed to Hedonist behavior. One is that they are too lazy and pleasure-seeking to fight. That is false- while the Hedonists have halted military conquest until recently, aside from the centuries of decline the Hedonists have always sought to gain more territory to build what they wanted. And like any other race, the Hedonists will not shrink from fighting for their own survival. Another myth is that they are predominantly mercantilists. Again, while they have become big traders in recent centuries, they are mostly interested in commerce to buy rare collectibles and other commodities. Finally, it is said that there is nothing that can outwit a Hedonist. While they certainly are a people full of duplicitous schemers, sly merchants, and saavy diplomats, a keen person able to take advantage of their appetites for pleasure should be able to pull a fast one over a Hedonist.



The Persecuted

Of all the major races of the Babelfish Sector of the Echo Cluster, the Persecuted are the youngest. Though humanoid in psychology and basic physiology, the Persecuted look reptilian rather than mammilian. The Persecuted are tall and have a stocky build, and are the strongest and toughest of all the younger races. However, they also have the lowest level of technology in the Babelfish Sector, courtesy of generations of oppression by other races.

The Persecuted came from a homeworld that was filled with primordial jungles and wildlife. A hot and muggy tropical planet, it was a paradise for the reptile-like Persecuted people. They flourished there, barely advancing in technology as they lived in a near-utopia.

All was ruined with the coming of the Hedonists. They discovered that the ore-rich planet of the Persecuted made it a good source for building Hedonist fun-o-laughter flare riders and joyride star trolleys, and the people of the Persecuted made a good source of slave labor. After a quick war, they stripped the land of its natural resources, and set the people to work building luxury space ships.

This went on for several generations. The Hedonists made the Persecuted work for them, and sold Persecuted slaves to other races who used slave labor as well. Though many criticizd the Hedonists' practices, no one stooped to help them. Courageous individuals started revolts from time to time, but the Hedonists crushed each one, and spread lies about how primitive and barbaric they were.

Eventually, as the Hedonists grew stagnant and satisfied in their own success, the Persecuted organized a massive revolt, catching them off guard. Aided by secret arm shipments from many humanoid rights groups, premierely from groups within the Terran Force, they were able to win freedom at last. Upon liberation, the Terran Force, the Zealots, the Seraphic, and several other races finally spoke up and declared the Persecuted to be a free people, preventing the Hedonists from reconquering them. Fortunately, by this time, the Hedonists had little use for slaves anyways, as they had created robotic technologies to take their place, and most of the resource worlds had become drained out.

Unfortunately for the Persecuted, they were set back by generations for suppression. They quickly created a capable government with clever diplomacy, a pragmatic approach to arms dealing, and investment in building up their military. However, the planets they were left with by the Hedonists suffered severe shortages of resources. Additionally, many of the race constantly fear that the Hedonists will one day come back and reenslave them. In general, the Persecuted harbors both a short-sighted desire for revenge and a deep capacity for suffering and patience. With freedom, they have become more aggressive and opportunistic, eager build their own empire. Though they are trying to erase the stereotypes created by the Hedonists, at the same time others have show suspicions towards the Persecuted's expansion of their empire in the Babelfish Sector...



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Post#9 » Sun Aug 20, 2006 3:53 pm

Well? Any criticisms?

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Post#10 » Sun Aug 20, 2006 4:27 pm

BattleHymn REpublic wrote:Well? Any criticisms?
I haven't read them yet, but will check them out after I get to work.

Don't forget the Vorlon's, Shadow's and Non-Aligned Worlds :wink:
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Post#11 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:02 am

FLETCH wrote:The New Zealanders managed to take over the world with the use of thier genetically modified Battle Drones.

These horrific beings accomplished this feat because at first glance they looked warm and woolly and people had an overwhelming urge to cuddle them. It was at this time the Drone's darker traits came to the fore and the they then exploited these moments of weakness by performing unspeakable twisted acts that are too terrible to describe here....... :shock:
You have revealed our secret to the cosmos.... you must pay......... :D

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Post#12 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:45 am

Cardno wrote:You have revealed our secret to the cosmos.... you must pay......... :D
I thought he was already paying when he visits. Are you saying that his "No more freebees!"?
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Post#13 » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:21 am

Commodore Cherek, IRJTN wrote:
Cardno wrote:You have revealed our secret to the cosmos.... you must pay......... :D
I thought he was already paying when he visits. Are you saying that his "No more freebees!"?

Sorry man - too esoteric. would like to reply to you but my Babel fish is sick and i can't get your gibberish translated.

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Post#14 » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:42 am

Cardno wrote:
Commodore Cherek, IRJTN wrote:
Cardno wrote:You have revealed our secret to the cosmos.... you must pay......... :D
I thought he was already paying when he visits. Are you saying that his "No more freebees!"?

Sorry man - too esoteric. would like to reply to you but my Babel fish is sick and i can't get your gibberish translated.
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Post#15 » Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:25 pm

The Seraphic

Of all the races in the Babelfish Sector of the Echo Cluster, perhaps none are as widely respected as the Seraphic. An ancient and vastly technologically advanced race, they have worked for millennia in guiding the younger races around them, and protecting them from the Darkness. Very little is known about their appearance, as all members of the Seraphic wear heavy and complicated bio-suits when interacting with other races for some unknown reason. Rumors and legends abound about the true appearance of a Seraphic.

Incredibly old and powerfully mysterious, the Seraphic achieved space travel millions of years before the younger races. For millennia, they flourished in the galaxy with many ancient races, collectively called the Maximegalonians, and co-ruled the Babelfish Sector along with the Darkness. But then for some unknown reasons, those galactic beings departed, leaving the Echo Cluster under the guidance of the two youngest of the Maximegalonians, the Seraphic and the Darkness. And then the troubles began.

The Seraphic believed in an orderly, structured, and rational universe. Their society believed that harmony would be achieved through logic. But the Darkness was the antithesis of that, for they reveled in chaos. After the early centuries of their joint rule, the Seraphic and the Darkness waged huge brutal wars between each other, devastating much of the Echo Cluster. As a result, both mutually destroyed each other so much, their only remaining bases of power were concentrated in the Babelfish Sector. Their war was only ended when several Maximegalonians returned to the Echo Cluster temporarily to force the two races to cease fighting and to enter into negotiations. This negotiation forced both to return to their home region of the Sector, and to halt fighting between each other, at least on a galactic scale. Furthermore, the two races were required to disarm their most powerful weapons and technologies, and to put them into storage until the rest of the Echo Cluster would be at a better power level to withstand the use of such devices. Lastly, the two races would only be granted control of the Babelfish Sector, until they would be ready to guide the entire Echo Cluster. The Seraphics enthusiastically signed, while the Darkness reluctantly followed.

In the generations that followed, the Seraphic and the Darkness acted as caretakers for many of the races of the galaxy. But at the same time, they began a war in the shadows, using younger races controlled by each other to strike out at their enemy's holdings. The Seraphic bioengineered many of the races under their guardianship, causing them to evolve more quickly and to become more suspectible to telepathic powers. The Darkness, on the other hand, used far more insidious and violent methods to further the development of their races. This arms race played with entire races as weapons soon developed to another real world, devestating the Babelfish Sector and killing off many of their caretaker races. The remaining Maximegalonians in the Echo Cluster, angered at this, departed or retreated to sections far from the Sector.

In recent centuries the Seraphic have grown more benevolent, and the Darkness more reclusive. Wars between the two most ancient races of the Babelfish Sector no longer occur, though the Seraphic is always ready for a future conflict. Under the Seraphic's stewardship, many races have evolved and gained star travel, and have met their secret shepherds. No longer just observers and tinkerers from afar, the Seraphic are now active players in the balance of power of the Babelfish Sector.





The Darkness

Every culture in every civilization has stories about horrible beings of evil and cruelty. Each parental being instills its children with a sense of fear and hatred for those that walk the path of destruction. But there are races that embody that villainy, and the Darkness is by far the worst of them in the Babelfish Sector.

Like the Seraphic, they were among the most ancient of the beings of the Echo Cluster. They have fought two major wars with the Seraphic before, one millions of years ago, and the other a few hundred thousand. The Darkness crave complete control of the galaxy by subverting all younger races to follow their philosophy. While the Seraphic worship logic and order, the Darkness believe in strength through chaos. Unlike the slow but steady uplifting of lesser races, the Darkness favor giving them powers and technology to make war with each other, in which the smartest and the strongest would emerge victorious. They are the embodiment of cold, clinical evil, and their ethics allow them the use of any means to reach their goals. And their goal is rule of the Echo Cluster. Not for sheer power, but for the triumph of their philosophy.

However, all of this is known to few of the younger races. Because of the sheer brutality and sinister demeanor of the Darkness, most cultures not under their guidance see them as evil beyond all evil, though part of that perception is due to Seraphic interference. The Darkness have non-humanoid forms, hidden under powerful biosuits, and usually appear in few frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. Their ships are large, powerful, and like the Seraphic's, brimming with telepathic energies. Their external military is composed mainly of servitor races under their guidance, because the Darkness believe that it is beneath them to interact directly with younger races. The Darkness's homeworld of Magrathea has never ever been seen by any other race, and few trespassers of the Darkness's territory survive past an hour.

Though the Darkness have largely kept to themselves and the races already in their control, in recent decades they have become more active. After a Terran Force explorer ship was accidentally transported deep into their space, the Darkness realized that the younger races were becoming more powerful, and decided that more were needed to be seen their version of the light. Messenger vessels began to appear in the Babelfish Sector, bringing emissaries of the Darkness to implore other races to join their cause. Those who refused were left alone, but they were also secretly made future targets for the Darkness's servitor races to conquer.

As the Terran Force and the newly-freed Persecuted begin to reach great power status, the political structure of the entire Babelfish Sector has been thrown to disarray. Though they are far from waging another open war against the Seraphic and their allied races, deep in Magrathea the Darkness is awakening.

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