Potential Aliens

"Frogmen"

  • Amphibious
    • Fast-breeding
    • Physically smaller than humans
  • Hyper-democratic
    • Function better in larger groups, isolated individuals can go insane
    • Very faddish
    • Policies and culture can change rapidly and extensively, non-traditionalist
    • "Mob rule," no constitutional limits on democratic decisions
    • Backbone of social institutions is a communal bureaucracy, appointments temporary and by random lot
  • Ships
    • Fluid atmosphere in ships
      • Allows ships to engage in maneuvers that would pulp a Terran or Vasudan crew
    • Large capital ships, swarms of manned fighters
    • Cap ships are very massive but smaller in dimensions compared to GTVA ships, very tough for tech level
    • No beam weapons
    • Ships carry fighters externally and only bring into internal spaces for repair (bat roosting)
    • Fighters are smaller and more weakly armed compared to GTVA ships but very maneuverable and operate very well in groups (triad based)
  • Tech
    • Several decades behind GTVA in most areas, closer with reactor tech

"Shrouders"

  • Paranoid
  • Congregate in small tribes/family groups
    • Highly tribal, use a lot of "old ways" in an attempt to hold on to as much of their pre-apocalypse society as they can, so an odd mix of high-tech and traditional life-ways
  • Avian-like
    • Space-borne living and isolationism has damaged their genetic pool
    • Many stillborn, many living have at least some cybernetic life support
    • Different tribes divergent physiologically due to genetic drift/mutation, intentional body art changes, and cybertech traditions
    • Will meet with allied tribes for trade, etc, but always very paranoid and secretive, much more so with aliens
  • Never on planets(except gas giant atmospheres)
  • Ships
    • No Destroyers
    • No manned fighters/bombers, drones instead, each ship is also a factory
    • Self-sufficient corvettes/cruisers
    • Good intra-system jumps
  • Tech
    • Stealth & Misdirection tech
    • Holoprojection
    • Nano-vats and construction
    • Can turn a nano-vat into a grey goo bomb as a suicide or genocide weapon
    • Much of their tech cannot be rebuilt and is much patched and babied along
      • Isolated groups too small to fully maintain tech base, paranoia prevents them from working with other tribes well

"Entrenchers"

  • Extinct
  • Younger than Ancients but still several thousand years old
  • Discovered evidence of Shivan destruction of other starfaring species
    • Stopped expanding and focused on turning their home systems into fortress worlds
    • Went several centuries in this direction before encountered actual Shivans
  • Shivan attack still wiped them out despite formidable and layered defenses
  • Only shattered remnants of their civilization remain
    • Habitable worlds bombarded into lifelessness
    • Oribital structures pounded into scrap
  • Tech
    • Entrencher tech is extremely resilient and highly redundant, but actually slightly behind GTVA levels in many areas (especially subspace) though ahead in shield and energy field manipulation, and automation
      • Many Entrencher systems use 'dogbrains' - sentient but non-sapient AIs, animal level intelligence and programmed instinctive behavior; not as predictable as pure programming but not as creative as sentient control
    • Notable for impressive megastructures, but these are within GTVA tech levels, the GTVA however lacks impetus to build similar devices
    • Also built numerous large, slow vessels - basically mobile fortresses; even their fighters tended to be heavy and tough over fast and maneuverable, comparatively
    • Due to resiliency and large numbers, many automated defense systems are still active in Entrencher systems and on the hulks of their megastructures and ships
      • Many dogbrains are aware that an attack has occurred and are constantly actively searching for targets; many other automated defenses are degraded or corrupted
      • Entrencher systems are unpredictable minefields on hair triggers
  • Biology
    • ???
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