The Large Magellanic Cloud (along with many other dwarf galaxies in the Local Group) were for a long time considered "backwater" galaxies. The recent intergalactic revolution swept far beyond the Milky Way's local sphere, and missed various smaller galaxies on the way. Never the less, the galaxy came in sight of refugees and peoples fleeing the establishments forming within the major galaxies. But their disturbances to the galaxy's long quiet did not go unnoticed...
The galaxy has long been considered by natives of the Milky Way with a taste for astronomy an "astrophysical treasure trove". It contains all stages of stellar evolution, and a mix of both young and old stars. Despite this, it harbours a lower level of metallicity than the Milky Way galaxy, making it a comparative and distant desert by comparison. That is not to say it lacks resources or life, but it is rarer. The galaxy also contains higher levels of radiation.
Native life Edit
Planetary life that does exist in the galaxy is mostly split between two forms within the inner and outer disc. The outer disc has a large population of ageing red dwarf stars, meaning that the life that resembles anything like Terran forms inhabits inner, tidally-docked planets with unchanging and relatively cold skies. Life on such worlds tends to be slower to evolve. Such systems however, may contain colder "Titanian" worlds, populated by slow-motion organisms. The inner disc has younger stars, some with radiation-resistant life that is mostly sub-terranian. In a sense, time for complex life runs much more slowly in this interstellar environment.
But life always finds room to play...
Both Xeno-archaeological and Xeno-astronomical evidence is mounting that the galaxy was once inhabited by one or more Elder races that were possibly non-native, including the Xynaxes.
Some of the evidence that supports this, is that the galaxy is host to with various forms of bizarre spaceborne life with varying degrees of sentience. It is conjectured that such organisms arose from bioships used by some of the previous colonists of the galaxy (as such creatures had been found in the Milky Way). Becoming rogue, the biotechnology that had long run wild, evolved into a complex panspermia-biosphere through the galaxy as interwoven as any planetary one. The first interstellar lifeform discovered in the galaxy in known history were the Mantisorac, a swarm of seemingly in-sentient animals that has found a way to colonise the stars. On closer inspection, it was found the Mantisorac had evolved a deep mutualism with a host of symbiotic space-borne organisms. It is not known how they had found this pathway, but a popular hypothesis is that they were once sentient and regressed into animals thanks to their dependence on other lifeforms.
Other native spaceborne species of increasing precedences include the sentient Iqap't which resemble large orange cubes capable of shapeshifting, and the Nawohte Viceroyalty who were translucent and vaguely humanoid, who's presence can interfere with the sub-systems of alien vessels.
Galactic history Edit
The galaxy had not been completely untouched. Some of the older races of the Milky Way had forays into galaxy, and various factions since had sent survey vessels and probes. But when natives of the Milky Way gained the capability to explore the Tigris galaxy and Quadrants; the radar for intergalactic exploration soon opened up to other well-colonised galaxies.
The first major colonisation wave to the galaxy were the rebels fleeing the Delpha Coalition of Planets, who believing their rebel leader to be dead, decided to reach out to a low-key galaxy and hide. Calling themselves the Magellanic Sovereignty of Planets, the MSP grew by virtue of peoples escaping the DCP's wrath, and diversified into a distinct society. But the LMC provided little in peace, as the MSP was soon laid siege by the Mantisorac. Eventually the MSP managed to put off the swarm and in the process discovered an unusual megalithic artefact built by the Xynaxes. It was in fact a portal to an alternative reality with its own "Coalition of Delpha", that bolstered the MSP's defences. Unfortunately the parallel coalition had its own plans and attacked the DCP, alerting them to the MSP's presence. The short war that followed became part of a greater conflict, thus the DCP was forced to settle with the idea that they had a sister-nation.
Not long after the Vartekian war, another tragedy hit the young galactic community. The Xhodocto commenced the Annihilation, a complete cleanslate of all the universe. But just before this occurred, other incumbent elders managed to save some of the universe using arcs to enclose worlds and fleets of colony ships. Only a few galaxies remained, walled off from the rest of the universe by an impassable singularity. The Delpha Coalition of Planets vanished for several years, as they too were saved by similar beings; the DCP had last been seen valiantly fighting the wave of chaos, which was disturbed enough that the Milky Way was saved from the purge, and irregular enough that much of the Local Group was as well.
The protective arcs deflated and survivors returned to a brutalised universe. The Delpha Coalition of Planets had made many enemies, so the MSP became a target, and was chased from the Cloud by various factions. The MSP returned for a short while to DCP space, protected by its defences. There, the MSP began to rejuvenate scorched worlds, and when the DCP was eventually returned to the universe, they showed gratitude to the MSP for the restoration. Suzerain Eclipsos who was a former Warlord and traitor to his father, the DCP's Emperor eventually returned at this point, to find his rebels in a war torn state. They were more than happy to have a strong leader return to power, and the MSP gradually began to colonise their lost homes in the Large Magellanic Cloud once more.
Also to colonise the clouds, were the Vermulans, staging the galaxy to became the place of the DCP-Vermulan War in more recent history. It is in this war that ancient secrets of the galaxy were first coming to be revealed. The Mantisorac also returned with new ferocity, upset by a powerful source of energy that the Vermulans also sought. The Mantisorac for the first time invaded the Milky Way, and the Cloud (along with other nearby dwarf galaxies) re-entered public consciousness. As such, the plight of the Grimbolsaurian rebels and their story attracted some human nationalists to also establish a foothold away from the interference of the DCP and other hyperpowers.
- To set with the theme, it is advisable that anyone wanting to set up fiction here consult the community, so that it does not clash with the galaxy's purpose: to be scarce and mysterious.