“We are well aware of what other Empires think of us. Our experiments often have effects or side effects that are undesirable to them, it is therefore perfectly logical that they oppose us. Just as it is perfectly logical that we ignore them. We will not mutilate the development of our knowledge to comply with the morals and values of foreign civilizations to which we owe nothing.”
- - Zealeon, a Spacion xenosociologist
Located in the Midia region of the Realtra sector in the Mirus galaxy, the Spacions are a race capable of perfectly controling and inhibiting their emotions. They are entirely dedicated to the pursuite and accumulation of knowledge in all its formes. It is the dream of every individual to become a reknown scientist and by doing so allow their society as a whole to progress towards omniscience. They have no ambition to rule the galaxy or spread any kind of ideology. Instead they seek infinit knowledge for no other purpose than the satisfaction of having it, and the inner enlightment that comes with knowing how the universe functions.
However, Spacions almost never troubled themselves with ethics and morals, or perhaps it could simply be said they draw their lines much further away than others. In any case, they do not hesitate to hurt or torture for their experiments. They don't care about side effects that may harm or destroy environments and individuals (especially if its helps them understand their experiment). All that matters is the data they obtain, what it means and eventually what they can do with it.
Of course this can work both ways, sometimes there is scientific value in protecting a planet, saving and endangered species or curing an individual of a deadly sickness. But these situations are much rarer, as mostly their experiments involve a lot of testing which, inherently, causes unknown and damaging side effects. And naturally, if a "kind" experiment is done, it is never done out of good will, the Spacions will never help just because they can, but only to further advance their scientific objectives.
Expansion and Isolation Edit
Like many species, the Spacions began their Empire by colonizing worlds around them, leading inevitably to contact with other intelligent creatures. But the scientist nature of the Spacions led them to treat these new contacts as experimental subjects rather than respectable living beings, causing numerous wars. Despite always prevailing thanks to their technological superiority, the Spacions wanted to end these repetitive conflicts which drew them away from their research. The solution they found was to re-organize their Empire so their existence would be hidden forever. So began the 1rst Arch-Project in their history: the Isolation.
The project took 200 years to be complete. It required them to abandon their colonies and relocate industries. They concentrated all their resources and population on one massive space station called the HomeCore. That station was the pinnacle of their technology, housing the entire Spacion Empire, and was continually improved through the ages. Meanwhile their existence was slowly forgotten by other Empires, who now believed them to be dead, if in fact they believed they had existed at all. The Spacions were now free to conduct their science as they wished.
Creation of the Phytoworm proxy Empire Edit
Despite the Isolation, the Spacions continued experimenting on other Empires, albeit much more discreetly so as to never arouse suspicion. But soon even their best efforts would not maintain their existence a secret, as numerous Empires all around them expanded quickly and sometimes violently. And so to safeguard their seclusion, they initiated a 2nd Arch-Project: the creation of a servant race that would act as a proxy Empire.
The servants in question were called Phytoworms. The Spacions made them cruel, greedy and ruthless. They began warring and pillaging all surrounding Empires, an easy thing to do with the support of their master’s technology. Soon they had become the most feared pirates in the sector and had taken control of a large part of the Midia region. They called it “The Territory”, inside of which every innocent Empire lived alone and afraid. Meanwhile the Spacions could now use the Territory as space for their research untroubled, while everyone blamed the Phytoworms for the chaos.
Discovery and extermination of the Yovions Edit
Centuries past in peace for the Spacions. While the Phytoworms took all the fire, they continued to accumulate knowledge and create new technologies, so much every other Empire in the region could just as well have been in tribal phase compared to them. But that changed when the Yovions arrived.
They claimed to hail from the other side of the sector, from a region named Haok located beyond the Silent Zone. They seemed to possess technology almost equal to the Spacions. After sending an expedition to that remote location, the Spacions indeed discovered that the Yovion Empire was older and mightier than any other, and nearly as advanced as them. It was clear that if they came to Midia, they would uncover the Spacion’s secret existence. Therefore, though these strangers were peaceful, the Spacions decided they had to be exterminated before that happened. For this, they launched a 3rd Arch-Project.
This project resembled the previous one, as the idea was once more to create a slave race specifically adapted to the problem. But this time the race in question was an already existing one called the Ganorians. The Spacions transformed them into mindless killing machines, enhanced their reproduction power and tuned their ability to assimilate matter so they would devour all biomass they came across. Hence was born the Ganorian Swarm.
As soon as it was ready, the Swarm was unleashed on the Yovions, who were completly taken by surprise. The Spacions had to commit more efforts than ever before in their history to keep the Ganorians in the war, but they ultimately succeed in destroying the Yovion Empire, all while maintaining their own existence a secret. They were only satisfied when the Yovions had been exterminated to the last refugee. After this success, a certain sense of pride developed in them, as they became completely certain no one in the galaxy could ever match their genius.
In order to fully understand how the Spacion community works, one must first understand what makes the Spacions so different from other beings in their sector. Two characteristics in particular have defined Spacion society and history through the ages: their intelligence and their emotions.
The Spacions are the most intelligent creatures known in the Realtra sector of the Mirus galaxy, but what does that mean? In the early days of the Spacion Empire, they encountered other species with more knowledge and better technology then them, for the simple reason they had been in space stage longer. Yet the Spacions always managed to outsmart them and rapidly surpass any initial disadvantage they had. Why? Because they have an intrinsic potential for intelligence that is far superior.
In short, intelligence can be seen as the ability to understand, and Spacions have that ability more than anyone else in Realtra. Things that normally require long and specific efforts for the mind to conceive come naturally to the Spacions. For example, many aspects of complex mathematics, physics or philosophy are not even taught to Spacions children because they will develop them on their own as instinctively as they learn to walk and speak. This in turn opens the way for them to learn deeper and more complex knowledge, much harder to access for other beings. Their minds are simply developed to grasp complex and abstract notions much more easily.
This better developed intelligence is reinforced through their entire life, as the discovery of new knowledge is regarded as the ultimate fulfilling goal, and drives every Spacion forward no matter the cost. A simple consequence of this is that practicaly every Spacion aspires to become a scientist, and their entire society is organized around that.
Before the Isolation, many who encountered Spacions believed they were incapable of emotions, maybe even that they were machines. This misconception is not surprising. Although Spacions are capable of feeling the exact same emotions as everyone else, they are also capable of choosing not to. Indeed, evolution gifted them with a special organ soberly called E.C.O for Emotion Control Organ. As its name so well indicates, it produces a special hormone which inhibits emotions. It’s believed this was a defense mechanism developed in creature Stage to avoid panic, but since their Civilization Stage and the development of bio-engineering, Spacions have been able to control this organ at will, allowing them to choose whether or not to feel any emotion when it appeared.
This has a massive impact on the mentality of the Spacions and the functioning of their society. Since they are obsessed with knowledge and science, objective logic has become the fundamental basis for any form of reasoning, even outside of scientific domains. The ability to control emotions is for them a guarantee that their decisions are based solely on logic and facts, and not influenced by what they consider to be “polluting emotions” that cloud judgement.
If at first only particularly nefarious emotions such as hate or fear were inhibited, but nowadays Spacions refuse even the tiniest bit of any emotion, even good ones. It has reached the point where most of them activate their E.C.O. purely as a reflex whenever the slightest hint of a feeling appears. A social consequence of this is that the open display of an emotion in public, regardless of which one it is, is seen as particularly disrespectful at best, straight up criminal at worst. On the other hand, some rare eccentric individuals see emotions as a form of recreational drug, and amuse themselves by letting their feelings go uninhibited.
Social Organization Edit
Place of science Edit
There is little diversity in the the Spacion Population. It is the nature of Spacions to seek out new knowledge, to try to understand the unknown…in short, to become a scientist. And so Spacions have organized their society in a way that prioritizes science above all else. The result is that a majority (55-60%) of the population are scientists who belong to the scientific community, a state that is sustained by the full automation of other services and professions (see below in “other domains”).
All forms of science are revered without exception: “hard” sciences such as math, physics or biology as well as social sciences like philosophy or psychology. There is however a hierarchy among the types of sciences that are admired. Fundamental sciences are generally considered as the highest tier followed by applied sciences, engineering being at the bottom of the list. It is important to keep in mind that it is the activities that have a hierarchy and not individuals. Every Spacion is given the opportunity to join the scientific community and in fact most do. There are no social castes in the Spacion society, and it is overall a particularly successful meritocracy.
Labs and Arch-Labs Edit
The scientific community is organized in “Laboratories”, each of them being an assembly of scientists, mostly from the same domain, who work on projects to improve the knowledge of the said domain. There are multiple labs for the same dicsipline, most do not hesitate to work together and share their assets. But they also systematically make sure they obtain the credit they deserve, mainly in order to attract the greatest minds of their discipline and build the best and most interesting projects. It is this balance between cooperation and competition that boosts scientific progress as a whole. Naturally, laboratories also cooperate with labs from another domain, in fact it is necessary as most scientific questions require expertise in multiple fields to be answered.
The most powerful Laboratory for each scientific field is referred to as an Arch-Laboratory (Arch-Lab for short) and its leader as the “Prime Genius” of that lab. There are 17 Arch-Labs who continually campaign to promote the results of their discipline. They also act as a form of government, assembling regularly for any decision making that concerns the whole community. As such, Arch-Labs are the closest thing the Spacions have to political parties. Astronomy 1rst (astronomy and cosmology), Archive (history) and S.E.C.R.E.T.S. (genetics and genetic engineering) are currently the 3 most powerful Arch-Labs.
In rare occasions, when the community encounters a problem of extreme complexity that concerns the whole Empire, 10 or more Arch-Labs must join together to build a project capable of solving it. Such projects are called "Arch-Projects". So far there have only been 3 in the entire history of the Spacion Empire, but they have all had a massive impact on its evolution (see "History").
Engineer Community Edit
Most Spacions aren't smart enough to join the scientific community immediately, the majority first work as engineers or technicians for different laboratories, often for scientists who work in applied sciences. Their role basically consist in using scientific advances and integrating them to their technology, as well as solving technical issues.
Spacions understand the need for this work, which is why all but the exceptional geniuses are pushed to start as engineers, but it is lackluster job where you mostly use other people’s knowledge instead of creating your own. The objective of a Spacion engineer is to create new technology to prove they have thecapacity for innovative thinking, making them good potential scientists. It is not rare for engineers to also be students and continue learning fundamental sciences while working.
Other domains Edit
In the Spacion society, every activity that does not require innovative thinking has been automated. Construction, production of food and goods, transport…all of these and more are executed by machines. Even justice is upheld by preprogrammed machines which analyze the facts and issue a pre-determined sanction. The programs are regularly updated and Arch-Labs act as final judges if need be, but they rarely are as criminality is near to non-existent. This is partly because every basic need of a Spacion citizen is provided to him: food, housing and transport are all guaranteed and free (with in fact little difference between high and low ranks), Spacions have every comfort they need so they can focus solely on what matters to them: science.
The reason for this opulence lies in yet another automated sector: reproduction. Love was one of the first emotions, along with hate, to be immediately repelled the day the Spacions learned to control them. Since then they have greatly developed eugenics, even more so during the Isolation when population control became even more important. It was considered a welcomed change by all to be rid of the necessity of reproduction. Today the Spacions are grown and born in artificial growth tanks, their DNA is a random match of two living individuals whose DNAs were taken from a bank storing the genetic material of every citizen. With this system, Spacions have no problem adapting their demography to the Empire’s situation.
As beings dedicated to science by nature, the Spacions have done their best to build a society where logic rules over emotion at all costs. But despite their intelligence and rationality, they could not avoid creating their own Taboos.
Taboos are unspoken prohibitions that all decent individuals must respect to be respected. The Spacions have two that take the form of scientific subjects. Two subjects that, since the dawn of their space stage, have been at least very strictly regulated, at worse ruled out entirely: Immortality and artificial intelligence.
It seems paradoxical that a specie that draws almost no lines for their experiments would have any restraints in two of the most iconic and fascinating scientific subjects. But the truth is that the origin of these two taboos is practical more than moral. For Immortality, Spacions are conditioned since birth to consider it a hinderence that would slow down the natural progress of science by preventing new generation, with new ideas, to take over. As for arrtificial intelligence, it represents their deepest fear: a being that could grow smarter than them. On top of that, they have had a very bad experience with one of theirs that gained sentience and turned on them. Researche on subject is very strictly controlled since and never spoken of in public.
Emphasis on stealth and mobilityEdit
The Isolation forced the Spacion to adapt their technology to their need to remain hidden. The two key factors were mobility and stealth to make sure they could continue to freely study the sector without being detected.
Any research that didn’t require an outside subject was done at the HomeCore, but for all the others, special mobile observatories and laboratories capable of rapidly relocating and supported by local long range sensors to detect any unwanted visitors.
For subjects such as xenobiology or the study of the social behavior of aliens, a vast network of kidnapping and spying of other intelligent species was set up with specific stealth drones, giving an abundance of test subjects. This network was later reinforced with the Phytoworms, who are often called upon by their masters for such missions.
The extraction of raw materials was the last branch of their Empire to be transformed, but like all the others it was developed to be mobile, easily disassembled and reassembled. They are also equoped with special terrain modifying protocols that reshape the landscape to make it re-look as natural as possible.
All of these changes were supported by an increase in the research of stealth technologies that allowed their ships, labs and factories to be undetectable by “primitive” Empires. These new equipment covered a wide and switchable range of the electromagnetic spectrum among other things. The most sensible locations even had their gravitational signature hidden to an extent.
Bolt transfer was invented around a century after the Isolation by an engineer called Tekteleon, one of few Spacions that didn’t want to be scientist. To put it simply, this new technology is a form of teleportation. Two transfer terminals are linked by a form of space warp, each terminal can then convert matter into energy while simultaneously conserving its information, and then transfer that energy through to the other one where it was restored to matter.
All Empires know a form of warping for space travel, but bolt transfer has an efficiency that outclassed anything anyone had in the sector. The inconveniences include the increase in energy conssumption with the distance and amount of matter transferred, as well as a powerful blue flash upon departure and arrival, hence its name. But these drawbacks are compensated by the tremendous flexibility it gives the Spacions for their experiments. The transport of mobile labs, factories or kidnapped subjects was now quasi instantaneous. Combined to the stealth and mobility upgrades mentioned previously, the Spacions are almost untouchable by any of their victims.
Further progress lead to the invention of portable transfer terminals that allowed even individual Spacions to bolt back to any point, and even to each other. This technology opened a new era of freedom and possibility to them and has become an indispensable tool in their secret maneuvers around the sector.
Drone Army Edit
Even before space stage, Spacions exclusively used drones for combat. They received massive upgrades in the early years of the Empire when the Spacions realized they would need a lot of military to fend off their ignorant neighbors. They are entirely artificial, created via a combination of both grown organic limbs and more standard robotic parts. Since the Isolation, they have been steadily updated with a significant transition to stealth abilities since. The creation of the Phytoworms shifted the role of the drone units to a more elite one. They are now essentially used for missions judged too difficult, or requiring too much finesse, for the slave race to handle. They are also privilidged as bodyguards in the rare occasions a Spacion must leave the HomeCore.
- Name: Fizzer drone
- Type: Infantry
- Height/Length: 1.6m/2m
- Strong points: Very mobile, efficient vs infantry and light armor
Description: The Fizzer is the bulk of the drone army. Extremely adaptable, it is fast and capable of maneuvering on most terrains as well as walls and ceilings, giving it positional advantage most of the time. It prioritizes range combat using its tail laser weapon, capable of aiming and shooting up to 3 targets simultaneously, but is also capable of close quarter combat with electrified mandibles if the need arises.
- Name: Huntrex drone
- Type: Scout/Assassin
- Height/Length: 1.2m/3m
- Strong points: Excellent stealth, speed and precision
Description: The Spacions have no better stealth unit than the Huntrex drone. Completely silent, equipped with a state of the art camouflage field generator, no Empire in the sector has the technology to detect them before they attack. They possess a battery of sensors of all kinds for sensing and tracking any kind of target, be it a creature or an object. Its nano-thick razor claws and teeth allow it to slice straight through most armors or walls, not to mention flesh, but it can also use a paralyzing energy pulse to avoid killing. They are used for surgical assassinations or kidnapping, and more generally as hunters for any desired objective. Outside of military usage, they are excellent for scouting and search and rescue operations.
- Name: Ruin drone
- Type: Artillery
- Height/Length: 7m/1m
- Strong points: Very resistant, efficient vs infrastructure and heavy armor
Description: The Ruin is the heavy hitter, only deployed discretion has failed or when there is an urgent need for a quick and large wipeout. Both its organic and robotic parts are reinforced with a stronger microstructure, making it far more difficult to destroy compared to the other drones. While its powerful arms and razor sharp electrified claws allow it to cleave any close by enemy, its primary weapon remains its devastating “eye” cannon that obliterates tanks, ships and buildings with ease.
Slave Empires Edit
The 2nd and 3rd Arch-Projects lead to the creation of 2 slave Empires: the Phytoworms and the Ganorian Swarm respectively. Although both were designed to answer a similar problem (prevent the Spacion's existence from being revealed) the circumstances of their creations were very different, as were the enemies they were meant to face. However, despite their important differences, they share a common trait: they are very efficient at what the Spacions use them for.
- Name: Phytoworm Pirates
- Type: Slave Empire
- Height 1.6m
- Strong points: Mostly autonomous, adaptable to most situations
Description:The Spacions created the Phytoworms with the intent of making them as violent as it was reasonably possible. They are used as a proxy army by their masters and have been given every tool required for the job. Whether it is ships, guns, or heavy weaponery, the Spacions have provided them with a diverse arsenal allowing to deal with equally diverse threats, which the Phytoworms do not hesitate to face, thirsting for murder and looting.
Most of the time, Phytoworms operate autonomously. Organized in pirate fleets, they can handle most enemies on their own without the Spacions having to bother with them. However, against more powerful and organized enemies, a more direct control of the Phytoworms is often necessary. Although they have free will, Phytoworms are incapable of innovation, which means the Spacions must keep their technology updated for them. Spacions also control the production of their proxy soldiers, so that they can adapt their numbers to the situation.
- Name: Ganorian Swarm
- Type: Slave Empire
- Height 1.9m
- Strong points: Fast reproduction, capable of "eating" most organic matter and some inorganic
Description:The Ganorians are a genetically modified specie that has been adapted and programed by the Spacions to destroy a very specific enemy: the Yovions. Ganorians were modified to consume biomass (and minerals to a lesser degree) in a limitless fashion, making them endlessly hungry life devouring monsters. The consumed minerals and biomass is then used for self-replication.
Organized in a swarm, they have no will of their own. They overwhelm their enemies with numbers, crashing upon their defenses wave after wave. They have weak fleets, but are almost unstoppable on land where their consumption/reproduction cycle kicks in, making it impossible to purge them out. Unlike the Phytoworms, the Ganorians require to be constant vigilance and control from the Spacions. Without an exterior mind to keep them regulated, they may die off on their own, or on the contrary overflow and attack unintended targets. Up until now, the Spacions have only used them against the Yovions, and kept them contained since.
The Spacion Community does not actually have an emblem to represent it as a whole. Even back when they were an open Empire they didn’t have one, which was not problematic seeing how little they communicated with others.
The emblem shown here is the emblem of the Arch-Labs. It was created at the same moment as their Empire. The names and number of Arch-Labs have change through history, but they were always clearly identifiable by this emblem, which was generally added in a discreet way to the lab’s own logo. Since Arch-Labs are the ones who establish the major guidelines and laws of the Community, their emblem is the closest to representing all of it.
The most shared view by historians on its significance is that it is an image of the mind encapsulated in the body. The black outer circle is the physical body, while the blue circle represents the ideas of the mind. The blue rings around are a metaphor of moving thoughts that characterizes a healthy intelligence.
Further Information Edit
From Others Edit
“The movements of the Pythoworms and Yovions are not random. The Spacions have have foooled the universe, but they cannot fool me. Luckily, I won't spil their secrets. Oh no, now that the Citadel of Sapients has been destroyed, my intellect is wasted on the Waptoria. It requires more appreciative hosts, and a workplace where I can pursue knowledge away from all ethics-based morality. Will they have me? Though I would never admit it openly, even I cannot say for certain. Ah well, that makes it all the more exhilarating.”
- - From the log of Cerebellum, teenage genius, Citadelian and Waptorian defector
“While we can tolerate empires such as the Troodontids and indeed are allied whith them, that is where we draw the line. While they are pure scientists just like the Spacions, and as such don't really care about the morality of their research, at least they respect neutrality and diplomacy. For all their intellect, the Spacions knew nothing of this. Truly they were only little better than the Citadel of Sapients, and only because their debauchery was limited to their twisted experiments. We did not seek contact because did not not want to facilitate Spacion-Citadelian coöpertaion let alone incentivise the two to ally, but good riddance they are gone!”
- - Waptorian opinion
“For all their genius they remained bound by the laws of conventional physics and failed to surpass the mathematics of this universe. This is a pattern that we have seen time and time again those who feel themselves unsurpassed in their genius from the Troodontids to the Citadelians, they believe themselves to have reached the pinnacle of intellect while still remaining slaves to causality.”
- - Persan opinion