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"The Krassio" is considered a historical, ancient fiction that promoted or dominates a specific aspect within the SporeWiki Fiction Universe.
“Rise to the stars, they await. Conquer them not, for our teachings aren't learned by force, but from the testimony. May the apex of power be born from peace, not war. May the apex of power rise from wisdom, not conquest. May the apex of power last forever, for I know that place lies in the infinite whispers of the stars.”
- - The Book of Discipline, Part 3, Chapter 45, verse 22
The Krassio are an ancient power that used to cast a great shadow across the entirety of the First Gigaquadrant before the cataclysmic events of the War of Ages. The Krassio are the main progenitors and proponents of Psionic Energy, central icons in its theological practice of Iluviism and forerunners of their psionic scientific field known as Neural Physics and it is thanks to them that many species in the different galaxies encompassing the known universe today hold a degree of psionic potential.
The Krassio are legendary across the First Gigaquadrant and a force to be reckoned with by the lurking eyes of Chaos, their mortal enemies. The Krassio are not known for diplomacy nor peace-keeping, for they were bred by the Krass almost exclusively for war and to thrive by it. As such, the Krassio are incredibly warmongering despite their good intentions on their allies, whom they see as civilizations worth preserving and protecting.
The Krassio are often considered as potential Essentials by scholars, due to their immense power in psionic energy but their self-restraint in general to mortality due to cultural reasons. Only the psionic gods of the Iluvii Realm stand as true Essential godforms, who address all matters concerning psionic gifted children or devotees. Needless to say, the gods favor the Krassio above all, and they use them as their most powerful enforcers and instruments of their will. Due to this, the existence and total population of the Krassio remains a mystery for other civilizations in the First Gigaquadrant, theorizing that their numbers are truly transfinite. Whatever the true extent of the Krassio influence is in the span of the Multiverse, all matters regarding the first Gigaquadrant are left entirely to their proxy military organization, known as the Singularim Pact. Beyond the already large armies of the Pact lies a host of countless divinized Krassio that are deployed by the Iluvii Pantheon in defense of reality itself, waging an unending war against the forces of Chaos and other interdimensional horrors.
"Krassio" means, in Krassim, "the apex of power", "Children of the stars" in another variation of it, and it is commonly referred and related to the Krass word, meaning "Children of the Krass", all of these titles are well deserved, as the Krass molded the Krassio to thrive during times of conflict and to expand onto the stars. The Krassio were meant to be the Krass' warriors against the horrors of Chaos, but the ancient progenitor species abandoned the project long before its implementation when they were forced into extinction by the forces of the Xhodocto. The Krassio took the mantle left by their predecessors well, undertaking feats of immense proportions in their annals of history, such as the inter-universal conflict dubbed "War of Ages", a struggle that left them completely devastated and vulnerable, and the war for domination against the Xol'Etra in the Great Psionic War.
After millennia (90 millennium approximately) of division between the Krassio species, the first signs of unity happened when three of them, known as Civatrons, Andross and Juvax, merged their entire civilizations to create the legendary Cianju Alliance, which would be reformed into the House of Krassio to welcome the Livirkitons, the eldest of the genus, and eventually reform again into the powerful Krassio Host, in which all species of the genus joined.
At that point, the Krassio led a protectorate empire whose sole purpose was to fight the total war brought by the Xhodocto during their extermination campaign across the universe and to harbor all species and civilizations fleeing from the war or wanting to follow their views about the universe and enter the path of psionic energies. The Krassio Host was a civilization spanning three fully controlled galaxies, one even in another universe, and had a sphere of influence in another five.
They are renown for their military prowess, in which their great psychic power is demonstrated, as well as their combat logistics when they organized an alliance involving numerous galaxies to combat the Xhodocto invasion and managed to spread their forces across the whole universal battlefront to help other species combat the demonic lords.
After their utter defeat against the overwhelming forces of chaos, an unnatural boost in the Krassio's evolution produced a paradoxical event, in which the great majority of the Civatrons, Andross and Juvax were merged together to form trinity-composed beings named the Xol'Etra, whose combined power transcended space and time and eventually transformed into a godlike race. The civilizations influenced by the Krassio Host were immediately overtaken by this new race, and the original Krassio were left scattered across the universe, in some cases even imprisoned by their tyrannical successors.
Now, the Krassio are considered to be a decaying civilization, even if, unbeknownst by the majority of their past allies and even the Host itself, they have sided with the psionic god Singul'Aren, forming the Singularim Pact alongside the Krauna and Kraitoss, growing in power again in the Chandras Galaxy.
To the known charted universe, the Krassio have remained hidden from the grand universal activity and major events, dealing with their own problems, inner conflicts, and reforms. It was not until the Second Great Cyrannus War on the Cyrandia Cluster that they ultimately revealed themselves to the major Gigaquadrantic community.
After the Great Psionic War, only three of the Krassio strands remain, being the Civatrons, Andross and the Juvax. However, they still stand as the greatest form of psionic bodies to have ever evolved.
Despite being relatively divided into several political views, military doctrines, or schools of thought (Singularim Pact, Xolarum Republic, Lankrass Alliance, pocket Krassio remnants across the universe still unrecovered), the Krassio largely control the events of the Chandras Galaxy and some parts of Tigris, as the leaders of the three main powers in there are all from the genus, albeit perhaps not the same species.
It is largely stated by observers around the universe that the sudden return of the psionic essentials as a whole to the gigaquadrantic political frame was due to a decrease of demonic essence in the universe and a sudden rise of psychic potential, which was key to the rise of psionic essentials to return and claim their position in the universal events.
The Krassio have positioned themselves as a keystone civilization that oversees the balance and order of things in the Universe. Even if they do not have the political power to affect it directly and have allowed lesser empires to rule themselves as they saw fit, their actions produce indirect effects. As the Krassio hunt down and actively destroy demonic presences in the Universe, the influence of chaos is reduced. Galaxies, and worlds alike, allowing for evolution to take its natural course untouched. The psionic essence that emanates from the Krassio permeates the Universe like a genetic modifier, inciting sapience into species overtime.
Their view on order and balance differ greatly from other interpretations of it, and so their warmongering against opposing idealistic civilizations often make the latter to constantly challenge themselves against the ever-presence of the Krassio's might. So far, the only ones capable of suppressing the Krassio indefinitely had been the Chaos Monsters drawn to reality by the efforts of the late Congregation.
Beyond the GigaquadrantEdit
It is beyond the political spectrum of the First Gigaquadrants, however, that the Krassio's full might is brought to bear on the Universe. As keepers of order and balance, as protectors of the universe from the lusting eyes of Chaos, the Krassio field an army of psionic users, spirits and supporters like no other in the Universe, one that if it were to set its divine fire on the Gigaquadrant, few would stand against its light and survive.
The true Krassio Host, however, is not warring against mortal denizens of the universe, although it might do so through its semi-mortal agency, creating military alliances and governments to do their will on a lesser scale, such as the Singularim Pact. Indeed, the Pact's immensity is but a mere cog in the Krassio juggernaut.
Every day, every hour, the Krassio's armies clash against demonic incursions, invade realities harmful to the universe, battle chaos monstrosities and keep the might of the occult at bay incessantly so that the Universe, and by extension, the First Gigaquadrant, might have a respite of the malice that scours the universe.
Considered one of the most advanced civilizations on the First Gigaquadrant, the Krassio hold numerous technological perks that, although not based in physical matter or high scientific dynamics, match the latter's strength and innovation. It is well known that the Krassio are an essence-dependent civilization, and even if they do hold a great degree of understanding for celestial bodies such as black holes and neutron stars, and fundamental cosmic mechanics such as gravity and time, their use of psionic energy is unmatched.
Thanks to their mastery of psionic essence, a small group of pilots may focus their energies to pilot massive cruisers. Their mental powers are so great, that they can manipulate constructs from inanimate matter and give them some degree of life, even sapience, by imbuing them with psionic energy. Following this same principle of thought exploration, empowered by psionics, they are able to produce shields, weapons, armor, jump drives and buildings entirely based on essence.
The Krassio develop their technology by an advanced form of mathematical contemplation, albeit still subject to trial and error due to the conventions of the physical world. It could be said that, even if a concept for a new weapon or device sounds viable in the Iluvii Realm, bringing it to life requires extended experimentation in the prime universe, so even the Krassio experience the process of trial and error, some may even say that they do so at a slower rate than any of the Ultraterrestials. The result, however, is the development of some of the strongest and most advanced militaries in the First Gigaquadrant, as well as one of the most developed societies within its midst.
A Krassio Concept. Blurring the line between philosophy and science, neural physics is not a mere belief to the Krassio as transsentient entities. They are able to harness its principles as a transcendent form of technology, used to create solid structures or travel the stars. The workings of neural physics are completely beyond the conventional technologies of younger races.
Drawing from exotic neurophysical energy permeating the cosmos (psionic essence), the Krassio made their artifacts effectively potent and very difficult to destroy, allowing them to exist for millions or potentially billions of years without decay. As such, evidence of the Krassio's mastery of neural physics remained in the Chandras Galaxy even though after their disappearance following the Great War of Ages, in the form of star roads, star cities and many other vast, effectively eternal structures. In a strange concept, the Krassio cherish the interaction of living beings with the universe, all individual experience adding to the totality of transcendent universal wisdom. To record and retain these life-patterns for all of the time, the Krassio use the Iluvii Realm, a metaphysical, ever-changing parallel universe maintained by the collective gestalt of all sentient and psionic-capable species, stored in neural physics architecture within the Chandras galaxy.
As mentioned before, the Krassio are completely dependent of psionic energy. Their power and mastery of it are unmatched, as they were the first mortal species in pre-gigaquadrantic history to access its ultimate realm, the Iluvii. Through the Iluvii, their latent psionic potential and might was boosted, eventually turning them into essentials, beings imbued with psionic energy.
Their power is so great, they are able to create weapons as effective as gravity weapons or space-time distortion devices. Their telepathic powers are able to encompass hundreds of minds at a time, and their emotions are so vast, some feelings are unknown to younger races. Perhaps their most common trait when using psionic energy is the ability to generate psionic blades able to instill mental wounds in their enemies, effectively drying any psyche they come across.
“Our minds as one, but they manifest in different bodies. A concept too abstract to understand bu that exemplifies the complexity and history of our society. Our Unity is deeply rooted in the existence of diversity.”
- - Master Kroc's annotations on the Book of Discipline
The Krassio society, from an external point of view, can be regarded as structured like a caste system, where Juvans are commonly seen filling roles of simple troopers and workers, the Andrudans as academic and scientific, and the Civatrons as leaders, sages and elitist-warriors. However, what many do not understand is how their society is an amalgam of social traditions and tendencies put together and ultimately cohered, not subjugative and oppressive strata. The Juvans are factually obsessed with architecture and strength in numbers to prevail throughout any obstacle, implementing their psionic might in the process and building massive structures and ships for the cause. The Andrudans have a deeply rooted love for astronomical and physical research, crediting them with many of the psionic technologies the Krassio collectively and loudly boast in. The Civatrons dominate the field of the philosophical and spiritual aspects of the Krassio, which in turn use to guide the collective set of species and lead them, influencing the Krassio with their honor and warrior-bound values.
Krassio society diverges greatly according to their galactic location and philosophical views, which has an extensive sociological study. Krassio are separated in notable factions (specified here below), and these are defined by psionic energy, as much of their societal structure is. Due to their large use of telepathic and extra-sensory empathic abilities, the Krassio are known for a very unique and alien life that borders and even exceeds utopic levels.
The philosophies within Krassio communities are greatly influenced by their way of using psionic energy, as they are highly considered a psionic essential species and thus there have been extensive societal, scientific studies in order to classify their philosophical approach on life.
Schools of thought diverge into four main branches that have been known to affect different societies with the Krassio, which have been allocated within a diagram called the Caimanus Diagram, designed by Alok Caiman, a strong pursuer of the Zazagui doctrines. The Diagram presents different basic groupings to see their Morphological convergences and divergences.
The diagram is divided into two spectrums, the vertical one representing the Spiritual (s) and Materialist (m) extremes and the horizontal one representing the level of psionic Purity (p) or Impurity (i), purity standing as using only psionic energy within itself as a social and technological medium.
For instance, the Iluvii grouping correlates with Zazagui in the purist end of the spectrum, whereas they diverge on their views, with the Iluvii holding strong spiritual views (e.g. Iluvii Pantheon, Iluviism), and the Zazagui rejecting these notions in favor of scientific and materialistic perceptions (drugs, sacrifices, memory storage). However, both of them also converge in a middle point due to the metaphysical nature of psionic energy and the existence of the pseudoscience known as Neural Physics, which covers a very factual scientific basis.
Above all else, these variants in Krassio doctrines exist merely in the First Gigaquadrant's universe, as the broader legions contending with supernatural powers possess their own philosophies adhered to the Book of Discipline.
The Krassio overall can be considered a meritocracy, where the strongest and most capable are sure to reach the top positions in their military, spiritual and governmental fields. Their hierarchical order varies depending the faction they belong to, but a strong sense of "fittest of the strongest" dominates most of the social structures in the Krassio echelons.
Krassio society has seen a harsh evolution tested by time and, most commonly, war. Albeit most of the factions are unified, albeit loosely, thanks to the signing of the Aethym Accords, leading to the foundation of the Galactic Commissariat of Chandras, social evolution has been constant development in their different populations.
Taking into account that most of the Krassio species possess high adaptability to most of the environments, evolutionary steps on their psychology were to be expected. Krassio changed according to their location, their experiences and likely isolation from the main cultural background. The following factions are those who hold an active presence in the Gigaquadrants.
- Territory: Chandras Galaxy
- Power Source: Iluvii Realm
The Singularim represent the oldest tradition of psionic practice within the Krassio, as well as its most numerous. From all the other cultural backgrounds the Krassio now possess, the Singularim stands as the original one, since it is primarily based on the species ability to access and withdraw power from the Iluvii Realm. The Trinity, the leading gods of the psionic pantheon are the main proponents of this faction, giving it power and influence over the others. Other factions often plead allegiance to the Singularim in search for support in wars.
- Territory: Chandras Galaxy
- Power Source: Iluvii Realm
Restricted to the territories of the Xolarum Republic, the Xolarum are the youngest faction to have recently appeared. It normally defines all psionic users, as well as Krassio, who live under the protective shroud of the Pharia. All of the members of this faction collectively share the same power, therefore making them very powerful. However, the high distribution of power among its members also makes them unable to grow in power unless the Pharia whishes so.
- Territory: Chandras & Tigris Galaxies
- Power Source: Void
The Najiim have existed almost as much as the Singularim faction, representing all the Krassio who were disconnected from the Iluvii realm following the War of Ages. Alone and without an energy source to empower themselves, the Najiim resorted to the energy of the void, a vast relatable resource. For decades, the Najiim were the only remnant of the fallen Krassio, living in the Endless Space between the Cyrannian galaxy and the Quadrantia sector. During this time, the Najiim became allies with the Void Eye Empire due to their relationship with Void energy.
- Territory: Tigris Galaxy
- Power Source: Sacrificial rituals
The Lunaarim are, in the social chart of the Krassio, within the core foundations of Zazagui practice, which obtains psionic might through the sacrifice of minds or the storage of mental pathways. They are a xenophobic society limited only to their space, known as the Majaga Ridge, in the Tigris Galaxy. Despite their small numbers and strict code of minimum members, the Lunaarim Order holds a great deal of influence in their corner of the galaxy, manipulating lesser species to do their will.
- Territory: Tigris Galaxy
- Power Source: Entropy
The Logriom faction is one of the most populous in Tigris, holding the most power over the galaxy in terms of Krassio influence. The Logriom are considered a cursed branch of the Krassio genus, albeit they are not disregarded by the others since their contributions to psionic knowledge is of the utmost importance. Since their disconnection from the Iluvii Realm, the Logriom Krassio found their new source of power in the power of Entropy, an endless metaphysical force from which they could equal their brethren in power.
- Territory: Chandras & Tigris Galaxies
- Power Source: Entropy
The Diachras are of the youngest of factions, a splinter group of Krassio who separated from the entropic doctrines of the Logriom and formed their own teachings within the cosmovision of the Krassio about psionic energy. The Diachras are small in comparison to the large factions, but they have attained a status worthy of recognition, for in times of social unity such as the ones the Krassio are living, creating a new faction is not an easy task.
- Territory: Chandras Galaxy
- Power Source: Sacrificial rituals
One of the youngest factions, yet one that has gained traction due to its altruistic views, the Lankrass fall under the doctrines of Zazagui, albeit they interpret them in different ways, determining that instead of sacrificing others, they can simply sacrifice their own in order for their numbers to grow in power. They hold a sense of inward perfection and purity in that regard, seeing others as inferior. However, their methods of power acquisition have been so effective in recent years that their power has grown considerably, despite their young age as a proper faction.
Ever since their return into universal political affairs, the Krassio have done massive efforts to expand their sphere of influence in sectors previously out of their reach. Following the loose unification of the Krassio factions under the Galactic Commissariat of Chandras's military junta, their eyes were set in fulfilling their self-imposed purpose of protecting their own vision of balance. Such endeavor involves not the conquest of lesser species, but it sure does include the forced intervention of intergalactic conflicts, such as the ongoing insurgency of the Quadrantia cluster against the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus. The Krassio have started efforts to liberate civilizations in the Cyrandia Cluster from the enormous shadow the Empire casts down upon the First Gigaquadrant. Their feats remaining legendary across the universe, their return was not overlooked, as powers such as the Rambo Loyalist Cadre and the Delpha Coalition of Planets greeted their return with relief in their own conflict with the Empire.
It is unknown if the Krassio will begin efforts against the Dominion of the Xhodocto, resuming their campaign against the forces of Chaos, such a mobilization is yet to be seen. However, as the highest form of Iluvii (psionic essentials), they are fundamentally opposed to the essentials founded on Demonic Energy, rivaling the Samut'angar from Inferno. It is said that the Krassio battle these demons constantly, however using other dimensions and means to do it.
Additionally, they have begun to exert a patronizing philosophy upon younger races (young being technologically inferior or time-spanning to them). Despite their general views of universal balance, the existence of the Krassio has provoked the spark of numerous essence-based empires in the First Gigaquadrant that see them as a sign to expand their views of the universe. In some cases, the Krassio extends protection to these civilizations, all the while overlooking many others. One of the most notable species ever to be patronized by the Krassio has been Humanity, where they believe a universal core to the Multiverse lies on Earth for reasons unknown, prompting them to guarantee the safety of mankind.
Through several factions and organizations, the Krassio spread their sphere of influence across the local universal cluster of galaxies. However, they have continuously referred to the Singularim Pact as their major political and military agency in the sector. Through there, their gods' Mandate is carried as per their goals and doctrine.