The Human race in Xyth - a brief history

The human race was forced to look for a new home after they had turned Earth into a place unable to support any form of life. Centuries of warfare and misguided capitalism had turned this once beautiful planet into a desolate wasteland.

Several groups of people left Earth in colony ships and went to look for new places to live. After a long journey, one of these ships ended up in the inner regions of another galaxy. Having found a planet that might sustain life, the ship was transformed into an outpost and anchored in orbit around this planet. The humans chose to name this planet Xyth, the same name was also given to the galaxy. As the planet had 3 natural moons, the outpost was named '4th moon of Xyth'.

In the years that followed, small settlements were built on the planet and its moon. The outpost was upgraded so it could manufacture small scouts and mining ships. The star system was rich in asteroid belts, which provided the materials needed to build and upgrade additional spaceships.

As human scout ships explored the outer regions of the star system, they came upon remnants of alien civilizations : several ancient, abandoned bases, and a single mysterious towering structure that still seemed to function – what its purpose was remained a secret for the humans. These explorations also revealed that another intelligent, space-faring species was present in this star system. Humans would later come to know that these particular lifeforms were called the Rivi'i. The ones they encountered in the starsystem were a faction of the Rivi'i that had isolated itself from the rest of its race and had called themselves Dorvnen.

The humans never figured out what the Dorvnen were doing there as no communication with them seemed possible. The Dorvnen probably weren't interested in the humans and just wanted them out of their way. Hostilities were inevitable and eventually found their way to the inner regions of the system and too close to the 4th moon of Xyth. All production facilities were put in overdrive and large amounts of materials needed to be mined from the asteroid belts. All this to build a fleet of combat ships to protect the human base. During these times, a number of corporations were set up to support the military. Corporations that eventually would have a large impact of the human race.

The key players in the defense of Xyth were The Guards of Xyth [GOX], a fleet made up of fast scout ships, primarily tasked with reconnaissance missions. They were supported by the Xyth Legions [XLG], who mainly flew stronger fighter class ships and support cruisers. Both fleets got their ships from Alpha shipyards, known from its Vector, Nagato and Akata class ships. In turn, Alpha got it's raw materials from the Deep Space Excavations-group [DSE].

The human fleets were successful in chasing the Dorven from the system and relative peace returned to Xyth. However, the abundance of shipyards, mining equipement and combat fleets meant that these should be put to good use and some began to saw humans not as quiet scouts and explorers, but rather as conquerors. The difference in opinions between leaders, political, industrial and military alike, resulted in various new corporations, fleets and just groups of normal civilians being formed.

The DSE-group founded its own shipyard which provided it with small, agile fighter class ships and massive freighters. They set out on long deep space missions, building mining facilities in the farthest regions of the solar system. As there was almost no other mining equipment or knowledge outside of the DSE-group, the Alpha shipyards were starved, which in turn put both the GOX and XLG under pressure.

The endless search for new mining fields of the DSE eventually led them to encounter the Caes'cix, who treated the humans as tresspassers. Human technology was no match for the fierce Caes'cix soldier drones and at one point it seemed as if the human race was once again on the brink of extinction.

Members of GOX, XLG and Alpha shipyards formed an undercover group that used their fighters to raid mining operations of the DSE-group, obtaining raw materials, mining equipment and even a couple freighters. They set up base in an abandoned outpost and produced additional fighters to deal with the Caes'cix. While they were labelled as pirates and outlawed, it was them who eventually saved the system.

It didn't seem like the DSE were worried that their greedy explorations could cause serious problems for the human race. On the contrary, the founded their own fleets, primarily to protect their mining operations.

From their base, the outlawed ex-Alpha engineers also studied the mysterious tower structure in the star system. During their fights with the Caes'cix they found those aliens tried to avoid coming too close to the structure. Eventually it was theorized the structure was some kind of gate, and what seemed like a vertical surface of flowing water was the entrance. Intelligent probes were sent in, and returned back unharmed. The first brave pilots to enter the gate found themselves in an unknown part of the universe, but were always able to return back home without problems. By comparing the positions of distant galaxies, it turned out the gate brought them to a location close to the central asteroid belt of the galaxy, some 12.000 lightyears north-east of Xyth.

This was the first of many dimensional gates that the humans would find scattered across the galaxy. It was unknown who had made these amazing structures, and why the Caes'cix avoided them. Scouting of the area on the other side of the gate led to the discovery of a number of other gates that led across the belt as well as a sort of forcefield that created a tunnel through the more dense locations of the belt. Every gate seemed to lead to a region of space that one or more abandoned bases floating about. Some of these bases were repaired and upgraded by the humans and turned into outposts where increasing numbers of humans came to live. Some were explorers, many were either on the run after being outlawed as pirates, others wanted away from the Xyth rule that was quickly turning into a copy of the one that led to the demise of Earth.

While DSE's influence and fleet grew, and with it, its control over the inner regions, the network of gates allowed humans to spread over the galaxy in ease, setting up new outposts in the many abandoned structures they found. In doing so, the humans not only learned more about the other races that lived in the galaxy, but met some of them and even set up alliances with two of them.

The Caes'cix remained a constant threat and were encountered everywhere the humans went. Travelling by means of gates usually kept human trade fleets out of harms way. The Caes'cix weren't actively hunting human ships, as it turned out these creatures were at war with the Rivi'i. Humans sometimes just happened to find themselves inbetween these two warring races. Especially in the deep north-east of the outer regions, where the Caes'cix had several hives and the Rivi'i a number of war outposts, fierce battles were fought between these two races. Several scouting outposts were built nearby gates that led to the main battlefield, to monitor Rivi'i and Caes'cix fleet movements and warn the inner regions of potential incoming trouble.

In the outer regions, where the laws of Xyth had no power on people, the outlaws and pirates of Xyth laid the foundations of three fleets that would play an important role in the future of the human race and that of the entire galaxy. The top fighter pilots and several ex-Alpha engineers formed The Core, a special operations group, whose strength lies with several super advanced fighter class ships : Firewing, Cataclysm and Nagato-3. They were also responsible for creating electronic support ships such as the Venom and Vulture. Their main base was located in the first northern canyon, a gap, most likely not natural, in the northern arm of the galaxy. Another group of engineers moved east and formed The Eastern Citadel [TEC]. They built a massive shipyard in an abandoned Rivi'i base and created both destroyers and battleships.

Civilians mainly set up base right outside the central belt, both in the north-east and the north-west. Inbetween all these bases, protected trade routes were set up. Quite often, these bases had to defend themselves from occasional raids from the Caes'cix and the Rivi'i.

Further explorations into the far south-east, led to the humans meeting with the Ca'anian. These would be the first alien lifeform humans could communicate with. Ever since their first meeting, humans and the Ca'anian have worked together to protect their bases and trade routes against the Rivi'i and Caes'cix.

As the war between Rivi'i and Caes'cix went on, the battlefields slowly moved closer to the human outposts and soon, humans were forced to take active part in the war or to abandon their outposts. In these days, humans met with two other inhabitants of Xyth galaxy.

During the early days of humans getting involved in the Rivi'i-Caes'cix war, they met the exotic Xyloxi species, highly intelligent creatures that appeared to be made entirely out crystal. They seemed to care little about the Caes'cix but were determined to deal with the Rivi'i for some reason. As allies of the Ca'anian, the Xyloxi and humans also started working together.

At the highpoint of the war, where now 5 different races were involved in, the chaos and destruction attracted a new player. A species of bizarre, unpredictable and unmeasurably dangerous creatures, called the Mith'ri'aeil, took advantage of the situation to attack whomever they could. Eventually it took the combined forces of the elite pilots of The Core and the Ca'anian special operations unit, Aegis' Crystal Spur to find and destroy an infected base from out of which the Mith'ri'aeil where operating.

The war could have gone on indefinately, but it was thanks to the intervention and large-scale destruction of the Mith'ri'aeil, that the war died out as its participants had suffered too much damage to continue fighting, and with that, the outer regions entered a relative period of peace.

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