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highly advanced species, which thrived under the Commonnwealth
and whose members were indispensable to the efficient function
of its institutions, was hit particularly hard by the civil
war and subsequent collapse. Accustomed to relying on the
High Guard for defense and without strong martial traditions
of their own, the Perseids became easy pickings for Magog
swarm raids, Nietzschean bandits, and other opportunists.
The result was a massive reverse exodus as Perseids from
throughout the Known Worlds retreated to their ancestral
homeworld of Ugroth. The "Great Ingathering," as it became
known, bought temporary safety for the Perseids, but in
a devastating blow to galactic civilization, countless worlds
suddenly found themselves without their most capable administrators,
scientists, and teachers. Indeed, many historians regard
the Ingathering as one of the most important precipitating
factors in the fall of the Long Night. So while a few Perseid
settlements survive and even thrive on planets such as Sinti,
Hamsa, and Sparborth, the vast majority of the Perseid people
live on their once-scorned homeworld. Ugroth, once nearly
abandoned as the Perseids spread out among the stars, is
now home to nearly 150 billion Perseids, making it the most
densely populated world in known space.
Perseids are striking, humanoid aliens found throughout
the Commonwealth. Despite their black, featureless eyes
and long bony chins, Perseids resemble Humans
so closely that many believe that Humans are an offshoot
of their race. Countless theories have been advanced throughout
the ages to explain the kinship of the two species.
Perseids are bisexual by nature, with each individual capable
of both fertilizing another and gestating young itself.
When wishing to reproduce, two Perseids typically form a
temporary pair bond in which each individual impregnates
the other. The pair stays together until the birth of the
offspring, who are then turned over to the Perseid government
for rearing and retain only a cursory connection to their
Perseids originated on the planet Ugroth
in the Milky Way galaxy, but quickly colonized other worlds.
Today, most Perseids have little if any physical or emotional
connection to their ancestral home.
On their native worlds, Perseids govern themselves via meritocracy.
Their Overseers are individuals scientifically chosen for
their vast knowledge and superior intellect, and the Perseids'
strong bureaucratic skills make them highly efficient administrators
for the Commonwealth government as well. Initially absorbed
by the Vedran Empire,
the Perseids soon made themselves so valuable to their conquerors
that they achieved positions of power and influence even
before the Great Reforms led to the Commonwealth's establishment.
preferably sentient ones. The Magog "parent" then
watches over the host for the time it takes for its young
to hatch and eat their way out of the host organism, which
in the process dies a slow, agonizing death. Interestingly,
the resulting Magog young seem to contain small amounts
of DNA from the host as well as the Magog parent. The rate
at which Magog offspring grow to physical adulthood is believed
to be a function of how much food is available to the young.
The origins of the Magog are shrouded in mystery. All attempts
to trace the migration route of the Magog back to their
place of origins have ended in failure. The Magog currently
control large swathes of space in the Andromeda and Milky
Way galaxies, but are barred by the Treaty of Antares from
crossing the Quarantine Zone established to demarcate the
edge of Magog territory.
Magog society seems to be little more than an aggressive
all-consuming horde. The Magog produce no art, no music,
no literature. It's not known how such an aggressive, uncooperative
species could have developed the spaceflight capabilities
and sophisticated technologies the Magog are known to possess.
In fact, some researchers theorize that the Magog are not
a natural species at all, but rather some kind of bio-engineered
weapon, programmed to replicate themselves and destroy everything
they come in contact with. But only the Magog know for certain,
and they've steadfastly refused to answer questions regarding
their own origins.